Facebook wants to put a mic and camera in your home with the Portal

Facebook has announced Portal, a series of devices that let you do voice or video calls to other Facebook and Messenger users. Two different models were announced today, the Portal and the larger Portal+. The smaller Portal is an Amazon Echo Show style device, which is basically a giant display with a speaker. The 10.1-inch display has a resolution of 1280×800 and has 10W dual speakers. The Portal uses an array of four far-field microphones that records your conversations picks up your voice commands and a 12MP wide-angle camera that watches you sleep lets…

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Travel Buff? Download These Apps Before Your Next Vacay

Stress-Free Travelling Take the stress out of planning your trip and explore the world with these mobile applications. AR City AR City uses a combination of augmented reality and computer vision technology to let tourists access information as they travel around cities. You can stand in a street and holding your iPhone in front of you, see virtual information such as street names, building names and local points of interest on a live image of the real world in front of you. You can also use it for basic navigation….

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Want to travel the world? First head to these 7 trending spots for the vacay of your life

Seven reasons the size of a continent why you should swap your corner office for travelling to the four corners of the earth. To reduce the world to a list of top destinations is a near impossible task. But for a variety of reasons some places are favoured over others and become the flavour of the moment. Here are some of the top spots trending this year: Asia The five Stans of Central Asia  Together, the five Stans — Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan — of Central Asia spell…

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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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How to travel with your senior parents

If your destination is somewhere with a lot of walking, Lim recommends prepping your parents beforehand and encouraging them to start taking short walks around their neighborhoods. (Shutterstock/File) When you’re an adult, traveling with your parents can be stressful, what with the planning, different interests and the inevitable butting of heads. However, with these tips, some of that stress can be left on the wayside and you can all focus on having fun. Don’t forget to take it slow As hard as it is to remember sometimes, your parents are getting…

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These 7 tips will make your travel experiences even better

As chief White House correspondent for NBC News, appearing across such network shows as Today and NBC Nightly News, Hallie Jackson earned accolades via her reporting on the 2016 Republican primaries and the rise of Donald Trump. Before joining the political front, Jackson worked in various local markets, including Los Angeles and Hartford Conn. Her current gig has turned the travel-loving Jackson into a true frequent flyer; she logged 250,000 miles last year, following the president around the globe from Saudi Arabia to Beijing. Her favourite airline is Delta Air…

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Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question:…

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How to rectify error in your credit report

Credit score is given to you based on your ability to repay a loan. If your score is above 750, it is considered good. Anything below that is bad. Photo: iStockphoto Did you recently check your credit report and realize that your credit score is very low? If you haven’t paid you loans on time or if you have defaulted on your credit card payment, this is bound to happen. But what if it is an error? Or what if you were not aware about a credit card overdue amount…

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How to use your Form 16

If you are filing income tax returns, or ITR, keeping your Form 16 handy will make the process much easier. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Income The document helps taxpayer identify various income heads at the time of filing of income tax returns, or ITR. If you want to know your income details and have Form 16 with you, refer to Part B. There you will find salary, value of perquisites, profits in lieu of salary, allowance. All these together form your gross salary and indicate your income. Form 16 is a…

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37 Witty Instagram Captions For Travel, Because Your Vacation Mode Is On

Travel is known as one of life’s greatest treasures. Once you hit the open road or get your passport stamped, you’ll never want to look back. Travel has the ability to transform your perspective. It shows you parts of the world you once dreamed of visiting, and introduces you to amazing people who will rock your world. Simply put, travel expands your little corner of the world into something much bigger. Many of us give into our wanderlust at one point or another, whether we’re visiting a tropical paradise or…

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