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John Breeden II

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.
IT Modernization

What's new about the new iPad?

It's not called the "iPad 3," but it features some significant upgrades under the hood and on the screen.

IT Modernization

Why HP's withdrawal from tablet market should tick you off

Hewlett-Packard's unfortunate decisions caused the death-on-arrival of a tablet that could have been a great enterprise tool, says John Breeden, director of the GCN Lab.

Cybersecurity

China provides smoking gun against itself in cyberattacks

Do you doubt that China is behind cyberattacks on U.S. targets? China itself provides strong evidence.

IT Modernization

Could this legislation kill the Internet?

A bill designed to protect children from predators online contains provisions that could cripple online commerce while not protecting children from much of anything, John Breeden argues.

IT Modernization

3 reasons you can ignore Google+

Do feds really need another social networking site? Does anyone?

IT Modernization

Comparing tablet PCs

Government Computer News recently evaluated a handful of new tablet PCs for a variety of government work-related characteristics, including security, performance and ease of use.

IT Modernization

A few things you might not know about Memorial Day

Don't overlook the proper way to honor the fallen.

Digital Government

Take a sneak peek at the mobile enterprise of the future

These devices and add-ons provide a preview of how mobile computing will operate when it becomes an everyday workplace tool.

D.C.'s 'worst' cell phone ranking smells like hot air

A J.D. Power survey ranked the Washington-Baltimore region last among 27 metro areas in cell phone service. But what did the survey really measure?

The prescription for cell phone viruses

Although malware targeting mobile devices is on the rise, there are some things you should know -- and some steps you should take -- that will keep yours uninfected.

Will you live long and prosper? Take the quiz.

As medical researchers close in on the "longevity gene," an online quiz lets you get a read on your own expected life span.

FEMA's planned disaster game needs pain and death

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for ideas for an online 'Disaster Hero' game. John Breeden II, director of Government Computer News' product lab and an avid gamer, says kids and others will learn more if the game isn't sugarcoated.

A tech-laden traveler encounters TSA -- frequently

Gadget-toting GCN Lab director John Breeden has gotten used to extra scrutiny at the airport.

Digital Government

How to choose the right mobile device

When you assess your needs first, picking the right smart phone will be a cinch.

iEnvy: Do BlackBerry users need an iPad?

The apps available for Apple's sleek new iPad have many BlackBerry-carrying feds drooling, but BlackBerry also offers a robust, if lesser-known, app store, says GCN Lab Director John Breeden.

Workforce

Apple backs up iPad's battery -- for a price

Apple has a program to give users refurbished iPads when the batteries fail.

For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee, IE6

GCN Lab director John Breeden checks out the online funeral held for Internet Explorer 6, but notes that it still has more market share than IE7.

Nexus One: All that and a trackball

Google ups the ante in the smart phone frenzy with the Nexus One, a smart phone running the Android OS.

The word on Word

The ramifications of the Microsoft Word case will be small for most users.

'Sexting' at work: Can employees expect privacy on government equipment?

Supreme Court gears up to decide whether review of police officer's racy text messages was an invasion of privacy.