Mobile Technology

Reporter: Clare Brady

Its creators say it is a coincidence that it's new 'sneaky' mobile phone app is christened TigerText. So, what can this clever Tiger do? Well, it can cover its tracks.

Telechoices Marty Yilmaz explains how it works - "When you send a text message to a friend, you can get that text message to be deleted after a certain time frame".

TigerText, new to iPhone, leaves no trace in the SMS trail - within 60 seconds any messages are gone - and i-Phone need not look far to find well known poster boys for it's new racy eraser.

Mobile phone technology is changing the way we interact with each other and our surrounds faster than ever thought possible.

Today, Lara Bingle may be praying on a new app to put a stop to chain letter type photos -- catching them mid-air after finding out a steamy shower shot of her is bouncing between AFL player's phones.

And listen to what else is on the horizon. "An awesome app and it is called repellent -- works when having a BBQ it sends out a signal and good bye Aeroguard", Marty said.

And then there's even a new dating application in which you can search for possible suitors -- the phone can track one down one as close at 200 metres by using an inbuilt Global Positioning System. "Some of the really cool stuff that they've been talking about for awhile, are phones with screens that roll out or bendable screens that you can wear as a wrist watch. Perhaps the future probably of mobile phones and not the stuff they are talking about for this year or next year, but down the track, once that screen technology becomes available, we're going to see phones that are different shapes from what we're seeing", said Joe Hanlon of CNET.

But Professor Sean Cubitt says the speed of transition in the mobile industry is daunting. "There's no question that paranoia is just a condition of 21st Century life and every new technology that comes along increases that level of paranoia", he said.

Now there's even a neighbourly spying app. The UK already has it, allowing users to check if those over the fence have anti-social behaviour disorders. Called Asborometer, it's great for would-be house buyers and works by lifting information about thugs and pesty people from government databases, before sending it to mobile phones. "Every new technology makes paranoid people more paranoid", Professor Cubitt said.

Wouldn't it be good to get back to basics?