Cool App-titude

April 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app provides information and tools for veterans and service members suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD Coach is ideal for tracking symptoms, handling stress and finding help even when you're on the go. The app gives users information about professional care, commonly asked questions about the disorder and tips to manage stress in daily life. PTSD Coach allows users to personalize their mobile experience with contacts, photos and music. According to developers, the app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not.

April 12, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Instantly send free voice messages to friends and family with the HeyTell app without using your minutes. The HeyTell app for the Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad combines the convenience of a text message with the voice component of a phone call. Users simply select a contact and record a message, and the user on the other end will receive a notification that they have a message waiting for them. It can provide a safe alternative to sending text messages in the car. The app, developed by Voxilate Incorporated, sends voice messages that are faster than a text with very low data usage-no more than sending an email.

March 29, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Try before you buy. The new Amazon Appstore gives Android users a chance to test drive apps in a browser window before deciding to pay or download. Launched last week, the Amazon Appstore provides an alternative to Google's open Android Market, which accepts any apps without a formal review. Amazon will examine and evaluate all the programs before making them available and will also control and adjust pricing.

March 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Business on the move-instantly accept credit cards with the Square app for iPhone. Forget about operating bulky registers, counting coins or writing checks. The Square app, developed by Square Inc., allows individuals and businesses to accept credit card payments using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Every app user receives a free Square credit card reader in the mail that attaches to their smartphone to process the transactions. It doesn't require a contract, monthly fee or merchant account. The app tracks sales, tips, tax and sends electronic receipts.

March 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Show your military pride with a series of free Android apps that provide smart phone wallpaper for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Each app includes 10 images taken by U.S. Defense Department photographers. Individual programs exist for each branch of service, and they can all be downloaded for free courtesy of MilitaryAirfare.us with developer BaxBox Innovative Products. Download the Navy Wallpaper app for photos of aircraft carriers and other scenes from naval life.

March 8, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army's updated Social Media Handbook is now available on the iPhone. The Army's Online and Social Media Division teamed up with the Sustainment Center of Excellence Mobile Team of the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, to build and test and app in early February. Users can use the app to search for information related to social media best practices, branding, case studies, frequently asked questions and policies. The program includes Defense Department guidance about the responsible and effective use of Internet capabilities.

February 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Save interesting articles on your computer and read them later on your iPhone, even if you don't have Internet access. The Instapaper app, developed by Marco Arment, lets you bookmark any article, blog or story on the Web. Once the page is marked, it is saved into the app. You can then access and read it at any time, even if you're offline. Use it to mark long articles and blog posts you find during the day but don't have time to read. Simply flag the post on your computer using the Read Later bookmark, and access it on your smart phone at any time. The app downloads a text-only version of each page and uses ideal formatting to make the selections more readable.

February 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

A free travel app for iPhone lets you locate Wi-Fi in more than 465,000 locations in 140 countries worldwide. The Wi-Fi Finder app from JiWire Incorporated can find free or paid Wi-Fi so you can stay connected on the road. Using the Global Positioning System function on your iPhone or iPod Touch, the finder will tell you where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is and how to get there. You can narrow down the Wi-Fi locations by provider, such as Comcast, or by location type. Choose between restaurants, hotels and more and receive a phone number and directions to the area.

February 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Capt. Jonathan Springer, USA, an artillery specialist on his third deployment in Afghanistan, hopes to launch the Tactical Nav app for the iPhone in the first week of February. The tool will map, plot and photograph points on a battleground and convey latitude and longitude coordinates to supporting units. The app consists of a Global Positioning System, a compass, the smart phone's camera and a mapping system to pinpoint specific locations and relay that information to other users. Capt.

January 25, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The National Security Agency (NSA) now has an app for aspiring agents. The free NSA Career Links app for iPhone will keep you up to date about agency jobs, career events, news, and video and employee testimonies. Developed by CACI-CMS Information Systems Inc., the app is meant to attract the best and brightest to join the NSA team. According to NSA officials, this year will be the agency's largest hiring effort in recent memory. Think you have what it takes to carry out some of the nation's most important and sensitive intelligence activities?

