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Fresh Android Apps for Aug. 29: FEMA, United Airlines, US Open Tennis, Life is Crime

by Ian Black

Hurricane Irene has savaged most of the East Coast of the U.S. To deal with the aftermath of this natural disaster, or to prepare for the next one, download the new FEMA app.

The rest of today’s fresh list is rounded out by United Airlines, the US Open Tennis Championship, and the clever location-based game Life is Crime.

FEMA (Free)

Did you suffer damage during Irene’s assault? This fresh app from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will show you, among other things, the location of FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (a one-stop shop for disaster victims).

If you weren’t in Irene’s path but started thinking about planning for emergencies, this app can also help. It delivers preparedness information for different types of disasters and provides an interactive checklist for creating your own emergency kit.

United Airlines (Free)

Attention all United and Continental Airlines customers – this app might help make the skies seem a little more friendly.

With a few taps you can book a flight right from your phone, check-in and store your mobile boarding pass, and query the flight status to see if there are any delays. A flight status push notification feature will send timely updates to your phone once you identify a flight you want to track.

The app also provides access to your frequent-flyer account, airport maps, and maps of in-progress flights.

US Open Tennis Championship (Free)

This year’s slogan for the US Open tennis tournament is “It Must be Love.” And, whether that refers to the score or your emotions is your call.

The US Tennis Association delivers this app for the 2011 event that runs from August 29 through September 11. Get live scores all during the tourney and live video streams of matches on Labor Day Weekend and the finals weekend. View a schedule of each day’s games, action photos, the US Open’s official Twitter feed, and a map of the grounds.

Life is Crime (Free)

The tag line of this location-based gangster game is “Real Places. Virtual Crimes.” Stake out your organized crime territory right in your own neighborhood. Claw your way up the leader boards by fighting other regional players, dealing virtual goods, and completing missions in locations such as coffee shops, banks, gas stations, restaurants, and airports in your area.

Customize yourself with over 160 weapons and accessories to unleash your inner mobster.

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