OK, nobody was shocked when famous-for-being-famous couple Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries announced they were getting divorced after 72 days of marriage. It's entirely conceivable the whole thing is an elaborate PR stunt, but assuming the two really did want to stay married, here are our suggestions for how technology could have helped them stay together.
Yes, our tongue is slightly in our cheek here (hey, it's a public holiday in Melbourne!), but we have discussed the notion of using the iPhone as a marriage counselling tool before.
1. Use the phone already
For couples who spend lots of time apart (as the Kardashian-Humphries clearly did), the basic functions for a mobile phone — making calls and sending messages — are actually the most important. It's relationships 101 stuff: if you don't stay in contact, you'll drift apart. Call cost probably wasn't an issue for this pair, but if you want to save money doing that, consider a prepaid plan that includes free calls on the same network. Picture by epSos.de
Continuing the theme of real-world communication, sending a card will remind your partner that you care, and Apple's Cards app lets you turn any picture into a printed card and send it anywhere in the world. Just don't make the picture too raunchy. [Cards]
3. Love Maps
This app asks you questions about your partner, ensuring that you're compatible and that you're aware of important issues in each other's lives. Sure, this stuff might emerge in conversation, but for $1.99, it's a lot cheaper than a divorce lawyer. [Love Maps]
4. Words With Friends
This app would have two benefits. Firstly, it would provide a fun collaborative game which would again create an additional source of connection between Kim and Kris. Secondly, it might improve their spelling (judging from their Twitter feeds, that's definitely needed). [Words With Friends]
Because if it really doesn't work out, you'll need to sell all the wedding presents. [eBay]
What apps would you recommend for a celebrity couple in crisis? Share your ideas in the comments.