Your Tax Dollars at Work — Making Apps
Why am I not surprised? Well afterall, T-mobile will be “going bankrupt” next year, or maybe by the end of this year, or better said, in a few months. As will BP, someone toss me a freaking bone here to know who should we invest in!By BOB TEDESCHI
The Apple App Store, the Android Market and BlackBerry’s AppWorld have a surprising new competitor.
The United States government.
The government this week announced a Mobile Apps store at USA.gov, featuring four new free apps to accompany 14 others that the government created while the marketplace was presumably under development in stealth mode.
The four apps are seasonally inspired. They include My TSA, an iPhone app that offers, among other things, updates on wait times at security checkpoints of airports; UV Index, for BlackBerrys and Android phones; Product Recalls, for Android phones; and My Food-a-Pedia, which offers nutrition information on about 1,000 foods.
My Food-A-Pedia isn’t strictly an app, since the information is presented in a mobile-friendly Web site, but since it’s the government, we can give it credit for trying.
In a news release, Jeffrey Zients, the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, and Vivek Kundra, the Obama adminstration’s chief information officer, did not say which categories or specific apps might come next, but given the store’s creation users can expect more free software.
The new app store may not strike fear in the heart of Steve Jobs, but for enterprising app developers who have been charging a buck to peddle information freely available from the government, it could be a dark day.