Cleartrip for Android Revamped and Improved

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It looks like ClearTrip has finally updated their Android app with all the goodies which their iOS app has had for months now. Their latest version for Android, which is a Native app now,  has their famous – two-column split screen when booking return trips on their phone. We fell in love with this approach when we had reviewed the Cleartrip iPhone app earlier.

The good part of the app is that when you are selecting your flight options, you can get to see how your choices affect the cost of your trip all in one screen. This makes searching and finding different travel options a breeze on the mobile.

You can also filter the flight results based on criteria like your preferred airlines, whether you want non-stop flights and departure and arrival times. Once you have your trip itinerary all selected, you can use your Credit Card, Debit Card or Netbanking account to go book your tickets.

The Cleartrip app also gives you quick access to  all the trips (upcoming and past) which you’ve booked  though your Cleartrip account.   Here’s a full list of features now supported in Cleartrip for Android:

  • Flights within India: Book domestic flights using our unique split-screen layout to select and price your flights with just two taps.
  • International flights: The only two-column layout on mobile to combine inbound and outbound international flights without overloading your senses.
  • Recent searches: Access all your recent searches with just one touch.
  • All your booked trips: Access your trips and bookings on your mobile, even when you’re offline.
  • Expressway: One-touch flight bookings on your phone.
  • Payment options: Pay using your credit card, debit card or net banking.
  • Saved travellers: Your saved travellers are on your mobile too. No need to type names again and again

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Google Keep: keeping your notes together

A few days ago, Android Police reported that Google might be releasing a Note taking app called Keep. It “kinda” went live and finally, it’s out. What is it? Think Evernote or Springpad or Catch Notes. Now make it simpler, remove the sorting, add in Google Drive Sync and integration, and you get keep. It looks nice and seems to work well (it better, it’s simple). Right now, it’s available for the web and for Android (Play Store Link). Hopefully, it’ll be available on more platforms soon. I really hope Google launches a Google Tasks app, or integrates Google Tasks with Keep.
There has been quite a bit of backlash on the internet though, mainly because of Google Readers impending demise and people have started questioning how long Google will let Keep run before taking it down.

Here’s the introduction video from Google:

Google Keep - Note Taking App
This is the post from the Official Google Blog:

Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember. Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unfortunately, if you’re like me you probably often discover that the desk, fridge or magazine wasn’t such a clever place to leave the note after all…it’s rarely where you need it when you need it.

To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand.

If it’s more convenient to speak than to type that’s fine—Keep transcribes voice memos for you automatically. There’s super-fast search to find what you’re looking for and when you’re finished with a note you can archive or delete it.

Changing priorities isn’t a problem: just open Keep on your Android phone or tablet (there’s a widget so you can have Keep front and center all the time) and drag your notes around to reflect what matters. You can choose the color for each note too.

Pro tip: for adding thoughts quickly without unlocking your device there’s a lock screen widget (on devices running Android 4.2+).

Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above. You can access, edit and create new notes on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep and in the coming weeks you’ll be able to do the same directly from Google Drive.

Google Keep - Notes and Lists
Google Keep - Notes and Lists

 

 

Nomad Travel App For Android Travel Enthusiasts

Nomad Travel App - location detailsI was introduced to Nomad by a friend and ever since being the travel enthusiast that I am, hooked on to it! The travel app is released as a beta version which provides information about places to travel around Bangalore. According to Mink 7, the app developers, they plan to open the platform to users so that they can crowd-source new location content from travel enthusiasts using their app.

What I love about the app is its easy-to-use navigation, pleasing design and colours, beautiful pictures, well thought of filters, glitch free operation, a link to maps & driving directions and above all the range of places covered! And to think I’d seen most places around!

What prompted the app developers to spend time and build this app? Harsha M.V. from Mink 7 has the answer to that, “Being an Travel enthusiast and foodie we travel far and wide in search for adventure and food. Having run a 8750+ Bakasura community for close to two years. We are looking to exploring food outside the city as well – resulting in weekend trips to places like Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Ambur for food. We wanted a handy source to help us plan our trip and found that the existing solutions are incomplete and are more of hobby projects. So we went ahead and build our solution which turned out to be very helpful for our friends and family as well. Having Experience in Product Development and particularly User Experience and Design we were sure we can stand out from day one.

