National Japanese broadcaster NHK launched a free English-language iOS app to bring in live, streamed coverage of the disaster.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has also launched a person-finding app that can be accessed via Web or on the mobile Web and lets users search for a person by name to confirm if they are safe or if anyone else has information about them. People abroad can also use the app to receive status updates from people in the danger zone to determine that they are safe. At press time, the database had already grown to 7,200 records.
As with past disasters, those who wish to donate also have several mobile options, including text messaging. Mobile phone users can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. (See Mobile Haiti Relief Surpasses $33M.)
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile