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App Wrap: 'Life360,' 'PPLConnect'

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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.


BMW's i3 electric car, due out later this year, looks pretty sleek from the outside but we're going to tell you something about the inside, an app that'll make life much easier when trying to meet up with your friends or family. Life360 is a mobile app out now that allows you to create a network of people, like a group of friends or family members, and then among the things you can do, see where all those group members are on a map. Well Life360 in the i3 will allow drivers to simply click on a person on the in-car display and instantly the GPS will steer toward them.

"Normally when you have to find a family member you give them a call, you wait for them to pick up, you say, 'Hey where are you?' They tell you and address, you then have to write that down or fiddle with the thing, drop the phone, and then eventually you, sometimes they're not sure where they are, they're just like 'Oh I don't know somewhere around 3rd and San Jancinto, with this you can just open it up, say 'drive to Jen' and it'll route you right there."

And actually the Life360, free on iOs and Android devices, will integrate with all BMW in-car iDrive systems in the coming year.


And here's another that may make life a bit easier, particularly if you spend a good part of your day tied to a computer. It's called PPLConnect, and quite simply allows you to link your phone to any other connected device, like a computer, so that you can answer calls or other messages right there on the computer, no need to keep checking your phone.

"All you have to do is you download the PPLConnect app onto your phone and once that’s done, your phone is now linked to the web so that's really it, you can log in on any device through the browser at and you have access to your live calls and SMS,” said Jenviev Azzolin of PPLConnect.

Right now PPLConnect, a free app, is available just for Android devices. An iOS version is in the works. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP