Iâ€™m defending the iPad. Not because Iâ€™m an Apple fanboy. Not because Iâ€™m going to buy one. But because I think thereâ€™s potential to positively change the personal computing experience in a way that helps government sleep better at night. Iâ€™m not talking about the iPad itself, but what the App store can become via the iPad.
Although it may be simple to conflate the Apps for Democracy and Apps for America contests with the exciting new Apps for Army contest, they really couldnâ€™t be more different. Together they represent an exciting experiment in what it takes to pull communities together around a problem. Though they all offer cash prizes to the winners, they each took a slightly different approach, with different results.
The White House launched a free White House App for the iPhone. The app delivers livestream video from speeches and press briefings, blog updates and latest official White House photos. Citizens will be able to watch the upcoming State of the Union speech directly from their iPhones.
EcoFinder is a free iPhone app that helps San Francisco residents and businesses find recycle locations throughout the city, including electronics, appliance and matresses. Users can filter drop-off/pick-up options by free or pay services.
CDTA iRide on your iPhone makes getting around on CDTA buses a breeze. This trip planner covers bus service in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Counties in New York.
CDTA iRide features include a bus system trip planner, scheduled arrival data, system advisories, system and area maps, location of nearest bus stops, search for bus stops, browsing stops by route, CDTA phone numbers and links.