Tech Talk: More Inauguration News! Two Smartphone Apps Debut For The Occasion

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January 16, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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The Obama team is the most wired camp to ever set up shop in the White House. During both presidential campaigns they masterfully used social media to get out the vote. So it is only fitting that for the upcoming inauguration, they have unveiled an inaugural smartphone app.

According to USA Today, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) has created an iPhone and Android app that will allow people to follow the inauguration events as Obama is sworn in for a second term — in real time.

With the app, users can watch a livestream video of inaugural events, including the January 21 public swearing-in ceremony. “This inauguration is a celebration of the American people,” Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the PIC told the newspaper. “That’s why we’ve designed our app to make sure folks across this country don’t miss a moment of history. Whether you’re in Washington, D.C., or any other part of the nation, there are plenty of ways to be involved in the inauguration through this app.”

The app will also include schedules of official inaugural events in Washington, and blogs with news items. And, it syncs with Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text.

There is another app as well for the special occasion. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which organizes the swearing-in ceremonies at the Capitol, has also debuted its own mobile website app for smartphones. The committee said it will “provide ticket and travel information to make the day run smoothly,” reports USA Today. “The mobile Web app includes GPS technology that will direct ticket holders to the appropriate gate based on the color of the ticket they hold,” the committee told the paper.

Will you be downloading this app?

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