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You Can Forget It
Are you one of those people who often draws a blank when you meet someone and find you can’t remember a whole lot of things about that person? Well, here’s an app to help pull out what you should have remembered but didn’t. But you’ll have to be prepared to be disciplined with recording information.

InstantRecall on Android (not to be confused with iInstant Recall on the App Store) picks up all the contacts on your phone and has a place for you to organise all sorts of information about a person. It doesn’t replace or interfere with your native contacts application.

So, when you get a phone call, a pop-up will ask if you want to record a note. You also have a widget which you can keep handy on a home screen, if you’re a strong networker and meet lots of people, and you can just tap to add information either by voice or keying in text.

Everything from what the person’s achievements are, to where he went for a holiday, who’s in the family, to what he wants to discuss can be put in. Then there’s connections to the main social networks. You can call up the information before you meet the person again and be quite impressively up-to-date.

InstantRecall is particularly meant to be helpful to those in marketing, PR, and sales or communications departments allowing them to cement business relationships by keeping relevant information right at hand. While it may be too much work for personal contacts, one can immediately see that it would be really helpful for business contacts. InstantRecall is free and has a bunch of tutorials and power tips on the developer’s website for users to make the most of what they can do with the app.

Lookup What You Need
it's a great idea, but how well it works depends on businesses, appropriate use by customers, and what’s available in a location. Lookup, free on Android, is an app that tries to put messaging and local shopping together. You need something — you search for it, and when results come up, you click on a seller and message him your queries. Lookup is only available for Bangalore and Mumbai right now but may move into other locations. I did find some Delhi entries. The app aims to get users prices, deliveries, restaurant bookings and even access to hospital and appointments with doctors. It probably won’t be long though before Google and Facebook extend their services, making any other attempt redundant. Facebook is about to use WhatsApp to link customers and businesses, and Google is throwing up recommendations on searches.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 29-06-2015)