Imagine taking Ivy League courses without stepping foot inside a classroom or paying a dime. Thanks to the iTunes U app, you can access thousands of free classes from universities and schools around the globe right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The free iTunes U app provides complete classes created and taught by leading instructors from institutions in 26 countries, including Stanford, Yale and MIT. The courses cover thousands of subjects from algebra to zoology, and app users have access to more than 500,000 free resources.
iPod Touch apps
Get all your medical information on the go with the free mPHR app for iPhone. Developed by CTSI Incorporated, the program gives you instant access to mobile personal health records, including test results, medical history, medications, allergies and immunizations. In addition to viewing records, the app allows you to program reminders and directions for your next appointment, refill a prescription, set alerts for medication and update your doctors and other health care professionals instantly. You can also use the medication manager to avoid duplicate prescriptions and adverse reactions to multiple pills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Military personnel serving overseas can record a bedtime story and send it to their children for free thanks to an iPhone app called A Story Before Bed. The program offers 100,000 free recordings to help troops connect with loved ones back home. Any member of the U.S. armed forces who is deploying or already deployed can sign up on the A Story Before Bed website to receive a free storybook recording. Soldiers record a story using a webcam on a Mac or PC and send it to their children using the company's iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad app or a Web browser.
American Veterans (AMVETS) announced a new mobile app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry that allows veterans to locate AMVETS posts, find their local service officer, connect with headquarters and research veterans' issues. The veterans' organization and FraternalSoft Incorporated teamed up to create AMVETS Mobile, which AMVETS National Commander Duane J. Miskulin calls the "latest weapon in our communications arsenal." The demographic of veterans is changing, and the need for instant information is key, explains Jim King, AMVETS executive director. The app provides veterans with the ability to locate the nearest AMVETS posts or thrift stores using geo-location services.