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Education

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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Finance

State Bank of India launches Freedom Plus Mobile Application

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State Bank of India is the biggest bank of India and has used technology in very good manner to reach its customers. It has a very good online banking portal for many years. It was also front runner in developing mobile application for doing banking transactions on mobile phone. I still remember first application for Java enabled mobile phones launched my SBI many years back. As smartphones started becoming popular SBI has launched ‘State Bank Freedom’ application for all major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone. While the user interface of iOS and Windows Phone applications was very good, the same can’t be said for Android. The application was very old style and mostly text based with very little images.

Recently, for the good sake of Android users, SBI has launched new application for Android mobiles which has been named ‘State Bank Freedom Plus’. As its clear from its name, it is definitely a plus from the older application. It has a very modern user interface with colorful and good looking menu icons. Images have been throughout the application which gives very good impression for the user.

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The application has various sections as below.

  • My Accounts
    • Show case overview of 4 account variant (Transaction / Deposit /Loan / PPF)
    • Selection of account number 
    • Detailed account information
    • Last 5 transaction 
  • Banking 
    • Funds Transfer (Own A/c)
    • Intra-Bank (Within SBI) Transfer
    • Inter-Bank (Other Bank) Transfer
    • Credit Card (VISA) Transfer
    • IMPS Transfer
    • Fixed Deposit
    • Recurring Deposit 
    • Call Us
  • Bill Payments 
    • With Bill
    • Without Bill
    • View Biller
    • Scheduled Bill
  • Top Up/Recharge
    • Coming Soon. This section is not functional as of now.

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Overall SBI has done a wonderful job in launching this new mobile application for its banking customers. I will highly recommend all Android mobile users to stop using old application and download ‘State Bank Freedom Plus’ on their mobiles.

Download Links

Download ‘State Bank Freedom Plus’ from Google Play

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Travel

Rajasthan Roadways Launches Official App For Bus Ticket Booking On Mobile

RSRTC-logoRajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has recently launched an Android application to book bus tickets on mobile. Earlier there was facility of booking tickets only from their website. Providing a mobile app is very good initiative specially from a Government department.  

Application has good user interface. They have mentioned on the app page on Google Play that the app has been developed according to Android Human Interface Guidelines. The very first step is to register from within the app. The registration form is very short and simple and I did not face any difficulties during registration. I got my login details both via Email and SMS within seconds.

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Main sections of the application are as below –

  • Book Tickets
    • Search buses from source to destination.
    • Actual seating layout is presented for choosing seats according to preference.
    • Payment can be done by Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking or through Prepaid Wallet 
  • My Bookings
    • Cancel Ticket
  • Failed Bookings
    • View Failed Transactions
  • Wallet Credits
    • Payment can be done via Prepaid Wallet as well. Money need to be deposited in designated bank account by Cash/Cheque or by doing a NEFT transfer. After that money deposit information can be send to RSRTC by filling a form in this section.

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RSRTC has also developed a RSRTC Mobile App Portal along with the app. All facilities available on the app are also available on the portal except for Ticket Booking. 

A lot of people travel to Jaipur from Delhi and vice-versa daily in RSRTC Volvo buses. This app should be useful for passengers specially for visitors traveling to Rajasthan. 

Download Links

Download ‘RSRTC Official App’ from Google Play

RSRTC Mobile App Portal

RSRTC Website

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Business

‘mPassport Seva’ Application From Ministry of External Affairs

passport-topA passport is mandatory whenever someone is going on a trip abroad. But since last few years, many people who don’t have immediate plan of going abroad are also applying for passport. The major reason behind this is that passport is being used as Identification Document while applying for many government and private services. Till few years back applying for passport was a nightmare for a common citizen as the process was very time taking due to various reasons. To make the process fast and easy, Government of India launched ‘Passport Seva Project’ in 2010 on Public Private Partnership model with Tata Consultancy Services. This brought down delivery time of passport from months to weeks due to process optimization and use of technology.

Passport Seva website (http://www.passportindia.gov.in) is the official website of Consular, Passport & Visa Division of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India which is maintained by Tata Consultancy Services. Division has also launched a mobile application ‘mPassport Seva’ few months back to expand the reach to more citizens. The application is very useful considering the fact that it is being launched by a government department.

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There are five sections of the application as below –

  • General Information
    – This section is having information about applying for passport on the website and ‘Passport Seva Kendra’
  • Locate Centre
    – Passport Seva Kendra
    – District Passport Cell
    – Police Station
    – Mission/Post Abroad
    – Passport Office
  • Fee Calculator
    – This section provides application fee information depending upon various factors like fresh or renewal, age, normal/tatkal etc.
  • Status Tracker
    – This is most useful section which allows tracking of passport application as well as the RTI application in relation to the passport
  • Contact Us
    – Information about the Toll Free call center number of Passport Seva

As of now the application is available only for Android mobile phones. Overall the application is good. The application works in full screen mode which hides the notification bar; this is one minor downside of the app. 

