Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usWed, 01 Oct 2014 21:02:43 -0400Video: What Crazy Tech Idea Could Become Real?http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/video-what-crazy-tech-idea-could-become-real/95606/Thought-based communication? It could happen.Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, and Nadine Ajaka, The AtlanticWed, 01 Oct 2014 21:02:43 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/video-what-crazy-tech-idea-could-become-real/95606/Emerging TechYour lucky photo/Shutterstock.comPolice Around the Country Are Distributing Software That Makes It Easier to Hack Your Computerhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/police-around-country-are-distributing-software-makes-it-easier-hack-your-computer/95603/ComputerCOP is intended to protect children from predators lurking on the Internet, but an investigation finds the program actually makes computers more vulnerable to abuse.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:11:51 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/police-around-country-are-distributing-software-makes-it-easier-hack-your-computer/95603/Cybersecurityscyther5/Shutterstock.comArmy Network Hacked By Gamers Seeking Apache Helicopter Simulatorhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/army-network-hacked-gamers-seeking-apache-helicopter-simulator/95600/$100M worth of proprietary data on Xbox, Call of Duty, and other entertainment poached.Nextgov StaffWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:04:13 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/10/army-network-hacked-gamers-seeking-apache-helicopter-simulator/95600/CybersecurityVideo game fans try out the new Xbox game console at Xbox One Official Launch Celebration at Milk Studios, on Thursday, November, 21, 2013.Richard Shotwell/Invision/APFrom Off-the-Rack to Off-the-Shelf: What the Federal IT Community Can Learn from New York Fashion Weekhttp://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/10/what-federal-it-community-can-learn-new-york-fashion-week/95597/The fashion industry grasps the importance of leveraging brands unlike any other industry. The federal IT community should take note.Winston ChangWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:59:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/10/what-federal-it-community-can-learn-new-york-fashion-week/95597/News - Tech InsiderThe Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 collection is modeled during New York Fashion Week, Sept. 11, 2014.Richard Drew/APNavy Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Nuclear Sub Forcehttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/navy-celebrates-60th-anniversary-nuclear-sub-force/95612/Nautilus was commissioned Sept. 30, 1954.Bob BrewinWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:54:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/10/navy-celebrates-60th-anniversary-nuclear-sub-force/95612/Defense - What's BrewinThe USS Nautilus, pictured, was the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine.U.S. NavyWhy a Refrigerator-Sized Spacecraft Could be Humanity’s Best Hope Against Solar Storms http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/why-refrigerator-sized-spacecraft-could-be-humanitys-best-hope-against-solar-storms/95588/A refrigerator-sized spacecraft will give scientists advance notice of a solar storm affecting Earth.Frank KonkelWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:04:51 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/why-refrigerator-sized-spacecraft-could-be-humanitys-best-hope-against-solar-storms/95588/Emerging TechA solar flare erupts on the far right side of the sun, in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight CenterWatchdog: Don’t Rule Out Organic Kitty Litter as Culprit in Nuclear Waste Radiation Leak http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/watchdog-dont-rule-out-organic-kitty-litter-culprit-nuclear-waste-radiation-leak/95567/DOE IG says Los Alamos Lab did not assess chemical incompatibility problems.Bob BrewinWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:38 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/watchdog-dont-rule-out-organic-kitty-litter-culprit-nuclear-waste-radiation-leak/95567/Emerging TechAfrica Studio/Shutterstock.comNew Encryption Measures from Google and Apple Could Endanger Children, Eric Holder Sayshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/10/new-encryption-measures-google-and-apple-could-endanger-children-eric-holder-says/95555/Attorney general criticizes tech companies for locking the back door to user data.Laura Ryan, National JournalWed, 01 Oct 2014 12:47:45 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/10/new-encryption-measures-google-and-apple-could-endanger-children-eric-holder-says/95555/MobileAttorney General Eric HolderJ. Scott Applewhite/APUS Is Saving Nukes So It Can Blow Up Asteroidshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/us-saving-nukes-so-it-can-blow-asteroids/95549/The government isn't destroying older bombs on schedule, because it might need them for "planetary defense."Tim Fernholz, QuartzWed, 01 Oct 2014 11:50:46 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/10/us-saving-nukes-so-it-can-blow-asteroids/95549/Emerging TechIn February 2013, the 150-foot-wide asteroid 2012 DA14 passed close by Earth.NASA/JPLTangled Up in FOIA Requests, Agencies Turn to Technology http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/09/tangled-foia-requests-agencies-turn-technology/95492/Think user experience to simplify back-end processes.Rebecca CarrollTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:22:03 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/09/tangled-foia-requests-agencies-turn-technology/95492/CIO Briefingjdwfoto/Shutterstock.comVeterans Benefits Administration Gets New Communications Chiefhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/veterans-benefits-administration-gets-new-communications-chief/95495/Seasoned public affairs director Boone started at VBA last week.Bob BrewinTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/09/veterans-benefits-administration-gets-new-communications-chief/95495/Defense - What's BrewinThe Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington, DC.Charles Dharapak/APVA CIO: Scheduling System Software Will Be Fielded by 2017, Not 2020http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/09/va-cio-scheduling-system-software-will-be-fielded-2017-not-2020/95483/The department says a chart depicting a full rollout not until 2020 was outdated and it's committed to a two-year rollout.Bob BrewinTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:55:26 