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Bypass Phone Maze for Faster Customer Service

April 29, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Few things are more frustrating than contacting big companies to reach customer service. The GetHuman app promises to make the process less painful by providing the best phone number or email address to avoid the usual frustrations.

The Dog Ate My Interview!

April 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is a busy man. He travels a lot. He meets with a lot of high-ranking, important people. So what happened when the dog literally ate Technology Editor George I. Seffers' interview with the general?

Students Launch Anti-Radiation Experiment Into Winner's Circle

April 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

High school students from Hampton, Virginia, not only carried off top honors Friday in the Exploration Design Challenge but will work with the NASA and Lockheed Martin spacecraft integration team to have their anti-radiation concept approved to fly into space.

Mission Partners Unite for JIE Imperative

April 24, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The Joint Information Environment (JIE), under development by the U.S. Defense Department, is at a critical stage in its formation. At the JIE Mission Partner Symposium May 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center, senior leaders from DISA, the Defense Department Chief Information Office and the Joint Chiefs of Staff among others will address the way ahead for the JIE.

Guest Blog: A Brief Look into the Cybersecurity Framework

April 23, 2014
By Matthew Smith

Whether a well-established company or one just getting started with cybersecurity risk management programs, those in the industry often can use a little help navigating the cumbersome and technical systems. This snapshot features pointers to clarify existing guidance and help organizations manage cybersecurity risk.

Workshops Help Innovators Build Dreams

April 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A high-tech workshop giving hobbyists and professionals alike access to millions of dollars of gadgetry, from computers to woodworking tools and other equipment they might otherwise not be able to afford, opened in Virginia and offers enthusiasts a place to literally build their dreams.

App Puts Loyalty Cards and Coupons in One Place

April 22, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Eliminate a wallet full of loyalty cards and coupons with the free Key Ring app for iOS and Android. See how it helps streamline money-saving efforts when you're on the go.

Basic Research Receives Funding Boost

April 17, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Defense Department will award $167 million in research funding to academic institutions as part of the department’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). During the next five years, 24 awards will be issued through the program to support multidisciplinary basic research, which will be conducted by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline.

Small Business App Tracks Online Activity and Competitors

April 15, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Keeping tabs on your business and its competition can be tough when reviews and posts are scattered across hundreds of sites. The free Perch app helps small businesses view online activity from Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare and hundreds of deal sites all in one place.

Program Seeks to FastForward Supercomputing Technology

April 15, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration has issued a request for proposals to further develop “extreme scale” supercomputer technology under the FastForward program.

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