Talking Angela

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Talking Angela
Threat Level – Low

With all the talk of this app and Facebook rumors spreading like wildfire, I had several requests to get up an honest review of the app. So let’s start with who makes the app. Out fit 7 ltd is the creator of the app and immediately I found several other similar style apps that they program such as “Talking Tom Cat”, “Talking Ben the Dog” and “Talking Gina the Giraffe”. So why does the Talking Angela app get all the attention. We will get to that in a minute. So here is the low down to the app.

Talking Angela is available on the mobile app market and is available for free. Once you download, the app does not require an email or your name and date of birth like I have read it did. Basically it is a talking cat that responds to your touch with a giggle or a purr. The other features come along with it are different depending on the mode you select when you first load or inside the app under settings. These modes being child or adult. First off, I don’t know why an adult would want to play this app but to each their own, let’s break down the differences.

Child mode and Adult mode

The cat appears to be a female cat with a female voice. This is the same graphic and layout for either mode. The child’s mode is just in repeat mode. When you talk to your device, the app records what you say and repeats it in a high pitched chipmunk sounding voice. The adult mode does not repeat. Instead, it allows you to type in text to chat with the cat. I attempted to type rude messages seeing if the cat would respond, but it did not respond with anything vulgar. I don’t really understand why they call it adult mode, unless I just didn’t get close to a question that it would understand and reply to with an inappropriate response. So basically in child’s mode, I didn’t see anything that would be inappropriate for children. In adult mode, I still didn’t see anything that was totally out of the ordinary. I played with the app for at least 30 minutes and never got a response with a question that I felt like was from a stranger on the other side of the app, as the rumor mill suggested. The only odd part of the app was when you push or poke the cat to hard with your finger, it knocks her off the stool she is sitting on and before you know it, a large dog with a hat and some kind of magicians wand pops up on your screen as if to scold you for knocking the cat off her stool. She will then tell you in different ways how she doesn’t appreciate you knocking her over. Innocent yeah, odd yes…but we are talking about a talking cat app here so let’s chalk it up as something funny not weird.

Now on to the camera feature. I had read in these urban Angela legends that the app uses the camera to take pictures of you. I didn’t see any evidence of that. The only thing the app does with your picture is puts your face in a small mirror that sits behind Angela as to make it look like you are looking into a mirror. No more no less.

I also read where the cats eyes were someone’s else’s real eyes in the other side of the app that is watching your child play with the app. Once again, no proof of that or anything from the way the app works that anyone could even be on the other side.

I am personally calling all this a big hoax. Something someone started that went viral and now is all,over the Internet as another scare craze that is totally not true. As to why I think this app got selected to be the hoax target versus the other similar apps the company makes. This app is done in high definition and the cat is real life like in its movements and gestures. It is kind of creepy if you look at it thinking that all these rumors are true (which their not). Then with the adult or child selection, that got people thinking that this app could be explicit (I couldn’t find anything explicit either). A combination of this and how things go viral so quickly, I think someone is laughing as I type this taking credit for that first fake article.

I have this a low threat level, and not a very low due to one reason. There is an adult mode. I haven’t figured out why other than the interaction, but if they update the app to respond to sexual related questions or other explicit questions, then this app needs to go. As for now, it seems harmless. Download it yourself and play with it in child’s mode vs adult mode. You can change these modes in settings inside the app.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message via the contact Aaron tab on the top of page.

App description – Angela, talking cat, cat, white cat, pink cat, cat talk, talking animals,

Hot or Not

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App review – Hot or Not

Threat Level – Very High

Hot nor Not is a social picture sharing app that allows kids to vote a simple Hot or Not on a profile picture they select, giving them a point score (similar to a grade on their looks)

This app reminds me of the original thought process of the popular Facebook site. If you have ever read the history of Facebook, Hot or not is similar to what Developers envisioned Facebook to be. A simple yes or no vote on the basic idea if that user is attractive.

