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May 7, 2015

What do pills, tattoos and eyeballs have in common?

Answer: They can all be passwords.

May 6, 2015

San Bernardino County, Calif., Tests Virtual Building Inspections

Applications can be downloaded online, and applicants can show building inspectors their projects on their smart phones or tablets.

May 6, 2015

Does Nextdoor Make Neighboorhoods Safer?

Co-founder Sarah Leary shares data that shows how the social networking platform is making a difference.

May 6, 2015

Comcast Launches Plan to Take on Gig Internet Providers

Comcast has announced plans for a 2 gbps fiber network in Chattanooga, Tenn., and other select markets in the U.S. But experts are skeptical about its impact.

May 6, 2015

Massachusetts Cities Deploy Smart Streetlight Network-as-a-Service

Randolph and Fitchburg, Mass., will have a platform for networked streetlighting -- and the option to self-fund additional smart city applications in the future.

May 6, 2015

A Smorgasbord of Disclosure, Online for the First Time in Texas

A Texas lawmaker is pushing to make all financial disclosure statements filed with the state's Ethics Commission available online so the public can easily find them.

May 6, 2015

Budget Cuts Put High-Profile Oklahoma Courts Website in Jeopardy

In a proposal before the House, the Legislature would take $22 million of the $23 million left in the tech fund for court operations -- which would mean the end of a website that gets 500,000 hits per day.

May 6, 2015

Verified Facebook Status for States, Localities: Here's How to Get Yours

Facebook verification is officially live for states, cities and counties -- now it's time to get verified.

May 6, 2015

Oregon Bill Exempts Police Body-Cam Footage from Public Disclosure

The House bill would allow public release of the footage only if a court decides the images are in the public interest.

May 6, 2015

Leadership Changes Cause Uncertainty for MNsure

One state senator noted that the amount of turnover in MNsure's leadership is a telltale sign of systemic failure in the organization.

May 6, 2015

Proposed Legislation Challenges Maine's Wind Power Industry

The bill, L.D. 1329, would eliminate the “expedited permitting” that industry supporters say has been key to making Maine the top wind-power state in New England.

May 6, 2015

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Launch Shows Off New Technology

The test demonstrated the spacecraft’s ability to get away from trouble in a hurry, powered by engines within the capsule that shot the Dragon 5,000 feet from the launch pad in seconds.

May 6, 2015

Army’s Top Cyberwarrior Talks Collaboration at University of Washington

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon's visit to Tacoma came on the heels of the recent unveiling of a Pentagon cybersecurity strategy that includes a renewed relationship with Silicon Valley firms.

May 6, 2015

Will Autonomous Big Rigs Beat Self-Driving Cars to Our Roadways?

There are no intersections, red lights or pedestrians on highways, making them a far less complex trip -- and one truck maker believes that automated tractor-trailers will be licensed to do so first.

May 6, 2015

Sacramento, Calif., Commits to Connecting Girls with Tech Careers

Under an alliance between the city and Microsoft, the two will hold events to help expose girls to a variety of technology careers and role models.

May 6, 2015

What Can Go Wrong with Government Transparency?

While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences.

May 6, 2015

New Program Uses Near-Miss Data to Keep Offshore Oil Facilities Safe

The SafeOCS program lets workers anonymously report problems to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement before they escalate.

May 6, 2015

Georgia Tech to Exhibit the Future of Computer-Human Interaction

Designers attending the university's Wearable Technology Symposium will demonstrate how they're turning garment-tech fancies into realities.

May 6, 2015

Obama's ConnectED Library Challenge Brings E-books, Wi-Fi to Students

Through the magic of digital technology and a new federal program, even low-income kids can read any book in the world.

May 6, 2015

What do eye strain and poor googling skills have in common?

Answer: They’re both things that millennials have.