The modern woman is always on the go. She is a doting mother, a caring wife, and a thorough professional, readily playing every role of her life with élan. A modern avatar of Shakti, she is multi- tasking more than ever before. At times, though, issues like time management, budgeting and most importantly, her own safety and well-being, keep surfacing in her life in one form or the other, slowing down her fast-paced life.
In an effort to make her life a bit comfortable, we have compiled ten apps, which are a must for every woman to download on her mobile.
Period Tracker Pro – Pink Pad
One of the blessings of modern technology, this app helps you keep track of your menstrual cycle as well as assist in fertility tracking and pregnancy planning. It connects you to the global community of women, thus ensuring a continuous inflow of information and support from women all over the world.
Based on the data provided by you, Pink Pad predicts your upcoming periods so that you can plan your commitments better. It also foretells the days when you would be ovulating, so as to assist you in planning pregnancy. What’s more, it also monitors and track moods, symptoms, weight, and other period-related issues for you!
Taking down notes and making checklists is made easier with this very efficient app, namely Evernote. One can choose from two subscription levels – Evernote Premium and Evernote Plus – as per individual requirements. It is a free app that has offline access, too. It helps in creating a hassle-free work space where you can work-chat, take pictures and share notes at the tap of a finger.
It’s other features include business card scans, tracking expenses, and saving researches and reservations, keeping you more organized than ever before. The next time you want to remember something important, instead of following the mundane drill of making checklists on a piece of paper, simply put it on Evernote!
Nike+ Training Club
The moment you click open this app, it reads ‘Get lean, get strong, get toned.’ This much-needed app motivates and trains you into hundreds of workouts chalked out by the Nike master trainers. You can take pics, get handy tips from the pros, download workouts, and customize them as per your requirements.
By means of Nikefuel and counting the number of workouts, the app gives you a fair peek-a-boo into the average calories burnt. What’s more, the workouts can also be connected to a TV or a tab, for a better viewing experience. We see no reason why this app should not find a space on your smart phone.
Happy Pregnancy Ticker
With a thumping rating of 4.4 stars, this app is a God-sent blessing for all the expecting moms out there. It helps to calculate the due date of delivery and provides information about the fetal age and weeks of an ongoing pregnancy. It also provides random facts and discusses common health problems during pregnancy. It is laced with features like reminders for your next scan or blood diagnosis and scheduling your visits to your doctor.
Also, for women planning to start a family, it has the added feature of an ovulation planner. A journal has also been recently added, wherein one can store their pregnancy memories forever. Just like a concerned well-wisher, this app estimates your pregnancy weight gain and helps you keep it within check.
Himmat, introduced on 1st January 2015, is an initiative by the Delhi police for the safety of the women in the capital. This Android app requires the user to be registered with the Delhi Police website. After registration, the user is sent an OTP, which needs to be entered to complete the registration process.
As for the functioning of the app, it is quite easy and quick. In case of an emergency, the moment the user raises an SOS alert, the app sends the location of the user to the Delhi Police control room. As a result, police help can be extended at the quickest.
Safetipin – Complete Safety App
With features like GPS tracking, Safety Score for places new to you, and pins to show safe and unsafe areas, this one is a super app indeed! Right from contacting friends and family to procuring public emergency numbers from the inbuilt directory, from locating the nearest police station, pharmacy or hospital to sharing information about safety with others, this app has everything imaginable that concerns your safety.
Awarded for ‘Innovation in Communication 2014’, SafetiPin is definitely way beyond the typical safety apps for women.
Issuu – A World Of Magazine
If your idea of a quiet Sunday afternoon is curling up on a couch with the latest editions of your favorite magazines in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other, this app is meant for you. Issuu opens the door to millions of the world’s best magazines and catalogs. Whether you want to try out a new Thai dish to impress your beau, keep abreast with the latest fashion trends, or simply want to stay connected with the global happenings, you can find it all in this one app, and that too for free!You can personalize your feeds and follow publishers of your choice, browse through thousands of educational publications and find catalogs from top names in various fields. The app also enables you to stack collections of your favorite magazines and share them on social networking sites like Facebook and Pinterest. So, the next time you feel like hitting your neighbourhood magazine stand, simply reach out to your mobile and tap on this app to feed the reading bug in yous.
