Tech unplugged!

There is nothing quite like a road trip. Exciting, spontaneous and giving you a deep look at the country you are exploring, there is a reason the best buddy films begin in a car. Of all of these adventures, the Great American Road Trip is probably the best known. Many people have made their way from state to state, seeing the US the way it was always meant to be seen.

If you are reading this, chances are you are planning the same kind of excursion. You also have an iPhone, which is going to become your best tool during your holiday. Here are five of the best iPhone apps for driving across the US.
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Cars are remarkably customizable. This is mainly due to the high demand for affordable, functional products to fit different consumer needs. Better media availability, tools to reduce collisions or legal snafus, and more advanced GPS systems so you always know where you are remain popular items. They are even becoming standard with top-of-the-line luxury vehicles.

Not all tech toys are created equal, however. Here are five gadgets to buy and pimp your ride that you will be very glad you picked up.
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According to a recent report by MasterCard Advisers (part of MasterCard, provides insights and solutions that drive business impact and ROI.), more and more nations adopt the cashless payment systems in all of their transactions, all while dropping the use of good old trusted cash.

The report tracked 33 world economies moving fast to become cashless societies. It measured nations’ progress towards more modern, efficient payment processes by looking at the current share of cash versus cashless / non-cash payments for consumers, how this share has shifted in the past 5 years, and whether conditions exist for cash payments to move to electronic.
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What makes a car “smart” nowadays? Smartphones, smart vehicles… we generally associate this with better-than-average technology, technology that predicts your next question and fetches the answer for it. Smart cars will change the way we drive, change the way we travel, and change the way we live.

Do you want to know how much would it cost to fill the tank at nearby petrol stations? Or check on a Facebook friend’s latest check-in? Smart cars should be able to deliver such answers and more.
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I had this idea for a web service so I hired a freelancer developer; Darren Meehan, through Reddit.

I did few mistakes managing this project, and ended up paying $960 and getting nothing in return.

I’m posting this as a ‘Note to self’, hoping I won’t repeat those mistakes again.

To be fair, I asked ( nuetrino) to tell our story from his point of view.

This is how he saw it.
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News recently broke that Jeff Bezos, 49, has bought the money-losing Washington Post for $250 million in spite of the fact that last year he said: “People won’t pay for news on the web, print will be dead in 20 years.”

“There are two kinds of companies: Those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.” -Jeff Bezos

Here, I shall list my top possible reasons he”d have for buying the 135-year-old paper and they are:
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If you are reading this post, then it means you are considering using, or at the very least know of, the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. So far it has taken the internet by storm. It started with Double Fine’s Kickstarter videogame project for a point and click adventure (which got $3,336,371 in funding), followed by other famous developers who got their Kickstarter Videogames projects funded as well. Examples of Kickstarter Videogames that come to mind are also Obsidian Entertainment and Lord British, aka Richard Garriott.
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Google has paid over a billion dollar to acquire the Israeli Startup GPS navigation firm Waze (link), but why? Most of us has never heard of Waze before now. And why pay $1.1 billion for a company that makes less then $70Mil in revenues?!

Is Google beyond all reason on this acquisition deal? Did any of Google’s previous over-a-billion-dollar takeovers fail to pay back? There must be some very good reasons that justifies paying over a billion dollar, but Google is not known for sharing the reasons for their decisions. With some research, few possible reasons for such a steep investment come to light, which can also shed some light on the reason for the US FTC to investigate further this acquisition.
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If you own a business or are considering starting one, make sure not to repeat those 3 deadly business sins.

When starting / running a new business, you may be uncertain about many things. That’s Ok.

There are plenty of business sins / examples to learn from the many blunders and botches of major corporations.

Here below, I list my 3 deadly business sins that I firmly believe (based on my personal experience) any business should be aware of, and work hard not to repeat.
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