Hot or Not is a free app downloaded for mobile markets that starts you out with the create profile screen. From this page you can select 2 ways to make your account. #1 Using your own Facebook account (which is a simple one click login) or #2 creating a login based on a username and password (email address). For my review I selected the second option to create an account which only took about 3 minutes to create. During this time, it asks for profile information and also for you to upload a picture of yourself so that people can vote if you are hot or not.

Once I had my account, I was able to then customize my settings. I was able to select the guys or girls and the age frame (starting at 18 years old) of who I wanted to rate as a Hot or Not. The interface is simple and easy to customize. There is a point system that is associated with the percentages of hot votes vs not votes that you get from the application live as other users of the app gives you votes. They are voting on the profile picture that you uploaded of yourself while you are voting on others.

This app may seem fine for an adult, but for children there are 3 very dangerous parts of this app that bumps this right up to a Very High Threat Level. #1. The pictures you are voting on are people that are using the app close to you.
This means the app is using GPS that is getting more and more common on social media outlets. You do not want people to know who your children are and where they are posting near…never. #2. There is a chat feature that allows messages to be sent from user to user. So that you may have contact with the stranger that is closest to you. Anyone else visualizing a problem with children using this app? #3. I feel a child has enough stress on them with school, activities and growing into maturity to be given something else to worry about. That worry is the number they are rated or their grade. Kids should not be graded as a number based off other peoples votes for them. I can see where this could run into more problems with possibly bullying or arguments.

From the first few minutes of browsing this app, I realize there is no way that some of these users on the app were adults and appeared to be underage. Some I would guess between 11-12 years old. Obviously they Clicked on the 17 years old plus warning on install to skip right past the age requirement part. (I hope that is not your child). There were also very sexual oriented profile pics of users which in my opinion, were trying to get more ‘hot’ votes vs ‘not’ votes. Also, when I switched inside the app from girls to guys, the first male was dressed in full drag queen attire. These images you would not want your child seeing.

As instated earlier, this app is free to download and should be flagged and discussed with your child if found on their device.

App description : red flame, red, white, red fire, fire drop, white fire, red heart, heart, white flame, flame with red heart

Snap hack

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Snap Hack

Threat Level – Very high

Snap hack is an app available on all markets for a few dollars that allows snap chat users to save pictures that are sent to them via Snap chat.

As you probably already know from earlier reviews, Snapchat is an app that allows its users to send other Snapchat users pictures where they are able to view them for several seconds before they delete themselves. It has been a popular app for sending photos that your friends would have a hard time saving until now.

The way Snap Hack works is after download, you log into your snapchat account with your username and password inside the Snap Hack app. After you login and receive a snapchat, you just have to remember to open Snap hack first and not open Snapchat at all. Snap Hack will then take the photo that you received in Snapchat and save it to your camera roll. Once there, you can view, edit or do as you wish with the snapchat photo that was sent to you via Snapchat.

I have this app a high threat level due to what it could get your children involved in. I have personally seen kids convince other kids to send inappropriate pictures via snapchat since they delete themselves, and they use that as leverage. With this app, if your child is not aware, they may be sending a picture they think will auto delete and little do they know, the other person has saved a copy of their photo.

Ghost, wink, pink, pink ghost

Chive

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Chive

Threat Level – Moderate

Chive is a social picture sharing app for all devices. This app was developed from its original website where people would share photos that are categorized. Chive wanted a more mobile friendly site for phones and tablets, so they developed the Chive app.

Chive is a free download with no inside app charges. There is small advertisements at the bottom of the screen but not many pop up ads. You will see video advertisements periodically while in the video section.

Chive allows users to upload pictures or short videos and categorize them in folders. Most are innocent photos and categories such as Funny Cat Pics, or Dogs are Crazy. When you open the folders, there are featured photos relating to the category. You can give the pictures or photos likes and also share them to your other social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. There is also a share to email where you can share the picture via email or even save the photo to your camera roll for saving onto your device for later sharing or viewing.

Most of these categories are safe, but the reason why this app got a Moderate and not a Low or Very Low rating was due to some folders having some sexually suggestive photos and categories such as Red heads, or Bathing Suit collections. There are no nude pictures allowed, but some seemed to get very close.

