The federal government has embraced mobile applications with enthusiasm, creating dozens of iPhone and Android smartphone apps. More recently, agencies have begun developing iPad apps. These 10 stand out for their visual appeal and functionality.
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Some of the government's iPad apps have been built in collaboration with other organizations. The Smithsonian Institution worked with Columbia University and the University of Maryland to develop Leafsnap, a field guide to American trees. Leafsnap's coolest feature is visual recognition that analyzes photos of leaves taken with the iPad and matches them up with images in its database. The field guide includes photos of leaves, bark, seeds, flowers, and fruit.
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