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May 29, 2015

California Standardized Testing Scores May Not Meet Expectations

The curriculum is new, the tests are new, the technology is new, and there are kids who haven’t spent a lot of time typing on a keyboard or manipulating a mouse.

May 29, 2015

Emoji App Helps Teens, Kids Convey Abuse

The app, called Abused Emojis, contains a set of emojis that were designed from already existing icons to demonstrate different types of difficult situations and psychological harm.

May 29, 2015

Washington May See Satellite-Based Train Control Systems by 2016

Public worry over train safety is mounting in Washington state, where combustible Bakken crude rolls past two Seattle stadiums and dozens of busy industrial and suburban crossings.

May 29, 2015

Albuquerque, N.M., Shows Benefits of Skills-Based Hiring for Tech Jobs

A departure from more traditional hiring practices, which usually focus on formal education, could help employers in New Mexico fill their needs for STEM workers.

May 29, 2015

Kentucky May Go From Defying EPA’s Clean Power Plan to Complying

Cheap natural gas is flooding the market as environmental regulations take effect and because upgrading aging plants is cost-prohibitive, coal-fired power plants across Kentucky are shutting down.

May 29, 2015

Nebraska Appoints Ed Toner as CIO

The state has a new technology chief incoming.

May 29, 2015

Google I/O 2015: 5 Things You Missed but Need to Know

This year’s Google I/O was all about context; here are the important things you may have missed from yesterday’s event and what they mean for government.

May 29, 2015

Mobile App, Responsive Site or a Little of Both?

As governments scramble to please mobile users, hybrid apps might be a winning option.

May 29, 2015

How Network Convergence Will Save Transportation

The aging public transportation in many American cities is straining under increased use. New tools and technologies are needed to create new options for city planners and policy makers.

May 29, 2015

What does the Light Phone allow people to do?

Answer: disconnect (mostly) from your smartphone

May 28, 2015

Are States Truly Laboratories of Public-Policy Innovation?

All too often, policies are simply replicated from state to state with little attention to research showing that they work.

May 28, 2015

Researchers Attempt Light-Based Chip Design to Beat Computer Heat Issue

While it could be a decade before the technique hits the factory floor, industry leaders agree that the future of computing will involve switching from copper wire to beams of light.

May 28, 2015

HHS Accelerator Solutions Improve Data Sharing, Reimagine Epidemic Prediction

Health and Human Services Ignite Accelerator gains momentum as it deploys a new lineup of innovations to disrupt services, some of which harness analytics and data visualizations to manage chronic health problems.

May 28, 2015

Google Helps People Living with Disabilities Find Solutions in Technology

The company is putting $20 million in Google.org grants behind nonprofits that use emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.

May 28, 2015

Cumberland, Md., and County School Board Collaborate on High-Speed Broadband

Funding for the project will primarily come through the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal grant program that helps communities become more economically competitive.

May 28, 2015

L.A. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole Hired as Santa Monica City Manager

As Mayor Eric Garcetti's top adviser, Cole is recognized for his work incorporating new technology at various agencies and helping balance the city's budget.

May 28, 2015

Maryland County Tests Public-Private Partnership for Green Infrastructure Projects

Prince George's County is turning to a unique public-private partnership to help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and boost the local economy.

May 28, 2015

Legal Community Develops Website to Extend Civil Justice to Florida’s Poor

If the effort succeeds, it would create the first system of its kind in the country, combining both the legal aid and courts systems in a single online resource.

May 28, 2015

Can a Simple Text Crash Your iPhone?

It's been discovered that a certain string of characters sent through a text message can crash your iPhone's messaging app or even shut down your phone, according to a report.

May 28, 2015

To Collect Revenue, Some States Put Tax Scofflaws in Virtual 'Stocks'

To shame tax scofflaws into paying up, some states are publishing their names and the amounts they owe on public websites.