August 3, 2009

Vic Mahfood

Problem Halved

COST: 99 cents
DESCRIPTION: Lifestyle, Messaging, Native, Social Networking, Sentiments
..RELEASED: 7/7/09, VERSION: 1.0 -- RATING: 5 Stars

Problem Halved has come up with a whole new approach to the "Dear Abby...please help" newspaper column. This app does not directly offer help, but if you post a question, you will get several replies from other users, one of which is sure to be helpful. Could this be the new cyber Counselling? I tried it myself by first reading several people's problems under the Halve a Problem button, and lending my advice where I thought I had a little knowledge. Hopefully, my words will help someone in trouble somewhere around the world. Next, I posed my own personal help question by tapping the Post a Problem button, and let a couple hours elapse before checking and tapping the same button again. Sure enough I had received several useful answers. Basically, the interface is very simple with 4 buttons: Post a Problem, Halve a Problem, My Advice and My Problems. When you tap Halve a Problem, you will see 3 categories. The first, The Biggest Problems, will then give you a Search Cloudlet from which you can choose a topic. If you don't see the topic you need, try Search The Problems. Sometimes, you need to explore more than one suggestion when solving problems. I truly love the idea of people helping others, and we certainly can't all afford the time and money for counseling. Oftentimes, peer advice is the best. I would definitely explore this unique app which is quite different from any other at the App Store. After all, who doesn't have a problem these days, and what could be better than people helping people?

"Problem Halved was created in MEDL Mobile's app incubator by Rob Shoesmith, a trash collector from Coventry, England. Rob wanted a unique way for people to share their problems with the world. Problem Halved will allow you people from around the globe to give you suggestions to help solve your problems."

--Note:  This app requires OS 3.0 or later. Rated Rated 12+ for Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use or References.
--Tip: You must first create an account before being able to use this app. A podcast will be launched shortly with celebrity guest speakers to complement Problem Halved.
--Languages: English
--Developer: MEDL Mobile

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--Tech Jargon: phishing - An online scam in which the perpetrator sends out a large number of legitimate looking e-mails that appear to come from respected companies (such as eBay, PayPal, MSN, BestBuy, AOL, etc.) with the intent of "fishing" for personal and financial information from the recipient. These e-mails are falsely claiming to be the respected company who needs the user's information to update their files, when in fact, it is an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will later be used for identity theft.
The phony e-mail directs the user to go to a Web site with the logo of the respected company, where they are asked to update personal information (such as passwords and credit cards, social security numbers, and bank account numbers) which the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and has been established only to steal the users' information. The e-mail usually includes a threat stating the user's account will close if they do not receive this updated information in a specified time period.

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