Android apps

September 11, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free TED app for iPad, iPhone and Android offers users more than 1,000 talks from professionals around the world. Created by TED Conferences, the program includes a searchable library of presentations on everything from science to medicine, business and music. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Watch a full tour of the TED app here:

 

September 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

This portable stress management tool provides users with deep breathing techniques to promote mood stabilization and anxiety management. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the free Breathe2Relax app is available for both iOS and Android. Click below to see the app in action:

July 25, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the Defense Department could help military members and their families tackle the mental health challenges they face in everyday life. The free LifeArmor app, available for iOS and Android, covers a variety of behavior topics with information, assessments and videos of personal stories, and it develops coping skills through interactive exercises. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the program aims to assist members of the military community as they deal with common mental health concerns.

July 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever wanted to delve a little deeper into your smartphone? With the new Sensor Kinetics app, Android owners can test and monitor all the standard sensors available in their devices. From app developers to students, the app is useful for anyone curious about what goes on within their phone. It allows users to quickly see everything sensor-related, from how fast the accelerometer works to if a device has a gyroscope and how accurately it measures the rotation of angles. In addition, the app's help files include numerous experiments to test these features. The app's main screen lists all the device's sensors and related information, including manufacturer's data, measurement, rate, control and power consumption.

July 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Pulse News app for iPad and Android takes a visual twist on traditional RSS feeds. It provides all your content in one place with a focus on photographs to catch your eye, and it's one of the most popular news apps on the market. The app lets you select and share content you care about from thousands of top news sites, blogs and social networks. Collect your favorite stories using your Pulse account and then sync them to other apps and programs, such as Evernote and Instapaper.

June 26, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Keep tabs on astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at all times with the free ISSLive! app for iOS and Android. The program, developed by NASA, provides live streaming data on station position, internal environment, altitude, crew activities and more. In addition, the app includes a virtual Mission Control Center modeled after the facility in Houston, Texas. It also features educational lessons for students or science enthusiasts to interact with the live streaming data along with links to the five international partner space agencies' mission information. The app is part of the larger ISSLive!

June 19, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Air Force released an app that lists every event occurring at its participating United States bases. My Military Communities, or MyMC2, for Android and iOS devices features upcoming events and services along with contact information and important "quick call" buttons selected by the installation's commander. The 375th Communications Support Squadron Web application development team at Scott Air Force Base developed the app. The one-stop shop for military personnel consolidates event listings from organizational Facebook pages associated with each base. Currently, Scott Air Force Base, McConnell Air Force Base and Travis Air Force Base use the program.

June 12, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

In just a few short weeks, viewers around the globe will watch top athletes compete at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games in London. And the official Join In mobile app for the event takes spectating at home or in the stands to another level. The free pocket guide includes up-to-date listings for the sporting events and other cultural activities held in conjunction with the games. App users can create a personal viewing schedule based on their interests.

May 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new Android app from the U.S. Defense Department provides enjoyable activity suggestions to help service members returning from combat deployments improve their moods and overcome depression. Positive Activity Jackpot, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, taps into a type of behavioral therapy called "pleasant event scheduling." The app uses augmented reality and a smartphone's GPS to locate nearby pleasant activities and diversions. Making these daily plans can help a service member adjust to life at home after returning from a deployment with a structured daily schedule.

May 8, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free DCO Connect app allows U.S. Defense Department personnel and contractors to host and attend meetings from Android devices and tablets. The mobile initiative is an extension of the existing Defense Connect Online (DCO) program, launched in 2007 by Carahsoft Technology Corporation and Adobe to provide Adobe Connect Web conferencing and Cisco XMPP solutions. Currently, more than 650,000 users across the Defense Department use the system, which supports an average of 40 million Web conferencing minutes and 30 million chat messages per month.

April 24, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever stood in the aisle of a store contemplating whether or not you could find a better price somewhere else? The Smoopa app for iPhone and Android takes away the guesswork. Simply scan the barcode on the packaging of any item and enter in the price. The program then compares it to other prices in its database from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Drugstore.com and more. The more prices you enter, the more money you can save. The app rewards frequent users with a random chance to receive credits for each item scanned. These credits can be put toward gift cards, rebate checks or charitable donations.

March 20, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Giving gifts just got a whole lot easier. The Karma app for iPhone and Android helps you track meaningful events and instantly send personalized gifts to friends and family. Most people would probably admit to forgetting a birthday or graduation and scrambling to send a card or present at the last minute. But the Karma app connects with Facebook to notify you of any important dates coming up via text message, email or Facebook. Then, you simply select a gift from within the app, pick a card and hit send. No shipping address is needed to deliver the presents. The recipient fills in the information once they receive notification of the gift, and Karma takes care of shipping it out.

March 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Defense Department provides wounded warriors with a comprehensive mobile resource guide. The Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces is available for Android and iOS devices. The application allows service members and their families to access information at any time about benefits available to them upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious injury or illness. It includes resources for recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration, including chapters on medical care, Defense Department pay and allowances, the Disability Evaluation System and returning to civilian life.

