Mobile

Local Govs Should Check Out Location Check-Ins

This week, location based service Foursquare announced its new features to enhance the social check-in experience. They also reiterated their vision to go beyond “a game built on check-ins” into “making cities easier to use.” Foursquare isn’t just trying to find out whether you’re at the coffee shop or a night club; they’re gaining insight… Read more »

Increase Transparency, Reach Mobile Devices with Video

When working with government web developers and communications professionals, I often hear that delivering government content to mobile devices is a key priority. It seems like an obvious necessity, especially as mobile device sales reach record highs. However, when it comes to actually implementing the tools and formats needed to achieve this, particularly with video,… Read more »

Arizona Looks to Pick Up Life-Saving LBS App that Connects Cardiac Arrest Victims, Volunteers

This morning I talked to the medical director for EMS and Trauma in Arizona, a state that’s been very progressive in seeking to reduce cardiac arrest deaths (they did the studies that showed simple compression-only CPR can be more effective than traditional methods). He told me that Arizona will be partnering with the San Ramon… Read more »

Smartphone Payments = Future Changes to Micropurchase Payments?

Update: Half of the post was cut off for an unknown reason. That has been fixed and the entire post is present. Fun Stats in a Chart An interesting chart was shown yesterday morning on CNNMoney.com. (The link is at the bottom so you’ll keep reading.) An chart yesterday shown on CNNMoney.com (the link is… Read more »

Mobile apps, online shopping and, um, government marketing?

I went to What’s Next DC today, a very cool online marketing conference (featuring GovLoop’s own Steve Ressler) and I was struck by the simplistic analysis that many of the presenters offered of “what’s working” in marketing. For instance, one presenter went on and on AND ON about how awesome and remarkable Best Buy is… Read more »

Mobile Virtual Platforms – Possible sea change

(PingBack to original post on buzzfreezone.wordpress.com: http://wp.me/p1bJuJ-3b) There have been a few recent developments that have individually generated an aggregate reaction somewhat equivalent to “Meh” (although the specialty markets and analysts have been abuzz). However, taken together, I think they can form the platform basis for a Sea Change in mobile platforms. Of course, a… Read more »

‘Ning Everywhere’ Means More GovLoop for You

Ning, the social networking platform that power GovLoop and tens of thousands of other communities, is getting a big upgrade, and that means more ways to interact with friends and content from the government social network. In San Francisco on Tuesday night, Ning CEO Jason Rosenthal announced “Ning Everywhere,” a new API roll out that… Read more »

Winning CityLife App Partner Cities Announced!

Crosspost: http://www.dotgov.com/blog As we approached the Beta release of our new mobile app CityLife, we called for volunteers. Ten lucky communities would receive free versions of CityLife to test for themselves — to experience the integration of a slick mobile platform with all the services and info of a municipal website — and to give… Read more »

My thoughts on the BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry teased the world with its Playbook offering yesterday and the geek world exploded between hails of “the iPad Killer hath arrived” to “meh”. BlackBerry has made some interesting choices with the Playbook. My personal thought is that in the end, the design by committee approach won over the hard core fanatics within Blackberry. The… Read more »