Apps & App Development

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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.

Augmented reality could improve postal operations, says report

The U.S. Postal Service could use augmented reality to improve mail processing, delivery and customer experience, finds the USPS Inspector General in an April 6. Augmented reality allows users to see previously static content on paper or by gazing at a situation like a partially-loaded mail truck, through a mobile or wearable device in a new, interactive way.

GAO, DOT at odds over smartphone app

A new smartphone app from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that shares safety scores of interstate truck and bus companies is giving officials at the Government Accountability Office "heartburn."

Authorized access to FirstNet communications network, devices is key during development

A new report that lays out 10 principles for developing a network access and credentialing strategy will be considered by the First Responder Network Authority as it plans development of a nationwide public safety communications network.

API security takes myriad forms

To ensure the safety of their application programming interfaces, or APIs, government agencies need to control access to the data, according to a new briefing.

CIO council endorses DoD's mobile app vetting process

The Federal Chief Information Officer's Council recommends agencies use a methodology employed by the Defense Department for their mobile application vetting needs.

Crowdsource testing yields mobile content best practices

After almost two years of testing federal mobile websites, the General Services Administration's mobile crowdsource compatibility testing program, has gathered best practices for agencies developing their mobile content strategy.