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Android Tips

Make Android Phones, Tablets Faster By Disabling Apps From Starting On Boot-Up

With oodles of processing power and RAM on modern smartphones, users rarely need to worry about apps or games hogging resources. While apps running in the background hogging resources is not much of an issue on iOS running devices due to the nature of their multi-tasking, it is quite an issue on Android devices. Users can free up considerable amount of resources by simply disabling some unneeded apps and services from starting on boot-up.

How To Disable Startup Apps in Android Phones, Tablets

Note: Before you proceed to the steps below, make sure that you have a rooted Android device.

Head over to the Play Store and install the app Autorun Manager.

Start the app, and provide it with root access when the SuperUser or SuperSu prompt comes up. After providing root access to the app, select the ‘Basic mode’ in the app. If the app shows that ‘No Busybox’ is found, head over to the Play Store and install Busybox Installer.

The app will now display a list of process or apps that automatically start when your phone boots up. There will be a lot of unneeded apps and games here. Simply disable them by tapping them once.

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Some apps will have ”!!self restarter!!" written besides them. Disabling these apps from starting up at every boot won’t make much sense since they are coded to always run in the background. Under app settings you can prevent apps to restart automatically. 

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Under basic mode, you will see the list of all he installed apps which are intended to start at boot.

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Even if Autorun Manager kills them(self restarter) on boot up, they will automatically start again. Do not disable some system or anti-theft tracking apps like the Alarm Clock or Lookout. Doing so will hamper how these apps work and your all important morning alarm may not go off, making you miss that meeting!

Conclusion

By using the above method, users should be able to free up considerable amount of resources on their Android devices. Keep in mind that the above tip will be much more effective on previous generation Android devices with low-amount of RAM.

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Sports

Playup Brings Live Social Chat For Sports Fans Across The Globe [App Review]

Recently I came across this great app called Playup, This free-to-use app allows sport enthusiasts to follow over 30,000 live games across sports such as Cricket, Soccer, American Football, Baseball, Aussie Rules Football and many more.

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Upon launching the free app users are presented with a choice of sports and fixtures. Special upcoming sporting events, such as IPL5 and the London Olympics are presented for easy access.

Users can log in using facebook or Twitter credentials and can invite their friends from those social networks. Users can create their individualized streams which allow them to get updates from other matches as they concentrate on their favourite fixtures. They can post messages in the match rooms and discuss the finer points of the games with the other fans. The app also provides real-time match statistics and, to take advantage of the Android platform, allows intuitive gesture-based navigation as shown in the image below.

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Playup App Review and Guided Tour

To make you understand how the app works, follow the guided tour which will tell you about the all the features of the app and also tell you how to use it on iphone or android phone.

The very first time you launch the app you will be shown this the welcome screen which displays all the sports you can track with this app, we selected cricket because of the current ongoing Indian Premier League is going on right now.

But before you can start tracking any sports you will need to enter your facebook or twitter account so that this app could find more of your friends on facebook who using this app on their phones and tablets.

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You will need to allow the access to your facebook wall, so that this app could post messages on your facebook wall when you type it under the app.

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Once the facebook or twitter account it configured, you will need to type a unique username which will displayed to other users of the app or your friends using this app.

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Now you can start using the app and either participate in the all fans general public hangout in which you can chat with fellow users using this app on the current match or sports and exchange your views.

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You can also create Private Hangout [ or Private chat rooms ] limited to your friends in which you will chat about a current sport with your friends, no one else who in not invited in this private chat can view the messages posted.

Tap the square tile, saying Create A Hangout Here

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Now you will need to specify the name of the Hangout and select it to be public or private.

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Not only IPL, but in each sports category you can discuss about ODI, Test Cricket and more.

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Can I Send Files In Hangout Chat In Playup?

Right now you can only send text chat, Playup team is planning to bring in more features like audio file transfer and video file also in upcoming months.

Which Platforms Playup Supports?

Right now Playup comes for both android and iPhone, they are planning to launch the windows phone app very soon.

What Does Playup Provide You About Any Sports On Your Phone ?

Live scores and stats for 23,000+ live games
✔ Customized sport preferences
✔ Free instant messaging around any game
✔ Multi-post messaging so you can conveniently share with other social nets
✔ Hangout and message in private with friends during the game
✔ Browse/join public discussions
✔ Invite friends from any social network
✔ Find friends as they follow live games
✔ Meet fans and make new friends
✔ Push notifications and friend alerts

Playup Works On Computer As Well – Yes, you can use playup from your computer as well, we discovered this feature during our review, go to this page to find out more. Select your sport and then start sending your chats in the generals All Fans hangout which is public by default.

Please note that you cannot create a private hangout from the web interface.

App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5 or later.

