Greg Slabodkin

Biography for Greg Slabodkin

For more than 15 years, Greg Slabodkin has written about medical information technology for several tech trade publications, with a brief stint in corporate communications for a large medical device manufacturer. He was nominated for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, and is the recipient of a Post-Newsweek Business Information Editorial Excellence Award for his news reporting. Follow @Slabodkin on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Greg Slabodkin

User-centric experience critical to government mobile apps, agency developers say

David Hale, project manager of Pillbox, a National Library of Medicine open government initiative, said commercial apps available to the public often are "emotionally satisfying as well as useful," and "even if citizens don't expect government apps to be at that same level, honestly, they're still a little disappointed when they don't get it."

HUD releases first housing discrimination app for iPhones and iPads

The first housing discrimination mobile application for iPhones and iPads is now available for download from the Apple App store, according to a Feb. 28 Housing and Urban Development Department press release. The app allows users to submit a claim of housing discrimination for review by HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

FCC approves regulated consumer use of signal boosters

A Federal Communications Commission order clears the way for regulated use of signal boosters to expand the reach of wireless network coverage for consumers. By approving the use of signal boosters, which amplify signals between wireless devices and wireless networks, the FCC says in a Feb. 20 press release that the technology will help reduce gaps in wireless coverage nationwide.

HTC America settles with FTC over mobile device security vulnerabilities

Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, mobile device manufacturer HTC America will develop and release software patches for its smartphones and tablet computers that put millions of consumers at risk, according to a Feb. 22 FTC press release.

DISA: DoD's MDM, app store procurement in source selection

With the release of its new Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan (.pdf), the Defense Department is moving forward with the acquisition process for procuring a combined enterprise-wide mobile device management and mobile application store, according to a Feb. 26 press briefing.

DoD releases plan to implement commercial mobile devices

In an effort to better support the Defense Department's 600,000 mobile device users, DoD on Feb. 26 released a Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan designed to address rapidly evolving warfighter requirements in the area of mobility, according to a press release. The plan (.pdf) is to serve as a framework for the department's utilization of secure classified and protected unclassified mobile solutions that leverage commercial technology.

Facebook via mobile devices remains untapped government resource, says Facebook VP

About 600 million people worldwide access Facebook regularly on their mobile devices, says Elliot Schrage, Facebook's Vice President of Communications and Public Policy. Schrage, who served as a...

Deloitte: Australian government must review spectrum policies

In order for Australia's economy to take full advantage of productivity gains from mobile technology, the Australian government needs to review its spectrum policies, according to a new Deloitte report (.pdf). "Demand for spectrum is increasing," the report notes.

TIGTA: IRS not managing aircards and BlackBerrys cost-effectively

Current policy doesn't ensure that employees have a business need for mobile connectivity, TIGTA says, adding that tax agency workers get a BlackBerry or air card "generally based on job series classifications."

GSA asks for industry help in managing federal agency mobile devices

In an effort to establish a governmentwide mobile device management platform as directed by the Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration is seeking industry input for its Managed Mobility Program, according to a Feb. 1. announcement printed in FedBizOps.