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New Android apps worth downloading: Cryptgram, PrivacyStar update, Jones On Fire

by Phil Hornshaw

Today, we've got a couple of apps that can help you increase your privacy. Up first is Cryptgram, an app for sending photos and chatting with friends, while blocking others from seeing what you send. Following that is an update to PrivacyStar, an app for blocking callers and texters and reporting spam. Finally, we've got Jones On Fire, a running title in which players avoid a forest fire and save cute kittens along the way.


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Cryptgram (Free)

What’s it about? Share pictures with others over a private social network with Cryptgram.

What’s cool? Putting photos out on social networks can be scandalous. Most notably, the fact that anyone can see those pictures, especially if you're not careful or don't understand the social network’s privacy settings. Cryptgram solves that issue by keeping your sharing private with just trusted friends. The app lets you control whether others can share your photos, and how many times or for how long they can view photos before they're no longer available. The app also allows you to blur portions of a photo you want to share, in case you want a little additional privacy.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for a way to share photos with friends while keeping them away from the eyes of others, try Cryptgram.

What’s it like? Send photos and chat with friends privately with Snapchat and Wink!, two solid social alternatives.

PrivacyStar Text & Call Block update (Free)

What’s it about? This app blocks out unwanted calls and keeps your phone from bugging you during important moments.

What’s cool? PrivacyStar is a powerful weapon in helping you stay away from unwanted contact, be it through phone calls or text messages. The app blocks callers you don't want to hear from, shutst down “private” callers and texters, blocks all incoming transmissions with a Do Not Disturb mode and report people who send spam texts or violate Do Not Call requests. The latest update to PrivacyStar adds in more useful features, like live over-Internet caller ID, and a “call center” feature that gives you a complete history of incoming calls and their caller ID information if it's available.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for more privacy and control over what calls and texts you receive, you should check out PrivacyStar.

What’s it like? You can get more call-blocking capabilities (and more) from Mr. Number and Dead2Me Call & Text Blocker.

Jones On Fire ($1.99)

What’s it about? A running game with an interesting graphical style, Jones On Fire is about evading a forest fire while saving kittens. Awww, kittens.

What’s cool? You avoid obstacles in ach level of Jones On Fire in order to outrun flames that are licking at your heels. You also must rescue a bunch of kittens along the way. The game is set up as a side-scrolling runner, with players dodging over and under fell trees and other obstacles. The kittens you save in each level let you upgrade Jones in between each mission, and the game features online leaderboards for seeing who the best kitten-saver and fire-dodger out there truly is.

Who’s it for? Fans of running games and indie developers should check out Jones On Fire.

What’s it like? Gravity Guy and Rayman Jungle Run are two more fun side-scrolling running titles that deserve a look.


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