List of Locations in Nomad Travel AppAbout opening their travel app to other locations and how they plan on getting location information, Harsha said, “Food and Travel is something most of the masses love to indulge in and we are sure that crowd sourcing the content wont be hard. We are trying to figure out the most effective way to do the same. Once our Platform will go live and we will be a global app not just other parts of India. We see that France, US, Spain, China are the most visited Countries in the world year on year.

While its not perfect yet, it certainly can get there soon and with that belief here are a few additions I can think of, introduce ratings by users (provisions to include user comments/photos), include more filters (user rating, kid friendly, elderly friendly/wheelchair access, best time to visit with a month-wise selection choice) and provide more information (hotels/lodges, public transport, food).

Also, having travelled around a bit, I see a few key places are missing and it would be a good idea to add them right away – Bannerghatta national park, Mysore, Bylakuppe monastery, Chitradurga fort, Puttaparthi, Chikmagalur, Mangalore & around, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Mahabalipuram, Kodaikanal, Pattadkal, Badami, Mantralaya, Karwar, Udupi and Srirangapatna.

All said, its going to be my one stop solution for a quite a few weekends from now…long drives here I come! Thank you Nomad for making it more interesting & easier to travel around namma Bengaluru.

Strongly recommend this to every Bengaluru local/ visitor – a MUST HAVE :)

Download Link:

Nomad - Weekend Getaway
Nomad - Weekend Getaway
Developer: Mink 7
Price: Free

Screenshots From Nomad Travel App:

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Mobile apps for Lawyers (iPhone and iPad apps)

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Lawyers are the kind of professionals that are always low on time and high on demand. They need to sort out a lot their work on the go, keeping deadlines, creating documents and researching cases simultaneously. Meanwhile, they also need to keep a track of the standard laws and the amendments being made in them from time to time. Arranging client details in order and managing research material becomes quite a messy work. In regards with these issues, lawyers can resort to the use of various smartphone applications available in the market these days. Almost all of us now use smartphones, so this list here of all the top mobile applications for lawyers can be pretty useful.

1. Black’s Law Dictionary

Lawyers have to use a lot of books and reference materials constantly to look up a lot of articles, laws and legal issues. Carrying all this stuff everywhere is of course impossible, but it is darned much essential for every lawyer looking to make a mark. This is where the Black’s Law Dictionary mobile application comes in extremely handy. With technologies aid, lawyers can now have this supremely exhaustive and comprehensive piece of Thomson Reuters reference guide with them at all times.

2. Evernote

Evernote is undoubtedly the best mobile application out there for effective and efficient note taking without much fuss or delay. For people who want to organize, store and sync their data on the mobile (especially Lawyers who need their legal documents and research well organized), this application is a boon. Even though, it requires you to pay a monthly charge for the subscription for its full advantage, it is undeniably well worth it.

‎Evernote
‎Evernote
Developer: Evernote
Price: Free+

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is easily one of the “must-have” applications on your mobile – for the sole reason that you can access any of your files on the cloud from anywhere, on your mobile. Any important files, documents or research papers can be uploaded on the Dropbox cloud and then accessed from anywhere on your mobile. This reduces the risk of losing the files from your database as well as helps you share these files and documents with anyone using Dropbox extremely easily.

‎Dropbox
‎Dropbox
Developer: Dropbox, Inc.
Price: Free+

4. LawRD

This is the most essential mobile application for lawyers as well as law firms in regards with the Financial Management goes in the legal terms. LawRD essentially helps you estimate and measure the Return on Investment with immense proficiency. It provides you with a timesheet to keep records of your expenses, has detailed billing sheets to help you bill your clients on time and lets you know the profitability and productivity of a case instantly. A definite must.

