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UNdata Puts U.N. Data in Easy Reach

July 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

UNdata, the United Nations (UN) managed data service, is designed to provide users with statistical data compiled from the UN's databases. The site's search engine allows some 55 million UN documents to be referenced. Users can search the site for specific information or download data on a range of sources such as agriculture statistics, national data, demographics, information technology, human development issues and key global indicators.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Technical Support Contract With General Dynamics

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is modifying an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with General Dynamics Network Systems for a maximum increase of $3.1 billion. The Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements (ICE2) contract provides worldwide information technology sustainment and technical support. Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

L-3 Coleman Aerospace Wins Contract to Support Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Program

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Coleman Aerospace has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Space Development and Test Wing for a Long Range Air Launch Target (LRALT) and mission management services in support of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program. The award is part of the center's Sounding Rockets Program 3. L-3 Coleman will design, build and test the LRALT at its facility in Orlando, Florida.

AMERICOM Government Services Wins Contract to Support U.S. Army's TROJAN Network

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

AMERICOM Government Services has won a five-year, $136.2 million follow-on contract to support the U.S. Army's TROJAN Network. The contract includes five additional one-year options worth $150.2 million, making a total potential contract value of $286.5 million over 10 years.

Raytheon Company Awarded Contract with U.S. Navy for Low Frequency Sonar

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $63.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy for AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar, the primary undersea warfare sensor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Work will be performed at Raytheon's Seapower Capabilit Center, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and by AN/AQS-22 partner DRS Sonar Systems, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Textron Defense Systems Receives Contract Increment

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Textron Defense Systems is being awarded a $3,170,000 increment of a $21,303,000 other transaction for prototypes agreement for phase two of the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, a project contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This is a sole source award.

Another way to search Wikipedia

July 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Sometimes a user might need an immediate answer to a question or a definition of a term. The Lexisum home page has a simple interface consisting of several boxes. Entering a term such as "bandwidth" causes the site's search engine to scour Wikipedia sites for an answer. Each definition is studded with hyperlinks to more detailed articles and related topics.

LyricsMode

July 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Arguing over the exact lyrics of a song was once an important part of growing up. This site provides the text lyrics of more than 650,000 songs by 25,000 artists. LyricsMode claims to be the world's largest archive of song lyrics. Users can search the site by specific song name or by browsing by band names. Videos are available for the most popular songs, and musicians can submit their lyrics to the archive. Wireless users can also access a mobile version of the site for use on cell phones and other handheld devices.

Remembering Everything

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The goal of reQall is to serve as a memory tool. The site collects and aggregates personal data. Users can access the site through a variety of methods, such as text from a handheld or desktop computer or voice from a telephone. The site will translate voice messages into text and store the data. Users with iPhones or Web access can quickly enter action items and clip and remember items on the home page. ReQall can contain anything from personal notes to contact lists and photographs. A memory jogger feature lets users play games especially designed to strengthen memory.

Teamspinner: A collaborative project management tool

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Teamspinner allows teams to create custom environments for their projects. Users can add Wiki text, lists, discussions and files. Team members can also invite others as members or observers and track any changes via RSS feeds. Users should note that this tool is currently in the beta stage. A link allows bugs and suggestions to be reported to the tool's designers.

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