Inspired by the Independent Lens film As Goes Janesville, the BizVizz app serves as the transmedia component of the documentary, enlightening users how specific companies behave when it comes to corporate and social responsibility.
There’s a scene in As Goes Janesville (airing tonight on Independent Lens), towards the end, where the city council votes to approve a $9 million incentive package for Shine Medical Technologies. Shine is a startup looking for a town in which to set up their medical isotope operation and, like many companies, it is compelling cities to compete with offers. Though Janesville is desperate for jobs after losing their GM plant, $9 million is 20% of their budget. This is the scene that inspired BizVizz, our corporate accountability app.
Companies claim to be job creators and to contribute to our economy, but how do we judge their claims? BizVizz makes their records visible by putting the metrics of corporate citizenship in the hands of ordinary people. Allowing you to see shareable tax data, jobs data, and other financial information hidden in regulatory documents, BizVizz turns you into a smart, conscious consumer.
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The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an appfor $9.99. But it won’t help you win at Angry Birds.
While Albert Einstein’s genius isn’t included, an exclusive iPad application launched Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who’s curious also can get a look.
A switch away from Google’s mapping data in favor of Apple’s own in-house solution is imminent, according to a report by 9to5Mac. Citing “trusted sources,” the site says the Maps application for iOS will be done “completely in-house,” mapping data and all, thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies over the last couple of years. Apple’s deal to use Google’s Mapping data is also said to be expiring soon, opening the door for Apple to begin experimenting with its own technologies.
An interesting new iOS app launched today called Whale Alert. Though it’s available for anyone, the iPhone/iPad app is intended primarily for use by workers in the shipping and maritime industry. It “combines science and technology to help save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing threats of collisions with large ships along the East Coast of North America.”
We’ve just released MapBox for iPad 1.2, a free app that lets you use your own KML and GeoRSS data on custom maps on the iPad. The new release has a number of improvements to the app’s overall behavior and performance, chief among these being much better KML overlay support, as we’re constantly improving our KML parser for iOS.