January 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Google Goggles app identifies real-world objects using a smart phone's camera, but that's not all. With the latest update, the program can even solve your Sudoku puzzle. The image-based search app is available on the Android platform and the Google for iPhone app. You simply snap a photo on your smart phone and instantly identify text, landmarks, books, contact information, artwork, wine and logos. With the latest update, the app provides faster barcode identification and the ability to recognize print ads. Just point your phone at an ad in a major U.S. magazine or newspaper and receive results on the products advertised.

January 11, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), dedicated to facilitating the financial security of military families, now offers a wide range of mobile services. USAA Mobile, a free app for iPhone and Android, gives USAA members access to branchless banking. With the click of a button, users can pay bills, transfer funds, trade stocks, deposit checks, calculate loans, locate rental cars and get insurance cards. To deposit a check, you simply open Deposit Mobile within the app, enter the deposit amount, choose your account, take photos of your endorsed check and get confirmation of your deposit.

January 4, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

With the number of acronyms and abbreviations used within the U.S. Defense Department, military documents can quickly become alphabet soup. But apps available for the iPhone or Android can help break down the meaning behind thousands of commonly used terms. Developed by Inner Four Inc., the U.S. Military Acronyms and Abbreviations app for the iPhone and iPod Touch defines terms used by the armed forces in both joint and allied joint operations. It covers current abbreviations and acronyms used by the Defense Department.

December 28, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Brain Wave app for iPhone synchronizes brain waves with soothing ambient sounds to stimulate and induce different states of the mind, which can reduce anxiety and increase sleep, relaxation, focus, concentration and memory. Brain Wave, created by Banzai Labs, utilizes binaural tones combined with soothing ambient nature sounds to stimulate specific brain wave frequencies. It sends different audible frequencies to each ear, which researchers say can induce various states of mind, from alert and focused to deep sleep.

December 14, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Shop Savvy app for Android and iPhone lets you take holiday shopping into your own hands-scanning product bar codes to find the best prices online and at nearby stores. Developed by Big in Japan, Shop Savvy can find low prices, shipping promotions, coupon codes, rebates, weekend sales, customer reviews and more with the click of a button. You simply scan a bar code using your smart phone and receive a list of any associated deals. The enhanced "title search" feature allows you to type in a product if you don't have the bar code available.

November 30, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

It may be the season for giving, but you'll be the one getting free apps every day with a popular site. Free App a Day offers daily freebies for iPhone, iPad and Android that usually cost $0.99 and up. Once an app gets listed on the site, you have just 24 hours to snag the deal. You can check the website for the latest finds or receive e-mail notifications based on categories of interest you select. For an even faster look at the free programs, follow the site's Twitter feed. If you're a developer and want your app featured on the site, it must go through a review process.

November 23, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Sky Map application from Google turns Android phones into a stargazing tool with the click of a button. And a new "time travel" feature lets you see images of the sky from the past and the future. Users can identify constellations, planets, grids and deep sky objects just by holding their device towards the sky. The free app determines the locations of the planets and stars, zooms in and out, and directs users towards specific objects using a search function. The app utilizes sensors built into the device to portray a map or chart of any place the user is located without accessing the phone's camera.

November 16, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app created by the wife of a U.S. Marine provides handy tools to help military spouses cope with deployment stress. Compatible with the iPhone or iPod Touch, the Military Wife Deployment Survival Guide app by iCrysta features seven different sections with unique tools. Users can set a countdown clock that automatically tracks how long until their spouse returns. They also can post and share pictures of their spouse on a virtual corkboard. The app provides world clocks, which the user can set to track what time it is where their spouse is deployed. It can even show several time zones for people who are traveling.

November 9, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

A Facebook app from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) allows supporters to join a virtual Veterans Day march and earn two vets tickets to the Super Bowl. To join the online march, interested Facebook users can simply "like" the IAVA page. This opens up access to the app, which allows you to donate your status or Twitter update to the cause. The app shows a leader board of how many people in each state have donated their statuses. Two veterans from the state that shows the most support will receive tickets to the Super Bowl.

November 2, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

A free smart phone app makes it easier for service members and veterans to track their emotional health after deployments. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a Defense Centers of Excellence component center, developed the T2 Mood Tracker app. It helps users monitor trends of emotions and behaviors, including therapy, medication, daily experiences and changes in environment. T2 Mood Tracker can record emotional experience from a few days to several months to see results over time.

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