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December 10, 2019

Why does this travel coffee mug cost $180?

Answer: Because it's smart.

December 10, 2019

Incoming Kentucky Gov. Announces Change-Up to IT Leadership

Ruth Day, a certified public accountant with a private-sector background, has been tapped to step in for Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle, who was appointed by then-Gov. Matt Bevin in December 2017.

December 9, 2019

Can frogs make phone calls?

Answer: No, but scientists can now use their cellphones to make calls to the frogs' ponds.

December 9, 2019

ClearGov Introduces Department KPIs to Data Dashboards

The startup's expansion follows similar moves from open data companies serving state and local government in recent years. ClearGov, however, brings a unique approach and business model to the industry.

December 6, 2019

Ford is making car parts from what?

Answer: Coffee.

December 6, 2019

Alabama to Receive $62.3M in USDA Funds for Rural Broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its first round of rural broadband funding awards as part of its ReConnect Pilot Program. Alabama got a huge slice of that pie to fund four major efforts.

December 5, 2019

What are these fiber-optic cables made out of?

Answer: Wood.

December 4, 2019

How many connections has FirstNet established?

Answer: More than 1 million.

December 3, 2019

Wyoming Quietly Hires Its First Chief Data Officer

Drew Dilly is the newest member of CIO Gordon Knopp's IT leadership team, serving as the state's first chief data officer. Dilly will evaluate legacy systems to find opportunities for resource sharing and consolidation.

December 2, 2019

Digital Cities 2019: Diving into the Data (Infographic)

Our annual review of the country’s cities leading the way in tech, the Digital Cities Survey tallies best practices underway in cybersecurity, citizen engagement and analytics. Here are this year’s top-level numbers.

December 2, 2019

Florida Deputy State CIO Resigns, Shifts to Private Sector

Deputy State CIO Heath Beach will step down Dec. 6 to pursue technology consulting in the private sector, after guiding the newly formed Division of State Technologies and how the agency will serve the state.

December 2, 2019

What sets this robot dog apart from the others?

Answer: It can climb ladders.

December 1, 2019

CIO Career Changes of 2019: Tracking Transitions Nationwide

Whether their title includes information, data, security or otherwise, Government Technology followed changes to the job titles of IT leaders at the state, county and local levels throughout 2019.

November 27, 2019

New York State Insider to Take Reins of IT Agency

After serving as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for technology and innovation since May 2019, Jeremy M. Goldberg will be taking over as the state's acting CIO from Joseph Rabito.

November 27, 2019

Why did someone put VR headsets on cows?

Answer: It’s still not entirely clear.

November 27, 2019

Alabama County OKs Update to Obsolete Police Computers

The Heflin, Ala., City Council voted unanimously to buy new computers for the police department during a recent meeting, with the current computers soon to be obsolete once Microsoft discontinues support for Windows 7.

November 26, 2019

Delta Air Lines to Deploy Facial Recognition Tech in Seattle

Delta Air Lines, the second-largest carrier at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, is implementing facial recognition that will be used with international travelers at its gates by the end of this year.

November 26, 2019

Verizon 5G First Responder Lab's Third Cohort Focused on AI

The final handful of companies to close out Verizon and Responder Corp.'s startup accelerator’s first year will work on artificial intelligence-driven tools for surveillance and geo-intelligence.

November 26, 2019

Can your phone be hacked by a public charging port?

Answer: Yes.

November 25, 2019

New Hampshire Town Deploys New Police Drone Squad

One of seven grant-funded Portsmouth Police Department drones, now available regionally for public safety, can take infrared photos from 200 feet in the air showing the locations of people inside a building below.

November 25, 2019

North Carolina, Researchers to Study Recidivism-Reducing App

The state Department of Public Safety and RTI International have received a grant to test out the Pokket app and measure its effects on people re-entering society from five incarceration institutions.

November 25, 2019

What is a cybertruck?

Answer: We’re still not sure.

November 22, 2019

What does Amazon want to make sure you never run out of?

Answer: Office supplies.

November 21, 2019

Alabama Gov. Ivey Appoints Permanent IT Leadership

Gov. Kay Ivey has tapped Marty Redden as the state’s secretary of the Office of Information Technology, effective immediately. He took on the acting CIO role in July, after the departure of Jim Purcell.

November 21, 2019

What is Lyft giving EV renters for free in Denver?

Answer: Vehicle charging.

November 20, 2019

San Diego Taps City Insider as New Chief Data Officer

Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed Andrell Bower as the city's new chief data officer, a position that has remained vacant since July. Bower is charged with evaluating new tech to streamline government processes.

