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Get A Grip On Life

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With Nokia Simplicity
Nokia — yes, the old loved Nokia — has a launcher on the Google Play Store meant to make life on an Android phone easier and quicker. The Z Launcher  is light and easy for a total novice to use. Basically it takes over your home screens, reduces them, and puts frequently-used apps on two of those home screens. No fuss, no frills.

It learns what you use and presents those apps for easy access. But, if you want to find a specific app quickly, you can just draw the alphabet with which its name begins on the screen. A W will get you Whatsapp and anything else with that alphabet, for example. Those who are new to Android take a while getting used to things, and this is just the sort of app that makes onboarding unintimidating.

Countdown To Whatever
If you're constantly losing track of everything and then getting a big shock when it’s almost time, try out LifeTicker Pro, an app for reminders with a twist. You have to be an iPhone user and pay Rs 60 for the privilege. Only you can decide whether that’s worth it to you. Life Ticker works with countdowns. For whatever you want, birthdays, anniversary, upcoming vacations, a party, a visit, or work related deadlines, you can set the lot to a countdown. You can set years, days, weeks, hours, minutes etc., and get customised notifications. As usual, you can share on Facebook, Twitter, email etc, in the unlikely event that you should want to. You can add photos — what can be done without photos after all — to pretty up the reminders and keep you looking at the app.

When The World Shakes
It's startling when you realise just how many earthquakes happen on our planet every single day. With the recent devastating quake in Nepal and India, this most unpredictable of natural disasters is top-of-mind. Well, you’ll be surprised at just how many earthquake related apps there are. One on iOS that goes by the simple name of Earthquake is a no nonsense app which gives you as-it-happens status of earthquakes everywhere. Knowing your location, you can opt to see seismic activity around you. While the average person may not want to dwell on earthquakes, anyone whose work involves geology, emergency services or any other related field will find information like this useful. The pro version will also enable push notifications while the regular version may be more appropriate for geo-enthusiasts.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 27-07-2015)

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