OPINION: It’s Time for IT to Take Control of Mobile Apps. IT is seeing a very dangerous collision of two trends: BYOD and mobile apps. IT’s job is to protect corporate data – and it’s an app download away from failing. Read more
USDA: Unveils Mobile Application for Its Government Ethics Content. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue officially unveiled a new mobile app Wednesday for agency employees – a simple ethics guide called “USDA Ethics.” The app promises to answer employees’ ethics questions “on the go” with short articles on ethics requirements, easy-to-access forms and even a video library of ethics training content. Read the rest
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Startups Are Finally Taking On Food Stamps. Felicia Graybill uses her smartphone for everything: sending email, checking Facebook, and even monitoring her bank account. But for years, when the 28-year-old Brooklyn mom went to check on her food stamps benefits she might as well have been using a landline. Reviewing her balance required dialing into a hotline and entering her entire card number. All she could access was the sum of her funds – there was no way of breaking down how and when she’d spent the money. Thanks to new trends in civic technology, that’s beginning to change. Young tech workers have increasingly noticed the wide-open opportunity to bring disruption to outdated social programs. With a user base of nearly 43 million Americans, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps, is ripe for innovation. Take Graybill. Now she uses FreshEBT, an app launched by mobile software startup Propel. The app allows her to check her balance on her phone and organize her budget around local deals using an online shopping list. Find out more
HEALTH: Mobile Apps for Diabetes Patients Need Careful Review. Diabetes patients who use smartphone applications to manage their condition should know that not all apps are reliable, researchers say. “We have more than 165,000 health and fitness apps in app stores right now and little control over what’s being published,” said study author Francois Modave of the University of Florida in Gainesville. “App manufacturers want to produce good information, but there’s no oversight from any health organization or agency,” Modave told Reuters Health. Approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Modave and colleagues used the Mobile App Rating Scale to analyze and rank the top free apps for diabetes management. They also looked at the number of diabetes-specific management tasks that the apps included, such as physical activity, nutrition, blood glucose testing, medication and insulin dosage, health feedback, and education. Find out more about the study results
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