5. iJuror

Jury is considered to be an extremely vital cog in the judicial system today, and iJuror is one of those rare applications which lets you observe and choose the perfect jury members. It gives you effective methods of monitoring potential jurors while enabling you to take due notes at the same time. It has features to make sharing your thoughts and opinions with other lawyers too. It does come with a cost of $19.99, but then it’s a darned good investment to make.

iJuror
iJuror
Developer: Scott Falbo
Price: 16,99 €+

6. Fastcase

When it won the American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year Award, you knew that Fastcase was undoubtedly the mobile application everybody had praised and revered. Also, if you have used the desktop version of this wonderful application, getting it on mobile would only make better sense. It is essentially a web-based legal research application that lets you sort and customize the search results according to your needs and necessities. This one should be in every list of top mobile apps for lawyers.

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Photosynth finally arrives for Windows Phone 8 users. Hurray!

Finally my favorite Panorama app arrives for Windows Phone 8. I’m a long time Photosynth user, way back when Windows Phone 7 didn’t even exist. In fact most non-iDevice users may not know that Photosynth from Microsoft was first released for the iPhone way before Windows Phone was even released. My complaint last year was that Microsoft was dragging their feet while getting Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 and this year that Photosynth was notably missing from the Windows Phone 8 yet again!

Finally Microsoft has announced that Photosynth is now officially available for WP8 users through the Windows Phone Store. For those of you who haven’t yet tried it or know about the app are advised to first go download it!

Capturing a scene using Photosynth

 The app allows you to create immersive panorama spheres which you can later explore by scrolling both sides and even up and down. It’s almost like being there. The best part is that it’s quite easy to capture the photo. All you need to do is to keep moving your camera around and up and down to capture the entire scene, while the app guides you and auto clicks the scene. Once you’ve captured the entire site, the app stitches up the entire scene allows you to preview it and save it to your phone. You can then share it from there with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. To give you an idea of how the final image comes, here’s one I captured quite a while back with Photosynth.

Do keep in mind that Photosynth like most panorama captures work well when you’re not trying to capture very near by objects, but from a distance.

The Photosynth blog also mentions that the new features for Windows Phone 8 are:

  • Camera lens integration – Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app
  • View shared panoramas – View panoramas shared with you via email, Facebook, or Twitter directly on your mobile device
  • More camera controls – Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options

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via: Photosynth Blog

Wake up to a better day with Day Dreams for iPhone

Day Dream Alarm App for iPhoneWaking up grouchy in the mornings? Need motivation to wake up these days? Try this new iPhone app from an Australian startup, Colour Vision Apps. The company hopes to wake you up in a better mood

The app wakes you up with images of bright blue summer skies, energizing tunes and an inspiring quote. Once you’re up, hopefully in a better mood, you can also share the quotes with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

The alarm is quite simple to set up, at the same time allows you the options to choose the wake up tunes, snooze settings and days you’d want to alarm to go off on, all in a simple to use screen.

What really pulled our interest to this app, Henry Kurtze, the man behind the app is a medical student and designed the app, being a non-developer. Here’s what Henry had to say about the medical rationale behind the Blue Summer Skies wake up screen, “My medical studies lead me to include the animated blue sky background. Bright, blue sky can boost our circadian rhythm through a conditioned response.”

We did have a short Q&A with Henry about the app, what went behind the app and his future plans, which we’ve also included as part of this app review. You jump to that by clicking here. You can also see a quick video if the app features right after the download link below.

Day Dreams retails for $0.99 on the iTunes Store and is available internationally.

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Demo Video

Q&A with the App Developer

MPW: We hear that you’re a medical student. What inspired you to create DayDream?

Henry: I was inspired to create DayDream because I know the importance of a passionate and creative morning. Our morning sets up our day, and by extension, sets up the way our life will unfold. So with that in mind I tried to create an App that simplifies and enhances the morning routine.

My medical studies lead me to include the animated blue sky background. Bright, blue sky can boost our circadian rhythm through a conditioned response. The science aside, I couldn’t find a stunning, minimalist alarm clock so I created one. That also sends you a beautiful quote to start the day.

