August 4, 2014

Which famous piece of classical music did Siemens recreate with wind sounds?

Answer: The Blue Danube Waltz, by Johann Strauss

August 1, 2014

What Does the Future Hold for Tesla Motors?

Tesla is gaining momentum as it plans a gigantic battery factory and a mid-range offering, but states remain uncertain about whether its direct sales model is good for consumers.

August 1, 2014

Cybersecurity Bill Clears U.S. House of Representatives

A federal measure charges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with developing a comprehensive preparation and response plan to address cyber-threats.

August 1, 2014

Sacramento County, Calif., Admits Use of Surveillance Tech

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been using surveillance devices to collect cellphone location data.

August 1, 2014

States Introducing Virtual Currency Regulations

In July, New York released a draft proposal to govern virtual currencies -- and California isn’t far behind.

August 1, 2014

High-tech Vision for Google Barge Crumbles in a Heap

The structure -- initially planned as “an interactive space where people can learn about new technology” -- is being prepared to leave Portland for an ocean voyage to an undisclosed location, while the containers on board will be disassembled and scrapped.

August 1, 2014

San Jose Police Drone Inflames Surveillance-State Rumblings

Police officials say the drone is far from being air-ready, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the creation of policies governing its use, which police contend will be for only one purpose.

August 1, 2014

San Francisco Starts on Path to Regulate Airbnb

San Francisco now bans all short-term residential rentals except for people with bed-and-breakfast licenses. Thousands of listings on Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and FlipKey currently flout that law, which is loosely enforced.

August 1, 2014

Texas DOT Plans to Research Futuristic Tech

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to partner with universities to research futuristic technologies like self-driving cars, hover cars and embedding solar panels in roads.

August 1, 2014

Cheyenne, Wyo. Welcomes New Green House Data Center

At a ceremony to mark the building's grand opening, Green House Chief Executive Officer Shawn Mills described how swiftly the data center industry has grown, and how Wyoming helped it every step along the way.

August 1, 2014

Location-Based Technology Connects Patients With Doctors

Pager, which launched in May, is an app that allows patients to order a house call from a physician, using their smart phones. The service is available on a limited basis in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but it could spread to other cities by 2015.

August 1, 2014

Tennessee Lab Rolls Out Ideas for Future Vehicles

Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has worked with the auto industry since the energy crises of the 1970s and 1980s, developing materials, fuels and systems used by millions of vehicles.

August 1, 2014

Philadelphia Opens Innovation Lab for City Employees

The learning space represents an ongoing strategy by Mayor Michael Nutter to institutionalize a new way of problem solving within city government.

August 1, 2014

Mobile Terminals to Help Connect Emergency Responders With Incident Data On the Go

Within months, Frederick County, Md., will begin installing 172 laptops, called mobile data terminals, loaded with software called Mobile for Public Safety, in its major fleet apparatus, including ambulances, fire engines and trucks.

August 1, 2014

Broward, Fla. Sheriff's Office Demonstrates App That Warns Parents of Kids Left in Cars

Once activated, the app sounds an alarm when the phone hasn't moved above 10 mph for five minutes, potentially reminding parents who are running an errand with the kids in the car to check on the kids.

August 1, 2014

How is a losing baseball team in South Korea lifting its spirits?

Answer: with robo-fans

July 31, 2014

Smart Cities on the Rise, Report Says

According to a new report, the number of smart cities is expected to increase four fold over the next 11 years.

July 31, 2014

San Jose Police: First Bay Area Law Enforcement Agency With Drone

Department officials got the unmanned aircraft in January for the purpose of aiding the department bomb squad in assessing threats, according to police spokesman Officer Albert Morales.

July 31, 2014

Procurement: Short-Term Approaches to a Long-Term Challenge

There’s no question that addressing procurement effectively is a long-term challenge. In the short-term, however, there are some approaches that human services agencies can consider to begin bending existing processes in their favor.

July 31, 2014

U.S. DOT Hails Streetcar Service in Tucson

The Sun Link is a good example of modern streetcar services that are bringing a new transportation option to communities across the country – or in some cases, bringing back an old one.