November 20, 2019

Verizon Launches Mobile 5G Service in Houston Metro Area

Verizon Wireless is the second cellular carrier to offer publicly available 5G mobile service in Houston, though its Ultra Wideband product initially is limited to a handful of locations around the city.

November 20, 2019

How can you get discounts and free rides on Bird scooters?

Answer: By taking a helmet selfie.

November 20, 2019

New York City Creates Chief Algorithms Officer Position

The new position, which will operate out of Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, will lead the development of guidelines and best practices surrounding the use of algorithm-based tools by city agencies.

November 19, 2019

Maine City Defers Vote on Facial Recognition Tech Ban

Portland delayed taking action Monday on a proposal to prohibit city employees from using facial recognition technology. Proponents of the ban say the technology often misidentifies women, people of color and children.

November 19, 2019

What is a great prank to pull in San Francisco?

Answer: Life-size AirPod stickers.

November 18, 2019

Tech Enhances Warrant Process in St. Johns County, Fla.

New technologies, including electronic warrants and remote first court appearances during holidays and weekends, have eliminated a sizable chunk of paperwork for the judges in St. Johns County, Fla.

November 18, 2019

Apple has purged all apps from its store on what topic?

Answer: Vaping.

November 18, 2019

Gov Tech Company Spatial Data Logic Acquires Website Builder

Two New Jersey companies, Spatial Data Logic and GovSites, are merging into one, following a recent trend of consolidation among businesses that build websites for state and local governments.

November 15, 2019

How might Google get slow-loading websites to be faster?

Answer: By publicly shaming them for being slow.

November 15, 2019

Calif. Regulators Challenge Rideshare Hotline for Seniors

California regulators have issued a $10,000 fine to GoGoGrandparent, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a toll-free number that people nationwide can use to request Uber and Lyft rides.

November 14, 2019

How City-Run Internet Might Work in One Massachusetts City

A municipal Internet service run by the city could increase bandwidth tenfold and drop prices to consumers by about 30 percent, according to the CEO of a company seeking to bring the service to Quincy, Mass.

November 14, 2019

How much did people spend on their pets last holiday season?

Answer: $183 per person, on average.

November 14, 2019

Digital Cities 2019: Winners Gear Up for a New Decade

The winners of this year’s Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government are those making smart investments in technologies from infrastructure and citizen engagement to data storage and cybersecurity.

November 13, 2019

Orange County, Fla., to Receive $20M AV Shuttle Federal Grant

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a $20 million award for Lake Nona to develop a driverless bus system, one of many Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants nationwide.

November 13, 2019

Three Vendors Partner on Digital ID Mobile App for Colorado

Ping Identity, ID DataWeb and ProofID worked with the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to create a back end for the myColorado app, which aims to modernize state IDs and improve residents' security.

November 13, 2019

How difficult is it to sink this simple metal structure?

Answer: All but impossible.

November 12, 2019

N.Y. Completes 50-Mile Drone Corridor, Invests Another $12.5M

A newly completed drone testing corridor between Syracuse International Airport and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., is seeing additional state investment in a facility that will allow for indoor testing.

November 12, 2019

Granicus Buys Short-Term Rental Compliance Software Company

The sixth acquisition in two years by the private equity-backed Granicus will add the ability to monitor short-term rental properties to govService, a citizen engagement platform launched last month.

November 12, 2019

Is the Apple Card biased?

Answer: It appears so.

November 12, 2019

State Data Officer Network Goes Live for Inaugural Meeting

The network, which has been in the formation stages for some time now, aims to connect data leadership within various state governments, helping to facilitate cooperation such as sharing best practices.

November 11, 2019

From Twitter with Love: GIS Challenge Pushes Creative Mapping

A 30-day Twitter mapping challenge is inspiring data professionals worldwide to showcase publicly available data sets. Syracuse CDO Sam Edelstein participated by using his city's open data portal during his off-duty hours.

November 11, 2019

Can technology figure out why you like that song so much?

Answer: Yes! AI can.

November 8, 2019

San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Canellakis Departs

Krista Canellakis had been with the city for nearly seven years, starting out as a Mayor’s Innovation Fellow back in 2013 and rising to the position of chief innovation officer in February of 2018.

November 8, 2019

What is the point of a smart coaster?

Answer: To help you make the perfect cocktail at home.

November 7, 2019

Knight Foundation Gives $3.5M for Internet Policy Research

The famous journalism and arts organization has committed itself to informing the public debate on Internet governance, with a hope that new research will lead to nationwide policy changes.

