Dictionary, Slow Motion Videos and more on apps this week

Instadict

Browsing through a page, find a word you don’t understand? Instadict to the rescue. Just highlight the word and shake your device. Currently has language packs for English, French and Italian.

Android –

Instadict
Instadict
Developer: Shashank.Mishra
Price: Free

645 Pro

Interested in iPhone photography? Do you like manual controls and dials? 645 Pro is the app for you. Let the video below explain it all:

645 PRO Mk III from Jag.gr on Vimeo.

‎645 PRO Mk III
‎645 PRO Mk III
Developer: Michael Hardaker
Price: 4,49 €

 

Groove Music

Microsoft has really stepped up it’s game when it comes to services. One of the newer additions to their suite of multi-platform apps is Groove Music (formerly XBox Music). What does it do? Well, you could get a Groove Music pass for $9.99 per month and stream from their collection of songs. What makes it much better though, especially for users of OneDrive or Office365, is that Groove Music allows you to stream from your music collectons stored on OneDrive, at no additional cost.

Android – 

Microsoft Groove
Microsoft Groove
Price: Free

iOS –
Microsoft Groove
Microsoft Groove
Price: Free

Windows/Windows Phone – Download from Windows Store

 

Le Kiosk

This section is more focussed on the service than the app itself and it’s availability would be limited to certain countries, but if you’re a magazine subscriber, I’d recommend Le Kiosk. There are different plans – 3 magazines a month for around €3.99, 10 for €9.99 and 25 for €19.99, with a 30 day free trial. It also offers a magazine discovery service and has most of the bigger publications along with a collection of the smaller magazines, the list varies by country. Currently, UK, France and Italy only.

Android – 


iOS – 
Windows/Windows Phone – Download from Windows Store

 

TruSloMo

TruSloMo is a must have app if you shoot slow motion videos on your iPhone and want an easy way to export and edit the videos. It’s much easier than using iMovie on your phone and even has an option to easily publish to Whatsapp or Instagram.

iOS – 

TruSloMo
TruSloMo
Developer: William Wu
Price: Free+

 

Morecast

For detailed, hyperlocal weather forecasts, you have the apps that use Forecast.io. However, the accuracy will depend on the weather stations available. If you’re in Europe, there’s another option – Morecast. With weather data from UBIMET which is a large weather data provider, the app is detailed and even looks good. The one downside though, is the lack of a 5 row wide widget (if you have a phablet).

Android – 

iOS – 

‎MORECAST Wetter App
‎MORECAST Wetter App
Developer: UBIMET
Price: Free+

Photography, image search and more on apps this week

ProShot

ProShot by Rise Up Games started out a while back as a fully featured camera app for Windows Phone back in 2012. It launched on iOS in 2014 and is now available on Android as well (for devices running 5.1 and up). On compatible phones, it gives you access to full manual control, editable presets, and on Android, RAW support (assuming your phone fully supports the camera2 API. Check the link above for the full feature listing for each platform.

Windows Phone:
Download from Windows Store

iOS:

Android:

ProShot
ProShot
Developer: Rise Up Games
Price: $4.99

 

Image Searcher

Looking for that Gif to send to a chat app? Or an image? Why bother searching and then downloading it when you can do it directly from the media share feature in the chat app? Your preferred chat app doesn’t have such a feature? Try Image Searcher. Just remember, don’t set a default while trying to share an image and it’s all good.

Android:

 

Google Drive on Windows Phone

Sure, Google doesn’t really bother supporting Windows Phone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use certain apps. If you are a Google Drive user, check out the unofficial drive client.. Check out the full review on All About Windows Phone.

Windows Phone:
Download from Windows Store

Polarr

What started out as a browser based photography app has now evolved into a free iOS app (with in app purchases, of course). It’s pretty feature rich and allows you to create and save your own presets as well.

iOS:

 

Mobile Banking with ING Vysya App on Android and iOS

This has to be the first review of a banking app here on this site. We rarely ever cover mobile banking apps where since most of them are pretty limited in nature to check account balances and the last few transactions just a few other minor features thrown in. They’re great to see your account balance (or lack of) on the mobile, but you rarely ever do any transactions using a mobile app usually.

ING Vysya’s Mobile App

When I was initially asked to meet the team behind building the ING Vysya mobile apps a some weeks back, I was skeptical about being introduced to “yet another” mobile banking app. This changed as soon as I got my hands on a test build of the app running on my phone, and of course tied to an account with “test” money to play with. This was great to try out all the features of the app without actually playing around with real money. My initial views of app just from the few screens I saw was that it was quite mature and had a polished UI. The designers behind the app ensured that the app has great visuals and the UI flow which is intuitive. Just this refined look of the app encouraged me to dig in more and explore.

