The so-called "building block" is intended to provide an example of a cybersecurity implementation that a variety of sectors can use. The center, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has also proposed building blocks for continuous monitoring and trusted geolocation.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Feb. 25 that law enforcement needs a warrant to search the cellphone of someone who has been arrested and jailed.
The Federal Communications Commission completed Feb. 27, its first major spectrum auction in 6 years. The auction of 176 H Block licenses in the 1915-1920 megahertz and 1995-2000 MHz bands, raised more than $1.5 billion in proceeds.
The First Responder Network Authority has set a slow pace for the rollout of a national public safety broadband network. Two years into its existence and there are still no towers and no transparent business plan. And the latest entity to complain that things are taking longer than expected: The White House.
More than 2,000 mobile devices that NASA issued to its employees went unused during the final seven months of 2013, the agency's office of inspector general says. The unused devices cost NASA at least $679,000.
Members of the House of Representatives announced Feb. 27 a new congressional caucus focused on spectrum issues. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), the bipartisan leaders of the new Congressional Spectrum Caucus, have already worked together as heads of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's federal spectrum working group.
A Defense Department strategy unveiled Feb. 20 provides insight into the department's plans to free up spectrum in support of the White House's goal to make 500 MHz of spectrum available for commercial use by 2020.
The Air Force began the rollout of 5,000 iPhones and iPads to modernize its commercial devices earlier this month.
Underlying technology, IEEE – not retailers – to blame for mobile tracking privacy issues, says privacy group
Consumer groups are concerned that mobile analytics firms are helping retailers track the location of customers throughout their stores. But Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist at Electronic Frontier Foundation, isn't criticizing retailers or their analytics vendors. Instead, the blame goes much further back.
The House Tuesday passed a bill giving people the ability switch mobile carriers without having to buy a new device. The bill (H.R. 1123) passed by a 295-114 vote and would repeal a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made unlocking cell phones a violation of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Cellphone tracking helped bring a 13-year manhunt for the largest drug smuggler from Mexico to the United States to an end Feb. 22. U.S. law enforcement officials tracked cellphones used by Joaquin Guzman, "El Guapo," and his associates.
As the military deals with the growing demand for spectrum, it's also challenged by the need to relocate to different frequency bands and coordinate with spectrum users in foreign countries, Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler said.
As retailers adopt more advances consumer tracking technology, a new platform unveiled Feb. 18 allows mobile device users to opt-out of being tracked by at least 11 mobile analytics firms.
Government purchases of smartphones will peak in 2016 and see negative growth in the following years, while tablet computers will see double-digit growth through 2016, predicts IDC Government Insights in a Feb. 11 report.
A recently introduced Senate bill would limit the Food and Drug Administration's ability to regulate mobile applications used in medical settings.
The White House is seeking input on how to get agencies to relinquish spectrum for commercial use, in line with the administration's goal of freeing up 500 MHz for use in wireless broadband, a Feb. 14 Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post says.
Smartphones would have to be equipped with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if they are stolen under a recently introduced Senate bill.
Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. demoed the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, or MDARS, on Jan. 30. The remote console-controlled Polaris military vehicle will be used as part of the service's 24-hour air base ground defense for surveillance and perimeter defense without manned operation.
Small businesses that rely on mobile technology face a variety of challenges, said a panel speaking before the House Small Business Committee. Access to wireless services is one concern for those in rural areas, said Brian Marshall, owner of Marshall Farms in Maysville, Mo., during the Feb. 11 hearing.
Use of anti-distracted-driving technology will only increase if it appeals to drivers for reasons other than safety, industry representatives and safety advocates said during a Feb. 6 summit in Washington, D.C.