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Apps: Seek & Explore

Search for legal information, a life partner or a suitable meal with our selection of apps by Mala Bhargava

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Be A Legal Eagle
No longer do you need to browse through dusty libraries to hunt for legal information. You can do that on your smartphone or tablet. If you're a lawyer, Manupatra for all mobile platforms — Android, iOS and Blackberry, Windows and Kindle — is aimed right at you. There's even a web app with additional features. Of course, only a lawyer can really say whether this legal research resource with access to an entire set of Indian case laws and Acts is truly useful or not. This is a subscription-based service. On the app you can search across using simple descriptive terms. You can save documents to a folder. The data is updated often. Manupatra has a suite of apps catering to specific needs in the legal arena. These could be useful for students of law as well.

Meal With A Deal
It's no secret that food ordering apps have been having a tough time of late. The logistics alone are so difficult to handle that there's often a gap between the promise and the delivery. But that doesn't stop more food startups from jumping on to the bandwagon. One of these is Yumchek, an ordering app that tries to take a different approach to getting a meal from places close to you. What Yumchek does is, going by your location, it offer up meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner and gives you points or "Yummies" for these. When you upload your receipt you not only get Yummies but the startup funds midday meals for school children, so they say. Noble thought. The Yummies entitle you to play Yotto, a game on the app. I'm thinking people will be focussed on getting their meal rather than stopping to play, but you never know.

The Neuroscience Of Marriage
There's no end of dating apps and match making sites, but again, there being plenty of something doesn't seem to stop others from trying their luck. An app called Banihal makes the tall claim of using neuroscience to help you find the right partner. Basically that means filling a whole lot of forms. Well, how else will there be a match made in heaven. Or at least in an app. You can even pull in your information from LinkedIn. Once you sign up and put in some basic particulars, it's time to get down to the real questions. The app asks you to think of someone you know married to someone whom you would have thought suited you. Oops. This is just about a "role model" which will help you clarify your own needs from a relationship. There are questions about what you admire most in say, your father.

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apps magazine 11 July 2016 Manupatra Yumchek Banihal