Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

Summary: From Washington to Obama, David Gewirtz honors some of our favorite U.S. Presidents with some moderately inappropriate iPhone and Android apps.

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  • And then there's Abe Lincoln. Honest Abe. Our first Republican president (which, when you think about it, kind of boggles the mind). He was a country lawyer, a debater (I wonder what he would have made of our current crop of incessant, sometimes idiotic Republican debates), and the author of the Gettysburg address.

    Because it took many of us quite a long time to figure out how what a score was, and how to calculate four of them, I present one of my favorite apps, WolframAlpha, which calculates "four score and seven" in many different and surprising ways.

  • I've always liked Teddy. He was a big dude, a New Yorker, a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and trust buster. He was not a big fan of big corporations and they weren't particularly thrilled with him. For an app honoring Teddy Roosevelt, I first thought about a naval battle sim, because he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. But then, I realized, he's also the namesake for Teddy Bears. And again, I could have taken the easy way out. I could have found you a Teddy Bear wallpaper app or a Teddy Bear maker app. But no. I wanted to bring to you the true spirit of President's Day (rampant, twisted commercialism), and so I bring you Battle Bears: Zombies. See? I got your back.

  • Next up, I could have skipped William Howard Taft and brought you to Woodrow Wilson. After all, Wilson helped found the League of Nations (and was from New Jersey, to boot). But instead, I selected William Howard Taft, another full-bodied president. Now, why did I select him for this august gallery, you ask? Hah! It seems Taft is one of the people credited for originating the 7th inning stretch. And you know what that means, don't you? Yep, a baseball app. MLB.com at Bat 11 is a pretty decent app (especially since it's free), with an absolutely terrible name. Kind of like William Howard Taft.

Topics: Apps, Android, iPhone, Mobile OS, Security, Smartphones

About

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

    Did a fine job of avoiding some of the more controversial flamebait with the Bush and Obama recommendations. But I can pretty much guarantee, some people will flame away anyways -_-.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

    Did you seriously compare John Quincy Adams with George W Bush. one major difference I have to point out, John Quincy Adams speaks several languages while George Dubbya can barely speak English.
    Poz83
    • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

      @SamPoz
      Like George W. Bush (born July 6), J.Q. Adams was a Cancer (born July 11).

      Probably UNlike George W. Bush, J.Q. was forced by his parents to grow up fast. He was an eye witness to the battle of Lexington at the age of 8 and was a foreign ambassador for the youthful United States while in his youthful 20s.
      sissy sue
  • Cute, now get back to work.

    By the way, I rather like Zack Whittaker's blogs. He most likely knows more about the Constitution than most of us Yanks! (If he ever comes ashore, he deserves a royal tour of the White House)!
    recurvebowyer
  • When I think Kennedy, I think NASA

    While the Cuban Missile Crisis was important in his tenure, when I think of the lasting contributions Kennedy made, I always think of his "We shall go to the Moon" speech which launched the US Space program. Rather than Cuban cooking, I'd offer the NASA App. (Rocket Science? Yes, there's an app for that.)

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/iphone/index.html
    JJMach