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    Useful iPhone applications

    The rumor around here is that we might see issued iPhones during this next year...

    So I'll put it to the brethren: What are your most useful iPhone apps? They don't have to be law enforcement related, but they should be practical.
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    Yelp - Where to eat, everywhere
    TripAdvisor - Where to stay and reviews
    Weather HD - Weather in multiple cities, you choose!
    Angry Birds - For those long surveillances
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    Radio Scanner app. That one cuts both ways. You can listen in on other agencies when in that area. Bad guys can listen in on you.
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    The Chipotle app. . .delicious.
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    There's actually an app with the entire US code on it. Has come in handy when searching for obscure statutes. Called "US Code".

    For photos, try Procamera and Photosynth.

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    For local/state LEOs (and maybe uniformed FLEOs) I've found "U.S Cop" app to be pretty good. Has info on LE news feeds, case law, traffic laws, drug info, LE for Spanish, a gang database, and computer-based training.

    If you deal with informants (or just don't have an agency-issued cell phone) you can't beat Google Voice (which gives you a phone number that will ring to your cell, that you can make calls from, and text/receive texts from).

    For the feds sitting in their office tired of writing another ROI/MOI report, you can't beat the Facebook app!
    Last edited by Kimble; 04-03-2012 at 16:35.
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    It will be interesting to see if they will let you down load apps on a g phone. Our security policy precludes it on blackberries.

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    Another one I found recently and has proved helpful - My Pharmacy. Put in shape, color and markings of a pill and it identifies it for you.
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    On the corporate side, and I suspect you'll see it eventually in LE, we're dealing now with BYOD. Bring Your Own Device. You bring your own phone (approved list) and we install our apps for your commo. But it's YOURS, meaning you can download whatever you want. The company no longer pays the hardware cost and if you're talking thousands of phones, you're talking big savings.
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    Genius scan lets you take picture and saves it as a pdf...you can attach it to an email from the app w/out having to open mail and find the saved photo.

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    On the corporate side, and I suspect you'll see it eventually in LE, we're dealing now with BYOD. Bring Your Own Device. You bring your own phone (approved list) and we install our apps for your commo. But it's YOURS, meaning you can download whatever you want. The company no longer pays the hardware cost and if you're talking thousands of phones, you're talking big savings.
    I was already using my personal phone (Iphone) because it gets a better signal (different carrier). When it came time to replace my POS Blackberry with (surprise, surprise) a newer, shiner, POS Blackberry, I asked to be allowed to use my own phone for everything and was cleared to do so.

    Apps which I have found useful:

    Compass
    Voice Memos
    Sticky Notes
    PDF Reader
    Password Wallet
    IDucks (a waterfowl ID guide - helpful for game warden-types)
    Flashlight Pro
    Gun Disassembly and RifleGun Pro ('game'-like interface where you can break down and re-assmble most modern weapons - helpful for armorers)
    iTalk - a recorder app that I've actually used to back up my agency-issued digital recorder during interviews
    Last edited by krellum; 12-26-2012 at 19:20.
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