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Get a White Christmas and Prosperous New Year -- with Data
News  |  12/20/2019
You can find out where you need to go to enjoy a white Christmas, and also access more than 40,000 data sets from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Detroit's IT Makeover, a Year Later
News  |  3/29/2019
Detroit CIO Beth Niblock and her IT team have been helping the city advance through the tech world that we call the 21st century.
Trump White House Launches AI Initiative
News  |  2/12/2019
Artificial intelligence is the brains behind self-driving cars, cancer research, and more. Now the White House has created an initiative to foster this technology.
A Data-Centric Approach to the US Census
News  |  10/12/2018
There might be a better, knowledge management-based, way to conduct the US Census, according to a group of university researchers.
Data Science on a Budget: Audubon's Advanced Analytics
News  |  5/30/2018
Over 100 years of crowdsourced data and machine learning help Audubon predict climate change's effect on where birds will live in the future. Here's how a tiny team of data scientists makes a big impact.
Donít Get Side-Tracked by Flashy Metrics, Success is in the People
News  |  5/22/2018
Defining KPIs can be a whole different ballpark when you're in public sector IT. But even if you're not, the takeaway from these stories can easily be applied to the private sector: Focus on the impact, the people -- the customers -- and success will follow.
Experts from Across the IT Spectrum Share Insights from Interop ITX
News  |  5/15/2018
[VIDEO] IT leaders and experts, including keynote speaker, Beth Niblock, CIO, City of Detroit, share highlights from their presentations at Interop ITX 2018 along with insights about the future of IT.
11 IT Leaders and Experts Share Highlights from Interop ITX
News  |  5/15/2018
[VIDEO] If you missed Interop ITX or would like to relive it, we have you covered. We've compiled 11 interviews with IT leaders and experts who attended and spoke at Interop ITX 2018, including keynote speakers Sam Ramji, VP Product Management, Google Cloud and Joe Barkai, Consultant, Speaker, Author and Blogger.
The Transformation of Detroit's IT: From Win XP to EMail that Works
News  |  5/2/2018
Beth Niblock moved to Detroit as CIO to transform the crumbling, antiquated IT operation and infrastructure. Here's what her team has accomplished in 4 years with the limited resources available to a city in bankruptcy.
Has IT Gone Packaged Software Crazy?
News  |  4/26/2018
When it comes to software, why choose out-of-the-box plain vanilla when there's a rainbow of other flavors that you can choose from and swirl together?
Government IT's Risks and Rich Rewards
Commentary  |  3/21/2018
As Detroit CIO Beth Niblock knows, government IT means dealing with challenges and risks, but the rewards when tech makes lives better are worth it.
Government IT: Time to Catch Up
Commentary  |  2/27/2018
What's the most pressing issue in government IT? Well, the resistance to it.
Digital Infrastructure for Cities Leads to Big Savings
News  |  6/16/2017
A Cisco report claims $2.3 trillion is waiting to be realized through digitized services, city management; cites Houston, Oslo, Barcelona as examples.
How to Avoid Big Data Mistakes
News  |  2/27/2017
If data is important to your company, then creating a data governance program is as essential to the business as an accounting program.
Smart Cities Can Get More Out Of IoT, Gartner Finds
News  |  11/9/2016
While many smart cities are using IoT for transportation issues, there's a host of other initiatives these urban centers should start to address with the technology. Environmental and sustainability programs top a new list from Gartner.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Hit $3.5 Trillion In 2017
News  |  10/20/2016
At its Symposium/ITxpo show, Gartner released new worldwide IT spending numbers that predict enterprises will spend up to $3.5 trillion on technology in 2017. That's an increase of about 3% over 2016, with much of that money going toward software and services.
Let's Patent This: A Primer For Enterprise App Developers
Commentary  |  10/11/2016
Patents aren't typically the first thing on your mind when you're developing an application for your enterprise. Yet, there's a great deal of creative development work going on at organizations of all types and sizes. Attorney Lincoln Essig provides five steps IT professionals and enterprise app developers can take to make sure your company's intellectual property is protected.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Production Halts Amid More Fire Reports
News  |  10/10/2016
According to reports from South Korea, Samsung is stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following more reports of the devices catching fire. Also, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T have stopped selling the phones, as well as replacements. UPDATE: Late on Oct. 10, Samsung released its own statement.
10 Priorities, Concerns Facing State CIOs
Slideshows  |  10/3/2016
State CIOs are not immune to the enterprise transformation issues that are hitting IT organizations everywhere. Here's a look inside the trends at the state government level, from the annual NASCIO State CIO Survey for 2016.
Wireless Broadband Alliance Launches WiFi Roaming Project
News  |  8/25/2016
The Wireless Broadband Alliance's City WiFi Roaming project aims to provide public WiFi users in cities around the globe with the ability to roam between different public wireless networks. Some of the host cities that are part of this public, private partnership include New York, San Francisco, and San Jose.
Gartner: Public Sector CIOs Need Digital Transformation Vision
News  |  8/19/2016
A report from IT research firm Gartner says public sector CIOs need to promote a compelling vision for digital transformation and make change inclusive. If successful, the results could transform the type of services government agencies can offer citizens.
Google Fiber Plots Wireless Service Despite Rollout Delays
News  |  8/16/2016
A new report finds that Google Fiber is being hampered by a slow and costly rollout of its physical high-speed internet service. To overcome delays and cost overruns, the company is reportedly looking at wireless alternatives.
Tim Cook: Privacy Is Worth Protecting
Commentary  |  8/15/2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook leans on the Founding Fathers to suggest the company did the right thing when asked by the FBI to unlock a terrorist's iPhone. It's an issue that affects IT professionals who need to protect company data, as well as consumers and their personal information.
