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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.

NTIA, FCC almost halfway to spectrum target

Midway through a 10-year effort to make more spectrum available to meet increased wireless connectivity demands, the government is nearly halfway to its goal.

Leaked emails show plans for cyber surveillance via drones

Boeing's drone-manufacturing subsidiary Insitu is working on a way to deliver spyware through drones, according to a news report based on leaked internal email messages.

New tech more precisely sends wireless emergency alerts to the people who need them

Greater accuracy is critical because people in an affected area could take timely action to protect themselves. Additionally, they may be more inclined to heed the warning if they know an emergency message applies to them, the report said.

Army plans nanosatellite launches to provide communications for remotely located soldiers

The nanosatellites are about size of a loaf of bread, weighing more than 10 pounds and costing about $500,000 each. They will use deployable solar arrays to charge their batteries and propulsion capability to maintain satellite spacing within the constellation.

Navy taps Good Technology for iOS, Android security

A cross-platform mobile device program deployed through the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network will use Good Technology to secure mobile content and apps on iOS and Android devices

BYOD won't be the 'big answer' for DoD, says Halvorsen

The Defense Department plans to eventually allow a "bring your own device" mobile policy for a small set of users on its unclassified network, but it won't be pushed very widely throughout the department, said DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

Joint NIST, NTIA program drawing industry to help test public safety communications network

More than three dozen telecommunications companies have signed up to participate in an independent test bed to evaluate advanced broadband equipment and software for first responders.

Gallup poll finds that most Americans keep their phones by their sides, continually check them

Specifically, the polling organization found that half of all Americans who own smartphones check their devices several times an hour if not more frequently, while another fifth say they only check their phone about once an hour. 

FirstNet helping to develop mobile communications systems as part of nationwide network

The organization building an interoperable broadband communications network for police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders wants to develop mobile systems that would provide temporary coverage for emergency personnel when they're outside the network.

Soldiers now able to access policy publications on mobile devices

To make it easier for soldiers to access doctrinal publications, the Army is making the information available for download on mobile devices.

DOJ-commissioned research helps corrections officers detect smuggled cellphones

Corrections officers say finding smuggled cellphones is one of the biggest challenges they face, and a Justice Department-funded study aims to create a way to sniff them out, according to a report.

FBI director makes his case for 'Going Dark'

Message encryption can have detrimental results when it prevents law enforcement officials from legally accessing communications that could save lives, FBI Director James Comey said.

Agencies embrace mobile, but apps need to prove effectiveness

The importance of mobile devices is plenty apparent now, but federal agencies should be cautious and make sure they can get value out of building native mobile apps, says the General Services Administration on its DigitalGov blog.

FCC chairman calls for more competition ahead of incentive auction

"The job of the FCC is to exercise its authority with both discretion and determination so that technology, competition, investment and consumer empowerment are able to work together to reach our nation's broadband goals," Chairman Tom Wheeler told the Brookings Institution June 26.

FirstNet studying methods to improve location detection in tall buildings, underground

Pinpointing locations inside skyscrapers or in subway tunnels can be difficult even for first responders using mobile devices' location-based functions. Now, officials at the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, are looking at ways to overcome those obstacles.

Europe agrees to end mobile roaming charges, implement net neutrality over next 2 years

Under the new agreement, consumers will pay the same price for calls, texts, and mobile data by June 2017. Europe will also have the "strongest and most comprehensive open Internet rules in the world" by April 2016.