Meteor Automatically Erases Photos You No Longer Need, Or Want

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Meteor is a $1 app with a brilliant, simple solution to a common problem no one seems to have addressed until now — and it’ll almost certainly unclutter your phone.

As demonstrated repeatedly, the iPhone’s camera is a legitimate tool for making great photos. But it’s probably far more often used for taking “throw-away” photos: pictures snapped to record information, to show your bestie the boil that suddenly appeared on your thigh, or snapshots of your cat licking her butt to entertain your friends on Facebook.

Instead of cluttering up your iPhone with boils and cat butts, Meteor will erase any images snapped using it after a set time — photos can be set to expire after anywhere from one to 30 days after being taken, in one-day increments. And if you change your mind, any photo you subsequently decide to permanently keep can still be saved to the iPhone’s Camera Roll.

It’s a simple, spartan app, only garnished with what’s needed — a button to turn the flash on or off, an option to choose front or back camera and a library of all the photos snapped with the app that haven’t expired and disappeared yet.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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