Fear of trees and rain? Yes, it exists!

We have heard about how people fear clowns and things like water and heights. But there are several offbeat phobias that may appear trivial to you, but which trigger deep anxiety… 1) Xanthophobia: Those who fear of the colour yellow are afraid of anything in that hue, including the sun and maybe your yellow umbrella. 2) Hylophobia: Greenery can also trigger deep fear in folks. It’s called Hylophobia. 3) Ombrophobia: This describes fear of rain and can make people want to stay indoors in the wet weather. 4) Nomophobia: We…

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CBSE NEET 2017: Meet the four toppers from Muktsar, Indore and Bengaluru

New Delhi: The 17-year-old son of a Punjab school teacher, two close friends from Madhya Pradesh and a Delhi Public School student from Bengaluru, on Friday, bagged the first four positions in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), an all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the examination, announced the results on Friday morning, ending weeks of suspense that saw the Madras high court withholding the outcome before the Supreme Court cleared it. Launched in 2016, the NEET…

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New sanctions will obstruct two-centre holidays combining Florida and the Caribbean’s largest island

British travellers hoping to combine the US and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions after Donald Trump announced he would reverse some measures introduced by Barack Obama. In a speech in Miami, the President denounced what he called his predecessor’s “terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime”. Mr Obama had eased the economic embargo, which had been in force since the early 1960s, and encouraged “people-to-people” tourism to Cuba. American citizens and foreign travellers on US territory could access dozens of new scheduled flights to the island. Ordinary…

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E3 2017 day 2 wrap-up: Destiny 2 on PC, Wolfenstein returns, and Ubisoft games galore

Listen in as Hayden and Adam talk about the hot new PC games they played today, and boy, they were some heavy hitters: Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, and Skull & Bones, a pirate combat simulator that’s the spiritual successor to Assassin’s Creeed IV: Black Flag’s beloved ship battles. Still hankering for more E3 goodness? Check out PCWorld’s E3 day one wrap-up, or if you want to cut straight to the chase, our coverage of the 40 must-see PC gaming…

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4 Reasons Freelancers and the Self Employed Should Consider Individual 401k Plans

“Save your money. You’re going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.” — Michael Caine If you’re self-employed and trying to boost your retirement savings, Solo 401(k) plans are a potential option. Solo 401(k) plans are qualified retirement plans for self-employed professionals and business owners with no employees other than a spouse. These plans have gained popularity because of investor-friendly features and higher contribution limits than traditional retirement accounts. The biggest limitation on a Solo 401(k) plan is its eligibility criteria. You must have some…

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iOS 11 Said to Bring Easy Wi-Fi Sharing, Better Gmail Notifications, and More

While Apple introduced iOS 11 on Monday to the world, some things about the platform were not discussed on stage and have since been uncovered by the developers who have got their hands on the preview already. Now, the list of these new things seems to be growing further as developers have found out that the new iteration of iOS brings along an easy Wi-Fi sharing feature, native support for GIFs, and more. Separately, iOS 11 has been tipped to bring Gmail push notifications back to their former speed as…

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New iMacs bring better screens, powerful processors and graphics, and USB-C

We might not have gotten a look at the all-new customizable Mac Pro that Apple is working on, but that doesn’t mean that Tim Cook and friends didn’t deliver some serious upgrades to our desks during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference kickoff on Monday. And with the latest updates just unveiled for the iMac, there just might be a model to satisfy everyone. Apple While the new iMacs might look the same on the outside, they’re quite a bit different inside. It starts, of course, with the screen. Apple says the new…

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Nissan and Datsun to offer special discounts and offers on their cars

The Indian car market is going through a phase of price mark-downs and concessions, thanks to the GST. And the latest to join this discounts bandwagon are Nissan and Datsun. Their discount is applicable upon the entire portfolio of Nissan and Datsun and the company is offering exchange bonuses, corporate discounts and an exclusive offer for government employees. Nissan Micra Nissan is offering a three-year finance scheme with 8.99 per cent interest rate on the Micra and Micra Active. The manufacturer is offering an attractive exchange bonus of ₹ 10,000 and…

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Italy, UK and France among the most popular summer destinations for wealthy jetsetters

When money is no obstacle, and the world is your pearl-studded oyster, wealthy travellers are more apt to jet off to Italy than any other destination. That’s according to the luxury travel agency network Virtuoso, which looked at the most popular destinations sought by their wealthiest clients in the US at member agencies around the world. For the list, experts looked at bookings made for this summer through their network which, so far, total more than $39.7 billion in transactions. South Africa is also a favourite among travellers, notably for…

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Amazon Opens First Brick and Mortar New York Bookshop

Online retail giant Amazon on Thursday opened its first brick and mortar bookstore in New York, selling a limited range of its highest-rated books and letting customers browse products as in times gone by. Amazon, which launched as an online bookseller in 1995 but which now sells everything from designer clothes to groceries, bided its time before venturing into the US cultural capital. It launched brick and mortar bookstores in six other cities first, starting in its hometown Seattle in 2015. “You don’t run a marathon before you run a…

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