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Reflect on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with these iOS apps

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September

With the the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming up this Sunday I've found myself frequently thinking about where I was that day. The traumatic memory of watching more than 3,000 people die on live television is one with which I still struggle, and I'm sure that's true for many people. The anniversary has inspired on a special video project from The New York Times and YouTube, a "Where were you on 9/11" project by National Geographic with a special Facebook feature and many others. Additionally there are some excellent iOS apps that can help you remember and reflect.

screen_shot_2011-09-06_at_12.13.42_pm.png9/11 Memorial Guide - With this app you can visit the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center and see the names of those who died that day. You also can listen to very personal remembrances of those who were lost, recorded by family and friends. This is an official app of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The app is for iOS devices running 4.2 and above, including the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This is a great app in general and is especially good if you are planning a trip to the memorial or are already there.

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screen_shot_2011-09-06_at_12.43.37_pm.pngExplore 9/11 - This is the second of two official apps created by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. This app's intent is to re-create the events that took place that day through the eyes of the people who experienced them first-hand. As a result, the app contains some disturbing images and viewer discretion is advised.

The app's features include (taken from the official description)

Tour
A seven-stop walking tour of the area around the World Trade Center, accompanied by audio and photo narration. The events of the day and its aftermath are told by first responders, rescue workers, volunteers, and those who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan on 9/11. While the walking tour takes place in Lower Manhattan, the tour content is accessible to users anywhere.

Explore
View images related to the events of 9/11 and their aftermath taken nearby wherever you are. Photos may be viewed in Augmented Reality-technology mode which overlays images on the camera view. All photos were contributed to the museum by survivors and witnesses through 911history.org.

Timeline
An interactive timeline of the day’s events and aftermath. Includes links to witness photos taken during these time blocks.The app can operate in an offline mode for non-U.S. visitors who have disabled data roaming. In this mode, all tour content is still accessible. The app includes a map of free WiFi hotspots near the tour route for downloading “Explore” photos from the vicinity.

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Although this app contains a lot of excellent information about 9/11 for everyone, it's intended as a "walking tour" app of the Ground Zero area in New York City so you will get the best experience from it if you use it while there. It's also affiliated with the "Make History" web site where you can view additional photos plus share your own.

To experience a trove of rich 9/11 multimedia content without an app you can visit the www.911memorial.org/ site. Make sure you take a look at the interactive timeline while there.

screen_shot_2011-09-06_at_1.00.46_pm.png9/11 Numbers - This simple app is very striking and sobering at the same time as it does one thing very well. The 9/11 Numbers app represents what happened that day in stark statistics that cause you to pause and reflect on the enormity of what happened. The statistics are displayed over a black and white background image of the Ground Zero site with the two columns of light that represent the World Trade Center towers. Some of the statistics are unnerving.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 2:02pm]

    

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