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Smartphone horror story No. 2: There's an app for what?!

Smartphone apps have revolutionised the world of mobile business. With the right set of programs, you can stay connected to your company, keep up with important news, and maintain close contact with colleagues. Of course, with the wrong set of programs, you can land yourself in some seriously hot water.

We've all heard of a co-worker getting caught with, shall we say, inappropriate materials on his work PC. But finding naughty stuff on someone's business-issued smartphone is still a relatively new phenomenon.

It certainly caught the folks at OneCall Manage off-guard. The agency works with corporations to analyse their workers' mobile phones and spot any potentially problematic areas.

During a routine check-up with a major company, the OneCall consultants found something that stood out. It was a game being played on a company device - and it wasn't Pac-Man. In fact, the game was called Sexy Cougar, and no, it wasn't about mountain cats.

OneCall CEO Berylle Reynolds smiles when she thinks back on the discovery. It's a sharp contrast to the frowns that formed when Sexy Cougar first came to her agency's attention. "We had to go in and actually block all the phones to prevent the workers from downloading anything in the future," she says.

Oh yeah - there's one more twist: "It wasn't just one person," Reynolds reveals. "There were four employees who had downloaded the Sexy Cougar game in the same office."

Hey, at least we know they weren't using iPhones.

The moral: Remember the old adage 'Don't mix business with pleasure'? It applies just as much between a man and a smartphone as it does between a man and a woman. Don't forget it.

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