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FCC: Interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal

The Federal Communications Commission warned individuals, convention centers and commercial establishments that intentionally interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal, in an enforcement advisory issued Jan. 27.

FirstNet begins federal consultation

The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, continued its consultation process by reaching out to federal agencies last week.

Federal employees increasingly using mobile devices to help them do their jobs, survey finds

About 93 percent of senior federal government employees embrace digital technology in the workplace, improving their productivity, with nearly three-quarters using an agency-issued smartphone and about half using a similar personal device for business purposes, according to a recent report issued by ICF International.

NIST details how organizations can vet mobile apps to detect software vulnerabilities

The guide called "Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications" helps organizations understand and implement security requirements and an app vetting process to evaluate how secure they are.

GSA highlights Spanish-language apps

Spanish-speakers, particularly Hispanic millennials, have some of the highest mobile adoption rates in the country – a fact that makes multilingual mobile content all the more important.

FCC prepares for central, Text-to-911 database

As the Federal Communications Commission moves forward on a project that will make it easier for people to text emergencies to 911 call centers, it will build a database of Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs, that are ready to accept text messages.

Google floats idea of using ballons, UAVs for wireless mobile broadband in letter to FCC

As the Federal Communications Commission's considers opening up higher-frequency spectrum to mobile wireless applications, Google has said the bands could be particularly useful in in providing broadband through high-altitude balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles.

mHealth apps need better security and privacy controls to gain wider usage, new paper says

Information security and privacy concerns are likely impeding the widespread use of thousands of mobile health applications since an overwhelming majority require access to sensitive personal data.

Agency mobility leads call for streamlined commercial app vetting

"As an agency, there's no way I can wade through hundreds of thousands of applications and there needs to be some risk management that industry comes up with," said Walter Bigalow, chief of IT services management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Google lobbying FCC for unused spectrum to provide wireless broadband service, WSJ reports

Google has been lobbying federal regulators to free up unused spectrum so the Internet giant can provide alternative wireless services to that of traditional telecommunications carriers.

FBI in final stretch of major Android device deployment

In the coming weeks the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have just under 30,000 Android-based devices deployed, said the agency's mobility lead David Rubin during a Jan. 13 industry event.

Federal lab develops mobile version of biodetection tech product guide

A federal research lab has developed a mobile version of a product guide to help first responders make better decisions when acquiring commercially available, hand-portable biodetection technologies.

State grantees plugging away with FirstNet stakeholder meetings, says NTIA

As of September 2014, federal grant recipients across the nation have reached more than 48,000 stakeholders as they prepare for formal consultations with the First Responder Network Authority that is overseeing development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network.

New mobile app will help people learn about EMF health risks

As wireless technologies become more prevalent such as during the expansion of a country's mobile network infrastructure, there has been a growing concern about the possible health risks from EMF, including the use of mobile phones and living near base stations.

NIST publishes guidelines on using mobile devices for personal ID verification, access

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued guidelines that would allow federal employees to use mobile smartphones and tablets – instead of a smart card – to access government facilities or computer systems.

FCC launches new online consumer help center to improve input, communication

Consumers seeking readily accessible information or to lodge complaints related to issues that the Federal Communications Commission oversees can go to a new recently launched online help center.

Federal agencies improve mobile access to data, services, but challenges remain, GAO says

In reviewing and analyzing information from six randomly selected federal agencies, as well as interviewing many others, GAO found a few agencies' websites haven't incorporated responsive design and that could make it harder for users to find content. 

FTC warns Chinese mobile app developer it might be violating children's online privacy

BabyBus Network Technology's mobile apps are collecting geolocation information from children that might be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

New mobile app provides info on wait times, open-lane status at US ports of entry

With the new Customs and Border Protection app, users can locate the three closest ports of entry to them and then determine the best route to where they want to cross.

T-Mobile agrees to $90M settlement over federal mobile cramming allegations

Federal officials alleged that the company charged customers millions of dollars for third-party subscriptions or services such as horoscopes, love tips and celebrity gossip that they never ordered or authorized.