May 5, 2015

How is one Hong Kong conservancy group fighting litterbugs?

Answer: with DNA profiling

May 4, 2015

Iowa State University Takes Cybersecurity Curriculum to Grade Schoolers

University researchers are planning lessons to teach middle and high school students about computer literacy starting in the fall.

May 4, 2015

Drone Gathers Data on Centralia, Pa.'s 52-Year-Old Fire

A hexacoptor drone will track heat spots with infrared cameras, and monitor wind and weather, among other things. All data will be used to predict how long the fire will continue to burn.

May 4, 2015

U.S. Senators Shed Light on New Mexico's Energy Needs

During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich proposed ways to boost the state's energy infrastructure and update it for the 21st century.

May 4, 2015

West Virginia Moves County Courts Toward Digital Future

The transformational effort is the result of a recent push to digitally save and archive all of the state’s court records, starting with present cases -- but eventually going back over 150 years of legal history.

May 4, 2015

Microsoft Shows Rivals a Softer Side

Stung by the rise of mobile and Web-based computing not dependent on its Windows operating system, the company is making moves to alter its monopolistic reputation.

May 4, 2015

Pilot Preps for Solar-Powered Flight Across Pacific Ocean

No one before has attempted a solar-powered flight over such a large expanse of ocean. But Andre Borschberg is set to make the trip over five days, without a drop of fuel.

May 4, 2015

New Policy Could Bolster Washington Legislature's Social Networks

One version of a social-media policy under consideration in the Senate would allow a staff-run account on each social network for each of the 49 senators who wants one.

May 4, 2015

California Bill Takes Aim at Home-Sharing Websites

SB 593 enforces data reporting and tax collection requirements on online vacation rental businesses such as Airbnb.

May 4, 2015

Social Media's Role in Disaster Response Expands

Many cities already have emergency response technology in place, but with so many people reaching out to social media, these tools will continue to grow, and people will continue to turn to Facebook first.

May 4, 2015

Happy Hour Group Spawns Seattle Broadband Campaign

What started during a happy hour has since grown into a public-awareness campaign called Upgrade Seattle, with a website and a plan to impact this year’s Seattle City Council elections.

May 4, 2015

Mobile Device Puts Drug Testing on 'Cutting Edge'

Called the Cannibuster, it could be a significant roadside tool for law enforcement as more states allow medicinal and recreational use of marijuana.

May 4, 2015

Colorado Springs, Colo., Mayoral Candidates Agree on 'Gigabit City' Goals

Whether the City Council will support such an initiative by the new mayor, to be elected May 19, remains to be seen.

May 4, 2015

How the Internet of Everything is a game-changer for public safety

Smart technologies are a force multiplier for public safety agencies, allowing them to serve growing populations even as public spending remains constrained.

May 4, 2015 Relaunches as a One-Page Website

Thoreau said our lives are frittered away by detail, and someone in Texas was listening.

May 4, 2015

How much weight can insect-sized robots pull?

Answer: 2,000 times their own body weight

May 3, 2015

How Cloud-Based CRM Will Improve Alabama Health and Human Services

CIO Brunson White talks about a new cloud-first policy and some current cloud projects.

May 3, 2015

Middle East Cybersecurity and Infrastructure: Dubai Offers a Different Model

I traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this past week to present the opening keynote at the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC 2015) in Dubai. The event offered a refreshing mix of leading global voices on security and technology topics. But most surprising, the Gulf region's public and private sector executive leaders who presented, the companies exhibiting and the amazing city as a whole offered attendees a different perspective and a positive model for the current cybersecurity and technology infrastructure challenges in the Middle East and the world as a whole.

May 2, 2015

State CIOs See Rapid Shift to the Cloud

Cost, pressure and business demands are pushing states toward hosted infrastructure and apps.

May 1, 2015

Microsoft to Release Windows 10 in Waves

The software's launch will be staggered, beginning in the summer with the PC and filling out over time as more devices come online.