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Tech reviews: Secret, Adobe Voice

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By Haley Tsukayama, The Washington Post


Admit it. There's a little part of you that always likes to know other people's secrets. And thanks to Secret, an anonymous social networking app, you can see and share those tidbits. Secret is a simple service, though it does require quite a bit of trust in the company. When you sign up, you allow Secret to access your contact list to identify "friends" on the service, although there are no names. From there, users literally just share short thoughts from behind the curtain of anonymity -- some juicy, some inane and some surprisingly heartfelt. It's also been used to dish the dirt on some of Silicon Valley's hottest companies, which has contributed to its appeal.

On Secret, you can see posts from anonymous friends, as well as any secrets from their friends. And, if you also agree to share your location, you can see posts from others nearby who've also opted to let the service know where they are. Secret isn't, by any means, a replacement for Facebook, Twitter or other social networks. But if you just want to dish the dirt for a bit? Fire away. Free, for Android and iOS devices.

Adobe Voice

Trying to market something on a shoestring budget? Looking for a way to add some pop to a party invitation? Consider using Adobe Voice, a new app which lets you make high-quality amateur animated videos in just a few minutes. The app, made just for the iPad, will add an extra layer of professional flair to your project, thanks to an in-app library of images, music and effects that moves you beyond the standard slideshow. You can also add voiceover tracks, which are easy to edit with the company's touch interface.

Projects made on Adobe Voice can't be downloaded to the iPad itself, though they can be shared over Facebook, Twitter, Adobe's own Creative Cloud and other social media platforms. You'll have to make your projects while you have an Internet connection. For a free tool, Adobe Voice is a great option for the rest of us to look a little more polished. Free, for iPad.

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