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Making Life Simpler

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Keeping Track Of Your Sugar
India is diabetes territory, and the number of people who need to keep track of their blood sugar levels and other parameters is on the rise. A handy Android app gives you a quick and easy place to keep a record. You can enter your glucose levels, carbohydrate intake, blood pressure, H1bac result and exercise level. As you make the entry, you also have place for notes. There's a free version but a small payment unlocks all features.

Diabetes Journal lets you see averages and charts, and you can email the readings to your doctor as a PDF or CSV file.

Diabetes Journal has a simple and clean interface that makes it easier and more likely that the user will maintain records. Pity you can't put in other parameters, but there's always the notes section for that.

Simplify Your Life
If your life is all messed up with the chaos of too many things to do, try simplifying it with iOS app, Gneo. This calendar-task manager-time management tool will set you back Rs 250 but that may be well spent if it turns out to be the method that suits you.

Gneo has a clean paper-like interface. The one complaint I have is that the text is too small, as is the unfortunate fashion with iOS apps these days. But that aside, you create an account, plug into your existing calendar, and you're ready to start. Add tasks and prioritise them, set reminders and slot them to separate notebooks so that all the areas of your life are demarcated. You can add sound or photo files to your notes. The interface uses gestures. Gneo allows for quite a level of fine tuning and breaking down tasks and goals. It saves data to sync across your iOS devices on the app's server.

Grab And Translate
Textgrabber, available on both Android and iOS, is expensive (Rs 599 and Rs 420) but handy. Essentially, it’s an optical character recognition made quick and easy. Open the TextGrabber app and use the camera to take a well-lit and properly centred picture of some text, from a magazine, a packet, a sign or whatever. It’ll be easier than ever on a tablet of course, because of the big frame – but sharper on a phone because the camera will be better. Now, the app will “read” the text. You can cut and paste the result, email or share it or send it off to Evernote. But the best part is that it will also translate text. All you need to do is select the languages. In fact if you’re not sure, the Auto setting will recognise the language and translate it to whatever you set, the default being English. Could be extra useful if you’re travelling.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 08-09-2014)