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10 Off-the-wall iPhone Apps

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Designated Dialer
Designated Dialer
Designated Dialer
Screenshot by Peter May

There are times when we must be saved from ourselves. One of those times is when we're sharing a few drinks with friends, armed with an iPhone that contains the phone numbers of dangerous people, such as ex-girlfriends, an arch-nemesis or an old boss. One too many beers and the next thing you know, you've got a dangerous character on the line and you're giving him or her a piece of your rather drink-addled mind.

This problem can be eliminated with Designated Dialer and just a bit of forethought. Prior to your next night out, install the app and select the contacts you determine you should avoid calling with less than a crystal-clear brain. Designated Dialer locks those contacts and, should you decide to place a call to one of them, it will instead dial a special toll-free number at which you will receive a message reminding you of your wise pre-planning. After sleeping it off, simply launch the app again and your contacts are unlocked and ready for sober, well-thought-out conversations.

Simple, yet highly effective, this is a crazy app that could save your life, or at least your dignity.