Full Featured

The more I explored, I found that this app manages to provide almost all the features that the online banking site provides right here on the mobile. They succeeded in doing this without having overtly complex menu systems. Here are some of the features that the app provides:

  • Account Balance, Recent transactions, Transaction report between dates and the ability to email or mail details of these transactions to you,
  • Open Recurring or Fixed Deposits
  • Fund Transfers
  • Bill Payments – Phones, Utilities, Charities, Insurance, DTH and even subscriptions to Readers Digest and India Today Magazines
  • Investments, Loans and Demat tracking
  • Shopping deals
  • Even last-minute gifting via e-gift vouchers which you can send your friends
  • ATM and branch Locator
  • Cheque snapshot feature – a little more on this coming up.

If you issue cheques regularly, you might be filling out the details on a slip at the back of the chequebook to keep track of details. This app comes with a feature where you can just click a snap of the filled out cheque and it’s stored on the phone and on the bank’s cloud. You can take a refer to these later when you need to look up details.

There’s not much you can’t do within the app making your mobile banking experience a full featured experience.

Screenshots from the ING Vysya App

It just doesn’t stop there, after I got my actual account activated in the Bank, I headed over to Google Play to download the app. The first thing I noticed was the reviews on the app, and the bank does seem quite proactive with reviews where people were facing issues and guiding them. It’s a great initiative for a bank to be on top of user’s feedback. So if you have an account in ING Vysya, go ahead and install the app for banking on the go.

Download

Download from iTunes

Download from Google Play

Download for Windows Phone

Football Frenzy – Apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

With the UEFA Champions League and Europa Cup Finals just around the corner and with the FIFA World Cup just a month away, here’s a few apps that are must haves to keep track of the news and updates.

 

Forza Football

Forza FootballForza Football recently underwent a transformation, with a new name (it was formerly called Live Score Addicts), new icon and with a news section added in. It’s the app that I use, and it’s a brilliant, must have app.

You can control the update rate, from an addict friendly 5 seconds to a battery friendly 180 seconds. You can select leagues, teams and tournaments to follow, and it’ll even suggest the league and teams based on your location during initial setup. This includes almost every league and tournament in the world along with international competitions. You can customize what updates you want: Cards, Goals, Game start/half-time/full-time notifications and other events. You have league tables, player stats and much more. But the best part has to be the fact that you can mute notifications for a preset time period or during the nights.

Check them out over at footballaddicts.com

Get the app for iOS and Android (sorry Windows Phone folks):

Download from iTunes

‎Forza Football
‎Forza Football
Developer: FootballAddicts
Price: Free+

Download from Google Play

 

ESPN FCESPN FC

ESPN recently launched an updated app for the World Cup and certain leagues and clubs. It also has video highlights, which unfortunately, is US only.

The Leagues that are supported so far include the top English, German, French, Mexican and American leagues (and a few more), along with the top tournaments. You can get play-by-play updates, match analysis, transfer news bits and more.

Download from iTunes

Download from Google Play

Sorry Windows Phone users. You could try out ESPN Sportscenter:

 

FIFA

When in doubt, get the official app from the governing body itself: the official FIFA app. You get coverage of pretty much all the leagues and cups. I was quite surprised when the app turned out to be actually nice.

Apart from the news, game schedules and scores, the app also has a section outlining FIFA’s various initiatives.

Again, sorry windows phones fans, the app is iOS and Android only. For some weird reason, they don’t have an universal iOS app.

FIFA for iPhone

‎FIFA - Fussball Nachrichten
‎FIFA - Fussball Nachrichten
Developer: FIFA
Price: Free

FIFA for iPad

FIFA für iPad
FIFA für iPad
Developer: FIFA
Price: Free

Download from Windows Phone Store

ScoreMobile FC

ScoreMobile FC, so far at least, has been the only app that I have found that exists on almost every platform. It’s available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone & Blackberry (10 and OS7). It even used to exist on Symbian, until Nokia shut down the Ovi Store (you could probably search for a .sis file, I haven’t linked to one since I am not sure which is the right forum to look at for Symbian nowadays). While the standard features (score updates, game events, match schedules, etc) are present on all platforms, there are limitations on some platforms, primarily when it comes to push notifications.

Get the apps:

Download from iTunes

Download from Google Play

Download from Windows Phone Store

For Pre Blackberry 10 Devices, get the app hereBB10 users, the app has been renamed and is now called theScore. Get it here.

