• California Upgrades Its App Store

California Upgrades Its App Store

Improvements to the California Mobile Gallery include responsive design, more searchable content and an industry look and feel. Star ratings and reviews are coming soon.

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Market News

Twitter, IBM Announce Data Analytics Partnership

Twitter data will be part of IBM’s cloud-based Watson Analytics application, which brings big data analysis to business users.

News

‘Widespread Harm’ Likely from Cyberattack in Next Decade, Experts Say

The worriers and the skeptics agree on one point: Today’s expensive cyber arms race has only just begun.

State IT

California Upgrades Its App Store

Improvements to the California Mobile Gallery include responsive design, more searchable content and an industry look and feel. Star ratings and reviews are coming soon.

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Market News, State IT

Web Portal Helps California Compete for Business

While California may be known for some of the highest taxes and stiffest regulations in the nation, leaders are also touting it as the first state to allow companies to compete for tax incentives entirely online.

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News, State IT

Panora Recognized with Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award

Panora, director of CDCR’s Enterprise Information Services (EIS) at the California Department of Corrections was recognized among the best public-sector cybersecurity professionals in the nation at the FOCUS 14 Security Conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Bytes

California Public Pensions Added to Open Data Website

The State Controller’s Office announced Tuesday that it has added financial data from California’s 130 public pension systems to its open data website, ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov.

#Innovate

New iPad Feature Could Shake Up Telecom Industry

Mobile operators aren’t too enthusiastic about the development of a reprogrammable SIM card, as they fear customers will be more likely to switch network providers.

Local Government, State IT

Data Breaches Jump in California and Are Expected to Keep Climbing

California residents aren’t any more prone to data hijacking than others, but an unusual state law requires businesses and state agencies to notify customers of any breach involving more than 500 accounts.

Legislation, Local Government

California Cities Putting the Brakes on Some For-Profit Parking Apps

Cities have been moving aggressively to keep some parking apps off the grid, contending that individuals and companies should not be allowed to profit by, effectively, auctioning off taxpayer-owned parking places.

Sponsor Updates

Sponsored: Technology Industry to Play Poker for Charity on Nov. 16

Latino Sports Outreach (LSO) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual LSO Charity Poker Tournament.  This event promotes awareness and advances our mission of …

Bids & Contracts

HP Nets $116.5 Million Contract to Continue Managing SOMS

The state’s Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) project started in 2009 with the goal of replacing and consolidating more than 40 aging electronic and paper database systems.

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Bids & Contracts

Covered California Prepares to Accept Proposals for Enterprise Analytics Solution

Covered California has released a second round of amendments to an RFP seeking a multi-million dollar enterprise analytics solution for the state’s health insurance exchange.

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News

Caltrans Distracted Driving Game App Promotes Safe Habits

Caltrans has launched a mobile app and online game designed to teach teenagers the importance of safe driving habits and avoiding distracted driving while …

Market News

S.F. Hails ‘Twitter Tax Break’ as Rousing Success

Construction cranes and rattling power tools are visible evidence that the 2011 tax break designed to draw tech firms like Twitter to San Francisco’s long-neglected Mid-Market has attracted businesses.

Market News

L.A. Tech Economy is Underrated, PayPal Co-Founder Says

California may be overloaded with regulations on business, Peter Thiel said, but it’s still a region that embraces risk takers.

News

Advocacy Group Applies for Google Project

Environmental advocacy groups that are keeping tabs on mountaintop removal mining operations in West Virginia may soon have a new set of watchful eyes more than 200 miles above Earth.

News

PG&E Prepares to Open New Power Grid Command Center in Fresno

The Fresno center will be responsible for managing the electrical distribution grid for an area that ranges from Stockton to Bakersfield and includes between 16 million and 18 million power customers.

Bids & Contracts

Franchise Tax Board Accepting Bids for Security Monitoring System

Final bids are due Oct. 29 for a Franchise Tax Board project that is seeking to procure and install a commercial- off-the-shelf system for security monitoring and auditing the organization’s data.

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Bids & Contracts

Bentley Systems Awarded $6.9 Million Caltrans Contract

The Exton, Penn.-based company has worked with Caltrans for more than two decades.

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State IT

Video: Ramos Discusses Technology Innovation in State Government

California State CIO Carlos Ramos talks about innovative technology the state has been using and reflects on the challenges of working in the public sector and the changes he’s seen during the course of his career.

News

Interactive Map Shows California Energy Infrastructure Projects

The map, powered by Esri, illustrates the construction and energy development boom that has gone on as California strives to reach its policy goal of generating one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

State IT

Pentagon Watchdogs Scrutinize States’ Push Toward Online Voting

The office of Pentagon Inspector General John Rymer is taking a hard look at systems to see whether they’re violating a prohibition on the use of Defense Department grant money to create online voting systems.

Market News

Utility Companies Join Competition for Rooftop Solar

With the number of rooftop solar installations rising at breakneck speed, utilities have begun to fear a future in which more and more customers generate their own energy, leaving others to bear the cost of maintaining the electrical grid.

#Innovate

California Startup Pioneers Firearm Tracking Technology

The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Yardarm Technologies, a Capitola-based firearms technology company, to test microchips that could monitor when an officer draws a gun, is separated from the gun and fires a gun.

Events, News, State IT

State of Technology Industry Forum Set for Dec. 10

Hosted by TechWire, the first annual State of Technology Industry Forum will be held on December 10 in Sacramento. Produced in association with the California Department of Technology, IT Alliance for Public Sector and TechAmerica, the half-day event will provide a wide perspective on California’s government IT landscape for the upcoming year.

Bids & Contracts

California Considers Perimeter Threat Mitigation System

CalTech would like an integrated system that reduces workloads and cost impacts of operating and maintaining the security functions within separate systems.

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#Innovate

Sacramento Hacker Lab Getting Gigabit Broadband

The lab’s organizers already are brainstorming ideas for how the super-fast broadband, which is more than 100 times as fast as the California average,

State IT

CHHS Launches Public Beta of Open Data Portal

The California Health and Human Services Agency soon will have a similar and expanded version of the open data portal that the California Department of Public Health launched in August.

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Bytes, Market News

Microsoft Opens its Incubator ‘Garage’ to Public

New free apps are available to Windows Phone and Android users.

#Innovate, Local Government

Community Choice Programs Drive Innovation in Power Sector

Renewable energy experts Thursday credited Sonoma County with a leading role in the expanding green power industry, a sector combating climate change as it creates jobs — including economic growth fueled locally by one of the state’s first public electricity programs of its kind.

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