Five useful free i-phone apps for you

Whenever I use any new i-phone app, I would like to share the same with others. Even if there are millions of apps out there on the internet, you may miss some useful ones just because you might not have ever searched for it or no one might have told you about one such app. So here is a list of five useful i-phone apps that you might not have used.

1.Do not forget your pills.

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If you are taking any medication, this app will give you a notification and sound alert at the specific times when you are supposed to take medication. You can set up reminders at hourly, daily or weekly intervals. You need to tap done to indicate that you have taken the medication for clearing the reminder. Here you have the option to postpone it by half an hour by choosing the option ‘Later.’ If you would like to manage multiple user plans, there is an upgrade to a premium plan.

2.Around me

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This app really helps me to find important places whenever I go out in London. I hope this app will be of real help for anyone looking for a specific location or place of particular importance like a hospital, Hotel, petrol station, etc. Surely your navigation system in your car may lead you to the place but this app comes very handy when you are walking down the street or when using the public transport.

3.Zoopla

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If you are looking to rent a property or buy a property, this app will make the job easier. There is an option to choose the country where you would like to do the renting or purchasing of property. Definitely, this is one of the best property search app on the app store.

If you are looking to rent a property or buy a property, this app will make the job easier. There is an option to choose the country where you would like to do the renting or purchasing of property. Definitely, this is one of the best property search app on the app store.

4.Tidy

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This application helps you manage all your photos in your i-phone. If you would like to sort your photos with respect to the months you have taken it, it is very helpful. There are also options available to sort your photos with respect to the distance from where you are located. If you would like to sort your photos by its shape, that is also possible with this interesting app.

5.Wish

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This app seems to be a great choice for many of those who love internet shopping. A category wise selection is available on this app that include items including gadgets, clothing, footwear, etc., etc.

Thank you very much for going through my blog.Have a wonderful day.

Content is King-Do you believe in that statement?

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Do you believe in the Bill Gates concept “Content is King.” When I started this blog, I was not giving hundred percent efforts to enrich the quality of the content as this used to be my personal blog in the beginning.

When I analysed the success of few successful blogs, I realized how importance regarding the quality of the content. I remember the days when I started blogging for the first time in my life. It was in the month of December 2013. I wrote few posts and I was not sure whether my style of writing is good or not.

After about three months of blogging, I asked few of my friends’s to have their opinion about blogging as well as my blog. One of them said “Blogs are like personal diaries. Anyone can have a blog so there is nothing much important having a blog. ” I had some people with the opinion that blogging is a waste of time. Few of my friends said its o.k. while others said “you need to change the topics for writing.” Another friend said to me that I should write a travel blog or write something about India. I realized that most of these people don’t have a better idea about blogging. If today someone tells me that blogging is a waste of time, I will tell them to read my article 25 advantages of blogging for inspiration.

My source of inspiration and motivation came from one of my friends from India, Mr. Raju Yohannan, a web designer, whom I used to contact over the phone or through Skype to have an opinion on whatever I write. Being a trustworthy friend of mine, he used to give me suggestions to write more posts. He always insisted on the importance of the uniqueness and quality of the content.

During the last few months of blogging, I came across lot of bloggers and blogs while some of them made a big impression on me than the others. If you analyse those successful blogs, you can see that those bloggers have some really valuable content to share with their readers. Some of them may be giving ideas to improve business. Few others may be offering technical tips to solve a problem. Few days back I came across another blog called the penelopetrunk.com where the author is providing career advice to people.

I found the most amazing of all blogs from India “Digital Expressions” authored by Mr.Amit Agarwal, who can be best described as a father figure of blogging in India. His blog posts are really informative and helpful to those who are in need of various technical solutions. His how-to Guides and Software tutorials are a must read for anyone looking for technical stuff.

Recently I had become a fan of another blogger from India, Mr. Harsh Agrawal and his blog “Shoutmeloud.” I had gone through many of his articles and found out that he is writing long informative posts. Most of his posts act as a useful guide for solving various technical issues as well as provide you with the much- needed blogging tips.

I came across one more blog from India called the Problogging success. I am amazed to see that the author Mrs. Jane Sheeba runs few more blogs with the names Tech buzz online,Slickwellness.com,Best Hosting and Design, DoSplash Blog along with the other one I mentioned.

I told myself “I struggle to find time to manage just one blog, then how can she manage five blogs at the same time?” Probably one needs a scientific brain to manage five blogs of five different niches all at the same time.Perhaps she being a scientist in real life, it may be easy an easy task for her.

