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Radiation app rejected by Steve Jobs

March 24, 2011 | 11:00 am

Email-to-Jobs-+-response-735x1024 Want to monitor your iPhone's radiation levels? So far, not to be found at Apple's App Store.

Steve Jobs last year reportedly rejected, in a two-word email, an app for monitoring radiation from Tawkon. So the Israeli-based developer on Wednesday posted instructions on downloading the tool, also called tawkon, by circumenventing Apple via Cydia (an app for finding software unavailable through Apple's App Store)  

"We tried the front door via Apple's App store," a blog post on the developer's site said, "But when Steve Jobs personally closed the front door with a curt 2-word email stating: 'No Interest' ... we were left with no alternative but to climb through the Cydia window to let iPhone users see and lower their exposure to cellphone radiation."

According to the developer, tawkon measures radiation emissions from cellphones and warns users about their "exposure level," which varies depending on how people hold their phones, where the people are located (inside or outside, etc.) and how good the connection is.

Tawkon debuted its app last May on BlackBerry's App World, later making it available on Google's Android Market. A premium ad-free version costs $9.99, but a free version also exists.

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-- Shan Li

Photo: email reportedly from Steve Jobs to Tawkon co-founder Gil Friedlander. Credit: Tawkon

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