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FEMA Android App, Emergency Preparedness Reference

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

The FEMA Android app is the official emergency preparedness resource provided by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Size: 633KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free

FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.” Regardless of where you might be from (U.S. or not), the information included in this app is quite universal.

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Formulae Pro, Android Just Got Smarter

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

The Formulae Pro Android app is a physical sciences reference app packed with chemistry and math equations and information.

  • Version: 3.0.3
  • Size: 2.95MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: £1.00 (Free version available)

Formulae Pro includes chemistry equations and details for kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, named reactions, crystal structures, and functional groups. It also includes math equations surrounding differentiation, integration, algebra, vectors, matrices, trigonometry, trig identities, and complex numbers. You can also quickly find values for various constants like Avogadro’s number, the Boltzmann constant, and the Gas constant.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary App, Become a Wordsmith

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary App is a comprehensive tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.

  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Size: 19.04MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free

Like the Dictionary.com Android app that came before it, the Merriam-Webster Android app features an easy way to lookup words on the go. The app’s homescreen displays a large search box and even an option to voice search an unknown word. Depending on the word you’re looking up, the voice search functionality may or may not return exact results (it’s based on Android’s current voice search functionality).

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Google I/O 2011 Android App Arrives

Posted on May 3, 2011 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

This app is the official Google I/O 2011 conference Android application.

  • Version: 0.15
  • Size: 730KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free



Note: this Android app is almost solely useful for attendees of the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, May 11-12th.

The first thing you’ll notice about this app is its beautiful user-interface that makes navigation an absolute breeze. The homescreen contains icon links to important details like the event’s schedule, sessions, sandbox, as well as a map to the location (and a 3-level map of the Moscone Center).

Checkout the schedule to find when the keynote presentation, lunch, and developer office hours will take place. With session tracking you can view the schedule of classes, arranged by topics like Android, Chrome, and Google APIs. By selecting a specific class, you can view a summary of its content, who will be speaking, in addition to when and where it will be held. If you want to make sure you don’t forget about anything in all the excitement of the conference, star it for quick access from the app’s homescreen.

Pros:

  • Instant access to Google I/O schedule, detailed sessions, and speaker info
  • Find out what companies will be playing in the “developer sandbox”
  • Find your way to the conference (and then within the Moscone Center) with the integrated map
  • Simple, attractive interface optimizes usability



Areas for improvement:

  • Release source code for developers to leverage the elegance and efficiency of this app!



Conclusion: A must-have Android app for any developer or Android/Google fanatic that is attending this year’s Google I/O conference.

P.S. Who can we expect to meet at Google I/O?  We can’t wait to be there!

[AppBrain Link]

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Top Android App: Periodic Table

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | comment

Periodic Table by Socratica is an excellent reference and learning tool.

  • Version: 1.5.0
  • Size: 1.15MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free



If you’re currently in a chemistry class, will take one soon, or want to brush up on your “element”al knowledge, this Android app is a must-have. With the “Learn” button, a random element’s details will be displayed including atomic, thermodynamic, material, electromagnetic, reactivity, and nuclear properties. Specifically, you can discover an element’s symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, and even hear its correct pronunciation.  The latter definitely comes in handy for elements like Yttrium and Praseodymium!

If you need to quickly reference a specific element, the full periodic table is easy to navigate with pinch-to-zoom enabled. Additionally, all elements are color-coded depending on what group they belong to (e.g. alkali metals, transition metals, or noble gases). When you find the element you are looking for, just click on it to display the complete details/properties page.

Once you think you know it all, test yourself with the “Quiz” button and practice identifying an element’s name, abbreviation, or atomic number.

Pros:

  • Excellent chemistry reference app and learning tool
  • 30+ facts and properties about each element
  • Quiz yourself to gauge current knowledge



Areas for improvement:

  • Quiz question layout requires screen scrolling which slows down and takes away from the functionality (multiple choice format may work better)
  • Interface in general could use some optimization/polishing



Conclusion: An incredibly useful reference tool for anyone interested in chemistry and/or the elements that make up our world.

[AppBrain Link]

 

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