Apps & App Development

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NIST wants to give organizations a leg up on mobile app security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input on a draft guide to help organizations use mobile apps while managing associated security vulnerabilities and risks.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

Facebook taps GSA API for social media verification

Facebook now references General Services Administration data to verify that visitors to federal Facebook pages are viewing an authentic page and not a copy-cat account.

Mobile tracking self-regulation failing, say federal officials

Government efforts to encourage industry to follow best practices for consumer protection in using mobile tracking technology have failed to this point due to their voluntary nature, said officials during a June 4 hearing.

Mobile app could help crowdsource solutions following disasters

An Android app, code named "uRep," which is under development at Kean University allows users to report a problem by snapping a picture and geo-tag it using GPS functionality built into their mobile device.

Arlington National Cemetery launches second iteration of grave locator app

The Arlington National Cemetery's digital team launched the second iteration of an app that helps visitors find gravesites and plan their trips. The app will help the 4 million visitors a year navigate the cemetery, plan a visit, search for burial records and find a specific grave site or monument, a May 29 blog post says.

China cracks down on smartphone messaging apps

China's most popular mobile instant messaging applications, WeChat and QQ, are the target of a new crackdown on illegal content announced by the Chinese government.

World War II memorial gets WiFi-enabled exhibit

The World War II Memorial became the first memorial on the national mall with WiFi over Memorial Day weekend.

Developers get hacking on public safety, disaster response apps

Mobile app developers competing for more than $25,000 in prize money weren't the only winners at the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Hackathon, held May 2-3 in Washington, D.C. First responders and members of the public could soon benefit from the applications generated at the event, which attracted more than 100 developers and public safety officials  says  a May 22 post on the FirstNet blog.

VA official: Communication critical in mobile deployments

When the Veterans Affairs Department introduced participants in its family caregiver program to a host of health management applications and even gave them iPads, it wasn't expecting to have some of the devices shipped right back.