November 7, 2019

Online Resources Offer Relief to California Fire Victims

As public safety agencies work to contain and stop all of the fires that have struck California, various online and physical resources play a significant role in helping victims recover from and cope with their losses.

November 7, 2019

How old is Amazon’s Alexa?

Answer: Five.

November 7, 2019

N.D. Recruits New CISO in Broadening Cybersecurity Effort

North Dakota's CISO, Sean Wiese, has been tapped to lead the new Cyber Operations Center initiative, vacating the position for Kevin Ford, a private-sector cybersecurity expert who will assume the role Nov. 20.

November 6, 2019

This 14-year-old's invention fixes what car safety issue?

Answer: Blind spots created by the pillars surrounding the windshield.

November 6, 2019

Philadelphia Restructures Its Innovation and Design Work

Staffers in that office, which was created three years ago, will be transitioned to the Office of Information and Technology or the Office of Chief Administrative Officer at the end of the year.

November 5, 2019

What has Facebook rebranded to?

Answer: FACEBOOK.

November 4, 2019

How did hackers beat a smartphone fingerprint scanner?

Answer: With a photo of the fingerprint.

November 1, 2019

Which major social media platform is banning political ads?

Answer: Twitter.

November 1, 2019

Tyler Acquires Jury Management Firm Courthouse Technologies

Courthouse Technologies is headquartered in Canada, but seems to have a bigger footprint in the U.S. It joins a Tyler Technologies suite of court software that already includes jury management.

October 31, 2019

Publicly Traded Company Set to Acquire Gov Tech Reseller DLT

Tech Data, which distributes technology on five continents and trades on Nasdaq, is in the process of purchasing the tech reseller DLT, which sells to the public sector and is nearly 30 years old.

October 31, 2019

What do you call a typeface from hell?

Answer: Hellvetica.

October 30, 2019

What is a space selfie?

Answer: A selfie that is displayed in space.

October 30, 2019

Axon to Debut License Plate Reading, After a Year of Input

The company is going to bring automated license plate recognition to its in-car dash cameras. But first, its independent oversight board issued recommendations for the technology to address ethical concerns.

October 29, 2019

Why would you want a robot to follow you everywhere?

Answer: So it could carry all your stuff for you.

October 28, 2019

Do Netflix and Spotify broadcast emergency warnings?

Answer: No, but Congress wants them to.

October 25, 2019

Why isn’t Honda bringing its tiny new EV to the U.S.?

Answer: Because it thought America wouldn't want it.

October 24, 2019

Which artist filmed their new music video on a smartphone?

Answer: Selena Gomez.

October 23, 2019

Indiana Is Home to the Latest National Guard Cyberbattalion

The elite cyberbattalion, announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday, will be in charge of national cyberwarfare and cybersecurity operations. It is the fifth such battalion of its kind.

October 23, 2019

Are smartphones ticklish?

Answer: Yes, if they’re wearing this new case.

October 22, 2019

Carrie Parikh Steps Down as New Jersey Chief Operating Officer

Formerly a deputy CTO and treasury department employee, the state’s new COO Roger Gibson will take over for Parikh, who was hired in July 2018, under the direction of CTO and department head Christopher Rein.

October 22, 2019

Can dark mode preserve battery life on an iPhone?

Answer: Yes, but only on one with an OLED screen.

October 22, 2019

Granicus Officially Launches Digital Services Platform

The company has been expanding in recent years. Its most recent move, which is based on the technology of a U.K. acquisition, puts it in a particularly competitive segment of the gov tech market.

October 21, 2019

Does the U.S. military use floppy disks in nuclear launches?

Answer: Not anymore, but it did until just recently.

October 18, 2019

What is an eRosary?

Answer: An electronic rosary designed for praying in the digital age.

October 18, 2019

CivicPlus Creates New Mobile App Service for Government

CivicPlus, already well established in gov tech, has several other services, including meeting agenda management, 311 tools and website content systems, that can integrate into mobile apps for the public sector.

October 18, 2019

StreetLight Data Carves Out Bike and Pedestrian Travel Tool

The company previously offered data about bike and pedestrian travel patterns as part of a larger package. Now users can access only that information, as well as collisions, demographics and "inferred trip purpose."

October 17, 2019

Colorado Looks to U.S. Digital Service to Recruit IT Talent

Gov. Jared Polis announced the formation of the Colorado Digital Service, a new team within the Office of Information Technology that will recruit outside IT to work alongside state staff to optimize services.

