Good News! Big Brother Is Watching! And A Tsunami Is Coming!

At Staples in 2008, Daniel Amitay earned renown as director of logistics for “AP Assassination” — the non-school-sanctioned, very popular springtime Nerf gun-“killing” ritual for soon-to-graduate seniors.

Now he’s honing his computer programming skills.  And one of his iPhone apps — “Big Brother Camera Security” — is now one of Apple’s Top 25 downloads.

The concept is simple:  When someone tries to access your iPhone’s passcode, the app takes 2 photos of the perp.  It emails those photos to you — not to your iPhone, obviously — and adds the GPS location of the attempt.

If someone hits the home button — because the app cleverly pretends to show your dock — an alarm sounds.  Even if your phone is on vibrate!

It works only on iPhones with front-facing cameras — but enough people have them (and have security worries) — that Daniel’s free app is a smash.

For a demo, click on the video below:


For another Westport app developer, timing is everything.

In December, Denny Kwon incorporated “Tsunami” as the name of his new app-development company.

Three months later, a natural disaster of the same name leveled Japan.

“Very poor timing,” Kwon admits.  He hopes that’s the worst thing that happens to his venture.

Tsunami is the flagship product of 10 iPhone and 5 Android apps that Kwon has created.  It’s a “personalized radio station,” but don’t think Pandora or Grooveshark.

Users can upload self-created audio content — primarily music now, but also spoken or written commentary on anything from sports and politics to fashion and college admissions — onto their “station.”

They can attach photos, YouTube clips, or their Twitter or Facebook feeds too.

Other users can also add their own content — music, video clips, spoken commentary — to my station.

All stations are available — currently in alphabetical order, soon through a search function — so that anyone can find a station, and listen to or view whatever is on it.

The app has been downloaded 6,000 times since debuting in March.

The 2 most popular stations right now are The White Panda (a mashup duo) and Camelback Music, a blog by Westporter Cam Mullen (now a student at Vanderbilt).

Although it’s heavy on music, Kwon hopes Tsunami will attract more diverse content.  He’s currently seeking “station managers” for niche topics like fashion, school, sports, politics, pop culture, advice and more.

His fans, meanwhile, are focused on music.  The app has gotten great ratings and reviews.  A sampling:

This is great for artists that want to get their music out there.

I stick this on whenever I want to listen to new music.  So fun!

This app is sick.  Once a few more blogs get on there this could be a real game changer.

And no one has complained about the unfortunate “Tsunami” name.

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