April 17, 2014

State Legislatures Grappling with Biometrics Use in Schools

Florida could be the first state to outright ban biometric data collection in public schools, in what could set a national precedent.

April 17, 2014

Which car manufacturer is bucking the trend by replacing robots with human workers?

Answer: Toyota

April 17, 2014

The Story Behind #530slide: Social Media During Emergency Response

The recent mudslide in Oso, Wash., showed the power of social media during times of crisis.

April 17, 2014

Does America Want a Technology Revolution?

A new survey takes a snapshot of America’s outlook on technology, from robot servants and eating lab-grown meat to time-travel and curing cancer.

April 16, 2014

Predictive Analytics Aboard the London Underground?

And the rail system's online dashboard allows the company to remotely monitor equipment vibration, video cameras, HVAC equipment, temperature, humidity, system alerts and fault warnings.

April 16, 2014

The U.S. Government: Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

The United States spends more than $50 billion a year on spying and intelligence, while the folks who built OpenSSL are four core programmers, only one of whom calls it a full-time job.

April 16, 2014

State Lawmakers Ramp Up Attention to Student Data Privacy

The movement was spurred by concerns that the rise of education technology and the increasing prevalence of new assessments will place student data in unreliable hands or be put to nefarious uses.

April 16, 2014

LAPD Officers Tamper with Recording Equipment, Apologize to Commission

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and several top aides promised to monitor the problem more closely and vowed to be better about notifying the five-member police commission.

April 16, 2014

Sheriff's Department Partners With Nextdoor to Promote Neighborhood Safety

With its Nextdoor partnership, the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento, Calif., will be able to communicate online with neighborhoods in the county.

April 16, 2014

Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

Officials said their concerns stemmed from a local newspaper investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber.

April 16, 2014

Editorial: Yellow Cab Seeks to Join the Ride-Share Business

Yellow Cab Co. is creating its own new model, called “Yellow X.” Like Lyft and Uber, drivers for Yellow X would be able to use their personal cars.

April 16, 2014

Security Holes in Power Grid Have Federal Officials Scrambling

When the owner of a small tech firm shared the how easy it was to tap into power companies' computer networks, Homeland Security began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software.

April 16, 2014

Editorial: Getting Out From Under the Cover Oregon Mess

Fixing Cover Oregon has been as hexed as the topsy-turvy year that preceded its spectacular non-start last fall.

April 16, 2014

Bill That Would Allow Three Connecticut Municipalities to Share Dispatch Passes Committee

The bill is in response to a request from New London, Waterford and East Lyme for authorization to create a regional dispatch center with a governing board.

April 16, 2014

Smartphone 'Kill Switches' on the Way

The antitheft tool will let users remotely erase their personal data and render phones inoperable if they are lost or stolen, according to a wireless-industry trade group.

April 16, 2014

Palo Alto: PD Launches Mobile App to Share Info

The app brings together information already shared through different channels, but with new features and functionality.

April 16, 2014

Editorial: A Progress Report for Obamacare

Despite a disastrous rollout, with malfunctioning websites and active resistance from governors in many red states, the enrollment numbers are quite promising.

April 16, 2014

Biometrics Makes its Way to Amusement Parks

The technology has long been in use at other parks, such as Disney World and Universal Studios, and is now launching at Six Flags.

April 16, 2014

Maryland Legislation Creates Council on Open Data

New law continues Gov. Martin O’Malley’s focus on improving transparency in Maryland and establishes an open data policy for the state.

April 16, 2014

Lyft, Uber Continue to Operate in Face of Lawsuit

The companies continue to pick up passengers in both San Antonio and Houston a week after a federal judge was approached.