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They’re commonly known as “apps,” short for applications; software tools that allow you to perform specific tasks. They are available on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, and you can make use of them to do everything from tracking your blood pressure and paying your bills to checking if your train is running on time and connecting with loved ones. Apps enable you to customize your device to suit your needs and interests. 

Getting started

On Apple devices: Look for the Apple Store icon on your device, it comes already installed. You can also go to a local Apple retail store for assistance or visit the website. 

For Android devices: Look for the Google Play Store app, which comes already installed on smartphones. Information is also available on the website.

Tap the Apple Store or Google Play Store icon to launch the app, then you can search for apps by name, or browse by category. To search for free apps, include the word “free” in your name search, such as “free Scrabble” or “free calorie counter.”

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"Apps" for everything

Here’s a look at some of what the wide world of apps has to offer. Many apps listed below are free or of modest cost, and many are available for downloading on both Apple and Android mobile devices. Some apps, such as those for Facebook or Amazon, are actually pared-down versions of websites, adapted for use on a smaller device. Others, such as Siri (see below) are designed specifically for use on a smartphone or mobile device.

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Clevermind: Helps people dealing with cognitive impairments that come with problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Includes quizzes and games, big buttons, voice command controls and more.

OtoSense: Allows people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to see audio alerts and other sounds on their smartphones, such as ringing doorbells and smoke alarm alerts.
Live Caption: Transcribes your face-to-face conversation. 
Subtitles: Provides subtitles on an iPhone to be played along with a TV show or movie.

Unlock Philly: Maps wheelchair-accessible SEPTA stations and wheelchair accessible shops and restaurants near those stations; shows broken elevator reports. 
Wheelmap: Global online map to search, find and mark wheelchair-accessible places.

LookAround: GPS iPhone app that can speak your location and the direction you are facing, and identify nearby streets and points of interest.
Siri: Enables you to perform tasks, such as sending messages, hands-free using just your voice.
VoiceActions: Performs tasks, such as searching, getting directions, making notes, setting alarms with just your voice.

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