October 17, 2019

How is Volvo making it easier to buy its plug-in hybrid cars?

Answer: With free charging.

October 16, 2019

Here Are All of the Current Startup in Residence Challenges

City Innovate published more than 50 challenges from state and local governments across the country. Tech companies will now have the opportunity to propose solutions for the governments to try out.

October 16, 2019

What is #MeTooVoter?

Answer: A new hashtag from the organizers of #MeToo.

October 15, 2019

What is syngas and how is it made?

Answer: It's an alternative fuel you get from shredding and heating plastic to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

October 15, 2019

Trimble Acquires Utility-Serving Gov Tech Company Cityworks

Cityworks, which serves utilities and local governments, has been doing business independently since the late 1990s, but it is now joining the publicly traded multinational software company Trimble.

October 14, 2019

Uber has made it easier to bring who along on your ride?

Answer: Your pet!

October 11, 2019

Can an electric car power a house?

Answer: Technically yes, but you should not try it at home.

October 10, 2019

How many Americans don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram?

Answer: 70 percent.

October 9, 2019

Team-Up Aims to Give 911 Dispatch Access to Camera Feeds

CentralSquare and Genetec are integrating their public safety software together in the latest of a long string of gov tech company partnerships this year. This move is meant to improve awareness of emergency responders.

October 9, 2019

This app can find what in baby pictures?

Answer: Eye diseases.

October 8, 2019

RapidSOS Adds $25M to Last Year’s $30M Funding Haul

With major partners like Apple, Google and Microsoft already in its corner and more than $90 million in total fundraising, the New York-based startup is poised to continue expanding its footprint in the U.S. and abroad.

October 8, 2019

Illinois Governor Signs Tax Law to Attract New IT Investment

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law an exemption from sales tax for data center investors who build a $250 million facility in the state. The legislation's effectiveness will be measured with an annual report.

October 8, 2019

Why did someone hack TOMS Shoes?

Answer: To tell people to get offline.

October 7, 2019

CivicPlus Integrates Civic Feedback Software into Platform

The company, which is one of the largest website-builders for local government in the U.S., is partnering with the Canadian startup Civil Space to work more resident feedback into its platform.

October 7, 2019

Can a drone weigh a whale?

Answer: Yes!

October 4, 2019

Microsoft: Iran-Linked Hackers Targeted Presidential Campaign

The hacking group known as Phosphorus, active since 2013, has been involved in myriad attempted cyberattacks against American officials and organizations, including at least one campaign in the race for the U.S. presidency.

October 4, 2019

What is this tech company rescuing smartphone users from?

Answer: Dead phone batteries.

October 3, 2019

Traffic-Collision Predictor Waycare Raises $7.25M

With millions in new investments and two new board members, the Israeli company’s cloud-based AI platform is preparing to expand across North America and further develop its traffic-safety platform.

October 3, 2019

Alexa can now help you get a job where?

Answer: McDonald’s.

October 2, 2019

DemandStar Procurement Network Enlists 102 Members in a Year

The e-bidding platform and online marketplace says it now includes about 78,000 small and minority-owned businesses in the United States competing for $3.4 billion in annual contract value.

October 2, 2019

Which major shipping company can now make drone deliveries?

Answer: UPS.

October 1, 2019

Washington State Recruits New CISO Out of South Carolina

WaTech CIO Jim Weaver announced that South Carolina's deputy CISO Vinod Brahmapuram will be the IT agency's new state CISO. He comes with experience in cybersecurity as well as risk management and regulatory compliance.

October 1, 2019

Who built this iPhone charging cable that can hijack a computer?

Answer: It wasn’t Apple, even though it sure looks like it.

September 30, 2019

What would make it easier to find your car in a parking lot?

Answer: The ability to just make it come to you.

September 27, 2019

Tech Firms Partner on Procurement, Contract Management

Agiloft and Periscope Holdings hope that procuring new contracts and managing them will be more simple and efficient for government and other customers with their software tools combined.

September 27, 2019

How can you type on your phone without looking at the screen?

Answer: With the help of this new smartphone case.

September 26, 2019

Can Amazon’s Alexa talk like Samuel L. Jackson?

Answer: She will be able to soon.

September 25, 2019

How is Australia putting AI to work on its roads?

Answer: By using it to catch drivers on their cellphones.

September 24, 2019

Why would you want a drone that can operate a nail gun?

Answer: So that it can put shingles on your roof for you.

