As the ad says, there are at least 90,000 applications for the iPhone! Like what. you ask? A wide range of things, ranging from basic essentials (such as the app that lists all the world’s cat breeds) to more esoteric ones – like the one that connects you with the King (Elvis Presley), or the one that lets you use your iPhone to blow out your birthday candles!
Looking beyond such lighthearted uses for the technology, the mayor of Boston, MA has launched “Citizens Connect,” an app that lets Bostonians report city infrastructure issues (potholes, broken lighting, and a variety of other problems, depending on the neighborhood). The app can even send photos and GPS coordinates to accompany complaints. The app was developed at a cost of $25,000 U.S. Asked why it was created, mayor Thomas Menino explains that the goal is to get more citizens involved in keeping Boston running smoothly.