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Name: Kik Messenger
Developer: KIK Interactive Inc.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Android.
Kik Messenger is a decent app that can be a good alternative to other popular messaging platforms such as Facebook chat -- especially if there are only certain people you're interested in talking with.
At the time of writing, Kik is advertisement-free that works across multiple platforms. It is a good real-time chat option, and you can also share images with selected individuals (think of the possibilities..), plan your next outing with your partner, and you also receive instant notifications when a new message or image is sent to you. Group chat is also a handy option that can be organized by creating groups or adding people to real-time conversations.
Name: Pillow Talk
Developer: Little Riot
Not an app but certainly worth a mention, Pillow Talk is an experimental project aimed at creating a physical presence in long-distance relationships. The system has two elements -- one, a ring sensor that each person wears to bed. The second element is a flat fabric panel that is slipped into their pillowcase. Through a wireless connection, once one person goes to bed, the other panel begins to glow -- indicating that your lover has also retired for the night.
Placing your head on the pillow apparently allows you to hear the real-time heartbeat of your partner -- certainly a step-up from the 'good night' text message.
Pillow Talk is currently waiting on funding for manufacturing the project after going viral and receiving almost half a million hits.
Source: Little Riot
Developer: Pinterest Inc.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Pinterest is a web-based platform that is also available as an iOS application. The basic idea of Pinterest is to 'pin' your favourite images to share with the world -- but what if you and your partner are both on separate trips, or living in different places? Share a board and share your experiences.
Source: App store