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Cool App-titude: hōrd

August 13, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

 

The new hōrd app for iPhone is "opening up the world of government contracting." Developed by GovTribe Incorporated, the app lets users subscribe to and track project solicitations on the go. Search for federal contracting notices and awards or a contractor's name and receive alerts when information is updated.

Information is pushed to the app in real time, letting users evaluate opportunities and keep tabs on competitors. Navigate new opportunities, gain intel and see what's popular among other users.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: BOINC

July 23, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Got spare Android power to share? The BOINC app lets you donate spare processing power to run jobs for scientific research projects, from a search for more effective AIDS therapies to the discovery of new pulsars. BOINC computes when your device is plugged in and charging and transfers data over Wi-Fi, so it will not run down your battery or take up data.

Created by researchers at the University of California Berkeley, the BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) program has been harnessing donated desktop computing power since 2002. With the new app, they hope to use smartphone and tablet power too.

Users can specify which project they would like to support.

Download the Android app from Google Play and the Kindle Fire tablet app from the Amazon Appstore.

According to the FAQ page for the app, there are "some technical and legal barriers to doing volunteer computing on iPhones," but it could be possible in the future.

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Cool App-titude: HISTORY

July 16, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Great news for history buffs—the HISTORY channel now has an app for iPad, iPhone and Android with access to full episodes and clips from popular shows, including Vikings, American Pickers, The Men Who Built America and The Bible.

In addition, the app lets you create a customized Watchlist of your favorite shows and view exclusive clips not shown on television. It also features a topics section with clips on categories of history.

A cable subscription is not required to use the app, however, Comcast and DIRECTV subscribers can log in for access to even more content. Streaming is only available in the United States.

Download the HISTORY app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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Cool App-titude: Stow

July 9, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Summer vacations are in full swing for many, and the Stow app for iPhone can make packing much easier. Whether you're planning for a business trip, a camping excursion or even just a busy day at the office, the app helps you pick the right template and make a packing list.

The smart travel app includes helpful features such as the "pack for weather" setting that adjusts the list of options based on what you'll need for the conditions. It also lets you share the list for multi-person trips; add and remove items with one swipe; schedule trips up to a year in advance; and email or print your lists.

Even if you're just running out the door for work, you can save a "morning routine" template to make sure you never forget anything important.

You can purchase the app for $1.99 from the iTunes App Store.

What is your favorite travel app?

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Cool App-titude: Mixlr for iPhone

July 2, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Did you ever want to start your own radio show? Have you ever considered putting together a podcast? The Mixlr app for iPhone makes it easy to broadcast live and interact with listeners in real time.

The free app lets you create your own radio station; DJ live to your friends; host news reports; start your own live podcast; and more. Even if you're not interested in broadcasting, the app serves as a way to find new and original content from other users. Simply search through the thousands of broadcasts, which include everything from music to sports, and find what fits your interests.

You can broadcast using 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. The app also allows you to export saved broadcasts to SoundCloud, Mixcloud or Dropbox.

Download the app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: Book Crawler

June 18, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Whether you’re a collector, a teacher, a student or even just an avid reader, the Book Crawler app for iPhone helps you make the most of your personal library collection.

Book Crawler is a book database that allows you to quickly and accurately upload your book collection in one place using the ISBN barcode scanner or a manual search. Whenever you enter a new book, the app provides the title, author, publisher, cover art, summaries, reviews and local library location/availability.

Share and discuss books with friends, locate the latest release from your favorite author, or sort and search through your current collection. You can add more than 10,000 book entries.

In addition, the app lets you purchase books through iBooks.

Purchase the app for $1.99 from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: Instructables

June 25, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Need a place to explore, document and share your outrageous inventions or creations? The Instructables app for iOS and Android has more than 100,000 tutorials, from useful do-it-yourself projects to recipes and new technologies. It is a home for creative minds around the globe.

The idea for Instructables was born at the MIT Media Lab, where the future founders of the app's creator Squid Labs searched for a place to share their projects and connect with others. Instructables was officially spun out of Squid Labs in 2006 and has continued to grow exponentially.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to get inspired.

Watch the video below to see what it’s all about.

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Cool App-titude: Slooh Space Camera for iPad

June 11, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Tap into your inner astronomer with the Slooh Space Camera for the iPad. Learn more about space while you watch live celestial programming in true color and listen to Sky Guide audio.

Slooh manages a network of robotic space cameras in world class observing sites, like the Canary Islands, located high up in the mountains away from light pollution and bad weather systems. App users can image the night sky by commanding one of the cameras and taking a photo stamped with the date, time and observatory information.

The Slooh sky chart shows an accurate depiction of the sky as seen from your present location and time.

In addition, Slooh produces free, live celestial shows on a weekly basis covering all types of activity, including solar flares, asteroids, eclipses and planets.

The app is free, but it costs $1.99 per “mission” to snap photos. Download the app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: Rosetta Stone Navigator

June 4, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Whether you're brushing up on a new language for an upcoming vacation or just want to practice your language skills, the free Rosetta Stone Navigator apps for iOS can help.

The apps, which include a phrase book and free lessons for four different languages, are designed to give you the basics. Learn phrases to meet people, dine out, stay in hotels, use transportation, get directions and tell time. It even has speech-recognition technology and advanced features to tell you if you're pronouncing a phrase correctly.

It's all the essentials you need to succeed on your next trip.

Download the free app for Spanish, Italian, French or German.

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Cool App-titude: MyMilitaryLife

May 21, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

The National Military Family Association recently launched the MyMilitaryLife app for Android and iPhone, which offers military families resources to help them through the different stages of life.

MyMilitaryLife is free and takes users through 10 "Life Paths," including having a baby; reintegration; transitioning out of the military; spouse education and employment; deployment; and moving, among others. The app also includes custom to-do lists, due date reminders, tailored resources based on service branch, location and needs, and push notifications to keep users in the loop.

The National Military Family Association is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening and protecting the families of men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Watch the video below for a demo of the app.

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