My travel photo addiction is out of control – here’s how I’m trying to beat it

Travellers have grown increasingly obsessed with documenting their trips It’s my worst addiction. More pernicious than my attachment to caffeine, TV as background noise or squalid post-gym binges with a monster pack of Kettle Chips. My impulse to document every aspect of a holiday with my camera phone has become all-consuming. And my ability to enjoy travel in the moment is under threat. On a recent trip to Colombia, I realised how bad things had got. I was out in the country’s hot, isolated plains with a small group of…

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Samsung Bixby voice support now rolls out to Indian users

Samsung on Friday announced that roll out of a new feature for its digital assistant Bixby. The smart assistant now provides voice capabilities in India. Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents. The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can now enable Bixby’s voice capabilities (US English) by pressing the Bixby button, the company said in a statement. Consumers can activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, or by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby.” “With…

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Planning a solo trip this monsoon? Check out these 8 tips before you head out

No doubt, travelling with the squad is great fun. But sometimes the best travel companion you can have is yourself. In fact, more and more Indian women have started undertaking solo trips. If you are a person who does not like following fixed itineraries, hate clicking selfies, love to sample local cuisines and enjoy backpacking, then travelling solo can be a rewarding experience for you. However, the monsoon can play spoilsport if the right precautions are not taken. So, before you pack your bags and get set for a vacation with yourself,…

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Are you a responsible traveller? Read the United Nations manual on tourist etiquette to find out

Learn to speak a few words in the local language and make sure your purchase isn’t made with endangered plants or animals. These are some of the tips from the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s new “Travel. Enjoy. Respect” handbook. It is part of a global public awareness program that comes with a manual on how to be a responsible tourist. The launch comes amid a tourism crisis in Europe this summer, where locals across Spain and Italy have been staging anti-tourism protests in response to unsustainable visitor numbers, and incidents…

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Battery-Less Cellphone Prototype Harvests Energy Out of Thin Air

A team of researchers at the University of Washington has come up with a working prototype of a cellphone that doesn’t require a battery to make calls or send text messages – instead, it harvests energy from thin air, more specifically, radio signals. Right now, all it features is an LED light and buttons on a circuit board, however, a more advanced prototype with an E Ink display and better call quality is in the works. The projected was spearheaded by UW research associate Vamsi Talla, working at the lab…

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Standing Out Of the Crowd – Getting Noticed At Job Fairs

If you are considering a change in job, one of the best things you can do is attend job fairs. However,with many candidates eying the same position, it is no easy task to stand out of the competition, get noticed and bag the position as well.Here are a few pointers to help you make a lasting impression and create a favorable connection to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Look the part and dress for success Approach the interviewer well-groomed and dressed to impress. Wear casual neutral colors like navy blue,…

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Coursera rolls out Netflix-style subscriptions

The shift from a pay-per-course to a subscription model was announced on Coursera’s blog by the company’s chief product officer, Tom Willerer, who previously worked at Netflix. “By rewarding faster completion, the subscription model will give you a powerful incentive to achieve your goals” Users can so far subscribe to a handful of Coursera’s more popular Specializations, with subjects including data science and the programming language Python. More courses will be added over the coming months, according to Willerer. Course completion rates for MOOCs are traditionally low, but Coursera has…

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Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle

Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said. The rapid advance into the Wahda neighbourhood where the hospital is located marked a change of tactic after a month of fighting in east Mosul in which the army has sought to capture and clear neighbourhoods block by block. The ferocity of the fighting reflects the importance of…

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Teachers, mayor demand academy chain pulls out of Copeland school

An academy chain whose financial management was heavily criticised by regulators following an investigation by the Observer is facing a mass walkout of teachers at one of its schools, and demands from the local mayor to “call it a day”. The staff body at Whitehaven academy in Cumbria have written an open letter to political leaders in the area, the second in a week, declaring of the Bright Tribe academy chain: “We are unable to improve the school if it remains with the trust.” Whitehaven has had six headteachers and…

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No more queues! Amazon Go’s high-street store lets you walk in, grab items and walk out

is stepping further into physical retail with plans to open a grocery store like no other. Called Amazon Go, it employs what Amazon calls “Just Walk Out Technology” to allow users to grab what they want from shelves and leave the store without having to deal with tills or queues. Amazon Go works through a combination of computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning – essentially, the same technologies that power self-driving cars. Shoppers scan a unique QR code from an associated app on their phone as they enter the…

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