MPW: Did you pickup iOS coding to create this app and how long did it take you to create DayDream?

Henry: I was completely new to this area. But I had passion and purpose. And that was enough to get me through. I started work on DayDream 3 months ago. I am working as a solo developer. I worked on concept, design and marketing.

I did not do the coding for the application. However I am going to undertake a course to help me understand the process for my next project. I find it to be challenging and fascinating and magnetic. I love to be in control, and so learning to code will be inevitable. The process has been immensely hard and immensely satisfying. I cannot wait to work on my next App.

MPW: What are your future plans? Create more apps in your free time, improve the existing app?

Henry: My plans for the future are energetic and diverse. I have currently taken one year off my medical studies and relocated to Denmark. For any project in the future I would prefer to assemble a team, because working as solo developer slightly disrupts life balance and circadian rhythms. I am currently editing a short film and starting work on a book that will explore health from a collective point of view. As for Apps I have been holding onto a larger project idea that I will commence this year. I will not go into details but it will be a global non-profit App. That might just change the world. At least a little.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Henry & Color Vision Apps has up it’s sleeve for their next app venture and wish them all the best!

Screenshots from the App

Download Link

Here’s the download link for the App, in case you missed the one above:

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Wordament – Find words in two minutes & compete against the Internet

Wordament LogoOne of the first games I tried on my new Nokia Lumia 920 is a game from Microsoft called Wordament. I took it for a spin, just because it was a preloaded game on the phone. Little did I suspect that point that  I’d soon be hooked on this game. iOS users can also enjoy this game, since it’s available on iTunes as well.

Wordament is a simple enough game to start off with. You are presented with a 4 by 4 grid of alphabet tiles and you have to find words by sliding your fingers over letters which are adjacent to each other. Check the image below to see how the Game tiles look. Just moving your fingers over the letters PARING, selects and adds the word to the your list of words which you found.

Wordament Game Letter Tiles

Oh. Did I mention yet that you have just Two minutes to find as many words as you can? Wordament is also a real-time game which means players around the world are competing to find as many words as they can within that two minute time window. It’s quite easy to find around 10-15 words per game, but then that’s below par, since most of the times have upwards of 200 words which you can find with in the grid, some of the being real obscure words as well.

As soon as the time is up, you can then look at how many words you found, and how many you missed out on and tapping on the words in the list of words you didn’t find, shows you how you could have made those words on the grid. After that, you are taken to the word score screen, where the app shows you where you stand among all the other players online.

Being a Microsoft Xbox game, you can also sign in with your Xbox creds both on the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the app and have your achievements uploaded to your XBox account. It’s also free, so if you have a few minutes to spare, go get it. Fingers crossed that you don’t get addicted to the game like I did. Download links are available for Windows Phone and iOS right after a few tips to help you score better.
Wordament Game Screen

Wordament Tips for Scoring:

Just playing the game straight up may not help you get the best of scores, or the number of words you can find. Here are a few tips to help you score better and come higher up on the world ranking:

  • Check the top of the tiles to see if there are any “Themes” for the game. Finding words based on those themes get you extra points.
  • If you get to a point where you can seem to find any more words, touch the rotate icon at the botton right of the screen to rotate the tiles. Believe me this helps finding those extra words you missed out on.
  • Two minutes is not a lot of time. Once you are immersed in the game, you’ll find yourself easily running out of time, so lock in those finds as soon as possible.
  • Words with uncommon letters like (U,W,X, Z, Y) get you more points, so try finding as many words with these letters as you can.
  • Find plurals of the words. In the grid above – RAT, RATS, RATE, RATES are all scoring words so get them all!

If you have more tips on how to score better on Wordament, do let us know by leaving a comment.

Download Links:

Windows Phone Store:

iTunes App Store:

‎Microsoft Wordament
‎Microsoft Wordament

 

Rescube – A Puzzle solving game for iOS and Android

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Rescube is an addictive puzzle solving game which can keep you occupied during those daily commutes or while waiting for a friend to turn up. Gameshastra, the developers of the app had initially launched this game on the iTunes store  in November last year and have quickly followed up by releasing the Android version of the game.