Conclusion:

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – No, Download Similar App From Here ]

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Utilities

Call Multiple Phone Numbers On iPhone and Android Phone

I know many of my friends who like conferencing with more than one person on the phone. Despite the fact that it is a tedious task to invite people to an ongoing call, as one calls each and every person who should be in the conference, you can’t avoid it.

But in today’s world where everything is actually becoming simpler with each passing day, a solution to this problem was expected to come. CrowdCall is a brilliant application that lets you connect to a group of people, on the phone, very easily. Unlike the conventional way, CrowdCall lets you add a handful of persons before making the call and then at the tap of a single button all of them get connected.

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This is the main interface with a number of buttons on the top. The right most plus + button is used to add contacts to the list. You can not add more than one numbers at a time, so you will have to hit the plus button as many times as the number of persons on the conference list. Once you have added all the numbers, hit the Call button and all the people will get connected to each other instantly.

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You can also use the keypad button to manually a telephone number. Obviously one might use a set number of contacts again and again for conferencing, so for this you can hit the Favorite button, after adding all the contacts, and the app will create a list which you can connect to any time.

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So when you want to create a favorites list, add the contacts and hit Favorite and give your list a name.

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At the bottom of the screen you have a five sections, Favorites, Recents, CrowdCall, Share and Settings. To view your created favorite lists head to the Favorites section.

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You can view the recently made calls you can tap on Share tab and it will give you the complete details of your previously made calls.

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From the share tab you can share the app on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.x or later.

Conclusion: Nice app, Does solve the purpose for us.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – Yes, Download The App From Here ]

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Productivity

Add Caption, Annotate, Edit iPhone Pictures With Evernote Skitch

Evernote is a great note making app and developers of the same have come up with similar and great applications like Evernote Food, Evernote Hello etc. Skitch is another interesting application from the Evernote group that lets you play around with pictures. With skitch you can annotate and edit pictures with sheer convenience and loads of fun.

The more you explore this app, the more you will like it. A simple interface and impressive functionality are the key characteristics that makes editing and annotating much more interesting. You can download it for free from the android market and install it.

The main page has three sections, Camera, Photos and New. If you want to take a fresh picture and then edit it, tap on camera. If you want to edit a previously taken picture click on photos. If you want to have a fresh blank white page to express your creativity, tap on the new page button on the extreme right.

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This is the editing interface where you have a number of buttons at the top as well as at the bottom. Starting from the extreme left of the bottom pane you have the colour button first where you can select the colour of the pen and also its size.

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With the next button you can choose between two types of pens: the standard and the other with an a. They both have a different effect which you distinguish while writing with your finger. The next button with an arrow, is for typical annotating purpose as you can indicate objects or people with arrows.

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The fourth button with a pointing finger is for reorienting already added text and arrows. You can select it first and then tap on an added arrow or text and then move it across the the picture to place it anywhere else. With the ‘a’ button you can add text to your picture and can also choose the colour of stroke. With the last button on the bottom right corner you can choose between straight line, square and circle, whichever you wish to create.

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Coming to the top of the screen you again have five buttons. The first one is for Home to go back to the main screen. With the second button you can crop a picture according to your wish.

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The trash button is to discard the current picture and open a new page. The next button to the right with an arrow is for redo and undo actions.

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When you are done annotating or editing the picture you can share the same using the button at the top right corner.

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App Requirements: Compatible with android devices. Requires android 1.6 and later.

Conclusion: Lovely interface and lovely features but I wish I had even more features

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For iPad – Yes, Download It From Here ]

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Utilities

Play Audio, Video On Your Android Phone Via WiFi Network Streaming With Air Playit

Air Playit is a wonderful application that lets you stream video and audio on your apple device over Wi-fi and 3G/4G. The brilliance lies in the fact that it acts like a personal cloud server and lets you stream songs and videos on the go. A while back the company had released an HD version for iPad whose review you can read here. As expected and eagerly awaited, the Air Playit android version is out and is in the beta stage. So if you are excited and want to install it right away, you will have to go to the official website where the download ink is provided and it is not available on Android Market yet.

To use the application on your android phone, you will need to create a server either local or remote. Whichever computer you wish to use as a server must have Air Playit client installed on it which is also available on the official webpage. After downloading and installing the app on your android device and the Windows or Mac client on your computer, open the computer client first. As you can see in the image below you have a Server name at the top while a couple of sections like information, permission, shared folders etc follow at the bottom.

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Now go to shared folders and you will see that your default My Videos directory, present in My Documents, is already shared.

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To add a new folder consisting of songs or videos click on Add Folder from the bottom. Now browse to the desired folder, give it a Sharing name and press OK. This way you can add as many folders as you want.

