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January 18, 2019

Why did half the robots working at a hotel get fired?

Answer: Because they were bad at their jobs.

January 17, 2019

Which popular flip phone may return as a folding smartphone?

Answer: The Motorola Razr.

January 16, 2019

How do you make a robot cute?

Answer: Give it giant googly eyes.

January 15, 2019

What nefarious act can Apple’s AirPods be used for?

Answer: Spying.

January 14, 2019

Motorola Solutions Buys Major License-Plate-Reading Company

The company, Vigilant Solutions, has attracted some controversy for the way customers use its product. It has also pursued facial recognition technology, a concern for civil rights groups.

January 14, 2019

Dallas City Manager Names First Chief Innovation Officer

City Manager T.C. Broadnax tapped Laila Alequresh, a veteran of public-sector technology innovation work in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, to lead the city's freshly created Office of Innovation.

January 14, 2019

Will microwaving a smartphone charge it?

Answer: No, definitely not.

January 14, 2019

Florida CIO Eric Larson Departs Agency for State Technology

Larson, who was appointed CIO in 2017, previously served as the Florida Agency for State Technology’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer.

January 11, 2019

Incoming Kansas Governor Will Retain Lee Allen as IT Chief

Allen, who took the reins as state chief information technology officer in July, will remain in the position after Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is sworn in. He will continue work to modernize and secure IT in Kansas.

January 11, 2019

Iowa CIO Robert von Wolffradt Steps Down After 6 Years

Re-elected Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Jeff Franklin, former deputy CIO and information security officer for the Department of Natural Resources, as Wolffradt’s interim replacement.

January 11, 2019

How do you keep your pets from eating each other’s food?

Answer: By using a feeding bowl that can tell them apart.

January 10, 2019

How did Florida police get around a surveillance drone ban?

Answer: With a blimp on a tether.

January 9, 2019

Colorado Names Tech Veteran Theresa Szczurek as New CIO

Gov. Jared Polis has announced several new cabinet appointees, including incoming CIO Theresa Szczurek, who has a long career in private-sector technology.

January 9, 2019

LG’s new world-first TV is what?

Answer: On a roll.

January 8, 2019

What is a good way to (peacefully) protest a driving ticket?

Answer: With Twitter videos.

January 7, 2019

Washington, D.C., Appoints Lindsey Parker as Acting CTO

Parker has served as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s deputy chief of staff dating back to 2015. Parker also has previous experience leading cybersecurity work from her time in the private sector.

January 7, 2019

Cubic Buys Traffic-Counting Company GRIDSMART for $87M

GRIDSMART, based in Knoxville, Tenn., uses cameras and computers to classify and count vehicles going through intersections. The company, now joining Cubic Transportation Systems, works in 1,200 cities across the globe.

January 7, 2019

Government-Serving GIS Company Boundless Spatial Acquired

Planet has yet to announce the details of its pending acquisition of the government-serving, open-source GIS software company Boundless Spatial, but will retain its St. Louis headquarters and select staff.

January 7, 2019

How can fishermen better keep track of their catches?

Answer: With a smart sensor for their fishing rods.

January 4, 2019

How much will Vuzix’s smart glasses set you back?

Answer: Only $1,000.

January 3, 2019

Outgoing Illinois CIO Details Progress of IT Consolidation

Kirk Lonbom, who served as Illinois CIO under outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner, delivered a report to the state Legislature on Dec. 28 outlining how his department has responded to legislative mandates and saved money.

January 3, 2019

Tricia Foster Replaces DeVries as Michigan Tech Director

Foster will serve as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, though it is unclear whether she will assume the duties of the CIO position as well.

January 3, 2019

What kept the NYPD from flying security drones on New Year’s Eve?

Answer: Rain.

January 2, 2019

Fulton County, Ga., Appoints Nicole Keaton Hart as CIO

Hart, who was essentially promoted from within, took over tech and innovation work for Georgia’s most populous county in December, following the August departure of former CIO Sallie Wright.

January 2, 2019

Ford used tech in its cars to make life easier for whom?

Answer: Dogs!

December 28, 2018

When is the best time to take a ‘volcano selfie’?

Answer: Never. Never, ever.

December 27, 2018

New Mexico Gov.-Elect Lujan Grisham Picks New Tech Secretary

Incoming New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has tapped Vincent Martinez, currently with the state as managing director of cloud and communications, to serve as secretary of the Department of Information Technology.

December 27, 2018

Pittsburgh Taps South Bend, Ind., CIO to Lead Innovation Team

Santiago Garces, who was hired by South Bend, Ind., after graduating from Notre Dame University in 2013, is resigning to become the next director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance.

December 27, 2018

How much is Santa’s house worth?

Answer: $764,389.

December 21, 2018

What caused a total shutdown of one of the UK’s busiest airports?

Answer: Drone sightings.

December 20, 2018

How has Google put Santa’s elves to work?

Answer: Teaching kids to code in Google’s Santa Tracker.

December 19, 2018

What do former NASA engineers do for fun?

Answer: Build glitter bombs to teach porch pirates a lesson.

December 19, 2018

Vermont's New CISO Comes with Years of High-Level Experience

The state has tapped Nicholas Andersen, a 12-year industry veteran who has helped with cybersecurity work in partnership with a number of U.S. military organizations. Andersen took over the role earlier this month.

December 18, 2018

How do you get a robot to act like a human?

Answer: Put a human in a robot costume.

December 17, 2018

2018: Highlights from the Year in Data (Infographic)

Throughout the year, the Center for Digital Government surveys cities, counties and states driving public-sector technology forward. Here are some takeaways from those surveys and a look back at the year in gov tech.

December 17, 2018

Who has been getting New York City’s LinkNYC kiosks to play creepy music?

Answer: A phone phreak who doesn’t like them.

December 14, 2018

Deloitte Wins 4 State Contracts to Update Medicaid Systems

Montana, Ohio, Virginia and Wyoming have enlisted Deloitte to try to future-proof their modular Medicaid enterprise systems with a flexible integration tool for states adapting to new federal guidelines.

December 14, 2018

Who was 2018’s worst password offender?

Answer: Kanye West.

December 13, 2018

Startup Optibus Raises $40M for Mass Transit Planning SaaS

Optibus’ Series B financing, led by Insight Venture Partners, will allow the company to expand into new markets, hone its AI tools for planning mass transit schedules and develop a new product.

December 13, 2018

This smart bowl catches people in the act of what party sin?

Answer: Double-dipping.

December 13, 2018

Sunlight Foundation Offers Open Data Road Map

The Sunlight Foundation’s project is called Roadmap to Informed Communities, and it’s essentially a procedural framework aimed at helping cities create open data programs that incorporate constituent feedback.

December 13, 2018

Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy to Leave for the Private Sector

Nacapuy, whose stint as the state’s top technology executive began back in 2015, told local media that he will be assisting with the transition to a new IT leader before ultimately returning to the private sector.

December 12, 2018

Digital Cities Survey 2018: Key Data Points (Infographic)

The Digital Cities Survey is an annual review of IT best practices of U.S. cities, a look at what’s going right in municipalities of all sizes as well as where growth can be made. Here’s the 2018 survey by the numbers.

December 12, 2018

How long has it been since Puma made its first smart shoe?

Answer: 32 years.

December 12, 2018

Morgan Stanley Invests $47M in California Software Firm

Visionary Integration Professionals announced the windfall last month with the intention to expand its market share, which consists of more than 1,200 government and commercial clients.

December 11, 2018

What do you get when an AI tries to name cookies?

Answer: Quitterbread Bars and Merry Hunga Poppers.

December 10, 2018

Tyler Acquires Emergency Responder Firm SceneDoc

SceneDoc, a startup that manages evidence collection, will bolster Tyler's portfolio of public safety solutions that include computer-aided dispatch and records management.

December 10, 2018

Where does Alexa get her answers?

Answer: Crowdsourcing!

December 10, 2018

Justice Systems Debuts New Court Tech After Acquisition

Working under the auspices of Ontario Systems since being acquired in May, Justice Systems will unveil new case management and revenue recovery tools at a conference next week in Las Vegas.

December 7, 2018

Oregon Makes Interim CIO Terrence Woods Permanent

Nearly eight months after former CIO Alex Pettit resigned and took a newly created position within the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, Terrence Woods has been tapped to fill the role for the foreseeable future.

December 7, 2018

How did a robot send 24 Amazon workers to the hospital?

Answer: By accidentally bear-spraying them.

December 6, 2018

NASCIO Releases Top CIO Priorities for 2019

The report, released Thursday, breaks down where state IT leaders will be focusing their attention in the coming year.

December 6, 2018

Which government building is piloting facial recognition technology?

Answer: The White House.

December 5, 2018

URBAN-X Invests in Startup to Improve Garbage Collection

Backed by $100,000 and a support program from the startup accelerator, Israel-based GreenQ joins the U.S. gov tech sector alongside Rubicon and others as a competitor in waste-management technology.

December 5, 2018

Dallas Appoints Gov Tech Veteran Hugh Miller as New CIO

Miller previously served as the chief information officer for San Antonio. He takes over from William Finch, who held the position for approximately six years.

December 5, 2018

What could be just as annoying as ads when videos are playing?

Answer: Ads when videos are paused.

December 4, 2018

How are drones helping repair forests after wildfires?

Answer: By planting trees!

December 3, 2018

Atlanta Names Tye Hayes New Chief Technology Officer

Hayes is a veteran of the tech sector, bringing to the role a wide array of experience, including executive positions in the private sector as well as a stint as deputy CIO for Atlanta’s public schools.

December 3, 2018

App Unveils New Feature Connecting Ride-Hailing to Transit

Transit, a Canadian startup, is bringing ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft into its app so that users can buy rides to and from public transit stations in the U.S. and around the world.

December 3, 2018

Twitter’s most influential user of 2018 tweeted how many times?

Answer: 13.

December 1, 2018

Year in Review 2018

A look back at our most popular stories of the year, and a glimpse of what the next chapter holds.

December 1, 2018

CIO Career Changes 2018: Highlights of Who Went Where

All year, we track the major job moves of state, city and county technology leaders. Whether coming into a new position or moving on from an old one, these tech chiefs drove changes in cybersecurity, analytics and more.

November 30, 2018

Why does this robot act like a bad customer?

Answer: To help people get better at interacting with the real thing.

November 29, 2018

OpenGov and GTY Holdings Sue Each Other Over Revoked Merger

OpenGov was originally going to be part of the deal that proposes to merge six companies into one publicly traded entity. But the company behind the merger cut OpenGov out, and now the matter is going to court.

November 29, 2018

You can pay for your java in the UK using what?

Answer: Your cup!

