Cool App-titude

March 25, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The America's Economy app from the U.S. Census Bureau provides real-time updates for 20 key economic indicators to track trends and changes.

March 18, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The earthquake that hit Los Angeles this week gave many on the West Coast a rude awakening. The free Earthquake app by the American Red Cross provides step-by-step instructions for what to do before, during and after an earthquake, even if the power is out or you don't have data connectivity.

March 4, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

For those working in academia, finding the best way to annotate, manage and share papers can be complicated. The PaperShip app for iPad and iPhone targets the scientific community and makes it easier to download, read and manage a personal library of research.

February 25, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Like it or not, the act of taking a photo "selfie" has become a prominent part of the digital age. Oxford Dictionaries made selfie its 2013 word of the year, and even President Obama has been caught with his arm outstretched taking a photo with a smartphone. Since the selfie phenomenon isn't going anywhere, why not make it even easier?

February 18, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

If you travel frequently for business or for pleasure, chances are you're earning some kind of rewards—from frequent flyer miles to hotel and credit card points. But are you tracking all these loyalty programs and getting the most from your memberships?

February 11, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Want to learn a new language or brush up on skills you learned in the past? The free Duolingo app turns language lessons into fun, interactive challenges. Tackle Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian or English.

February 4, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Thanks to a handful of helpful apps, Olympic fans can follow their favorite athletes even when they're on the go.

January 28, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

A lot of websites and apps offer weather predictions, but what if you could get a much more detailed forecast? The Dark Sky app for iPhone and iPad, which got its start as a Kickstarter project back in November 2011, predicts rain and storms down to the minute based on your exact location.

January 14, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Bring your text messages to life. This new app turns words into videos using exclusive stock video from the Getty Images library. Just compose a text message, and the app selects related clips from the Getty content library and creates a preview. Then, tweak the preview by adjusting the font, adding a soundtrack or adding your own video clips from your device.

January 7, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Tap into the power of OpenStreetMap on your iPhone. OpenStreetMap is a free wiki world map, where anyone can contribute by editing and adding tags or creating places.

December 31, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Do you travel frequently for business? The free Concur app could help you manage all your travel-related plans and expenses.

December 17, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Two things often come to mind around the holidays: giving gifts and kicking it into gear with resolutions for the new year. Want an easy way to combine both? The free Charity Miles app for iOS and Android lets you earn money and raise awareness for charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, by walking, running or biking. Get fit and give back at the same time!

December 3, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Want to learn more about your mobile broadband performance while helping the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) securely map data from across the United States? The free FCC Speed Test app for Android accurately measures and tracks mobile broadband performance over time.

November 26, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

With the holiday season underway, spending (or saving) money is more important than ever for many consumers. The new BillGuard app for iOS helps you stay on top of spending habits by providing analytics, smart savings alerts and protection against fraud and billing errors.

November 19, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
Keynote app for iPad and iPhone

You don't have to be tied to a desk to prepare for an upcoming presentation. The Keynote app for iPad and iPhone makes it easy to create a slide deck complete with animation, charts, images and more.

November 12, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Failing to meet a goal can sting—especially with the Beeminder app for iOS and Android. It tracks your progress toward a goal and makes you literally pay the price if you go off track. The first offense is free, but after that, you'll pay every time you derail.

November 5, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

As voters across the U.S. head to the polls, it's easier than ever to keep up with news and analysis on your iPhone or iPad. The Politics Today app uses an algorithm to create a custom content viewing experience.

October 29, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

A new way to discover and watch videos on your iPad or iPhone. The free Rockpack app makes it easy to create, share and follow video playlists called "packs." Add your favorite videos and make packs based on your interests or follow packs from your friends and other users.

October 22, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

It's one of the first word processors made with mobile devices in mind. The free Quip app for the iPhone and iPad lets you create documents on the go while collaborating with others through the chat feature.

October 15, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

See the world from a different perspective with the free Seene app for iOS. Photo apps for the iPhone are a dime a dozen these days, but this app lets you capture 3-D photos of the world around you.

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