Android apps

September 11, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free TED app for iPad, iPhone and Android offers users more than 1,000 talks from professionals around the world. Created by TED Conferences, the program includes a searchable library of presentations on everything from science to medicine, business and music. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Watch a full tour of the TED app here:

 

September 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

This portable stress management tool provides users with deep breathing techniques to promote mood stabilization and anxiety management. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the free Breathe2Relax app is available for both iOS and Android. Click below to see the app in action:

July 25, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the Defense Department could help military members and their families tackle the mental health challenges they face in everyday life. The free LifeArmor app, available for iOS and Android, covers a variety of behavior topics with information, assessments and videos of personal stories, and it develops coping skills through interactive exercises. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the program aims to assist members of the military community as they deal with common mental health concerns.

July 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever wanted to delve a little deeper into your smartphone? With the new Sensor Kinetics app, Android owners can test and monitor all the standard sensors available in their devices. From app developers to students, the app is useful for anyone curious about what goes on within their phone. It allows users to quickly see everything sensor-related, from how fast the accelerometer works to if a device has a gyroscope and how accurately it measures the rotation of angles. In addition, the app's help files include numerous experiments to test these features. The app's main screen lists all the device's sensors and related information, including manufacturer's data, measurement, rate, control and power consumption.

July 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Pulse News app for iPad and Android takes a visual twist on traditional RSS feeds. It provides all your content in one place with a focus on photographs to catch your eye, and it's one of the most popular news apps on the market. The app lets you select and share content you care about from thousands of top news sites, blogs and social networks. Collect your favorite stories using your Pulse account and then sync them to other apps and programs, such as Evernote and Instapaper.

June 26, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Keep tabs on astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at all times with the free ISSLive! app for iOS and Android. The program, developed by NASA, provides live streaming data on station position, internal environment, altitude, crew activities and more. In addition, the app includes a virtual Mission Control Center modeled after the facility in Houston, Texas. It also features educational lessons for students or science enthusiasts to interact with the live streaming data along with links to the five international partner space agencies' mission information. The app is part of the larger ISSLive!

June 19, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Air Force released an app that lists every event occurring at its participating United States bases. My Military Communities, or MyMC2, for Android and iOS devices features upcoming events and services along with contact information and important "quick call" buttons selected by the installation's commander. The 375th Communications Support Squadron Web application development team at Scott Air Force Base developed the app. The one-stop shop for military personnel consolidates event listings from organizational Facebook pages associated with each base. Currently, Scott Air Force Base, McConnell Air Force Base and Travis Air Force Base use the program.

June 12, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

In just a few short weeks, viewers around the globe will watch top athletes compete at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games in London. And the official Join In mobile app for the event takes spectating at home or in the stands to another level. The free pocket guide includes up-to-date listings for the sporting events and other cultural activities held in conjunction with the games. App users can create a personal viewing schedule based on their interests.

May 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new Android app from the U.S. Defense Department provides enjoyable activity suggestions to help service members returning from combat deployments improve their moods and overcome depression. Positive Activity Jackpot, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, taps into a type of behavioral therapy called "pleasant event scheduling." The app uses augmented reality and a smartphone's GPS to locate nearby pleasant activities and diversions. Making these daily plans can help a service member adjust to life at home after returning from a deployment with a structured daily schedule.

May 8, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free DCO Connect app allows U.S. Defense Department personnel and contractors to host and attend meetings from Android devices and tablets. The mobile initiative is an extension of the existing Defense Connect Online (DCO) program, launched in 2007 by Carahsoft Technology Corporation and Adobe to provide Adobe Connect Web conferencing and Cisco XMPP solutions. Currently, more than 650,000 users across the Defense Department use the system, which supports an average of 40 million Web conferencing minutes and 30 million chat messages per month.

April 24, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever stood in the aisle of a store contemplating whether or not you could find a better price somewhere else? The Smoopa app for iPhone and Android takes away the guesswork. Simply scan the barcode on the packaging of any item and enter in the price. The program then compares it to other prices in its database from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Drugstore.com and more. The more prices you enter, the more money you can save. The app rewards frequent users with a random chance to receive credits for each item scanned. These credits can be put toward gift cards, rebate checks or charitable donations.

March 20, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Giving gifts just got a whole lot easier. The Karma app for iPhone and Android helps you track meaningful events and instantly send personalized gifts to friends and family. Most people would probably admit to forgetting a birthday or graduation and scrambling to send a card or present at the last minute. But the Karma app connects with Facebook to notify you of any important dates coming up via text message, email or Facebook. Then, you simply select a gift from within the app, pick a card and hit send. No shipping address is needed to deliver the presents. The recipient fills in the information once they receive notification of the gift, and Karma takes care of shipping it out.

March 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Defense Department provides wounded warriors with a comprehensive mobile resource guide. The Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces is available for Android and iOS devices. The application allows service members and their families to access information at any time about benefits available to them upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious injury or illness. It includes resources for recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration, including chapters on medical care, Defense Department pay and allowances, the Disability Evaluation System and returning to civilian life.

February 28, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Channel surfing gets social. The free Peel app for iOS and Android makes personalized recommendations for TV shows based on your viewing history and what your friends are watching. The program, developed by Peel Technologies Incorporated, lets you sign in, find and follow your friends, and see their favorite shows. You can share what you're watching, give program recommendations, add comments to the discussion boards and see what others are viewing in real time. Like Pandora or Netflix, the app provides better suggestions for new shows as it learns more about your tastes and preferences. It also features a list of what shows are trending in the app.

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.

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 8, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free Skitch app from Evernote Corporation lets you annotate, edit and save your photos and scribbles. Draw over a picture with arrows, shapes and text, and then save your work or share it through other apps.

You can use the app to zoom and crop images; create lines and scribbles to explain an idea; add text; draw with a highlighter tool; edit and delete your work as you go; and share the content with any program that accepts images.

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