February 28, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Channel surfing gets social. The free Peel app for iOS and Android makes personalized recommendations for TV shows based on your viewing history and what your friends are watching. The program, developed by Peel Technologies Incorporated, lets you sign in, find and follow your friends, and see their favorite shows. You can share what you're watching, give program recommendations, add comments to the discussion boards and see what others are viewing in real time. Like Pandora or Netflix, the app provides better suggestions for new shows as it learns more about your tastes and preferences. It also features a list of what shows are trending in the app.

February 7, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit app for Android and iPhone serves as a quick reference for primary care providers working with patients experiencing a mild traumatic brain injury along with other co-occurring conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, chronic pain and substance abuse. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), the mobile app includes clinical practice guidelines and recommendations from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

January 31, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Get a new perspective on the world with the Layar app for iPhone and Android that displays real-time information over top of the image on your phone's camera. The free app uses your GPS location and augmented reality technology to discover information about the world around you and present it in "layers" on your smartphone. Choose from a catalog of more than 3,000 layers and experience the world in a new way. For example, if you're traveling to a country on business and looking for a restaurant, open the "Eat" layer and point the phone camera at the street in front of you. Various restaurant names and locations will pop up over the image. You can even see reviews in another layer.

January 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare for your next business trip with the click of a button. The Yelp app transforms your smartphone into a mobile tour guide by helping you locate the best places to visit. The free program lets you search for nearby businesses, and it includes quick links to find nearby bars, restaurants, gas stations and more. Browse reviews and find the best spots in your city. In addition, the app includes deals offered by local businesses. Use the program to enhance your knowledge of the neighborhood surrounding your next event. Get a sneak peak at San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter before the AFCEA/U.S.

January 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Clear away the coffee table clutter. The Dijit Universal Remote app transforms your iPhone, iPad or Android into a one-stop control for all the different media players and sound systems in your home. The program, developed by Dijit Media Incorporated, works together with Griffin Technology's Beacon, which acts as a bridge between your entertainment system and your smartphone or tablet. The Beacon is sold separately for iOS and Android, and it costs $69.99.

November 22, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Make sure you're prepared for the busiest shopping day of the year: November 25. Use the TGI Black Friday app for iPhone or Android to compare all the best deals with the click of a button. App users can view ads and deals from most major retailers, including Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Sears. In addition, the app sends push notifications of new ads as they appear. The app, created by Ecatcher Incorporated, contains more than 10,000 Black Friday deals across stores and categories, and users can create a personal shopping list to check off items as they go.

November 8, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The free Skitch app from Evernote Corporation lets you annotate, edit and save your photos and scribbles. Draw over a picture with arrows, shapes and text, and then save your work or share it through other apps.

You can use the app to zoom and crop images; create lines and scribbles to explain an idea; add text; draw with a highlighter tool; edit and delete your work as you go; and share the content with any program that accepts images.

November 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Connect through the world of video with the free Shoutz app for iPhone and Android. The mobile-to-mobile video network allows users to share and watch 15-second video clips right from their phones. Users can engage with friends, family and fans with the new take on social networking. Simply record a quick message and share it with your followers through a one-on-one conversation, a group message or a public display for anyone to see. Users can also comment, rate and re-shout a video instantly. In addition, users can follow celebrities, musicians and sports stars and view their videos.

October 25, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Manage your money all from your Android or iPhone. The free Mint.com Personal Finance app brings together all your financial accounts, categorizes your transactions, tracks budgets and helps you achieve savings goals. The app allows you to see all your accounts in one place, including checking, savings, credit cards and retirement funds. Track spending by seeing how much money goes into each category, including rent, gas, fast food, entertainment, clothing and more. Mint can create a budget based on your actual spending, or you can create your own. In addition, you can receive alerts regarding budgets, bank fees, low balances, unusual activity and more.

October 11, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Secure your Google apps with 2-step verification. The Google Authenticator app allows users enrolled in 2-step verification to add an extra layer of security to their Google Apps account by requiring a verification code in addition to username and password. The app lets you generate 2-step verification codes on a smartphone without a network connection. Features include automatic setup via QR code; support for multiple accounts; and support for multiple languages.

September 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

You may have heard the recommendation that each person should list one emergency contact in his or her phone under the acronym ICE (in case of emergency). But two apps take that advice to the next level: the ICE app for Android from Appventive and the ICE app for iPhone from Minute Apps LLC. The ICE apps allow you to store all your important emergency contact information in one location that first responders can easily access. Record vital information, such as blood type, date of birth, allergies, doctor's information and any medications you're taking. You can also program in multiple emergency contact numbers.

September 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app helps visitors find the burial locations for family, friends and loved ones at Arlington National Cemetery. It can identify the location of a specific gravesite using first, last and/or middle name as well as date of birth or death. Developed by Segue Technologies Incorporated, the app displays the grave location and a map to assist with navigation to the site using information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It aims to improve the experience for those visiting the cemetery to pay tribute.

