App Wrap: "OnTime," "PlugShare"
NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Digital calendars seem to do everything, whether it's store appointments, send reminders or send event invites. But now these calendars could help you get to your events and appointments on time, depending on what's happening that particular day.
The "OnTime" app promises to work alongside whatever digital calendar you currently use -- Outlook, iCal, etc. Input an appointment, and then OnTime uses GPS to route driving directions based on your current location, the drive length and current traffic conditions. OnTime then gives a warning when you should leave for your appointment in order to get there on time.
In case you run behind, you can input the contact's info into the calendar entry on the appointment, so that the app can automatically send an e-mail or text to the person that says you're running late.
"OnTime" is out now for iPhones and BlackBerrys for $1.99. Developers say an Android version is imminent.
Nowadays, more people are getting to appointments and other destinations in electric vehicles, or EVs. Potential EV buyers can be concerned that they will drive their cars too far from home and not find a spot to plug in and charge their ride -- a concern called "Range Anxiety."
To help out, "PlugShare" is a new so-called "community-powered" app that tries to serve as a realtime database of EV owners willing to share their outlets with other EV owners.
There is contact information so that users can call one another to set up a "charging" appointment, so to speak. The app will also indicate whether the charging spot is standard or can offer a higher voltage, and thereby faster charge.
"PlugShare" is a free iPhone-only app and developers say an Android version is in the works.