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Now it is time to configure your Android device in order to play the songs and videos present on the server, wirelessly. Open the app on your android device and depending on the server you have created, choose from Add Local Server or Add Remote Server.

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Under the configure section, you will get a screen where you will have manually enter the Server name, IP address, Port, Pin and other details. The IP address and port as well as the Pin is available in the Air Playit desktop client. Look at the first image of this post and you will see the Information section which has the IP address and the Port. The Server name is given at the top of the program while the PIN/passcode is available under the Permissions Tab(next to information). This way you can collect all the information and then enter the same under the configure section and finally press Join.

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See in the image below and you will notice that instead of Add Local Server, now I have Air Playit Server, the one that I have added recently.

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You can now see all the songs and videos shared on the server by tapping on the name and stream them on the go.

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App Requirements: Compatible with android devices..

Conclusion: I love this app as I have used it on iPad but since it’s a beta android version, it might lag a bit at times. But it is worth a download.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Official Website Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For iOS – Yes, Download It From Here ]

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Social Networking

Download Orkut App For iPhone, Android

Though a bit late, Orkut has finally made it to App Store. The official Orkut app for iPhone has been released recently and I am glad to tell you that it works beautifully. But still I would consider it late as a majority of Orkut traffic has now moved to Facebook and therefore only a handful of people are now using Orkut as against the more popular Facebook.

The app is quite light for your device and also does not use much ram. You can download it from the app store for free. Now coming to the app it has a very clean interface with six major sections: Profile, Updates, Birthdays, Photos, Scarps and Friends.

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Each section further has subsections. For instance under the Friends section you have two subsections, Friends and Requests. You can also find your friends using the search or by tapping on the corresponding initial from the alphabet list on the right.

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This is the Scraps section where you get a long list of all the Scraps given by your friends and family.

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This is the birthday section. Again it has two subsection: Today and Upcoming birthdays.

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Similarly you have the Profile section where you can edit all the details regarding yourself, the Photos section that consists of all the uploaded pictures and the Updates section. To log out your account you can simply move back to the main screen and press Account present on the top right corner.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Conclusion: Although its quite late to arrive but I appreciate the app’s design.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – Yes, Download It From Here ]

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Productivity

Windows Phone Type Notifications On Android Phones

Recently we had covered iPhone type push notifications on Android which is a great free app and in this we bring you something similar yet different. Today we will review an app with which you can have Windows Phone 7 type of notifications on your android device. Interesting enough? It surely is.

WP7 Notifications Plus is a paid app that brings you the closest possible windows phone7 type of notifications experience to your android device. Be its twitter, facebook, message, phone or any installed app, WP7 Notifications Plus works well for all and is very impressive.

Once you download the app and install it, you have to activate the service by going into settings<accessibility service< WP7 Notifications Service or by opening the app, clicking on activate service , checking on the box corresponding to WP7 Notifications Service and then pressing confirm.

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Once the service is active you can ensure it by opening the app from the app drawer. In the same, under Monitoring, you can check on the corresponding boxes of the apps you wish to receive the notifications for including missed calls.

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Scroll down the page and you have an Other apps section from where you can select the installed apps for which you want to enable these notifications.

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On the same page you have several other options. From Timeout you can set the number of seconds for which you want the notifications to be displayed.

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Then you have Time Format to set the format as 12 hour or 24 hour and even hide time display.

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Under Position you can choose the position of the notifications, whether you want it below the status bar, on top of it or at the bottom.

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Under Color you can even set the color of the notification pop-up from a set of stock color options.

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Scroll down more and you can enable shadows, animations, alternate 2 line layout. Apart from these you also have a couple of wakeup and vibration options which you can configure.

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At last this is what the notifications would look like. To remove a notification you just need to place your finger on the notification pop-up and slide it to either side. Or in simple words you just need to throw it towards any side..

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The app here is used along with WindowsPhone7 launcher to give that windows phone feel.

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The notifications look stunning on the lockscreen as well and I hope you would not mind spending some money for it.

App Requirements: Compatible with android devices. Requires android 2.1 or later.

Conclusion: Very well made app and worth a buy.

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: $2.33/Rs.116.59 | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For iPhone – No  ]

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Utilities

iPhone Style Notifications, Message Pop Up On Android Phones

Most of the times we are busy reviewing apps that perform important functions but today we bring you an app that is not of any special use but is definitely cool. I know there are many users out there who in spite of using an android phone like iPhone for some of its features.

If you talk about the notifications for instance, iPhone iOS 4.3.5 and below have pop up notifications which are not there in Android and instead the latter has a drop down notifications center. But what if you need iPhone type notifications on Android?

Here is the solution to this in the form of iPhone Notifications, an app that gives you iPhone type notifications on Android. It is available in both paid and free version and we will review the free version here.

