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NASA to Back Up ISS Robots with Google-Built Smartphones; Chris Provencher Comments

NASA plans to install Google-developed mobile devices with three-dimensional sensors into robots that perform routines inside the International Space Station, Reuters reported Monday. Noel Randewich writes Google’s smartphones will serve as “brains and eyes” for the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites robots. NASA intends for the SPHERES machines to …

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Army Giving Soldiers Smartphones Soon

The U.S. Army is winding down a six-week program testing the viability of using touchscreen phones and tablets in combat. According to CNN, Army officials are encouraged by the results and smartphone-equipped soldiers could be sent overseas later this year. “These young soldiers grew up with this technology,” said Michael …

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Air Force CIO Sees Future in Smartphones

The U.S. Air Force chief information officer wants the service to use smartphones and mobile applications to begin laying the foundation for a 21st-century fighting force, according to a report on Nextgov. In echoes of the Army’s smartphone plans, the other military services are discovering that yes, there is even …

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Smartphones Can Boost Health IT, Says Report

A new report finds that two-thirds of physicians were using a smartphone in 2009, compared to 42 percent of the general population, data that has led the California HealthCare Foundation to say the rapid growth of smartphone use could positively impact health IT. The report “How Smartphones are Changing Health …

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DoD Prohibits Department Personnel From Using Geolocation Tools in Operational Areas

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently issued a memo prohibiting Defense Department personnel in operational areas from using the geolocation features of their electronic devices. Activating geolocation functions of devices such as smartphones and fitness trackers could result in “unintended security consequences” by divulging “personal information, locations, routines and numbers …

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NIST Releases Revised Handbook on Secure Access System for Mobile Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the second draft of a handbook that features sample implementations of the Derived Personal Identity Verification Credentials System. The DPC System provides secure access to electronic resources through mobile devices. It is a variant of the PIV system, which was designed in response to a 2004 presidential directive to standardize access security mechanisms in federal agencies.

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NIST Launches Indoor Navigation App Devt Challenge

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a challenge to foster the development of a smartphone application for indoor navigation. NIST said Friday the PerfLoc competition aims to give app developers and small companies access to NIST-collected data to aid the creation computer algorithms for indoor localization tools. An NIST-led team collected data …

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