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Government creates more smartphone apps

By Ed O'Keefe
Friday, July 2, 2010; B03

Smartphone addicts, rejoice: Are you counting calories? Concerned about unsafe toys? Worried about tan lines or airport security lines? There's a (government) app for that.

The Obama administration unveiled four new apps for mobile phones on Friday, allowing tech-savvy people to check nutritional information for more than 1,000 foods through Agriculture Department data, monitor the wait times at Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints, track the UV Index and air-quality ratings with the Environmental Protection Agency, and get alerts on product and food recalls.

The rollout is part of the redesigned USA.gov, the federal government's online home for government services.

Agencies have already developed apps to track the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, to locate U.S. embassies and to find military grave sites.

Some apps are downloadable via the Web, while others are available for either iPhone or Google phones. Access them at http://apps.usa.gov.

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