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PRISMA

PRISMA, an app by Prisma labs, inc. transforms your photos into works of art using the styles of famous artists in addition to famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art pieces and going by the images modified using the app popping up on various social media, the app seems to have caught the fancy of many iOS and Android users.

Prism allows you to either click  pic through the app or select an existing photograph in your camera library. The picture is then cropped to a 1:1 ratio and the user is given the options of the numerous filters (from the 20 that come with the app) to modify the image.

The app offers:

  1. Modern art / photo filters (more than 30 styles)!
  2. Stunning photo effects
  3. Fast sharing

The one thing we did not like was the time taken. When you select an image and apply a filter , it takes in the neighborhood of 20 seconds for the image to be rendered for you with the filter to take effect, and if you want to explore another filter, keeping adding. it can get pretty annoying.

Another tip: if you want to remove the annoying PRISMA watermark on the lower right side, go into settings and uncheck “Add Watermark option”.

The app is free for now so go ahead and explore it, however do be careful of the fake copies.

For iOS, it needs iOS 8 or later and for Android 4.1 and above.

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Microsoft Pix

Pix, a new app by Microsoft brings artificial intelligence (AI) to your mobile camera app.  The USP of the app, released for iPhone and iPad, is minimal setting options, as it largly takes away the ability for you to play with your settings in the app, with minimal remaining to shoot photos and videos, use of editing tools, filters, gallery view, and sharing.  The app wants you to point and shoot to capture the moment while enjoying being a part of it and the app manipulates the photo for you to render beautifuly all on its own, allowing some minor modifications.

When you click a photograph, the app automatically captures 10 frames, analyses them and selects the best with additions from the other frames to get the best in noise reduction, ISO, exposure, brightness and more. The app recognizes faces in the photographs and prioritizes the photograph rendition on the same and with the auto sync feature you do not need to worry about loosing your photographs. A toggle button allows you to compare between the image you capture and the image the app suggests after making relevant changes. Microsoft Pix uses multiple technologies to provide true, accurate color for skin tones, food, and foliage, as well as accurate exposure and detail in both the shadow and the highlight areas of the photo.

Pix allows you to capture “Live Images”, which are similar to the Apple’s Live Photos. The app however does not allow for this feature to be turned off, and is activated when the app senses relevant movement behind the subject, like people dancing, movement of plants, flowing water stream. So, when the Microsoft Pix detects interesting motion in your shot, it will automatically stitch the burst frames into a short looping video which are the “live Images”.

When you shift to the videos, you have image stabilization and one can use Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology for creating looping time lapse videos. You can upload on Vimeo and Instagram amongst others using iOS sharing, so you can seamlessly share to the apps already installed on your phone.

Summary of the Top 10 Coolest Features:
• Smart settings – Automatically checks scene and lighting between each shutter tap, and updates settings between each shot.
• Face recognition – When it detects a face in the shot, it automatically optimizes settings to help people look their best.
• Moment capture – Captures a burst of frames every time you tap the shutter button, including frames before and after your tap, so you won’t miss the right moment.
• Best Image – Automatically selects up to 3 of the best and most unique shots from the burst, and immediately deletes the rest, so you don’t waste your phone’s memory or your time comparing and storing similar frames.
• Image quality – Uses discarded burst frames to enhance each Best Image, improving exposure and color, and reducing noise and blur.
• Live Image – Automatically creates a short, looping video, by stitching together the frames from the burst into a Live Image, but ONLY when it senses motion in your shot, so it won’t waste a ton of your phone’s memory.
• Hyperlapse – Videos shot with Microsoft Pix are automatically stabilized for smoother playback, and can be time lapsed and saved at many different speeds.
• Auto-sync – Seamlessly syncs to your camera roll, so you don’t have to individually import or save your photos and videos to your camera roll.
• Easy sharing – Uses iOS sharing, so you can seamlessly share to the apps already installed on your phone.

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SHAREit

SHARE it, an app from Lenovo, gives you the ability to share files without the need of Internet.

