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Say you’re out on a date with someone new, and the person who sparklingly met all the usual pre-date prerequisites turns out to be… far from what you expected. What do you do? Enter eHarmony’s Bad Date Rescue app, which can be preprogrammed to call you with a ‘fake’ emergency, allowing you to believably excuse yourself while sparing the other person’s feelings.
This is basically why we love apps.
It’s not just Path — some of the most popular iOS apps are also scanning your address book. Ahem, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Yelp.
This problem may be short-lived, however. Apple said yesterday that, as it already does with location data, it will now require any app that accesses address-book data to clearly obtain users’ permission in order to do so. This came after several members of Congress wrote a letter to Tim Cook, the company’s CEO, asking why Apple didn’t better protect consumers. Apple is due to respond by Feb. 29.
Turns out there truly is an app for everything. This one will let cops translate graffiti gang symbols on their smartphones.