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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.

Cool App-titude: Urgent Care

January 22, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Flu season is in full swing, and the minute the symptoms hit, many of us hop online to check out the latest information. Now, an interactive app goes one step further, providing health news and access to medical professionals right on your iPhone.

The Urgent Care app by GreatCall Incorporated lets users check their symptoms, peruse a consumer-friendly medical dictionary and even contact a registered nurse for advice at any time, day or night.

While the app itself is free, contacting a nurse will cost $3.99 per call; if needed, a doctor will call back within 30 minutes.

Services are available in both English and Spanish.

Anyone with a medical emergency should immediately seek help or medical attention; however, this app can provide fast resources for anyone with non-urgent symptoms or questions about their health.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store. The Android version is expected later this month.

Would you use an app to seek out information about your symptoms? Let us know in the comments.

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Cool App-titude: Readability

January 15, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Want to surf your favorite sites without all the clutter? The free Readability app for iOS and Android turns any website into a clean view.

Readability automatically changes sites into a simple, one-column view for easy reading. You can even save a webpage to your computer or smartphone, and the article will be available for you later whether you are online or offline.

Customize the reading view by setting the type size, contrast and margins.

Once you're done reading, share the article with friends through Facebook, Twitter or email; mark it as a favorite; or archive it. Then, use the Top Reads list to quickly find another interesting article.

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: Soulver

January 8, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Do you ever find yourself jotting down quick calculations on a piece of scrap paper or the back of an envelope? The Soulver app for iOS devices gives you a new way to crunch numbers on the go.

The program, developed by Acqualia, lets you do quick calculations without needing a traditional calculator. With the app, you simply type out your problem and see the answer as you write. You can use words alongside the numbers to make sense of specific scenarios.

In short, you can work with numbers the way you think them. For example, type in a problem like: This year my electric bill is $620 - 10% discount. Soulver will produce the answer as you go.

In addition to instant calculations as you type, the app provides a large keyboard designed for quick math; currrency conversions; easy percentages; all standard math functions; and the ability to save your work, sync it to your computer, share files or send data as emails.

Purchase the app for $2.99 from the iTunes App Store for the iPhone or the iPad.

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Cool App-titude: TravelNerd

December 11, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to travel this holiday season? You're probably already anticipating the long lines, stressful crowds and extra expenses along the way. But the free Airports by TravelNerd app for the iPhone could help you navigate your trip more smoothly.

The free app, launched this month, aims to make your travel experience seamless and more enjoyable. It includes everything from detailed airport maps to information on ground transportation and parking.

It features airport information for more than 50 of the most popular airports across the globe. In addition, the program has more than 200 terminal maps; Wi-Fi availability and pricing details; hours and locations for airport restaurants and shops; parking options and prices; and family-friendly amenities.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: Topi

December 4, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Networking during a major conference can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. The free Topi app for iOS and Android makes it easier to quickly connect.

The app helps conference attendees identify and meet like-minded peers. Browse through people, chat in topic-based rooms, start private group conversations and more.

The more information you share with the app, the more groups and networking opportunities it can suggest. Log in with Facebook, and the app can connect you with friends and create dedicated chatrooms for events.

Anyone organizing a conference can access the Topi website and set up the event within the app. Attendees and users simply download the 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: TalkTo

November 20, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

We’ve probably all had the experience of calling a business and getting trapped in a maze of automated voice prompts—frantically dialing 0 and yelling into the phone that you want to speak with a human being. Well, those days could be over.

Customer service just got easier thanks to the TalkTo app for iOS and Android. Forget picking up the phone to call a company. With this app, you can simply text any business for information, appointments, reservations or whatever you may need.

Simply type in the name of a company you want to contact, from stores to restaurants, salons and hotels. Then send a text message just like you would to chat with a friend. The app delivers the message and ensures that you receive a text response.

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: Sidecastr

November 13, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

Thanks to Twitter, watching your favorite TV show can be a social experience. Thousands of celebrities, cast members and fans now tweet during episodes of popular shows, and a new iPad app gathers all that commentary in one place.

The Sidecastr app is a free service that captures tweets, comments and conversations posted during live broadcasts. It then filters out the best commentary and presents it in a visual timeline with screen shots from the show.

Whether you're watching a show live or catching up after the fact, the app lets you in on the conversation.

The app automatically detects what you're watching in order to play the live-captured tweets. You can organize your timeline by adding or customizing the sources of content. The app filters the tweets to eliminate spam and redundancy, and super fans help to curate the comments, giving you the highlights.

Currently, the app collects tweets for a variety of popular shows, including the Walking Dead, Glee and the Voice. It also includes special broadcast events.

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: NowThis News

November 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The NowThis News app delivers original video segments straight to your iOS device. Get the latest on topics ranging from politics to technology in these informative, timely clips. In addition to traditional news stories, the app also includes humorous takes on current events.

The app is universal and works across the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Simply open the app, browse through the categories, watch full-screen clips and share your favorites through Facebook, Twitter and email.

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 websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Cool App-titude: MightyText

October 16, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Forgot your phone at home? You can still send texts and see who calls you with instant notifications on your computer screen. The free MightyText app for Android lets you send and receive SMS text messages from your computer or tablet using your phone number.

The program forwards text messages over the phone’s data connection to the MightyText servers. A browser extension then produces the message on the computer or tablet screen. Then, you simply type a reply into your browser and select a contact from your list, and the app sends it in real time. The goal is for the messages to stay fully in sync with your phone’s SMS.

MightyText is free, and it does not add any additional fees to what your carrier charges you. However, the messages route through the phone, so standard SMS fees from your carrier still apply.

Currently, the app has more than 11,000 reviews in Google Play for an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Download it here.

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.

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