Essential Google Chrome Extensions for web designers:

Over the past few years Google’s Chrome browser has gained a lot of popularity among web designers. Although Firefox has been there for quite some time, the Google Chrome browser is now the preferred browser for users, web designers and web developers as well. Reasons for this includes speed of operation, customizability and a ton of extensions to make life easier. Here are some of the most essential Chrome extensions that are currently available on the Chrome Web Store for web designers.

CSS Shack:

CSS shack is a powerful chrome extension that allows users to perform a number of tasks that include creating designs and then export them as a CSS file for use on the website. CSS shack also supports layers and contains a host of other functionalities offered to the user.


iMacros is a helpful chrome extension that allows users to record their actions and save them to the hard drive. This prevents the hassles that come with repeating the same steps for testing the web pages over and over again, and all this with the click of a button.


WhatFont offers the easiest way to identify the fonts on a webpage. With this simple yet elegant extension you can inspect web fonts by just hovering on them, saving a lot of time.

Project Naptha:

Naptha helps users while working on mock-up image with embedded text. This extension also has features such as highlighting, copying, editing text from any image on the web. This handy extension also can translate the text too.

Instant Wireframe:

Instant Wireframe allows users to view live as well as local web pages with a wireframe overlay. Web designers can turn any web page into a wireframe with just a single click.

Ripple Emulator:

Ripple Emulator is a handy multi-platform environment emulator that helps users to test their web apps using a number of devices and screen resolutions. Ripple Emulator can also be used for perform debugging, Document Object Model (DOM) inspection and automated testing as well.

Perfect Pixel:

There is no point in coming up with stunning designs that does not match up when it gets coded. Perfect Pixel helps users to develop websites that are accurate representations of the designs. It ensures that the website matches the design pixel for pixel.

Evernote Web Clipper:

Evernote Web Clipper is a great tool that allows users to save all interesting content from around the web in their account. Users can save anything they see online including text, links and images to their Evernote account with a single click.

Web Developer:

Web Developer helps users add a toolbar button on their browser that contains a number of tools required during development. The tools provide options for working on cookies, CSS, Forms, Images and much more.


Stylebot provides users the options for manipulating the appearance of any site on the web using custom CSS. It is basically an editor that allows users to change font size, colours, margins and much more.

Percentage of paid gaming apps on play store.

If you consider the sheer number of products on Play Store it would be impossible to get an exact percentage of paid apps. Initially, developers, both novice and amateur alike, wanted to milk this cow dry and the games, that were published then, were mostly paid, so there was a rather large chunk of paid mobile games in the marketplace. Later on the developers realized that not everybody would go for a paid game/app and they started looking for alternatives to monetize their product. Furthermore, piracy also affected paid apps, converting them to easily downloadable APK files off the net.

The Play Store has come a long way from being just a marketplace for apps/games. Most app submissions don’t go through the kind of moderation or censorship that the ios App Store goes through and the result is of course a huge pile up of apps/games, where some of the great apps from good companies go unnoticed.

In-App Advertising was the next best option for developers. Ads were placed inside the apps in a rather unobtrusive fashion. While most apps’ utility weren’t affected with a slight ad space either at the bottom or top, they were still considered irrelevant and annoying. Some apps also went on to have a full screen ad along with a countdown to a skip button. In the end even when the app experience was spoilt to a meagre degree, users were happy as long as it was completely free. Yet again the developers faced issues as the ads generated a lean revenue.

As a result Freemiums were introduced. These are apps/games which are free to play, but when users try to access all features, they are asked to pay a small amount. People who were hooked to the apps/games were happy to oblige. Ads were also a major source of revenue for these ‘free games’. While Freemiums are the obvious choice to go with, developers can also opt to monetizing an app through in-app purchases.

Right now it’s safe to assume that the paid apps on Play store is as less as 20% and these are either games from AAA developers like Gameloft or from gargantuan companies like Ubisoft or EA or even apps that  boast of immense features. Even so, these paid apps either quickly take the freemium route within months of its release or go on sale for as less $0.99. Nonetheless feel free to charge a premium if your app meets the quality.

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Must have apps for this Valentines’s Day:

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it is an opportunity for us to truly reconnect with the real meaning of this day. It is about LOVE, sharing and giving. Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is the best time to celebrate your love for each other. Valentine’s Day is approaching and nothing says “I love you” better than a special customized gift. This time of the year, we are bombarded with all sorts of commercial pressure to go out and spend a fortune to show the true merit of our love.

With the world going digital, you can use some cool smartphone apps that are available in the market to express your love and get to know each other better. Here are some of the latest mobile apps for this Valentine’s Day:


Developed by BMS Innolabs, EspeciallyU is social app used to send personalized video greetings through stickers.  A unique code is assigned for each video which is used to record personalized 15 seconds video message.  The stickers with this unique code is sent on gift or a greeting card.  The receiver will have to scan the QR to view the message.  Augmented reality is also part of this application which brings alive the special occasion celebrated for which the sticker is sent. Get yours this Valentine’s Day and send your loved one a personalized video message with your gift to make it more special and unique.

