There's Not an App for That: Apps That Got the Ax in 2011

   By drodriguez  Dec 28, 2011

The Apple marketing phrase “there’s an app for that” has become widely known and understood among iPhone users for the shear reality that there truly is an app for almost anything. From an app that generates heavy metal band names to free fashion apps that help you shop from your phone, there are many choices out there to aid the iPhone user in their day-to-day activities.

But, apparently not all apps are created equal. A recent report from PC World discusses some of the apps that were deemed inappropriate and banned from the Apple Store in 2011.

One of the apps, “Drivers License”, was available for free through the store for two years before it was deemed dangerous and taken down. The app allowed users to create a fake drivers license complete with correct state templates and any photo and bio of your choice. The demise of this app was initiated by the Coalition for a Secure Drivers License.

Another app that seemed to be encouraging a degree of deviance was one called “Buzzed” which allowed users to avoid DUI checkpoints by using a map with all of the checkpoints highlighted. Unsurprisingly, lawmakers were not happy and Apple has taken this app down and instated a ban on any app that encourages drunk driving.

One app named “Tawkon” that may have actually helped users avoid potentially harmful radiation was also banned in 2011. What the app was created to measure and alert the phone user to the amount of radiation they were being exposed to while their phone is in use. The app would also help users position their phones in a way that elicits the least amount of exposure to radiation.

What do you think of some of the apps that were banned in 2011?

Do you use apps? Which is your favorite?

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