August 29, 2014

Which smartphone comes with tweezers and a toothpick?

Answer: the Victorinox Swiss Army phone

August 28, 2014

Underwater: Data Centers Nationwide Must Prepare for Flooding

Climate researchers predict sea-level rise will eventually submerge 316 coastal cities in the U.S. How are government data center managers planning for the future?

August 28, 2014

Austin Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Traffic Congestion

The state capital plans to re-time traffic lights on the fly based on data from drivers' smartphone locations.

August 28, 2014

California Legislature Approves Drone Regulation

A measure that regulates law enforcement use of drones was passed by California lawmakers and now awaits the decision of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 28, 2014

Miami University Introduces Health IT Curriculum

The program aims to prepare students for jobs in the field, which are expected to increase by 20 percent through 2018.

August 28, 2014

Consortium Forms to Push for Faster Internet Access in California Tri-County Area

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast formed in early July, finding ways to motivate broadband providers to lay more fiber optics across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

August 28, 2014

Wilson, N.C. Asks FCC to Override State's Telecom Law

The city’s unusual legal claim was made possible only in the past few months, after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the federal agency will consider pre-empting local laws that stifle broadband competition.

August 28, 2014

Los Angeles Unified Can't Account for $2 Million in Computers, Audit Says

The audit found campuses that had a surplus of devices and schools with no effective system to track who had a computer or who was responsible for it.

August 28, 2014

Advanced Recycling, Energy Recovery on Tap for Indianapolis

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the municipal government believe they have found a sustainable waste management solution that's a winner all-around – environmentally, socially and economically.

August 28, 2014

University of Kentucky Announces $24 Million Research Effort to Diversify State's Energy Economy

The grant, which is to support 150 jobs over the next five years, will be used to create new research infrastructure, hire faculty and researchers and train more students in science and technological fields.

August 28, 2014

Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, Again Delays Launch of Software System

Set to replace the aging PeopleSoft system, the new software is designed to manage city financial data, including accounting, purchasing and benefits administration.

August 28, 2014

Body Cameras on Police--Simple Idea, Complex Ramifications

It seems simple: Put cameras on all officers and have video evidence of all officer interactions. But some criminal justice and civil liberties experts warn the technology could widen the divide between officers and the communities they serve.

August 28, 2014

How are some Chinese movie theaters encouraging viewers to use their smartphones?

Answer: by showing their texts on the screen

August 28, 2014

Oakland App Sheds Light on Campaign Finance

An app called Open Disclosure will automate campaign finance for an upcoming mayoral election.

August 27, 2014

Cities to Compete for $45 Million Innovation Grants

Some cities will get grant funding to test a method of problem solving designed by the charitable foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

August 27, 2014

Civic Ninjas Find Long-Term Solutions to Government Problems

The organization's mission is to move civic hacking's focus toward building solutions and providing ongoing support so those solutions -- primarily in disaster response and recovery -- can succeed in the public sector.

August 27, 2014

Tracking the Vulnerable: Medical Registries Provide Lifeline in Emergencies

Registries of residents who have medical needs offer potentially lifesaving data to officials during an emergency, while aiding everyday planning activities.

August 27, 2014

Shared MMIS Project is Slow-Going for Michigan and Illinois

The two states have made progress on a shared MMIS over the past year, but full completion is likely years away.

August 27, 2014

HP, VMware Expand Cloud Partnership

The companies said they would be demoing their collaborative technology solutions at the VMworld San Francisco conference, on Aug. 24-28.

August 27, 2014

Small Firms Slow to Embrace ACA Business Exchanges

This fall, more health insurance exchanges for small businesses are set to open across the country. Will they see the same slow sign-ups as in the handful of states that last year launched these exchanges?