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12/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pic Bubbler iPhone App Will Get Anyone Naked

Update: The application described below has been renamed Photo Bubbler after the makers Pic Bubbler Pro, a similar application that was already in existence, contended that they owned the Pic Bubbler trademark.

The Pic Bubbler app for iPhone transforms photos of swimsuit-clad people into titillating, NSFW-seeming images.

The app, available from iTunes for 99 cents, uses an optical illusion called "bubbling," which strategically covers people's naughty parts (and their clothing), but gives the viewer the impression that the figure is naked.

When you upload a photo of a swimsuit-clad figure, the program applies a transparent layer that you can manipulate using the iPhone's touch screen. You can poke holes--bubbles--in the surface of the transparent layer, opening up patches of skin while keeping clothed areas hidden. You can drag the bubbles around with your finger and resize them by pinching. When you're done, the swimsuit should be completely covered and the exposed areas of skin should imply nudity. After you save your work, you can share it over email, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

According to Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz, the precision required for the Pic Bubbler can make the iPhone's 3.5-inch display feel cramped. "This should have been a universal application, running on the iPad's big screen at full res," Diaz writes.

Frankly, we're surprised Apple hasn't pulled Pic Bubbler from the iTunes store yet, given the company's history of censoring NSFW and controversial applications. (See the most outrageous banned apps) A similar Pic Bubbler app is also available for Android devices.

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