After installing the app head to the app drawer and open iPhone Notifications. The main interface has sections like Activate the service, Monitoring, notification position and many more but being a free version many are not available for configuring.

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To enable iPhone Notifications you need to go to the accessibility settings of your android device. Press Activate the service and under accessibility settings enable iPhone Notifications Service, present towards the bottom.

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Now the service is active and you need to configure which apps you need the notifications for. For that enter the Monitoring section from the main screen and select the apps.

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Scroll down the main interface and you can configure the banner position under Position.

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Now you are all set to enjoy iPhone type notifications on your android and this is what it looks like.

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App Requirements: Compatible with android devices. Requires android 2.1or later.

Conclusion: Very nice and i am sure you will like it. Do buy the full version if you like it.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For iPhone – No ]

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Productivity

Any.Do To Do List Lets You Easily Add Tasks And Set Them As Reminders

I believe if i had to choose one good To Do list app i would go with the one we are going to review today. It is named as Any.DO and is one brilliant intuitive, gesture based To-Do app that will surely be liked by you.

It has all the features one would expect from a good to-do app and includes capturing tasks using voice or text, organizing & syncing but the most amazing thing about is that it is free.

Pretty clean is the interface and using it is just fun. There are sections on the main page for Today, Tomorrow, This Week and Later. To add a task you can enter the text in the “I want to” space and press the + button or you can also press the mic present on the left and can speak out what is in your mind.

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Once you have added a couple of tasks you can can further get into the detailed options like Priority, Folder, Reminder, Notes and Share, by tapping on a task. To change the title of the task tap on the task and press edit present on the right. To organize the tasks drag & drop it with your finger and in order to delete a task or mark it as complete swipe your finger across the text.

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To set the priority of a task as high, tap on the task and from the options hit Priority and you would see an indicator next to the initials of the task title. To categorize the task into a folder you can press Folder and choose from the existing folders or can create a new one.

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To set the reminder for the task, go to Reminder and set the date and time.

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Additional notes can be added to a task from the Notes section.

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You can also share it with your friends from the Share section.

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You can access the main settings of the app by pressing the menu key of your device. From here you can sort the tasks by date, folder and priority. You can also clear the tasks or sync your google tasks with the app.

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Additional options can be accessed from the more section under settings. Here you get the choice to enable/ disable, shake and missed call features. You also have the option to change the theme from white or dark. Further reminder sounds can be changed and you can also backup your tasks and settings.

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The app also has home screen widgets which are helpful in keeping a track of your tasks and adding new tasks.

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App Requirements: Compatible with android devices. Requires android 2.2 or later.

Conclusion: Really clean and wonderful to-do list managers ever made

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For iPhone – No , Download Similar App From Here ]

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Travel

Find Best Local Places, Things To Do, Restaurants, Clubs And Much More On MyCityWay India

Ever wished you had a one stop app to get details on every possible place to visit in your city? MyCityWay India is a brilliantly designed app that incorporates 50 apps into one bundle that would help you find almost anything in your locality.

It is not dedicated to locals only but is really helpful for visitors as well. If you install the app you would literally have hundreds of solutions to your problem.

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Want to find a nearby restaurant or nightclub, hotel or tourist spot, bank or spa, the app contains all. This is not it, it covers a number of sections like Dining, Nightlife, Transit, Tourism, Events, Hotels, Coffee, City Maps, Movies, Beauty & Spa, Parking, Shopping, Airports, Services, Weather, Banks, Gas Stations, Fitness, Jobs, Groceries, Police Stations, Art Galleries, Kids Activities, Real Estate, Classifieds etc.

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On the top of the main screen you have Change City, Location and Search button. Under change city, you can select your city from a list of five including Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Under Location you can change your location as per an address, or from your recently visited placed etc. In the search section you can enter the desired keywords and look for the the place.

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If you are a registered member you can access the my stuff section from the main screen and keep a log of your visited places, favorite places, created lists etc.

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If you not sure about what places you should visit, try the Things To Do section from where you can look for parks, amusement parks, museums etc.

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Need to visit the nearest bank or ATM or money transfer outlet, enter the Bank & ATM s section and find what you need. Here you also have a small Abc button on the top right corner to sort the results list alphabetically or according to distance.

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Under the Lists section you have a couple of default lists of places categorized into one. Like you a list of Delhi’s awesome hotels, Most happening hangouts etc. If you login with your account you can create your own lists, bookmarks places etc.

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If you want to watch a movie at the nearest cinema hall, head to Movies section, select the movie and get details on all the cinemas featuring it.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Conclusion: Trust me, you would not have to look anywhere else for places to visit if you have this app.

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – Yes , Download It From Here ]