The White House unveils an iPhone, iPod Touch application

The White House unveils an iPhone, iPod Touch application

Summary: If following President Obama on Twitter, Facebook and whatever else wasn't enough for you, the White House has published an iPhone app.

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If following President Obama on Twitter, Facebook and whatever else wasn't enough for you, the White House has published an iPhone app.

Available on Apple's iTunes store now (for free), the White House app streams up-to-date content from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Some of that content includes news, briefs, events, and live-streaming coverage of the President and other White House officials. (Apparently the State of the Union next week will be available for streaming from the Apple handheld too.)

The White House has certainly embraced using all sorts of technology to reach constituents. For the iPhone-less out there, the White House will be debuting mobile.WhiteHouse.gov in a few weeks.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Overkill

    In his first year, President Barack Obama has:

    Given 411 speeches, comments and remarks;
    Held 42 news conferences;
    Given 158 interviews and;
    Has traveled to 21 nations.

    So how much more "Obama" does a person need? Please.. give me a break.
    SAStarling
    • It was promised!

      Obama campaigned for transparency, and he has been most heavily
      criticized for not living up to that in his first year. This app is the first
      step to fulfill that promise. If you think it is overkill, no one is forcing you
      to download this app!
      veggiedude
  • It's almost as though they think...

    ...they have a problem getting their message out.
    JohnMcGrew
  • The Art of Deception

    "Some of that content includes news, briefs, events, and live-
    streaming coverage of the President and other White House
    officials".

    It's the behind closed doors shenanigans and secret deals
    that aren't openly disclaimed that really matter, not the ready
    for prime time PR BS.

    True transparency means full disclosure.
    Concerned In FL.
  • True transparency = full disclosure.

    I don't trust that any of the people in Washington have my best interest
    at heart.
    Concerned In FL.
    • Then move to... a place without a government

      All of them are essentially the same.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • No wonder he sucks .....

    I honestly can't believe that any president would waste his time on Tweeter. Even if it is just an aid pretending to be him, it is using tax payer money to just boost his ego and need for attention.

    A good president would spend his time working for the people .... not gossiping on Tweeter to feed his ego.
    wackoae
    • You're a fool

      How is spending 15-20 seconds every so often to
      type out a message wasting time that could be
      spent doing... well, I can't think of much that
      could be done in the time it takes to write a
      tweet.

      He could even do that during meals, during a
      car ride, or other such things that wouldn't
      waste the taxpayers' money. Or you can hop on
      the "Hate Obama" bandwagon to make yourself
      look cool.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • iPhone is pretentious

    If I did have an iPhone, I wouldn't be streaming White House updates. I think that the iPhone is a pretentious wast of money. We live in a time when being frugal is considered a good thing and in that note I would rather have my Straight Talk phone with unlimited everything for $45 per month than pay $150 per month to AT&T for a flashy phone loaded with unnecessary apps. I need unlimited calling because of my work so Straight Talk's unlimited package is necessary and it runs on Verizon's network nationwide which makes it the best value for money.
    Pat Ustice
    • all in the eye of the beholder

      The fact that YOU don't need an iPhone doesn't
      make it an overall waste of money. Some people
      might find great use in it, it might be worth it
      TO THEM.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • Really? It's Pretentious?

      [b]If I did have an iPhone, I wouldn't be streaming White House updates. [/b]

      And why not? Is it the content or are you just against streaming content to a mobile device in general? [b]
      I think that the iPhone is a pretentious wast of money. We live in a time when being frugal is considered a good thing and in that note I would rather have my Straight Talk phone with unlimited everything for $45 per month than pay $150 per month to AT&T for a flashy phone loaded with unnecessary apps.[/b]

      WHERE are you getting this $150/m figure anyhow? Looking at AT&T's website the unlimited nation wide talk is 70 bucks, the data plan is 30 bucks, and the unlimited text is 20 bucks so you are 30 bucks over... And that is assuming an unlimited voice and texting plan... My monthly bill for my iPhone is far less, but then again I am on a shared family plan that runs per month less than the unlimited plans I quoted... So in my case I AM being quite frugal. And as for "unnecessary apps"... most of my apps on my iPhone are quite necessary indeed - there is an app I use to track my blood sugar for instance which is very necessary to a diabetic. There is a navigation app (mapquest) that is on my iPhone that is quite necessary when I travel, an online banking app to keep track of my finances, an app that gives medical information in the event I am unable to, an app called Evernote which keeps notes accessible from the iPhone or online, a first aid app, an app I can use to read office docs, an app to read PDFs... the list goes on. They are not "unnecessary"... perhaps that phrasing as well as your entire post is a result of iPhone - or smartphone - envy? And out of all the apps on my iphone - both necessary and "time wasters" the majority of them were FREE... including all but 1 of the apps I listed above... pretty damned frugal, huh? But I guess to you that is still pretentious.[b]

      I need unlimited calling because of my work so Straight Talk's unlimited package is necessary and it runs on Verizon's network nationwide which makes it the best value for money. [/b]

      And the dropped calls don't concern you? In addition to my iPhone I also have a Blackberry Curve that I use for work - which work pays the monthly fee for - that is on the Verizon network and I drop 3-4 calls per day... But that is my experience, your experience may differ...

      You find the iPhone to be pretentious, I find your post to be pretentious.
      athynz
  • www.iphone-everything.com

    the first poster has a really bad outlook on life.
    I think that that app is such an EASY way to control the
    minds of the masses. Simple wording things a certain way
    and consistenly using certain themes can prime an desired
    outcome in attitude and induce desired actions. Its what
    marketers and sales people do all teh time only this time
    the gov aint selling us something..
    graffist448