ShopSavvy Barcode and QR Scanner
What others call shopping, women call retail therapy. Shopping was never so much fun as it is now, with an app like this on your mobile! ShopSavvy is a free mobile app which helps you match prices from different stores, enabling you to grab the best deals on your favorite brands. It also sends alerts on tempting daily or weekly deals from the malls you choose to shop from.
In case you want to search for a specific product or store, simply search by keyword or by product bar code, and all the information you need will flash on your screen in a jiffy, along with the lowest prices they are available at!
BigOven – 350,000+ Recipes
One of the most popular recipe apps, BigOven has been awarded as the ‘Best app for Foodies’ and the ‘Best App for Eating In’ by Times magazine and PC magazine. BigOven helps you get ideas for your next meal, with the added advantages of going through the reviews and ratings of fellow home cooks. It comes with features like Menu Planner and Grocery List Maker, and also has recipes to help you use up the leftover food in your fridge.
The app boasts of some 350,000 odd recipes that make use of seasonal ingredients and ones that are suited to your individual lifestyle and diet preferences, making cooking more interesting than ever before!
Google Play Store…Personal & Women Safety App
Google Play Store… Gps Tracker and Family Tracker
NEW DELHI — For women travelling on their own who are unsure of areas to avoid at night, or parents who want to track their daughters to ensure they return from school safely, a map-based mobile safety app may be the answer.
Safetipin, designed by the charity Jagori, uses crowdsourcing to rate the safety of areas in News Delhi based on factors such as lighting, population density, transport and gender diversity. It also acts as a personal GPS tracker, allowing users to be tracked and loved ones to be traced.
The app is one of the thousands of projects being rolled out in cities across the world as part of a United Nations (UN) initiative to stem cases of rape, sexual harassment and molestation in urban areas.
From New Delhi to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Quito in Ecuador, a small but growing number of municipalities, charities, companies and community groups are joining the UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative.
“Unsafe public spaces limit women’s and girl’s life choices. This daily reality limits their freedom to participate in education, work and recreation, and in political life,” said Ms Laxmi Puri, deputy executive director of UN Women.
“In many cities, adolescent girls are afraid to walk on their own on the streets in their neighbourhoods when they go to school because they experience various forms of sexual harassment, such as cat-calling, stalking, whistling and touching.”
One in three women globally have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence, said UN Women.
While many countries have in recent years strengthened laws and improved infrastructure to curb sex crimes, efforts have lacked a coordinated, focused approach and are rarely assessed for their effectiveness, say experts.
A burgeoning metropolis of 25 million, New Delhi and its environs have gained notoriety for sexual violence after a young woman was gang-raped on an unlicensed bus in December 2012. The attack and the victim’s death from her injuries sparked widespread protests and an increasing awareness of the problem.
As a result, more women are reporting abuses, say charities and the police. There were 2,166 reported rapes last year in the city, a rise of 32 per cent from 1,636 in 2013, police data showed. “There are areas where I feel safe, like around busy markets where there are lots of restaurants, but there are many areas where it’s really scary,” said Ms Reshmi, 22, a student in South Delhi…Article Source.
Google Play Store… Personal & Women Safety App
Google Play Store…. Family Tracking & GPS Tracking App
Going out for dinner and not sure which area would be safer at night for a woman travelling on her own? Want to track your daughter to ensure she gets back from college safely?
A map-based mobile safety app may be your answer. Safetipin, designed by the charity Jagori uses crowd sourcing to rate the safety of areas in Delhi based on factors including lighting, population density, transport and gender diversity.
It also acts as a personal GPS tracker, allowing users to be tracked or to trace a loved one.
Safetipin is one of thousands of projects being rolled out in cities across the world as part of a United Nations initiative to stem cases of rape, sexual harassment and molestation in urban areas.
From New Delhi in India to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Quito in Ecuador, a small but growing number of municipalities, charities, companies and community groups are joining U.N. Women’s “Safe Cities Global Initiative”.
“Unsafe public spaces limit women’s and girl’s life choices. This daily reality limits their freedom to participate in education, work, recreation, and in political life,” said Laxmi Puri, deputy executive director of U.N. Women.
“In many cities, adolescent girls are afraid to walk on their own when they go to school on the streets in their own neighbourhoods because they experience various forms of sexual harassment, such as cat-calling, stalking, whistling, touching.”
One in three women globally have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence, according to U.N. Women.
