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User experience driving agencies' move to mobile

The Homeland Security Department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is bringing a user-centered approach to its public interaction and, as a result, the agency has made recent strides in the mobile space.

Mobile analytics can be a game changer for federal apps, says DoD mobility specialist

For those agencies using mobile apps, analytics can be an invaluable tool, said David Cooper, mobile applications program lead at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

Mobile devices eclipse computers when it comes to Google searches

Searches are often driven by "need-to-know information" rather than passive consumption, "which aligns with a lot of the information and resources government agencies provide on their digital properties," according to the DigitalGov post.

'Least privilege' is key to securing mobile devices, says FTC official

The principle of least privilege, which holds that "every program and every user of the system should operate using the least set of privileges necessary to complete the job," is key to ensuring and maintaining security in a mobile world, says an FTC official.

Verizon, Sprint agree to pay $158M in consumer refunds, fines for mobile cramming, says CFPB

Some "unscrupulous" third-party merchants obtained consumers' telephone numbers to cram illegal charges, ranging from one-time fees of 99 cents to $4.99 to monthly subscriptions of $9.99. 

USGS launches mobile data collection app to help threatened piping plover populations

The bird was listed as threatened along the Atlantic Coast in 1986. And, although their numbers have more than doubled since then, climate change is introducing new threats to their habitats.

National Cancer Institute finds smoking cessation success via text messages

It turns out texting can be good for you. The SMS messages, or texts, that a behavioral health program from the National Cancer Institute sends doubles the likelihood that someone will quit smoking, data shows.

New feature on FEMA mobile app lets users get weather alerts for up to 5 locations

The weather alert feature expands the app's existing functionality, which includes a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps that display shelters and disaster recovery centers, and safety tips for surviving disasters.

Law enforcement adoption of GIS mobile apps largely determined by expectations, finds study

If you build it, law enforcement officers will come – or rather, they'll come if they think they will do their jobs better. That's the result of a study by the National Institute of Justice, which developed, implemented and evaluated a geographic information system-enabled application that dynamically identifies the location of persons of interest.

DHS agency announces expansion of mobile security app archiving system beyond Android

The DHS-funded mobile security application archiving technology is expanding to include apps from Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Phone Store, Google Play and Amazon.