How It Works?

  • Sender and receiver Downloads free EspeciallyU Application from the AppStore (iPhone) or Playstore (Android).
  • Sender Scans the QR code on sticker to record a personal video.
  • Sender Records the Video, Previews and uploads the same.
  • Sender Peels and sticks on the gift or card. Sends the gift.
  • Receiver receives the gift, scans the QR code on sticker to view the video and Experiences the magic of virtual reality i.e., Augmented Reality part of the app.


  • Valentine’s Day special:


If you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic verse, then this app is for you. You can send romantic verse, love SMS, songs or pictures using this app. This mobile app offers features such as love poems, love calculator, love tester, love horoscope, Valentine’s Day ringtones and more.

  • Where’s my Valentine?


This is a fun mobile game app from Disney that includes 12 love themed levels starring two alligators. You need to help them get through some challenging levels, keeping an eye out for algae, tricks and traps, and help them meet.

  • Valentine’s day photo frames:


This mobile app helps you add a bit of edge to your Valentine’s Day photos. Users can create fun postcards with multiple love themed frames and share them on social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Flickr and much more with just a single click.

  • Valentine’s Day Greetings HD:


This is a feature rich mobile app for sending love notes and much more to your loved one this Valentine’s Day. It includes an amazing collection of love themed wallpapers and a countdown timer until D-day. Users can also send romantic and inspirational quotes as SMSes from within the app.


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Wearables in India:

With great leaps and bounds in technology since the digital revolution, the world has become a much smaller place, but the possibilities grow by the minute. Starting out with computers that could manage only a few calculations technology has come a long way forward. Trending now is an interesting branch of technology that makes the users life more simple than it has ever been, welcome to the world of “Wearables”. This new technology can perform tasks ranging from monitoring body functions such as heart rate and calories burnt for health benefits to checking messages, taking calls and listening to your favorite tunes. Wearable technology potential has got the attention of the mobile app developers community as well.

With the world’s second largest smartphone user base in the world, over the past year, the wearable market has witnessed a quick movement in the Indian market as well. According to a Digital Consumer Tech Survey 2014, 80% of Indians were most interested in buying fitness monitors for tracking physical activity and managing their personal health followed by smart watches (76%) and Internet-enabled eyeglasses (74%).

Partnering with wearable technology devices or brands that track consumer behavior presents a huge opportunity for a wide range of brands in healthcare, food and fitness to get a better insight into their target audience. Smart wearables have the prospective feature to elevate brand engagement to new heights.Popular wearables in today’s market include,

  • Samsung Gear 2 which is an evolved smartwatch with a 1.63 inch SUPER AM OLED display and 1GHz processing power. It offers users options such as answering calls, notifications for emails and messages and much more.
  • FitBit flex is another popular wearable device that turns exercising into a games that easily works around your daily routines. It is aimed to get users fit, even without setting a single visit to the gym. With a lot of color options, Fit Bit is also very popular among the youth.
  • LawBone Up is one of the most popular fitness bands available in the market that helps the user track their sleep cycles and eat better. JawBone Up also offers a mobile app to sync with the device. This helps user gain insights, celebrate milestones and also sets challenges.
  • GoQii is a multi-functional fitness tracker that helps users shift towards a healthier lifestyle. Equipped with a touch OLED display and a 360 degree motion sensor, this device can track user’s activities and sleep quality as well. GoQii is a goal oriented fitness band that guides and pushes the user to work out.

There are only a handful wearable app development companies in India. Among the top is BMS Innolabs Software Pvt Ltd headquartered in Bangalore. With teams of well experienced designers and developers, BMS Innolabs has created some of the most engaging mobile apps, web apps and augmented reality apps that are available in the market today.

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Top 5 food delivery apps in India:

Here are some of the best food delivery mobile apps available for Indian users.


Food panda is one of the most popular food delivery mobile apps that gives users the option to have easy access to the menus of the finest restaurants in your fingertips for both lunch and dinner options. Delivering in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and over 100 other cities in the country, FoodPanda has the widest service area.


just eat

Just eat food delivery mobile app helps users find the best eateries nearby, and order their favourite food from the choicest of restaurants, wherever they are. All you need to do is tap the app! Users can order food from over 3,000 restaurants, and choose from over 52 cuisines and 3 lakh dishes. Just search from wherever you are, anytime you’re ready to eat. The JUST EAT app saves your address, which saves you time, and gives you coupons, which saves you money.


3. Zomato:


Zomato, which is one of the most popular food delivery mobile apps is currently available in multiple cities across India. Users can search for their favourite dishes by name or location, then build and place their order with a few taps. Payment for the order can be made online with the app’s user friendly interface.


4. Swiggy:


Swiggy is another great mobile app for ordering food from your favorite restaurants from around your city. With Swiggy, you can browse through the latest menus from restaurants and discover a plethora of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines around your neighborhood that you could order from. Another great feature that Swiggy offers is the live tracking feature, which customers can use to constantly check the status of the order on their smartphone and track it till it arrives at their doorstep. 