Appeals Court Blocks FCC's Public Broadband Expansion Plans
News  |  8/11/2016
This week, a US appeals court ruled the FCC overstepped its bounds by trying to override state laws that prevent the creation of municipal broadband services. The FCC claimed these new services would provide jobs, as well as better service for businesses and individuals.
Google Fiber Planning Wireless Broadband Tests
News  |  8/11/2016
Google Fiber, the low-cost, high-speed broadband service provider, is planning a shift from physical pipes to wireless deployment of the web, according to an FCC filing.
Federal Source Code Policy Requires Agencies To Share Code
News  |  8/9/2016
The objective behind the White House's Federal Source Code policy is to ensure all agencies make custom-developed source code available for re-use across government. The aim is to make the government work more like developers in the private sector and to encourage sharing and collaboration.
'Mayhem' System Wins DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge
News  |  8/5/2016
An automated system called "Mayhem" took home the top prize in the Cyber Grand Challenge, sponsored by DARPA.
Tesla's Future Plans: Trucks, Solar Batteries, Ride-Sharing
News  |  7/21/2016
Telsa CEO Elon Musk has unveiled his master plan. It calls for the company to expand into self-driving semi trucks, roof-mounted solar batteries, and ride-sharing initiatives.
Microsoft Prevails Over Government In Overseas Email Case
News  |  7/15/2016
The federal appeals court decision favors Microsoft's decision to refuse federal government access to email hosted on a server in Ireland, despite the issuance of a warrant. The case may push Congress to revamp laws in an era where data is stored in the cloud.
Juno Spacecraft Beams Back First Jupiter Image
News  |  7/13/2016
This is the moment space geeks have been waiting for since Juno entered Jupiter's orbit earlier this month. The NASA spacecraft has sent back the first image of the gas giant -- the solar system's largest planet -- with the best pictures yet to come.
Elon Musk Hits Back Over Tesla Autopilot Fatality Article
News  |  7/7/2016
Elon Musk, the famously brash CEO of Tesla Motors, is taking Fortune magazine to task for what he and the company considers a fundamentally incorrect article regarding a fatal crash.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter's Orbit
News  |  7/5/2016
The Juno spacecraft will help NASA study Jupiter, our solar system's largest planet, and hopefully provide clues as to how the gas giant formed.
Google Maps, Earth Apps Get Major Quality Upgrades
News  |  6/28/2016
The indispensable Google Maps and its highly addictive cousin, Google Earth, are getting major quality updates thanks to Landsat 8 satellite imagery.
Google Fiber Expands Gigabit Rollout With Webpass Buy
News  |  6/23/2016
Google Fiber is acquiring Webpass, a San Francisco-based, high-speed web startup. It's a new effort by Google to speed up the rollout of its gigabit fiber service across the US.
Microsoft Targets Legal Marijuana Industry With Azure Offering
News  |  6/18/2016
Microsoft will partner with cannabis tech startup KIND Financial to develop software for tracking the legal growth and sale of marijuana.
FBI: Business Phishing Attacks Net Cyber Thieves $3.1 Billion
News  |  6/15/2016
Phishing attacks against companies have soared dramatically over the past 18 months, and losses have climbed into the billions, according to an FBI advisory issued this week.
Net Neutrality Decision: What Matters, What Doesn't
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
The FCC has won its latest court battle over net neutrality rules this week, but that might not matter as much as you think. A bigger battle is looming that includes presidential politics and the US Supreme Court.
9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution
Slideshows  |  6/13/2016
It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft's then-CEO likened open source software licenses to "a cancer." But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here's why it matters.
Microsoft, Intel Pledge Apache Spark Support: Big Data Roundup
News  |  6/12/2016
Microsoft, Databricks, and Intel were among those lining up in support of Spark at this week's Spark Summit. We've got the full story in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending June 12, 2016.
Tesla Denies Model S Suspension Problems
News  |  6/10/2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking for information from Tesla concerning suspension problems with the Model S, and about nondisclosure agreements for customers. The company says it has nothing to hide.
Google's Larry Page Investing Millions In Flying Cars
News  |  6/9/2016
Once relegated to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, flying cars may be zipping across the horizon sooner than we thought. Behind some of their innovations is Google cofounder Larry Page and millions of his own money.
FedRAMP Is Too Complicated, Not Secure Enough: Survey
News  |  5/26/2016
The FedRAMP standard for federal agency use of cloud services has too many complications in its operations and lacks the assurance of security, according to the results of a MeriTalk survey.
ISS Milestone: 10 Images From 100,000 Orbits
Slideshows  |  5/25/2016
The International Space Station, which has been continuously occupied for more than 15 years, recently celebrated its 100,000th orbit around the Earth. Here's a look back at the history of the ISS in pictures to help mark this milestone.
Microsoft Unveils Plan To Combat 'Terrorist Content'
News  |  5/23/2016
Microsoft has unveiled a two-pronged approach to fighting back against terrorists' efforts to use the Internet and social media to communicate with one another and recruit new members.
FCC, FTC Probe Carriers' Mobile Security Patch Protocols
News  |  5/10/2016
The FCC and the FTC want to know how mobile carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T, are responding to mobile threats and protecting consumers with security patches.
iPhone Fingerprint Unlocking Case Raises Constitutional Issue
News  |  5/3/2016
As smartphone makers are increasingly adding fingerprint-sensor technology as a log-in feature for their devices, users may be unaware they may lose their right to the Fifth Amendment.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
News  |  4/21/2016
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Apple, FBI Encryption Debate Continues At Congressional Hearing
News  |  4/20/2016
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
Drones Banned At Boston Marathon, Blamed For British Airways Hit
News  |  4/18/2016
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
News  |  4/15/2016
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
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