SHARE it allows you to:

  • Transfer files, photos, videos, music, documents and more between your PCs, phones and tablets.
  • The size of your file or folder does not matter, SHAREit will transfer it from your phone to PC or PC to phone within seconds.
  • WiFi, cables or mobile data is not required, SHAREit will send your files easily and conveniently. Cross-platform sharing for phones & computers & tablets, Android & iOS & Windows Phone & Windows XP/7/8.
  • No more cables or internet needed to transfer, easy sharing between various devices and friends can transfer files to each other by entering Portal.
  • Replicate contacts, SMS messages, MMS messages, music, videos, apps and other data from your old phone to the new one in just one click.

Explore some SHAREit Phone to Please call, urgent  features:

  • Powerpoint Control: With SHAREit on your mobile phone, you can control your PowerPoint slides on a PC or projector.
  • Remote View: quick and easy tool to search PC files and folders from your phone. Find the document on your phone, display it, play it or SHAREit directly from your phone.
  • Play To: Showcase content from your phone to your PC.
  • Back up your photos to your PC using SHAREit

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Pocket

Pocket app stared off as “Read It Later”, a Mozilla Firefox browser extension, with an intent of being on the desktop, however in it’s new avatar it now spans  Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows, Kobo eReaders and other Web Browsers. A paid subscription service called Pocket Premium was introduced in May 2014.

The application allows the user to save an article or web page for later reading, allowing them to access the content from any device with the same login. Touted as the world’s leading save-for-later service currently has more than 22 million registered users and is integrated into more than 1500 apps including Flipboard, Twitter and Zite. It is available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Windows.

The next time you find an article, video or link you want to read or watch later, just save it to Pocket, it creates categories based on the tags you’ve used to organize your saved items and it has a search function if you are worried how you will sift through the saved content. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re offline. It also allows you to share the link of the content from within the app.

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Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is a podcast player that is full featured, beautiful and easy to use. You can choose from over 200,000 podcasts, see what’s trending, browse by network, and even add your own show!

With it’s auto download feature, you can pick any podcast you like, set it to auto-download while you sleep or are busy.
This allows you to save on your mobile data bills since you’d set it up to do that on Wi-Fi!

Additionally, all your subscriptions, playback and filters are backed up to the cloud and kept in sync between your Android and iOS devices.

Pocket Casts is one of the best podcast fetchers available and is well worth its price. There are many powerful, straight forward features that help you make Pocket Casts yours. Here are some of them:

  • Audio Effects: Always dreamed of playing more podcasts, but don’t have time? Use the silence removal feature to dynamically speed up podcasts.
  • Filters: Want a list of every unplayed, downloaded podcast? Right here. How about a list of video episodes that you haven’t downloaded yet? Easy. Sorting your shows by custom categories? Done.
  • Chromecast & Airplay compatable: Cast your episodes straight to your TV with a single tap.
  • Variable Speed: Play audio all the way from 0.5x to 3.0x, no dodgy plugins to download, no fuss, just pure unadulterated speed.
  • Video to Audio: Pocket Casts lets you toggle video podcasts to audio and back again for when you’re on the move.
  • Themes: Dark and light themes, to suit your location and mood.
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Quora

Quora is one of the best General Knowledge apps available. It provides crowdsourced answers to everyday questions – You can ask practically any question and get real answers from people with first-hand experience.

We’ve seen some really simple questions get some great, informative and fact-based answers. And complex questions… those are a class apart!

To provide the best experience possible, it is suggested to create a Quora account and use your real full name.

This app allows you to do a lot of fun stuff that includes:

  • Adding and browsing questions, reviews, and blogs
  • Answering questions and writing blog posts and reviews
  • Voting on the best answers, reviews, and blog posts
  • Discovering different topics that interest you

Quite a few people at Chip-Monks have actually weaned off Facebook, once they discovered Quora and TED. So, if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your smartphone or tablet, we suggest you get both of these apps and go discover more about the world, life and anything else you find meaningful!

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Indian Newspapers

No matter where we go, we are used to a cup of tea and a newspaper with news of our homeland when we get up. Correct? Well, that may not always be possible with physical newspapers.

But having all Indian newspapers available virtually just became simpler!

Indian Newspapers, a brilliant free app by Baris Efe available on the Play Store lets you view and access all possible Indian newspapers’ websites from anywhere in the world!

