iPhone apps

August 23, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Know before you go: this free iPhone app from the U.S. State Department gives travelers easy access to official country information across the globe. Access travel alerts and warnings, maps, embassy locations and more in the click of a button. The Smart Traveler app allows you to create personal itineraries, add notes and organize your trips. It makes safety priority one for people headed overseas by including alerts and warnings; safety and security procedures; information on recent crimes; crime penalties; and entry and exit requirements.

August 16, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Turn your smartphone into a scanner with the Droid Scan Pro app for Android and the DocScanner app for iPhone or Android. The Droid Scan Pro app for Android, developed by Trans-code Design, converts any snapshot into a high quality JPEG or PDF by fixing geometry, contrast and color. Use the app to scan in business cards, full-page documents, receipts and more. It also includes a built-in scan gallery to create multi-page documents and ZIP files.

August 2, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Dragon Dictation app for iPhone and iPad and the FlexT9 app for Android let you speak and instantly see your words transcribed into text or email messages. These voice recognition programs, developed by Nuance Communications Incorporated, create messages five times faster than typing on a keyboard. Simply hit record and speak your message, then watch as the app instantly transforms your voice into text using the Dragon Naturally Speaking tool.

July 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare your family for the challenges of deployment with this comprehensive iPhone app-free for a limited time. The Soldier/Family Deployment Handbook app provides resources to help soldiers and their loved ones make it through difficult situations, including unique information for those in the National Guard or Reserve.

July 12, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Turn your smartphone into an extension of your brain. The free Evernote app helps you remember anything and everything using notes, snapshots and recordings. Plus, you can instantly synchronize your information to your Mac or Windows desktop. Use the app to create text, photo and audio notes that can be easily searched or marked as "Favorite" for quick access. Each reminder also includes geolocation information for mapping and search. Put your ideas and inspiration all in one place.

July 5, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app for iPhone and iPad helps soldiers set personal goals and become more resilient in overcoming challenges. Created by a team at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Signal Center of Excellence, the Resiliency App provides a mobile version of the U.S. Army's Resilience Goals Book [PDF download] under the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. The app allows users to set goals within their personal beliefs and set up e-reminders to stay on track. In addition, soldiers can email supervisors directly with details on their progress.

June 28, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Get all your medical information on the go with the free mPHR app for iPhone. Developed by CTSI Incorporated, the program gives you instant access to mobile personal health records, including test results, medical history, medications, allergies and immunizations. In addition to viewing records, the app allows you to program reminders and directions for your next appointment, refill a prescription, set alerts for medication and update your doctors and other health care professionals instantly. You can also use the medication manager to avoid duplicate prescriptions and adverse reactions to multiple pills.

June 21, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Ditch your video and digital cameras in favor of the free Mobli app for iPhone. The program allows you to instantly upload images and movies to specific channels to share them with friends and family.

Developed by Mobli Media Incorporated, the app helps you upload pictures and videos from your iPhone within seconds. Similar to Twitter, you create an account that friends and other users can "follow." Your account can be kept open to the public or private for select groups.

June 14, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

An official app from the U.S. Air Force helps candidates prepare for basic military training. The free Fundamentals app for iPhone has tips and information from the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) for current or future active duty airmen. The physical training section of the app features menus for warm-up and cool-down sessions plus instructional videos on proper form for push-ups, sit-ups, running and pull-ups. Other videos teach exercises designed to rapidly improve muscular strength, and the app has a tracking tool for users to record their progress.

June 7, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This military-style countdown calendar helps you keep track of important events and keep others in the loop. How many days have passed since you were deployed? How many hours remain until you can head back home? Find all the information you need in a click on your smartphone. The Short Timer app for iPhone and Android allows you to program in important dates and events and watch the days tick away. It is ideal for enlisted personnel to monitor milestones and share information with friends and family. Users can simply send automatic updates to loved ones using built-in Twitter and Facebook broadcasts.

May 31, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Make the most of your layover with the free GateGuru app for frequent travelers. Forget endlessly searching through airports for a good cup of coffee or a clean restroom-the GateGuru app for iPhone and iPad makes it all manageable. Developed by Mobility Apps LLC, the app contains searchable directories for more than 120 airports in the United States and abroad. It can help you find an ATM, a coffee shop and the best place to eat when you're stuck between flights. The app allows you to view travel itineraries; view and post security wait times; and see a list of airport food, shops and services. Select locations include more than 20,000 reviews, tips and pictures from fellow travelers.