September 24, 2019

StreetLight Data Introduces New On-Demand Traffic Metrics

The company is slicing its data, which it gathers through GPS devices, in more ways. Now transportation officials can ask for the average number of vehicles on a stretch of road in an hour and in a day.

September 24, 2019

Kleykamp Joins Georgetown’s Beeck Center as a Data Fellow

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University announced on Monday that Connecticut's former chief data officer, Tyler Kleykamp, has joined the innovation hub's Data + Digital team as a fellow.

September 23, 2019

Do you have to ride Lyft’s bikes where it tells you to?

Answer: No, but it might be a good idea.

September 20, 2019

Where besides Twitter can you go to settle arguments online?

Answer: This new website that’s specifically designed for it.

September 19, 2019

Washington CISO to Head Cybersecurity for Health-Care System

State CISO Ronald Buchanan stepped down to guide cybersecurity efforts for Oregon-based St. Charles Health System. IT Manager of Security Policy Scott Bream will fill the role until a new CISO arrives in October.

September 19, 2019

Can you pay for your Amazon.com purchases with cash?

Answer: Yes.

September 19, 2019

Public Water Safety Startup Draws $7M Investment Round

120WaterAudit provides water testing, as well as software for finding lead pipes and managing compliance programs. Launched in 2016, the company operates in 12 states and has now pulled in a Series A investment round.

September 18, 2019

How much does it cost to use this emergency rescue beacon?

Answer: Nothing!

September 18, 2019

Self-Driving Taxi Company Voyage Raises $31M, Plans New Car

Voyage has a fleet of self-driving taxis in The Villages, Fla., a fast-growing community of senior citizens. It plans on using new investment money to expand its fleet and introduce a third-generation vehicle.

September 17, 2019

Replica Raises $11M and Spins Out of Sidewalk Labs

The new software company will remain a partner of Sidewalk Labs, using de-identified mobility data to build predictive models for where and why people get around in cities in an effort to better inform land use.

September 17, 2019

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Gains FedRAMP Authorization

The cloud hosting service now has the official nod of approval from the federal government, having passed through a program that uses high standards for cybersecurity. It joins several other cloud hosts in FedRAMP.

September 17, 2019

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Answer: Better Wi-Fi.

September 16, 2019

What online platform led to a breakthrough in an old missing person case?

Answer: Google Earth.

September 13, 2019

Why is an airline flying drones around its planes?

Answer: For inspections.

September 12, 2019

Company to Give 50 Websites to Small Water & Sewer Districts

CivicPlus, which makes websites and other communications tools for government, is running the promotion specifically for the smallest water and sewer districts around. The giveaway includes 18 months of hosting.

September 11, 2019

Former Oakland County, Mich., CIO to Join e.Republic

Phil Bertolini, former deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, Mich., will come on board as co-executive director of the Center for Digital Government, the research and business intelligence arm of e.Republic.

September 11, 2019

How long did it take the newest iPhone to become a meme?

Answer: A few minutes.

September 11, 2019

Public Messaging Meets Feedback in Gov Tech Partnership

Shortly after partnering with a budget simulation company, Bang the Table is now integrating its resident engagement, feedback and analysis tools with the public communications platform offered by Granicus.

September 10, 2019

Which fall TV show return is most anticipated in your state?

Answer: Google can tell you.

September 10, 2019

Motorola Solutions Extends Investment with Silver Lake

With a growing assortment of newly acquired public safety tools in its product lineup, Motorola Solutions is continuing its financial and managerial relationship with the global tech investor.

September 9, 2019

South Dakota Names Heather Perry Interim BIT Commissioner

Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Perry as the interim information and telecommunications commissioner this week. She replaces outgoing Pat Snow, who held the same post under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

September 9, 2019

Can a dating service make Facebook popular again?

Answer: Facebook seems to think so.

September 9, 2019

4 Gov Tech Startups Among Finalists for Urban Tech Challenge

The new innovation competition from Ashoka and QBE North America will receive pitches next month from 10 startups aiming to improve well-being in cities. A winner and runner-up will each receive cash prizes.

September 6, 2019

How much has Facebook invested in detecting deepfake videos?

Answer: $10 million.

September 6, 2019

CEO of Street Data-Gathering Startup RoadBotics Steps Down

Mark DeSantis, an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, co-founded the company in 2016 with the idea to use smartphone video to assess road repair needs. Now, he's stepping aside.

September 5, 2019

OpenGov Acquires ViewPoint, Adds Permitting and Licensing

Within days of announcing a massive fundraising haul and months of getting new leadership, the enterprise software company’s third acquisition in four years adds another dimension to OpenGov’s growth.

