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January 24, 2020

Can mummies speak?

Answer: No, but scientists are now able to digitally re-create the sounds of their voices.

January 23, 2020

Why does Germany have to pay Microsoft more than $800K?

Answer: Because it didn’t upgrade from Windows 7 in time.

January 23, 2020

Oklahoma Moves Steven Harpe to OMES Director Position

Steven Harpe, formerly the deputy director of Oklahoma's Office of Management and Enterprise Services, has been named OMES director. He replaces John Budd, who will continue serving as state COO.

January 22, 2020

Henderson, Nev., Renames CIO Role, Hires Director of IT

Henderson, Nev., renamed and filled its CIO role after a seven-month-long vacancy. Alyssa Rodriguez started as the city's director of IT Tuesday, bringing experience in enterprise applications and smart city efforts.

January 22, 2020

Oracle Hires Local Government CIOs Stovall and John

Oracle has been taking a new tack in its public sector business in recent years, tapping local government leaders and launching new products. Now it has picked up veteran city CIOs Jeff Stovall and Dennis John.

January 22, 2020

Which state is the best in the country for driving?

Answer: Iowa.

January 21, 2020

What popular tech company is closing all of its U.S. stores?

Answer: Bose.

January 17, 2020

What robotic exoskeleton record was just broken?

Answer: Walking a full marathon.

January 16, 2020

Why is SpaceX going to blow up one of its rockets?

Answer: As part of an equipment safety test.

January 15, 2020

Where did the NSA find a cybersecurity vulnerability?

Answer: In Windows 10.

January 15, 2020

Startup Coord Seeking Governments for Digital Curb Challenge

Three winners will get access to Coord’s software, apps and APIs, and collaboration from the company’s experts, to deliver a project by the end of the year to make local streets and sidewalks safer or more efficient.

January 14, 2020

What unique capability will Teslas soon have?

Answer: They'll be able to talk.

January 13, 2020

Does Google Maps know all of the places you went in 2019?

Answer: Yes, and it wants to show you, just in case you didn’t already know where you’ve been.

January 10, 2020

Can you control who can reply to your tweets?

Answer: Not yet, but it’s a feature that may be coming soon.

January 9, 2020

Dallas, Texas, Confirms Impending IT Chief Departure

Chief Information Officer Hugh Miller's last day with the Information and Technology department will be Jan. 10. Officials say they plan to mount a national search for his replacement.

January 9, 2020

How much did people spend in Apple’s App Store at Christmas?

Answer: $1.42 billion.

January 8, 2020

Guess what Samsung named its new spherical rolling robot?

Answer: Ballie.

January 7, 2020

Accela Sells Subsidiary Springbrook to Private Equity Firm

The private equity deal will make Springbrook Software, which sells financially focused software to government, an independent company again for the first time since it was acquired by Accela in 2015.

January 7, 2020

How many acres have bushfires burned in Australia so far?

Answer: 15 million.

January 6, 2020

Where did a 2020 version of Y2K just happen?

Answer: New York City.

January 3, 2020

Gail Roper Joins Montgomery County, Md., as IT Chief

Gail Roper, who has served as director of National Initiatives for Smart Cities at the Knight Foundation in Miami, will return to the public sector.

January 2, 2020

What’s more useful than a Roomba vacuum?

Answer: A flying Roomba vacuum.

December 23, 2019

Indiana Chief Data Officer Departs for Nonprofit Role

Indiana CDO Darshan Shah left civil service for a position at a not-for-profit supporting the life sciences. Management Performance Hub Chief of Staff Josh Martin will serve as the interim state CDO.

December 23, 2019

Why isn’t Boeing’s Starliner spaceship going to the ISS?

Answer: Because its internal clock is off.

December 20, 2019

Experienced Indiana IT Leader Fulfills Interim CIO Role

The Indiana Office of Technology's Chief Administrative Officer Robert Paglia has assumed the duties of the state CIO until the agency hires a replacement for Dewand Neely, who left civil service at the end of November.

December 20, 2019

What was the worst password used in 2019?

Answer: 123456.

December 19, 2019

What’s powering the lights on this aquarium Christmas tree?

Answer: An electric eel.

December 18, 2019

What could make your next smartphone more waterproof?

Answer: Virtual buttons.

December 17, 2019

How long does it take to 3-D print a house?

Answer: 24 hours.

December 16, 2019

This data visualization shows what?

Answer: All the fires in the world in 2019.

December 13, 2019

Passport Plans Parking Payment Changes After $65M Funding Round

The North Carolina startup wants to create an interconnected software ecosystem in which citizens can automatically find and pay for parking spaces through a variety of apps, and cities can more quickly change fees and curb rules.

December 13, 2019

How will you know when one of Volkswagen’s EVs is coming?

Answer: From the unique sound it makes.

December 12, 2019

Katy Ruckle Named Washington State Chief Privacy Officer

Washington CIO Jim Weaver has chosen Ruckle, the privacy officer and information governance administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services. She starts in the new role Jan. 1.

December 12, 2019

What kind of electric vehicle just flew for the first time?

Answer: A fully electric commercial aircraft.

December 12, 2019

Most States Receive Low Grades for Online Spending Transparency Info

States have made progress with budget portals that allow citizens to see how tax dollars are spent, but a new report shows they remain lacking in online transparency about economic development subsidies.

December 11, 2019

NASCIO Survey Suggests Increasing Digital Government in 2020

The association's annual survey of state IT leadership shows a jump in digital services as a priority compared with the 2019 results, as well as rising interest in AI and robotic process automation.

December 11, 2019

Wheels’ shareable e-bikes now come with what?

Answer: A helmet.

December 11, 2019

Kentucky's State-Owned Broadband Network Sees First Live Connection

KentuckyWired, a state-owned broadband network, started providing service to its first state customer last week. The network is expected to provide high-speed Internet to all state offices and institutions by late 2020.

December 11, 2019

Arkansas Hopes Cybersecurity Task Force Increases Awareness

The new group, created through executive order, will focus on opportunities to advance education surrounding cybersecurity issues and careers, building on previous efforts to beef up the state's defenses.

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?


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 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.