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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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Cool App-titude: WhatsApp Messenger

May 7, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Ranked by Apple this month as one of the top-selling paid iPhone apps of all time, WhatsApp Messenger lets users instantly send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes and videos at no cost without using SMS. In addition to the iPhone, the app is available for Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones.

The cross-platform messaging app uses your phone's Internet data plan to help you stay in touch with friends. Create groups and start conversations with all your contacts. Planning a vacation? There is no cost to send WhatsApp messages internationally as long as your contacts download WhatsApp Messenger as well.

Visit the WhatsApp website for links to download the app for your mobile phone.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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