Election fever: 6 mobile apps that can keep you informed

By Johanna Ambrosio, Barbara Krasnoff, Tracy Mayor, Valerie Potter, Computerworld |  Software, mobile apps

If you're in a contrary mood, you can list statements by their ratings (for example, all those that have been rated Pants on Fire, which is a lot of fun). You can also look at the Truth-O-Meter, which shows the general rating of your favorite (or least favorite) politicians on a continuum from green (True) to black (Pants on Fire). You can click into each to see the person's percentage of statements that come under each rating, and click into those for lists of statements. And you can search for statements on various subjects as well.

The PolitiFact app has a few additional features as well. There's the Promises screen that checks how many of President Obama's campaign promises have been carried out as opposed to those of the GOP leadership in Congress. There are also a few extra fact checks; for example, of some of the ads that ran during the Florida primaries. And the Flip-O-Meter lets you know who has flip-flopped on various issues.

PolitiFact isn't a perfect app; for example, sometimes it takes a few too many clicks to get back to the home screen, and it doesn't have all the information that's available on the Web site (such as the ability to check statements made during specific state primaries). And it's not free; the app costs $1.99.

Bottom line

Nevertheless, this is a great fact-checking resource that should come in very handy as the primary season winds its way into the general election. PolitiFact is an app that I'm definitely keeping on my smartphone.

--Barbara Krasnoff

USA Election 2012

Kurt Sparks

Price: $0.99

OS reviewed: iOS

Other OSes: None

USA Election 2012 doesn't quite live up to its claim of giving you "all the information you'll need to make an informed decision about who to vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election," but that doesn't mean it's not interesting and fun to use.

The app gathers an array of data to keep you up to date on the election, including the latest results from polls and primaries, fundraising totals and sources, and election news from a handful of media outlets on both the left and right, including ABC News, Fox News and MSNBC.

Because USA Election 2012 pulls in information from a variety of sources, some sections are more current than others. For example, fundraising stats and summaries come from the New York Times, which releases quarterly updates -- so the figures shown through late January were dated Sept. 30. (The numbers have since been updated with the campaigns' official totals from Dec. 31.)


Originally published on Computerworld |  Click here to read the original story.
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