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    Merchandising site Goal Squad stocks up on new products, including Bayern Munich

    In 2011, Aashay Shah was hooked to a little figurine of Brazila��s Ronaldo that he got from a friend (who had bought it from SoccerStarz, a UK-based global dealer in collectible footballer statuettes). However, when the Mumbai-based businessman tried to buy more, he found it difficult. So he collaborated with his brother, Rushang, contacted global football clubs, their merchandise partners and others, before launching Goal Squad in January 2014. The site retails official merchandise from Europea��s top clubsa��think Real Madrid and Barcelona, along with British heavyweights like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and more. Categories include accessories, clothing, bags, scarves, and even footballs.
    Revealing plans to introduce the merchandise of Bayern Munich, the German giants, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspurs, Shah says, a�?We get around 1,000 orders a montha��it varies according to the season and the teamsa�� performance,a�? adding that table-toppers Chelsea and Real Madrida��s products are currently hot sellers. Apart from the figurines, their shot glasses and captain arm bands are popular, too. Those looking for jerseys will be disappointed though. a�?Companies like Nike and Adidas want us to complete two years in the business before they will tie-up with us,a�? he admits. Talking about venturing into other sports, Shah says basketball and cricket are in the pipeline.
    Figurines from `499 onwards. Details: goalsquad.com

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    These players make it easy for you to get help around the house

    Wish2Wash: Launching soon, this city-based aggregator service will bring all the top laundries under one roof. Their upcoming website and app will allow users to choose a laundry and type in details for pick up and delivery. a�?We are looking to team up with big laundry companies, preferably those with more than one outlet,a�? shares Samir Shroff, one of the partners, adding that they are looking to expand across the country soon. Details: wish2wash.com

    Wish2Wash-(1)Inscale Handyman: Frustrated by how difficult it is to get reliable help for basic home repairs, city-based Hema Sheth started this venture two years ago. With a 12-member team, they help you with carpentry, plumbing, electrical fixes and more. a�?The servicemen are all experienced (around 20 years),a�? she assures. Currently managing showrooms and workspaces of companies like Adidas and Heath & Glow, Sheth is looking to expand to other cities. `200 per call. Details: inscalehandyman.com

    Wassup: The three-year-old city-based laundry outfit prides itself on its quality of service. a�?Washed goods are packed perfectlya��shirts will be returned neatly folded, with collar cuffs and cardboard inside,a�? says co-founder and CEO, R Balachandar. With a new app out now, they are planning to introduce a wallet service and garment tracking features soon. Details: wassuplaundry.com

    Honestcollars: This Bangalore-based
    company, launched last August, provides cooks, maids, electricians, carpenters, painters and plumbers. a�?We personally meet them and upload their bios as profiles on our website,a�? says co-founder Nischay Nahata. With over 300 profiles so far,
    and a week-old app, they plan to expand
    to Chennai in a few months. Details: honestcollars.com
    a�� Karan Pillai

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    Taxi apps to ensure you can party hard and have a safe drive home

    2014 has been a tumultous year for app-based cab services, with global players like Uber facing bans in several states. Nevertheless, companies like Meru and OLA are expanding and the introduction of features like panic buttons are keeping security issues at bay. We lay down the pros and cons of a few top players:

    Uber: It has three categories of vehicles a�� UberBlack (premium), UberX (affordable) and UberGO (low-cost). Details: uber.com
    Pros
    ? Their collaboration with PayTm for wallet payments has been welcomed.
    ? Cabs arrive in time and the vehicles
    are clean and in good condition.
    Cons
    sidestripAA? Having to enter
    credit card details before
    booking a ride is not favoured
    by many.
    ? The in-app
    GPS navigtion feature can be
    unreliable
    at times.

    OLA Cabs: They recently introduced their Money Wallet feature. Customers can also pay through online banking. Details: olacabs.com
    Pros
    ? Keep friends updated about your
    location by sharing your ride details.
    ? View the estimated time of arrival.
    Cons
    ? Late night service is not reliable.
    ? The appa��s UI is not top notch. Data input
    forms tend to reset automatically, while a few have faced login issues.

    Meru Cabs: This app allows for advance bookings and features a single touch booking feature a�� just open and tap a�?Nowa��. Details: merucabs.com
    Pros
    ? The app has a dedicated emergency
    buzzer system a�� use the ICE (in case of emergency) feature to send an SMS to preregistered numbers about your location.
    Cons
    ? Drivers sometimes dona��t receive pick-up
    details, even after the customer has received their booking confirmation.
    a�� Karan Pillai

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    Taxi apps to ensure you can party hard and have a safe drive home

    2014 has been a tumultous year for app-based cab services, with global players like Uber facing bans in several states. Nevertheless, companies like Meru and OLA are expanding and the introduction of features like panic buttons are keeping security issues at bay. We lay down the pros and cons of a few top players:

    Uber: It has three categories of vehicles a�� UberBlack (premium), UberX (affordable) and UberGO (low-cost). Details: uber.com
    Pros
    ?A�A� Their collaboration with PayTm for wallet payments has been welcomed.
    ?A�A� Cabs arrive in time and the vehicles
    are clean and in good condition.
    Cons
    ?A�A� Having to enter
    credit card details before
    booking a ride is not favoured
    by many.
    ?A�A� The in-app
    GPS navigtion feature can be
    unreliable
    at times.

    OLA Cabs: They recently introduced their Money Wallet feature. Customers can also pay through online banking. Details: olacabs.com
    Pros
    ?A�A� Keep friends updated about your
    location by sharing your ride details.
    ?A�A� View the estimated time of arrival.
    Cons
    ?A�A� Late night service is not reliable.
    ?A�A� The appa��s UI is not top notch. Data input
    forms tend to reset automatically, while a few have faced login issues.

    Meru Cabs: This app allows for advance bookings and features a single touch booking feature a�� just open and tap a�?Nowa��. Details: merucabs.com
    Pros
    ?A�A� The app has a dedicated emergency
    buzzer system a�� use the ICE (in case of emergency) feature to send an SMS to preregistered numbers about your location.
    Cons
    ?A�A� Drivers sometimes dona��t receive pick-up
    details, even after the customer has received their booking confirmation.
    a�� Karan Pillai

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      After nearly two years of continuous downloadsa��over two million songs and over 25,000 videosa��through its app, the online music portal, Hungama, has decided to target the regional masses. It recently introduced a multi-lingual transliteration feature that converts the default language of the app into a regional one. Siddhartha Roy, one of the companya��s CEOs, says, a�?Five languages have been incorporated into the app, namely Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Punjabi,a�? adding that after Bollywood music, songs from the four southern states make up for the second best share in the music industry, followed by the other languages.

      The appa��a�?the first of its kind in the music categorya�?a��allows users to select their favourite songs in their local language. a�?Once the transliteration feature is applied, all labels, albums, alert messages and prompts will be automatically changed into the selected language,a�? Roy informs, adding that the new feature does not apply to the standard search bar.

      Especially aimed at people in tier two and tier three cities, the app hopes to provide a fresh experience to music buffs. Compatible on all platforms (Android, IOS and Windows) and for all versions (including the earliest Android and the latest IOS 8), it is available for free. Whata��s more, with a small fee (Rs.120 per month), you can access its premium ad-free version that caches your playlists and lets you listen to it offline, too.
      Details: hungama.com

      a�� Karan Pillai

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