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.