September 5, 2019

Which state is the first to ban flavored e-cigarette sales?

Answer: Michigan.

September 4, 2019

Colorado Blockchain Report Identifies Barriers, Opportunities

A governor-appointed council reviewed opportunities for and obstacles to blockchain technology in Colorado for one year before releasing its findings outlining statutes, laws and regulations in need of modernization.

September 4, 2019

Are there traffic cops in space?

Answer: No, but maybe there should be.

September 4, 2019

Axon Names Facebook Virtual Reality Leader to Board

The company once known mostly for the Taser has pushed further into video with its body cameras. Now it is bringing in an expert in virtual reality, and its CEO is talking about "empathy-based VR training."

September 3, 2019

OpenGov Raises $51M Series D Round, Plans More Growth

With more than $140 million in total investment, a full leadership team now in place and enterprise software serving more than 2,000 government customers, the company is poised for major new developments.

September 3, 2019

Where did all the e-scooters in Miami go?

Answer: They’ve been put away until after Hurricane Dorian passes.

September 1, 2019

Data on America’s Most Digital Counties 2019 (Infographic)

A visual, data-driven look at nearly 60 counties across five population categories doing impactful work with technology to move government forward, including Internet of Things, cybersecurity, emerging tech and more.

August 30, 2019

Why might thieves of car parts be targeting hybrid vehicles?

Answer: Their batteries.

August 30, 2019

Longtime County Government CIO in Michigan Retires

Phil Bertolini, the longtime deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, announced his departure from local government service Friday after a 31-year career bolstering collaboration and innovation.

August 29, 2019

Why is the BBC developing its own virtual assistant?

Answer: Because it can understand British accents better than current offerings.

August 28, 2019

Ontario Systems Names Jason Harrington Its New CEO

Harrington will retain his title as president and take over from retiring co-founder Ron Fauquher as CEO, steering the company after the acquisition of Justice Systems and acquisition by New Mountain Capital.

August 28, 2019

How long does Ford expect its autonomous vehicles to last?

Answer: Four years.

August 27, 2019

Who is the intended audience of a new musical Alexa skill?

Answer: Dogs!

August 27, 2019

Loss of Windows 7 Support Leads to $1M Upgrades for Maine

The software upgrade for 10,000 computers comes sooner than expected, with CIO Fred Brittain saying he doesn’t want to do without updates from Microsoft after it discontinues support for Windows 7 next year.

August 27, 2019

Cook County, Ill., Code for America to Clear Pot Convictions

The county, which is home to Chicago, will partner with the national civic tech organization to clear tens of thousands of cannabis-related convictions that are eligible for erasure in the wake of a newly passed law.

August 27, 2019

Virginia Expands Data-Sharing Platform in Opioid Fight

Gov. Ralph Northam has expanded the state's Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation, a data-sharing platform, to include Roanoke Valley, where opioid-related deaths have quadrupled in recent years.

August 26, 2019

Georgia Signs $25M Contract for Single Sign-On Capability

One year after signing a $218 million contract with Unisys for cloud services, and one month after a ransomware attack took public safety agencies offline, the state is investing again in security and cloud support.

August 26, 2019

How delicate is the new Apple credit card?

Answer: Very.

August 23, 2019

How quickly is the Amazon Rainforest burning?

Answer: Too quickly — a rate of one football field a minute.

August 22, 2019

Florida Joins Electronic Registration Information Center

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has joined 29 other member states of the center, which allows elections officials to crosscheck voter registration and reach out to eligible but unregistered voters.

August 22, 2019

What device could be giving away all your passwords?

Answer: Your smartphone.

August 21, 2019

How did ‘Old Town Road’ become so popular?

Answer: Artificial intelligence can tell us.

August 21, 2019

Accela Hires New CTO, Highlights Progress Toward the Cloud

The company has been pushing toward the cloud for years, and the CTO it just hired — as well as the new CEO who joined Accela in December — both come from software-as-a-service backgrounds.

August 20, 2019

Cybersecurity Training for Government Moves Up the FedRAMP

Proofpoint’s interactive training modules and assessments aim to help government agencies train employees on safe Internet practices, reducing the likelihood that malware attacks or other scams will be successful.

August 20, 2019

What’s the latest news on Tesla's Starman?

Answer: He just completed his first orbit around the sun.

