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The API Briefing: Be Prepared with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Mobile App

May 6, 2015 |

Before coming to DC in late 2008, I lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is in the Ohio Valley Region, which meteorologists euphemistically call “weather-rich.” With spring came the beautiful flowers and the Kentucky Derby. Spring also brought flooding, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and windstorms. This is why I had several emergency weather radios that also doubled Read »

Trends on Tuesday: U.S. Mobile-Only Internet Users Now Outnumber Desktop-Only Users

May 5, 2015 |

Just a week after the ‘Mobilegeddon’ shift in Google search engine rankings to favor mobile-friendly sites, comScore released a research report citing that the U.S. had reached a new inflection point—there are now more mobile-only Internet users than desktop-only. What’s even Read »

New USGS App Helps Save the Piping Plovers!

Apr 9, 2015 |

iPlover is a new app from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for data collection about habitats on coastal beaches and the environment surrounding them. That sounds like a really difficult and important task, but luckily for us, the app is designed for trained and vetted professionals. It is an example of another federal crowdsourcing app, but for experts. The Read »

IRS2Go App Provides Multi-Symptom Relief for Tax Anxiety

Feb 19, 2015 |

The digital equivalent of a cool rag and a spoonful of Pepto Bismol, the Internal Revenue Service updated their IRS2Go app to provide multi-symptom relief for tax anxiety this year. IRS2Go lets taxpayers check on the status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. If you’re Read »

Focus on Nutrition with DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals App

Feb 5, 2015 |

For those of us who need to get our diet under control—and keep it that way—we surely have noticed the recent explosion of health apps and wearable fitness trackers. No doubt we’ve all thought about buying one of those at $100 to $150 bucks a Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Using SMS for Customer Support

Feb 3, 2015 |

Don’t forget, mobile first strategy can include text messaging and SMS, not just native apps and responsive Web design. Ninety percent of all SMS messages are read within three minutes of being received, according to a recent blog post on Gigaom. Paired with an average open rate of 98% (versus 22% for email) and the Read »

SaferRide App Could Save Your Life

Jan 22, 2015 |

One death every 52 minutes. That’s how frequently someone died in crashes involving a drunk driver in the U.S. in 2013—10,076 deaths in total. While that number represents a 2.5% reduction in deaths from the previous year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is offering a new mobile app—called SaferRide—to Read »

Acronyms, Army-isms and Much More: ROTC Handbook App Explains Cadet Life

Dec 18, 2014 |

Have a potential future cadet in the family? Deciding whether the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program is right for you? Already in the program? Study up on the Army ROTC program before you or someone you know steps foot in the classroom in a crisp uniform. Download the ROTC Handbook from the U.S. Read »

Find Fuel During Disasters with Lantern Live App

Dec 4, 2014 |

Who to call? Where to meet? What to pack? How to find fuel? Make sure your personal disaster preparedness plan includes how to quickly find functioning gas stations in your area with help from the Department of Energy’s Lantern Read »

Open and API-Driven Federal Mobile App Registration

Oct 29, 2014 |

Thanks to the power of open data and APIs, federal agencies can now register their mobile native apps and websites on the Federal Mobile Products Registry and have them appear on the USA.gov Federal Mobile Apps Directory (formerly USA.gov Apps Gallery) almost immediately. When we launched the USA.gov Apps Gallery Read »

Welcome to Mobile Gov Month on DigitalGov

Oct 20, 2014 |

What’s your mobile itch? A long time ago at a workshop not so far away…we asked the 40 federal government innovators who had released native apps this question. We wanted to know their biggest barriers, challenges, frustrations to building anytime, anywhere government. Their generosity in telling Read »

Bullying: Help Prevent and Protect Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device

Oct 9, 2014

I don’t remember being bullied as a kid, but my younger sister once was. When she was in junior high, a jealous schoolmate who ran in a small tough pack threatened to “beat up” my quiet, mild-mannered sibling at an unspecified time and day during her walk home from school. Sound familiar? Back then (in an era before text messaging Read »

Saving the Whales With Just Your Smartphone: West Coast Edition

Sep 25, 2014 |

Saving the whales just got easier for West Coasters with the latest version of the popular Whale Alert app. This free “feel-good” iPhone/iPad app, developed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and a long list of partners, now enables users on both U.S. coasts Read »

CDC App Aids in Prevention of Neonatal Disease

Sep 18, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has added another tool to its suite of mobile applications for healthcare providers and clinicians. The “Prevent Group B Strep” app provides specific, timely guidance to obstetric and neonatal providers to aid in Read »

Trends on Tuesday: The Mobile Tipping Point?

Sep 16, 2014 |

The International Data Corporation (IDC) is forecasting a strong outlook for smartphone sales during the remaining months of 2014. So, what might this mobile-driven world look like? Read »