November 28, 2018

U.S. DHHS Shares Code with States to Fight Opioid Overdoses

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is publishing a toolkit for states that includes a step-by-step guide and code for finding people at risk of overdosing on opioid painkillers.

November 28, 2018

Gmail’s Smart Compose algorithm no longer uses what words?

Answer: Gender-specific pronouns.

November 27, 2018

West Virginia Names New Chief Technology Officer

Joshua G. Spence has been named as the state's CTO, an appointment that takes effect immediately.

November 27, 2018

What are Grinch Bots?

Answer: Bots that buy things online before humans can.

November 26, 2018

How many speeding drivers did a town in Italy catch in 10 days?

Answer: More than 58,000.

November 21, 2018

Boston Hires D.C. Agency Tech Leader as New City CIO

David Elges, who has served as the CIO of Washington, D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency for two years, will become Boston's new CIO. The position has sat vacant since January, when Jascha Franklin-Hodge left.

November 21, 2018

Can Alexa cook a turkey?

Answer: No, but she can give you advice from the experts.

November 20, 2018

Ford Gives $50K to Soofa to Set Up E-Ink Signs in Miami-Dade

Soofa was one of two winners for Miami-Dade County, Fla.'s challenge in Ford's City of Tomorrow program. Now it will set up its informational displays in different areas of the city for transportation purposes.

November 20, 2018

What is the latest skill being added to AI's resume?

Answer: Writing television commercials.

November 19, 2018

Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski Steps Down

Wisniewski has been in the city's CDO for more than four years. His departure comes as the city looks to restructure the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation.

November 19, 2018

Callyo’s i911 Gives Caller’s Location to First Responders

The police tech startup’s website aims to skirt outdated infrastructure that doesn’t give public safety professionals accurate location data. The technology can use cellphone GPS to help locate the caller.

November 19, 2018

Daro Mott Departs Louisville's Performance Improvement Office

The outgoing chief has accepted the role of vice president of process and execution for Farm Credit Mid-America after leading tech efforts in the city dating back to August 2016.

November 19, 2018

What comes after the Internet of Things?

Answer: The Internet of Ears.

November 19, 2018

Cities Are Rapidly Taking on Internet of Things Technology

In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.

November 16, 2018

Do you really need to use a computer to be a government cybersecurity official?

Answer: Apparently, not in Japan.

November 15, 2018

Washington State Names Pennsylvania CTO to Top IT Post

Interim CIO Vikki Smith, who alluded to her imminent departure in a conversation with Government Technology last week, will be succeeded by Pennsylvania Chief Technology Officer James Weaver.

November 15, 2018

What is an Alexaphone?

Answer: Alexa inside a retro telephone.

November 14, 2018

Road Assessment App RoadBotics Raises $3.9M in Seed Funding

With new funding from Hyperplane Venture Capital and other urban-tech investors, the Pittsburgh-based company plans to diversify and cover more territory.

November 14, 2018

Verizon to Fund 5G Inventions for Emergency Responders

In partnership with Responder Corp., the telecommunications giant is launching 5G First Responder Lab, a maker space in Washington, D.C., for designing and building faster communications tech for emergency situations.

November 14, 2018

How can you optimize your images for the Web?

Answer: ‘Squoosh’ them!

November 14, 2018

6 U.S. Cities Join Mastercard's Global Problem-Solving Network

The new City Possible network is made up of 16 cities across the globe, and is open to more. It's meant to help cities work together to identify common problems and the solutions to them.

November 13, 2018

What is the latest problem affecting some Lime scooters?

Answer: They are literally falling apart.

November 13, 2018

Granicus Acquires Record Management Firm SouthTech

The company has made several big mergers and acquisitions since receiving private equity money in 2016. This one brings in a company, SouthTech Systems, founded on building software for California county clerks.

November 12, 2018

What is ‘smishing’?

Answer: SMS phishing.

November 9, 2018

West Virginia Not Planning to Expand Use of Blockchain Voting

A limited pilot program for overseas military personnel and U.S. citizens used blockchain technology for secure Internet voting. It was a first-of-its-kind project, but the state isn't looking to make it the default system.

November 9, 2018

What would make the endless scrolling in Netflix apps easier?

Answer: Eye-tracking software.

November 8, 2018

How many smartphones does it take to play Pokémon Go?

Answer: 11, for one retiree in Taiwan.

November 7, 2018

How long is The Boring Co.’s demonstration tunnel?

Answer: ‘Disturbingly long.’

November 6, 2018

RapidSOS Raises $30M to Expand Emergency Data Platform

The New York-based startup’s software sends location and other data automatically from enabled devices to emergency responders. The latest funding round brings its total amount raised up to $65 million.

November 6, 2018

Did your friends vote?

Answer: Find out with these two apps.

November 5, 2018

Transit App Gets $17.5M to Help Drivers Move Beyond Cars

Transit, a startup based in Canada, wants users to find all their car-free travel options in one place. Now they've got a big chunk of money to continue that work, and a lot of it came from car companies.

November 5, 2018

If a wolf howls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Answer: The hidden cameras in Denali National Park might be able to tell us.

November 2, 2018

Govtech Fund Goes International With Investment Partnership

The firm will collaborate with Sunstone Technology Ventures on deal-sourcing, review and investment overseas.

November 2, 2018

Which bike- and scooter-share company is getting into cars?

Answer: Lime.

November 2, 2018

Digital Cities 2018: Winners Stretch Far Beyond IT Basics

This year's winners in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey are finding creative ways to solve government problems with technology, pushing the envelope of what is possible in the public sector.

November 1, 2018

What percentage of Americans wish they could trade in their Halloween candy for something better?

Answer: 90 percent, according to a survey commissioned by Reese's.

October 31, 2018

Is space haunted?

Answer: Who’s to say for sure, but a new image from NASA points to ‘yes.’

October 30, 2018

What can you build to help you learn basic computer programming?

Answer: A robotic cat.

October 29, 2018

Here's How City Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

Counties and cities look fairly distinct from one another.

October 29, 2018

How much is the first piece of AI art worth?

Answer: $432,000.

October 26, 2018

Does the Internet smell?

Answer: Not yet.

October 25, 2018

Twisted light could make the Internet how much faster?

Answer: 100 times faster.

October 24, 2018

What is the latest form of biometric identification?

Answer: The way you walk.

October 23, 2018

What percentage of wildfires are started through human activity?

Answer: 80 percent.

October 22, 2018

Here's How County Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

County governments devote much more of their budgets to staff, and less to services.

October 22, 2018

What is the latest (and wackiest) plan to get rid of streetlights?

Answer: An artificial moon.

October 19, 2018

Why did Facebook build a 'war room'?

Answer: To help defend elections against misinformation.

October 18, 2018

How do you turn an iPhone XS into a time machine?

Answer: With a $6,490+ case.

October 17, 2018

What iconic dance can the SpotMini robot do?

Answer: The Running Man.

October 17, 2018

Stu Davis, Former Ohio CIO, Announces Private-Sector Job

He will help lead the public sector division of a data analytics firm.

October 17, 2018

NEOGOV Acquires HR Software Veteran High Line Corp.

It's the second acquisition for NEOGOV in the last year.

October 17, 2018

NYC Names Former U.S. CTO Advisor Kelly Jin its New Chief Analytics Officer

Jin started work Monday in the position, which has been vacant for more than a year.

October 16, 2018

How many legs does this creepy-crawly robot have?

Answer: 32!

October 15, 2018

Here's How State Governments Spend Their IT Budgets

A quick bite of the data from the 2018 Digital States project.

October 15, 2018

Gunshot Detection Company ShotSpotter Acquires Predictive Policing Software

The move puts ShotSpotter into a competitive and contentious space.

October 15, 2018

Does toilet paper have a heartbeat?

Answer: No, but your fitness tracker might think it does.

October 12, 2018

What’s the latest way to get the best DMV appointment?

Answer: Your own robocaller!

October 11, 2018

Is there anywhere this surveillance robot can’t go?

Answer: No.

October 10, 2018

Elections Management Startup EasyVote Raises $1.5M

The funding round comes from a single investment partner.

October 10, 2018

2018 Digital States Survey: A Digital Benchmark for States (Infographic)

Top-line takeaways from this year’s survey, revealing where states are on their journey to digital government.

October 10, 2018

Facebook’s latest foray into hardware focuses on what feature?

Answer: Video calling.

October 9, 2018

Transportation Startup Passport Acquires License Plate Reading Company NuPark

Passport got a big investment last year, and started looking for acquisition opportunities.

October 9, 2018

Do fish have faces?

Answer: Yes, and facial recognition tech can identify them.

October 8, 2018

This strange accessory gives any smartphone what?

Answer: A finger.

October 5, 2018

Can U.S. authorities shoot down private drones?

Answer: Not yet, but they should be able to soon.

October 4, 2018

North Dakota Adds a Chief Data Officer to Its List of Recent Hires

CIO Shawn Riley said the state has hired longtime private-sector tech executive Dorman Bazzell as its inaugural chief data officer.

October 4, 2018

Amazon’s Alexa can be hacked using the sound of what?

Answer: The sound of birds chirping.

October 3, 2018

How long has it been since a woman won a Nobel Prize in Physics?

Answer: 55 years.

October 3, 2018

What Was the ‘Presidential Alert’ All About?

The ‘Presidential Alert’ received across the country was part of a test to evaluate the readiness of federal emergency communication infrastructure.

October 2, 2018

What is HP’s newest convertible laptop made out of?

Answer: Leather.

October 2, 2018

Digital States Survey 2018: Raising the Bar

The results of this year's survey show that top states prioritize collaboration, good governance and strong citizen engagement in their use of technology to serve the public.

October 1, 2018

FirstNet Names New Acting CEO

Edward Parkinson has been named acting CEO of the First Responder Network Authority.

October 1, 2018

How accurate is this gun-detecting AI?

Answer: 99 percent.

September 28, 2018

Accela Officially Announces Collaboration with Microsoft

The provider's cloud-based solutions will be hosted on Microsoft Azure.

September 28, 2018

What is Amazon 4-star?

Answer: A brick-and-mortar Amazon store.

September 27, 2018

Massachusetts Names CyberCenter Lead, Grants to Bolster IT Workforce

Speaking at the 2018 Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, Gov. Charlie Baker announced new leadership for the MassCyberCenter and grants to stimulate workforce development.

September 27, 2018

What is one thing this smart lock doesn’t require?

Answer: An Internet connection.

September 26, 2018

Former San Francisco Chief Data Officer Joins Cybersecurity Company

Joy Bonaguro, who departed local government earlier this month, will be Corelight’s new head of people, operations and data.

