Smartphones

Multi-device BYOD management from a single console

Latest release of Absolute Manage will offer full BYOD support for Mac and Windows computers as well as tablets and smartphones from a single console.

Partnership yields new weather stations, irrigation scheduling app

A pilot crop water conservation project developed by Anheuser-Busch, the Bureau of Reclamation and two state universities will mean improved water efficiency for Idaho Falls area barley growers.

Web app tracks prison probationers

The New York City Department of Probation is pioneering a new goal-tracking Web app aimed at reducing recidivism and encouraging positive behavior among those on probation.

Can transportation agencies call on smartphones for traffic data?

The Transportation Department announced plans for a nationwide vehicle safety network, but it left open the role smartphone technology would play as a more efficient and inexpensive means of traffic data collection.

Latest PhoneSats will test cross-satellite data sharing, space weather monitoring

NASA's PhoneSats will demonstrate how off-the-shelf consumer devices can lead to a new, distributed means of problem-solving in space.

Is the new iPhone's fingerprint scanner a sign of things to come?

If opened to app developers, Apple's Touch ID could give another authentication option to agencies looking to manage mobile devices, especially if other smartphone manufacturers follow suit.

3 reasons smartphones aren't ready to replace police radios

Combining cellular and other digital communications with traditional police radio networks increases interoperability and extends coverage areas, but there are limits to its uses.

A 'typical' Android that works under water, is clear in loud settings

The Hydro Edge is a waterproof smartphone with good features -- including Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver -- with a low price.

Civilian agencies can get military-grade comm on standard Android phones

Motorola and Fixmo are offering agencies and law enforcement the same encryption, policy management and compromise detection to date available only to the military.

Government users want larger screens, and Apple may be listening

Readers say apps are easier to use with more display real estate, and device-makers are listening.

Boom times for mobile security

Concerns about privacy, spying and leaks are creating demand for products and services that encrypt and protect mobile communications, and smart phones have the processing power to handle it.

Smart phone: 30 years in the making

The technology behind smart phones can be traced back to GCN's beginnings, and further, into government research projects. Here's a brief look at what's behind a smart phone's key components.

30-year showdown: IBM PC vs. Apple iPhone

While marking GCN's 30th year, we're taking a look at how far computing has progressed in three decades. It's no secret that PCs have advanced greatly in the intervening years, but how does an IBM PC stack up against an iPhone?

Caterpillar's rugged Android phone suited to gov's dirty work

The company known for big yellow construction equipment has a rugged, speedy and surprisingly light smart phone for the field.

Citrix Receiver now supports Android smart-card authentication

The software supports CAC and PIV card authentication, and meets NSA and DISA requirements for secure Bluetooth communication.

World's first Braille smart phone will soon be a reality

A developer in India has produced a mobile device for the visually impaired that expands the range of mobile accessibility.

IEEE wants mobile devices to be more repairable

The organization, noting the environmental impact of billions of cell phones, says users should be able to open them up and fix them so they last longer. Would that be a headache for network admins?