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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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U.S. Army Announces Multiple Award Contract Valued at $7 Billion

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Nexagen Networks Inc., Marlboro, N.J.; Adams Communication and Engineering Technology Inc., Waldorf, Md.; AASKI Technology Inc., Asbury Park, N.J.; Banc 3 Inc., Princeton, N.J.; Data Tactics Corp., McLean, Va.; Rivera Consulting Group Inc., Sellersburg, Ind.; Bowhead Systems Management Inc., Alexandria, Va.; and Blue Canopy Group LLC, Reston, Va.; were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple-award contract with a maximum value of $7 billion to procure software and systems engineering services in support of the Army's Software Engineering Center. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Longbow to Support Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $39,026,852 modification, to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign-military-sales contract, for the procurement of mast mounted assemblies; fire controls radars; and peculiar ground support equipment. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $333,348,252. This contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin to Provide Sonar System

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $29,384,800 modification to previously awarded contract for fiscal 2013 Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) production. The contract provides funding for the development and production of the A-RCI and common acoustics processing for technology insertion 12 through technology insertion 14 for the U.S. Navy submarine fleet. A-RCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of commercial off the shelf- based hardware and software. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Procures Oracle Enterprise License

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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DLT Solutions, Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $8,772,000 firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement for the Department of the Navy (DON) Oracle enterprise license agreement to provide DON personnel license for use and maintenance of a wide variety of Oracle software products. This contract includes six options, which if exercised, would bring the total amount of the contract to $227 million over five years. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing to Modify Phantom Eye Prototype Aircraft

June 7, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Boeing Co., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $6,820,626 modification, to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract make modifications to accommodate instruments and payloads on Boeing’s existing experimental Phantom Eye prototype aircraft and gather, analyze, and report flight test data to characterize potential payload environments. The modification increases the total contract value from $2,213,873 to $9,034,499. The Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting activity. 

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