Misc. Apps for Your Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire has functionality built in for consuming books, periodicals, music, and video, as well as a contact management app, web browser, and e-mail client. However, there are some tools that many of us have grown used to having available that you can easily acquire by adding apps to the device.

aCalendar app for Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire has no built-in calendar app, so this one is a natural to add to your apps collection. aCalendar is available for free from Mathias Laabs. This easy-to-use calendar app can help keep you on schedule. You can display day, week, month, and birthday views.

For you astronomers out there, you can even check on phases of the moon. The month screen displays black dots for full moons and a half-filled dot to indicate a half moon.

Keep track of your week with aCalendar.
Keep track of your week with aCalendar.

aCalendar makes great use of touchscreen gestures to let you easily move among views and take a look at event details. Swipe the screen horizontally to change among day, week, and month views. Swipe vertically to move from day to day, week to week, or month to month. Because the app also takes advantage of the Android native calendar, it uses very little battery power.

You can also add events to your calendar by simply pressing a date and filling in the name and time of your event.

Exchange by TouchDown app for Kindle Fire

If you want to access mail, contacts, and calendar information from your workplace and your company uses Microsoft Exchange Server for these accounts, this little app will help you tap into your company e-mail. Exchange by TouchDown is offered for free from NitroDesk, Inc.

It touts itself as providing great security and provides the very handy service of wiping data from your Kindle Fire remotely if it’s lost or stolen.

Keep in mind that TouchDown doesn’t work with IMAP or POP3 servers; it’s intended for Exchange Servers, as well as supporting Zimbra, Kerio, and ActiveSync. Though the app has pretty-easy-to-use settings, you might want to sit down over a cup of coffee with your network administrator to get this one working. But when you do, you’ll be pleased.

Make settings yourself or enlist the aid of your administrator.
Make settings yourself or enlist the aid of your administrator.

Units app for Kindle Fire

If you need help converting just about anything to anything else (feet to meters, pounds to kilos, or whatever), you’ll appreciate this handy little app. Units is available for free from staticfree.info. This app handles 2,400 different conversions, including height, weight, volume, volume to weight, and time to distance. Tap the Unit key, and you’ll see a list of the various types of conversions available.

Tap the Unit key to get a list of common units.
Tap the Unit key to get a list of common units.

Just fill in the You Have field and the You Want field, and then enter the number of units. Tap the equal sign (=) and get your conversion. Holding Kindle Fire in landscape orientation displays a few more helpful tools on the calculator style interface.

Wi-Fi Analyzer app for Kindle Fire

Because Kindle Fire can connect to the web only through Wi-Fi, this handy app is helpful for keeping track of local Wi-Fi connections. Wi-Fi Analyzer is available for free from farproc. You can observe available Wi-Fi channels and the signal strength on each. There are several styles of graph to choose from, including Channel, Time, Channel Rating, and Signal Meter.

Figure out whether your nearest Wi-Fi will help you connect.
Figure out whether your nearest Wi-Fi will help you connect.
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