iPhone apps

February 22, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A series of free Army OneSource apps provide users with resources on the go. Developed by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the apps make it easy to find local services, manage money and stay up-to-date on the Army Family Action Plan. The Army OneSource Services Locator for the iPhone or iPad lets you enter a ZIP code or city and search for services grouped by category, including deployment support and employment assistance.

February 14, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Imagine taking Ivy League courses without stepping foot inside a classroom or paying a dime. Thanks to the iTunes U app, you can access thousands of free classes from universities and schools around the globe right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The free iTunes U app provides complete classes created and taught by leading instructors from institutions in 26 countries, including Stanford, Yale and MIT. The courses cover thousands of subjects from algebra to zoology, and app users have access to more than 500,000 free resources.

February 7, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit app for Android and iPhone serves as a quick reference for primary care providers working with patients experiencing a mild traumatic brain injury along with other co-occurring conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, chronic pain and substance abuse. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), the mobile app includes clinical practice guidelines and recommendations from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

January 31, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Get a new perspective on the world with the Layar app for iPhone and Android that displays real-time information over top of the image on your phone's camera. The free app uses your GPS location and augmented reality technology to discover information about the world around you and present it in "layers" on your smartphone. Choose from a catalog of more than 3,000 layers and experience the world in a new way. For example, if you're traveling to a country on business and looking for a restaurant, open the "Eat" layer and point the phone camera at the street in front of you. Various restaurant names and locations will pop up over the image. You can even see reviews in another layer.

January 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare for your next business trip with the click of a button. The Yelp app transforms your smartphone into a mobile tour guide by helping you locate the best places to visit. The free program lets you search for nearby businesses, and it includes quick links to find nearby bars, restaurants, gas stations and more. Browse reviews and find the best spots in your city. In addition, the app includes deals offered by local businesses. Use the program to enhance your knowledge of the neighborhood surrounding your next event. Get a sneak peak at San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter before the AFCEA/U.S.

January 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Clear away the coffee table clutter. The Dijit Universal Remote app transforms your iPhone, iPad or Android into a one-stop control for all the different media players and sound systems in your home. The program, developed by Dijit Media Incorporated, works together with Griffin Technology's Beacon, which acts as a bridge between your entertainment system and your smartphone or tablet. The Beacon is sold separately for iOS and Android, and it costs $69.99.

January 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Is your New Year's resolution to get your finances in order? If so, the Bills app for the iPhone or iPad could help you track and control how much you spend each month. The Bills app, developed by iBear LLC, allows you to set a monthly budget and mark due dates for bills and payments on a calendar. Then track and filter your bills using special boxes to show planned, overdue and paid expenses. The app is designed to look like a real office, complete with a projector, folders, drawers and a flip board reflecting all the features. In addition, the tool lets you export your financial plans and set up a PIN code to protect your information.

December 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to leave town for a holiday trip? Make sure you have everything you need with the Packing (+TO DO!) app for the iPhone or iPad. The program, developed by QuinnScape, allows you to create unlimited, customizable packing lists. You can edit your lists at any time and discover new ideas and suggestions for packing, including sample lists. Then simply go through and check off items as you go. In addition, you can estimate the total weight of your items to save any potential hassle at the airport and email your lists to family and friends. You also can import and export packing lists between devices (from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.).

December 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Looking for a way to spread holiday cheer? With the Donation Connection app for iPhone, giving back to your favorite charity is only a tap away. The program, developed by Rosetta Mobile, generates a list of all participating charities right on your mobile phone. Simply download the app, scroll through the list and tap your choice to donate. Whatever dollar amount you choose will be charged directly to your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. In addition, you can spread the word about your favorite cause using links to Facebook and Twitter. One tap can change the world.

December 6, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

'Tis the season for giving, and nothing marks the start of the holiday season like the sight of Salvation Army volunteers collecting funds in red kettles. And now, fundraising for the Salvation Army has never been easier. The free Online Red Kettle app for iPhone lets you take on your own mobile campaign and collect donations with the click of a button.

