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Wakie App Lets You Get Wake-Up Calls from Strangers

Wakie App

 

You can hit snooze on your alarm, but you can’t exactly hit snooze on someone, can you? That’s what the developers of Wakie are counting on to make sure that you’re awake when your alarm goes off. It’s an app that makes alarms social in the sense that it works by having a complete stranger give you a wake up call.

Just set it up so that you’ll get a call at the desired time and go to bed. No contact information or numbers will be exchanged, and the call will automatically be disconnected after a minute to save everyone from awkward goodbyes.

Wakie is available for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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Type Your Letter, and ‘Snail Mail My Email’ Will Write and Send It For You

Snail Mail My Email

 

There’s just something about snail mail that makes it mean more than an email or instant message. By “it,” we don’t mean just the message, but the whole thing in general. I suppose a lot more effort goes into writing a letter and taking the time to mail it out versus typing it up and hitting the “send” button.

San Francisco artist Ivan Cash gets that a letter is often more than just a letter to the recipient. So in 2011, he started the Snail Mail my Email project where he invited people to shoot him an email, which he would then write and mail to the intended recipient for free. The project has since evolved into a week-long event where hundreds of people volunteer to write letters sent in by people from all over the world.

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Unsticker.Me Gets Rid of Stickers from Your Facebook Feed

Unsticker.Me browser extension

Facebook is great for a lot of things: messaging long-lost friends, reconnecting with distant family members, and virtually catching up with college buddies, among others. What’s not great about it, though? Stickers. Those too-huge emoticons that some people use way too much.

If you’re sick of them, then here’s an extension you need for your browser: Unsticker.Me. It does what its name claims to do: wipe those stickers off of your feed whenever they get annoying. Take that, Zuckerberg!

You can download the extension here.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Need to Get Someone’s Opinion? Get the ‘Ethan’ App and Ask Ethan!

Ethan app

There are just some things you just can’t ask Siri–and for that, you’ve got Ethan. Think of him as the friend you never had, only cooler, because he created this awesome app (which he aptly named after himself) that lets anyone get in touch with him, anytime, anywhere. Ethan Gliechtenstein originally made the app so his friends could send him a message, but when random people downloaded the app and sent him a message, well, he didn’t disappoint.

But then random people started downloading and I became sort of a virtual assistant at one point, finding music for romantic dinner or animes with dragons for them. Sometimes it’s hard because they keep asking me questions while i’m sleeping. That’s why I added the rules on the home page.

I downloaded Ethan and sent him a few messages, just for curiosity’s sake, and got a couple of responses faster than I expected. You can get the app for free from the iTunes app store.

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Yovo Photo-Sharing App Messes Up Screenshots to Protect Your Pics

Yovo App

So a lot of snaps that were taken and sent using Snapchat were leaked recently. I, for one, am a firm believer that if you need to have an image deleted mere moments after you’ve taken it, then you probably shouldn’t be taking that picture in the first place. Scores of people disagree, so if you’re looking for an alternative to Snapchat, then you should check out Yovo.

It’s an image sharing app created by ContentGuard and it uses a simple but ingenious way to keep your images private. All pictures taken using the app have a blurred grill overlay added to it, which isn’t apparent when you’re checking out the picture. However, it effectively ruins (or rather, blocks) the image when the recipient tries to take a screenshot.

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Need Cuddles? There’s An App for That and It’s Called ‘Cuddlr’

Cuddlr

Sad? Lonely? In need of a hug? Well, Cuddlr does you one better by not only finding you someone to hug, but someone you can actually cuddle with. The concept is interesting but an app that lets you meet up with strangers so you guys can cuddle is a bit…off. Cuddle is a location-based app that keeps track of people who are looking for cuddles and their current location.

Walk into an area where there’s someone in need and you’ve got yourself a cuddle buddy. Its developers say it’s safe, secure, and private but…we’ll see about that.

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noPhone: A Non-Phone That Forces You to Socialize

NoPhone

A group of four, seated at a table, waiting for lunch to be served but they’re hardly talking, much less looking, at one another because each one is so busy swiping and tapping on their smartphones. It seems like everything’s wrong with this picture, but it’s a sight that’s getting more and more common to behold.

Cue the release of the noPhone– a revolutionary non-phone that brings back the social in social gatherings. It’s a “toilet-resistant” fake phone with no camera, no Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, and no phone functions. In fact, it’s more like a paper weight than an actual phone except for its shape.

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Use ‘Somebody’ to Send Messages to Friends Via Strangers

Somebody App

If you think about it, social media takes away from actual socialization because of the lack of in-person interactions. Aiming to inject a little bit of that back into social-centric apps is Somebody. The app literally lets you use somebody (while using Somebody–get it?) to send a personal message to your intended recipient, wherever they may be.

Here’s how it works: the user composes his message and includes any special instructions to the messenger, such as extra notes on how to deliver the message or any accompanying actions. He then chooses another user of the app in the vicinity of the recipient to deliver the message.

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Sad Tweets: Revel in the Loneliness of Your Lonely Tweets

Sad Tweets

 

Social media is all about interaction and connecting with people virtually over the internet. Unfortunately, not all posts are created equal, and some of the things you’ve posted probably got ignored or overlooked every once in a while by your network.

It so happens that an app that looks up your old, sad tweets from the dredges of Twitter’s archives exists: Sad Tweets. An apt name, isn’t it? It was built by creative agency Party NY and it basically parses through your Twitter feed to look for tweets that were never favorited, re-tweeted, or replied to by others.

Who knows? You might learn a thing or two about what to post (and what not to post.)

VIA [ C|NET ]