As mobile banking increases in popularity, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking into how mobile technologies impact underserved consumers who have little access to traditional banking systems.
But despite these gains, only 56 of federal IT managers believe their agencies are taking full advantage of mobility, according to the industry-sponsored survey.
The Federal Communications Commission recently took steps to ensure that major concert venues, theaters, convention centers, theme parks and others that use wireless microphones won't be drowned out.
With 70 percent of all 911 calls now originating on a mobile phone, analog landline phones pose a major challenge for emergency communication operations in several ways, said the Federal Communications Commission's chief technology officer.
The impact of federal conference and travel spending scandals over the past few years appears to be playing out as a shift to digital. After four-years of steady decline, more federal executives are now attending online webinars than in-person conferences.
The Health and Human Services Department updated two its online AIDS services so they're compatible on mobile devices. AIDSinfo recently updated its AIDSinfo website and the Spanish-language infoSIDA sites. They are now automatically optimized for display across all devices, including desktop computers, tablets and smartphones, a National Institutes of Health statement says.
When the Veterans Affairs Department introduced participants in its family caregiver program to a host of health management applications and even gave them iPads, it wasn't expecting to have some of the devices shipped right back.
Residents of some U.S. cities are now able to contact emergency personnel at 911 through text message. On May 16, the Federal Communications Commission-backed program went became available on a limited basis.
Under a bring your own device policy undergoing final approval at NASA, agency employees who opt in to the program may have to surrender their devices should they become compromised. "There could be the possibility that a device will have to be destroyed depending on what was on it," said John Sprague, enterprise applications service executive within NASA's office of the chief information officer.
Almost 70 percent of phone theft victims say they would be willing to put themselves in physical danger in order to recover their phone, according to a new report by mobile security firm Lookout. One in three victims say they would pay more than $1,000 for the sensitive data on their phones.