October 24, 2014

What do the missile defense system, mountain lions on treadmills, and Baroque dancing lessons have in common?

Answer: They were all programs funded by the government.

October 23, 2014

Microsoft Opens its Incubator 'Garage' to Public

New free apps are available to Windows Phone and Android users.

October 23, 2014

Succession Planning: Why IT Leaders Should Groom Their Replacements

To avoid a disruption when Corpus Christi, Texas, CIO Michael Armstrong retires, his successor is being trained before his departure -- and in 2015, Michigan plans to launch a leadership academy program to groom internal talent.

October 23, 2014

State Regulators Open Crowdfunding for Texas Companies, Residents

The regulations will provide companies a new avenue for raising capital and give most of the state’s adult residents a new opportunity to take an ownership stake in those firms.

October 23, 2014

Will Apple Pay be Mobile Pay's Kick-Start?

Two previous attempts — by Google and a partnership of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile called Soft Card — haven’t pushed consumers to pay for things with their Android phones. Now it’s Apple’s turn.

October 23, 2014

Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Increased state investment in fusion centers may suggest a change of opinion on the information-gathering groups.

October 23, 2014

Why Steve Jobs Might Have Failed at Government Innovation

Failure followed by success can make a legend in business, but second chances are hard to come by in the public sector.

October 23, 2014

ACA Open Enrollment Looms: Is Government Ready This Time?

In this industry Q&A, one major health-care exchange contractor offers predictions for what open enrollment will look like the second time around.

October 23, 2014

Big Data Research Effort Faces Student-Privacy Questions

The initiative will be led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who propose to construct a new data-sharing infrastructure that is distributed across multiple institutions, including third-party and for-profit vendors.

October 23, 2014

Google Exec Urges Educational System to Evolve with New 'Techweb' Generation

Google Global Education Evangelist Jaime Casap explains how schools are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet in the new knowledge economy, and encourages educators to start rethinking how children are taught.

October 23, 2014

Watch: Audi Driverless Car Rips Through Racetrack

An Audi RS 7 ran a lap at Germany's famed Hockenheimring racetrack, leaving little doubt just how far autonomous vehicle technology has come.

October 23, 2014

Large-Scale Batteries Are Integral in Shift to Renewable Energy

Finding a cheap, reliable way to store electricity generated by renewables is the hope of many researchers, government officials and power producers.

October 23, 2014

Bloomington, Ind., Firefighters Cite Problems with New Dispatch System

Critics complain they are back to where they were 10 to 15 years ago, listening to each and every radio call to determine which fire station and fire truck should respond to each new call.

October 23, 2014

Bay Area Company Wants to Disrupt 911

Despite the rapid onset of mobile devices, GPS and high-speed Internet, the nation’s emergency response system is largely a relic frozen in time. But perhaps one East Bay company can finally drag 911 into the 21st century.

October 23, 2014

West Virginia Computer System Means Growing Pains, Lawmakers Told

The state's switch to an integrated system means retraining 3,000 employees, most of whom have used the original 21-year-old system for their entire careers.

October 23, 2014

Who Should Shoulder the Student Data Privacy Burden?

According to the Data Quality Campaign, it's the responsibility of state and school district policymakers.

October 23, 2014

The activity tracker market is expanding to serve whom?

Answer: dogs

October 22, 2014

New Seattle CISO Talks Data Security Agility, Adaptability

Seattle's acting CISO was hired in a permanent capacity, and says that when it comes to data security, the government's responsibilities increasingly align with those of the private sector.

October 22, 2014

Massachusetts Makes the Biggest Push Yet to Make Health-Care Prices Public

The state's effort to publicize prices is the most comprehensive so far. But some say it's more important for patients to have information on the quality of care.

October 22, 2014

Next Century Cities: 32 Cities Form Broadband Collective

Through Next Century Cities, leaders will gain opportunities to work with partner cities, share knowledge and assist in development of next-generation broadband networks.