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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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