Few months back while I was reading some blogs, I found out one of the highly successful personality in the blogosphere Mr. John Chow. I was really excited by the fact that Mr. John Chow has an income of nearly forty thousand dollars per month from his blog Johnchow.com alone. If you are a blogger and if you don’t read Johnchow.com, it is a real loss.

Even though I live in Britain, I find only few blogs related to my niche written by someone in U.K. Probably I had gone through thousands of travel and fashion blogs written by authors from U.K., but I came across very few blogs having the same niche that I am writing now.

My curiosity of finding out someone blogging from London and of Indian origin ended up adding one more fan for me from the blogosphere. The fan is none other than Mr. Neil Patel, who is an immensely successful entrepreneur and blogger currently based in Seattle. I am pretty sure that if you read the profile of him in the blog quicksprout.com, you too become a fan of him.

If you go through the blogs from any of the four bloggers mentioned above, you will definitely conclude that these bloggers make precious content and hence content is definitely the king in today’s online world.

12 important benefits of Social media

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With the large scale use of smart phones and gadgets, the number of people using social media also increased in number. Even with the increased usage of social media sites, many people still believe social media sites are a waste of time and resources. This article provides you with some of theadvantages of social media in order to make it clear that if used properly you may gain more benefits from social media in your personal life as well as in your business or profession.

#1.Networking with others.

There is no need to explain about the networking aspect of social media. Even children of the school going age know the importance of social media as a tool for networking. It may seem to be of little importance to anyone but if you compare how you used to communicate with others before the emergence of social media, say like twenty years back, you may identify its true value.

#2.Finding and meeting new friends.

The emergence of social media makes it easier for anyone sitting at any corner of the globe to make friendship with anyone around the globe. Probably, it makes it more exciting when you get the chance to renew few old friends with whom you might have lost contact for a long time.

#3.Video chatting with friends and business partners.

Nowadays most of the social media sites come up with video chatting facilities. This made it possible for anyone having a social media account gets connected with his or her friends or business partners through video chatting. If you consider the fact that video chatting makes it possible for anyone to make free calls to anywhere in the world, it is truly a benefit for you especially if you need to make business calls that otherwise might have lead to huge telephone bills.

#4.For recruiting new employees

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedln, are being used as a source for hiring potential employees. Nowadays it is very common that the recruiters checking your social media profile if they want to hire you for a job. The role of your social media profile as a portfolio for your skills and talent is of utmost importance. The better looking profile you have in social media, there is more chance for you to get hired. Remember you social media profile is acting like your online resume.

#5.Useful for job hunting.

Social media sites like LinkedIn are a great resource for those who are hunting for a job. It also provides an opportunity to enhance your current career prospects as well as any business you are running. The networking options available in Linkedln make it a truly valuable tool for enhancing anyone’s career prospects.

#6.Source of information and news.

If you use social media in a proper manner, it can be used as a source of information by reading the shared contents on various topics. Of course, it can be a source for updating latest news. From my personal experience, I can say that my Facebook profile gives me the wonderful opportunity to gather and update any important information about my parent country(India) even if I live in London. Remember this was really difficult some twenty years back.

#7.Arranging an event.

As we are now connected with most of our school and college friends through different social media sites, it becomes easier for us to organize an event by inviting people through social media. Suppose if you would like to arrange a get together of all your university friends, you can now do nearly half part of the co-ordinating job by the click of the mouse and sending few message and replies. No more costly phone calls or long journeys to meet someone for arranging such an event. A big thanks to social media.

#8.Promote your product and service.

Social media sites are one of the main and most essential part of today’s business whether it is a small business or a big corporate. It helps anyone to promote their products and services online. It is a common trend that a lot of people worldwide are trying to establish small businesses using social media sites like Facebook as a platform. You can click on the link given below to view a post describing how to do business using Facebook.

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#9.Social media as a tool for an election campaign.

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, can be used an effective tool for an election campaign. If you analyse the recent election campaigns in India, you may realize how important is social media as a tool for election campaigning. Reports suggest that when Mr.Narendra Modi sworn in as prime minister of India, he had almost 16 million Facebook “likes.” Recent statistics shows that he is currently one of the most followed leaders in Twitter (5.9 million followers) after Barack Obama and Pope Francis. These records show ample evidence that social media can be even become an influencing factor on deciding the political situation of any country.

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#10.Social media for fund-raising.

Fund-raising using social media for various causes is also a modern trend. This possibility of social media can be utilized for various charity organizations for collecting funds for their successful functioning. Raising funds during an emergency situation like an accident or illness to someone is also a useful benefit.