August 19, 2019

New York’s Interim CIO Calls for ‘Tangible Accomplishments’

Joseph Rabito has been named interim director and chief information officer for the Office of Information Technology Services. In a memo to staff, he outlined a push for efficiency and better investment of state resources.

August 19, 2019

Why did the FCC fine Jimmy Kimmel Live! $395,000?

Answer: For using the tone for the national wireless emergency alerts.

August 16, 2019

U.S. Customs IT Outage Snarls Airports Around the Country

A technology outage Friday afternoon delayed travelers throughout the U.S. The agency said it was working to fix the "temporary" technological setback, but gave no details on what the cause might be.

August 16, 2019

How mad are users about Google Nest’s new privacy feature?

Answer: Really mad.

August 15, 2019

Illinois Puts $420M Toward Broadband Internet Expansion

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday launched a $420 million statewide broadband expansion project and appointed 25 public- and private-sector individuals to the broadband advisory council.

August 15, 2019

Amazon’s Rekognition software can now detect what emotion?

Answer: Fear.

August 14, 2019

How many states have sued to stop the T-Mobile/Sprint merge?

Answer: Fifteen, plus the District of Columbia.

August 13, 2019

Someone found a way to turn a Tesla into what?

Answer: A surveillance tool.

August 13, 2019

Minnesota Gov. Taps Off-the-Shelf Solution to Replace MNLARS

FAST Enterprises was selected to deploy its vehicle services software to replace the Minnesota Vehicle Licensing and Registration System over the next year and a half. The contract will cost the state about $33.9 million.

August 12, 2019

How many U.S. police departments have partnered with Amazon’s Ring?

Answer: At least 234.

August 9, 2019

Florida Deploys Telehealth Portals in 63 Public Schools

The new installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools throughout six counties in Northwest Florida is aimed at providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

August 9, 2019

What do you call a drone that sails on the sea?

Answer: A Saildrone.

August 8, 2019

Why would you want a robotic tail?

Answer: For balance and agility.

August 7, 2019

West Virginia Taps OpenGov to Streamline Financial Reporting

State government in West Virginia is responsible for reviewing many aspects of local government finance. Now the state is using OpenGov to improve the way those governments report their data.

August 7, 2019

Westminster, Colo., Names Longtime Employee as IT Director

Emily Littlejohn, the city's new IT director, has worked with the city since 2012, having performed in a number of capacities within the Parks and Recreation, Human Resources and Library departments.

August 7, 2019

Uber Leader to Head Marketing for Gov Tech Startup PayIt

Alexandru Otrezov, fresh from the ride-share company Uber, will be joining PayIt, which offers digital services and payment solutions for state and local government, as chief marketing officer.

August 7, 2019

How hard is it to kill this robot cockroach?

Answer: Almost impossible.

August 6, 2019

Arkansas Announces $25M Grant for Broadband Expansion

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the Arkansas Rural Connect program to help communities with at least 500 residents receive funding for broadband infrastructure to provide residents with high-speed Internet access.

August 6, 2019

Can The Boring Co. dig all the way to China?

Answer: No, but it looks like it is going to get there another way.

August 6, 2019

New Alliance to Feed Police Data into National Search Engine

Mark43, which sells dispatch and records systems to law enforcement agencies, is offering free integration to customers who also use Forensic Logic's COPLINK X, a nationwide search engine for police.

August 5, 2019

Open Mobility Foundation Chooses Franklin-Hodge as Director

The city of Boston's former CIO will lead the new foundation, which governs the transportation-focused Mobility Data Specification. The nation's three largest cities and Microsoft are among the foundation's members.

August 5, 2019

Are EVs more likely to be stolen than non-electric cars?

Answer: No.

August 2, 2019

Where might facial recognition be able to reduce wait times?

Answer: At the bar.

August 2, 2019

New York State CIO Robert Samson Announces His Retirement

The decision, which takes effect as of Aug. 15, will mark the end of the veteran IT leader’s second career. Samson came out of retirement in May 2017 to accept the CIO position with the state.

August 2, 2019

Denver Hires Chief Data Officer, Looking for New Cyber Chief

Assuming the role of chief information security officer is filled before December, each of Denver’s three top officials for IT, cybersecurity and data will have been in their roles for less than 18 months.

August 1, 2019

Arizona’s New Security Officer Served 10 Years in the CIA

Tim Roemer, a former nonpartisan detailee to the White House Situation Room and congressional liaison for the Central Intelligence Agency, has accepted a position as the state’s chief information security officer.

