Being a spy isn’t easy, but having state-of-the-art tools makes it a heck of a lot easier. If you don’t have that bankroll of a major player, the iPhone can help tide you over, with the following nifty apps for spies on a budget.
Recording information can be crucial to a mission’s success. While voice recording accommodates more than just spies, it’s still a useful basic spy staple. There are other apps, like Jott, VoiceNotes, and Ecconote, that do the same thing.
Coordinate your mission with your contacts by having everybody’s location fed real-time to a Google Maps display. This app isn’t quite ready yet, but it is being developed.
An injury left untreated can slow down your mission. Get information about poison, choking, stings, bleeding, burns, and more. This is stuff you should know, but the app sure helps if you don’t!
Far from being useful to only spies, Google Earth is still the poor man’s satellite support. See and read the upcoming terrain, and plan your approach.
About to do something dangerous? This app traces your steps and saves them when you start up the software, and has one big help button to push when you’re in trouble. The app will then contact a chosen friend (asset, ally, etc.) with your current position.
Echo --- bravo --- zulu --- niner. Don’t look like a chump if you have to start busting out NATO alphabet code. Odds are you won’t use this, but it’s good to have just in case.
Save time and try to get the truth. While lie detectors are about as pseudoscience as you can get, an app like this still might have a use.
Fairly self-explanatory. Don’t let your number give away your identity, or rather, change it to what you need it to be.
Settle quickly into a new country and translate important phrases to store for later. Includes Arabic, Bulgarian, simplified Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese (Romaji and Kanji), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
If you need a quick rundown on a new face, try this app to do a background check, getting criminal records and other potentially critical information.
Turn your iPhone into a command centre, and monitor your video surveillance channels. No need for a sleepy guard with a magazine. Includes saved recordings, motion detection, and email alerts.
Shame this tool doesn’t actually work. Some functional fingerprint-based app could have been cool.
Feel free to comment some suggestions for apps to add, in case I’ve missed any!