September 26, 2018

Smarsh and Actiance Finalize Merger

The merger between the communications-focuses companies was announced Sept. 26.

September 26, 2018

A new system uses Wi-Fi to do what?

Answer: Look through walls to count people.

September 25, 2018

What is the latest way to control a drone?

Answer: With your eyes!

September 25, 2018

Chief Privacy Officers in State and Local Government (Interactive Map)

GovTech's overview of which states, cities and counties have a chief privacy officer.

September 24, 2018

How is Huawei trolling Apple?

Answer: by helping Apple customers “juice up” while waiting in line.

September 21, 2018

Georgia Cyber Center Finds Director in Former NSA Commander

Its new executive director comes directly from a career spanning nearly three decades in cyberdefense and national intelligence.

September 21, 2018

What is robotic skin?

Answer: A material that can turn ordinary objects into robots.

September 20, 2018

There’s an AI-powered lion statue in London that 'eats' what?

Answer: Words.

September 19, 2018

What can Kayak’s new AR tool tell you?

Answer: If your carry-on bag will fit in a plane’s overhead bin.

September 18, 2018

Why are you (likely) going to get a text from the president in October?

Answer: To test the national emergency alert system.

September 18, 2018

San Francisco’s First Chief Data Officer, Joy Bonaguro, Departs

San Francisco’s data efforts will be led moving forward by data services manager, Jason Lally.

September 17, 2018

How can active listening AI help improve public health?

Answer: By detecting coughs.

September 14, 2018

What can Apple’s newest smartwatch do if you fall down?

Answer: Call for help.

September 13, 2018

How high above Hurricane Florence did the International Space Station have to be in order to take a picture of the whole storm?

Answer: 400 km.

September 12, 2018

What do you call a drone-deployed sensor at the top of an active volcano?

Answer: A dragon egg.

September 11, 2018

Infiniti, an IT Company in California's Agile Vendor Pool, Has Been Acquired

InterVision, which does similar work in the managed IT-cloud services space, bought out Infiniti.

September 11, 2018

What is the latest way to operate The Boring Co.’s machines?

Answer: With an Xbox controller.

September 10, 2018

New Balance trained an AI system to identify what kind of people?

Answer: Fashionable people.

September 7, 2018

Which U.S. city just became the first to have scooters from Lyft?

Answer: Denver.

September 6, 2018

Mike Poth, Who Saw FirstNet to Fruition, Departs for Private Sector

The FirstNet Authority is well into the deployment phase for the nation's first interoperable emergency responder network.

September 6, 2018

Uber wants to turn its users’ phones into what?

Answer: Crash detectors.

September 5, 2018

One of the Largest Gov Tech Mergers Ever Now Has a Name: CentralSquare

The merger created one of the biggest companies in gov tech.

September 5, 2018

What is now helping to keep the Great Barrier Reef alive?

Answer: A starfish-killing drone.

September 4, 2018

What is the latest way to find the best fall foliage?

Answer: With algorithms!

September 1, 2018

The Status of Smart (Infographic)

Facts and figures on smart cities efforts in the U.S.

August 31, 2018

Where can you hide your password to protect your bitcoin?

Answer: In a strand of DNA.

August 30, 2018

What is a Duckiebot?

Answer: A small autonomous car for transporting rubber duckies.

August 29, 2018

Autonomous grocery delivery has come to which California city?

Answer: San Jose.

August 29, 2018

Riverside, Calif., Names Insider as New Innovation Officer

George Khalil replaces Lea Deesing, who was promoted earlier this year.

August 28, 2018

How much is this original Apple I computer expected to fetch at auction?

Answer: $300,000.

August 27, 2018

How long was a biometric scanner in use at the border before it identified a fake passport?

Answer: 3 days.

August 24, 2018

Who wants to help voters get a lift to the polls this November?

Answer: Lyft.

August 23, 2018

Are women’s pockets too small for smartphones?

Answer: Yes, yes they are.

August 22, 2018

The world’s largest aircraft will be used to launch what?

Answer: Spaceplanes.

August 21, 2018

Virtual reality technology is being used to help amputees do what?

Answer: To perceive their prosthetic limbs.

August 20, 2018

Chief Innovation Officers in State and Local Government (Interactive Map)

GovTech's overview of which states, cities and counties have added a chief innovation officer to their ranks.

August 20, 2018

Why did Ford disguise a driver as a car seat?

Answer: To develop a language for self-driving cars.

August 17, 2018

What can you do to tell this drone to take your picture?

Answer: Smile.

August 16, 2018

Why did Bird and Lime temporarily halt all e-scooter services in Santa Monica, Calif.?

Answer: To protest against a potential #LifeWithoutScooters.

August 16, 2018

Startup Providing Video Streaming and Other Information to Emergency Dispatch Raises $15M

The next-generation 911 company, Carbyne, is based in Israel but signing its first customers in the U.S.

August 15, 2018

What opens the lid on this high-tech, no-spill bottle?

Answer: Contact with your lips.

August 14, 2018

How long did it take an 11-year-old to hack the Florida Secretary of State’s Web page for reporting election results?

Answer: 10 minutes.

August 13, 2018

What will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to identify certain attendees?

Answer: Facial recognition tech.

August 10, 2018

West Virginia to Extend Online Blockchain Voting Test to November

The state is the first to try the technology at such a large scale — though the number of people using the system will likely be a tiny fraction of the overall electorate.

August 10, 2018

How long does it take this AI to find Waldo?

Answer: 4.45 seconds.

August 9, 2018

Ford employees are getting a helping hand on the assembly line from what?

Answer: Robotic exoskeletons.

August 8, 2018

What is an Amish Uber?

Answer: A horse and buggy.

August 7, 2018

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle got a makeover that included what?

Answer: The world’s first revolving glass floor.

August 6, 2018

Conduent Sells Part of Its Gov Tech Business to Avenu

Conduent is staying in the public sector, but divesting itself of "non-core assets," according to the company.

August 6, 2018

How does a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa hope to deter burglars?

Answer: By playing realistic, and ridiculous, conversations.

August 3, 2018

What new method have researchers found for identifying phone users?

Answer: Tracking taps and swipes.

August 2, 2018

Where are Bird electric scooters going next?

Answer: Paris, France.

August 1, 2018

Uber is ending which part of its autonomous vehicles division?

Answer: Freight trucks.

July 31, 2018

These low-rent New York City apartments include what amenity?

Answer: Smart home tech.

July 31, 2018

Toledo, Ohio, Finds New CIO in Longtime Technologist

Anne Bennett has more than two decades of technology experience under her belt.

July 30, 2018

How many members of Congress were mistakenly identified by facial recognition tech?

Answer: 28.

July 27, 2018

Virginia Governor Appoints State's First-Ever Chief Data Officer

Carlos Rivero, who has spent his career in academia and federal government positions, will be Virginia's first CDO.

July 27, 2018

Waymo and Walmart want to make what chore easier?

Answer: Grocery shopping.

July 26, 2018

PayIt Makes Former Illinois CTO Its Chief Client Officer

Mike Wons was already serving as an adviser to the company.

July 26, 2018

What is the power source of this device charger?

Answer: Wind or water.

July 25, 2018

This kit teaches kids how to code using what?

Answer: The magic of Harry Potter.

July 25, 2018

Washington AG Prompts Facebook Ban on Discriminatory Ads

Facebook reaches an agreement with Washington State Attorney General’s office to prohibit discriminatory advertising practices on its platform.

July 24, 2018

American Airlines donated what kind of machines to the TSA?

Answer: CT scanners (sort of).

July 24, 2018

Medford, Ore., Is the Latest City Hit in Widespread Click2Gov Breach

The Oregon city is the latest affected by the breach of its online payment systems.

July 23, 2018

A new app allows Amazon’s Alexa to communicate with whom?

Answer: The deaf community.

July 20, 2018

How many times will you likely be able to drop your next phone before it breaks?

Answer: 15 times.

July 19, 2018

North Dakota Bolsters Its Leadership Ranks with New C-Suite Hires

State CIO Shawn Riley announced the hiring of two top positions within the Information Technology Department July 19.

July 19, 2018

A new art museum in Japan features what kind of works?

Answer: Digital.

July 18, 2018

What tasty treat could be used to power single-use robotic actuators?

Answer: Popcorn.

July 17, 2018

This prototype drone is as quiet as what?

Answer: A whisper.

July 17, 2018

5G on the Map

An interactive look at 5G technology across the country as covered by Government Technology.

July 16, 2018

How many wheels does this single-passenger EV have?

Answer: Three.

July 13, 2018

This robot was modified to take care of what?

Answer: A plant.

July 12, 2018

3-D-printed parts make up most of the components of this jetpack that works where?

Answer: Underwater.

July 11, 2018

What can police departments use social media for besides policing?

Answer: Challenging each other to lip sync battles.

July 11, 2018

Digital Counties Survey 2018: Winners Prioritize Culture, Collaboration and Automation

This year's winners use tech to improve government, even when the odds are stacked against them.

July 10, 2018

Former Accela Senior Vice President Joins SeamlessDocs as Its First Chief Success Officer

Angela Langston will oversee a lot of customer-centric functions at SeamlessDocs.

July 10, 2018

What did an autonomous car learn to do in just 20 minutes?

Answer: Stay in its own lane.

July 9, 2018

How much is your driving data worth?

Answer: A free cup of coffee ... if you drive a Mitsubishi.

July 6, 2018

Your next smartphone could have a fingerprint sensor that checks what?

Answer: Your temperature.

July 5, 2018

Can Yelp be forced to delete negative reviews?

Answer: No. Not yet, anyway.

July 3, 2018

This smartphone-saving case acts like what?

Answer: An airbag for your device.

July 2, 2018

Chief Data Officers: Which State and Local Governments Have a CDO?

Here's a look at who's filling the role of CDO in states, cities and counties.

July 2, 2018

What is Amazon’s latest business venture?

Answer: Pharmaceuticals.

July 1, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles: Coming to a Road Near You (If They're Not There Already)

Across the nation, states are passing autonomous vehicle legislation and in some cases these vehicles are already roaming the roads. Here’s a look at where autonomous vehicles are and where they’re going.

June 29, 2018

What is holding this portable chemical weapons detector together?

Answer: Lego bricks.

June 29, 2018

Washington State Appoints Interim WaTech Director

Gov. Jay Inslee names Vikki Smith to serve as interim director of Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), as acting CIO Rob St. John prepares to retire June 30.

June 28, 2018

Facebook just shuttered a program that involved what popular technology?

Answer: Drones, and the Internet.

June 27, 2018

What is a high-tech solution to preventing potholes on the road?

Answer: 3-D-printing drones.