Download Links

Download ‘mPassport Seva’ from Google Play

Passport Seva Website

Categories
Tools

Manage Your Vodafone Account On The Go With ‘My Vodafone’ App

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Vodafone is one of the largest telecom operator in India. It is giving a tough fight to Airtel, the number one operator. Last year Airtel launched ‘my Airtel’ mobile application to manage all Airtel services from the comfort of mobile phone. Following the same path, this year Vodafone has also launched its own mobile application ‘My Vodafone’. 

‘My Vodafone’ application is available for iOS, Android and Blackberry as of now. Major features of this app are as follows –

1. Prepaid
  • View and subscribe to Best Offers
  • Check main and bonus balance
  • Recharge account with Credit Card, Debit Card and Net Banking
  • View recent recharges and deductions
  • View current data plan details and data usage
  • Activate / Deactivate Value Added Services
  • Track status of recent service requests / complaints
2. Postpaid
  • View current bill details, charges, unbilled amount, credit limit etc
  • Pay bills (with Credit Card, Debit Card and Net Banking) and view recent payments made
  • View/Change Bill preferences
  • View current voice plan details, data plan details and recent data usage
  • Activate / Deactivate Value Added Services
  • Track status of recent service requests / complaints
  • View and subscribe to Best Offers.

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Few things to remember while using the ‘My Vodafone’ application are as below –

  • You will need a valid My Vodafone Login ID and password to use the app
  • You can use your existing Login ID and password (created on Vodafone India website). Else you can create a Login ID within the app (using Register option).
  • Same Login ID and Password can be used on Web and the app.
  • For new Vodafone customers or one’s who have recently migrated (prepaid to postpaid), some account information will be available only after your first bill

Download Links

Download from Vodafone website

For Android – Download ‘My Vodafone’ from Google Play

For iOSDownload ‘My Vodafone’ from iTunes App Store

For Blackberry – Download ‘My Vodafone’ from Blackberry App World

Categories
Entertainment

nexGTv – Watch Celkon Mobile Cup West Indies Tri-Series Live On Mobile

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nexGTv has fetched the official rights of streaming Celkon Mobile Cup Cricket Tri-Series between India, Sri Lanka and West Indies. nexGTV has successfully done mobile streaming of IPL 6 few months back. The series has been hosted by West Indies from 28th June to 11th July. 

nexGTv mobile application is available for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Blackberry, Symbian and Asha phones. This app is not available for Windows Mobile as yet which is not a good news for Lumia users. As I have mentioned in earlier post as well, best part of the application is that there is no mandatory requirement of 3G or wifi internet connection on the mobile; it works even on 2G connection. Apart from watching live matches you can enjoy Match Repeats, Highlights, 4’s and 6’s, Howzzat and Masala on nexGTv application

For viewing live matches you have to take their Premium Channel Pack subscription which is available for Rs. 75 for 30 days and for Rs. 20 for 7 days. But all other sections i.e. Highlights, 4’s and 6’s, Howzzat and Masala are free to watch.

Download Links

Download links for the application are as follows –

Download from nexGTv Website 
 
For Android – Download nextGtv from Google Play
 
For iOSDownload nexGTv from iTunes App Store 
 
For Blackberry – Download nexGTv from Blackberry App World
 
For Symbian/Asha – Download nextGTv from Nokia Ovi Store 

 

Categories
Tools

India Against Spam Updated – Navigation Drawer, Donate Option And More

india-against-spam-topIndia Against Spam is a wonderful application which allows one click reporting of unwanted SMS and Calls to TRAI. If your number is registered for Do-Not-Disturb (DND), the sender of the call or SMS will be fined along with disconnection of sender number. The application also allows you to register for DND if you are not registered.

Recently the app has received a major update to add many new features.

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List of all the changes is as follows –

  • Navigation drawer for the application menu instead of old top bar. This is becoming standard with most of Android applications now a days.
  • You can now check status of your complaint. Actually it opens TRAI status check web page in the app itself.
  • Change in error reporting mechanism. This is applicable in case of  receiving an error message from your telecom provider after a complaint.
  • Donate support within the application. You can now donate 1 dollar to the developer for supporting the development of application.
  • Spread the word. You can open and like the recently created Facebook page from the app.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download India Against Spam from Google Play

Read more about India Against Spam 

Categories
Health

Mobile Applications To Find Blood Donors

blood-topBlood is Life. In our day to day life we overlook this fact but we realize this when we actually need blood for ourselves, for family or for relatives. While there is sudden requirement of blood in case of accidents and medical surgeries, in few medical disorders like Cancer and Thalassemia there is an ongoing requirement of blood every month for the whole life of a person. There is no replacement of blood and it can’t be manufactured in science laboratories, at least till now. Blood donation is the only available source of blood. 

There is a huge gap between demand and supply of blood specially in countries with huge populations like India. Finding blood donors is also not easy especially if you are new to your living place and don’t have any friend or relative nearby. There are blood banks in most of major hospitals but they also ask for replacement blood donors. Fortunately, there are few people working to overcome this solution with the help of modern technology. There are some websites to find blood donors which have released mobile applications as well.

