July 24, 2014

Sonora, Calif. Innovation Lab to Open Aug. 5

Organizers say it’s the first “hacker lab” and maker space of its kind in a rural California community.

July 24, 2014

To Snag Hit-and-Run Drivers, Calif. Officials Want to Tap Technology

As part of the push, Los Angeles is upgrading its ATSAC system — automated traffic surveillance and control — to use digital cameras that can be moved remotely to follow the action of a crash scene and get enhanced images.

July 24, 2014

Why California’s Department of Technology is Transforming Service Delivery

A new private cloud located at the state's data centers in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville offers hosted infrastructure, platform and storage services to state agencies.

July 24, 2014

New App for Mowing Stretches Across Country

Mowz, a free mobile app that allows customers to schedule a lawn mow, pay for it through the app and receive a picture of the completed job, launched in Fredericksburg, Va. Wednesday

July 24, 2014

Pennsylvania's Data Center Cloud Deal Has Big Potential

The scale of the $681 million cloud agreement with Unisys goes well beyond what most states attempt to do at once, and could be the wave of the future.

July 24, 2014

Google's New Automated Mapping Technique Gives Chattanooga a 3D Bump

The detailed satellite imagery used in Google's free mapping software looked fine when viewed from above. But before recent imagery updates, Chattanooga appeared to be featureless flatland with two-dimensional buildings.

July 24, 2014

Culture Change at the Waterworks

By investing in customer service and innovation, D.C. Water has done far more than simply rebrand an essential public service.

July 24, 2014

Vendor Pitches Garbage-to-Energy Technology for Maine Towns

Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, described how the company’s demonstration plant, that turns municipal solid waste into ethanol, biogas or compressed natural gas through a distillation process, could be copied in Maine.

July 24, 2014

Plans Made to Connect 911 Centers Nationwide, Officials Say

The idea is to have regional hubs connected with one another through hardwire and through wireless. If a regional center has an equipment failure, 911 calls could be routed through servers in another hub and sent back to the affected center.

July 24, 2014

Preserving Online Accounts After Death

A growing number of states are enacting laws that grant loved ones the right to access your digital information when you die.

July 24, 2014

An 82-year-old man was recently found after a three-day search using what technology?

Answer: a drone

July 23, 2014

Reimagining Railroads

Some see railroads as dated technology. Others see railroads as a platforms for entirely new means of transit.

July 23, 2014

Aneesh Chopra on Open Data, Innovation in Government

The first federal chief technology officer discusses misconceptions about public-sector innovation and his new book, Innovative State.

July 23, 2014

California Department of Public Health Soft Launches Open Data Portal

The department expects to integrate data from multiple departments as the portal develops.

July 23, 2014

Making Innovation Safe for Government (Again)

In his first book, former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra sets out to do nothing less than recover and redeem government’s reputation for innovation.

July 23, 2014

Atlanta Announces New IT Commissioner

Mayor Kasim Reed today announced Samir Saini as the permanent replacement for interim Commissioner Michael Dogan.

July 23, 2014

Cities Grapple with Regulatory Status of Ride-Sharing Companies

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have given people more transportation options, but municipalities are struggling with whether smartphone-based ride-sharing should be regulated the same as taxicabs and limousines.

July 23, 2014

Will Laid-Off Microsoft Workers End Up at California Startups?

Forced out the door, Microsoft employees are poised to see plenty of demand from quickly growing startups, according to Chandra Shekaran, a former general manager in Microsoft’s Bing search unit.

July 23, 2014

S.F. Startup Brigade Will Use Tech to Boost Civic Involvement

Lead by San Francisco entrepreneur, Matt Mahan, the startup Brigade’s goal is to create a nonpartisan platform where people can discuss the issues of the day, share news and organize.

July 23, 2014

Online Afterlife: Should Your Online Accounts Die with You?

Facebook and other tech companies have been reluctant to hand over their customers' private data, but when confronted with death, families say they need access to settle financial details or simply for sentimental reasons.