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New Delhi World Book Fair Official App

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New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) is one of the biggest event in India for book lovers. It is organized every year by National Book Trust since last 41 years. For the current year (2015), it is presently going on in Pragati Maidan from 14 to 22 February.  Many national and international book publishers showcase their published books in the fair.

This year National Book Trust has launched a mobile application to assist the visitors. For now, the application is available only for Android platform. The app is being divided into different sections as below.

  • About Us – Details about the New Delhi World Book Fair
  • Exhibitors – Details of publishers based on their name, products, halls and language
  • Venue – Map of various halls at the venue and route guidance
  • Event – Calendar of many events happening during the fair
  • Share App – Option of sharing app via default Android share menu
  • Coupon – Discount coupons for purchasing the books in the fair
  • Near By – Nearby attractions and route guidance
  • QR Code – Know about exhibitors by scanning the QR code
  • Locate Exhibitor – Locate an exhibitor
  • My Favorite – Favorite exhibitors for taking reference in future
  • Social Media -Links for social media pages of the fair
  • Feedback

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Look and feel of the app is neither very great nor very bad, it can be called just okay. When I run the app for first time after installing, it asked for registration i.e. Name, Mobile and Email. I think registration details should not be mandatory as I doubt many people will exit the app at this point. I myself has put some garbage values as I did not feel any need to give my personal information to the app. I liked the Venue section of the app much as it gives details of the halls and what’s inside the hall. Pragati Maidan is very big area and the app helped me in finding the hall and stalls of my interest.

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Overall the app is good. I would recommend you to install the app if you are planning to attend the New Delhi World Book Fair.

Download Links

Download ‘NDWBF 2015’ from Google Play

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Duolingo – Learn New Languages With Fun On Mobile

duolingo-topDo you want to learn new languages but don’t have lots of time and money to do so?

Duolingo is here to teach you languages with lot of fun and for FREE on your mobile. Duolingo is the easiest way to learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian from English and vice versa. 

Duolingo was created by Professor Luis von Ahn of  Carnegie Mellon University along with few of his students. The same professor has created reCAPTCHA which was later acquired by Google. Originally Duolingo was launched as a website, as private beta  in November 2011 and for general public in June 2012, to learn languages on the web. It was an instant hit with the people. Later they released iOS app in November 2012 and very recently Andorid app in May 2013. At present there are around 3 million users of Duolingo according to Wikipedia.

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Main features of Duolingo mobile application are as below –

  • Completely FREE – no ads, no fees.
  • Fun. Duolingo is almost like a game. There are multiple levels of the learning, you earn points after covering each level, you lost hearts for incorrect answers. You can invite your friends to learn with you and compete with them.
  • Learning languages with Duolingo is very effective which has been proven in scientific studies as well. Lesson units are very short and words are repeated in many ways so that you can remember them. 
  • Lessons are divided into various stages of skill tree. You start with Basics followed by Common Phrases, Food, Animals, Adjectives, Verbs, Colors, Pronouns, Clothing, Places, Nature, Communication, Science, Medical and many more.
  • It keeps track of progress – days of learning, points earned, number of words learned so far etc.
  • It sends daily emails to remind you for taking learning lessons.
  • Duolingo mobile application and website are synced so you can start learning from where you left.

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I myself have started learning French since last week on my Android mobile. I only give 10-15 minutes a day and have covered 2 lessons and learned 12 French words. It’s a nice feeling to learn a new language without worrying much about time and money. I would highly recommend Duolingo.

Duolingo iOS application can be run on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Android app at present is compatible with phones while a tablet version is coming soon.

Download Links

Download from Duolingo Website

For Andorid – Download from Google Play

For iOS – Download from iTunes App Store