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Esri and Waze join up to push road condition data in cities

Digital mapping company Esri has partnered with crowdsourcing traffic app maker Waze to help city governments and drivers communicate more efficiently about traffic conditions, including construction delays and accidents.

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British navy sends robots to sea in military exercise

The Royal Navy is testing just how much robot craft can do by themselves in military exercises off the British coast.

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Efforts to restart smart-gun innovation could misfire again

A flurry of smart-gun development shows signs that the technology, at one point tamped out, may again be making headway as new technology lends itself to more reliable weapons. But angel investors are still difficult to find.

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White House: A.I. will be critical driver of U.S. economy

The White House sees artificial intelligence as an increasingly critical technology that can fight cyberattacks, upgrade weapons of war, improve health care and even unclog traffic for the commute home.

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Obama sets goal of establishing a Mars habitat

President Barack Obama has set a goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and getting them safely home again. It will likely be one of the topics discussed at the White House Frontiers Conference set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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France adds source code to list of documents covered by freedom of information laws

French freedom of information law now treats source code as disclosable in the same way as other government records.

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White House slates $80M for city tech innovations

The White House is touting $80 million in new federal funds for its ongoing Smart Cities Initiative.

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EU privacy watchdogs have questions about Yahoo's secret email scanning

European Union privacy watchdogs are concerned by reports that Yahoo has been secretly scanning its users' email at the request of U.S. intelligence services.

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Microsoft follows AWS into France with plan for new Azure data center

Microsoft is adding to its European cloud infrastructure, with plans to open new data centers in France next year, CEO Satya Nadella said Monday.

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Doctors: E-health records raise costs, don’t help patient outcomes

Most physicians believe mandated electronic health records not only increase operating costs but draw their attention away from patients and have little effect on patient outcomes.

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Mobile apps still have long way to go in state governments

A new survey released this week reveals that while a little more than half of state CIOs surveyed consider mobile devices and apps an essential or high priority, relatively few state government apps are mobile ready or are being used...

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Yes, U.S. did hack Elysée Palace in 2012, French ex-spy says

Bernard Barbier, a former head of the French signals intelligence service, shared a few stories with students of CentraleSupélec, the elite engineering school from which he graduated in 1976, at a symposium this summer.

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Hack the vote: Experts say the risk is real

This nation’s fragmented electronic voting systems are dangerously vulnerable to cyber attacks, security experts agree. And while they don’t predict direct tampering with votes in the coming election, they say uncertainty about...

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Myth vs. fact: Open source projects and federal agencies

The increasing demand for open source technologies among government agencies offers a cost benefit, but if not properly monitored, the code poses security risks


NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

NASA next month will launching a spacecraft designed to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth for the first time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.


'Mayhem' takes first in DARPA's all-computer hacking challenge

In the first head-to-head hacking competition of autonomous computers, a system developed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner.

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IT COST commission says feds could save $5.8 billion on IT

A joint private-public commission, IT COST, recently offered 21 recommendations to improve transparency, reduce waste and increase the efficiency of IT spending within federal agencies.

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