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App store offers productivity apps and move for government workers

App stores are huge right now with the 800-pound gorilla and most well known app store being from Apple. Apps are typically associated with smartphones and are small software applications that extend the functionality of devices.

Apps are also making their way into the corporate and government computing world with cloud computing becoming more of the norm thanks to its savings for IT staff, power, and cost to buy. The U.S. government has announced that it has now launched its own app store for government users.

Google will be a big provider of applications in the government app store and The New York Times reports that Google will offer all the applications to the government users that it offers to other businesses, including its productivity apps to replace Microsoft Word.

A blog post on the official White House website states that the government spends over $75 billion annually on IT services for all sorts of tasks from monitoring our borders to protecting the environment. The blog post announced that the new Apps.gov website was open and has the goal of lowering IT costs, which is part of Obama's initiative to make government cost less.

Google reports that it will launch a parallel and dedicated cloud computing system for the government exclusively to allow for security of the sensitive and confidential documents that are produced by government workers. The parallel environment will run alongside the existing enterprise cloud environment that Google already operates reports eWeek.

Google's Matt Glotzbach said, "The goal is to meet the unique requirements and policies that the government has. That being said, it will still be cloud computing in its truest form—a multitenant cloud."

According to Glotzbach, many city governments are already using Google Docs for word processing and many other government entities are in various stages of rolling out Google Apps for workers. Google isn’t alone if welcoming the new government app store; Amazon is also counting the government among its cloud customers.



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RE: Yeah...
RE: Yeah...
By cruisin3style on 9/16/2009 10:42:36 PM , Rating: 1
that said, everyone is responsible for the current situation. I don't care who is in office, but they damn well better fix things because we are literally going bankrupt at the current rate.

Thing is...how, looking at this past data (and obama's current spending), can we know who to put in office to get us out?

The only way to fix our current financial problems are to cut spending and/or increase taxes.

And get consumers to spend shitloads of taxable money, but that's America. It'll just take time.

Personally i'm for both spending cuts (i'm pro military and think the wars are both worth fighting but can you say "defense, anyone?") and tax increases. Granted i'm not low income but if we can just accept a slightly less grandiose lifestyle for a while, we'll be MUCH better off in the long run.


RE: Yeah...
By joshuaheard on 9/17/2009 9:10:12 AM , Rating: 2
Congress is responsible for the budget deficit/surplus, not the president or his administration. If you look at your graphs, the only surpluses occurred under Republican control of Congress.

Even if you accept that Republicans are responsible for all the past deficits, Obama's deficit is larger *than all other presidents combined*.

But, I guess you will find a way to blame Republicans for that, too.


RE: Yeah...
By cruisin3style on 9/17/2009 12:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
your reasoning is faulty because, for instance, Obama has his health care reform he wants to get through that will cost what $1 trillion over 10 years or whatever it is. So i guess congress is responsible for that too.

So congress is not responsible for all deficits and surpluses.

And no, Obama's deficit is absolutely NOT larger than all other presidents combined. I am assuming you mean the 1.8 trillion or whatever it is supposed to be, but maybe you mean the projected deficit for his entire 4 year term. In either case, G W Bush started in 2000 with a deficit of 5.X trillion and ended in 2008 with 9.X trillion. Add that Bush pushed the 800 billion financial bailout through, which falls into Obama's 2009 deficit and I think we see where the chips fall.

Fail @ counting


RE: Yeah...
By cruisin3style on 9/17/2009 12:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
which, btw i will go ahead and blame on republican's pro-war and -defense spending. Otherwise, the school systems might have taught you better


RE: Yeah...
By SignoR on 9/17/2009 12:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
W held a red congress for 6 years... Although Clinton had the distinct privilege of presiding over a good bit of Greenspan's 2001 stock market bubble. Then W got the short straw and it popped. However being the "glorious free-marketer" that he was he had Greenspan and then later Ben Bernanke inflate himself a new bubble called housing. Where once again Obama finds himself holding an even shorter straw. Only this time he cant re-inflate a bubble that was hit by a shotgun and not a sewing needle.


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