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How a modular approach can future-proof digital content

Modularity is a web design concept that has benefits far beyond the desktop world, according to a recent post from the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team.

36% of US smartphone owners use mobile messaging apps

Standard cellphone text messaging could soon give way to newer mobile messaging apps, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center that reveals surprisingly high adoption rates. Thirty-six...

Survey: 'Shadow BYOD' prevalent in federal gov't as employees sacrifice security for convenience

The federal government is dealing with the growing problem of "shadow BYOD" in which employees are using unsanctioned personal devices to connect to the network and access data.

Study finds mobile phone data can help predict seasonal infectious diseases

The researchers used anonymous phone records from more than 15 million people to track the spread of rubella in Kenya, quantitatively demonstrating that such data can predict seasonal disease patterns.

State Dept. looks to industry for full-service mobile device, cellular program

The State Department's bureau of information resource management is exploring how an industry partner could help it better issue and manage its mobile devices and cellular services.

FirstNet names new CEO, aims to improve agency transparency, reputation

The First Responder Network Authority named former police captain and technology executive Michael Poth as its first chief executive officer on Monday as the agency shook up its top-level administration.

NIST's cybersecurity center seeking help to address mobile security, network authentication

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is seeking vendor products and technical expertise on three projects that focus on mobile device security, personal identity verification credentials for such devices and access control.

Robot or legit? FTC awards $25K to winning mobile app that fights robocalls

The competition, announced in early March by the agency, offered cash prizes for technical solutions to help fight robocalls using a honeypot, which is an information system that can be used by government, private and academic partners to lure and analyze robocalls.

FCC opens 600 MHz band to more unlicensed use, adopts wireless mic rules

Federal communications regulators last week approved rules that would give unlicensed devices access to both the 600 megahertz and television broadcast bands as well as ensure that wireless microphone users get continued access to the spectrum and expanded access to other bands.

Government uses document-based workflow apps at higher rate than other sectors, index says

Government employees are pushing less and less paper as the public sector outpaces all other industries in the adoption of mobile document editing and document access apps, according to Good Technology's latest quarterly mobility index report.

Divided federal appeals court rules government needs warrant to get cellphone location data

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first federal appeals court to hold that the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement applies to location data. Previously, both the 11th and 5th circuit courts ruled in favor of the government.

FirstNet board to consider $126M proposed FY2016 budget that includes RFP release

Under the First Responder Network Authority's finance committee approval of funding guidance, $86 million will go toward acquisition activities such as finalizing and evaluating the RFP and establishing a spectrum relocation grant program "to ensure unencumbered spectrum for the network."

DoD looks for adaptable, resilient mobile solutions

Enterprise-grade mobile devices and applications might not fit the needs of the military's health organizations right off the shelf, according to two officials who spoke July 31 at a Health Summit hosted by AFCEA International's DC chapter.

CBP testing wireless tech at US airports to verify identities of foreign travelers in real time

Officers will use a wireless handheld device to collect biometric and biographic data on foreign travelers exiting the United States in real time. U.S. citizens and certain other international travelers will be exempt from the pilot.

GSA offers recommendations to help agencies keep mobile websites, apps out of the 'graveyard'

Since development of mobile information, products and services is a continuously evolving process, federal agencies and others can follow these recommendations to make sure their mobile websites and apps stay relevant.

Federal IT pros challenged by the explosion of mobile devices, growth of shadow IT

Federal information technology professionals lack control and confidence in their ability to mangae the risks associate with the growth of mobile devices and shadow IT, finds a recent survey.

Efforts to beef up wireless workforce target veterans, other underserved groups

To help supply the demand for workers in the wireless industry, public- and private-sector entities are joining forces.

NIST issues draft solution for two-factor authentication on mobile devices

The National Institute of Standards of Technology has developed a draft solution to help agencies with the difficult task of providing multifactor authentication when accessing government information systems via mobile devices.

NIST launches mobile app competition that seeks innovative access, use of scientific data

Participants must use at least one of the agency's eligible datasets, which pertain to physics and chemistry and often used by high school, college and graduate students. One example is the computational chemistry comparison and benchmark database.

DHS awards $2.9M, 30-month contract to small company to help ID mobile app vulnerabilities

DHS's Science and Technology Directorate leader, Reginald Brothers, said ensuring that mobile applications are secure across the federal government is a priority and the project will help do that. Capabilities will be extended to first responders, as well.