November 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Make sure you're prepared for the busiest shopping day of the year: November 25. Use the TGI Black Friday app for iPhone or Android to compare all the best deals with the click of a button. App users can view ads and deals from most major retailers, including Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Sears. In addition, the app sends push notifications of new ads as they appear. The app, created by Ecatcher Incorporated, contains more than 10,000 Black Friday deals across stores and categories, and users can create a personal shopping list to check off items as they go.

November 30, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service challenges users to see if they have what it takes to design the next generation of military aircraft. The Make It Fly app for the iPhone hit the Apple store in November and already has positive reviews. The free program lets you build and fly your own aircraft-from fighter jets to remotely piloted bombers. The program includes a series of nine mission objectives, and users choose from different wings, engines, weapons and fuselages to create the best plane. Pick the correct parts and fly on to the next mission.

November 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Launch or improve your small business with the SBA app for iPhone.

The program, developed by Palo Alto Software, helps users get free, personal, one-on-one help for starting or growing a small business. All of the advice comes from advisers associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

November 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Connect through the world of video with the free Shoutz app for iPhone and Android. The mobile-to-mobile video network allows users to share and watch 15-second video clips right from their phones. Users can engage with friends, family and fans with the new take on social networking. Simply record a quick message and share it with your followers through a one-on-one conversation, a group message or a public display for anyone to see. Users can also comment, rate and re-shout a video instantly. In addition, users can follow celebrities, musicians and sports stars and view their videos.

October 25, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Manage your money all from your Android or iPhone. The free Mint.com Personal Finance app brings together all your financial accounts, categorizes your transactions, tracks budgets and helps you achieve savings goals. The app allows you to see all your accounts in one place, including checking, savings, credit cards and retirement funds. Track spending by seeing how much money goes into each category, including rent, gas, fast food, entertainment, clothing and more. Mint can create a budget based on your actual spending, or you can create your own. In addition, you can receive alerts regarding budgets, bank fees, low balances, unusual activity and more.

October 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Forget about traditional cork boards and push pins. The new Pinterest app for iPhone lets you catalog and share your favorite things in one accessible place.

Pinterest is website where users set up virtual pinboards based on topics of interest. Categories for these boards include food and drink; travel and places; art and architecture; design; photography; apparel; humor; and more. Customize each board to suit your interests and pin images you find online. These images then link back to the original source.

In addition, you can follow and browse pinboards created by other people. Discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

October 11, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Secure your Google apps with 2-step verification. The Google Authenticator app allows users enrolled in 2-step verification to add an extra layer of security to their Google Apps account by requiring a verification code in addition to username and password. The app lets you generate 2-step verification codes on a smartphone without a network connection. Features include automatic setup via QR code; support for multiple accounts; and support for multiple languages.

September 27, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Stay informed on the latest U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) information, news and events with this new app for iPhone. The free U.S. Army Europe app connects people around the globe by offering important information from the USAREUR website in an accessible mobile format, says Kevin Downey, U.S. Army Europe webmaster and creator of the app. In the click of a button, you can learn about the USAREUR's mission; stay up-to-date on news from its social media sites; receive information on its leadership; locate units and bases around Europe; and explore fact sheets and historical information.

September 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

You may have heard the recommendation that each person should list one emergency contact in his or her phone under the acronym ICE (in case of emergency). But two apps take that advice to the next level: the ICE app for Android from Appventive and the ICE app for iPhone from Minute Apps LLC. The ICE apps allow you to store all your important emergency contact information in one location that first responders can easily access. Record vital information, such as blood type, date of birth, allergies, doctor's information and any medications you're taking. You can also program in multiple emergency contact numbers.

September 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app helps visitors find the burial locations for family, friends and loved ones at Arlington National Cemetery. It can identify the location of a specific gravesite using first, last and/or middle name as well as date of birth or death. Developed by Segue Technologies Incorporated, the app displays the grave location and a map to assist with navigation to the site using information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It aims to improve the experience for those visiting the cemetery to pay tribute.

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