Cool App-titude

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.

April 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Defense Department is seeking creative app ideas that provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning tools. The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, a research and development office within the department, is heading up the challenge. From April 2 to June 4, 2012, interested participants can submit innovative ideas for better incorporating mobile devices into education, particularly regarding STEM efforts in grades K-12.

March 27, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Soldiers now can purchase 12 mobile training apps from the newly launched Army Software Marketplace. The apps, developed through the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative, are approved for Army-wide use and available at www.marketplace.army.mil. Currently, the store supports publicly facing apps on personal iOS devices. However, once fully implemented, the marketplace will deliver Web-based and downloadable programs for all approved devices.

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 13, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Want to take your work on the road? The CloudOn app lets you access Microsoft Office from your iPad. The free app integrates with virtual versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint hosted in the cloud. Simply connect to the Internet and the program lets you create, view and edit files. It also integrates with Dropbox so that you can save files right to your workspace. With CloudOn, you have the ability to rename, delete and manage documents in your Dropbox account; track changes while reviewing Word documents; display animation and transitions in PowerPoint presentations; open files directly from email; and automatically save documents, among others.

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 22, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A series of free Army OneSource apps provide users with resources on the go. Developed by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the apps make it easy to find local services, manage money and stay up-to-date on the Army Family Action Plan. The Army OneSource Services Locator for the iPhone or iPad lets you enter a ZIP code or city and search for services grouped by category, including deployment support and employment assistance.

February 14, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Imagine taking Ivy League courses without stepping foot inside a classroom or paying a dime. Thanks to the iTunes U app, you can access thousands of free classes from universities and schools around the globe right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The free iTunes U app provides complete classes created and taught by leading instructors from institutions in 26 countries, including Stanford, Yale and MIT. The courses cover thousands of subjects from algebra to zoology, and app users have access to more than 500,000 free resources.

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.

January 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Is your New Year's resolution to get your finances in order? If so, the Bills app for the iPhone or iPad could help you track and control how much you spend each month. The Bills app, developed by iBear LLC, allows you to set a monthly budget and mark due dates for bills and payments on a calendar. Then track and filter your bills using special boxes to show planned, overdue and paid expenses. The app is designed to look like a real office, complete with a projector, folders, drawers and a flip board reflecting all the features. In addition, the tool lets you export your financial plans and set up a PIN code to protect your information.

December 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to leave town for a holiday trip? Make sure you have everything you need with the Packing (+TO DO!) app for the iPhone or iPad. The program, developed by QuinnScape, allows you to create unlimited, customizable packing lists. You can edit your lists at any time and discover new ideas and suggestions for packing, including sample lists. Then simply go through and check off items as you go. In addition, you can estimate the total weight of your items to save any potential hassle at the airport and email your lists to family and friends. You also can import and export packing lists between devices (from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.).

December 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Looking for a way to spread holiday cheer? With the Donation Connection app for iPhone, giving back to your favorite charity is only a tap away. The program, developed by Rosetta Mobile, generates a list of all participating charities right on your mobile phone. Simply download the app, scroll through the list and tap your choice to donate. Whatever dollar amount you choose will be charged directly to your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. In addition, you can spread the word about your favorite cause using links to Facebook and Twitter. One tap can change the world.

December 6, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

'Tis the season for giving, and nothing marks the start of the holiday season like the sight of Salvation Army volunteers collecting funds in red kettles. And now, fundraising for the Salvation Army has never been easier. The free Online Red Kettle app for iPhone lets you take on your own mobile campaign and collect donations with the click of a button.

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 30, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service challenges users to see if they have what it takes to design the next generation of military aircraft. The Make It Fly app for the iPhone hit the Apple store in November and already has positive reviews. The free program lets you build and fly your own aircraft-from fighter jets to remotely piloted bombers. The program includes a series of nine mission objectives, and users choose from different wings, engines, weapons and fuselages to create the best plane. Pick the correct parts and fly on to the next mission.

November 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Connect through the world of video with the free Shoutz app for iPhone and Android. The mobile-to-mobile video network allows users to share and watch 15-second video clips right from their phones. Users can engage with friends, family and fans with the new take on social networking. Simply record a quick message and share it with your followers through a one-on-one conversation, a group message or a public display for anyone to see. Users can also comment, rate and re-shout a video instantly. In addition, users can follow celebrities, musicians and sports stars and view their videos.

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