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January 15, 2013

President Obama’s Inauguration Will Feature Its Own Mobile App

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Presidential Inauguration App

When President Obama is inaugurated for the second time on January 21, 2013 his inauguration will be met with the release of both iOS and Android apps.

The new apps were launched on Tuesday by thePresidential Inaugural Committee and feature several useful functions including a schedule of events and SMS texts for up to the minute proceedings alerts.

The new presidential inauguration will also be updated with photos and videos from Obama’s social media accounts. read more

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April 2, 2012

‘Girls Around Me’ App Shut Down After Foursquare Pulls API Access

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Girls Around Me AppFoursquare over the weekend revoked API right for “Girls Around Me” a social app that allowed visitors to find girls who were within their vicinity.

The app would use Foursquare and Facebook location information to determine the sex of a mobile user and then list any personal information that person made available which was overlaid on a map.

After the app was discovered by John Brownlee at Cult of Mac it went viral however critics soon worried that the app would be used by predators.

While none of the information that was pulled from the Foursquare API violated any terms of service the company chose to proactively remove the program in order to protect female Foursquare users. The issue of morally questionable content has been highlighted in various cases lately, most recently by Tumblr which chose to remove self-harm blogs from its platform.

Apple also apparently felt strongly about the “Girls Around Me” application, removing the program from the Apple App store just hours after the developer lost access to the Foursquare API, of course at that point the application was already useless since it couldn’t pull the location information needed to operate. read more

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July 30, 2011

Popular Android Twitter App “Plume” To Get Updates, Add More Integration

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Plume Android App for TwitterPlume developer Ludovic Vialle is preparing to take his popular Google Android Twitter Application to the next level, in a Google+ post this week he describe what new exciting features are coming to the application.

According to Vialle the first major update is a complete rewrite of the timeline section in the application and under the new program users timeline activity will automatically be updated when they leave the application open on their Smartphones.

Along with auto-updates the program will also offer push notifications to users who allow that feature to be activated on their Android phones. With real-time updates and push notifications users will now be able to stay up-to-date with all of their Twitter friends.

After push notifications and real-time updates are added Plume then plans to add Facebook integration to the mix, allowing for a larger user base, followed by Google+ integration. Once multiple accounts integration is complete the Plume system will then allow users to send out their status updates to all of their social networking accounts at the same time or choose which accounts to send each message.  read more

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