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Monday, 10 October 2011

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Surreptitious photos are a snap

New from the makers of iWeigh is the latest in applelets for the iPhone, this time making full use of the GPS capabilities of the iPhone. Called iStalk it lets ordinary people find and follow the celebrity of their choice.

"I decided to follow Holly Willowby," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "For no other reason than she had no other stalkers, and she looked lonely."

On loading the iStalk applelet for the first time, the user can select their first celebrity, although this can be added to or altered later for those who wish to stalk multiple celebrities or change their celebrity. There are currently over three hundred celebrities available for stalking, with expansion packs that can be bought, should the user's preferred celebrity not be in the initial list.

The chosen celebrity is located through crowd sourcing, their latest position quite often accurate to within ten feet. Using the iPhone's built in GPS and mapping facilities, the app can guide the user to within visual spotting distance of the celebrity. The inbuilt facial recognition will let the celebrity be identified and name the people they are with, taking plenty of photographs.

Thanks to a tie up with Hi! magazine, juicy snaps can be sold straight to the magazine, with automatic negotiation taken care of by the app.

"I followed Holly Willowby for a week," said Buck. "I managed to get some great snaps of her and Robbie Williams sharing a cosy milkshake. Hi! magazine would have given me three hundred quid for those pictures, had I not been employed by a rival magazine company. Still, it's a proof of concept. The app works."

Daily updates of what the chosen celebs are up to is fed directly into the app, allowing the users to stalk celebrities from the comfort of their own home, should they wish to.

"For anybody who wants to know everything about anybody," said Buck, "This app is indispensable."

Buck does have reservations about the app though.

"The celebrity list does seem orientated toward Americans," he said. "There is a British expansion pack, but I'm not on it, so you have to question how complete it is."

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