While many countries have in recent years strengthened laws and improved infrastructure to curb sex crimes, efforts have lacked a coordinated, focused approach – and are rarely assessed for their effectiveness, experts say.
RAPE CITY TO SAFE CITY?
A burgeoning metropolis of 25 million, Delhi and its environs gained notoriety for sexual violence after a young woman was gang-rapped on an unlicensed bus in December 2012.
The attack, and the victim’s death from her injuries sparked widespread protests and increasing awareness of the problem.
As a result more women are reporting abuses, say charities and the police. There were 2,166 reported rapes in 2014 in the city against 1,636 in 2013 – a rise of 32 percent – according to police data.
“There are areas where I feel safe like around busy markets where there are lots of restaurants, but there are many areas where it’s really scary,” said Reshmi, 22, a student, outside Green Park metro station in South Delhi.
New Delhi is now one of 25 cities including Port Moresby, Quito, Kigali and Cairo to have joined the safe cities project. Some of the initiatives so far include boosting street lighting, installing toilets, setting up helplines and strengthening laws on sexual harassment.
Each city first does a “scoping” survey on perceptions and attitudes towards sexual violence which is used to develop city-specific programmes that are evaluated every five years.
In Delhi, for example, the first study done in 2012 found that 90 percent of women had experienced sexual violence in public spaces and only 5 percent felt safe in the city.
Using these findings, authorities, charities and others can work out specific initiatives to address women’s safety.
As well as the introduction of mobile apps like Safetipin, programmes that encourage men and boys to think about sexist behaviour are also being carried out.
At the same time, the authorities are installing CCTV cameras in buses and police stations. They have also ordered taxi firms to have GPS systems in their cabs, and set up fast-track courts for sexual violence, amongst other measures.
UPGRADED MARKETS, SAFETY AUDITS
Other cities are also taking up the challenge. For example, in Cairo, the ministry of urban planning has adopted women’s safety audits to guide their development plans.
In Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, authorities have upgraded a market where more than 80 percent of the vendors are women. They have build new infrastructure, including bathrooms and showers, renovated market stalls, provided access to potable water and established a vendors association.
Municipal officials however admit that ending sexual violence is not just about creating infrastructure, but also about sustained public campaigns that dispel sexism and challenge gender stereotypes.
“In the city of Kigali, every new paved road is accompanied by public lighting. This has contributed to a safer environment in which women can work in the evening and night hours,” said Hope Tumukunde, vice mayor of Rwanda’s capital, at conference on safe cities in Delhi last week.
“But we are also using artists to deliver strong messages against sexual harassment through a popular singing competition. Such strong messages can go a long way towards changing sexist attitudes and it will ensure more prevention than retribution.”
Google Play Store…. Personal Safety & Women Safety App
Pack your smartphone with these apps and never look back.
ORGANISING BEFORE TRAVEL
First off, what good is a browser if it won’t open the pages you need. Your best bet in this case is the Opera Mini browser that shrinks data by up to 90 per cent, so webpages open faster and you save money. Download and get saving.
Use SkyScanner for when you’re looking for the best international flight prices.
TripIt or TripCase lets you store all your documentation on accommodation and travel in one easy-to-access place. You can refer to your itinerary, flight/train tickets, hotel confirmations on their handy interfaces. You can also share your itinerary with friends, family and social media followers.
Also install Google Now on your phone – it goes through your e-mail, and uses your GPS coordinates to determine where you are, where you are travelling to and automatically shares info on weather, things to do, currency conversions, and flight times.
Google Maps guides you around whether you are on foot, bicycle, car or public transport. It also acts as a handy guide enabling you to check out what’s around with an arsenal of data on stuff nearby – restaurants, museums, bookstores etc. The offline maps feature is good for when you don’t have data.
Some people swear by HERE maps which lets you download maps of countries for offline use, including searching and route finding. HERE maps also has a built in Glympse app, which enables you to share your location to your chosen contacts or broadcast it on Twitter and Facebook.
Travelling solo means you can create your own itinerary and pace. And apps are your perfect guide to new places. Foursquare is an app which uses crowdsourced info with feedback from locals to help you find places to eat and explore. The tagging feature in popular photo app Instagram makes it doubles as a guide. “I have been to a place, tagged it in my picture and after posting, I click on the place tag to see pictures taken by others at the same location. This helps me find good vantage points for my photos,” says architect and frequent traveller Kunal Gandhaikar. Before going to a new place, Gandhaikar searches the city/country as a hashtag to see what photos people are putting up. “You can use it to find cool things to do, great cafés and restaurants.”
