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App Wrap: 'MiniBar,' 'Zeel'

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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.

Mobile phones make life more convenient or they make us lazier or a little of both, it all depends on your point of view but these next two definitely fall into at least one of those categories.

MiniBar

The first is MiniBar. It allows users to quickly and easily, as long as they can prove they're of age, buy wine, liquor or cider right there on the phone and then have that order delivered in under an hour and for free. The service makes its money by charging the liquor store a small fee per transaction. While shopping you can just scroll through all the choices or drill down and filter out results based on type, region, price. Here's the downside though, right now it has a very limited delivery area, just the Big Apple and at that, just parts of Manhattan and little bits of Brooklyn. This is the type of service that, depending on how successful it is, could spread. Developers say they plan to blanket all of New York City before eventually heading out to other cities. MiniBar is a free app right now for iOS devices, an Android version is in the works.

Zeel (zeel.com)

And, sorry, but this one has to skew towards the lazy side...for those of you who want to book and then get a massage all from the same rear end-sized dent in your couch this is Zeel. Similar idea to the last one, you order up the type of massage you want, type in some notes and preferences, and then the masseuse comes to your home for your treatment. Though, this one is not promised in under an hour. When you start off with the app you will have to verify your identity, which includes typing in the last four digits of your social security number. The app says to help secure everyone's safety since these therapists will be entering people's private homes. There is a price list up there so that you can pay up front, and that includes tip. Zeel is a free app for iOS and Android devices. Right now the services are available to certain areas of New York state and Florida with others on the way.

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