June 26, 2018

Drones on the Map

An interactive look at drone use across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 26, 2018

China’s new underwater drones resemble what popular fictional character?

Answer: Nemo, from Finding Nemo.

June 25, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles on the Map

An interactive look at autonomous vehicle projects and policies across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 25, 2018

How do you stop students from using the Internet to cheat on exams?

Answer: Turn it off.

June 22, 2018

The Supreme Court has ruled that states can now collect what sales tax?

Answer: Internet sales tax on online retail purchases.

June 22, 2018

Blockchain on the Map

An interactive look at blockchain use across the country as covered by Government Technology.

June 21, 2018

How many coins were stolen in a recent South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hack?

Answer: 35 billion.

June 20, 2018

Arkansas Finds Its First Chief Privacy Officer in Former Counselor

The former general counsel to the Department of Information Systems has returned, this time as the state's privacy czar.

June 20, 2018

Which major hotel chain will be putting Amazon Echo devices in its rooms?

Answer: Marriott.

June 19, 2018

Apple to Launch 911 Location Feature with iOS 12 Update

A new feature within Apple's iOS 12 update will allow 911 callers to more accurately share their location with first responders.

June 19, 2018

Amazon Shareholders Ask Company Not to Sell Facial Recognition Software to Government

Amazon shareholders came together to send a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking for the software not to be sold to police.

June 19, 2018

How fast can the world’s fastest electric speedboat go?

Answer: 88.6 miles per hour.

June 18, 2018

This lens for bike helmets connects you to your phone while keeping your eyes where?

Answer: On the road.

June 15, 2018

A Tesla Model X broke a Guinness World Record by towing what?

Answer: A Boeing 787.

June 14, 2018

Six Governments to Receive Technical Support from Harvard

The Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab will help six different state and local governments with pressing issues facing their communities.

June 14, 2018

Would-Be Notaries in Utah Can Now Take a Practice Exam Using Google Home

The use of AI and digital assistants is part of a larger trend for the state.

June 14, 2018

This measuring device gets rid of the tape and takes measurements with what?

Answer: Augmented reality.

June 13, 2018

First Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Selects Four Winners

Two cities and two counties in Georgia have been chosen as winners of a smart development competition.

June 13, 2018

Dogs are being trained to help law enforcement sniff out what?

Answer: Cybercrime.

June 12, 2018

New Jersey Governor Appoints State's Second Chief Technology Officer

Christopher Rein, former deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, is the state's second stand-alone chief technology officer.

June 12, 2018

This Dutch community installed streetlights that are beneficial to what creature?

Answer: Bats.

June 11, 2018

Which part of planes could be going virtual?

Answer: The windows.

June 11, 2018

Most Voting Equipment Has Been Around Longer than iPhones

Why the majority of voting systems in the U.S. are more than a decade old.

June 8, 2018

Where did Microsoft just put a data center?

Answer: At the bottom of the ocean.

June 7, 2018

NIC Co-Founder Retires, Former Tesla and Federal Government CIOs Join Board

NIC co-founder Ross Hartley has retired from the company board of directors. At the same time the board has added two new members.

June 7, 2018

Chicago Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk Departs for Private Sector

Schenk is the second chief data officer of a major city to depart government service in recent weeks.

June 7, 2018

How long did it take the world’s smallest rugged 4G smartphone to reach its funding target?

Answer: 60 seconds.

June 6, 2018

ClearGov Raises $2.25M

ClearGov has raised its total funding to $3.75 million after its second round of seed funding brought in an additional $2.25 million.

June 6, 2018

The U.S. Army has developed an algorithm that can calculate what?

Answer: How much coffee you should drink, and when, to achieve maximum alertness.

June 5, 2018

This simple location tracker works without data or Wi-Fi and has a range of how many miles?

Answer: Three miles.

June 4, 2018

Microsoft Acquires GitHub for $7.5B

The companies are pledging that GitHub will operate independently as it joins one of the largest companies in tech.

June 4, 2018

Scientists have created the first 3-D bio-printed artificial versions of what human body part?

Answer: The cornea.

June 1, 2018

The first Call for Code Challenge is a contest for apps that do what?

Answer: Help people deal with natural disasters.

May 31, 2018

Illinois House Passes Bill Making it Easier for Police to Fly Drones Above Crowds

After blocking a vote on expanded drone use on crowds, the Illinois House of Representatives has revised and approved the expansion.

May 31, 2018

The “smelldect” project aims to give future smartphones what capability?

Answer: A sense of smell.

May 30, 2018

This device can clean anything submerged in water using what?

Answer: Sound waves.

May 29, 2018

An Amazon Echo device in Portland, Ore., has been accused of doing what?

Answer: Eavesdropping.

May 25, 2018

New Douglas County, Nev., CTO Met with Network Outage

Just days after Tammy James assumed the chief technology officer position, the county experienced connectivity issues.

May 25, 2018

Can a public official block Twitter users who post criticisms of their political views?

Answer: No, according to a new federal court ruling.

May 24, 2018

Chinese police are using facial recognition technology to catch fugitives where?

Answer: At pop concerts.

May 23, 2018

The “holy grail of shipwrecks” was discovered with the help of what?

Answer: An autonomous underwater vehicle.

May 22, 2018

Which world leader has become the latest to attend an event via hologram?

Answer: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.

May 21, 2018

How much does the lightest e-bike for road riding weigh?

Answer: 26.2 pounds.

May 18, 2018

Two hikers and an incapacitated dog were recently rescued with the help of what?

Answer: A firefighter’s personal drone.

May 17, 2018

Where do these 'hydropanels' get clean drinking water?

Answer: Out of thin air.

May 16, 2018

Washington's Acting CIO to Retire in June

After some 33 years in state service, Rob St. John will retire June 30.

May 16, 2018

U.S. Senate Votes to Keep Net Neutrality, but an Uphill Battle Remains

The lower chamber of Congress and the White House aren't friendly to the idea of net neutrality.

May 16, 2018

Changing the color of your clothes could one day be as easy as what?

Answer: A tap on your smartphone.

May 15, 2018

Since the end of March, how many apps has Facebook suspended for potentially misusing personal data?

Answer: 200.

May 14, 2018

Map: FAA Selects 10 Cities for Drone Innovation Projects

The Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program will give the administration insights into how it might relax drone restrictions in the future.

May 14, 2018

Tyler Names New CEO, Reveals How Much It Paid to Acquire Socrata

The outgoing CEO, who will lead the company's board of directors, made a bundle on stock options as he made the change.

May 14, 2018

This in-mouth sensor measures your daily intake of what substance?

Answer: Salt.

May 11, 2018

Massachusetts Replaces from Within as First Tech Services Secretary Departs

Massachusetts' first secretary for its still-new Executive Office of Technology Services and Security is departing, and will be replaced by a member of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

May 11, 2018

The Skim Reaper is a device designed to bring death to what common fraudulent practice?

Answer: Credit card skimming.

May 10, 2018

What does Elon Musk want The Boring Company to do with all the leftover dirt from its tunnels?

Answer: Turn it into building material for low-cost housing.

May 9, 2018

Dave Weinstein, Former New Jersey CTO, Heads to Private Cybersecurity Firm

The former Gov. Chris Christie appointee has taken a spot with Claroty, a cybersecurity firm based out of New York.

May 9, 2018

One of Google Assistant’s new voice offerings belongs to which famous musician?

Answer: John Legend.

May 8, 2018

Biobot Analytics, a Startup Using Sewage to Fight the Opioid Crisis, Raises $2.5M

Ekistic Ventures led the round.

May 8, 2018

How long does it take this handheld 3-D bioprinter to form and print tissue for skin grafts?

Answer: Two minutes or less.

May 7, 2018

Map: States with CIO Changes in 2017 and 2018

There have been a lot of changes in state IT leadership in the past two years — with plenty more on the way.

May 7, 2018

A new deep learning AI can guess a person’s personality type by looking at what?

Answer: Their eye movements.

May 7, 2018

Municode Acquires Local Government Agenda and Meeting Software Company

Municode has a long history, including several recent acquisitions.

May 4, 2018

Which famous international landmark will get help in preservation efforts from Intel drones?

Answer: The Great Wall of China.

May 3, 2018

Lyft will begin offering free rides to which individuals?

Answer: Low-income people and veterans.

May 2, 2018

What does Ford’s new smart car window do for the blind and visually impaired?

Answer: It helps them to feel the view.

May 1, 2018

A new smartwatch prototype turns your forearm into what?

Answer: An interactive touchscreen.

April 30, 2018

This small, inexpensive 3-D printer can print electronics where?

Answer: Directly onto the skin.

April 27, 2018

To prevent texting while driving, Volkswagen is making cellphone cases out of what?

Answer: Metal from crashed cars.

April 26, 2018

What is the Ultra Password Cube?

Answer: A Rubik’s Cube for generating unique passwords.

April 25, 2018

Researchers used a GoPro and a set of trackers to train a deep learning algorithm to do what?

Answer: Think like a dog.

April 24, 2018

Volkswagen will market its electric vehicles by sending one where?

Answer: Racing up Pikes Peak.

April 23, 2018

This startup wants to provide real-time surveillance of what?

Answer: The entire Earth.

April 20, 2018

How many robots does it take to assemble an IKEA chair?

Answer: Two, and they’ll be done in 20 minutes.

April 19, 2018

Emergency Response Data Provider RapidSOS Raises $16M

The round included participation from Microsoft Ventures.

April 19, 2018

This device lets a person control a drone using what?

Answer: Their body.

April 18, 2018

This smart bike light allows riders to do what?

Answer: Report potholes and other road issues.

April 17, 2018

A runner in the Boston Marathon wore what kind of shoes?

Answer: 3-D printed flip-flops.

April 16, 2018

Here's What a Blockchain Property Deed Looks Like

Spoiler: It looks like a property deed.

April 16, 2018

Where is the world’s first electrified road?

Answer: Sweden.

April 13, 2018

How much will a 12-day stay at the luxury space hotel Aurora Station cost?

Answer: $9.5 million.

April 12, 2018

Dubai is piloting smart license plates that can do what if a car crashes?

Answer: Immediately alert first responders.

April 12, 2018

Bridge SF Conference Links Up with Startup in Residence

This year's Startup in Residence demonstrations will take place at the Bridge SF conference.

April 11, 2018

This heat-resistant wallpaper could turn an entire room into what?

Answer: A smoke detector.

April 10, 2018

New York City to Build Nation’s First City-Based Wireless Testbed

The innovative project will be funded with a $22.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

April 10, 2018

How will USPS let you know if you have letters coming in the mail?

Answer: By sending you pictures of them.

April 9, 2018

Map: Michigan Gets More Election Security Money Per Person than Other Big States

For the most part, the bigger states got bigger grants. But the presidential battleground state of Michigan got more money per person than other big states.

April 7, 2018

Facebook has promised to allow users to do what with their messages sent through its Messenger app?

Answer: Delete, or "unsend," them.

April 6, 2018

How do users of the AlterEgo headpiece communicate with computers?

Answer: Silently.

April 5, 2018

What will Pokemon Go users be rewarded for doing on Earth Day?

Answer: Picking up trash.

April 4, 2018

Zolnowsky Steps Down as South Dakota CIO

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications for South Dakota has retired.

April 4, 2018

What does NASA want to use to remotely explore Mars?

Answer: A swarm of robot bees.

April 3, 2018

New York City Names New Chief Privacy Officer

Laura Negrón will head up the newly formed effort to protect publicly held data in New York City.

April 3, 2018

Who will be providing personalized highlight reels for the upcoming Masters tournament?

Answer: IBM’s AI, Watson.

April 2, 2018

San Francisco International Looks to Dynamic Glass for Efficiencies, Safety

California’s second-largest airport is installing electrochromic glass that is capable of automatically lightening and tinting.

April 2, 2018

What is the latest way to prevent foot ulcers in diabetics?

Answer: With smart socks.

March 30, 2018

One Legislation Management Software Maker Invests $1.5M in Another

Propylon is putting down an investment in PrimeGov, but the nature of the transaction is fuzzy.

March 30, 2018

What will the newest Subaru Forester use to make sure drivers are paying attention to the road?

Answer: Facial recognition technology.

March 29, 2018

Who can now advertise on the navigation app Waze?

Answer: Local small businesses.

March 28, 2018

Which biological creature is the inspiration for this robot?

Answer: A cart-wheeling spider.

March 27, 2018

What is the latest industrial use for UAVs?

Answer: De-icing giant wind turbines.

March 26, 2018

This hat uses what to fool facial recognition technology?

Answer: LEDs.

March 23, 2018

How is an airport in Norway keeping the runways clear of snow?

Answer: With autonomous snowplows.

March 22, 2018

What makes the tail of this robotic fish look so realistic?

Answer: A hydraulic propulsion system.

March 21, 2018

Who can control this floating robot designed to collect trash in the Chicago River?

Answer: Anyone, via the Web.

March 20, 2018

Mark43 Announces $38M in Series C Funding

The company expects a lot of new customers this year.

March 20, 2018

What is the latest way to detect a major heart event?

Answer: With a special app.

March 19, 2018

Data Suggests One-Third of State IT Systems are Old and Broken

A new analysis sheds some light on how big the problems are and where they're the worst.

March 19, 2018

Who is Emma?

Answer: The first digital assistant for ski resorts.

March 16, 2018

Assembled in less than one day, this media lab is built out of what?

Answer: Shipping containers.

March 15, 2018

What happens when a nonprofit teams up with a construction company to end global homelessness?

Answer: A 3-D printer that can print an 800-square-foot house in under 24 hours.

March 14, 2018

What tech is being used in hospitals to help alleviate pain?

Answer: Virtual reality.

March 13, 2018

How long does it take this robot to solve a Rubik's Cube?

Answer: Just 0.38 seconds.

March 12, 2018

Which animal species has become the latest to inadvertently set up a pretty good selfie?

Answer: Penguins.

March 9, 2018

A new interface makes it possible for who to play existing car-racing video games?

Answer: People who are blind.

March 8, 2018

How much does a gold-plated iPhone cost?

Answer: About $4,000.

March 8, 2018

Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grant Winners Announced

Four cities and the state of Virginia were named as 2018 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grant winners.

March 7, 2018

One hospital is using what tech to help treat Syrian war refugees?

Answer: 3-D printing.

March 7, 2018

Accela Launches Dedicated Software Products for Regulating Marijuana and Short-Term Rentals

The company is building off what it's already been working on.

March 6, 2018

There’s a robotic exoskeleton coming to the U.S. that shares a name with what fictitious AI villain?

Answer: HAL, from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

March 5, 2018

These headphones claim to help counteract what potentially immobilizing condition?

Answer: Vertigo.

March 1, 2018

How can “dumb” windows be made smart without replacing them?

Answer: With an ultra-thin, self-regulating coating.

February 28, 2018

How does this lamp connect devices to the Internet?

Answer: With light.

February 27, 2018

BMW wants to make your smartphone double as what?

Answer: Your car key.

February 26, 2018

Estimated State IT Budgets for 2018

What is the size of the state government technology market?

February 26, 2018

A new study scans brainwaves in order to do what?

Answer: Reconstruct the face someone was just thinking of.

February 23, 2018

What kind of vehicle might your next UPS package arrive in?

Answer: A custom-built, plug-in electric delivery truck.

February 22, 2018

Who has designed and built a solar-powered tent for the homeless?

Answer: An all-female team of high school engineers.

February 21, 2018

What Is 'Cryptojacking'?

An explainer.

February 21, 2018

A new device measures a patient’s heart rate and displays the data where?

Answer: On their skin.

February 20, 2018

Scooter-Sharing Takes to the Streets

The startup Bird has an electric scooter-sharing program in Santa Monica, Calif.

February 19, 2018

How does this shocking AI device make sure a photographer takes good pictures?

Answer: By literally shocking them.

February 16, 2018

How is Twitter trying to hamper the spread of misinformation during major events?

Answer: By broadcasting local TV news channels on its platform.

February 15, 2018

How long did it take an autonomous truck to drive from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla.?

Answer: 44 hours.

February 14, 2018

What just mastered opening doors for the first time?

Answer: Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot.

February 13, 2018

To set a new world record, how many drones did Intel fly simultaneously over the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony?

Answer: 1,218.

February 12, 2018

Here's What Technology State and Local Governments Bought in 2017

A look through government tech purchasing data.

February 10, 2018

Lyft will begin allowing riders to donate to which tech-focused nonprofit?

Answer: Black Girls CODE.

February 9, 2018

What tech will be used to maintain security at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Answer: Drones that catch other drones and a tactical plane with facial recognition.

February 8, 2018

Did Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster survive being launched into space by SpaceX?

Answer: Yes, according to live video feed that SpaceX just released.

February 7, 2018

Who is behind the latest attempt at making smart glasses?

Answer: Intel.

February 6, 2018

Iceland is getting a large cryptocurrency mine that runs on what?

Answer: 100 percent clean and sustainable energy.

February 5, 2018

What happens if Amazon's Alexa loses her voice?

Answer: Celebrities try, and fail, to fill in.

February 2, 2018

6 Celebrities, Famous People Investing in GovTech 100 Companies

Gov tech may be niche in the startup world, but it has drawn its share of star power.

February 2, 2018

How can you stop an incoming drone at more than half a mile away?

Answer: with the DroneGun Tactical handheld jamming gun.

February 1, 2018

How much did Positron raise in seed funding for its new virtual reality chair?

Answer: $1.4 million.

January 31, 2018

Illinois Releases Its First Official Government Report on Blockchain

A state task force met for four months to discuss and study the technology's potential.

January 31, 2018

What is the latest (and arguably greatest) use for deep machine learning?

Answer: dropping Nicolas Cage’s face into classic movies, of course!

January 30, 2018

These tiny robots are powered by what?

Answer: Moisture.

January 29, 2018

What causes these circuits to self-destruct?

Answer: Radio waves.

January 26, 2018

From slippers to tables to floor cushions, Nissan designed these items to do what on their own?

Answer: Go back where they belong.

January 25, 2018

Company Behind Threat Response Software Groupdolists Raises $1.5M

The seed round was led by Responder Ventures.

January 25, 2018

A Singapore university is getting an electric shuttle that takes how long to charge?

Answer: 20 seconds.

January 24, 2018

Map: Five Major Cities Suddenly Are Facing Top IT Cabinet Vacancies

There's been a sudden jump in the number of open CIO and CTO roles in big cities.

January 24, 2018

The U.S. Olympic ski team is using what tech to help them train for the upcoming Winter Olympics?

Answer: Virtual reality.

January 22, 2018

The first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor in the display will launch when?

Answer: Jan. 24.

January 22, 2018

Microsoft's newest AI is a master of what?

Answer: The arts.

January 19, 2018

How did a drone aid in rescuing two swimmers stranded off the Australian coast?

Answer: By dropping them a flotation device.

January 18, 2018

Which state recently became the first to outlaw droning under the influence?

Answer: New Jersey.

January 17, 2018

This wearable sticker changes color based on your exposure to what?

Answer: Sunlight.

January 16, 2018

A startup in France has developed a mask that protects against what percentage of urban air pollutants?

Answer: 99.8 percent.

January 12, 2018

NYCx Advisory Council to Guide Tech Program Improvements

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño, Jr. announced the NYCx Technology Leadership Advisory Council, which will advise and guide the new tech program.

January 12, 2018

BMW just set two Guinness World Records by drifting a car sideways for how long?

Answer: 232.5 miles for eight hours.

January 11, 2018

Where do you keep Linkflow's hands-free panoramic camera?

Answer: Around your neck.

January 10, 2018

A new bionic hand that can be worn outside a lab is the first to have what capability?

Answer: A sense of touch.

January 9, 2018

Washington State Names Permanent CISO

Ronald Buchanan, the chief information risk officer at the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services, will become the next chief information security officer for the state.

January 9, 2018

Electric bike-share bicycles are coming to which big city?

Answer: San Francisco.

January 8, 2018

Louisville, Ky., Hires New Head of IT

The city tapped Chris Seidt to help guide its technology infrastructure into the future.

January 8, 2018

Greg Zickau Will Stay on as Idaho’s CIO, Despite New Governor

The state's Information Technology Services will be led by Administrator Jeffery Weak, while Greg Zickau remains as the CIO and deputy administrator.

January 8, 2018

Elucd, a Community Pollster for Police, Raises $1M Seed Round

The company's backers include Omidyar Network and the Y Combinator.

January 8, 2018

How Firefighters Use Drones

An infographic from a drone retailer provides some insight.

January 8, 2018

What is 20 inches tall, has two wheels and follows you around like a puppy?

Answer: The aptly named 90Fun Puppy 1 smart suitcase.

January 7, 2018

Minnesota CIO Departs State Service Ahead of New Appointee

Johanna Clyborne took the lead at Minnesota Information Technology Services in early 2018 following the departure of Tom Baden, and after roughly a year is stepping aside as a new administration sets up shop.

January 5, 2018

Government Bond Startup Raises $10M in Investment

The Series A round was led by a major financial sector player.

January 4, 2018

How might your future car be able to predict your next move while driving?

Answer: By reading your mind.

January 4, 2018

What, besides dirt, will Roombas soon be able to pick up?