August 30, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Quickly respond to common emergency situations with the free S.O.S. app for Android from the American Red Cross and Dr. Oz. Developed by Sharecare Incorporated, the app features step-by-step video instructions with voice commands from Dr. Oz to help you handle problems as they arise. Simply follow the demonstrations and commands to confidently respond and save lives. The instructions cover more than 30 of the most common emergency situations, which were developed and reviewed by medical and education panels from the American Red Cross and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

August 16, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Turn your smartphone into a scanner with the Droid Scan Pro app for Android and the DocScanner app for iPhone or Android. The Droid Scan Pro app for Android, developed by Trans-code Design, converts any snapshot into a high quality JPEG or PDF by fixing geometry, contrast and color. Use the app to scan in business cards, full-page documents, receipts and more. It also includes a built-in scan gallery to create multi-page documents and ZIP files.

August 9, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Leave your toolkit at home with the Swiss Army Knife app for Android. The program packs six tiny tools right into your phone, including a flashlight, ruler, timer, stopwatch, compass and level.

Each feature is one tap away from the home screen. The simple design makes the tools fast and easy to access.

The compass tool uses your phones built-in compass and accelerometer to move as you rotate the phone. In addition, the bubble level contains three separate levels: vertical, circular and horizontal.

August 2, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The Dragon Dictation app for iPhone and iPad and the FlexT9 app for Android let you speak and instantly see your words transcribed into text or email messages. These voice recognition programs, developed by Nuance Communications Incorporated, create messages five times faster than typing on a keyboard. Simply hit record and speak your message, then watch as the app instantly transforms your voice into text using the Dragon Naturally Speaking tool.

July 19, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This Android app uses a smart keyboard to predict and personalize messages based on your individual writing style and vocabulary.

The SwiftKey X app, developed by TouchType Ltd., replaces the standard Android keyboard with one powered by the Fluency artificial intelligence engine, which learns from the user and offers corrections and next word predictions. The program gets more accurate over time by monitoring typing patterns and word use on Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts along with text messages.

July 12, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Turn your smartphone into an extension of your brain. The free Evernote app helps you remember anything and everything using notes, snapshots and recordings. Plus, you can instantly synchronize your information to your Mac or Windows desktop. Use the app to create text, photo and audio notes that can be easily searched or marked as "Favorite" for quick access. Each reminder also includes geolocation information for mapping and search. Put your ideas and inspiration all in one place.

June 7, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This military-style countdown calendar helps you keep track of important events and keep others in the loop. How many days have passed since you were deployed? How many hours remain until you can head back home? Find all the information you need in a click on your smartphone. The Short Timer app for iPhone and Android allows you to program in important dates and events and watch the days tick away. It is ideal for enlisted personnel to monitor milestones and share information with friends and family. Users can simply send automatic updates to loved ones using built-in Twitter and Facebook broadcasts.

May 24, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The SCVNGR app for iPhone and Android challenges users to go to new places and earn points, and its growing client list includes the U.S. Navy. SCVNGER is a game with a simple objective: go places, do challenges, earn points. Players unlock badges and rewards and share what they're doing with friends. The app allows users to check-in to locations, snap pictures, scan QR codes and complete activities. In addition, players can earn points by bumping phones with their friends. The app is free and can be easily played at your own pace. Rewards include free food, like ice cream and pizza, and discounted items and services.

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.

April 5, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app for Android provides helpful information for disabled military veterans, their families and their caregivers.

Developed by KewtZi.com, the ADA Guide - Disabled Veterans app for Android contains the Americans with Disabilities Act Guide: "ADA: Know Your Rights - Returning Service Members with Disabilities." The publication explains the rights under the act and provides information on where veterans can get assistance.

Topics covered in the application include:

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 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 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Work hard-play hard. The new Divide app lets you integrate your work life and personal life into one smart phone.

Developed by Enterproid, the Divide app for Android separates your device into a secure and protected work profile for your professional data and a personal profile for your normal programs. The app lets your smart phone act like two separate devices-flipping between a walled-off, secure environment and an open environment to install apps or play games. You can use the app to set different levels of security for each profile. The two profiles look completely different, but they run side by side on your device.

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 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 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.

September 28, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app for Android users protects smart phones from being lost or stolen without taking up precious battery power or memory. Mobile Defense will locate the phone down to an exact address, display it on an interactive map and sound a loud alarm through the phone's speaker.

The Mobile Defense program from Neevo, once only available to users on the T-Mobile network, has opened to Sprint and Verizon. It runs quietly in the background of the smart-phone device and only uses battery power and memory when it is actively in use.

September 14, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Sliding a bar to unlock your Android device or entering a PIN? Those methods of smart-phone security could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the new BioLock app, which encrypts and locks down phones using iris and facial scanning.

August 17, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
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July 20, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
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July 13, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
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