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FACIAL RECOGNITION: States Crack Down On Driver’s License Fraud. One driver, one license, that’s how it’s supposed to be. But some fraudsters or drivers with serious violations try to beat the system by getting multiple licenses using different names. States increasingly are foiling the crooks and scam artists by employing a high-tech tool… Read more

QUIZ: How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers? Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. Read more

NEW GADGETS: Unboxing The Hero 4 Session, The Smallest GP Ever. Words can’t properly convey just how small the GoPro Hero 4 Session is, but a video can. GoPro gave Mashable a first look at the Session ahead of its release. The $399 action camera measures roughly 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches and weighs just 2.6 ounces (0.16 pounds). Read more

QUALCOMM’S WIPOWER: Charge Smartphones With Metal Cases Wirelessly. Qualcomm is set to bring a new trend in the smartphone space: wireless charging for handsets with metal casing. The chipset maker has patented a new technology dubbed WiPower, which will make it possible to charge a device that has a metal rear cover. Read more

PROJECT FI: Google Improves Transcriptions For Google Voice. Tech giant Google said it has reduced transcription errors by 49 percent with the latest improvements it’s rolled out to Google Voice and Project Fi. The search giant’s researchers and engineers achieved the performance upgrade using something called a “long short-term memory deep recurrent neural network.” Read more


EXEC TECH: Are Agencies Really Ready For The Internet Of Things? Cisco Systems predicts the IoT will generate $4.6 trillion for the public sector before 2025, in value added and costs saved. And although the General Services Administration has not yet come close to those sorts of returns, the agency — which manages nearly 10,000 government-owned buildings around the country — has pioneered IoT building management with its GSALink initiative. Read more

MINNESOTA: Minneapolis Moves Forward with Analytics. Otto Doll, a former CIO for the state of South Dakota, has led IT initiatives for the city of Minneapolis since early 2011. Minneapolis has outsourced IT services for more than a decade and is in the process of transitioning to a new supplier and bringing desktop and help desk services back in-house. Read more

HAWAII: Old Technology Blamed For More Than $1M Over Payment To State Employees. Hawaii lawmakers say aging technology at the state government is costing millions. A state sponsored steering committee will meet next month to design a blueprint to replace old computers and information systems. Meantime state agencies, schools and hospitals are susceptible to system failure. Read more


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ATTN: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – September 4, 2015

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