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SALT LAKE CITY -- The advent of pocket power in a smartphone has opened the door for application makers to create programs designed for myriad purposes. Unfortunately, there are also many folks who have developed apps that are really challenging to justify. Here are five apps that seem to be pretty useless to the majority of the smartphone users in the world. How some of them continue to exist is a mystery, but they are available from an app store.
Smoke a Bowl — How this is any kind of benefit or fun is a secret held by the developers and any who associate with them. This app, along with many others of similar ilk, give the user the chance to "inhale through the phone mic" for some senseless reason. Of all the nonsensical apps out there, this one seems to be totally without any socially redeeming value.Metal Detector — Several bright programmers have created a way to use the sensor in a smartphone as a metal detector ... sort of! While it might be interesting to see what it could find, the actual usefulness of this app seems pretty limited. Especially if, as some reviewers state, the earth's magnetic field can mess up the calibration.
iNap@Work — This interesting app for iPhone users is designed to help workers in cubicles or offices take a nap by creating sounds like someone is working. The app lets them choose keyboard clicks, paper shuffling, stapler sounds and other noises so the tired soul can get a few winks in during the work day. It's not a terribly productive app, and chances are the user will get caught ... unless the boss is doing the same.
Calm Candle — For the amazing price of $4.99, an iPhone user can download an app that will help with meditation and calming therapy. That's right, everyone with an iPhone can now have a candle that slowly burns and shrinks (while draining the battery) as it gives off a calm glowing influence. Might be easier to just take a nap.
Caveman Age Calculator — The premise of the app is to compare the age of a person today with someone who is 100,000,000 years older. It doesn't take a math genius to realize that however old a person is today, 100,000,000 years ago they would be the same age as today. Maybe there is something that isn't very clear in the whole idea, but this strikes one as a pretty useless piece of information to be generated by an app.And the list can go on forever in this category. There are apps to make your phone become a mirror, hail a taxi or let you hold your finger on a button for as long as you can. Some of these may actually be fun to have, but there is little value in what they do, except maybe entertain. What others are there out there that are as bad as these? Comments are welcome.
Mike Whitmer is an android user who likes to keep things simple. You can contact him at email@example.com.