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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

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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 

 

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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.

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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

 

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Tools

‘my airtel’ – Manage All Airtel Services From Your Mobile

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Airtel Mobile, Airtel Broadband, Airtel Digital TV, Airtel Money – Are you using one or more of these services from Bharti Airtel? 

It’s most likely that answer to the above question is YES as Airtel is one of the largest player in mobile services, telephone & broadband, direct to home television and mobile money in India. Apart from India, Airtel has presence in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in South Asia and also in 17 African countries.  Today I am going to write about very simple and easy way to manage all Airtel services from your mobile phone.

‘my airtel’ is the application from Bharti Airtel by using which you can manage Airtel Mobile, Broadband, Digital TV and Airtel Money services on your mobile. This application was launched last year by Airtel and recently it has won award under ‘Best Application using Network APIs’ category at GSMA Gloabl Mobile Awards 2013. 

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‘my airtel’ application has separate sections for each of the services. Features available under each section are as following –

1. Airtel Mobile Postpaid
  • Outstanding Bill
  • Pay Bill
  • Unbilled Usage
  • Bill Details
    – Bill summary
    – View current bill plan
    – Payment history
  • Manage Value Added Services
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
  • 3G
    – 3G unbilled usage
    – Set an alert on usage
    – View 3G tariffs
    – Purchase Smartbytes packs
2. Airtel Mobile Prepaid
  • Account Balance and Validity
  • Recharge History
  • Manage Value Added Services
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
  • – 3G usage
    – Set an alert on usage
    – View 3G tariffs
3. Airtel Landline and Broadband
  • Outstanding Bill
  • Unbilled Usage
  • Pay Bill
  • Bill Detail
  • Smartbytes
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
4. Airtel Digital TV
  • Balance and Validity
  • Recharge
  • Recharge History
  • My Package
  • Order Movies
  • Games
  • Special Offers
  • Service Request
5. Airtel Money
  • Account Balance
  • Load Cash
  • Send Money
  • Past Transactions
    – Last five transactions
    – Today’s summary
    – Yesterday’s summary
  • Pay Mobile Bill
  • Recharge Mobile
  • Pay Broadband and Landline Bill
  • Recharge Digital TV

If you are using any of the above mentioned services from Airtel, this application is must for you. I am using all of these services and ‘my airtel’ app is helping me a lot  in managing these service at home or during travel. 

‘my airtel’ application is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and other Java phones. It is not yet available for Windows Phone Windows Phone version has been released now.

Download Links

Download from Airtel Website

For Android – Download ‘my airtel’ from Google Play

For iOS – Download ‘my airtel’ from iTunes App Store

For Windows Phone – Download ‘my airtel’ from Windows Phone Store

For Symbian – Download ‘my airtel’ from Nokia Ovi Store

For Blackberry – Download ‘my airtel’ from Blackberry App World

For Nokia Asha & other Java Phones – SMS “myairtel” to 54321

 

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Communication

Google Hangouts = Chat + Talk + Messenger + Hangout + SMS (?)

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Many years back Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM and MSN Messenger were the major applications to chat with our friends or relatives. Specially Yahoo Messenger was the must install on every computer whether at home, in office or in cyber cafes. Then Gmail came and Google Talk was the first choice for chatting. When Google introduced Chat within Gmail, it ended any need for standalone chat clients on desktops and laptops with few exceptions like Skype for video chat. On mobiles the situation was different. There were chat applications for every smartphone platform like Google Talk on Andorid, BBM on Blackberry, iMessage on iOS. Then there were cross-platform messaging applications like Whatsapp, Viber, Kakao Talk, Line etc.

Google unveiled Google Plus in year 2011 to target both computers and mobiles and along with came confusion. Already there was Google Talk but now we were having Google+ Messenger and Google+ Hangout as well. Google Voice was also available in some countries. So in all we were having too many applications for messaging – Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and above all SMS. There was need for one unified messaging application from Google. Finally Google listened and unveiled Google Hangouts on 15th of May in recent Google I/O 2013.

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At present, Google Hangouts will replace Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangout and Gmail Chat. It combines features of all of these individual applications and has added new features as well. Google has confirmed to add SMS functionality to Hangouts in near future so that we can have one ultimate messaging application.  

Google has taken clue from the competition and introduced good features in Hangouts as below :

– Seamless functionality across all devices whether computer or mobile
– Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere
– Hangout and message friends anytime, even if they’re not connected right now
– Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
– See when your friends have read your messages and when they’re typing back
– If a friend isn’t available when you try to reach them, they’ll see an alert next time they connect
– Scroll back to any of your Hangouts
– Free video calls with up to 10 persons
– Work on Computer, Android mobiles/tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
– Hangout on Air – Broadcast your conversation to the world for free

For Android – Download Hangouts from Google Play

For iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch – Download Hangouts from iTunes Store

For Computers – Download Chrome Application from Chrome Web Store

Will Google be able to take on the likes of  Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Line, iMessage ?

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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 2

In first part of the series on mobile applications of Indian banks I have covered HDFC, ICICI and AXIS banks. In this second part of series I am going to provide details about mobile applications of three more Indian banks.

