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Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: 'See First' feature of Facebook | How to set it on your device


Facebook is world’s largest Social Media Platform without a second thought. What you share on your timeline is viewed instantaneously by all your followers who are active on their wall while you had posted your content in same time-line. FB keeps itself reinventing by smarter-than-you algorithms and this time by determining the need of being important, regardless of when it was posted.

Getting to know about “See First”

FB in desktop mode do allow an option to rearrange your News Feed by most recent posts. However on mobile device this option is just tricky & cumbersome to access.
From today, “See First” feature by Facebook is going to address the above mentioned issue to enable you control your posts/feeds in a much better way.
See First features label which of your Facebook friends' posts you want to see at the top of your feed at any given time. For now this feature had been rolled only to iOS devices, with subsequent launches planned for Android, Windowsand the desktop access.

How to use/set  “See First" feature:

Step 1: Set your See First friends list.
Step 2: Launch the Facebook app on your iOS device, then tap on the More button in the bottom-right corner.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu, where you'll find News Feed Preferences; tap on it
Step 4: Click on ‘Prioritize who to see first” – select your friends & click on DONE

General Observation & Verdict

A great feature indeed from Facebook which eliminates reckless scrolling to check feed of your most favorite people on Facebook. Its quite like ring fencing the people you want updates from first.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: WorkMail from Amazon


AWS Inc which is world’s largest internet based retailer also known for owning some cutting edge 40 subsidiaries, including Zappos,, Kiva Systems, Goodreads, Teachstreet, and IMDB along with their product line called Kindle has now ventured into Corporate Email solutions to take on biggies like Microsoft & Google etc. The service has been christened as WorkMail which was developed in house by AWS (Amazon Web Services) team which is cloud computing arm of Amazon. The aim of this service is to take enterprise cloud based email & scheduling services to its clients.

Getting to know about WorkMail

Currently Google’s Gmail is known for offerings beyond just email & calendars – viz. Video conferencing & file sharing tools etc. Amazon has planned to move on the same line but on cloud based solutions which will have amazing security feature, easy usability and will cater to changing needs of the clients. AWS has invested a lot time and money towards building larger portfolio of Amazon tools to gain corporate clients specially startups who do not want to invest on large datacenters & security.

Key Benefits

Build & Quality

Let us know understand what WorkMail has to offer over other Enterprise solutions:

1) The WorkMail will support all popular email providers and for which Amazon will be charging a very basic fee of $4 a month per account.

2) In this plan, the user will get 50 GB email storage

3) There will be additional fearures like shared inboxes & shared calendars

4) Major USP of WorkMail is the privacy feature based on complex encryption, mobile device management with remote wiping feature

5) WorkMail will also let users decide whether they want to store their data

6) The company wants to focus on high speed , secured backend exchange of digital communications, than putting energies on the consumer-facing interface

Screenshot - WorkMail

A preview of Amazon WorkMail is now available in only select regions. The full-fledged version is expected to release in Q2 this year.

General Observation & Verdict

WorkMail is definitely a new innovation from house of Amazon. It will be interesting to see the penetration based on its performance in next few months. Both Exchange & Google based email solutions are well established. If Amazon can bring value & security as nominal price it would definitely dent client base of Microsoft & Google.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Facebook 'Lite' App for 2G Networks with Top 5 amazing features


The world’s largest social networking site Facebook is leaving no stones unturned to bring on board the 2G network population in countries where 3G penetration is still not paramount, by launching a lightweight version of Facebook mobile app called "Facebook Lite". These are the countries which have substantial population for making Facebook more popular & increase its base even further.
'Facebook Lite' Android app is designed "for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited internet accessibility” as stated by one of their spokesperson. This app is available on Google App Store and is less than 1 MB is size.

Getting to know about new Facebook Lite Mobile App

More than 1 billion users and still counting, Facebook’s next growth is going to come from emerging market of Africa, South Asian countries where people do not yet have high end smartphone for full featured App. The “Lite” version is meant to load the Facebook feeds & photos quickly. The app is scheduled to be launched in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal,  South Africa, Nigeria , Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. Facebook Lite app is based on phone client called Snaptu. Facebook Lite runs on Android 2.2 devices and up.

Build & Quality

As alluded above, the new Lite App from Facebook, looks quite similar to its Java App launched several years ago, but delivers much more. Following are key highlights of this app:

1) Lite would work on any network and is specially designed to run on 2G network phones with Android 2.2 & above

2) The app will allow very easy access to news feeds & upload photos even on 2G networks

3) It comes with Facebook messenger built-in, i.e. you will no longer have to install Facebook messenger as stand alone app

4) The whole app is just 252 KB in size, making it very easy to download that too in really quick time

5) Lastly, once installed on your phone, this app will use less than 1 MB space, and hence making the app to run really quickly/smoothly in any basic Android phone having very simplistic hardware configuration

You can download the new app from HERE

General Observation & Verdict

Given that the app is very light weight and allows easy/quick access to everything, we think
many of us will be interested in using this app. Current Facebook app for iOS, Android or Blackerry is just too slow and freezes a lot. We are confident, that Facebook has struck the right chord again and it there to flourish.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Pooch-O, An Auto-Rickshaw booking app in Delhi, India - Cover Story


Imaging using your smartphone to hire an auto rickshaw in Delhi with a new App “Pooch-O” ,developed by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) which will now allow commuters to locate/spot autos, fitted with GPS, nearest to them and can then call its driver, of whose numbers are registered with DIMTS, on their cellphone and book a trip.

Pooch-O app is currently available only Android phones   and thereafter, users have to ensure GPS on their device is on. The GPS then assists you to find out auto nearest to you through Maps. This app is surely going to change the way we travel in metro city like Delhi is especially useful to women.
Built on android platform and real time GPS tracking that powers this app, booking auto through this app, commuters can share their travel details live on Facebook and Twitter so that their friends/ family members can get to know about their real-time locations. Interestingly there are some security elements in this app using which commuters can also give their feedbacks on their travel.
Other Features
Pooch-O users can also calculate estimated fare for their trip and can track the movement of the rickshaw especially the direction in which it is moving. This app will soon be available on iOS as well.

 An added feature of this service would with that a rickshaw registered to Pooch-o cannot refuse a travel the passengers. Traffic police will connect this app to its centralized website & their traffic apps so that if auto driver refuses commuters without any reason, strict action would be taken against them.
This app is also applicable to cluster buses (orange buses) which can now also be tracked about their locations on their smartphones through Pooch-O app. There are around 1100 cluster buses, fitted with GPS, plying in the national capital.
Using this app, there is also an option for bus commuters to the track bus location accurately and gets to know about its arrival time.
General Observations
Definitely an interesting app which is being downloaded rapidly from Android app-store. We at ReviewsToday believe that this is a new refreshing idea that is bound to change the way we travel in the city. The only challenge that we see is its penetration may just stick to big metro cities. Even in this city, half of the population does not use 3G, GPS enabled services yet and hence adaptability is lucid. If government can bring down data-plans and internet services rates, that will increase the internet penetration which in turn will bump up usability of apps like these which can be game changers.

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