Some key features of this app include:

  • Virtually all Indian Newspapers and several magazines are covered
  • Opens with the standard internet browser on your phone
  • You can amend your preferred list at any time
  • Favorites section to manage your stream
  • Ability to show mobile or desktop version of the newspaper
  • Add or Delete newspaper/magazine by a long press on the list
  • Share the news
  • Automatic delete the cache in case you’re watching your phone’s internal memory

Happy Reading!

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Dailyhunt – Daily News for Indians

Despite thousands of news aggregating apps out there, the literate Indian still yearns for an app that is focussed on Indian news, politics, cricket matches, technology, entertainment & more.

Dailyhunt fulfils that need and thrives in a niche that most people overlook – news and infotainment of interest to Indians.

Downloaded over 90 million times, Daily Hunt is one of the foremost news apps and has been a favourite go-to app for millions of Indians over the past three years.

And yet thats not all it does!

It brings you breaking news from across the nation, serves up news in 15 local Indian languages (including Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati, Urdu, Oriya & Punjabi), and  even hosts free & paid eBooks & magazines!

We’ve been following Daily Hunt for a while now, and it’s grown into a beautiful app with a strikingly fluid interface that is focused on making the experience of reading easier; and thanks to some internal algorithms, you get fairly well personalised content.

The developer has been streamlining the internals to boost application performance, which gets you your stuff faster, and also with much lesser impact to your data usage (thanks to some great media optimisation techniques)!

Some key features of the app include:

  • News from National & Regional Newspapers, Websites, Blogs, RSS feeds
  • Local News from over 600 Indian districts & towns, plus cricket scores, world news, weather, horoscopes, stock updates and even classifieds
  • Browse by topics
  • “Favourite” anything you like to have it appear in your personalized stream
  • Browse, download and read the largest collection of regional language eBooks. Of course, you can find eBooks from national and international authors.
  • Read mobile optimized magazines and single articles from leading magazines
  • Pay for purchases using your postpaid phone’s account, in addition to your credit/debit cards
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TED

The official TED app presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends.

Find more than 1,700 videos, each of them intriguingly engaging.

The TED app is one of our recommendations because:

  • It updates almost every day with new talks from TED events around the world.
  • You can sort the featured library by recency or popularity.
  • The app can guide you through a custom made playlist if you tell it how much time you have at hand!
  • Not only that, it’s easy to curate your own playlist and download full videos to your device to watch offline.
  • You can also share your favourite talks with friends.

So if you’ve been feeling like you’re done with inane social feeds for a bit or want something more informative, give TED a spin. You may come away enamoured.

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FIFA

Download the Official FIFA App to stay absolutely up to date with live scores from across the globe, breaking news and photos, and exclusive videos, interviews and feature articles from FIFA.com.

The Live Scores section enables you to follow minute-by-minute scores from 197 domestic leagues and several continental competitions, while you can engage with fellow fans by commenting on matches and articles.

With comprehensive coverage of every FIFA competition with a special focus on the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, the app brings you news, photos and videos ahead of July’s Preliminary Draw.

You can also relive the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and all the greatest moments in World Cup history by browsing through exclusive videos, photos and matches of all the previous World Cup editions.

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Google Play Newsstand

With the Play Newsstand, Google merged two of their services – Google Currents & Google Play Magazines into one app.

With this app you can discover more of the news and magazines you care about, all in one app on your smartphone or tablet. You’ll find breaking news and in-depth articles featuring audio and video clips. The app covers a wide range of interests from sports, business, cooking, entertainment to fashion.

And you get both free and paid news with the option to subscribe to your favourite magazines in vibrant full HD, all in one place. With hundreds of premier publishers – it’s all there, easy to follow, read, and share.

Here are some key features of the Play Newsstand app:

  • Enjoy Read Now to find more of the articles you care about and discover new ones you will love.
  • Explore categories like Arts & Photography, Business & Finance, Food & Drink and subscribe to topics tagged to the articles that interest you the most.
  • Go Offline with any news edition, topic or magazine without missing a page.  Bookmark news stories you don’t have time to read for later.
  • Google Play Newsstand is the new home for all your Google Currents subscriptions and Google Play Magazines. Now with one app and one tap, it’s never been easier to stay informed on the news of the day.
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NASA App

This has to be one of the best apps available when it comes to astronomy.

