Defense Contractor To Launch New GPS Security Technology

Everybody knows about the Global Positioning System (GPS), a ubiquitous, free utility which we rely on everyday. We use it to find directions on our road trips, or to move through the maze of city streets. Airplanes use it to navigate our crowded skies. But, Read More …

Can Mobile Phones Help Fight Pediatric AIDS?

Can mobile phones help eliminate pediatric AIDS? “No,” said Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile, not on its own. But it turns out the people who have those mobile devices, Nesbit said, definitely can. At this year’s Social Good Summit, Nesbit joined Anu Gupta, Director Read More …

NYC Is Turning Payphones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

Payphones in New York City have largely been made obsolete by the fact that almost everybody’s got a cellphone for staying in touch on-the-go. Luckily for the long-forgotten phones that still dot the city’s streets, they’re about to get a twenty-first-century upgrade. New York City’s Read More …

Sandy Prompts FCC Hearings on Communications Outages

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it will hold field hearings examining ways to keep communications systems up and running during natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy. Lawmakers called for probes into communications outages after Sandy left as much as 25% of cell sites in Read More …

Watch a 3D-Printed Handgun Fire 9 Rounds

Just a couple of weeks after Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed released the files for the world’s first 3D-printed handgun, imitators have already replicated and improved upon it. Two gunsmiths from Wisconsin successfully fired their own Liberator nine times, without the gun showing any damage. Read More …

How Code for America Is Reinventing Government

By 2030, it’s estimated that more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. Therefore, it’s imperative for cities to integrate technology into their infrastructure so that metropolian areas can sustain this rapid growth in population. With hackathons and app challenges, we’ve seen the Read More …

Outdated U.S. Energy Agency Software Put Users at Risk

The government’s largest renewable power transmission agency used a default password to protect its electricity scheduling database and regularly failed to update security software, an Energy Department inspector general found. The Western Area Power Administration markets and delivers hydroelectric energy to utilities serving millions of Read More …

Embattled Todd Akin Asks For Forgiveness in New Ad

Todd Akin, the Republican Congressman from Missouri whose comments about rape over the weekend prompted calls for his resignation, is asking voters for forgiveness in a new ad. In the 30-second spot above, Akin acknowledges that “I used the wrong words in the wrong way Read More …

In Drought Response, Home Depot Holds Nationwide Conservation Workshops

In this photo taken Aug. 15, 2011, a customer enters a North Little Rock, Ark., Home Depot store. Image: Danny Johnston/Associated Press The Home Depot is taking its “more saving, more doing” slogan an environmental level. This weekend, it’s hosting nationwide water conservation workshops to Read More …

California Drought Causes Largest Water Loss in State History

A sprinkler system sprays water onto a parked car along the curb in Glendale, Calif., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Image: Matt Hamilton/Associated Press The California drought will deprive the state’s thirsty farmers of 6.6 million acre-feet of surface water, which works out to a whopping Read More …