Government use of IT

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Ukraine Tensions Could Hurt International Security Efforts, Kaspersky Says

Anything that hurts trust between countries sets back global Internet efforts, the cybersecurity pioneer said Full Story »

Wi-Fi problems dog Apple-Samsung trial

The court's real-time transcription system keeps failing

News analysis

Government CIOs Face Data Center Consolidation Challenges

Federal CIOs face pressure to consolidate their agencies' data center infrastructure. Those challenges go beyond IT, and experts advise CIOs to develop strategic plans so that consolidation improves application delivery and supports priorities such as cloud computing and virtualization.


Torpedo-Shaped Robot Joins Search for Missing Malaysian Flight

As the hunt for missing Malaysian flight 370 narrows, searchers are preparing to use the Bluefin 21, a 16-foot-long autonomous robot, to look for wreckage beneath the ocean's surface.

How To

How Tech Can Help Cities Reduce Crime

Camden, N.J. ranks among the United States' most dangerous cities -- and in 2011, its police force was cut in half. However, a state-of-the-art 'tactical information' center, combined with gunshot-spotting cameras, in-cruiser GPS technology and analytics are helping the embattled city cut crime.


US Development Agency Defends its Twitter-like Service in Cuba

USAID secretly helped set up a mobile phone messaging program to spread democracy in the country


NASA Severs Most of its Russian Ties

NASA announced late Wednesday that because of continuing tensions with the Russian government, it is scaling back work with Russia's space agency.


U.S. Navy to Test Humanoid Robotic Firefighters

Some day, if there's a fire on a U.S. naval ship, a humanoid robot may rush in to put it out.

News Experiences Maintenance Outage on Deadline Day

Technicians took the site down in order to fix a software bug


NASA's Humanoid Robot to Get a Leg Up on Space Station

A pair of robotic legs will be heading to the International Space Station.


China Calls US Spying Actions 'hypocrisy,' Plans to Beef Up Security

Recent reports allege the U.S. has been spying on Chinese company Huawei Technologies


A Tech Effort Seeks to Make Climate Change Up Close and Personal

The White House, tech companies and others believe more Americans would take action on climate change if its affects could be visualized up close, down to its impact house by house.


Reforms Promised, Officials Removed Following Audit of Troubled Obamacare Site Built By Oracle

The report finds both Oracle's consulting team and state officials are culpable for problems with the site


Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing

Quantum computing holds huge promise, and scientists say it could eventually surpass classic supercomputers for tackling enormous calculations, like cryptography and finding planets. But there's debate over whether quantum computers truly exist. Google and NASA are testing one.


California Police Criticized for 'stingray' Cellphone Trackers

Handsets nearby feed location data to the devices as if they were cell towers