September 3, 2014

A new $500 million satellite can capture ground images at what resolution?

Answer: 30 centimeters

September 2, 2014

Photo of the week - Living in a Sea of Smartphones

For the Queen of England, being greeted with a sea of smartphones everywhere she goes feels strange. Whether President Barack Obama feels the same is unknown.

September 2, 2014

Which States Have the Best Technology?

The 2014 Digital States Survey grades states on how well they use technology to serve their citizens.

September 2, 2014

How Digital Are States in 2014?

The top trends, priorities and widely-adopted initiatives in state government IT according to the 2014 Digital States Survey.

September 2, 2014

Digital States Survey 2014 Results

Overall, since the last biennial survey in 2012, grades improved in 21 states, declined in 12 and stayed even in 17. Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri and Virginia moved up to A grades and Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah maintained their A marks from 2012.

September 2, 2014

White House to Name Google's Megan Smith as New CTO

The leader of Google's innovation research arm will soon lead technology projects alongside the president.

September 2, 2014

Bloomington, Ill., Codifies Website Transparency Policy

The Bloomington City Council has expanded the amount of public documents it posts online.

September 2, 2014

Cash Injection Fuels Next Phase for Code for America Alum MindMixer

CEO Nick Bowden says the novelty of his product is wearing off and it's time to expand.

September 2, 2014

How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery

Governments are recognizing that sharing economy platforms can provide a vital link between needs and resources in times of disaster.

September 2, 2014

Federal CTO Todd Park Shifts Roles

Once back in Silicon Valley, federal CTO Todd Park will begin his role as a technology adviser to the White House.

September 2, 2014

Next-Gen 911 Planning Bill Gets California Legislature’s Approval

In particular, the bill would require OES to coordinate infrastructure with FirstNet, and give advance notice of the 911 customer surcharge and projected costs of text-to-911 and Next-Gen 911 capabilities.

September 2, 2014

Facing Climate Change, Cities Embrace Resiliency

Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.

September 2, 2014

California Legislature Passes U.S. Bill to Protect K-12 Students' Online Data

If signed by Gov. Brown, Senate Bill 1177 would prohibit targeted ads based on school information and creating student profiles when not used for education purposes.

September 2, 2014

Driverless Vehicles Are in the Army's Future

Work is underway at the Combined Armed Support Command to develop autonomous and semi-autonomous systems so soldiers can focus on defending convoys instead of steering them.

September 2, 2014

Boston City Hall in Dire Need of Major Digital Upgrade, Mayor Says

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said some tech investments are contained in the current budget, and next year’s will contain a larger commitment based on departmental assessments by new Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge.

September 2, 2014

Dallas Lagging in Efforts to Allow Text Messages for 911 Emergencies

Last month, the FCC ordered all cell carriers to accommodate text-to-911 systems by the end of the year, but cities in Texas and across the country have been slow to invest in the upgrades needed.

September 2, 2014

After 15 years, which piece of software is being discontinued?

Answer: MSN Messenger

September 2, 2014

West Virginia to Start Charging People to View Public Documents Online

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Office will start charging the public to obtain documents that were previously available free and online.

August 31, 2014

Robots are Coming: Even to the Cloud

Just as mobile technology and cloud computing became a normal part of our lives, along comes the next set of disruptive innovations that will radically change the way we work and play. Get ready for robots to appear in virtually every area of life. But just as with the Internet, there will also be a dark side.

August 29, 2014

New York City Tackles Rising Lawsuit Costs with Data and Maps

ClaimStat is a data-driven risk management tool that can spot patterns in lawsuit claims and help find ways to reduce the costs of settlements and judgments.