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It's Our World: Meltham programmer to give 40% of energy saving app proceeds to environmental charities

Chill Central by Darnster Software aims to solve need for separate personal and work mobiles

Danny Ruttle's Chill Central app

An environmentally conscious programmer is to donate proceeds from an energy saving mobile app to ecological charities.

Chill Central, by Meltham based Darnster Software, aims to remove the need to own separate work and personal mobile phones.

The program is the creation of Danny Ruttle who has pledged to give 40% of the £1.59 download fee to environmental charities.

Chill Central allows users to set separate work and personal profiles using one handset.

The time activated profiles can be set to filter out calls, texts and notifications from colleagues and clients outside working hours and vice-versa when you’re on duty.

The app, available from the Google Play store, aims to reduce the energy and inconvenience of using and charging two handsets.

Danny, 49, said: “Chill Central uses simple rules to read calendar events and filter incoming calls and texts and makes use of existing features built into Android phones, such as calendars and contact groups, e.g. a rule can be created to block calls from your coworkers if there’s an active entry in the specified calendar entitled ‘annual leave’ or ‘weekend’ etc.

“All blocked calls and texts are logged and the user can choose whether notifications of missed communications are displayed.

“A massive advantage with Chill Central is that it reads directly from your calendars and adapts automatically depending on the day and the time, only blocking when it’s correct to do so – similar to the out of office feature available in some email or calendar packages.

“In terms of donation, the reason I wrote the app was to remove the need to have two handsets and I saw one of the benefits (was) the reduced impact on the environment.

“I wouldn’t say I’m an extreme environment advocate (but) we will have a responsibility to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Charitable donations apply to all downloads registered in Google Play between May 1 and August 31.

All beneficiaries are listed on the Chill Central website at www.chillcentral.co.uk

For more about Climate Concern visit: www.climate-concern.com


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