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Transportation Turns to Crowdsourcing

September 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has unveiled the Digital Transportation Exchange, in which citizens, industry, all levels of government, and other stakeholders are invited to design "a thriving online marketplace for the agile creation of transportation solutions."

Visions on Tomorrow's Internet

September 1, 2011
By H. Mosher

You can't consider the future of computing and the Internet without looking at what software giant Microsoft and Internet heavyweight Google are up to. Rita Boland continues her Semaphore Series on the topic by tapping the expertise of Lewis Shepherd from Microsoft and Vint Cerf from Google.

Typewriter-Trained Techies Pass IT Baton to the Web Weaned

August 16, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The changeover to another generation of IT professionals is inevitable; it's happening right now. But does the federal IT community have a handle on just what this transition entails, and have the Defense Department and other organizations prepared adequately to take on the changes consistently and effectively? Will they end up with a deer-in-the-headlights look, or will they be able to adjust without a hitch? Discuss your ideas and suggestions here.

Cool App-titude: Aiming for Accuracy

June 8, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The creator of an app called BulletFlight claims it could improve the accuracy of military snipers in training by calculating the trajectory of a bullet's flight path to ensure users hit the target.

Guest Blog: Gentlemen Do Not Open Attachments

May 21, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

DoD policy recently opened access to Internet web pages from NIPRNET computers. This policy is unenforceable and is insecure. It allows the inadvertent inclusion of attachments for downloading of malware from where it can further propagate across DoD networks to subvert security.

Cool App-titude: Mashable

April 6, 2010
By Katie Packard

I keep up with all things social media and Web 2.0 related by reading Mashable, one of the largest blogs focused specifically on these topics. Now fans like me can read Mashable on the go with the Mashable iPhone app. The free tool allows users to browse by channel, category, tag or author; share stories via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook; save stories to read offline later; and more. For more information or to download the application, visit the iTunes store. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures. In other news, this is Katie Packard's last post to Cool App-titudes and SIGNAL Scape. But never fear, the blog--and the App-titude column--will continue. Future editions will include apps for other mobile platforms, Facebook, and others that catch our attention. We hope you enjoy!

InternetWorks: Getting More Out of Google

March 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Everyone who uses the Internet knows about Google the search engine, and most are familiar with the free Gmail service, but what about the company's other offerings? From helpful business applications that enable more collaboration with fewer messages to tools that help individuals keep their Web pages organized, Google offers features that make the Internet experience more efficient and fun.

Cool App-titude: PopSci Reader

March 23, 2010
By Katie Packard

Fans of the magazine Popular Science--and those who are interested in science and technology--will enjoy the magazine's app, PopSci Reader.

Cool App-titude: ASVAB Practice for Dummies

March 16, 2010
By Katie Packard

You don't have to be a dummy to need help preparing for a test. The ASVAB Practice for Dummies app helps future warfighters get the best score possible on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam. The application, which costs $9.99, offers three full-length practice tests; study tips; practice questions in several categories such as communication, technical skills and arithmetic; and more. For more information or to download the application, visit the Web site or iTunes. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: H&R Block Tax Answers

March 9, 2010
By Katie Packard

You know it's coming--tax season. There's a reason I went into publishing: I'm terrible at math. So for people with poor accounting skills like me, tools like the H&R Block Tax Answers app are a lifesaver.

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