iPhone apps

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:

 

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:

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 14, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

You don't need a professional camera to snap and share high-quality photos with family and friends thanks to the free Camera Awesome app for iOS, which ranks as the number one photography app in 55 countries. The program, developed by SmugMug, gives iPhone users more control over the phone's camera and offers a series of filters and processing tools. It shoots faster to produce sharper, better-exposed images. Simply snap photos, apply hundreds of professional effects, filters and borders, and share the shots through Facebook, Twitter, email, Flickr and more with one tap.

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 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 3, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

What if your smartphone messages could self-destruct to ensure ultimate privacy and control over the content? No, it's not a scene from a spy movie. The newly released Wickr app for iPhone encrypts communication and permanently deletes personal data from your device. The free app provides military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages, and it gives the sender control over who can read messages and for how long. For example, a user could send a picture message but set it to self-destruct after 10 minutes. In addition, Wickr deletes all metadata from files.

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 22, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Life is messy-keep things simple with the Clear app for iPhone. The program lets you create any to-do list you can dream up, from your grocery items to upcoming projects at work. The app's claim to fame is its clean, intuitive interface that helps people simplify without adding more clutter or unnecessary features. It uses swipe, pull and pinch gestures in place of typical button-style navigation, and lists created in the app are color coded based on the most time-sensitive or important tasks. You can purchase the app from the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

May 1, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new social language app for the iPhone takes learning out of the classroom. The free PlaySay app connects English and Spanish speaking players in a game setting where the goal is to practice real phrases and improve pronunciation. To play, simple take on a series of missions within the app that revolve around real-life scenarios such as introducing yourself or ordering food. PlaySay uses speech-recognition technology to evaluate your pronunciation and provide feedback. The app then tracks the phrases and keeps score of which items you've mastered. See PlaySay in action in this video.

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.

April 10, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

"I'll pay you back when I get some cash." Does that line sound familiar? You've likely found yourself in a situation where you need to pay someone but don't have cash or checks on hand. With the new Bump Pay app, making a quick payment is no longer a problem. Simply tap your iPhone against another phone to instantly send money.

March 27, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Soldiers now can purchase 12 mobile training apps from the newly launched Army Software Marketplace. The apps, developed through the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative, are approved for Army-wide use and available at www.marketplace.army.mil. Currently, the store supports publicly facing apps on personal iOS devices. However, once fully implemented, the marketplace will deliver Web-based and downloadable programs for all approved devices.

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 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.

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.

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.).

December 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Looking for a way to spread holiday cheer? With the Donation Connection app for iPhone, giving back to your favorite charity is only a tap away. The program, developed by Rosetta Mobile, generates a list of all participating charities right on your mobile phone. Simply download the app, scroll through the list and tap your choice to donate. Whatever dollar amount you choose will be charged directly to your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. In addition, you can spread the word about your favorite cause using links to Facebook and Twitter. One tap can change the world.

December 6, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

'Tis the season for giving, and nothing marks the start of the holiday season like the sight of Salvation Army volunteers collecting funds in red kettles. And now, fundraising for the Salvation Army has never been easier. The free Online Red Kettle app for iPhone lets you take on your own mobile campaign and collect donations with the click of a button.

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 30, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new app from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service challenges users to see if they have what it takes to design the next generation of military aircraft. The Make It Fly app for the iPhone hit the Apple store in November and already has positive reviews. The free program lets you build and fly your own aircraft-from fighter jets to remotely piloted bombers. The program includes a series of nine mission objectives, and users choose from different wings, engines, weapons and fuselages to create the best plane. Pick the correct parts and fly on to the next mission.

November 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Launch or improve your small business with the SBA app for iPhone.

The program, developed by Palo Alto Software, helps users get free, personal, one-on-one help for starting or growing a small business. All of the advice comes from advisers associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Forget about traditional cork boards and push pins. The new Pinterest app for iPhone lets you catalog and share your favorite things in one accessible place.

Pinterest is website where users set up virtual pinboards based on topics of interest. Categories for these boards include food and drink; travel and places; art and architecture; design; photography; apparel; humor; and more. Customize each board to suit your interests and pin images you find online. These images then link back to the original source.

In addition, you can follow and browse pinboards created by other people. Discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

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 27, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Stay informed on the latest U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) information, news and events with this new app for iPhone. The free U.S. Army Europe app connects people around the globe by offering important information from the USAREUR website in an accessible mobile format, says Kevin Downey, U.S. Army Europe webmaster and creator of the app. In the click of a button, you can learn about the USAREUR's mission; stay up-to-date on news from its social media sites; receive information on its leadership; locate units and bases around Europe; and explore fact sheets and historical information.

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 23, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Know before you go: this free iPhone app from the U.S. State Department gives travelers easy access to official country information across the globe. Access travel alerts and warnings, maps, embassy locations and more in the click of a button. The Smart Traveler app allows you to create personal itineraries, add notes and organize your trips. It makes safety priority one for people headed overseas by including alerts and warnings; safety and security procedures; information on recent crimes; crime penalties; and entry and exit requirements.

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 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 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare your family for the challenges of deployment with this comprehensive iPhone app-free for a limited time. The Soldier/Family Deployment Handbook app provides resources to help soldiers and their loved ones make it through difficult situations, including unique information for those in the National Guard or Reserve.

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.

June 21, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Ditch your video and digital cameras in favor of the free Mobli app for iPhone. The program allows you to instantly upload images and movies to specific channels to share them with friends and family.

Developed by Mobli Media Incorporated, the app helps you upload pictures and videos from your iPhone within seconds. Similar to Twitter, you create an account that friends and other users can "follow." Your account can be kept open to the public or private for select groups.

June 14, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

An official app from the U.S. Air Force helps candidates prepare for basic military training. The free Fundamentals app for iPhone has tips and information from the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) for current or future active duty airmen. The physical training section of the app features menus for warm-up and cool-down sessions plus instructional videos on proper form for push-ups, sit-ups, running and pull-ups. Other videos teach exercises designed to rapidly improve muscular strength, and the app has a tracking tool for users to record their progress.

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.