For example, at the bottom of the app there are 4 buttons to select. They are labeled. Latest (for the newest pictures shared), Shuffle (randomly shuffles through all the photos regardless of categories), Videos (section dedicated to all videos instead of only photos), Top Rated (this is a section of the top rated folders or categories).

The top rated section is what got me wondering who is mainly using this app and what most people are looking at. I will list the top 4 of the top rated section category titles. 4. Can a rush order be put on these mail order brides. 3. Get back in the game with sexy sport bras girls. 2. Believe in your selfie and number 1 top rated folder is called. From Asia with love. The top viewed folder is full of Asian decent women’s sexually suggestive photos not appropriate for children.

Get familiar with this app and how it is used before you allow your children to download this alone.

Chive, black, green, c h I v e, c, h, I, v, e, chiv, the chive

Let’s Date

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Lets Date
Threat Level – High

Lets date is an app developed by Saturn5 technologies that allows users to generate themselves a “dating card”. You do this by signing into the app using Facebook login and then selecting categories you fall under such as, hiker, movie watcher, weight lifter etc.

Once you select your categories and upload your profile pic, you are ready to start selecting Dates. When you select someone, they can then view your card and decide whether to reply with a message and accept the date, or decline.

A couple things struck me odd about this “dating” app. Number one was the explicit pictures that are viewable of profile pics of its users. 2nd was how the warnings of the app on download stated 17 plus, but more strange was all the disclaimers about sexual conduct, nudity, drug use. If this was a legit dating app, why would they need a disclosure on inappropriate remarks?

You also rank the persons card date after the date happens for others to view before dating. Could be an innocent dating app for adults or another sex meet up app disguised as a dating app.

Regardless of this apps intentions good of bad, your child does not need this app on their device. This one is flagged Adults only for a reason.

White, Blue, red, red heart, dating app

Clipchat

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Clipchat

Threat Level – Very High

Clipchat is another picture sharing app in the world of self destructing photos that started with SnapChat.

If something is doing well and making money, you can rest assured knowing other companies are going to try and copy. We have seen this with Idelete and now with Clipchat. So you ask yourself. What is the difference?

There is not a whole lot of difference with this app. The concept is the same. Share photos or videos for a short time before the picture deletes itself. With Clipchat, there is a predetermined time frame of 5 seconds. As of right now, you cannot choose different time frames for the person you are sending to be able to view. There are some cosmetic angles that are different with pixeling of the pics before you view them, but that really is purely cosmetic.

One different aspect of this app versus others is more of a social feel with being able to leave messages with your followers. Everything else is just cosmetic. Of course, they are trying to market the encryption of your pics being private and not obtainable due to deletion method. I have a rule of thumb when it comes to technology and data. If you send it, there is no way you can get it back. Keep that in the back of your mind because there usually is a way to get the images through these kind of photo sharing apps.

I ranked this at a very high threat level app, due to it being an app that you cannot monitor very easily and will have to stay up on your kids friends list to see who and what they are sharing via this app.

I’m sure more clones are coming like this so brace yourself and stay educated.

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Story

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Story

Threat Level – very low

Recently, Disney released a new free app called Story for Apple iOS devices. The Disney Story app is optimized for iPhone 5. It loaded fine though on my iPhone 4S, I had no evident issues although the app was not designed for my particular model of phone.

The idea behind the app is that the pictures and videos you take tell the stories of your life. You are able to view shared stories on a unique website that is created for each Disney Story created in the app. If you choose to share just keep in mind that those who can see your Facebook or are invited to the email will be able to see the story, so please don’t publish private information like addresses or phone numbers.

The information provided by Disney from the App Store indicates that the unique Disney Story websites will not be able to be searched for or found without the unique web address. Any pictures or videos uploaded, but not shared are deleted from the app’s server after seven days.

I found the app to be very user friendly on my Apple devices, and kind of fun seeing the timeline of photos. The Disney Story app accesses your camera roll to organize pictures and videos by date and location. This makes it very easy to see stories of your life appear before you to share with others.

You can share this via their website, Facebook or email. I gave this a very low threat level due to the those ways being the only way to share.