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Cool App-titude: Military Discounters

April 30, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free Military Discounters app helps you find places with military discounts in your immediate area right on your Android or iOS device. Whether you're active duty, reserves, a veteran or even a military family member, the program finds real-time deals near you.

It's a location-based app, so it uses your phone's GPS to locate nearby deals. Each icon on the map can be selected for more details, including the business name, location, contact information and the discount offered. If you're interested, simply click the address for directions and head that way.

No membership is required for the app, and anyone may search for the deals. Military Discounters personally verifies that all deals listed are legitimate.

Download the program 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: America's Army Comics

April 16, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

America's Army iPad Android appThe America's Army comics from the U.S. Army, designed to highlight the reality of being a soldier, are now available for the iPad and Android tablets. The free app features the first two issues of the comics, which follow the saga of courageous U.S. soldiers deployed to the fictional war torn region of Czervenia.

Readers can enjoy the story through animated panels, authentic sound effects and musical scores.

The app was developed by the same team that created the successful America's Army PC game—the Software Engineering Directorate of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. While the America's Army game is more than a decade old, the app is a relatively new offering and will continue to be updated with new issues and features.

"Comic books and the Army have been around for a long time," Marsha Berry, Army Game Studio public game director, explains. Both the game and the comic include the latest Army technology and emphasize that there is more to being a soldier than just guns.

Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Googly 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: CanWeNetwork

April 9, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Networking with individuals in your area just got easier with the free CanWeNetwork app for iOS and Android. The program uses geospatial technology and a powerful matching engine to recommend people nearby who you may want to connect with for professional networking and business opportunities.

CanWeNetwork is built on top of the LinkedIn platform, and its recommendation engine uses multiple data sources to identify strong matches among users. Connections are based on location, skillset, experience, shared interests and personality traits.

"The app uses the power of big data and mobile technology to see and capture actionable opportunities that without CanWeNetwork would simply pass you by unknown," explained James Sinclair, vice president of CanWe Studios, in a company press release.

The app is now available in 10 languages in more than 100 countries.

Download CanWeNetwork from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. You can also watch a video about how the app works.

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: Google Keep

April 2, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Do you find yourself constantly scrambling for a sticky note or a scrap of paper to jot down reminders or ideas? Now, Android users can quickly capture what's on their minds with the free Google Keep app. It lets you write down ideas on the go, and you can even add a checklist, a voice memo or a photo.

Notes created with the app are stored securely in the cloud and are accessible through Google Drive. Items created with Google Keep will sync to all your devices.

Driving in the car or just too busy to type? Simply speak the note and the app will transcribe the voice memo. Color coding is available to help you find notes again later, and when you're finished, just archive it or delete it with a swipe of your finger.

Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: DOSCareers

March 26, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Interested in pursuing a career with the U.S. State Department? The department's Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment released a free app in March, which educates aspiring Foreign Service candidates and others interested in diplomatic careers.

DOSCareers, available for both Android and iOS, includes career path descriptions; videos of employees in specific career tracks; sample questions from the Foreign Service Officer Tests; an overview of the hiring process; and free study resources, among other materials.

The State Department created the app to reach potential candidates with diverse backgrounds across the United States.

Details on the app are available at careers.state.gov/doscareers. Download the free app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

U.S. citizenship is required for State Department careers.

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: Moves for iPhone

March 12, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Whether it's a Nike+ FuelBand, a Fitbit or just a traditional pedometer, more and more people are tracking their movements and fitness goals throughout the day. But keeping tabs on your activity level doesn't have to be complicated or expensive with the free Moves app for the iPhone.

The app, which runs in the background on your smartphone, automatically tracks the number of steps you take per day along with when and where you drive or bike. Then, you can scroll back through the days or weeks to see your progress.

Its sleek design helps you visualize your day by presenting data in a timeline format with your daily steps and any stops you made along the way. You can also see the paths you took on a map.

While the continued use of GPS on your phone can decrease battery life, the app creator ProtoGeo says it has taken that into consideration and is continuously working to minimize battery consumption.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

Do you use any apps to track your fitness goals?

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Cool App-titude: Google Authenticator

February 26, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Attacks on private email accounts are on the rise, but a simple added security layer could help keep your personal messages safe from hackers. Gmail account holders can download the Google Authenticator app for iOS or Android, which generates a numeric code for users to enter in addition to their passwords.

How does this help? It drastically reduces the risk of having your personal information stolen, because someone would need access to both your password and your phone to sign into your account.

With 2-step verification, you will sign into your email as usual using your password. You will then be prompted to enter a code, which will be generated by the Google Authenticator app. Simply input the code and access your emails. A new code will be generated each time.

If you're using a trusted computer, you can then check a box asking Google not to require a code again when you sign into that particular machine. Gmail will still ask for the code if you or anyone else tries to sign into your account from another computer.

The app can still send a verification code even if you don't have an Internet connection or mobile service.

Download the free 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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: Feedly

February 19, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Surfing the Web can be a pain on a smartphone or tablet, but the Feedly app helps you organize all your favorite blogs, news sites and YouTube channels in one convenient place.

The RSS news reader app from DevHD is a fast and stylish way to read and share content from sites. It transforms websites, making them easy to load and browse on a mobile device.

You can save articles across devices and share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and more.

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

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: Quora

February 12, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Ask any question, and you shall receive an answer, thanks to the free Quora app. The social question-and-answer service lets you get real replies from people with first hand experience. It puts the power of crowdsourcing in the palm of your hand—opening up inquires to a large community to find the best answer.

Simply add or browse any question and find the answer from other knowledgeable users. Then vote on the best response or blog post on the topic. For example, post a question about the best restaurant for brunch in Washington, D.C., and watch answers come in from people in the area.

The popular app has become known for its high-quality participants offering true expert opinions.

The app is only for English-language content at this time, and Quora asks everyone to use their real full names to promote transparency.

Download the free 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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: AFCEA Source Book

February 5, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

AFCEA members and SIGNAL subscribers now can access the Source Book on the go. The app provides mobile access to the directory, which includes names, locations, contact information and descriptions for more than 2,000 AFCEA corporate members.

Search capabilities and linked email and Web addresses enable users to tap into their association resources quickly right from smartphones and tablets. The app also includes descriptions and contact information about the worldwide AFCEA chapter system.

The app is free; however, you need a current AFCEA membership or SIGNAL subscriber account number and password to access the issue. To join AFCEA, visit http://www.afcea.org/membership.

For more information, visit SIGNAL’s Source Book app information page.

Follow these links to download the app: iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android.

When visiting new websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

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