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Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

Some mobile researchers think future networks will reach into higher frequencies to keep up with traffic, and the Federal Communications Commission wants to know how it might help to make that possible.


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Local government department calls IT to report that its Wi-Fi network isn't working -- and it's a little more serious than just someone having unplugged the power.

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NASA's Mars orbiters survive comet flyby and sneak once-in-a-lifetime peek

Just as NASA's Mars orbiters took shelter from a debris-spewing comet behind the Red Planet on Sunday, they also took the opportunity to study the flyby's effect on Mars.

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Researchers to meet with aid workers to build Ebola-fighting robots

Robotics researchers from around the country are working together to come up with technology that could help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.

If it didn't work, that card was toast(ed) anyway

This pilot fish works in IT for a small city where everything is on a very tight budget. So when the mayor can no longer use the networked printer, fish's first thought is, how can I fix this thing with zero spending?

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Jitters over U.S. surveillance could undermine the Internet

Overly broad U.S. government surveillance is breaking down trust online and could hurt users everywhere and make it harder to launch new services, tech executives told a U.S. senator pushing for reforms.

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NSA's internal watchdog defends privacy practices

The National Security Agency takes multiple steps to protect the privacy of the information it collects about U.S. residents under a secretive surveillance program, according to agency's privacy office.

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The Navy is building robotic weaponized boats

The Office of Naval Research has created an autonomous boat system that can spot an intruder, race toward it in a swarm, surround it and even fire on it if need be.

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States worry about ability to hire IT security pros

The biggest challenges are money -- and not enough people in the pool.

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HPC upgrade produces high-resolution storm forecasts

The weather model now outputs every 15 minutes versus the previous hourly rate, and at a much finer level of detail.

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Outgoing Commerce Department CIO pushed to shake up the federated model

When Simon Szykman was named CIO of the U.S. Department of Commerce, he inherited a federated IT organization that needed to improve its efficiency and effectiveness, so he applied his strategic vision and consensus-building skills in...

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Data center consolidation pays off, feds find

Republicans and Democrats in Congress rarely seem to agree on anything anymore, but top members from both sides Friday offered qualified support for efforts to consolidate federal data centers.

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White House blames IT systems for immigration data problems

The White House has touted open data initiatives for years, but in one of the most controversial areas in politics -- immigration -- crucial information is often unavailable or mistake-filled.

Healthcare.gov still lacks some basic security controls

Healthcare.gov lacks several basic cybersecurity controls -- including strong passwords and consistent security patching -- nearly a year after the troubled launch of the insurance-shopping website, a government auditor said.

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Federal CIOs must reframe security around data, access

An ambitious government IT push toward cloud, mobile and shared services stokes concerns about security challenges from insider threats and disappearing network boundaries.

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Yahoo faced $250K in daily fines for defying U.S. surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

The firm received 268 requests during the first half of 2014

County set to rip and replace troubled SAP software system

Commissioners in Jefferson County, Alabama, are poised to vote for removal of a problematic SAP software system in favor of a new system developed by Tyler Technologies, after spending around $20 million over a number of years.

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White House names Google veteran Megan Smith as CTO

President Obama has named long-time Google executive Megan Smith to be the government's new CTO in charge of improving technology and the use of data across agencies.

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