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/09/va-cio-scheduling-system-software-will-be-fielded-2017-not-2020/95483/DefenseThe Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix.Matt York/APPorn Purveyor Serves up Nude Celeb Photos and Lookalikes on Hacked Siteshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/porn-purveyor-serves-nude-celeb-photos-and-lookalikes-hacked-sites/95477/Some of the compromised Web pages belong to schools and church groups.Nextgov StaffTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:29:39 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/porn-purveyor-serves-nude-celeb-photos-and-lookalikes-hacked-sites/95477/CybersecurityActress Jennifer LawrenceArthur Mola/Invision/APGovernment, the Last Great Technology Skeptichttp://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/09/congress-basically-still-your-grandparents-when-it-comes-internet/95468/Aversion to technology remains an issue in all branches of government.Camille TuuttiTue, 30 Sep 2014 15:21:08 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2014/09/congress-basically-still-your-grandparents-when-it-comes-internet/95468/News - Tech InsiderBrandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.comDoes the Intelligence Community Really Get Hadoop?http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/does-intelligence-community-really-get-hadoop/95465/Intelligence experts say the government needs to hire more data scientists to keep up with the big-data savvy private sector.Jack MooreTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:39:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/does-intelligence-community-really-get-hadoop/95465/Big Databloomua/Shutterstock.comNOAA Taps New Head for Satellite Programshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/09/noaa-taps-new-head-satellite-programs/95453/Chief among new NOAA satellite guru’s priorities will be overseeing two new programs worth a collective $20 billionFrank KonkelTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:52 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/09/noaa-taps-new-head-satellite-programs/95453/Emerging TechNOAA's GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument arrives at Lockheed Martin’s Littleton, Colorado facility.NOAAContractors, Expect 72-hour Rule for Disclosing Corporate Hackshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/contractors-expect-72-hour-rule-disclosing-corporate-hacks/95399/The military requires breaches of company systems holding technical data be reported within three days – and so might the rest of the government.Aliya SternsteinMon, 29 Sep 2014 22:11:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/contractors-expect-72-hour-rule-disclosing-corporate-hacks/95399/CybersecurityJeff Wasserman/Shutterstock.comWhat We Know About Coming DATA Act Standardshttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/what-we-know-about-coming-data-act-standards/95393/The pile of data needed to track federal spending is an unwieldy, nonuniform mess.Rebecca CarrollMon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:44 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/what-we-know-about-coming-data-act-standards/95393/Big DataGenialbaron/Shutterstock.comFewer Cyber Pros, More Cyber Problemshttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/fewer-cyber-pros-more-cyber-problems/95375/The U.S. government does not have an adequate workforce to address the government’s growing and critical cybersecurity needs.Jeffrey AitMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:12:12 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/fewer-cyber-pros-more-cyber-problems/95375/CybersecurityRawpixel/Shutterstock.comNo More Selfie Elbow? Drones Could Soon Be Snapping Your Self Portraitshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/09/no-more-selfie-elbow-drones-could-soon-be-snapping-your-self-portraits/95360/This device, now in development, introduces a new way to use drones.Sonali Kohli, QuartzMon, 29 Sep 2014 16:43:05 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/09/no-more-selfie-elbow-drones-could-soon-be-snapping-your-self-portraits/95360/MobileA man takes a selfie with the White House in Washington, DC.Carolyn Kaster/APWhy This Tech Giant is Impressed with the International Ebola Responsehttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/09/why-tech-giant-impressed-international-ebola-response/95366/Here’s at least one person who thinks the world is doing a good job.Sophie Novack, National JournalMon, 29 Sep 2014 16:15:52 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/09/why-tech-giant-impressed-international-ebola-response/95366/HealthSusan Walsh/APMAP: Just How Big is the World’s Largest Marine Reserve?http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/map-marine-reserve-pacific-ocean-obama/95327/From Esri, the map illustrates the expansion of protected areas in the Pacific Ocean.Caitlin Fairchild and Jack MooreMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:35 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/map-marine-reserve-pacific-ocean-obama/95327/Big DataJohn A. Anderson/Shutterstock.comHush-hush Data Firm Palantir Snags ICE Case-Tracking Dealhttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/hush-hush-data-firm-palantir-snags-ice-case-tracking-deal/95333/The deal is part of an $818 million program to replace a 1980s-era watch-list system.Aliya SternsteinMon, 29 Sep 2014 14:31:50 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/09/hush-hush-data-firm-palantir-snags-ice-case-tracking-deal/95333/Big DataIn this March 30, 2012 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take a suspect into custody.Gregory Bull/AP File PhotoWhen Everything Works Like Your Cell Phonehttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/09/when-everything-works-your-cell-phone/95315/When a thing connects to the Internet, three things happen: it becomes smart, it becomes hackable, and it's no longer something you own.Alexis Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticMon, 29 Sep 2014 12:25:44 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/09/when-everything-works-your-cell-phone/95315/MobileEllagrin/Shutterstock.comHackers Zero In on Subs, Steal Kentucky Patient Data and Foul Web Developer Site http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/hackers-zero-subs-steal-kentucky-patients-and-foul-web-developer-site/95252/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 26 Sep 2014 20:44:13 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/09/hackers-zero-subs-steal-kentucky-patients-and-foul-web-developer-site/95252/CybersecurityFlickr user Matthew C. 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