Answer: Wi-Fi signals.

January 3, 2018

Which car manufacturer is using 3-D printing tech to allow customers to personalize their vehicles?

Answer: BMW's Mini division.

December 30, 2017

Beginning Dec. 31, a cyclist will ride across the country in 10 days using what?

Answer: An electric bike wheel and the Google Assistant.

December 29, 2017

A hybrid UAV set a new flight-time record by staying aloft for how long?

Answer: Four hours and 40 minutes.

December 28, 2017

Hubbell Buys Smart Meter Provider Aclara for $1.1B

It's probably the largest gov tech deal ever.

December 28, 2017

A new ground-based Italian delivery drone uses what kind of biometric identification tech to make deliveries?

Answer: Facial recognition.

December 23, 2017

Since 2003, a photography professor at Rochester Institute of Technology has been using a microscope to take pictures of what?

Answer: Snowflakes.

December 22, 2017

How does the Inrigo camera pack let you know if it gets wet inside?

Answer: By sending an alert to your smartphone.

December 21, 2017

What social media giant has recently been receiving backlash from some of its former friends?

Answer: Facebook.

December 20, 2017

After a Year of Natural Disasters, Investors Pump $20M into Mitigation Startup One Concern

The company has pulled in a comparatively large Series A round to further its machine learning-driven technology.

December 20, 2017

Which major car manufacturer delivered more than 100,000 EVs in 2017?

Answer: BMW.

December 19, 2017

A new concept steering wheel for driverless cars features gesture control and what in the middle of it?

Answer: A touchscreen.

December 18, 2017

Nearly Half of Electric Customers Have Smart Meters, but Adoption Rates Vary Drastically

A look at the state of smart electric metering, courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

December 18, 2017

A new bio-inspired robot can immediately adapt to what?

Answer: The loss of multiple appendages.

December 14, 2017

White House IT Modernization Report Largely Sidesteps Oracle's Complaints

The tech giant thought the federal government should rely less on in-house expertise and open-source software. Those complaints didn't change much in a big report on modernizing government IT.

December 14, 2017

A new feature from Comcast allows you to find your Xfinity Mobile phone in your home by doing what?

Answer: Asking for it.

December 13, 2017

Who carried the 2018 Olympic torch in South Korea?

Answer: A humanoid robot.

December 12, 2017

Nextdoor Raises $75M Funding Round, Easily One of Gov Tech's Largest Deals of the Year

The company continues to pull in money from private investors.

December 12, 2017

Next-generation smartphones may come with Samsung chips that have how much storage space?

Answer: 512 GB

December 11, 2017

What store occupies 30,000 feet of space, has an 88-foot-long bar, and uses augmented reality technology?

Answer: The world's largest Starbucks store in Shanghai, China.

December 8, 2017

Kentucky's New CIO: A Retired Colonel with Federal-Level IT Expertise

Longtime U.S. Army officer Dr. Charles Grindle, who retired earlier this year, has been named Kentucky's new chief information officer.

December 8, 2017

What ride-share company is now offering driverless rides in Boston?

Answer: Lyft.

December 7, 2017

A new AI uses Google Maps' Street View feature to predict what?

Answer: Voting preferences.

December 6, 2017

3-D printing may be able to help doctors repair the loss of what?

Answer: Hearing.

December 5, 2017

What tech device is being used to create a new work of art?

Answer: Drones. Hundreds of them.

December 1, 2017

For safety reasons, what does Amazon want its delivery drones to do if they fall from the sky?

Answer: Self-destruct.

November 30, 2017

NEOGOV Acquires Online Workforce Training Company

It's the first acquisition since NEOGOV received investment money from a private equity firm last year.

November 30, 2017

What city mayor has expressed interest in receiving a bid from Elon Musk's The Boring Co. to build a high-speed train beneath the city?

Answer: Chicago.

November 30, 2017

The latest tech from Jim Beam is a voice-activated decanter that does what on command?

Answer: Pours a shot of whiskey.

November 29, 2017

NASCIO Releases Top 10 Priorities for 2018

State CIOs are making security and cloud services their top priorities for the upcoming year.

November 29, 2017

A new limited-edition concentrate from SodaStream allows users to turn water into what?

Answer: Wine.

November 28, 2017

Govtech Fund Raises $20M for Second Fund, with More Possibly on the Way

The firm has been operating with one fund since 2014.

November 28, 2017

What device aims to make sure you are brushing your teeth to the best of your ability?

Answer: an AI-powered toothbrush.

November 27, 2017

Tap is a wearable tech gadget that lets you turn any surface into what?

Answer: A Bluetooth keyboard.

November 22, 2017

How does KFC want to help you avoid the influx of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal notifications this year?

Answer: With an Internet-repellent tent.

November 21, 2017

What will soon be fueling some of London's buses?

Answer: coffee grounds.

November 20, 2017

What home furnishing giant is the latest to buy into augmented reality (AR) shopping?

Answer: Williams-Sonoma.

November 17, 2017

How is Twitter cracking down on verified users who post negative content?

Answer: By revoking their verified badges and imposing new guidelines for users seeking verification.

November 16, 2017

How is a research project in The Netherlands using a 3-D printer to repurpose plastic waste?

Answer: By making 3-D printed public benches out of Amsterdam’s plastic waste.

November 15, 2017

How does a new medication use tech to keep track of when you take it?

Answer: With sensors embedded in the pills.

November 14, 2017

What piece of clothing did Ford put a detection system into to curb drowsy driving?

Answer: A trucker cap.

November 13, 2017

Project Loon has brought Internet connectivity to how many people in Puerto Rico?

Answer: More than 100,000.

November 10, 2017

What has been approved for release in the U.S. to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes?

Answer: Weaponized, lab-grown mosquitoes.

November 9, 2017

Visa wants to allow you to pay for things at the 2018 Winter Olympics using what?

Answer: Your gloves.

November 8, 2017

Digital Cities Sneak Preview: 4 Early Takeaways from the 2017 Winners

Ahead of announcing the Digital Cities winners Thursday, the Center for Digital Government shares a few key trends that emerged from the results.

November 8, 2017

How is a Kickstarter project using tech to combat ocean pollution?

Answer: With a reusable water bottle that comes with a refill app.

November 7, 2017

What kind of UAV can you fly using Epson's augmented reality tech?

Answer: A holographic one.

November 6, 2017

What does Beheld, a new startup, allow you to scan, send and 3-D print?

Answer: Yourself.

November 3, 2017

What tech does the Department of Homeland Security want to implement to improve border security?

Answer: Facial scanning and recognition.

November 2, 2017

What discontinued popular Sony tech gadget has been revived?

Answer: The aibo robodog.

November 1, 2017

The Slidewheel is an amusement park ride that combines which two classic attractions?

Answer: A waterslide and a Ferris wheel.

October 31, 2017

What did NASA use to create a spooky Halloween playlist?

Answer: 'sounds' from space.

October 30, 2017

Traffic Accident Prediction Startup Waycare Gets $2.3M, Plans More Pilots

The company is already testing in Las Vegas. It wants more.

October 27, 2017

Q3 Market Update: Service Contracts Are Most Common Gov Tech Opportunity

A look through third-quarter market data.

October 27, 2017

How is Facebook planning to improve transparency around federal election advertisements?

Answer: by creating an archive for all advertisements on its platform.

October 27, 2017

Where does Amazon want to allow couriers to leave your packages?

Answer: Inside your front door.

October 26, 2017

Cubic Wins $500M Contract to Overhaul NYC Subway and Bus Fare System

The change, which includes mobile payment options, is a big one, but it's been a long time coming.

October 26, 2017

How will Nissan's EVs announce their presence to pedestrians?

Answer: with a song.

October 25, 2017

It is now illegal to do what in Honolulu?

Answer: Look at your phone while crossing the street.

October 24, 2017

How long does it take a new device to test you for common allergies?

Answer: five minutes.

October 23, 2017

AngelList Data: Government-Serving Startups Valued Higher Than Average

The startup curator's data suggests government-focused startups might be worth a bit more than other kinds of businesses — at least in the early stages, before they receive investment money.

October 23, 2017

Who recently received a custom 3-D printed facemask?

Answer: A tiny turtle!

October 20, 2017

What is 55.41 feet long, 22 feet wide and scheduled to be orbiting the moon by 2022?

Answer: an inflatable space habitat.

October 19, 2017

What new kind of reinforcement could help older structures remain standing in big earthquakes?

Answer: Spray-on cement.

October 17, 2017

CivicPlus Acquires BoardSync, Launches Agenda Management Solution

The company has been expanding its product portfolio lately.

October 17, 2017

What does Amazon want to deliver with its latest UAV patent?

Answer: on-the-go recharging services for electric vehicles.

October 17, 2017

The newest screen in London's Piccadilly Circus can display ads based on what?

Answer: the people and cars around it.

October 16, 2017

Census Data Reveals Where State Government Employment Is Shrinking

With low growth in state government employment, some state workforces and job types are facing cuts.

October 16, 2017

What can you now order through Facebook?

Answer: food.

October 13, 2017

How might your mail be arriving in the future?

Answer: in a self-driving mail truck.

October 12, 2017

What machine has been called upon to help combat the fires in Northern California?

Answer: the world's only Boeing 747 SuperTanker.

October 11, 2017

DigitalTown Buys Lawyer Directory in Sixth Acquisition Since 2015

The company is buying Congo to help bolster its existing legal services domains, which are part of a grander fleet of locally-focused Web portals.

October 10, 2017

What tech is currently being tested in London that could improve pedestrian safety?

Answer: an interactive LED crosswalk.

October 10, 2017

Weather radar detected a 70-mile-wide swarm of what in Colorado?

Answer: Butterflies.

October 9, 2017

The Private Equity Firm that Just Bought Accela Typically Owns Companies for Five Years

A look at the history of Berkshire Partners.

October 9, 2017

What major company may be able to speed up rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid?

Answer: Tesla.

October 6, 2017

Airbus plans to launch what new service within the next year?

Answer: its CityAirbus flying taxi service.

October 5, 2017

How can your table help you pick the right music?

Answer: By using smart tech to determine what you are drinking.

October 4, 2017

ClearGov Opens Nationwide Database to Compare Government Revenue and Spending

It's a step that capitalizes on the work ClearGov has been doing all along.

October 4, 2017

OpenGov Launches Performance Measurement Toolset

The new product is meant to help government workers with their nose in the daily grind step back and get a better idea of the big picture.

October 4, 2017

What is 5.5 feet tall and capable of passing through gaps as narrow as 11.8 inches?

Answer: The prototype of Honda's new disaster relief robot.