LiveSoccer World Cup Edition

A relatively new app on Android, one that I have not extensively used, is LiveSoccer. Honestly, it’s Football, not Soccer. But the app works pretty well and has the main functionalities that one would expect, with notifications, match details, schedules & news.

Download from Google Play

Are there any apps on your platform of choice that should be here? Let us know in the comments below.

 Image Credit: Wikipedia

Apps for the Week – Inorbit Mall, Dark Sky, Nine for Exchange Mail and Docs and Sheets

Inorbit Mall app for iOS and Android

Inorbit MallIf you regularly visit Inorbit Mall, here’s a nifty app: the official Inorbit Mall app for iOS and Android. Along with listing all the stores at each location, it also lists the current offers available at each store and a really nifty feature called Park Assist, a must have in my opinion, to help you remember where you parked your vehicle.

There is also an option to Shake & Win, which, as Inorbit says:

Shake & Win – Log in, Fill out your profile, tell us a few things about yourself i.e. birthdays, anniversaries & on special occasions at Inorbit you can win loads of prizes. Simply, launch the ‘Shake & Win’ icon and give the app a good shake.

Give it a try, click on the links below for the apps.

 

 Dark Sky for Beautiful Hyper-Local Weather

Dark Sky

Forecast.io is a really good hyperlocal weather service that can be used as a web app on iOS or Android. However, they have an official app for iOS, Dark Sky, and it’s quite a beauty. If you’re a weather forecast addict or just like nice apps in general, this is a must have. At $3.99, it’s pricey, but worth it. They say that they’re working on and Android app as well, although there are a few nice third party apps.

 

Nine for Exchange Mail on Android

Nine Mail

If you happen to use an email account that requires exchange activesync, there are a few apps on Android, including the venerable K9 mail, which has been redesigned. But of all the options that are available, Nine is by far the prettiest of them all. There’s a two week trial, post which you need to unlock full functionality with an in-app purchase, which is normally $19.99, but is currently available for $9.99. That makes it cheaper than MailDroid Pro, which is $17.99 (and it is much better looking). It’s customisable and has PIN entry supported, a must have if you have your work account set up.

 

Nine - Email & Calendar
Nine - Email & Calendar
Developer: 9Folders Inc.
Price: Free+

 

Google Docs and Sheets for iOS and Android

Google Drive was the place to go if you wanted to edit and manage your documents or spreadsheets. They also have Quickoffice. Well, now, opening a document or sheet in Google Drive will prompt you to download the standalone applications if you want to edit your files. Having said that, the standalone applications are quite useful. Download them below, they’re a must have for document viewing and editing while on the move.

‎Google Docs
‎Google Docs
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Docs
Google Docs
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
‎Google Tabellen
‎Google Tabellen
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Sheets
Google Sheets
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

 

Apps for the Week – TimeHop, LinkBubble, Gravity Screen and Vuclip

Timehop – Back to the Past

timehop app screenshotTimehop is one of those interesting apps, which once you try out, you keep going back for more. The app timehops to back to the past and shows what you shared over the years on your various networks on today’s date. For example since I opened the app on 28th March, I will be able to see what I did on 28th March last year and the years before that.

What I found addictive about the app is that it shows almost everyday with my photos and status updates from the various social networks I had connected to the app. Some of the networks supported are – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Dropbox. They also have instructions on how to connect your photo sources from your PC or Mac to their service if you wish to do so.

Timehop has been around in the iOS world for sometime now. It’s only now that the Android mortals can install the app on their devices. Take it out for a spin and tell us what you think.

Download from iTunes:


Android download from Google Play:
Timehop
Timehop
Developer: Timehop
Price: Free

Link Bubble – Revolutionises Mobile Browsing

This Android only app will change the way you use your mobile phone browser. Usually when you click on a link within an app, it usually asks if you want to open the link in the browser. The usual problem is that you get kicked into the browser and have to wait a while for the page to load, and then hit back to get back to the app. Sound complicated? Yes, it is and it gets in the way of productivity.

Link Bubble aims to changes this paradox. All you need to do is to install the app and launch it once. After that, anytime you click on a link in any app, you’ll see a Link Bubble open on the side of the screen. You can continue using the app as you let Link Bubble load the page in the background, and once it’s loaded, it’ll show up the page on the screen for you to read.

You no longer have to switch between apps and wait for the page to load, you save time there. The premium version of the app also allows you to open multiple ‘bubbles’ at a time, saving you even more time.

