Trendy new apps call your lawyer, keep you safe on walks

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A slew of new smartphone apps have hit the market recently. KOIN looked into them and found three that offer services to users we deemed helpful:

Duey Dialer: This app is designed to help drivers when they are pulled over by law enforcement for traffic violations. This is especially helpful when an officer suspects the person of driving under the influence.

Users launch the app, click a button and the app begins to record. A lawyer in the area gets a text notification with the location and audio recording of the incident. Lawyers are usually assigned by county.

The app claims that it helps users protect their rights and is “like having an attorney in your pocket.”

The app is free for users and attorneys are given a free 6-month trial. After 6 months they are able to sign up for a monthly subscription.

Companion: This app offers users safety and companionship when walking alone. Authorities can be contacted at the press of a button if someone walking alone feels threatened.

According to the app’s website, it is easy to use with these steps after downloading:

  • Plug in your destination and select your mode of transportation.
  • Add friends or family to be your Companion. They don’t even need the app installed to watch your back!
  • Reach out to your Companions or your local police department with just a tap.
  • If you set off a Smart Trigger, we’ll check in to make sure you’re safe. If you don’t respond, we’ll alert your Companions.

Private Photo (Calculator%): This app allows users to hide photos and videos on their phone using an app that looks like a calculator so no one else would think to look in it.

A password beyond a fully functional calculator unlocks the hidden photos. The app is receiving attention from parents of teenagers who fear their kids will hide photos from them. It could also cause tension in a marriage if one spouse intends to hide photos from the other.

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