AUTHENTICATION ALTERNATIVE: Yahoo Tests Ear-Based Smartphone Identification System. Yahoo is working on a way of unlocking a mobile phone using the owner’s ear rather than a password or fingerprint. It is also looking to use fists or even the way people grip their smartphone as alternative forms of biometric authentication. Read more

CONNECTED VEHICLES: Cybersecurity In Cars: Are We At Risk? Today’s connected cars provide innovative technologies to interact between drivers, their devices, and their cars. While these new technologies provide convenient opportunities for car companies and their customers, they also expose them to cybersecurity breaches. Read more


SURVEY FINDINGS: Most Americans Don’t Care About Digital Services. The Obama administration is putting a heavy emphasis on using digital tools to improve the way citizens interact with government. However that might not be what Americans actually want. Read more

KODAK PARTNERSHIP: Federal EDA Grant Boosts Technology Innovation And Product Commercialization. With new funding from a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of over $600,000, the Innovation Accelerator Foundation (IAF) and Kodak’s Eastman Business Park (EBP) are partnering to accelerate the commercialization of technologies for products in the areas of energy and bio-materials advanced manufacturing. Read more

GITEC 2015: Federal Cyber Spending Continues to Grow. Cybersecurity will continue to grow as a large percentage of federal technology spending, likely reaching as much as 20 to 25 percent in the coming years, said Kevin Plexico, Deltek’s vice president of information solutions, in opening remarks at the recent 2015 GITEC Summit. Read more

FRANK KENDALL: STEM Workforce, Bbp 3.0 Key To U.S. Tech Superiority. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall outlined the need to develop future workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to ensure U.S. technological advantage, the Defense Department‘s Armed with Science blog. Read more


OPEN SOURCE: Which Relational DBMS Is Best For Your Company? The relational landscape continues to be dominated by Oracle, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. If you’re looking to acquire a new RDBMS, it makes sense to begin by reviewing these three market-leading products because there’s an abundance of experienced talent developing applications and administering databases using these RDBMSes. Read more

RELATIONAL DBMS: PostgreSQL Advances In The JSON Datastore Landscape. Relational databases are evolving, with PostgreSQL getting more and more features inspired but the non relational world. Since version 9.2 Postgres supports the new JSON datatype and since 9.3 there were 12 new functions and dedicated JSON operators. Read more


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