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Cool App-titude: Pocket

October 1, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

With the click of a button, we can DVR our favorite show and watch it later at our convenience.

Cool App-titude: Military Traveler

September 24, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Do you need an all-in-one source for military base information? The free Military Traveler app for Android and iOS provides a portable directory with contact information for establishments on military installations across the United States.

The app includes phone numbers, hours of operations and website links for establishments at more than 250 bases, including the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, and 29 USOs. Look up a base using the search feature to access its full directory. You also can browse through a world map or save a location to your favorites for easy access. Military Traveler includes banks and ATMs, child development centers, barber and beauty shops, gas stations, commissaries and more.

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

 

Want to know more? Watch the Military Traveler video below:

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Cool App-titude: Call Dibs

September 17, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

In the military community, moving is often a part of life, and that includes buying and selling items along the way. The free Call Dibs app makes that process easier by providing a convenient space for active duty, Reserve, Guard, veterans, U.S. Defense Department civilians and their families to offload or find goods.

An alternative to sites like Craigslist, Call Dibs focuses exclusively on the military community to add a layer of trust and a sense of security to the process.

Use the app to post items quickly from your phone, browse listings by others, and send and receive messages. You must have a .mil email address to be validated as a military user.

Download the app from the iTunes App Store or participate through the Call Dibs website.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: MapMyRide and AFCEA Cycle for STEM

September 3, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Are you a cycling enthusiast? Whether you compete in races or just peddle around the neighborhood with your family, the MapMyRide app will help you make the most of your cycling experience.

The free app turns your smartphone into a cycling computer, using the built-in GPS to track your fitness activities. It records your ride details, including speed, distance, calories burned, elevation and the route traveled on an interactive map. Voice prompts can update you on your progress as you go. Feeling competitive? Compete against results from other riders on popular rides in your area. You can even post your workouts to Facebook and Twitter.

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

Several cyclists from AFCEA International headquarters currently are using the app to prepare for the upcoming AFCEA Cycle for STEM event. On Monday, October 7, a team of 20 cyclists will leave Pittsburgh to begin a six day, 335 mile ride to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for AFCEA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. Visit the website to learn how to become a sponsor of this event, or email Sean McGowan and Terry Rogers to learn more about joining the team or volunteering.

The MapMyRide app sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: Pounce

August 27, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

 

From a print advertisement to an online purchase in one click, a new iOS app lets you pounce on products from your favorite brands. The free Pounce app uses image recognition to let users scan an item from newspapers or magazines. It securely stores shipping and billing information to automate the buying process. Just scan a product and click "Buy Now." The processing, packing and shipping are done directly from the retailer just like with a regular online purchase.

The app will recognize products from any retail partners, which currently include Target, Staples, Toys "R" Us and Ace Hardware, among others.

According to the app's FAQ page, developers are "working hard to make Pounce available for Android users soon."

Download the app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: SugarSync

August 20, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

 

Looking for an easy way to sync your data across your devices and computer? Need mobile backup for your files, photos, videos and music? The free SugarSync mobile app gives you access to all your data from your smartphone or tablet.

With the app, you can access any files from your computer, share privately with select people, upload from your mobile device to your computer and edit documents. Send files remotely from your phone or tablet even if your computer is off.

SugarSync has mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices. The app is free with 5 GB and the option of an in-app purchase of $49.99 for 30 GB.

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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.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

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.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

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.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

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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