Mobile

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. TheRead… Read more »

What is the CityLife Mobile App?

This is a crosspost of: http://www.dotgov.com/blog/ Connecting citizens to their local governments or communities can be tough. This is partly because people now expect to get their day-to-day information in a slick, quick format — from the Internet, and more recently, on their mobile devices. While most cities and towns provide websites to keep citizensRead… Read more »

Yes We Can (Compare Apples to Oranges)!

Six months ago — in internet-time, “the Late Pleistocene” back when Google Wave roamed the Earth — people were decrying the immature state of Gov 2.0. In mid-March, Matt Rosenberg wrote an article for Social Capital Review responding to a post by Mark Drapeau that called for apps based on government data that had actualRead… Read more »

[email protected]

I am new to govloop and excited about the possibilities for cross-pollination here. One initiative that I want to alert other gov technologists to is [email protected] This effort is sponsored by the Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy. eDiplomacy exists to help wed technology innovations with U.S. diplomatic efforts. One of the ways we areRead… Read more »

FaceBook Offers Law Enforcement Huge Communication Opportunity!

Facebook continues to morph into the most massive social networking site known to man. As of a few days ago according to Facebook Statistics there are now over 500 million user accounts on this social networking monster. The amount of people on this site and the time people are participating (700 billion minutes monthly) onRead… Read more »

Mobile Journalism: Information Flung Far & Wide

The third installment in my series on how mobility and the Internet are up-ending traditional commercial models focuses on journalism. (see earlier posts on Online Education and Mobile Banking) Here, we track affordable mobile telephony that informs citizenry in sparsely populated, under-educated, and under-developed communities worldwide, in lieu of print news; and video-enabled community volunteersRead… Read more »

A Primer on Local Government Mobile Apps

If you take a look at current television commercials or tech blogs, you’ll quickly find a great deal of attention focused on smartphones and the mobile applications (apps for short) that are built on top of them. While traditionally focused on the Blackberry-dominated business user niche, smartphones made the shift to the mainstream after Apple’sRead… Read more »

City of Huntsville, TX Takes Local Government Mobile

Today, the City of Huntsville, Texas (www.huntsvilletx.gov) and eGov Strategies (website) announced the availability of the city’s comprehensive iPhone app to better connect residents and businesses with city government. It’s a uniquely innovative approach for a local government app that offers a wide range of city website content and services – uniquely designed for iPhoneRead… Read more »