It's almost that time of the year. Well, sure, it's the time of jolliness and being festive. Me? I look at it as the time of year I can tell my kids that Santa is watching to straighten them out. Fortunately, there's now an app where you can "scan" your child to see if they're naught or nice. Best of all, it's free!

I don't need to tell you that it doesn't really scan your child. But the fear it strikes into your child or the overwhelming joy that flushes through their system is as real as Santa himself.

With this particular app, the trick is where you hit the reset button if you hit it on one side, they'll be nice. Hit it on the other side, it'll come out as naughty.

There are other free apps that do the same thing, but might have a different way to decide. One that my android-using friend uses has it depend on if the phone is upright or sideways.

This is the one I have on my iPhone, and is also available for iPod and iPad, but I'm sure you can find others you like all the same.

Santa's Scan-o-Matic via iTunes