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DARPA seeks proposals to extend life of sensors benefiting warfighter, Internet of Things

The Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations program seeks to develop wireless, electromagetic, physical and other types of "event-driven" sensors that will "continuously and passively monitor the environment and activate an electronic circuit only upon detection of a specific signature."

Mobile phone ownership surges in sub-Saharan African countries, new Pew Research report finds

About two-thirds or more surveyed in seven African countries said they owned a mobile phone with South Africa and Nigeria ranking highest in ownership – with nine in 10 owning a phone.

Law enforcement adoption of GIS mobile apps largely determined by expectations, finds study

If you build it, law enforcement officers will come – or rather, they'll come if they think they will do their jobs better. That's the result of a study by the National Institute of Justice, which developed, implemented and evaluated a geographic information system-enabled application that dynamically identifies the location of persons of interest.

Army seeks 'radio marketplace'

Vendors will compete for orders for the full rate production of Manpack radios in a "radio marketplace" that the Army seeks to create.

USGS-led study: Smartphones can create crowdsourced earthquake warning systems

Researchers tested whether a crowdsourced early earthquake warning system would work with a simulated magnitude 7 earthquake and used real data from the 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake in Tohoku-oki, Japan. 

Study highlights opportunities for law enforcement mobile applications

A recent study examining the use of mobile technology for criminal justice found that three mobile applications custom-developed for commercial smartphones were not adopted, did not provide new capabilities and did not help information dissemination – but that doesn't mean the tests were a failure.

EPA solicits mobile smart tools to help field inspectors move from paper system to digital

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to employ mobile smart tools to help its field officers in collecting data, says a March 30 EPA solicitation. The EPA's post says it's looking for a contractor to develop a mobile field inspection device to replace the current system which is paper-based.

Augmented reality could improve postal operations, says report

The U.S. Postal Service could use augmented reality to improve mail processing, delivery and customer experience, finds the USPS Inspector General in an April 6. Augmented reality allows users to see previously static content on paper or by gazing at a situation like a partially-loaded mail truck, through a mobile or wearable device in a new, interactive way.

Everyday hand motions could protect smartphones from breaches, research shows

Human motion that naturally occurs when people use smartphones could prevent malware from infecting mobile devices, new research suggests.

'Legislative fix' needed for law enforcement to access encrypted devices, FBI director tells panel

James Comey told a House panel that he coudn't quantify how device encryption has affected FBI work, but called it an "obstacle in a huge percentage of our criminal investigations."