iPad apps

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.

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.

September 18, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free Sesame Street for Military Families app gives service members and their loved ones the resources they need to handle challenging situations, such as deployments and homecomings. The program, developed by Sesame Street for the iPhone and iPad, features videos, articles and parent guides in both English and Spanish. Download it from the iTunes App Store. An Android version is expected in the coming weeks.

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:

 

August 21, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app helps service members and their families take control of their personal finances. The program from McGraw-Hill and the Better Business Bureau includes training videos, articles and interactive tools to help manage money. From instructions on managing credit and paying off debt to calculators that establish savings goals, the app has a variety of tools to overcome financial challenges. In addition, users can set monthly savings reminders and find tips on a range of situations, including retirement, deployment and purchasing a home.

August 7, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

With this free education app, knowledge is literally at your fingertips. The Khan Academy iPad app features more than 3,200 videos from the nonprofit organization's extensive library. The Khan Academy aims to provide free world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and this app does just that. The materials and resources available for viewing and download cover topics ranging from math to biology, chemistry, finance, history and the humanities, among others. Use the app to create entire playlists to watch offline at your own pace; follow along with subtitles; track your progress; and view your achievements.

July 31, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Encrypt tweets and send them to select groups or individuals with the scrambls app for the iPhone or iPad. The app gives you total control over your online privacy on Twitter. Simply tap tweets to instantly encrypt the text before it is sent to the cloud. Only select individuals defined at scrambls.com can read the posts. Your selected contacts need the app or the browser plug-in, and they will see the scrambled posts as clear text. Just change the group or individuals permitted to read a post based on the level of privacy you want to achieve.

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 5, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Think you're a history buff? Put yourself to the test with the DocsTeach app for iPad that presents challenges based on documents from the U.S. National Archives. The mobile teaching tool generates activities based on primary source documents such as the U.S. Constitution, a canceled check for the purchase of Alaska and Thomas Edison's patent drawing for the light bulb. Simply pick a historical era or topic and take on the challenge. In addition, teachers can create a free account at DocsTeach.org. This enables them to share a classroom code with students who can take on assigned activities on iPad devices.

May 29, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The IED IMPACT (Injured Military Personnel Assisting Combat Troops) app for iPad provides wounded warriors with a way to connect with and give back to their units. The program is designed specifically to serve the counter-improvised explosive device (IED) community. Through the application, members of the community can view video interviews from wounded warriors sharing their personal experiences with actual IED strikes during combat. The app "allows a more immediate catharsis for these veterans by sharing their story within a secure platform of people who appreciate the combat environment," said Ken Falke, co-founder of the program.

April 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

According to a new report, iPad users shell out a total of nearly $70,000 each day on magazines and newspapers for their tablets. But reading the news isn't the only option for people who want to stay in the loop. The free Newsy app for iPad features 2-3 minute video presentations that summarize and analyze current events by drawing from multiple sources.

The app weaves together content from different external news sources, from large media companies to small blogs, to provide a wider view of stories. Rather than simple aggregating content, the program aims to analyze it.

March 13, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Want to take your work on the road? The CloudOn app lets you access Microsoft Office from your iPad. The free app integrates with virtual versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint hosted in the cloud. Simply connect to the Internet and the program lets you create, view and edit files. It also integrates with Dropbox so that you can save files right to your workspace. With CloudOn, you have the ability to rename, delete and manage documents in your Dropbox account; track changes while reviewing Word documents; display animation and transitions in PowerPoint presentations; open files directly from email; and automatically save documents, among others.

February 22, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A series of free Army OneSource apps provide users with resources on the go. Developed by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the apps make it easy to find local services, manage money and stay up-to-date on the Army Family Action Plan. The Army OneSource Services Locator for the iPhone or iPad lets you enter a ZIP code or city and search for services grouped by category, including deployment support and employment assistance.

February 14, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

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.

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.

January 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Is your New Year's resolution to get your finances in order? If so, the Bills app for the iPhone or iPad could help you track and control how much you spend each month. The Bills app, developed by iBear LLC, allows you to set a monthly budget and mark due dates for bills and payments on a calendar. Then track and filter your bills using special boxes to show planned, overdue and paid expenses. The app is designed to look like a real office, complete with a projector, folders, drawers and a flip board reflecting all the features. In addition, the tool lets you export your financial plans and set up a PIN code to protect your information.

December 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Preparing to leave town for a holiday trip? Make sure you have everything you need with the Packing (+TO DO!) app for the iPhone or iPad. The program, developed by QuinnScape, allows you to create unlimited, customizable packing lists. You can edit your lists at any time and discover new ideas and suggestions for packing, including sample lists. Then simply go through and check off items as you go. In addition, you can estimate the total weight of your items to save any potential hassle at the airport and email your lists to family and friends. You also can import and export packing lists between devices (from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.).

August 19, 2011
 

A science-based software tool for the iPad allows first responders to learn from models of building damage and other conditions that occur after a disaster. Developed by Sandia National Laboratories, the Standard Unified Modeling, Mapping and Integration Toolkit (SUMMIT) enables firefighters, medics and police officers to visualize damaged buildings. The tool will allow them to tap into existing models that feature details of buildings, infrastructure and casualties. During exercises, it will visualize an integrated scenario and make it available to all participants in a master control cell.

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 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.

July 5, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app for iPhone and iPad helps soldiers set personal goals and become more resilient in overcoming challenges. Created by a team at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Signal Center of Excellence, the Resiliency App provides a mobile version of the U.S. Army's Resilience Goals Book [PDF download] under the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. The app allows users to set goals within their personal beliefs and set up e-reminders to stay on track. In addition, soldiers can email supervisors directly with details on their progress.

June 28, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

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.

May 31, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Make the most of your layover with the free GateGuru app for frequent travelers. Forget endlessly searching through airports for a good cup of coffee or a clean restroom-the GateGuru app for iPhone and iPad makes it all manageable. Developed by Mobility Apps LLC, the app contains searchable directories for more than 120 airports in the United States and abroad. It can help you find an ATM, a coffee shop and the best place to eat when you're stuck between flights. The app allows you to view travel itineraries; view and post security wait times; and see a list of airport food, shops and services. Select locations include more than 20,000 reviews, tips and pictures from fellow travelers.

May 3, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

What if you could personalize a magazine or newspaper so it contained only the news, photos, updates and information you wanted to receive? Meet Flipboard-a free app for the iPad that takes the news you care about online and puts it into one convenient place.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

October 26, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

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.

October 5, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

No more guessing games when it comes to military pay. The MilPay app for the iPhone and iPad breaks down basic pay, housing allowances and special pay using official data from the Defense Department. Plus, MilPay will display how much the user gets paid hourly depending on the amount of hours per week they worked. Developed by MilitaryLounge.com, the app uses information from the 2010 Military Pay and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) charts and tables. In addition to calculating how much the user makes, it estimates pay for other military positions and shows how income changes with annual raises and rank.

August 10, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
Navy SEAL Fitness

Navy SEAL Fitness

July 6, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
MyCongress App

MyCongress App

June 29, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
U.S. Armed Forces App

U.S. Armed Forces App

April 27, 2010
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Government's per diem rate determines how business expenses can be reimbursed for government employees and many other business travelers as well. But rates vary from city to city, and country to country, especially in metropolitan areas, and if you're anything like me, you have to look up the mileage reimbursement rate every single time you need it. The PerDiem app, which works with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, takes all that information and integrates it with the GPS/Location Services function of the device to make finding per diem-friendly establishments easier. It also includes a mileage calculator  and an overall trip calculator.