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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cool App-titude: Passbook

October 9, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

Lighten up your wallet or key ring with the new Passbook app for iOS, which allows users to store coupons, loyalty cards, movie tickets, boarding passes and more.

Passbook acts as a virtual wallet, storing important information, such as tickets and gift cards, and translating it into scannable cards or tickets in the app.

You can add “passes” to Passbook through apps, emails and websites from participating companies. So far, businesses such as Gap, Target, Walgreens, Sephora, Starbucks and Fandango have signed on to use Passbook, and the list is growing. Simply scan your iPhone or iPod Touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie and redeem a coupon.

The app comes pre-installed on the iPhone 5, and it also comes as part of the latest software update for existing iOS users.

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Cool App-titude: PollTracker

October 2, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

Election day will be here before we know it, and the free PollTracker app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad puts the latest data in the palm of your hand.

PollTracker, created by TPM Media, provides tools to track the 2012 election in real time and presents the results in a graphic interface. From the presidency to seats in Congress, the app content covers every race.

Top features include: a curated list of the latest polls in the nation’s most heated races; swing state averages; breakdowns of key voting blocks; candidate information; historical charting of the race; a search function; and push notifications for new polls.

Forbes named it one of the “5 Essential Mobile Apps for Election Season.”

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

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Cool App-titude: Sesame Street for Military Families

September 18, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free Sesame Street for Military Families app gives service members and their loved ones the resources they need to handle challenging situations, such as deployments and homecomings. The program, developed by Sesame Street for the iPhone and iPad, features videos, articles and parent guides in both English and Spanish. Download it from the iTunes App Store. An Android version is expected in the coming weeks.

Watch a tour of the app here:

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Cool App-titude: TED

September 11, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free TED app for iPad, iPhone and Android offers users more than 1,000 talks from professionals around the world. Created by TED Conferences, the program includes a searchable library of presentations on everything from science to medicine, business and music. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Watch a full tour of the TED app here:

 

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Cool App-titude: Breathe2Relax

September 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

This portable stress management tool provides users with deep breathing techniques to promote mood stabilization and anxiety management. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the free Breathe2Relax app is available for both iOS and Android. Click below to see the app in action:

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Cool App-titude: Military and Money

August 21, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app helps service members and their families take control of their personal finances with videos, articles and interactive tools. It covers financial situations ranging from deployment to retirement and purchasing a home.

Cool App-titude: Camera Awesome

August 14, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

You don't need a professional camera to snap and share high-quality photos with family and friends thanks to the free Camera Awesome app for iOS, which ranks as the number one photography app in 55 countries.

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