FBI: Bank robbery? There’s an app for that

FBI: Bank robbery? There’s an app for that

The Bank Robbers application runs on iPhones and iPads (Apple iTunes) as well as Android smartphones (Google Play) and lets users sort bank robberies by the date they occurred, the category they fall under (i.e., armed serial bank...

08/19/16

Prize competitions for tough IT, high-tech problems all the rage

Prize competitions for tough IT, high-tech problems all the rage

It has been over six years that the government set the America Competes Act which in combination with Challenge.gov has prompted more than 700 public-sector prize competitions that have doled out more than $80 million in prizes.

08/16/16

Much ado about the ransomware scourge

Much ado about the ransomware scourge

“With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to...

08/15/16

What will space living look like? NASA picks 6 habitat prototypes

What will space living look like? NASA picks 6 habitat prototypes

NASA this week picked six companies to develop prototype deep space habitats that astronauts could somewhat comfortably live in on long space journeys – particularly to Mars. According to NASA, an effective habitat contains...

08/11/16

IT’S ALIVE! DARPA looks to build programmable, self-healing, living building materials

IT’S ALIVE! DARPA looks to build programmable, self-healing, living building materials

the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, this week announced a program that would combine the structural properties of traditional building ingredients with attributes of living systems to offer a class of living material that...

08/08/16

DARPA wants to build very low frequency wireless systems

DARPA wants to build very low frequency wireless systems

Wireless transmitters that operate at very or ultra low frequencies (0.3‐30 kHz) typically require some big antenna complexes to handle their communications. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said...

08/08/16

Feds need to do a better job of measuring telecommuting benefits

Feds need to do a better job of measuring telecommuting benefits

Watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office this week issued a report that found that many agencies “had little data to support the benefits or costs associated with their telework programs. All of the selected agencies could...

08/05/16

FAA authorizes private robotic space shot to the moon

FAA authorizes private robotic space shot to the moon

The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted permission to a privately-held space firm to launch a robotic spacecraft to the moon. Moon Express expects to launch its MX-1 spacecraft on a two-week mission to the lunar surface...

08/03/16

White House, NSF, NASA tout ambitious drone application plans

White House, NSF, NASA tout ambitious drone application plans

The National Science Foundation will devote $35 million in research funding over the next five years to accelerate the safe, intelligent, design and control of unmanned aircraft applications. The announcement was part of a...

08/02/16

Top VCE exec: We’re staying tight with Cisco

Top VCE exec: We’re staying tight with Cisco

There was an interesting exchange between IDG Chief Content Officer John Gallant and VCE President Chad Sakac in an interview Network World published today. In it, Gallant asked Sakac about the company’s converged infrastructure...

08/01/16

Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate

Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate

Enterprise targeting cyber enemies are deploying vast amounts of potent ransomware to generate revenue and huge profits – nearly $34 million annually according to Cisco’s Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report out this week. Ransomware, Cisco...

07/27/16

Feds unleash $4.5B push to promote electric car adoption

Feds unleash $4.5B push to promote electric car adoption

The White House last launched a number of steps it hopes will spur the development and further adoption of electric vehicles – including $4.5 billion to help build-out the country’s electric charging grid. “In the past eight years...

07/26/16

FBI needs to beef-up high-tech cyber threat evaluations says DoJ Inspector General

FBI needs to beef-up high-tech cyber threat evaluations says DoJ Inspector General

a report out this week from the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General which found that while the FBI has an annual process, known as Threat Review and Prioritization (TRP), to identify the most severe and...

07/21/16

DARPA tackling reusable, modular chipset technology

DARPA tackling reusable, modular chipset technology

Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week said they were looking for information on how to build interface standards that would enable modular design and practical circuit blocks that could be reused to...

07/19/16

UNH SDN consortium promises interoperability testing, benchmarking

UNH SDN consortium promises interoperability testing, benchmarking

Looking to help business customers ensure their Software Defined Networking products and applications work and perform properly, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) this week said it would form...

07/13/16

FBI leaves infamous “DB Cooper” crime mystery to the ages

FBI leaves infamous “DB Cooper” crime mystery to the ages

You may recall that in November 1971, between Seattle and Reno, Cooper parachuted out of the back of an airliner he'd hijacked with a bag filled with $200,000 in stolen cash. He's never been found, though some of the stolen money was...

07/13/16

DARPA unified space-sensor networks help keep orbiting junk from slamming into something important

DARPA unified space-sensor networks help keep orbiting junk from slamming into something important

DARPA’s OrbitOutlook (O2) program brings seven previously separate new space sensor networks together that could ultimately feed into the United States Space Surveillance Network (SSN), a worldwide network of 29 military radar and...

07/01/16

US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

The number of state wiretaps in which encryption was encountered decreased from 22 in 2014 to 7 in 2015. In all of these wiretaps, officials were unable to decipher the plain text of the messages. Six federal wiretaps were reported...

06/30/16

DARPA wants radical propulsion system capable of Mach/hypersonic speeds

DARPA wants radical propulsion system capable of Mach/hypersonic speeds

Fast, faster, fastest might be an accurate description of the type of propulsion system researchers from DARPA are looking to build in the next few years. The radical research agency will next month detail what it calls the Advanced...

06/27/16

IBM Watson/ XPrize open $5 million AI competition for world-changing applications

IBM Watson/ XPrize open $5 million AI competition for world-changing applications

According to IBM and XPrize, the four-year competition aims to “accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand...

06/23/16

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