The smartphone as personal security guard

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STOP-ATTACK is an app that can quickly activated to record audio and video and instantly sends out alerts to emergency contacts if there is threat of assault. Illustration: STOP-ATTACK
The STOP-ATTACK app can be quickly activated to record audio and video, and instantly sends out alerts to emergency contacts if there is threat of assault. Illustration: STOP-ATTACK

With the number of smartphone muggings high enough to earn the crime its own category in the police stats, holding a pricey little computer in your hands is like toting a big target.

However, you could also be holding a layer of security: Several apps have emerged that sound an alarm to family, friends and law enforcement in the event a smartphone owner feels threatened, faces an assault or suddenly gets nervous about their surroundings.

Could Apple have already lined up the sapphire supplier for the iPhone 6s?

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Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s's sapphire display? Photo: Desay
Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s's sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Due to its failed relationship with GT Advanced, Apple missed out on releasing the iPhone 6 with the rock hard, all sapphire display that was initially rumored.

But what about the iPhone 6s? It’s still unknown, but an Apple supplier, Desay, has just announced their own smartphone with an “unbreakable” sapphire display.

Secure Your iPhone 5/5S With The Sleek iPhone 5/5s Protection Bundle [Deals]

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If you’ve wanted to protect your iPhone 5 without compromising its form factor, then this Cult of Mac Deals promotion is for you.

The unique clasp locking system of the Leverage i5 was inspired by high-end watch clasps, and the metal latch and lever system are built to last. Plus, with its integrated buttons, the case never gets in the way. This bundle also comes with three interchangeable backplates – flat (normal), headphone wrap, and credit card holder (for 1–4 cards) – that add functionality, but only when you need it.

And you can have The Sleek iPhone 5/5S Protection Bundle for just $39.99.

Get The Selfie iPhone 5/5s Accessory Bundle [Deals]

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The “selfie” – the art of snapping a photo of yourself for funny, serious, or purely narcissistic purposes – is often accomplished by the famous “standing in front of a mirror shot” or holding your phone as far away as possible while still being able to comfortably press the shutter button. Awkwardness has always been part of the selfie…but now it doesn’t have to.

TheSelfie aims to make it easier for you to get the best shot possible, whether you’re taking a true selfie or a group shot. And it’s included with this latest Cult of Mac Deals offer – “The Selfie” iPhone 5/5S Accessory Bundle – which you can get for just $27.99!

The Vaultskin Lexx Wallet Case For iPhone 5s/5: The Slim And Stylish Solution That Keeps Everything Together [Deals]

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Some people prefer to keep their phone unfettered with additional functionality. But for the pocket-space-optimizing pros out there…this is a dream come true.

Introducing the new Vaultskin Lexx Wallet Case for iPhone 5/5S. It’s a protective phone case, it’s a wallet, and it’s only $35.99 – including free shipping – during this very limited time offer.