Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Infographic] What to Bring for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving, one of the biggest holidays of the year for many, is just round the corner. It means something to many, and more importantly, is about meeting and getting together with family. However, pre- and post-thanksgiving stories are popular.

Since it's about meeting and thanking loved ones, it can get a tad hard to figure out what to take to Thanksgiving. Here's an informative and kinda funny infographic that tries to advise you. Though it's from 2011, things wouldn't have changed much!

Have a look, but more importantly, stop reading this on the day, and go be with the peple you love and care about!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

[Infographic] Navigate the Internet Safely at Work

The web and mobile revolution is upon us, and people spend more time on their 'always-on' devices whether at work or elsewhere. Given that most people spend about a third of their lives at work, being off the Internet is hardly an option now. But, then, organizations have to safeguard their interests and knowing what's safe or not at work is a hard question for many.

While it's best to be safe than sorry, here's a helpful infographic that depicts what's clearly in and out of the safe-at-work purview. Whatever you do, be careful, and check your workplace policies.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

5 Tips / Hacks You'd Surely Find Use For in Life

While a lot of stuff happens in the digital space these days, there's of course a lot that still exists in the real, physical world (thankfully). We get up each day, make/eat breakfast, fix that new piece of art in your new home, have a cold coffee on a hot day, and all that. And, this is unlikely to change or go away (in the near future, at least!).

So, as we scoured the web, we found these interesting tips/hacks you'll probably find useful pretty easily. We did - and hope you will too!

1. Coffee cubes!

2. Need to drill a hole in the wall? Catch the mess easily - with a Post-It!

3. Keep those spare cables and wires tidied up!

4. Handy Ice Pack!

5. Cook a perfect fried egg!

(source: www.dumpaday.com)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What Food $5 Can Get You Around the World

Five US Dollars may not sound like much - or it could be a lot, depending on where you live in the world. A cool capsule depicts how much food $5 is worth in different countries across the world. Interesting to know...oh, and, beer may be the odd one out (though it may be food for some!).

Monday, August 19, 2013

[Infographic] Twitter by the numbers - If there were 100 tweets...

Twitter has grown by leaps and bounds and is amongst the top social / news / sharing sites in the world today. People across the globe are using it to share short messages not just at a personal level, but also to tackle real-world events. There are many instances of how twitter was helpful during crises situations like wars, storms, floods, and more. So, twitter is no doubt a useful tool.

Back in 2009, when twitter was on it's rapid growth path, a team of (data) analysts looked at the data from twitter, and put forth some interesting facts and observations: this infographic below (courtesy of InformationIsBeautiful.net) shows what twitter is (rather, was like) then. [Things may have changed since, and hope that these folks are kind enough to provide a revised infographic!]

So, if you are a twitter user, find out which group you come under, and maybe use this to figure out how others use twitter too!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

[Infographic] Dining Etiquette for Beginners

We all love to dine finely, at least on special occasions, and it's not about going to your neighborhood fast food joint. Or, it could well be that you're invited to a fancy wedding or party. In case you've wondered, how do I figure out the right etiquette for this (assuming of course, that you figured out the dressing bit in the first place), then you may want to take this quick guide to ensure that you don't embarrass yourself, the host or the guests - and also enjoy the meal after all!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

[Video] How to Wash Hair / Shave in Space (Inside the ISS)

Zero gravity can be a weird place to be. And, mundane, daily chores like washing, bathing, etc. which we do without a second thought, can't be taken for granted when you're hovering around in space, at the International Space Station (ISS). Someone's gotta be thinking about how to do these things - easily enough!

Well, here's a peek at how to wash your hair or shave if you're one of them out there [or plan to be sometime in the near future]!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BitCoin - The Secure, Digital Currency (of the future?)

Now, we'll admit, this one is tricky to explain. So, we'll quote Wikipedia on this one:

"Bitcoin (BTC) is a cryptocurrency first described in a 2008 paper by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto, who called it a peer-to-peer, electronic cash system. Bitcoin creation and transfer is based on an open source cryptographic protocol and is not managed by any central authority. Each bitcoin is subdivided down to eight decimal places, forming 100 million smaller units called satoshis Bitcoins can be transferred through a computer or smartphone without an intermediate financial institution."

"The processing of Bitcoin transactions is secured by servers called bitcoin miners. These servers communicate over an internet-based network and confirm transactions by adding them to a ledger which is updated and archived periodically using peer-to-peer filesharing technology. In addition to archiving transactions, each new ledger update creates some newly-minted bitcoins. The number of new bitcoins created in each update is halved every 4 years until the year 2140 when this number will round down to zero. At that time no more bitcoins will be added into circulation and the total number of bitcoins will have reached a maximum of 21 million bitcoins."

"Bitcoin is accepted in trade by merchants and individuals in many parts of the world... See the whole wikipedia entry here. 

The USD price of a bitcoin increased ten-fold in early 2013 from $13 on 1 January to $190 on 9 April."

Well, don't worry, if you didn't follow everything up there - even we are trying to get our heads around this whole new stuff! But, here's a short video that takes you through some of this and hopefully makes it easier.
Will this be a kind of new trend as the global economy continues to battle one challenge after another? Guess, only time will tell...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Price of Gas - What We Don't Pay For...

As the population in the world continues to grow, the limited resources on our Planet continue to come under stress. It's a no-brainer that human kind has been the largest disruptive force on the planet to change the natural world. Enough is being said about this, but probably not enough is done about it.

As the population in cities continue to grow, the global economy is not sparing anyone or anyplace the stress this causes. Little do we realize.... Here's an eye opening insight what goes into making of a gallon of gas for your car, and why the price we pay is much less than what it costs.

Share this with your close ones, if you believe, change is necessary to save Planet Earth (eventually).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Animation: Shave It

A nice little animation about a monkey who ventures into the growing urban spaces the world over. A short story with a strong environmental message.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Firefox Flicks 2013 - Anyone, Anywhere

Firefox Flicks is a global video contest about the power of the mobile. The 2013 edition is presently underway and here's one of the early round award winners. We just liked it, so we thought, let's share it with our followers too! If you like it, share it on.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What does that alphabet stand for - Popular Acronyms and Initials Decoded

H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse, J.K. Rowling, SCUBA diving, M&Ms... all of these are extremely familiar names and acronyms that most of us have heard or grown up hearing. But, there's a certain mystery around these - what exactly do some of these stand for?

Well, here's a cool capsule by the folks at mentalfloss.com put together to get to the bottom of many of these. It's an interesting watch - and probably will put that mind at ease the next time you go for a jog in your Adidas sneakers!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

An Introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Features

The much awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched on this Friday, amidst the hype and hula. While there was a great hype around the much awaited features, people are still possibly unsure of what's going to be in this next smart device.

Well, the folks at Samsung sure knew it, and this video provides a good glimpse into the awesome-ness that's packed into the super sleek, super octa-core, super-smart device. Irrespective of whether you fall for it or not, look at the video and enjoy the inspiring innovation. It sure is up-ping the ante for other device makers!