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WattB Wins Top Prize at Dept of Energy’s Apps for Energy Contest

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On Wednesday, Alexandria, VA-based energy startup, WattB, took home first prize at the Dept. of Energy’s Apps for Energy contest, a competition aimed at discovering the most innovative apps to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their energy use. The company placed first-place overall for their entry of WattBuddy, an app that gives people the… Read more »





DC-Based Ground Transportation Aggregator RideScout Expands to Chicago, Plans for NYC

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DC-based RideScout announced today that the company will be expanidng its service to the Chicago metro area. This is the fifth major city since RideScout was launched in November of last year, with the San Francisco and Boston regions having been its most recent expansions. RideScout provides a free mobile app that aggregates real-time data on all… Read more »



Innovation is in Demand and Uncle Sam Needs You!

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A groundswell of emerging opportunities exists for innovative technologists and companies interested in doing business with the federal government. At the 2013* (really 2014) GEOINT Symposium held April 14 – 17 in Tampa, FL, several speakers threw out names like “GEOINT Solutions Marketplace,” “DIA Open Innovation Gateway,” “NeedipeDIA” and App Malls.  So, what’s this all about? Most of us… Read more »




3 Reasons to Use HTML5 for Mobile App Development

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While Android and iOS top the charts in the mobile app-building business, other native application-building operating systems like Blackberry, Windows and others are also making stringent efforts get their markets up. On the other side, there are constant innovations and predictions regarding new methodologies that come into the market. HTML5 is one of the most… Read more »


7 Essential Traits Your App Can’t Survive Without

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I’m going to start off by throwing some big numbers around. (That always seems to make the point clear, a lot quicker!) According to Gartner Research, the total number of apps downloaded annually is set to zoom to 310 billion by 2016. As per a Nielsen Cross Platform Survey 2013, smartphone owners spend 86 percent… Read more »


4 Online Productivity Tools For College Students

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Technology plays a huge role in modern education. Besides online courses, apps and websites are helping college students meet their academic deadlines and keep their work organized. Regardless of how busy your academic schedule is, you can still take the time to enjoy college social life without compromising your studies — as long as you… Read more »


Gabe Klien, Nathan Daschle, Adrian Fenty Join Phone2Action’s Advisory Board

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Phone2Action yesterday announced that former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Senior VP of Political Communications for Clear Channel Communications and cofounder of Ruck.us Nathan Daschle, and senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute Gabe Klein, have joined the company’s board of advisors. “These leaders have led some of the country’s most innovative businesses, governments, and… Read more »


The Do’s and Don’ts of Developing Mobile Business Apps

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Mobile is the new language of commerce, marketing, communication, and entertainment, so businesses assume that moving into the world of apps is the key to remaining relevant. But marketers and professionals are often left with the question: Do mobile apps increase revenue? The answer seems far from a simple yes or no. Multiple factors, such… Read more »