October 3, 2017

How is a Major League Baseball team planning to use iOS 11?

Answer: To provide contactless stadium entry.

October 3, 2017

Startup in Residence Program to Expand to Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital will be the lead city in the East Coast expansion of the San Francisco-born program that fosters collaboration between startups and government agencies.

October 2, 2017

David Garcia Appointed CIO for U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The former Maryland CIO fills the position, which was vacated in early September.

October 2, 2017

How long would it take to fly anywhere on Earth using a SpaceX rocket?

Answer: less than an hour.

September 29, 2017

How might pharmacies be able to quickly produce large quantities of medication?

Answer: by printing them.

September 28, 2017

URBAN-X Accelerator Cohort Includes Two Gov Tech Startups

The venture capital firm Urban.Us is involved with this round of companies.

September 28, 2017

What critter might be able to help robots get up after they fall?

Answer: A beetle.

September 27, 2017

City Planning-Focused Data Startup UrbanLogiq Wins $10K Prize

The young company is fresh out of the 500 Startups accelerator.

September 27, 2017

What could be the next big source of clean, renewable energy?

Answer: evaporating water

September 26, 2017

Report: Washington State’s Internal IT Services Need Upgrades

WaTech currently faces problems in a range of areas, chief among them being transparency, communication and modernity.

September 26, 2017

Will you get angry glares and/or be kicked out for taking out your phone during Yale's next classical concert?

Answer: No; in fact, the performers are counting on it.

September 25, 2017

Buffalo, N.Y., to Launch City's First Open Data Portal

The city is partnering with Socrata to create a platform that allows users to download data sets and create visualizations.

September 25, 2017

Survey: AI Might Have an Issue with Public Trust

Accenture finds evidence that people would have a hard time trusting artificial intelligence to handle various activities.

September 25, 2017

Two Swiss companies have built a high-end, end-table clock modeled after what animal?

Answer: an octopus

September 22, 2017

How is Switzerland planning to use UAVs?

Answer: To deliver medical supplies.

September 21, 2017

What tech did a new startup build to improve the welfare of dogs?

Answer: A smart scoop for dog food.

September 20, 2017

Citizen, Which Plugs People into Nearby 911 Alerts, Raises $12M

The company is only a year old, but it's moving quickly.

September 20, 2017

What will the U.S. Navy use to control the periscopes on its newest submarines?

Answer: Xbox 360 controllers.

September 19, 2017

What classic sport is turning to tech to help improve odds?

Answer: horseracing

September 18, 2017

What powers a new home-built tricycle that does 0 to 62 mph in half a second?

Answer: Water

September 15, 2017

What technology could improve how medicine is transported throughout the body?

Answer: DNA robots

September 14, 2017

U.S. Government Ordered to Remove Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software from Computers

With more potential ties to Russian government, Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software has an order to be removed from all U.S. government computers.

September 14, 2017

What is the latest development in powering cellphones (other than wireless charging from Apple)?

Answer: battery-free phones

September 13, 2017

How can new developments in artificial intelligence potentially save lives?

Answer: by helping to detect and prevent distracted driving

September 12, 2017

Louisville, Ky., CIO Departs

The city’s innovation chief, Grace Simrall, replaces Jason Ballard as interim CIO.

September 12, 2017

How has Tesla assisted its Florida customers in escaping Hurricane Irma?

Answer: by remotely extending the range of some cars

September 11, 2017

What tech is the American Red Cross using in a new disaster relief program?

Answer: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

September 8, 2017

What new tech is Lyft launching in San Francisco?

Answer: autonomous ride-sharing, thanks to a new partnership with

September 7, 2017

What tech did a Major League Baseball team use to steal pitching signs from opponents?

Answer: an Apple Watch

September 6, 2017

How Can Local Government's Citizen Engagement Efforts Improve?

A lot of local governments are using citizen engagement technology, but there's room for improvement in how they use them.

September 5, 2017

What new tech is allowing pet owners to more confidently leave their furry friends home alone?

Answer: an interactive fetching machine

September 1, 2017

What Technologies Do Cities Use for Citizen Engagement?

Some tools are very, very popular.

September 1, 2017

'Weigh-in-Motion' Tech Lets Idaho Truckers Zoom Past Weigh Stations

In Idaho, four “weigh-in-motion” systems take the place of traditional weigh stations, which require the truck to stop on scale to ensure it’s not overloaded.

September 1, 2017

What is one mile long and can take high-speed images of atoms?

Answer: the biggest — and newest — laser gun in the world.

August 31, 2017

Los Angeles County Picks Bill Kehoe as Next CIO

Kehoe has served as King County, Wash., CIO for the past seven years, and pending a Board of Commissioners vote, will serve in the same capacity for Los Angeles County.

August 31, 2017

Amazon Patents Talking Delivery Drone

Amazon acquired a new patent that would allow its delivery drones to talk to customers, ask for help and prevent accidents.

August 31, 2017

How is one website keeping communities informed of flooding from Hurricane Harvey?

Answer: by crowdsourcing information for an interactive map

August 30, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder Names David DeVries as Michigan’s Next CIO

DeVries is a veteran of federal government having served as CIO for the Office of Personnel Management and deputy CIO for the Department of Defense.

August 30, 2017

How is one drone manufacturer attempting to root out vulnerabilities in its UAVs?

Answer: by offering rewards to the hacker community for uncovering the drones' weaknesses

August 29, 2017

2018 'Global City Teams Challenge' Seeks to Solidify Cybersecurity for 'Smart City' Systems

The Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge will focus on "designed-in cybersecurity" for smart city systems, ultimately providing more secure and resilient protection of citizen privacy.

August 29, 2017

In what new way is Facebook furthering its crackdown on false news?

Answer: by banning pages that share false news from purchasing advertisements.

August 28, 2017

Eight Members Resign from Trump’s Cybersecurity Council

Exiting advisers say Trump has paid “insufficient attention” to growing number of cyberthreats facing the U.S.

August 28, 2017

Need we fear Judgment Day as a result of machine learning?

Answer: No, it's apparently just an algorithm that is incapable of becoming hostile.

August 25, 2017

Survey Highlights Cybersecurity Gaps Between Government and Private Sector

The government is more likely to consider its employees a cybersecurity threat, less likely to have dedicated cybersecurity personnel and its employees feel less prepared for threats.

August 25, 2017

Apple Tests Self-Driving Employee Shuttle in Palo Alto, Cupertino

Apple's latest foray into autonomous vehicles is a scaled-down version of what was expected to be a self-driving car built from the ground up by the tech giant.

August 25, 2017

How is Uber helping to close the tech industry's gender gap?

Answer: by partnering with Girls Who Code and giving a $1.2 million grant

August 24, 2017

What enterprise tech from IBM are food suppliers and retailers using to keep food fresh?

Answer: blockchain

August 23, 2017

Brooklyn Turns to Data to Help Solve Its Car-share, Parking Problem

The New York DOT is launching a two-year, data-driven pilot program in an attempt to reduce vehicle ownership and free up precious parking spaces.

August 23, 2017

What breakthrough tech did a British car shop use to restore the rarest Jaguar ever built?

Answer: a 3-D printer

August 22, 2017

California Lawmaker's 'Electric Vehicle Initiative' Calls for $3 Billion in Rebates

The initiative would earmark $3 billion over a 12-year period to provide motorists with subsidies for the cars they buy that qualify under the definition of zero-emissions vehicles.

August 22, 2017

How have scientists made it rain diamonds?

Answer: by using the world's most powerful laser

August 21, 2017

How Cars Help Fuel Municipal Budgets

A look into a key source of revenue for local government.

August 21, 2017

What is more unsettling than 1,000 robots dancing in sync?

Answer: more than 1,000 robots dancing in sync

August 18, 2017

Chicago Looks to Fill New Digital Experience and Design Director Position

A newly announced position will focus on improving access and user experience throughout the city.

August 18, 2017

Verizon to Build Public Safety Communications Network to Rival FirstNet, AT&T

The communications giant has proposed a network solution it believes will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace.

August 18, 2017

How is Amazon’s Alexa being used for mobility assistance?

Answer: by controlling robot exoskeletons

August 17, 2017

How might your phone potentially heal itself?

Answer: heat

August 16, 2017

Humanoid robots are good at what job in particular?

Answer: making hilarious GIFs

August 14, 2017

Market Niche Focus: Who Helps Government Take Online Payments?

There are quite a few companies selling government the ability to get paid.

August 14, 2017

What can data tell you about the aftereffects of nuclear war?

Answer: a hell of a lot.

August 11, 2017

How are scientists repairing damaged skin and organs?

Answer: using a silicon chip that can recode cells

August 9, 2017

Kansas DOT Chooses AirMap for Early Drone Management Software

The partnership will open up the software, which enables users to receive notifications of drone flights to airports, higher education institutions and government agencies across the state.

August 9, 2017

Waymo Wants to Build a Collapsible Self-Driving Car

Google spinoff Waymo has a new patent for developing a car that loses its rigidity during a crash, lessening the impact.

August 9, 2017

What is the BBC’s ‘revolutionary’ new plan for boosting mobile readership?

Answer: it’s all in the font

August 8, 2017

Tyler Technologies Acquires Public Health Inspections Company

The ERP provider is beefing up its SaaS inspections portfolio.

August 8, 2017

What do you get when you combine science with the fear of rising sea levels?

Answer: the potential for large-scale, man-made islands

August 7, 2017

How School Districts Use Data Dashboards

The possibilities are many.

August 7, 2017

What’s the next big selling point for the Apple Watch?

Answer: access to cellular networks

August 3, 2017

FiscalNote Acquires Advocacy Platform VoterVoice

This makes for the company's second acquisition.

August 3, 2017

What is 28 feet long, has a 3,000-horsepower electric propulsion system and hits 192 miles per hour in just five seconds?

Answer: the Hyperloop One test pod.

August 2, 2017

Where is the latest place a drone could save your life?

Answer: the water

August 1, 2017

Massachusetts Governor Creates Executive IT Secretariat

The state's existing IT agency is set to be replaced by a more consolidated and focused iteration, according to state officials.

August 1, 2017

What technology is helping farmers improve tomato harvests in Arizona?

Answer: artificial intelligence

July 31, 2017

Law Enforcement Breakdown: Agencies by Type Across the Country

There are more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country.

July 28, 2017

What are scientists growing in a lab that you could soon be wearing?

Answer: leather

July 27, 2017

What type of personal data does the Roomba robot vacuum collect?

Answer: maps of your home

July 25, 2017

The Future of Special Districts

There are some key aspects of being in a special district; here's a look at what's happening now and what to expect going forward.

July 25, 2017

Which iconic Microsoft mainstay application is not coming back in the fall Windows 10 update?

