One way Apple devices are working their way into the hands of federal employees, with the blessing of IT departments no less, is through hearing- and visually-impaired employees.
Despite praise from the Obama administration, there's some justified skepticism growing around the appointment of someone who spent 12 years as president and CEO of CTIA, the wireless industry's primary lobbying group.
One has to wonder about the missed opportunities at the nexus of open data and mobile government. A press call this week served as a reminder that agency leadership and policy experts don't always understand the utility of these emerging areas of technology.
The demand for mobile services is outpacing the availability of developer talent. Often mobile talent is something agencies just contract for rather than insource, but more could be done to help CIOs find and build that talent within their offices and empower IT workers to creatively problem solve.
The Boston bombings reignited the debate over government's authority to shut down commercial cellular networks. Soon enough, commercial mobile radio services and public safety agencies will operate in adjacent portions of the 700 MHz band. But this could pose a problem should authorities cut commercial cellular service in that band in the future.
Virtualization, the thinking goes, can provide access anywhere from any device. Many see it as the answer to mobile device security problems because it can provide access to applications without actually storing data on the device. But a new study calls that thinking into question.
The agency's resources would be better spent actually preparing the public for disease outbreaks rather than informing the public on the investigative process.
The chairman's spectrum plan is left staring down the long road of implementation without its original guide. It's too early to judge whether the strategy is a net positive or a net negative for the mobility space.
It's counterintuitive to think that legacy systems are a problem for emerging technologies like mobile. Legacy problems are for clunky, years old technologies sitting in the basement. But, in the rapidly-changing mobile landscape, even a 2 year contract like OPM's pre-existing Sprint Nextel one, proves rigid.
When the nurse handed me a paper document to apply for my son's Social Security card, I thought about how easy it would be--in a hospital room without a computer, fax machine or mail drop--to complete the form through my mobile device. And later when he had his first round of vaccines a mobile-friendly checklist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended infant vaccine schedule would have been very handy.