Safety Button -- for emergencies

This is another what-will-they-think-of-next app. I continue to be astonished by the range of iPhone apps. Safety Button offers a big red button that will make you or your children safer when out and about. When you start the program, your iPhone starts tracing your steps on a server. If you press the button, the server will contact your chosen friend or a parent with a distress message containing your position and a panic message. The app costs $3.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.