1. CITI BANK

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Citi Bank has named its mobile application Citi Mobile as mentioned on website of Citi Bank India. The application is available for Android, iOS and Nokia phones. There is no application for Blackberry and Windows Phone although a mobile web application has been provided which could be accessed via browser. The services available on the application  are as follows –

– Account Details
– Funds Transfer (including IMPS)
– Bill Payment
– Credit Card
– Requests
– ATM and Branch Locator

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/citibank-in/id467987820?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citiuat

Nokia – http://store.ovi.com/content/285640

Mobile Web – m.citibank.co.in

 

2. Standard Chartered

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Standard Chartered bank has given very different name to its mobile application – Breeze Mobile. The application is available for Android, iOS and other phones including Blackberry. There is no separate application for Blackberry so I assume it should be normal Java application. I could not find any mention of mobile web application as well. Features of Breeze Mobile have been listed on bank website which are See Your Money, Calendar, List of Transactions and Day and Night Wallpaper.

 

 

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Following things can be done via Breeze Mobile application –

  • Pay your utility bills
  • Transfer funds to other banks in India
  • View account and credit card details on the go
  • Top up a pre-paid mobile phone (across all networks)
  • Find, book and pay for airline tickets (domestic)
  • Choose, book and pay for movie tickets across India
  • Personalize your accounts with icons and nicknames
  • Find the nearest branch or ATM across India

 

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/breeze-india/id460909294?ls=1&mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.app.scb.breeze.android.main.in.prod

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS  BREEZE to 09987123123

 

3. YES BANK

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 YES bank is one of the leading private banks in India but it does not have much in terms of mobile applications. It has application with name of YES Mobile for Android and Java platforms. No application is available even for iOS (Coming soon has been mentioned on YES bank website). The same is applicable for Windows Phone. The application also has very limited features which are mainly related only to Accounts, nothing has been mentioned for Credit Cards. 

 

 

 

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Services available in YES Mobile application are –

  • Balance Inquiry
  • Pay Utility Bills
  • Interbank Fund Transfer
  • Fixed Deposit Enquiry
  • Mini Statement
  • Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS)
  • Request for Cheque Book
  • DTH & Mobile Recharge
  • Make Donations

Download links for the application are as follows –

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atomyes

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS “YESMOB” to 567678

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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 1

Mobile phones have started to replace desktops and laptops in daily usage specially for accessing Internet and Internet enabled applications. People are using mobile phones for checking various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn; for emails; for reading news; for reading books, for watching videos etc. This is equally applicable for financial and banking applications as well. In the first post of this series I am going to tell about mobile applications of three leading private Indian banks.

1. HDFC Bank –

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HDFC Bank is leading private and technology savvy bank in India. It has mobile applications for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. HDFC Bank mobile application has various sections which are as follows –

  • Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Mutual Fund
  • Demat
  • Bill Payment
  • Insta Alerts
  • Others

I have personally used the application on my Android phone and I found the application to be very user-friendly and fast.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad –  https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/hdfc-bank-mobanking/id515891771

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapwork.hdfc

Windows Phone – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/store/app/hdfc-bank/1c68e3c1-c88f-402f-a368-86dd944ce6a8

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/131957

Blackberry 10 – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/23758887

Mobile Web – http://m.hdfcbank.com/

 

2. ICICI Bank

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 ICICI Bank has its mobile application with the name of iMobile. iMobile is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Java phones. As of now there is no application available for Windows Phone. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. ICICI Bank mobile WAP site is also available for non-smartphones.  Services available in iMobile application are as follows –

  • Bank Account
  • Credit Card
  • Loan Account
  • Demat Account
  • mShop
  • Bill Pay
  • iServices

I have personally used the application on my Android phone. Although the application is very useful but I found HDFC Bank mobile application better than iMobile in terms of speed and user interface.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/icici-bank-imobile/id375276006

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.icici.bank.imobile

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/134786

Java Phones – http://mobile.icicibank.com/dl

Mobile Web – http://m.icicibank.com/

 

3. Axis Bank

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Axis Bank has mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Java phones. It seems that its application for Java and Blackberry phone is same as I could not find it in Blackberry World application store. I also could not find any mobile web application for the bank. Services offered on the application are not as much extensive as of HDFC and ICICI as you can see below –

  • Bank Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Bill Payment

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/axis-bank-mobile-application/id517266358

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.axis.activity

Blackberry – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

Java Phones – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

In the next part of the series I will take you through mobile applications of other  Indian Banks.

 

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Entertainment

nexGTv – Watch IPL live on your mobile

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If you are looking to watch Indian Premier League (IPL) matches live on your mobile then there is a good news for you. nexGTv is an application which has the official rights for live streaming of IPL matches on mobile phone. This application is available for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Blackberry and few Nokia (not Lumia) phones. Apart from watching live matches you can enjoy Match Repeats, Highlights, 4’s and 6’s, Wickets and IPL Masala on nexGTv application.

Best part of the application is that there is no mandatory requirement of 3G or wi-fi internet connection on the mobile, it works even on 2G connection. As I have tested the application on my Andorid mobile, the application itself is free to download from Google Play store. 

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I am not 100% sure but as I have checked in the 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. So far I have not watched live matches on the application as I am not an avid cricket fan. But I have checked Match Highlights section and it works very well. There are few other channels also available in the Premium Channel Pack including Star Plus, Sony, Colors, MTV, Pogo, NDTV 24X7, Life OK, Channel V and many more.

Download links for the application are as follows –

Download from nexGTv Website – http://www.nexgtv.com/nexGtvdwnload.aspx
 
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digivive.offdeck
 
App Store – http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/nexgtv/id495146199?mt=8
 
Blackberry App World – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/nexgtv/?lang=en
 
Nokia Ovi Store – http://store.ovi.com/content/189734