Lesser known is WikiTude, an augmented reality app that uses your GPS, content sources like Wikipedia, and inputs from other users to give you information on the place. You pick the category you want to explore like eateries, accommodation, sights etc., and see Flickr photos taken by other travellers.
Some apps are great for keeping people in the loop about your whereabouts. Glympse is a Webby award-winning app which you can use to share your GPS location with people you choose. You can define exactly how long your location is visible, and also who sees it. This can be useful when you are struggling with directions to give to someone.
Another great feature comes in play if you want to revisit a certain route you took to get somewhere. Or want to know exactly how long your hike took. You can save your travelled routes and sites you visit along with time taken to Evernote, so you can reference them later if you need to.
It’s not always a breeze to strike up a conversation with a stranger. You can find and interact with like-minded travellers before you even reach your destination through the Meetup app which helps you find local events set up by folks with similar interests as you from cocktail hours, group runs and museum visits.
Travel Buddies is another great app if you’re looking to link up with someone on your trip or want to meet backpackers. You can find people with similar interests and travel plans through the member profiles and itineraries.
Outbound is a social network app which helps find travellers around you, match travel plans, find events and deals, and interact on the noticeboard. Their events section is driven and created by fellow travellers.
Couchsurfing helps find free accommodation with locals, and you get to meet other travellers. CS hosts will take you to restaurants, parties, and interesting places to see. It began as a way for frugal travellers to see the world and stay with locals. Today it has some nine million members in 120,000 cities worldwide. It offers weekly Couchsurfing art gallery tours, hikes, dinners or gatherings in coffee shops and bars in cites.
I like to use Airbnb to find homestay options and guest houses. The reviews make it foolproof to pick the right one to suit your specifications.
Another app budget travellers swear by is Hostelworld. Check out hostels via comments and reviews. You can also connect with other travellers and check out local events.
These three apps are India-based: check out the safety quotient of an area with Safetipin which provides crowd-sourced user-based info on cities. It has GPS tracking and alarm features. Users rate neighbourhoods on the basis of parameters like street lighting, open spaces, availability of public transport, visibility crowd density, etc.
Pukar is another good safety app that connects to friends, family and local police in case of an emergency. You press the SOS button and send an alert message with GPS location to emergency contacts. The alert is displayed at the police control room with your GPS location.
I would pair these with a quick-reaction app like iGoSafely – the alarm system is triggered when you unplug your headphones, or shake the phone vigorously. The phone then messages your contacts.
Lonely Planet India has produced this article for Opera India. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.
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Google Play Store…. Personal & Women Safety App
Google Play Store…. GPS Tracking and Women Safety App
Pemerintah Provinsi DKI Jakarta masih menungga penyempurnaan aplikasi Safetipin sebelum diluncurkan secara resmi untuk warga Ibu Kota. Aplikasi yang diklaim dapat mengantisipasi kejahatan seksual pada wanita itu dipegang langsung oleh Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB).
“Saya sudah minta dari tahun lalu. Karena yang megang kan PBB, ini yang punya India,“ kata Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama di Balai Kota, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta Pusat, Selasa (4/8/2015).
Mantan Bupati Belitung Timur itu menjelaskan, meskipun aplikasi asal India itu belum tersedia dalam versi bahasa Indonesia, masyarakat khususnya wanita sudah dapat melaporkan kejadian apa pun melalui aplikasi Qlue yang terintegrasi dengan sistem Jakarta Smartcity.
“Walau belum ada Safetipin, warga sudah bisa laporkan kejadian yang dialami ke aplikasi kami. Hanya bentuknya gak keluar kaya peniti (logo Safetipin). Jadi saya maunya gak cuma laporan biasa kaya Qlue, tapi semua dunia bisa lihat, bahwa penanganan terhadap pelecehan wanita dan anak-anak di Indonesia betul-betul ikut bagian dunia,” jelasnya.
Pemerintah Provinsi DKI Jakarta akan mengeluarkan aplikasi Safetipin untuk memberi pertolongan kepada wanita yang terancam mendapat pelecehan seksual. Aplikasi tersebut sudah tersedia di Play Store dan App Store, namun masih dalam bahasa Inggris.
