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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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Boeing Subsidiary Provides Ship Situational Awareness

January 4, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Boeing will continue helping improve situational awareness for U.S. Navy surface combat ships under a $46 million exercised option of its Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) Increment F contract. The funding, to Boeing subsidiary Argon ST, covers seven systems over 18 months, representing the third lot of full-rate production units. Argon has delivered a combined total of more than 80 SSEE systems since 2000. Increment F improves on the E’s antennas, signal acquisition, and direction finding, facilitating increased data collection and better identification of potential threats.

Argon ST Continues Providing Torpedo Defense System

January 4, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Under a newly exercised option for the AN/SLQ- 25C system contract, Boeing subsidiary Argon ST, Fairfax, Va., will continue to supply U.S. Navy surface ships with countermeasures that lure torpedoes away by mimicking a vessel’s propulsion system. The $8 million option covers production and delivery of eight new AN/SLQ-25C systems—commonly called Nixie—under the Navy’s Surface Ship Torpedo Defense program. An electro-acoustic towed decoy system, Nixie can communicate with its host ship’s network for a fully integrated defense capability.

Small Firms to Compete for $1.42 Billion in DISN Funds

January 4, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Global Information Grid Services Management - Engineering, Transition and Implementation; Digital Management Inc., Bethesda, Md.; Onyx-Technica Joint Venture, Columbia, Md.; NES Associates LLC, Alexandria, Va.; Cambridge International Systems Inc., Arlington, Va.; TurningPoint-EMW Joint Venture LLC, Rockville, Md.; By Light Professional IT Services Inc. Arlington, Va.; and IPKeys Technologies LLC, Stafford, Va., were recently awarded, a multiple indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for worldwide support necessary to carry out required engineering, transition, implementation, integration; connection approval and IT service management activities, in support of existing and future Defense Information System Network (DISN) networking capabilities. Performance will predominantly be within the continental United States; however, support services are also required at multiple overseas locations. The period of performance includes a base period of two years, one two-year option period and one one-year option period for a total period of five years. The estimated contract ceiling value for the two-year base period of this action is $568 million. Furthermore, $1.42 billion is the sum total ceiling value for all seven GSM-ETI contracts, which cannot be exceeded over the life of the potential five years. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity.

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