A must-have for children or just about anyone who loves star gazing.

Come explore space with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for Android.

This official app from NASA boasts of a whole lot of impressive features:

  • Over 13,000 images (and growing everyday)
  • Latest news and features stories including current NASA mission Information
  • Live streaming of NASA TV and latest on-demand NASA videos from the agency
  • Launch information & countdown clocks
  • Current visible passes for the International Space Station (ISS) and notifications
  • ISS and Earth orbiting satellite trackers
  • NASA Twitter Feeds from around the agency
  • Facebook® Connect and integrated Twitter™ client for easy sharing
  • Map, information and links to all of the NASA visitor centers
  • Featured content and program sections
  • Third Rock Radio (alternative rock radio station)
  • Favorites & image bookmarks
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The Times Of India

Get the Times of India’s complete and up-to-date coverage of everything that is relevant and interesting – anytime, anywhere!

This official app, designed and developed for multiple ecosystems, brings you breaking news and unrivaled coverage of national and international happenings.

One of the better news apps, it comes with:

  • Push Notifications
  • Local news from more than 40 cities in India
  • Latest movie reviews by critics as well as readers
  • Superb photo galleries
  • Immersive videos from news, business, sports, entertainment and lifestyle categories.
  • The ability to save articles for offline reading
  • Share articles and photos you like via email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter

Additionally, the app can be personalised in many ways:

  • Use in portrait or landscape mode
  • Change change background colour
  • Increase or decrease displayed text size
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Flipboard

Flipboard is like having your own personal magazine on your phone. It curates articles and content basis your preferences and interests. Whats more, it learns your reading habits over time and hence the stuff you get to read actually improves over time.

It’s no wonder that its become one of the most popular ways to catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and even browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing.

To begin, pick a few interests and tap a few tiles to help it understand your preferences. That’s it! You can begin flipping through your very own personalised magazine.

You can even add blogs and publications by using the search bar or tapping the red ribbon to open the Content Guide.

Additionally, you can connect your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ to see what friends are posting and easily share articles with them.

Here are some Key Features of the app:

  • View all your news, interests and social updates in one personalized magazine format.
  • Save stories you love into your own magazine by using the “+” button on any item. Select ‘create a magazine’ and collect all your favorite stories, images or videos.
  • Search for anything—people, topics, hashtags, blogs, your favorite sites and flip through the results in a beautiful magazine format.
  • Read Cover Stories for a quick check on what’s happening currently. Cover Stories are created just for you and is filled with popular items from everything you’ve added to your Flipboard.
  • Flipboard is available in 18 localized editions – for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K.
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TuneIn Radio

TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local- and global radios from wherever you are.

Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 100,000 stations and 2 million on-demand streams for you to choose from!

Internet radio doesn’t get better than this and this app is definitely one of the best music streaming apps available across all ecosystems, including Windows Phone.

Give it a shot, I’m sure you will love it!

 

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Twitter

Twitter is the best way to connect, express yourself and discover what’s happening in the lives of people who matter to you. The main premise is following and staying updated with people, be them friends or famous celebrities. It’s also a great app to start a fan base if you are a famous personality, at the same time it allows you to follow other friends and personalities you feel the need to.

Key app features include:

  • Connect with people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives.
  • Express yourself with photos, videos and comments.
  • Discover what’s happening. Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline.
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Rdio

Rdio, one of the world’s largest licensed music services, offers a catalog of over 35 million songs in 86 countries worldwide.

The company’s mission is to provide access to every song, on every device, anywhere in the world instantly, online or offline – tuned to you.

Rdio’s critically acclaimed applications combine the best of personal choice, social engagement, human curation, algorithmic personalization, and programming from tastemakers. Music fans can enjoy Rdio as either a free, personalized stations-first Internet radio experience or as a full on-demand subscription service.

Here are the details of the three services offered by Rdio, their cost and their benefits:

Rdio Free

  • Ad-supported listening.
  • Endless stations based on artists, genres, and moods, including You FM, your own personalized station.

