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Fresh Android Apps for Jan. 27: Latify, PADI, Social Secrets

by Ian Black

Two of today’s fresh apps seek to improve on existing services. Latify attempts build a better Google Lattitude and Social Secrets allows you to use Facebook’s powerful communication but make it more private. Finally, the PADI app let’s you locate SCUBA dive shops. Yeah, it’s winter, but we can dream.

Latify (~$2.73)

Google’s Latitude allows you to track the real-time locations of friends displayed on a map. The new Latify aims to improve on the service with background GPS syncing, offline capability, and location history.

With Latify, you can set the app to update locations even if the app is running in the background. Also, Google’s service must be online to function, but Latify offers an offline mode – where you can see where your friends most recently were when you were last online. Using the location history feature you can then see a line of movement from where your friends have been to where they are now.

PADI (Free)

PADI stands for the Professional Association of Dive Instructors. It is one of the two major SCUBA diver certification organizations in the world. Now, they have an Android app!

The PADI app allows you to search for PADI-certified dive shops. You can use your phone’s location as the search info, or enter in a physical address. The app provides the list near the location and allows you to navigate there. PADI dive shops offers dive lessons, SCUBA gear, air tank fill-ups, and more.

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Social Secrets (Free)

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are so public! These popular services are becoming the standard for personal communication but unless you use the one-to-one message options, you are sharing your messages for others with everyone.

Enter Social Secrets. This app lets you scramble your messages so that they can’t be read by anyone but the recipients you want. There are two levels of scramble – one where the receiver just has to cut and paste the scrambled message into the app to see the decoding, and one which uses a shared key to make it even more secure.