Cool App-titude

October 15, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

See the world from a different perspective with the free Seene app for iOS. Photo apps for the iPhone are a dime a dozen these days, but this app lets you capture 3-D photos of the world around you.

Seene captures the depth and shape information of whatever you photograph, allowing you to tilt your phone and see different angles.

Use the app to take unlimited 3-D photos, share them on Twitter and Facebook, and interact with other Seene users. Just point your phone at a subject and move around it. The app builds the 3-D scene automatically.

October 8, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Achieving health and fitness goals can be tough, particularly in a busy workplace. But the Keas corporate wellness program makes getting healthy fun, social and mobile.

Through the service, employees form small teams of up to six people with similar health-related goals, and they collaborate to achieve them—working together, motivating one another and earning virtual points in the process. These points can translate into real prizes from the employer. For example, an HR department could use the program to create a goal related to the flu shot and offer rewards to those who participate.

October 1, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

With the click of a button, we can DVR our favorite show and watch it later at our convenience. But is the same thing possible on the Web? With the free Pocket app for iPhone, iPad and Android, you can easily save articles, videos or websites that you want to view later.

The app syncs across your phone, tablet and computer, so you can view it on any device, even without an Internet connection. You can even save content from more than 300 apps, including Twitter and Flipboard.

Anything you Pocket shows up in an easy-to-view layout to improve readability.

September 24, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Do you need an all-in-one source for military base information? The free Military Traveler app for Android and iOS provides a portable directory with contact information for establishments on military installations across the United States.

September 17, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

In the military community, moving is often a part of life, and that includes buying and selling items along the way. The free Call Dibs app makes that process easier by providing a convenient space for active duty, Reserve, Guard, veterans, U.S. Defense Department civilians and their families to offload or find goods.

An alternative to sites like Craigslist, Call Dibs focuses exclusively on the military community to add a layer of trust and a sense of security to the process.

Use the app to post items quickly from your phone, browse listings by others, and send and receive messages. You must have a .mil email address to be validated as a military user.

September 3, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Are you a cycling enthusiast? Whether you compete in races or just peddle around the neighborhood with your family, the MapMyRide app will help you make the most of your cycling experience.

The free app turns your smartphone into a cycling computer, using the built-in GPS to track your fitness activities. It records your ride details, including speed, distance, calories burned, elevation and the route traveled on an interactive map. Voice prompts can update you on your progress as you go. Feeling competitive? Compete against results from other riders on popular rides in your area. You can even post your workouts to Facebook and Twitter.

August 27, 2013
By Rachel Lilly


From a print advertisement to an online purchase in one click, a new iOS app lets you pounce on products from your favorite brands. The free Pounce app uses image recognition to let users scan an item from newspapers or magazines. It securely stores shipping and billing information to automate the buying process. Just scan a product and click "Buy Now." The processing, packing and shipping are done directly from the retailer just like with a regular online purchase.

The app will recognize products from any retail partners, which currently include Target, Staples, Toys "R" Us and Ace Hardware, among others.

August 20, 2013
By Rachel Lilly


Looking for an easy way to sync your data across your devices and computer? Need mobile backup for your files, photos, videos and music? The free SugarSync mobile app gives you access to all your data from your smartphone or tablet.

With the app, you can access any files from your computer, share privately with select people, upload from your mobile device to your computer and edit documents. Send files remotely from your phone or tablet even if your computer is off.

August 13, 2013
By Rachel Lilly


The new hōrd app for iPhone is "opening up the world of government contracting." Developed by GovTribe Incorporated, the app lets users subscribe to and track project solicitations on the go. Search for federal contracting notices and awards or a contractor's name and receive alerts when information is updated.

Information is pushed to the app in real time, letting users evaluate opportunities and keep tabs on competitors. Navigate new opportunities, gain intel and see what's popular among other users.

July 23, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Got spare Android power to share? The BOINC app lets you donate spare processing power to run jobs for scientific research projects, from a search for more effective AIDS therapies to the discovery of new pulsars. BOINC computes when your device is plugged in and charging and transfers data over Wi-Fi, so it will not run down your battery or take up data.

Created by researchers at the University of California Berkeley, the BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) program has been harnessing donated desktop computing power since 2002. With the new app, they hope to use smartphone and tablet power too.

July 16, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Great news for history buffs—the HISTORY channel now has an app for iPad, iPhone and Android with access to full episodes and clips from popular shows, including Vikings, American Pickers, The Men Who Built America and The Bible.

In addition, the app lets you create a customized Watchlist of your favorite shows and view exclusive clips not shown on television. It also features a topics section with clips on categories of history.

A cable subscription is not required to use the app, however, Comcast and DIRECTV subscribers can log in for access to even more content. Streaming is only available in the United States.

July 9, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Summer vacations are in full swing for many, and the Stow app for iPhone can make packing much easier. Whether you're planning for a business trip, a camping excursion or even just a busy day at the office, the app helps you pick the right template and make a packing list.

The smart travel app includes helpful features such as the "pack for weather" setting that adjusts the list of options based on what you'll need for the conditions. It also lets you share the list for multi-person trips; add and remove items with one swipe; schedule trips up to a year in advance; and email or print your lists.

July 2, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Did you ever want to start your own radio show? Have you ever considered putting together a podcast? The Mixlr app for iPhone makes it easy to broadcast live and interact with listeners in real time.

The free app lets you create your own radio station; DJ live to your friends; host news reports; start your own live podcast; and more. Even if you're not interested in broadcasting, the app serves as a way to find new and original content from other users. Simply search through the thousands of broadcasts, which include everything from music to sports, and find what fits your interests.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.