February 14, 2013 |
Davidsonville resident Clint Stelfox set up two of his friends with each other, but he had no idea he was doing it. One of those friends — Justin McLeod — recently started a D.C.-based mobile dating app called Hinge, which lets users rank and connect with their friends' Facebook friends. McLeod, also a Hinge user, used the app to rank Stelfox's friend, and she'd ranked him. They both independently mentioned their interaction to Stelfox, who isn't a Hinge user. "I don't think there's any other way they...
April 20, 2011 |
Parking in the District? There's an app for that. Drivers will soon be able to use a cellphone to pay for any of the city's almost 17,000 on-street, metered parking spots. The system is one of a flurry of high-tech moves to overhaul the District's aging meter network and address two perennial complaints of motorists: Meters are frequently broken, and hauling around fistfuls of quarters is a pain. "The goal is to give people options," said John Lisle, a District Department of Transportation...
June 9, 2013 |
Occasionally, we publish blog posts, speech transcripts and other commentaries of interest to the Washington business community. Here are excerpts from recent online posts from various federal technology executives, discussing new apps on the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration's digital government strategy. [May 23] marks one year since we released the Digital Government Strategy, as part of the president's directive to build a 21st Century Government that delivers better services to the American people.
September 6, 2012 |
It may be premature to call it a runaway hit, but in the first month since the Census Bureau released its first mobile application, it's been downloaded more than 32,000 times. The app, called America's Economy, provides updated statistics from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes 16 monthly economic indicators, such as house sales, personal income, international trade, Gross Domestic Product and the unemployment rate.
December 31, 2012 |
A popular smartphone app that tracks Metrobus arrivals has stopped working. NextBus DC, which uses Global Positioning System tracking and other data to determine when the next bus will arrive at a stop, quit working a few weeks ago after a contract ended between companies that provide the data to riders. The data for NextBus DC was provided by a company called NextBus in Emeryville, Calif. But a contract between the company and Ken Schmier — who invented the bus-tracking technology — ended in mid-December.
June 7, 2012 |
"The profile page should be a representation of me and what I do when I go out into the world," Foursquare Head of Search Andrew Hogue told me, but what he really means is that you as a person are quickly becoming the sum of everywhere you've been and everything you've done. On Facebook, you're the sum of all your interactions and photos with others; but on Foursquare, location and detecting patterns are key. Foursquare today released a completely revamped mobile app for iOS and Android that takes years of data...