November 3, 2014

What useful tool does a new kind of drone carry for emergencies?

Answer: a defibrillator

October 31, 2014

Controversial Genetic Engineering Boosted in S.F. Incubator

The Bay Area already has a wide network of programs designed to speed up the growth of medical-technology startups. But Indie Bio, has an unusual focus: synthetic biology.

October 31, 2014

UC Santa Cruz Professor Builds Model of Low-Cost Ebola Sensor

Similar to a pregnancy test, the device gives simple feedback on a small film.

October 31, 2014

City Leaders Meet to Discuss Social Media Policy for Bremerton, Wash.

The Bremerton City Council met on Oct. 29 to discuss social media best practices and how to best communicate with citizens on various online platforms.

October 31, 2014

Report Cites Old Gear, Poor Training in VA Backlog

The findings are part of a lengthy report by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, who said the VA's problems stem from a failure to update its systems for handling patients and to properly develop and retain its staff.

October 31, 2014

Local Republicans Report Difficulty with Maryland's Voting Machines

Early voters across the state this week have complained that when they tried to cast ballots for Republicans, the machine instead displayed that they had chosen a Democratic candidate.

October 31, 2014

Can Water Use Be Cut with Equity and Fairness?

Los Angeles' and California's efforts to cope with an ongoing drought highlight the need for a systems approach.

October 31, 2014

Will Government Entice Millennials With Unlimited Vacation Days?

A host of private-sector companies are offering unlimited vacation time to employees, but public-sector CIOs aren't sure the practice is feasible for technologists in government.

October 31, 2014

Investigation Finds ‘Hack’ in Ferguson Grand Jury System

Local officials have been incensed over leaked information appearing in media reports, including what witnesses said in front of the grand jury, whose workings are supposed to be confidential.

October 31, 2014

Hackers' New Malware Infects West Pennsylvania Computers, Vexes FBI

Private industry experts said they believe hackers in Eastern Europe devised the malware, and they said it seems ready to blow up across computer networks.

October 31, 2014

What has Travis County, Texas, Gotten for Spending $3.3 Million on Software?

If Travis County continues with this software as originally budgeted, it would spend an additional $1 million to complete the software, plus an additional $4 million to put it in place.

October 31, 2014

North Dakota Launches Local Solution for Statewide Next-Gen 911

Having buy-in from all the stakeholders around the technology that should be used in public safety access points likely will make for a better-run network.

October 31, 2014

Uber + Haircut = ?

Answer: Shortcut

October 30, 2014

What Will CIO Priorities Look Like in 2015?

State CIOs voted on their top priorities for the coming year, reflecting little change from the past few years.

October 30, 2014

6 Cities and a County Share 311 Data, Best Practices

Local government officials team up to develop standards and a data repository for 311 centers.

October 30, 2014

Personalized Learning Pits Data Innovators Against Privacy Advocates

The question of how long vendors should be allowed to maintain and use student data cuts to the heart of the tensions that define the digital learning revolution.

October 30, 2014

Twitter, IBM Announce Data Analytics Partnership

Twitter data will be part of IBM's cloud-based Watson Analytics application, which brings big data analysis to business users.

October 30, 2014

Save or Delete? Official Email Policies Vary By State

State policies about whether employees should delete or save emails vary considerably, creating concerns among open government advocates.

October 30, 2014

GM, University of Michigan to Work on Connected Vehicle Corridor

Connected vehicle technology will wirelessly connect vehicles to each other, and to the Internet, with the promise of a reduction in accidents and other improvements in safety records.

October 30, 2014

Audi's Robot Car Posts Driverless Speed Record

The driverless car performed on the 4.57-kilometre circuit south of Frankfurt just as if a professional race driver had been at the controls.