August 1, 2019

Cisco to Pay $8.6M for Flaws in Software Sold to Government

The company has settled a suit with 15 states and several other government entities that alleged it continued selling video surveillance management software after learning of serious security flaws.

August 1, 2019

What upcoming music event will be streamed live on YouTube?

Answer: Lollapalooza.

August 1, 2019

Optibus Adds Multi-Route Planning for Buses to Platform

Optibus, which makes cloud-based software to manage public transportation, has added functionality to allow users to work on multiple bus routes at the same time, hoping it will allow for more rider-focused scheduling.

July 31, 2019

Verizon 5G Goes Live in Four More Major U.S. Cities

The company announced Wednesday the addition of Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; and Indianapolis, Ind., to its growing list of next-generation Internet-capable cities. Five other cities already have the service.

July 31, 2019

Is infinite scrolling illegal?

Answer: Not yet, but Congress is exploring the possibility.

July 31, 2019

The Boring Company Raises $120M to Dig More Tunnels

The company, one of several companies led by Elon Musk, is proposing huge tunnel projects in Chicago, Las Vegas and San Jose, Calif. It just got an injection of capital as it pursues those efforts.

July 31, 2019

Iowa Gov Appoints Transportation IT Chief as New State CIO

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Department of Transportation IT Director Annette Dunn to the role of state CIO. She replaces Robert von Wolffradt, who stepped down as state CIO in January.

July 30, 2019

GovQA Takes Equity Investment from Frontier Capital

The company, which makes workflow software for the public sector, has taken on an investment partner in order to expand its offerings in areas requiring information exchange such as Freedom of Information Act requests.

July 30, 2019

How quickly can these contact lenses zoom?

Answer: In the (double) blink of an eye.

July 29, 2019

Milwaukee County, Wis., CIO to Leave for Marquette University

After nearly 30 years of service to the county, Laurie Panella has accepted the job of chief information officer with Marquette University. She begins in the new role Aug. 19.

July 29, 2019

Can a car play chess?

Answer: It can if it’s a Tesla.

July 26, 2019

What is the secret behind this easily foldable drone?

Answer: It’s spring-loaded.

July 26, 2019

Idaho Governor Uses Tech to Simplify State’s Rulemaking

Gov. Brad Little unveiled new rulemaking steps this week, releasing a list that includes online posting of rulemaking public meetings, a new subscribe feature for administrative bulletins and more.

July 25, 2019

Can you use the sun to sail through space?

Answer: Bill Nye thinks so.

July 24, 2019

Cityzenith Raises $100K in Crowdfunding in Six Weeks

The Chicago-based SaaS company has pulled in more than $6 million in investment since launching its first product in July 2016, trying to get a head start in an industry that's expecting heavy growth in the coming years.

July 24, 2019

Is there such a thing as remote control dogs?

Answer: Yes, thanks to a haptic vest.

July 23, 2019

Arkansas Governor Taps State’s First-Ever Broadband Manager

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Nathan Smith, who helped craft the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, will lead the efforts to expand Internet access to communities with more than 500 residents by 2022.

July 23, 2019

Pennsylvania Looks to Add Chief Data Officer Position

The newly created position in Pennsylvania will report directly to the chief information officer, with the state’s online job opening for the gig set to close for new applicants on Aug. 2.

July 23, 2019

How much is Equifax being fined for the 2017 data breach?

Answer: About $4 per person.

July 22, 2019

How might humans be able to stop glaciers from melting?

Answer: By showering them with artificial snow.

July 22, 2019

OpenGov Adds Katherine August-deWilde to Board of Directors

After the addition of two advisers and a new president in March, the company’s fourth high-level appointment in 2019 gives it an experienced boards of directors, with several co-founders and partners of major businesses.

July 22, 2019

Motorola Solutions Buys Body Cam Maker, Consolidating Market

The buyout of WatchGuard brings Motorola Solutions into some of the largest police departments in the country, simultaneously creating a potential path for facial recognition to those departments.

July 19, 2019

CenturyLink Looks to Build Bridges Between Legacy 911, Cloud

The Louisiana telecommunications giant says its new subscription service works as a bridge between old technologies and cloud functionality for governments that can’t yet afford a full-scale overhaul.

July 19, 2019

Can a trucker drive two rigs at once?

Answer: Yes, if they’re both Peloton Technology trucks.

July 19, 2019

AI Road Assessment Startup RoadBotics Raises $7.5M

The Carnegie Mellon University-linked company, which raised a $3.9 million seed round at the end of last year, has pulled in more capital — and customers — as it continues on a rapid growth trajectory.