Android download from Google Play:

Gravity Screen – Turn Your Screen on without the power button

There’s tap to wake, swipe to wake, sweep to wake and so on. I found gravity screen via tabdump.com (which is a nice quick read source btw), and I have to say, Gravity Screen is awesome. You can control various aspects of screen off and on in various different scenarios using the gyroscope and accelerometer on your Android phone. Must try.

Android download from Google Play:

Gravity Screen - On/Off
Gravity Screen - On/Off
Developer: Plexnor
Price: Free+

Vuclip – For your video fix

vuclipscreenshot
Vuclip’s Android app Search and view video clips on your phone. This app offers access to videos in more than 20 languages across genres such as News, Sports, fashion, television, celebrities and more. They also cover videos in local languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada among others. If you don’t find a video you are looking for from the suggestions, you can also search within the app for more.

The app also allows you to download videos onto your phone so you can stock up on videos for when you’re out and about. This helps you save on clostly mobile data rates. If you find a video you’d want to share, Vuclip provides share options to send out your message to your friends.

Android download from Google Play:

Test your Knowledge – The iOS Quiz Up App now on Android

Want to find out how smart your friends are? Well, you now have a perfect solution if you are using an Android phone. One the most popular iOS games has made its landing on Android. If you are not aware, Quiz Up is an amazing quizzing game with hundreds of topics and over 200,000 questions. So, this is one game that could really test your quizzing abilities.

To start you could sign in using either Facebook, Google+ or email. Once logged in, you could either choose an opponent from your friends list or let the system pick a random player for you. As you progress through the game, you are awarded some weird and wacky badges, which can be used as your title. The user interface is pretty slick too and the profile page reminds me of Path. For your profile, you can choose background wallpaper and a profile pic on top of it.

The topics range from Music to The Dark Knight Trilogy. From General Knowledge to even Mean Girls. The possibilities are limitless. So this game can keep you going for a long time. Each game consists of 7 rounds with 10 seconds for each round. The scoring depends on how quickly you answer. Don’t worry if you fall back in certain rounds because the last round has double the points to let you catch up. There is an option to surrender a game, but you don’t wanna do that. Do you?

Lost a match? Don’t fret. There is an option for a rematch, provided the opponent agrees to it. You could also challenge an opponent, the difference from a rematch being you are not playing parallel with your opponent. Your opponent can take up the challenge once you have completed your part.

The one drawback of this game is that the questions do tend to repeat but that’s bound to happen and they are not that frequent.

Sounds exciting eh? I’m hooked on it. So, download today and get quizzing!

Download from Google Play

QuizUp
QuizUp
Developer: Glu
Price: Free+

Download from iTunes

‎QuizUp®
‎QuizUp®
Developer: Glu Games Inc
Price: Free+

Get your next Ride from your smartphone – Taxi Apps for India

Looking for Taxi apps get around a city in India? Don’t worry about hunting for a bus ride or haggling with the local autos, here are some Taxi apps which you can use to book a ride straight off your mobile phone. I’ve personally used these services,via their Taxi app, to get around Bangalore. There are some more out there, which I haven’t tried out, so I didn’t add them to this list just because I wasn’t sure of how the service levels were. If you do use any others do let me know by leaving a comment  so I can add them to this list.

Ola Cabs

Ola Cabs operates out of Mumbai,Delhi,Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Goa currently. They’re one of the first taxi service in India which offered a mobile/web-based booking system which allows to see where the nearest taxi is and when you booked the taxi, where the taxi driver is currently. You can also book your taxi in advance, by setting a time when you’d like your ride to arrive.

Coupon Code: 90AMWM gets you Rs. 200 off your first Ola Ride

Ola, the #1 ride hailing app
Ola, the #1 ride hailing app
Developer: ola
Price: Free
‎Ola Cabs
‎Ola Cabs
Price: Free

Meru

Meru  started off as a call taxi service mainly catering to people looking for airport pickup and drop service. To keep up with the times, they’ve too have introduced a mobile app based booking system where you can look for Taxis for a ride immediately, or book one in advance. They operate out of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Uber

Uber an international Taxi service which recently brought their services to India. They currently operate out of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai. Their service is an on demand service, which means that you can only look for rides when you want it. You can’t pre-book a cab for a future time or date.   

Get Rs. 300 off your first Uber Ride using this promo code ubermpw or click here and sign up.

‎Uber
‎Uber
Price: Free

Taxi for Sure

Taxi for Sure operates out of Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. Apart from booking a cab for a ride, you can also book a cab for half or full day package via their app. Most other services listed here do provide the same service but require you to visit their website or call them.