May 24, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The SCVNGR app for iPhone and Android challenges users to go to new places and earn points, and its growing client list includes the U.S. Navy. SCVNGER is a game with a simple objective: go places, do challenges, earn points. Players unlock badges and rewards and share what they're doing with friends. The app allows users to check-in to locations, snap pictures, scan QR codes and complete activities. In addition, players can earn points by bumping phones with their friends. The app is free and can be easily played at your own pace. Rewards include free food, like ice cream and pizza, and discounted items and services.

May 17, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app helps you squeeze more out of your data plan and shrink your bills. Save up to 80 percent, understand your data usage, see how much each app requires and get more connectivity at no extra cost.

Described as a "must-have app" by TechCrunch.com, the Onavo app uses compression technology to route data through cloud servers and compress it before it reaches the device or carrier. The app, developed by Onavo Mobile Limited, is ideal for travelers using expensive data plans on business or personal trips.

May 10, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army Accessions Command launched the Army Strong Stories app for iPhone along with a mobile website as part of its blogging and storytelling initiative. Army Strong Stories is a program from the command, which is dedicated to sharing blogs and videos created by soldiers, family members, friends and supporters. Soldiers of every rank and background can share their perspective on daily life in the military and chronicle their experiences from basic combat training to serving overseas. The blog is also open to cadets, veterans and Army-contracted civilians.

April 12, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Instantly send free voice messages to friends and family with the HeyTell app without using your minutes. The HeyTell app for the Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad combines the convenience of a text message with the voice component of a phone call. Users simply select a contact and record a message, and the user on the other end will receive a notification that they have a message waiting for them. It can provide a safe alternative to sending text messages in the car. The app, developed by Voxilate Incorporated, sends voice messages that are faster than a text with very low data usage-no more than sending an email.

March 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Business on the move-instantly accept credit cards with the Square app for iPhone. Forget about operating bulky registers, counting coins or writing checks. The Square app, developed by Square Inc., allows individuals and businesses to accept credit card payments using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Every app user receives a free Square credit card reader in the mail that attaches to their smartphone to process the transactions. It doesn't require a contract, monthly fee or merchant account. The app tracks sales, tips, tax and sends electronic receipts.

March 8, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army's updated Social Media Handbook is now available on the iPhone. The Army's Online and Social Media Division teamed up with the Sustainment Center of Excellence Mobile Team of the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, to build and test and app in early February. Users can use the app to search for information related to social media best practices, branding, case studies, frequently asked questions and policies. The program includes Defense Department guidance about the responsible and effective use of Internet capabilities.

February 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Save interesting articles on your computer and read them later on your iPhone, even if you don't have Internet access. The Instapaper app, developed by Marco Arment, lets you bookmark any article, blog or story on the Web. Once the page is marked, it is saved into the app. You can then access and read it at any time, even if you're offline. Use it to mark long articles and blog posts you find during the day but don't have time to read. Simply flag the post on your computer using the Read Later bookmark, and access it on your smart phone at any time. The app downloads a text-only version of each page and uses ideal formatting to make the selections more readable.

February 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

A free travel app for iPhone lets you locate Wi-Fi in more than 465,000 locations in 140 countries worldwide. The Wi-Fi Finder app from JiWire Incorporated can find free or paid Wi-Fi so you can stay connected on the road. Using the Global Positioning System function on your iPhone or iPod Touch, the finder will tell you where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is and how to get there. You can narrow down the Wi-Fi locations by provider, such as Comcast, or by location type. Choose between restaurants, hotels and more and receive a phone number and directions to the area.

February 8, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The IntoNow app for iPhone can instantly identify any TV show. Just tap a button when a show is playing, and the program will identify the show and episode; provide all the data and links associated with it; and help you share what you're watching on Twitter and Facebook.

It will also show what your friends are watching and which shows are popular at a particular point in time. Use the app to identify any TV show from the last five years; see information on future airings; receive notifications when your friends are watching the same episode or show; and comment on what others are viewing.

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