Cool App-titude

April 16, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

America's Army iPad Android appThe America's Army comics from the U.S. Army, designed to highlight the reality of being a soldier, are now available for the iPad and Android tablets. The free app features the first two issues of the comics, which follow the saga of courageous U.S. soldiers deployed to the fictional war torn region of Czervenia.

Readers can enjoy the story through animated panels, authentic sound effects and musical scores.

April 9, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Networking with individuals in your area just got easier with the free CanWeNetwork app for iOS and Android. The program uses geospatial technology and a powerful matching engine to recommend people nearby who you may want to connect with for professional networking and business opportunities.

CanWeNetwork is built on top of the LinkedIn platform, and its recommendation engine uses multiple data sources to identify strong matches among users. Connections are based on location, skillset, experience, shared interests and personality traits.

April 2, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Do you find yourself constantly scrambling for a sticky note or a scrap of paper to jot down reminders or ideas? Now, Android users can quickly capture what's on their minds with the free Google Keep app. It lets you write down ideas on the go, and you can even add a checklist, a voice memo or a photo.

Notes created with the app are stored securely in the cloud and are accessible through Google Drive. Items created with Google Keep will sync to all your devices.

March 26, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Interested in pursuing a career with the U.S. State Department? The department's Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment released a free app in March, which educates aspiring Foreign Service candidates and others interested in diplomatic careers.

DOSCareers, available for both Android and iOS, includes career path descriptions; videos of employees in specific career tracks; sample questions from the Foreign Service Officer Tests; an overview of the hiring process; and free study resources, among other materials.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 20, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

We’ve probably all had the experience of calling a business and getting trapped in a maze of automated voice prompts—frantically dialing 0 and yelling into the phone that you want to speak with a human being. Well, those days could be over.

Customer service just got easier thanks to the TalkTo app for iOS and Android. Forget picking up the phone to call a company. With this app, you can simply text any business for information, appointments, reservations or whatever you may need.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.