Ahok menambahkan, pihaknya mengerahkan Satpol PP, PT TransJakarta kerja sama dengan polisi untuk menerapkan sistem tersebut. “Safetipin bisa disebarkan di pos Satpol PP, TransJakarta dan polisi. Kami ingin kerja sama di Kamtibmas (Keamanan dan Ketertiban Masyarakat) kasih ke mereka per wilayah termasuk CCTV,” kata Ahok.
Google Play Store… Personal & Women Safety App
Google Play Store… GPS Tracker & Women Safety App
SafetiPin is a personal safety app designed to keep you safe.It has a complete set of features; GPS tracking, emergency, important contact numbers, directions to safe locations, pins showing safe and unsafe areas,and a Safety Score.It goes well beyond typical women safety apps, and provides a wide range of features, that help you proactively plan and respond to situations affecting your personal safety. Download From Here
2. VithU App
No one has the time to dial an emergency number when they are in danger. The VithU App lets a potential victim skip through the number-punching, and lets you push your power button twice to instantly send an SOS alert to contacts. Alert messages are sent out every two minutes to listed contacts, who willreceive a message along with your physical location, which will get updated each time the message goes out. [Get It Here]
3. Circle of 6 App
Circle of 6 is a unique app that lets you connect to up to 6 close contacts. The app has different notifications that the user can tap on to alert their circle. If you need a safe ride home or for a familiar face to turn up and take you away from a strange environment, this app will help send an alert to any of your 6 chosen contacts. On top of that, the app can connect you to the proper authorities for an emergency, or even just for relationship advice. [Get It Here]
4. Life360 Family Locator App
Life360 is a multipurpose app to stay in touch with your family members and friends and keep a handle on their location. The app lets you create circles, add people to them and see their locations on a confidential map. This way you’ll be able to always keep track of your family members and confirm that they’re safe and sound. You can share your location with them, or send an alert to your circle members. You can even chat with your circle members for free. As a bonus, you can also use this app to recover your lost or stolen phone.[Get It Here]
5. I’m Shakti App
The I’m Shakti (IMS) app is one that aims to help keep you in control of your “Shakti” (power in Sanskrit). To reach your emergency contact, press the power button 5 times (in 2 seconds) to trigger the app. A preset emergency SMS will be sent along with your GPS location. [Get It Here]
6. Famy Family Chat & Locator App
If you are a parent who has a feisty kid, or one who has to watch over a teenage sibling who has an issue with “personal space”, this may be the locator app you need. The app picks up your exact GPS location and shares the location to the group. Of course, the person whose location is being shared can choose when their location can be disclosed but the app also keeps track of all previous locations and will let users send an SOS message alert when necessary. [Get It Here]
7. Nirbhaya: Be Fearless App
The Nirbhaya App is another app that lets the user send an sms alert or call with a single touch in the event of an emergency. When activated, it will send your precise GPS location to your pre-selected contacts, with exact location updates every 300 meters you move. Other features include the Geo Fence(which helps keep your contacts informed of your location), the ‘Shake to alert’function, and you can use the power button to send out a distress signal. [Get It Here]
9. Watch Over Me App
Watch Over Me is an app that lets your contacts follow you on your journey remotely. The app lets you specify how long you want it to track your GPS location, until you check in from your intended destination.If you fail to do so, it sends an emergency alert to your chosen contacts. Alternatively, in case something bad happens, you can shake your phone to trigger an emergency alert, and your phone’s camera will turn on automatically and start recording. The app also informs you if you’ve entered a high crime rate area. It is available in 7 cities, for now. [Get It Here]
10. Sentinel Personal Security SOS App
The Sentinel Personal security app claims to be the fastest SOS app available in the current market. It lets you send SMS and email alerts, as well as call your emergency contacts when the need arises. The SMS alert will contain yourGPS location, time, and direction of travel. It works even without a working Internet connection or network, which could make the difference between life and death. [Get It Here]
11. Secure Her App
If you stay alone in a place, far from close friends or family, this may be a good alternative app. The Secure Her works by sending out a distress signal as soon as the phone owner double taps on the app’s icon in her phone. Then, a call centre will respond to the distress signal to make sure that help reaches the user. Currently this app is only functional in India, but there are plans to make it available to other parts of the world as well. [Get It Here]
Google Play Store…. Personal & Women Safety App
Google Play Store….. GPS Tracker and Family Tracker