Rdio Select (Rs. 60/- per month)

  • An enhanced mobile plan, combining stations and on-demand.
  • Stations with no ads or skip limits on mobile and devices such as Roku and Chromecast
  • Keep 25 songs at any one time to enjoy anywhere, even offline
  • Listen at pristine-quality 320kbps

Rdio Unlimited (Rs. 119/- per month)

  • The best of Rdio, no matter where you listen.
  • Listen to any album, song, or playlist on demand Stations with no ads or skip limits anywhere
  • Unlimited mobile downloads Listen at pristine-quality 320kbps
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Gaana

Gaana is one of India’s largest and most popular online music services and is available for all four of the big operating systems. It’s even available for the iPhone and iPad!

You can listen to your favorite songs (Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and many more regional languages) from the music catalog.

Key features of this app:

  • Make your own playlists or access your favorite playlists from gaana.com and keep them synced.
  • Browse millions of songs in over 80 languages
  • Listen to thousands of radios and playlists created by experts. There’s even inbuilt support for Radio Mirchi!
  • Smart recommendations for music that matches your tastes.
  • Share your favorites with friends on Facebook, Twitter, or even by email.

Like others, Gaana also has a subscription model for the Android and Apple apps, which enables some awesome additional features:

  • Ad-free Music
  • High Quality Audio experience
  • Downloading songs for offline play
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Kindle

If you love reading then the Kindle app just must be a part of your apps selection for your mobile device!

The Kindle app gives you the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.

With this app you’ll have access to over a million books via the Kindle Store, plus hundreds of newspapers and magazines.

Amazon’s WhisperSync functionality automatically syncs the last page you read read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights – across all your devices including a Kindle if you possess one. So you can pick up reading whatever you left off wherever you left it, on any of your devices!

Here are some other features this app boasts of:

  • Shop the Kindle Store by visiting Amazon for the largest selection of books, including hundreds of thousands of titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
  • Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy a book via Kindle using the Free Sample Search.
  • Customize your reading experience by choosing margin size, line spacing, background color, font size, font style, and either portrait or landscape format.
  • Email PDFs and other documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and they get delivered to your device.
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SoundHound

Have you ever liked some music playing and wished you knew who the artist was? Here is where your smartphone comes to the rescue, thanks to an app called SoundHound. SoundHound recognizes music playing around you. Open the app and tap the SoundHound button to instantly identify songs. See lyrics, share, buy or explore more music from artists you know and love or have just discovered. You can even search for songs by singing or humming its tune into SoundHound, thanks to a revolutionary singing and humming search feature!

Some Key Features of the App are:

  • Blazing fast music recognition
  • The world’s only singing and humming recognition
  • LiveLyrics: see lyrics move in time with the music
  • Preview Tracks, Buy links, YouTube videos and more!
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Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is a digital comic app which features some of the world’s most popular super heroes! You also get to buy international comics which are not available in India otherwise, with this app.

If you like to read comics about superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man or Wolverine then this is the app for you. Each of your downloads will be protected and backed up when you use your marvel.com account, meaning the next time you lose or upgrade your device you’ll find your comics waiting to be read again!

Here are some key features of this app:

  • Access to over 3500 comics featuring the world’s most popular super heroes!
  • Free comics for download, updated weekly!
  • Customizable reading experience: choose between panel to panel, full page display, and more!
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DC Comics

DC Comics is one of the biggest comics publishers in North America, featuring a wide variety of characters and genres.

This is their official app, and it allows you to buy comics in the digital format. Using the app also gives you access to a whole lot of international comics which are not otherwise available in India.

If you want to read comics of superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern or the Justice League, this is the app for you. It is also now possible to follow the current story-line of your favourite character on a monthly basis.

A bonus is that with the app you have access to all the digital first issues that will be released in due course.

Once again, some of the key features of this app are:

  • Same day release as print issue.
  • Access to monthly titles as well as backlog issues
  • Get exclusive ‘Digital first’ titles
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Comics

Comics is a digital comic app which allows you to buy international comics which are not available in India otherwise.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a DC fan or a Marvel fanatic or a rookie looking his or her way into comics. This app has access to over 50,000 odd comic books from DC, Marvel and a host of other publishers. Also, this app has access to all the first issues that come out.

WIth this app, it is possible to follow the current storyline of your favourite character monthly.

Some key features of the app are:

  • Same day release as print issue.
  • Unique guided view for digital comics
  • Exclusive ‘Digital first’ titles