The military is trying to build smartphone apps for waging war

See the original posting on The Verge

Big, beautiful touchscreens, apps as far as the eye can see, and ubiquitous LTE may be commonplace for many of us civilians, but when you work under the bureaucracy of the US military it sounds like the far-off future. DARPA is working to change that with its own multi-year program, called Transformative Apps (or TransApp), that’s worked to bring many of the benefits of smartphones — as well as an inventive startup atmosphere — to the military.

Gizmodo got a first-hand look at some of the work DARPA’s doing for the project; there are lots of Samsung devices running heavily customized versions of Android and a wild array of apps made for waging war. Apparently there are apps to help snipers calculate their shots, encyclopedias of weapon…

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