5. Tiny Owl:


The fastest and smartest way to order soul-satisfying food across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune, is what the genius of TinyOwl is about. this app with its diverse and elaborate choices in menu, brings you the experience of a great meal, regardless of what your preference is. Simply place an order on TinyOwl and find yourself nearer to a delicious meal delivered through a seamless and efficient ordering experience.


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WhatsApp will open up to brands this year:

This year, WhatsApp will open up to brands, allowing certain businesses to communicate with customers on the platform. CEO Jan Koum announced the changes at the DLD conference in Munich, but didn’t go into detail on when exactly they might happen. According to a company blog post, WhatsApp will this year begin testing tools that allow consumers to communicate with businesses and organizations they want to hear from. This means, there will no longer be any ads and messaging spam, and is going to be more of a notifications service.

For example, customers can check in with a bank about a fraudulent transaction, or receive a notification of a delayed flight. This concept is similar to signing up for delayed flight notifications by text. WhatsApp ruled out introducing third-party ads in its post, stating: “Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today’s announcement means we’re introducing third-party ads. The answer is no.”

Enabling third-party brands on the platform should provide WhatsApp with a revenue boost. Koum announced that the messaging app would drop its annual 69p fee to allow more users to access the service.

Brands on messaging services:

Similarly, Facebook is turning its Messenger service into a platform, which will allow users to hail Uber taxis without ever leaving the app. It already offers users the ability to chat with businesses through Messenger. While brands do already use WhatsApp to communicate with customers, Koum said the company will make this process much easier.

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Source: Whatsapp

Top android apps for productivity:

Having an Android device with the right set of apps, you can be twice much productive. Everything from sharing files to creating documents and tracking your health to tracking your expenses, productivity apps make life easier for users.

PushBullet: Push bullet is an innovative app with great features, which can be used to copy something from your PC Clipboard to your mobile. With you PC and mobile perfectly synced, continue browsing on your device from where you left off on your PC. Push Bullet makes it much simpler to transfer links, files and text from your PC to mobile device.

Dropbox: In the top of this list is one of the best productivity apps for your android device. It is a file sharing and cloud storage app. There are many options including backing up the pictures from your smartphone as well. If you are collaborating with someone who’s miles apart, Dropbox makes it easy for you to exchange necessary files, on the go too. You can also increase the cloud space capacity with their referral campaign. Alternative: Google Drive.

TrueCaller  Trucaller lets you search beyond your phonebook, identify unknown incoming calls, block calls you don’t want to receive, and make relevant contact suggestions based on time and place – so you never have to leave the service to find the right contact. It is the definitive app for your device.

Google Docs/Sheets/Slides: Create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from your Android phone or tablet with the free Google Docs app. With Google Docs you can:

– Create new documents or edit any that were created on the web or on another device.

– Share documents and work together with others in the same document at the same time.

– Open, edit, and save Microsoft Word documents and much more

Wordweb: Often, vocabulary takes a back seat when you are working on content for a project. Having a dictionary proves to be helpful while coming up with good content. Wordweb is helpful to both professionals to create quality content for various projects and students to excel in academics. With the new mobile version of the dictionary app, it has since become a very handy tool. Alternative: Merriams Webster Dictionary.

Walnut: Walnut analyses your SMS inbox to surface important information like expenses, bills and tickets. Have you recently lost track of your expenses? Have you tried bookkeeping and failed miserably? Walnut does everything for you without compromising on security. Walnut tracks all your expenses from your SMS inbox, consolidate everything and shows you in a well-designed chart. You can track all your expenses in one go, compare it with your monthly expenses and even split expenses with your friends.

Moon Reader: With the increase in popularity of E-Readers, students have been resorting to soft copies of textbooks and other learning materials. While everything you need would be at your fingertips online and the option to save a copy and view it offline has made a large difference. PDF’s are still the widely known format for books and epub formats comes a close second. With Moon Reader you can have as many books stored right in your phone for offline reading as well.

TrueCaller  Truecaller lets you search beyond your phonebook, identify unknown incoming calls, block calls you don’t want to receive, and make relevant contact suggestions based on time and place – so you never have to leave the service to find the right contact. It is the definitive app for your device.

ES File Explorer: Manage and organize your files easily with this brilliant File Manager. ES file manager also features a ‘Hide’ option with which you can hide the file from your File System for security purposes. Users can even access files over the WiFi if it is synced with your PC or Network HDD.

Evernote: Evernote is probably the most preferred and essential tool for both professionals and students alike. It is one of the best note taking apps that is available on the android market. Having options for creating customized notebooks and syncing it with your web app and mobile app, you will be able to access your notes anywhere, anytime. The USP for Evernote is that it is absolutely free. Alternative: Google Keep

Google Fit: Google fit, Google’s own fitness app comes preloaded on factory android phones. Google fit is recommend as it is light, to the point and does its job well. Vital statistics that includes how much you walked, how much you ran are displayed. It also allows you to set your goals based on your schedule and work out accordingly. Grab this app if you want to get in shape. It won’t run for you but it is reason enough to get your health back on track.

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