Profile of Elena MalykhinaTechnology Journalist
Member Since: 12/17/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 974
Elena Malykhina began her career at The Wall Street Journal, and her writing has appeared in various news media outlets, including Scientific American, Newsday, and the Associated Press. For several years, she was the online editor at Brandweek and later Adweek, where she followed the world of advertising. Having earned the nickname of "gadget girl," she is excited to be writing about technology again for InformationWeek, where she worked in the past as an associate editor covering the mobile and wireless space. She now writes about the federal government and NASA’s space missions on occasion.
Articles by Elena Malykhina
From laptop stands to magnetic wall pockets, these products keep your workspace orderly and clutter-free at little expense.
The federal government continues to pour millions into redundant and bloated projects, critics say. Check out some of the worst offenders according to GAO.
From net neutrality to patent reform and drones, these regulations will be in the spotlight. See what's at stake.
Here's how IBM's new West African lab is using open data and other technologies to help Sierra Leone and Nigerian governments contain the disease.
MetLife's IT staff spent two days updating 311 computers to provide disadvantaged school children with their own home computers.
From solar-powered refrigerators that store vaccines to handheld diagnostic devices -- these technologies were originally developed for NASA missions and were later commercialized to make life better on Earth.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement launches Android and Spanish-language versions of Operation Predator, a mobile app the public can use to help the agency catch child predators.
Gen. Keith Alexander advocates a better way for companies, large and small, to deal with cyber threats.
High-speed wireless broadband network lets patrol boats on Chesapeake Bay send live streaming video to officers on shore to monitor real-time routine or crisis situations.
Despite slow adoption government-wide, these agencies have paved the way for others implementing cloud computing.
Government IT execs compare transitioning data to the cloud to giving their kids the keys to a new convertible.
Federal agencies, academia, communities, and the private sector are collaborating on advanced US mapping data as part of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Look what these maps can do.
Miniaturization, pulsed lasers, and quantum physics will bring new capabilities for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) to the battlefield.
WIFIRE, created by the University of California at San Diego and University of Maryland, crunches satellite data and real-time remote sensor data to forecast the rate at which wildfires might spread.
A survey of government IT executives found that network complexity slows IT performance and hinders deployment of new technologies and services.
The Orion spacecraft gives NASA a ticket to deep space. Here's how NASA is preparing the spacecraft for a mission to visit an asteroid in 2025.
More than 100 exhibitors of all ages gathered at the White House to show off their inventions. Check out some of the intriguing innovations.
Fixing how federal agencies purchase and manage IT will take top leadership and new approaches, say the authors of a new report.
Former CIO of Homeland Security Dept. and FAA Steve Cooper returns to government.
Two new data centers allow federal agencies to create cloud services quickly and securely on both virtual and bare metal servers. FedRAMP and FISMA certifications are in the works.
Explore 10 ways federal agencies use geographic information system (GIS) technology and maps to improve decision making and deliver public information.
Planning a visit to our nation's capitol? These mobile apps, created by federal agencies, guide and educate travelers.
National Science Foundation awards $15 million to three projects that will test new network designs in real-world environments.
Cloud computing is unleashing a "shotgun of innovation" in the public sector, says former federal CIO Vivek Kundra, now executive VP at Salesforce.com.
A pilot shows that federal buildings can use data analytics tools to save taxpayers billions in energy costs.
FCC's Enforcement Bureau charges Panasystem with importing devices marked with unauthorized Samsung and BlackBerry labels.
More than 8,000 participants around the world tackled 40 separate challenges addressing issues humanity faces on Earth and in space.
Decline in federal funding for US space program prompts commercial companies to get involved in space exploration research.
Recommendations infuse security practices into cradle-to-grave IT and software engineering processes for both private and public-sector IT systems.
Federal R&D labs have cranked out a better breathing apparatus for firefighters, and improved climate modeling, among other developments for public use, according to Commerce Department report.
Four commercial HD cameras aboard the International Space Station stream live video of Earth from space.
With the acquisition, CompTIA gains TechAmerica's expertise in federal, state, and local government policy.
NASA reveals its latest prototype of the "Z" series spacesuit, designed for humans to walk on Mars by the 2030s.
State provides $3 million to launch Massachusetts Open Cloud Project, a university-industry partnership to build a new public cloud computing infrastructure for big data researchers, innovators.
Philadelphia's 311 contact center gets help from nonprofit to implement customer satisfaction surveys that improve non-emergency customer service.
Takai launched several IT initiatives that cut across the military branches.
Joseph Klimavicz, who led IT, big data, and datacenter consolidation initiatives at NOAA, will assume the DoJ's CIO seat in May.
Veterans Employment Center offers job-search tools to help transitioning service members connect with employers.
The White House website offers a collection of federal agency resources for the public. Think financial aid data, energy savings calculators, and more.
Direct On-chip Digital Optical Synthesizer program aims to shrink optical synthesizers for microchips that will enable advanced military operations such as detecting enemy chemical production sites.
Electronic Frontier Foundation and more than 100 volunteer developers are working on a tool that pairs public domain data with free software interfaces.
An oxygen recycling system, optical communications, and a deep space atomic clock top the space agency's list of priorities.