The main objective of the game is to get  Gisu, the ‘cute little’ alien, to the required parts to repair his ship. You can help Gisu by moving around the blocks so that Gisu has a clear path to be reunited with the ship’s spare parts. You get extra points if you manage to do this in the least number of moves. The least number of moves gets you a 3 star level complete achievement. If you don’t manage to get 3 stars, check the end-of-level screen and the number of moves you took vs the “Best Moves”, which is the minimum which you have to aim for when you replay the level.

The paid version offers over 50 levels of puzzles for you to solve, without the ad nags, which gives you quite a lot of gameplay time. You can also revisit levels to better your score by increasing your star score per game, giving some amount of replay value to the game. The Paid versions of the game on both platfroms also don’t cost much just $0.99 (or around Rs. 50). So take the free (ad-supported)version  for a spin to get a hang of the game and then go Ad-free and get the paid version, it doesn’t cost much!

You can brag about your achievements by posting these to your friends on Twitter and Facebook. iOS users also get their achievements posted to their Game Center. For a quick game trailer, check out the video after the download links:

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iTunes App Store (for iPhone, iPad and iPod):

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Top 5 Android Apps For Entrepreneurs

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Using an Android device and searching for business apps can ease your tight schedule to make your work easy and reduce strain. The Android market is filled with many business apps. So, we are giving you some useful business apps that support you.

File manager: This application allows you to customize or arrange your folder, files and desktop. This app has three sets of images and solves multiple issues. Users who find this app should have prior knowledge and then should go for this app.

Quick Office Pro: This helps people who constantly use Excel, Word, and power point. By using this app, users can edit and open documents, spread sheets and presentations. We can use PDF file as well. We can resize, delete and move using this app. You can also store your files on cloud storage.

Divide: Bring your own gadgets to the organizations in a secure way by splitting work into personal and office sections. Dividing the work into encrypted form on gadget devices allows business people to access their contact, emails and so on.
IT professional maintains data control and security; Data can be erased in the absence of the employee. Other employees can’t access your personal data; it can be accessed by the mobile owner .This application is available for free.

Divide Android App

Google Drive: Using this app, we can store documents, photos and videos. We can access and share from one place. You can upload files directly on Google drive from your gadget and you can share it with your friends.

Business people can use this app especially for presentations, office documents and PDF files. This app allows users to store upto 5GB.When we are sharing our documents, other people can also edit the file on real time. This app is completely free to download.

Bump: To use this app we need two smart phone owners because it’s easy and quick to transfer data. Before transferring the data, users need to confirm that they want to share the data. This app can be used on networking events because it easy to share mails. They can become friends on Facebook and it is completely free to download.

Adobe Reader: To share PDF files on an android device, user’s use this app. Users can access and manage PDF files. We can fill application forms online and sign electronically. You can store all your PDF files on cloud. You can edit files using this app like strike through, underline, highlight, add text, and comment.

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Google Maps for iOS is back

Google has finally released the much awaited Google Maps for the iPhone and if you have an iOS device, you really should just download it ASAP. It’s got pretty much everything: Navigation, Search, Zagat reviews for restaurants, Street View, 2D and 3D Maps; and a few things more: It’s much much cleaner than the Android version, alternate routes for navigation are just one clean easy swipe away.

Functionality-wise, it’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Google when it comes to it’s Maps app. The way it’s implemented though, is so much better than the Android app; both in terms of the aesthetics and the way various functions are implemented.

The first view above is of a searched route. Swipe the tile at the bottom and it’ll show alternate routes, along with traffic conditions, etc. Tap that to move into the alternate route (the second image above). Navigation works as expected too (Above Left).

Download the app from the App Store:

 

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‎Google Maps - Transit & Essen

Google also announced a new Google Maps SDK for iOS. You can read the full post on the Google Geo Developers Blog.

 

Source: Official Google Blog| Via: The Verge