Apple's iPod Touch is the latest piece of kit for members of the US military that is proving to be a valuable tool...
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soldiers need little training with the relatively low-cost consumer device, which can run useful applications in operational areas, according to Newsweek.
The iPod Touch enables soldiers to connect with other soldiers as well as intelligence resources such as aerial images for reconnaissance and translation software.
Soldiers can use iPod Touch apps to translate spoken and written Arabic, Kurdish and two Afghan languages, add translated phases to maps and images, and show video messages to villagers.
Another app enables solders to take a photo of a street sign and then get information on local areas such as water supplies and sympathisers.
New applications are constantly being added to the iPod Touch arsenal, such as a secure web browsing tool that prevents users from visiting websites that may contain malware.