Applications are what make Apple’s iDevices so special. They provide the convenience of switching from one activity to another (such as notes to reminders to YouTube) and provide access to these operations fast, at the click of the “home” button on the iPhone. This past week produced some new applications for your iPhone that you may want to snatch up from the App Store. The four new apps for your life needs are as follows:
- Silent Circle
Wickr is a security app that is made “military tight”—meaning that you can send texts and emails without the possibility of someone finding out what you wrote and what you said. Wickr works like magic because you can set what is referred to as a “self-destruct timer” for all your emails and letters. After you set the timer, the clock runs down to “0,” at which point the email or communication form is deleted permanently. Once the timer destructs and destroys the email or text, it is impossible to recover, ever again. Apple’s iDevices provide a way around the self-destructing nature of emails and texts: all you have to do is take screenshots of an email or a text message on your iPad to circumvent this measure. While many who set a timer for their messages will be happy to see them disappear, others may want to save them as evidence. The Wickr team realizes that this is a drawback to the Wickr app, but is working on a way to notify a sender if the receiver takes a snapshot of the message or text.
Another drawback to the application is that, although it is “military grade” and will benefit those involved in intelligence work, criminals, thieves, and dishonest husbands and company workers will use it to get away with illegalities of all kinds. If a husband can get away with cheating on his wife, all he needs to do is send messages to his girlfriend and set a timer. If an employee wants to get away with tax evasion, all he needs to do is make a confession and set a timer to the confession email. As you can see, the application will serve some beneficial purpose, but also some notorious purpose too. Next, although the application is free, you will pay extra if you need to send files larger than the file limit. Finally, you can only use the application if you contact iOS users who already own the app on their iPhones. Contact your friends and convince them to purchase the app so that you can have secret contact with them.
Silent Circle is another security application that is offered in the App Store, although it costs $20 a month to maintain on your iPhone. Invented by Phil Zimmerman, creator of the app “Pretty Good Privacy” (PGP), the application will release a beta version during the summer months and will go on sale at the App Store this fall 2012. The application will protect not only your emails, but voice, texts, and VOIP communication. According to Zimmerman, the Silent Circle application is for fugitives, prisoners of war (POWs) that escape from dictatorships and terrorist groups, runaway soldiers who do not want to fulfill their military obligations, refugees, rebels of the state, and so on. Harsh political situations necessitate the use of an application that will prevent innocent victims from being detected, discovered, and murdered or imprisoned.
Along with security apps, the week produced a new organization app that helps iOS users balance their lives—an application known as “iScope.” IScope costs $4.99 in the App Store, but you can download a free version of iScope and try out the application before you purchase it. The application allows you to create a project team, create a project, and add and erase tasks from it to organize and keep up with tasks as they are completed. Dropbox serves as file storage for the application, so you can send files and have files sent to you as part of the project workload. Rob Lefebvre believes that the iScope app provides you with a project task browser that does not require you to become too detailed, fill out too many forms and lines (like OmniPlan), or too little so that you cannot organize your tasks effectively (Wunderlist).
Finally, SnapDot is made for iPhone users who are always looking for photo applications that help them create pictures that will always mark life’s special moments. The most amazing thing about this app is that it involves the art of “stippling”—a practice that consists of placing dots in the right locations and combinations to produce a shaded drawing. When you stipple, you are conveying shaded areas as though you are an artist painting on a canvas. You can connect dots together to make real-life photos of you, what some may call “dotted portraits” or “beaded portraits.”
The SnapDot app, invented by Dotwerx Co-Founders Adrian Secord and Jim Collier, costs 99 cents at the App Store but can only send the pictures you create by way of email. The app has two other drawbacks: 1) SnapDot does not have a social networking connection (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) nor 2) can you send pictures by way of any other operation besides email. Secord and Collier say that the app will be intertwined with Facebook in the near future. Head on over to the App Store to see if you have what it takes to be the next amazing stipple artist.