Answer: Paint

July 24, 2017

Where can you find rare and previously unshared footage of NASA test flights?

Answer: YouTube

July 21, 2017

Avondale, Ariz., Hires Jeff Scheetz as CIO

City Manager Dave Fitzhugh noted that many qualified applicants responded, making the journey to finding Scheetz “extremely competitive.”

July 21, 2017

Seattle Appoints Smart City Coordinator

Kate Garman will move from Kansas City, Mo., to the Emerald City to help coordinate smart tech projects across city departments and forge partnerships to improve the quality of life for residents.

July 20, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Where Do County Governments' Investment Priorities Lie?

Analytics is the top bet.

July 20, 2017

Which company created a new social network with millions of people overnight?

Answer: Amazon

July 19, 2017

Which high-end automaker is the latest to plot a course toward becoming a Tesla rival?

Answer: Porsche

July 18, 2017

California's GoMentum Station Forges International Partnerships

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is setting itself up to exchange data and insights from partners around the globe.

July 18, 2017

How is WhatsApp shaking things up for users?

Answer: by allowing them to share any sort of file through the platform

July 17, 2017

Where Is State and Local Government Spending the Most on Tech?

Plus, comparisons to the previous year.

July 17, 2017

What are scientists in Puerto Rico receiving from a small, dim star 11 light-years from Earth?

Answer: a mysterious “almost periodic” signal

July 14, 2017

Which financial services company is offering big money to small businesses for refusing cash payments?

Answer: Visa

July 13, 2017

Alabama Governor Appoints New IT Office Lead

Just months after being sworn in as governor, Kay Ivey has appointed a top-level state IT executive to replace Dr. Joanne Hale.

July 13, 2017

What have scientists ‘teleported’ from the Gobi Desert to low-Earth orbit?

Answer: a photon

July 12, 2017

50 Cities and Counties Participate in Net Neutrality Day of Action

In an organized event to protest the proposed change by the FCC to eliminate protections for net neutrality, cities and counties have joined together to pen a letter to chairman Ajit Pai.

July 12, 2017

What is the latest innovation in mobile communication?

Answer: the “dumb” phone … with a twist.

July 11, 2017

Nextdoor and NOAA Partner to Better Prepare Americans for Severe Weather

The neighborhood-based social network has partnered with the federal weather agency to bring more up-to-date critical information to American neighborhoods.

July 11, 2017

Seattle Re-Ups Privacy Commitment with Appointment of City Program Expert

The woman behind Seattle's push into the city-driven privacy protections has returned from the private sector to lead the program once again.

July 11, 2017

What is a 'third thumb,' and do you need one?

Answer: a smart prosthetic, and that depends.

July 10, 2017

Counties Have a Lot More Cloud Migrating to Do

The majority say they could put most of their systems in the cloud, but have not.

July 10, 2017

What ‘moonshot’ wearable project is one former Google/Facebook/Intel executive working on?

Answer: a smart hat that sees into the human mind

July 7, 2017

Facebook Campus Expansion Project Includes Housing and Retail

In an attempt to provide housing and improve transit, Facebook announced its plan to integrate mixed-use retail and housing with workspaces.

July 7, 2017

Where can you go to have pizza served by robots?

Answer: Multan, Pakistan

July 6, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., to Serve as 'Green City' with Massive Electric Vehicle Carsharing Program

Volkswagen has chosen to locate its EV carsharing network in Sacramento despite Los Angeles' attempt to lure the company south.

July 6, 2017

Which car maker has vowed to go all-electric after 2019?

Answer: Volvo

July 5, 2017

Which major city is the latest to test power-generating pavement?

Answer: London

July 3, 2017

Where can Airbnb help you stay next?

Answer: a national park

June 30, 2017

Oregon Gets Cybersecurity Booster Shot with Governor’s Approval of Senate Bill 90

Officials have said the newly signed law will consolidate the cybersecurity authority needed to address agency silos and evolving threats head on.

June 29, 2017

Chicago Names Tech Insider CIO to Replace Brenna Berman

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointment of Danielle DuMerer as the city's permanent CIO was approved by the City Council June 28.

June 28, 2017

What preference do people have when it comes to the voice of their government digital assistant?

Answer: for a human-sounding digital assistant

June 27, 2017

What could deliver a single hot dog directly to your location?

Answer: the Weinerdrone

June 26, 2017

Michael Bloomberg Announces 3-Year, $200 Million American Cities Initiative

The philanthropist announced the initiative at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Annual Meeting, saying cities now play a vital role in an era of "Washington impotence."

June 26, 2017

Los Angeles County Begins Outfitting Buses with Free Wi-Fi

The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Agency is launching a pilot program, equipping 150 buses with Wi-Fi devices in an effort to improve ridership and passenger experience.

June 26, 2017

Government's Millennial Workforce Problem

Even as it looks to younger people to help it evolve, the public sector is lagging behind the private sector in hiring them.

June 26, 2017

How is one organization helping stop email scammers?

Answer: by teaching them to code

June 23, 2017

What burgeoning technology is helping NASA explore the depths of space and giving dance lessons here on Earth?

Answer: Robots

June 22, 2017

What two technologies can be used to provide every person an ID?

Answer: blockchain and biometrics

June 20, 2017

How many homes can the world’s largest wind turbines power?

Answer: 8,300

June 19, 2017

North Carolina Swears in New Chief Information Officer

The process is finally complete for Eric Boyette, who will serve as the state's next CIO.

June 19, 2017

Could a Monorail Alleviate L.A. Congestion?

In a recent radio interview, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought up the idea of building a monorail system to divert traffic away from the Southern California nightmare — aka the 405 freeway.

June 19, 2017

Which States Spend the Most on Tech?

A look at the numbers.

June 19, 2017

How many trips can Uber and Lyft make in San Francisco in one day?

Answer: more than 200,000

June 16, 2017

Former Wisconsin CIO Joins Socrata as Senior Vice President of Sales

Matt Miszewski is heading to the open data company as it begins to explore non-open data.

June 16, 2017

What could make your next dentist appointment less painful?

Answer: virtual reality

June 15, 2017

Aurora, Ill., Mayor Creates City Innovation Team

Mayor Richard Irvin has tapped into the private sector to lead this new innovation team.

June 15, 2017

New York City Mayor Unveils Bold Jobs, Innovation Plan

With improved and strategic investment throughout the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to bring as many as 100,000 new jobs in the next 10 years.

June 15, 2017

OpenGov Integrates Software with Superion, Gaining Customer Pipeline in the Process

Superion's customers will now have access to OpenGov's tools, and OpenGov will have access to Superion's clientele.

June 15, 2017

What’s the latest game AI has pwnd humans at?

Answer: Ms. Pac-Man

June 14, 2017

Jeffery Weak Appointed as Idaho's First Director of Information Security

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed the 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran Jeffery Weak to head the state's cybersecurity efforts.

June 14, 2017

Bellevue, Wash., Names New CIO

Before her official appointment, Schneider had served as the interim CIO following Toni Cramer’s retirement in 2016.

June 14, 2017

Michigan CIO Claims Executive IT Spot at Major Furniture Manufacturer La-Z-Boy

La-Z-Boy furniture company has hired Michigan CIO David Behen to serve as the organization’s vice president and CIO.

June 14, 2017

ProudCity Launches Drag-and-Drop Payment Tool

The company is getting into the government payments game.

June 14, 2017

Private Equity Firm Invests in Pondera, Signaling Growth

Pondera Solutions is going down a route that has produced some quick business changes in the past.

June 14, 2017

How could you get out of weeding your garden?

Answer: Tertill, the weeding robot

June 13, 2017

ShotSpotter Earns $4.6M More than Anticipated in IPO

The company has finished its initial public offering.

June 13, 2017

What was once the most innovative branch of government?

Answer: the Post Office

June 12, 2017

Rhode Island Ready to Enter Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem

With the release of a request for information, the smallest state in the country is hoping to have an outsized role in the future of transportation.

June 12, 2017

NYC Establishes 18F-esque Group Within Department of City Planning

The NYC Planning Labs is aimed at taking small projects from concept to use within a four- to six-week window.

June 12, 2017

How Big Is the Average Gov Tech Funding Round?

A stroll through the GovTech 100's funding history.

June 9, 2017

Cities Look to New Predictive Tool to Meet Vision Zero Goals

According to a new study, cities may be able to predict where collisions are most likely to occur by collecting data on dangerous driving behaviors.

June 9, 2017

How soon will artificial intelligence beat humans at our own game?

Answer: in about 45 years

June 8, 2017

Facebook to Share Data with Emergency Response Organizations

Mapping and sharing data will help first responders save lives in the wake of disasters.

June 8, 2017

Sacramento, Calif., Partners with Verizon on Free Park Wi-Fi

Verizon has pledged to provide free Wi-Fi via digital kiosks in 27 Sacramento parks.

June 8, 2017

Which country has the fastest average Internet speed?

Answer: South Korea

June 7, 2017

Court Innovations Raises $1.8M Series A Round, Plots National Expansion

The startup offers a means for people to interact with courts without physically appearing.

June 7, 2017

ShotSpotter Hits the Stock Market at $11 Per Share

The gunshot detection company has become the seventh on the Gov Tech 100 list to offer public stock.

June 7, 2017

Company Combines Cellphone, GPS Data in Attempt to More Quickly, Easily Count Traffic

StreetLight Data is trying to make counting cars happen a lot faster.

June 7, 2017

How can a person who communicates only with sign language talk to someone who doesn’t?

Answer: KinTrans

June 6, 2017

Nevada Governor Signs Bill to Create Office of Cyber Defense Coordination

With the stroke of a pen, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval codified a new state agency focused on meeting cybersecurity threats.

June 6, 2017

White House Releases Principles to Privatize Air-Traffic Control

The executive branch argued that a private nonprofit is better equipped to handle the country's 300 airports, but consensus remains elusive.

June 6, 2017

What is Toyota hoping its flying car will be able to do?

Answer: light the Olympic torch in 2020

June 5, 2017

Pennsylvania Launches Transparency Portal Detailing $100 Billion in Expenditures

The Treasury’s Transparency Portal was developed to help residents understand where resources are devoted and hold officials accountable.

June 5, 2017

Who is helping Google get teen girls into coding?

Answer: Wonder Woman

June 2, 2017

Tableau Angles for Public Sector with PDF Data Tool, Other Updates

The data visualization tool will now let users pull data directly from PDF tables, among other things.

June 2, 2017

Boston Enters Partnership to Ensure New Developments are Broadband-Ready

The city signed a memorandum of understanding with WiredScore in order to certify which new developments are equipped with high-speed Internet access for businesses and residents.