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Shakes It Baby!

Shake it Baby!
by Gary Woods

If my wife is running late I love the little free app called Find My iPhone. I just fire it up and it will tell me if she’s left wherever she was and is on the road or if she’s stuck in traffic or still doing whatever she went out to do. But what if she’s somewhere and needs help and can’t make a phone call or text me.

That’s when I found Watch Over Me ( All you have to do is take out your phone and launch the app then shake it when something goes wrong. The app will sound an alarm, take a video of what’s going on and send your location to your loved ones. How Cool Is THAT???

As with most things in life there are 2 versions. The free one gives you a 20 minute maximum event time, 1 emergency contact. Email & Facebook emergency messages only. No video recording capability and Share my Journey via Email and Facebook.

With the Premium Version you get unlimited event duration. Unlimited SMS alerts, unlimited emergency contacts plus SMS, email & Facebook emergency alert messages. It also has Video recording when you shake to trigger an emergency alert and Share my Journey via SMS, Email and Facebook.

Pricing for the Premium version is $9.99 for a 3 months subscription or $23.99 for a 12 month subscription. Currently the app is only running on the iPhone so all you Droid and Blackberry people are just going to have to wait in the wings.

I think this is a great app for everyone because who knows what we’re going to run into out there in the world and wouldn’t it be great to let somebody know that you’re in trouble and need some help!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.