Easy Cabs

Easy Cabs also started off as a call taxi service, but have introduced their mobile app for bookings. They operate out of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. One addition feature they provide is the ability to book rides and pay via points on your PayBack account. Payback is a loyalty card which is accepted in a variety of retails stores, websites and services.

Photo Credit - blu-news.org via Flickr

Krrish 3 The Game Reviewed

So I tried my hand at Krrish 3 The Game! I’m not too well versed with the Krrish franchise.. i know the basics.. and thanks to the media frenzy surrounding the movies, i think i know most of the storyline as well. Straight off the bat, Krrish looks good.. The graphics are pretty darn good. The facial features are pretty detailed, and the basic layout is  simple enough to start playing right away.



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Gameplay

There are a few bugs, with the controls.Why not give players an option of buttons, an option of tilt to play? Swiping furiously is not necessarily the future of touch gaming.
The game is not difficult, but the view angle and perspective is fixed and not speed dependent.. This is so annoying! If my character is walking, i can see X feet in front.. but if the character is hurtling forward at full tilt, i can still only see x feet in front of the character.. Invariably resulting in me falling off too many buildings and running into too many walls..

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Pros

Great graphics

Nothing bad to say over here, the character modeling is great. and the game runs quite smoothly.. The backgrounds are clear. (Though at times they seem to merge with the foreground, making gameplay plain annoying)

Game Play

The game is effectively a runner format, with little bits of combat thrown in. The ability to create matches is great and definitely should be used often. Hopefully Play Games integration would enhance the multiplayer experience immensely.

Cons

The Ads

Oh god the ads… at every menu function there is a pop-up ad.. at some points you know the QA has not been done because, the close button for an ad, overlaps with a game menu function. So thanks to that i was not able to even access some of the menus..
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Crashes

I will have to clarify this one. During play the game never hung or shutdown. But It seems to run in the background, and is constantly throwing error reports while I’m not even playing..

To sum it up

I’m not a follower of the franchise, and initially i was not too impressed by the game. I’ve had the game for a week and there have already been two updates for bugs – which is great. On the whole it’s a fun game, not what i was expecting. Few tweaks to the gameplay and you could have a great game. Unfortunately with most “theme” games, they tend to die out after the event has passed, i.e. the movie stops screening.. It would be interesting if the producers pushed their audience to play the game more..

Definitely worth downloading!

Download Links

iOS Download

Android Download

Krrish 3: The Game
Krrish 3: The Game
Developer: Vroovy
Price: Free+

Windows Phone Download

Gameplay Trailer

Quip Wordprocessor for iPad, iPhone, Android and Desktop

Launched by a startup with ex-Facebook  and an ex-Google team members, Quip relooks at the age old word processor. The big name in Quip is  Bret Taylor who was the CTO of Facebook for a while. Word processing has been ingrained in everyone’s mind as being a task for desktops, and not mobiles. Quip wants to disprove that and mobile users do as much work as possible from their mobiles as well.

What I love about Quip is the simplicity of it. Most word processing software these days have complicated options to make a document look like it’s been edited and laid out for printing. It’s not too great with the medium of sharing is the web and mobile, since print’s on the decline.

Quip provides an easy interface to edit your document with minimal formatting, so you can export it out to once your work is complete. Of course, not everyone would agree with me on this. The simplicity could be a put-off for someone who lives in let’s say Microsoft Word or Open/Libre Office universe. For me it’s a distraction free editor which allows me to focus on the content, rather than the formatting and how it looks.

Wait that’s not all, whether you’re working on an article or writing up a shopping list you can also invite your friends or family to collaborate with you by sharing a folder of documents with them. They can edit the documents and you see the changes real-time on all their devices and have a conversion with them by messaging them. This is similar to the collaboration features which Google Docs provides.

Quip comes with a web version on quip.com and has their official apps for the iPad and iPhone in the iTunes Market. Android users can try out the alpha version of the app from Google Play. The alpha version on Android doesn’t have the ability to edit the docs yet, but it should come in a future update.

Quip’s service is currently free to use for consumers and small companies which let you collaborate with up to 5 users. They offer paid services to bigger companies at $12 per month for each user. Scroll down for the Download links for your device, and if you’re on your desktop point your browser to quip.com to get started online as well. Once you’ve used it, let us know your thoughts on Quip by leaving us a comment below.

Download Links

‎Quip
‎Quip
Developer: Quip
Price: Free
Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets
Quip: Docs, Chat, Spreadsheets
Thanks to @justjots for the tip