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MeDine is currently available only in Bangalore
MeDine is currently available only in Bangalore

The new lifestyle managers

These apps take care of your leisure needsfrom placing your order at a restaurant to helping you find the right fitness service, they have it all covered

Hate waiting at a restaurant for your food to arrive? Not sure which wine to order? Want a perfectly planned holiday? And want to look and feel great every day of the week? Then here are four tech-enabled services that will make your life easier—from wining and dining, to travel and fitness.

MeDine

If you are a Bangalore resident, you don’t need to fret about choosing the right place for a night out. MeDine, a free app, lets you flip through the digital menu cards of hundreds of restaurants and decide. What sets it apart from the Burrps and Zomatos is that you can actually place your order through the app and have the food waiting for you at the restaurant. “It saves you plenty of time, plus you earn reward points by checking in at the restaurant," says Satish Medapati, who calls himself “learner and incubator" at TouchPoint Data Sciences Pvt. Ltd, which launched the app.

These reward points can be redeemed against a variety of products and services such as Flipkart, Café Coffee Day e-vouchers, mobile recharges and more. MeDine remembers your orders, feedback (dish ratings) and bills, and this information is available to the restaurant as well. Your maître d’ can suggest dishes based on your preferences and what you had ordered and enjoyed at the restaurant earlier. Currently the app is available only in Bangalore, where the company has a tie-up with more than 360 restaurants and chains, such as Subway, US Pizza, Wangs Kitchen and JustBake. The app already has some 10,000 users.

Available on: Android, free

www.medine.in

AudioCompass

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Each point of interest is a 1- to 3-minute clip that is primarily audio-based, with a few visual aids thrown in. “Our USP is that we show you a place the way a friend or local would show you around," says Chhavi Sachdev, the creative head at AudioCompass. Each tour includes 15-25 points of interest—that covers not just what you see but also bonus information such as the mythology, and tips on where you should eat. For instance, a 1-hour Varanasi tour has 24 points of interest, including the city’s history, the ghats, the Fort of Chetsingh, stories of the Ganga, temples, etc.

Forthcoming tours include those of Hampi, Udaipur, Srinagar, Leh-Ladakh and the Andamans. “We are also looking at building more intelligence into the app, so going forward the app will highlight content based on your areas of interest, whether it’s architecture or history," says Shewakramani.

Available on: iOS and Android, free for download, with 20% of the content available free. 120 onwards per tour.

www.audiocompass.in

Hipcask

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