Nearly 140 West Virginian citizens living abroad in 29 countries cast their ballots via blockchain on Tuesday, the largest pilot test of blockchain voting ever, reports the Washington Post. Yet, security experts still worry the technology contains vulnerabilities that will risk election integrity in the case of broader use.   IN OTHER NEWS: Microsoft visionair […]

Des Moines-based RosterApps, a provider of airline ground crew scheduling software, has been acquired by Ohio company ARCOS LLC, reports Silicon Prairie News. ARCOS will retain RosterApps’ Iowa office and employees. The acquisition will combine RosterApps’ software-as-a-service airline platform with ARCOS resource management to fully automate scheduling, shift-trading, callout and track of flight and ground […]

Jay Nickelsen, network technology program chair at DMACC West Des Moines Campus, walks through the newly announced Microsoft Data Center Academy. Photo by Kate Hayden The fourth Microsoft Data Center Academy will open this year for students at the DMACC West Des Moines Campus, representatives from Microsoft Corp. and Des Moines Area Community College announced […]

A new study released by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) places Des Moines as one of the top 20 cities on the Tech Town Index in the U.S. CompTIA named Des Moines-West Des Moines as number 12, citing an expected growth of seven percent in information-technology jobs over the next five years, a low […]

The Iowa City Police Department is seeking vendor bids for cellphone tracking technology, reports the Daily Iowan. The department is seeking software with the ability to research mobile phone numbers, map phone records received, analyze records for call-frequency lists and other services that provide location data. Iowa City police have not previously had access to the […]

From left: Founder and CEO Adam Hass, Head of Business Development Rob Hugen, Head of Marketing Michael Dunn. Photo provided. Des Moines software analytics startup AppLink.io is launching a new web and mobile application platform to offer app developers and marketers full-view insights into the app’s performance and engagement. Based in Johnston, AppLink.io’s App Growth Platform will bring […]

In the 1950s, the threat was nuclear, and even the school children were prepared. The U.S. Civil Defense Administration enlisted the help of animators to create “Duck and Cover,” a short film featuring Bert the turtle to teach children how to protect themselves in case of a nuclear explosion. “If you duck and cover, you […]

Keith Brown, a former officer in with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, sought to create a more efficient shield for officers in the line of duty. He found it in vehicle floor mats, reports CBS2/FOX 28. Brown is debuting his patented ballistic floor mats, called Attack Mats, and this week’s Innovation EXPO 2018 in Cedar […]

Students in three north Iowa school districts have developed an app to report school-related threats in their community, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports.Threat Reporting, developed in collaboration with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department, will soon be available on iOS for students, faculty and administrators in the St. Ansgar, Osage and Riceville school districts. Development […]