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped solve huge questions about space. Coming next: Its successor will look back even further into time.
Air Force pilot tests Google's wearable technology for pararescue jumpers and other battlefield operations.
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
E-voting firm Scytl receives $40 million from Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital to continue election modernization efforts. Defense Department among its customers.
Government agencies have inconsistently responded to both cyber and non-cyber incidents, a watchdog group says.
The Biological Technologies Office will focus on using neuroscience, sensor design, microsystems, and other technologies for defense purposes.
Asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
BlackBerry becomes first mobile vendor to get full operational authority to run on DOD networks.
Four companies vie to develop a new breed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly twice as fast.
Robert Carey, who played active role in transforming federal IT practices, retires from key DOD post. Successor not named.
Federal healthcare agencies believe big data will improve the nation's health -- but few are prepared to use it, a study finds.
Roughly one in ten US government PCs still use Windows XP. They will be more vulnerable to attacks when XP support ends on April 8.
Open government policies and IT advances haven't translated into better responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, says the Center for Effective Government.
Acquisition of critical infrastructure cyber-security firm gives Lockheed Martin access to commercial markets while offering government customers a fuller suite of services.
The space agency's Small Business Innovation Research program selects 108 proposals from small US firms offering technology ideas with commercial potential.
Government agencies, universities, and a few private companies won authorization to use drones in the US. Take a peek at the drones on the job.
Defense Department would use the technology to detect biological and chemical agents during operations.
Proposed fiscal 2015 budget gives NASA funds to send humans to an asteroid by 2025.
Government study focuses on how privacy-enhancing technologies and large-scale analytics will shape the future of big data.
Government IT leaders believe continuous monitoring and advanced analytics can help agencies better understand their networks and security.
Rugged and super-secure Boeing Black smartphone targets government agencies involved with defense and homeland security.
Nearly 90% of IT leaders worldwide believe government needs to be involved in helping private sector firms set cyber defense strategies, Dell study finds.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's SHIELD program aims to develop a method to authenticate electronic components.
Obama administration reports progress, announces three new executive actions, to promote patent reform.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler challenges last month's court ruling, moves forward with plans to create a new version of rules promoting an open Internet.
The DOD expects to save $16.6 million under a three-year contract with CDW-G giving the Army, Air Force, and DISA access to Adobe technologies.
DARPA seeks technology that would trigger electronics on the battlefield to self-destruct. The goal: Electronics that last only as long as needed.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project Memex will shine light on parts of the Web where commercial engines don't search.
What can NASA do with 3D printing? Take a look at these pioneering ideas for current and future missions.
DARPA's Open Catalog aims to encourage the research and software development community to build on the agency's large volume of data.
DOE's online Financial Aid Toolkit organizes information about college financing options for students, parents, and advisers.
A new IRS online tool let users view and print copies of past tax returns, but it could become a target for identity thieves.
First of five new science satellites on Earth-observing missions will provide real-time observations of rain and snow every three hours.
Lawmakers suggest adding Digital Government Office that would oversee IT acquisitions and prevent troubled projects such as HealthCare.gov.
Unmanned systems and rise of guided munitions could threaten US military's dominance, according to a report by the Center for a New American Security.
Led by President Obama's counselor John Podesta, the review will help shape an action plan surrounding the collection, availability, and use of big data.
NASA's twin rovers have spent a decade on the red planet, using their scientific instruments and engineering cameras to explore rocks and soil.
Online portal features information on government challenges and competitions, aims to crowdsource creative ideas to solve societal problems.
US must ramp up surveillance and big data analytics tools to meet challenge of global nuclear proliferation monitoring, warns DOD Defense Science Board report.
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
A government data repository is rebuilt on open-source code to help desktop and mobile users navigate through more than 85,000 public datasets.
Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association, and other technology entities have launched USTechVets.org to match veterans with civilian tech jobs.
The US government now offers more than 100 handy apps for mobile devices. Check out new apps users rate highly.
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) finds its first asteroid since its September relaunch.
Niinja search engine from startup Vital Axiom taps into MongoDB to simplify searches of vast catalogue of products and parts purchased by the government.
Public now has access to APIs, tools, and resources to build apps that benefit veterans.
Federal agencies continue to pour millions into overlapping IT projects. Check out the worst offenders.
Intelligence agencies spend three times more of their budgets on IT than average government agencies, says IDC report.
Google just bought military-grade robotics company Boston Dynamics. Check out their robots and others competing in the next DARPA challenge.
Open government advocates found plenty to praise in Obama administration's latest National Action Plan (NAP). But agencies must now make good on those plans.
How did Mars lose its atmosphere? NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, now en route to the Red Planet, aims to find out.
QuickLaunch streamlines the licensing of more than 30 of the space agency's technologies.
The Obama administration issues new guidelines for continuous monitoring programs to bolster information security.
The final round of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention included five winners that came up with models that could predict mass violence.
Finalists in an event by Code For America and MindMixer offer ideas on how technology could help local communities.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere.
These breakthrough technologies address a range of military challenges, from mental disorders to battlefield safety.
Agencies tasked with developing backup plans for federally run GPS systems are making insufficient progress.