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Cool App-titude: Shakespeare

January 5, 2010
By Katie Packard

It's almost time for students to head back to school. Don't contribute to the insignificance of human learning by failing to understand Shakespeare. Use the free Shakespeare app for access to the literary genius' complete works. The application features the full text of all 40 plays as well as the Bard's six poems and 154 sonnets.

Cool App-titude: Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook

December 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

If a recipe has more than three ingredients or doesn't require a can opener, I'm lost. Kitchen savvy I'm not, but I do like to eat, so I have to learn some cooking skills to keep my stomach happy. The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook can help hungry folks like me learn to create edible, even tasty, recipes.

Cool App-titude: Santa Apps

December 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

I like to think I'm young at heart. That's why I still get excited when it snows and why a part of me still believes in Santa. In fact, I think I saw Santa (without his red suit) eating at Cracker Barrel the other day. (Does Santa travel without his elves?) Thanks to a few apps that connect kids with the jolly guy, parents can help their children keep on believing in Santa a little bit longer.

New Intelligence Technology Blog

December 21, 2009
By Katie Packard

AFCEA's Intelligence Department has launched yet another blog. This one focuses on how technology can (or should) be used by intelligence professionals. Bob Gourley serves as the man behind the mask--er, blog.

Cool App-titude: IMDb

December 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

I am obsessed with the Internet Movie Database, also known as IMDb. I probably visit the site at least once a day. My favorite thing to do is look up quotes from and trivia about my favorite movies and TV shows, like The Office. With the free IMDb app for iPhones and iPod Touch, fans like me can get their trivia fix any time.

Cool App-titude: Apps for Credit Card Payments

December 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

A friend of mine recently bought an iPhone. She's a small business owner, and one of the first apps she has looked into buying is one that lets her take credit card payments through her phone. Previously, she could only accept cash or check payments, so this app will help make her business more customer friendly. There are several apps to choose from, two of which I've featured below.

Games and Maps and Music--Oh My!

December 2, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

As the iPhone continues to increase in fame and popularity, the applications to fill up the device are growing in number and diversity. Whether people are looking for utility or nonsense, the options are almost endless. Featured here are some offbeat iPhone applications and their Web sites as well as sites to learn more about available offerings and what people are using. And just in case the applications seem overwhelming, one Web site offers an organization solution.

NORAD's On the Hunt for Santa

December 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

I can't believe that it's December already and-judging by the parking lot at the shopping center across the street-that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Ready or not, the holidays are here, and along with them is a fun holiday tradition: the NORAD Tracks Santa program.

A Rose By Any Other Name

December 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

Does the term "social media" turn people off from the power of these collaborative tools? Christopher Dorobek suggests so in this month's Incoming column, "The War on Social Media."

Cool App-titude: Apps for Buying Wine

December 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

It's the holidays-time to build up that stash of generic gifts for parties, both business and personal. A bottle of wine is always a nice gesture, unless-like me-you know nothing about wine. The following applications can help make navigating the world of wine a bit easier.


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