WhatsApp Had 779M Downloads In 2018. Here Are The Other Top Apps Of 2018

Uber is tops in more than one category, Facebook absolutely destroys the social competition, and Wish got more app downloads than e-commerce giant Amazon. Those are just a few of the insights from Apptopia’s most downloaded apps of 2018 list. The single most-downloaded app of 2018? That would be WhatsApp, Facebook’s other global messaging platform, with more than 779 million downloads between iOS and Android. The only other app that even came close is the casual game Helix Jump, with more than 334 million installs. Top global app downloads of 2018,…

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These are the hottest travel destinations for 2019, from Savannah to Singapore

Martin Puddy | Getty Images A new year means new opportunities to tick off the destinations on your bucket list. So, where are people headed? American Express recently revealed the top trending travel destinations for 2019, based on its year-over-year (2017 versus 2018), proprietary American Express Travel 2018 booking data for trips being booked for 2019. While a few of the usual tourist hot spots — like Tuscany and the Bahamas — made the list, there were a number of surprising, far-flung locations people are jetting off to. Another twist?…

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Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus will get Pie this month, Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco are next

Who is getting a slice of Pie? The Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus are first in line, they’ll get Android 9.0 this month. Next up are the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco will be updated in November. The Nokia 8 launched in October 2017 with 7.1 Nougat, so in its first year of support the 8 will go through two major Android versions. In total HMD’s Android One-powered Nokias will get two years of platform updates (i.e. new Android versions) and one more year of just security updates. All current Nokia phones will be updated to Pie eventually…

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How to Make Sure Your Shoes Are Comfortable When You Travel

I’m a huge fan of taking walking tours when I travel. Walking tours are a great way to see a city, and if you opt for a food tour you get to sample some of the local cuisine, take in the sights, and get a little exercise in the process. It’s a great combo. That is unless you decided to wear the wrong shoes. Uncomfortable shoes, or shoes not designed for walking long distances, can make a walking adventure a painful idea rather than a pleasant excursion. Travel + Leisure recently spoke…

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Why business expectations are so tepid despite recovery in Indian economy

The government cannot let the recovery in the Indian economy take its own sweet time, not with the elections less than a year away. Photo: Mint The Nikkei India Composite PMI Output index, a gauge of private sector economic activity in both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at a strong 54.2 for July, up from 52.6 in June. A reading above 50 denotes expansion, while one below 50 indicates contraction from the previous month. As Chart 1 shows, the composite PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) is at its highest level…

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Family finance: Why Pune-based Agarwals are on the right track to achieving their money goals

Sahil Agarwal, an IT consultant, stays with his homemaker wife and one-year-old child, in Pune. He stays on rent, even though he has his own house, which provides a rental income of Rs 12,000 a month. Combined with Agarwal’s monthly salary of Rs 91,000, his total income comes to Rs 1.03 lakh. The household expenses amount to Rs 57,000, insurance premium accounts for Rs 4,583, and Rs 25,000 is put into investments. This leaves Agarwal with a surplus of Rs 16,417. His portfolio comprises a house worth Rs 70 lakh, cash of…

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How fintech companies are bringing the magic of the digital frontier into finance

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and Gujarat to Assam, fintechs, the new and trendy financial companies, have become darlings of investment angels. The odds of the fabulous and trendy fintechs beating banks are narrowing by the day. The fintech threat to the banking industry is no longer a headline. It is close to an accord. China is one of the clearest examples: Tencent and Ant Financial absorbed huge chunks of the payments market which was overwhelmed with big banks and their spaghetti-like Information Technology infrastructure. But fintechs are a new league…

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Little globetrotters: Here’s why luxury destinations are wooing the kids

During a six-month backpacking tour of Southeast Asia, Maximo and Sebastian Tuscano pit-stopped for four nights at the Andaman, a 178-room Luxury Collection resort on a lush bay in Langkawi, Malaysia. They marvelled at the fauna in the surrounding rainforest—the flying lemurs, dusky leaf monkeys, more than 300 species of butterflies—and swam in the lagoon-style swimming pool. They hunted hermit crabs, helped a marine biologist feed specimens at an on-site coral nursery, and participated in pirate-themed games and crafts. In all, it was the perfect way for Maximo and Sebastian,…

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Where should you travel in May? Here are some ideas.

  No. 3: Memphis, 90.5: There’s more to Memphis than Graceland and barbecue, and visitors are catching on. Demand for alternative accommodations is growing, and low prices make Memphis a great investment.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE May is perfect time to travel. Spring break is pretty much over, the weather is pleasant in many parts of the USA and abroad, and prices are affordable because the kids are in school and many families are grounded. Alisa Cohen founder of the Luxe Traveler Club, says shoulder season is a lucrative time to…

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Toyota Yaris: What the first reviews are saying about the Honda City challenger

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is merely days away from launching its first-ever C2-segmenter in India. Dubbed as the Yaris, the upcoming Toyota sedan is basically a Honda City-Hyundai Verna-Maruti Ciaz adversary that will aim to attract everyone with its long list of features, mini-Corolla Altis looks, and of course, the high brand recognition that Toyota enjoys. So, will it be really easy for the Yaris to outclass its rather formidable rivals? Here’s what some of India’s motoring publications have said about the Yaris in their test drive review reports. Autocar…

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