1. friends2supports

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friends2supports is a 7 year old organization working in India for connecting blood donors with those in need of blood. They have a very good website and recently they have released their mobile app on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Java platform.

Features of  friends2supports mobile app are as following –

  • Search Blood Donors within specified State, district & city for any particular blood group
  • Call or SMS the donor from the app itself
  • Copy donor information on clipboard to save the information for any emergency
  • Register as Blood Donor
  • Share about the app on social media

For Android – Download friends2supports from Google Play

For iOS – Download friends2supports from iTunes App Store

For Windows Phone – Download friends2supports from Windows Phone Store

For Java/Symbian – Download friends2supports from friends2supports website

friends2supports Website

2. Indianblooddonors

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Indianblooddonors website was started in the year 1999 by a railway employee Khushroo Poacha when he saw few deaths happening due to lack of blood. We can search for Blood donors using their website, dedicated phone helpline and via SMS. They have also released mobile app for Android platform. 

Features of Indianblooddonors mobile app are as following –

  • Find donors in your city
  • Find donors in your area
  • Call or SMS the donor from the app itself
  • Subscribe for blood requirement alerts
  • Option to save your last blood donation date in the app
  • Contacted donors history

For Android – Download Indianblooddonors from Google Play

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3. Bloodhelpers

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Bloodhelpers was founded in 2009 as a website to build database of blood donors in India. They have released their mobile apps for Android and Windows Phone platforms. According to their website, application for iOS is on the way.

Features of Bloodhelpers mobile app are as following –

  • Search Blood Donors
  • Check the blood requests posted
  • Post Blood Request

For Andoird – Download Bloodhelpers from Google Play

For Windows Phone – Download Bloodhelpers from Windows Phone Store

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I hope these apps will be useful for you in case of any need of blood, although I wish that you never face this kind of situation. Let me know via your comments if you know any other mobile app to find blood.

Categories
Education

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

 

Categories
Weather

Skymet – Made In India Weather Application

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There are many weather applications for mobile phones but Skymet Weather is different.

Skymet Weather is almost first mobile application which is developed in India. I am saying almost because few months back Indian Meteorological Department has also launched one mobile application for checking weather, but this was not a good application. It was a good try by a Government body but the end result was nil. In that sense, Skymet Weather is the first real ‘Made in India’ mobile weather app.

Skymet Weather app has been developed by Skymet Weather Services Private Limited. Skymet was set up in 2003 and it is the first private company in India to provide weather forecasts and weather graphics. I think apart from Indian Meteorological Department, Skymet is the only company in country which provides weather information. Skymet already had a weather web portal which has much detailed information about weather in India. They have recently launched their mobile application which is named Skymet Weather.

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Features of Skymet Weather application are –

  • Weather information of 7500+ Indian locations
  • Provides information in 8 languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Odiya, Tamil and Telugu
  • 7 days forecast
  • On-the-go weather alerts notifying Monsoon rain, high temperatures, storms etc. 
  • Widget Support
  • Weather forecast videos
  • Latest weather news and stories on business, lifestyle, agriculture, global warming and water crisis.
  • Share forecasts on social networks
  • Report weather in your area 

Skymet Weather is having very good user interface. When starting for the first time it tracks your location if GPS is switched on otherwise it asks to add your location manually, this location will act as your home location. This is indicated by a small home icon on the screen. There is an option for adding more than one location. To keep the other locations permanent in the app you have to mark these locations as favorite. You have to click a small heart icon on the screen which will mark locations as favorite. Locations can be changed by swiping the screen to left or right, there is also a drop down menu button for this as well.

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There are four sections in the application – Today, Forecast, News and Videos.

– As its clear by name, Today section presents current weather conditions for the location you selected. There is a background image on the screen which changes according to the weather conditions. This makes the interface very beautiful and soothing to eyes.

– Forecast section shows future weather forecast for next 7 days  in a list on single screen. You can check the detailed hourly forecast of the day by clicking on the particular list item.

– News section has several sub-sections according to the category of news. These sub-sections are – Weather Warning, Weather News & Analysis, Lifestyle & Weather, Weather & Economy, Global Warming, Water and Air Traffic.

– Video section lists Videos of weather information of mainly metro cities and other important events like Monsoon forecast.

There is a facility in the application by using which you can report weather of your location, you can also add photographs to the report. Share button is also available for sharing the weather information on social media. Language and Units could be changed in Settings screen. You can also add Skymet Weather widget on your home screen to keep updated with weather information without opening the app.

In a nutshell, Skymet Weather is not much different with all other existing weather apps available in terms of major features and usage. But two factors make it distinct; First – it has been developed in India and second – you can see weather information in Indian languages. At present, Skymet Weather is available only for Android. So if you have an Android mobile, go straight away to Google Play and download the app. 

Download Links 

Download Skymet Weather from Google Play

Skymet Weather Web Portal

Skymet Website