During Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th starting at 8:30PM Eastern, mobile users all around NYC received a mysterious alert message:
Go indoors immediately and remain inside. DO NOT DRIVE. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.
These emergency alerts are a new feature of iOS 6, allowing government agencies to send out critical messages to the public. The U.S. Government’s emergency alert system was launched in May 2012, and this was the first alert to be sent out in NYC since the system launched.
Some very exciting developments in the iPhone apps world this week. Check out these 3 must-have apps:
Create an account at GetDropBox.com, then effortlessly sync files between your home computer, work computer, and your iPhone. You can even take pictures/videos from your iPhone and upload them directly to your computer. Cost: FREE. This absolutely kills the $4.99 Air Sharing app’s revenue model.
RedLaser uses the camera of your iPhone as a barcode scanner. Scan anything from books, to candy and it will instantly search for the product on Amazon and Google. Great for price matching when buying electronics. Cost: $1.99.
Much anticipated ZipCar app is finally out. Find a nearby car using the built in GPS function, reserve it via the iPhone interface. Once you initially unlock the car with your KeyCard, you can then unlock/lock/honk the horn from your iPhone. Really impressive stuff, and will definitely up my Zipcar usage. Cost: FREE (Zipcar membership required)