Thursday Mobile Products

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 Federal Mobile Apps Directory (formerly Apps Gallery) almost immediately. When we launched the Apps Gallery Read »

Where’s the Beef? USDA App Serves Up Inspection Information

Oct 16, 2014 |

Want to know where the food you’re eating was produced? Here’s a handy trick before you head out to the grocery store: Download the Meat, Poultry & Egg Product Inspection Directory (MPI Directory) app produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. All containers of meat, poultry and 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 »

No More Beta in’s Responsive Website

Oct 2, 2014 ushered in the new fiscal year by removing the beta label from its URL two years after it launched. During this period, the Library of Congress not only extensively tested how the site would display on any device, but in a series of releases and enhancements, completely transformed the ability to find legislative information 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 »

#PrepareAthon 2014: Disaster Preparedness in the Palm of Your Hand

Sep 11, 2014

If there was one thing we learned on September 11, 2001, it’s that you can never be too prepared for a disaster of any magnitude. September is aptly named National Preparedness Month and the government’s #PrepareAthon campaign—led by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)—is under way, culminating in National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30. Read »

Census Promotes Mobile Apps Front and Center!

Sep 4, 2014

Those cutting edge folks over at Census have raised the bar again! Not only do they have three mobile apps that use their own APIs, but now everyone who visits is presented with an Read »

USDA App Helps ID Your Potpourri

Aug 28, 2014

Got a thing for dried botanicals? (No, not THOSE … but the stuff of fragrant sachets, decorative wreaths and glass jars filled with heavenly scents?) Before you discard your old potpourri or put some within reach of pets and children, you’ll want to take a look at Read »

Paper Prototyping PTSD Coach

Aug 21, 2014 |

The PTSD Coach mobile app from the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides veterans and users with information about PTSD and professional care, along with self-assessment tools and aid in finding support opportunities. The app has been downloaded over 100,000 times in 74 Read »

Census PoP Quiz Mobile App Challenges Knowledge of State Statistics

Aug 14, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users’ knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, aims to raise Read »

Parents Get a Head Start With New Mobile App

Aug 7, 2014 |

As it’s time to return to school, the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families is helping parents and teachers prepare anytime, anywhere. Head Start Resources, an app available on iOS and Android, is a gateway to tools and resources for those associated Read »

Safe Swimming This Summer (Can You Say That Four Times Fast?)

Jul 31, 2014

You don’t have to try too hard to get people into the water during summer. But swimming the healthy and safe way? Well, everyone could use help on that. Whether you are a swimmer, lifeguard, pool attendant or sun-loving spectator, the Centers for Disease Read »

How the American Battle Monument Commission Developed its First Mobile App

Jul 24, 2014 |

The job of the American Battle Monument Commission (AMBC) is to manage all overseas cemeteries and memorials from WWI and WWII. There are over 200,000 veterans who are buried or memorialized at these cemeteries. When ABMC began thinking about releasing a native Read »

FEMA’s Responsive Disaster Assistance Website Helps Survivors Find, Apply for Aid

Jul 17, 2014

Hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in North Carolina, July 3, as a Category 2 hurricane. It was no Sandy, but Arthur nevertheless reminds us to be prepared now and always. As we say at NOAA, “It only takes one.” That “one” Read »