The term "app" is a shortening of the term "application software". It has become very popular, and in 2010 was listed as "Word of the Year" by the American Dialect Society.
A computer program designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices. Apps are usually available through application distribution platforms, which began appearing in 2008 and are typically operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry App World.
A set of one or more programs designed to carry out operations for a specific application. Application software cannot run on itself but is dependent on system software to execute. Examples of application software include MS Word, MS Excel, a console game, a library management system, a spreadsheet system etc.
The use of the iPhone, iPod, iPad and other mobile devices has been a revolutionary new platform for assistive technology. Today you can find hundreds, if not thousands, of apps relating to disabilities and health. These tools simplify many calculations as well as provide valuable information on topics concerning disability and/or health issues. Generally apps cost a couple of dollars to purchase, however there are also a number of handy apps available that can be downloaded to your mobile device such as iPhone or iPad for free. List of apps include:
The variety and availability of smartphone applications, or apps, have exploded in recent years as multi-tasking consumers increasingly use their phones to keep up with the latest on news, finance, and health. Apple says its iPhone App Store has more than 350,000 apps, and Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and other smartphones account for tens of thousands more. With so many apps on the market, it's no wonder the number of health care related apps has also spiraled.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now proposing guidelines that outline the small number of mobile apps the agency plans to oversee medical apps that could present a risk to patients if the apps don't work as intended.
FDA is proposing to oversee mobile medical apps that:
Our list below covers handy health and medical related apps available through Apple's AppStore and BlackBerry's App World as well as apps available for Google's Android operating system platform.
AccessAble App Takes the Chance Out of Going Out in the UK - AccessAble App providing detailed accessibility information and access guides to places across the UK and Ireland is now available in Apple and Google Play Stores.
Track My Route School Bus Tracking App Gives Special Needs Parents Peace of Mind - TMR Technology has found a way to ease the stress of special needs transportation with their new parent app, Track My Route.
Screen Reader Plus Keyboard Helps Blind, Low-Vision Users Browse Modern Webpages - SPRITEs lets blind and low-vision users navigate sites much more successfully using the keyboard as a two-dimensional way to access tables, maps and nested lists than screen readers alone.
HopkinsPD Smartphone App Helps Doctors Track Severity of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms - HopkinsPD App uses sensors on a smartphone to generate a score that reliably reflects symptom severity in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Cleen App Aims to Improve UK Public Washroom Standards and Accessibility - Cleen App an innovative new app has been launched which aims to raise washroom standards in businesses and public places across the UK.