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Rest Easy And Panic
Safety apps are are a dime a dozen, but here’s one that’s backed up by a whole call centre. Smart 24x7, an app on the Google Play Store, is your gateway to all kinds of help. Register with your details, including blood group and address, and rest easy. Should you or anyone else around you need help, you can trigger the app and ask for help whether it’s for fire,  or you need the police, or an ambulance.
An alert goes out to a primary contact of your choice but it’s the call centre that will make sure you get the help you need at the soonest. A big panic button will take recordings and your GPS data and send it off to the call centre for help. The app and service is free but in future additional services may be added on at a nominal price.

Police On Tap On An App

It's not pretty, but it’s comprehensive and hopefully, helpful. The Delhi Police aren’t just on social media, they have their own Android and iOS app to give you information and take in complaints.

Someone should help them redesign it to make everything more readable, but for now let’s be grateful that they are there. The app just needs your name, number and email id. Once you’re in, you can complain about everything from auto drivers over-charging or refusing to go to defective traffic lights, towed away vehicles, and so on. You can also get traffic advisories.

There’s a list of emergency numbers for the police, fire, ambulance, help for senior citizens, for women, reporting corruption, and more. Now all they need to do is help.

Offers On Offer

the name of this free Android app, Shoffr, should pretty much explain what it is — offers on shopping. A quick install and you register with your phone number because that’s how you’ll get an offer code via SMS should you opt for one. The app also knows your location so you can get offers from around you. In fact, once you’re past the login screen, you get offers on various lifestyle items — food, clothing, books, cosmetics, jewellery, etc. The offers are by brand, not by item, and you need to get yourself to the shop to buy. It’s a little like the apps some malls like the Select CityWalk in Delhi have; only it isn’t restricted to a mall. I see there’s a 20 per cent off on my favourite shoe brand and 50 per cent off on a Domino’s pizza that I’m getting withdrawal symptoms for.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 28-07-2014)