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Cool App-titude: Topi

December 4, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Networking during a major conference can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. The free Topi app for iOS and Android makes it easier to quickly connect.

The app helps conference attendees identify and meet like-minded peers. Browse through people, chat in topic-based rooms, start private group conversations and more.

The more information you share with the app, the more groups and networking opportunities it can suggest. Log in with Facebook, and the app can connect you with friends and create dedicated chatrooms for events.

Anyone organizing a conference can access the Topi website and set up the event within the app. Attendees and users simply download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

U.S. Air Force Deletes Instant Messaging

December 14, 2011

Citing cost and migration to U.S. Defense Department enterprise capabilities, the U.S. Air Force will discontinue its Instant Messenger, or AFIM, and Friends and Family Instant Messenger (FFIM) on December 31, 2011.

Cool App-titude: Shoutz

November 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Social networking with a video twist. The mobile-to-mobile video network allows users to share and watch 15-second video clips right from their phones.

Industry Perspectives on Army Needs

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland

Members of today's industry panel at LandWarNet discussed many of the issues that have long been a source of consternation to military contractors including the need for a level playing field and better, more agile acquisition policies especially for information technology. However, one person added a slight twist to the discussion by stating that not only do many in government not understand the acquisition process and its difficulties, but industry does not do a good job educating them.

The Future Internet: Going Beyond Envelope's Edge

August 1, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

In the first article of a four-part SIGNAL semaphore series, the Internet of the future is envisioned, examined and its implementation explained by leaders of industry.

SAIC to Research Health-Related Information Technology Capabilities

March 22, 2011
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $20 million contract to provide innovative research in the area of web-based approaches for medical and psychological health social networking, care delivery/tele-health, and capabilities that enable revolutionary advances in science, technology or systems. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Contractors Jump in, Feds Hold Back with Social Media

July 29, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Social media use by federal employees and contractors increased dramatically in the last year, but many people still wonder if it is safe and business savvy to jump in to online networking, according to a recent survey.

Guest Blog: Cases in How to Practice Safe Social Computing

May 25, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Paul Strassmann continues from last week's "Gentlemen Do Not Open Attachments" with illustrations of how to implement safe social computing using virtual computers.

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!

SIGNAL Says: Paul A. Strassman

January 15, 2010
By Katie Packard

"The Defense Department must take decisive remedial steps to achieve positive controls over all social computing transactions originating from the toxic Internet. The risks are too great to accept insufficient safeguards."--Paul A. Strassman, distinguished professor of information science at George Mason University

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