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ENERGY DEPARTMENT: Soon, drivers of electric vehicles may only need to park to begin charging their batteries. Idaho National Laboratory researchers recently released independent testing results of a wireless charging system designed for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The system tested, Evatran’s Plugless Level 2 Charging System, uses inductive technology to wirelessly charge a PEV’s traction battery, which powers the vehicle. Read more

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: Issues $5 million dollar grant for tech to support data-intensive analysis. Team led by Indiana University will develop analytics technology that will support high-volume and dynamic data across the cyberinfrastructure. Read more

COMMERCE DEPARTMENT: NIST’s new laser technology allows high-definition 3D mapping at a distance. Using an enhanced LADAR (Laser Detection And Ranging) system, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a long-range, laser-based imaging device that can generate high-definition 3D maps of objects at distances of up to 10.5 m (35 ft). Read more


C# & VISUAL BASIC: Microsoft with its Roslyn .Net compiler project is getting ready to upgrade its C# and Visual Basic languages. Read now

JAVA: The Eclipse Foundation is launching a free Java stack for IoT called Open IoT Stack for Java. It’s an open-source development platform for consumer and enterprise IoT systems that supports three major standards: MQTT, CoAP and Lightweight M2M. Read now

RUBY ON RAILS: Why Ruby Is the Crown Jewel in a Developer’s Resume. Demand for Ruby on Rails talent continues at a steady pace, and developers with the skills and knowledge of this language are red-hot in a tight IT job market. Read now

HTML5 & JAVASCRIPT & JAVA: DukeScript brings Java to HTML5, JavaScript. DukeScript, its name derived from Duke, the Java mascot, gives Java developers a way to build HTML5 and JavaScript applications within the comfort of the Java language. Read now


OCTOBER PATCH TUESDAY: Microsoft updates Windows, IE, Office in busy Patch Tuesday. A total of 24 vulnerabilities, many severe and a few being exploited in the wild, have been revealed and patched. Read more

CYBERSECURITY CENTRAL? Washington D.C. wants to become a hub for cybersecurity companies. Can it be done? Montgomery County will be home to the first federally funded research and development center focused solely on advancing cybersecurity technology, a facility that officials recently said will be operated by McLean-based Mitre and Maryland’s top research universities. Read more

IT SECURITY STRATEGY: Cyber security failing in execution, says ex-US cyber czar. Cyber security suffers from a lack of execution, former White House cyber security co-ordinator Howard Schmidt has said. “The cyber security strategies we have are all excellent pieces of work, but we are still failing in execution,” he told the ISSE 2014 security conference in Brussels. “While we talk about APTs, I agree many are ‘persistent’ but few are ‘advanced’ because most exploit known vulnerabilities for which there is a patch, but it has just not been applied,” said Schmidt. Read more


ANALYTICS: Using Hunk with Hadoop and Elastic MapReduce. Hunk is a relatively new product from Splunk for exploring and visualizing Hadoop and other NoSQL data stores. New in this release is support for Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – October 15, 2014

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