#11.Reduce the cost of advertisement.

Traditional advertisement methods are costlier for anyone to afford. The cost of an advertisement is really a big problem especially when someone is running a small scale business. The introduction of social media advertisements made it possible for entrepreneurs to have low budget advertisements on platforms like Facebook.

#12. Social media can boost traffic to your website

If you are running a website for business purpose, you definitely need more and more traffic to your site. The proper usage of social media will provide you with more traffic and hence better business prospects for you.

If you have more points in mind regarding the benefits of social media, please share it as a comment so that I can be able to update this post with more ideas.

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Driverless cars – Some essential things you need to know

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It seems that any news regarding the development of driverless technology is a matter of curiosity for many of us around the world since its successful test drive in different parts of the world.Now it is not only a part of science fiction story or Hollywood movie. They already exist or soon going to be out there in large numbers. After the testing of a number of driverless cars on the public roads, there are a few questions that come up in the minds of people. How does it run without a driver? Even if technology can make it possible, how can such a car avoid accidents while running? Obviously such curiosities pushed me to have a small research on the topic and write this post. This article covers some basic ideas on driverless car technology and the curiosities involved with it.

What is an autonomous car?

An autonomous or driverless car is a vehicle capable of sensing its surroundings and navigate without the help of a human being or driver. It can also be called as a driver-free car, self-driving car or robot car. How does an autonomous car find its way for moving forward?

Autonomous cars use the principles of Radar, Lidar, GPS and Computer Vision for finding its path.Inorder to move forward, an autonomous car needs to know the relative position of it with respect to its surrounding objects and obstacles on its way. This task is accomplished by utilising equipments like those listed below.

1. Radar Sensors: The signals that are send out from a radar helps to detect any objects or obstacles that are on the route of the car.

2. Lidar (Laser Range Finder): This is to be fixed on the top of the car that send out laser signals to take horizontal distance measurements.

3. GPS unit: Satellite information is used to find the location of the car.

4. Cameras and Image-processing software: Computer vision techniques are utilised here in order to process the pictures taken from the camera by image processing software. Images obtained from the cameras. The images from the camera can be used to distinguish the driving lanes on the road. Image processing software is capable of detecting traffic lights and signs.

If the autonomous car needs to move forward, it requires a map of the area. The map needed here is obtained using techniques utilized in the equipments listed above. With the help of those techniques, the car will obtain a map of its immediate surrounding with all the objects and travel path defined in that area. The relative position of the car will always be changing with respect to the surrounding objects and path when the map is continuously updated.

Who are the main manufacturers of driverless cars at present?

1. Google:

At present google seems to be the forerunner in this field with the testing of its car google self-drive. The presence of search engine giant google in this field motivates other major brands also to try and test their own versions of autonomous cars.


Video source:The Verge

2. Mercedes-Benz:

Mercedes-Benz had their version of driverless cars experimenting on the public roads. Mercedes Benz S500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle successfully completed its hundred kilometre long test drive route in Germany last year. Click the link below to see the amazing video of Mercedes-Benz self-driving car.

Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive

3.BMW:

BMW demonstrated its driverless technology at the consumer electronic show conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the month of April 2014. [Heather Kelly]

BMW Autonomous car.

Video Source: Disney Collector Toys Club

4. Volvo:

Volvo carried out test drives of their cars in different places around the world including London. The Sweden-based car giant is planning to introduce a hundred of their autonomous cars on the public roads of Gothenburg. It is supposed that the cars are going to be tested on certain selected routes in and around Gothenburg. [Chris knapman] Click the link below to see the video of Volvo self-driving car.

Volvo Self-driving car

5. Audi:

Audi recently tested its self-driving technology on an expressway in Florida. In 2012, Florida government implemented a law allowing testing of autonomous vehicles in the state. The new law allows Audi to carry out its test drive on Audi A7 on an expressway in Florida. [Lucas Mearian] Click on the link below to watch a self-driving car from Audi.

Self-driving car from Audi

6.Toyota:

Toyota is another big name involved in the manufacturing and development of driverless technology. Here, it is fascinating to see that Google uses a Toyota Prius for testing its technology. [Andrew English]

7.Nissan:

Researchers from Oxford University is developing autonomous technology with the support of Nissan. They also successfully tested a Nissan Leaf on private roads. Click the link below to watch the video of Nissan autonomous car.

8. Baidu, Inc

Baidu, Inc a Chinese search engine giant is own it way to develop their autonomous car. Unlike other car manufacturers, Baidu is trying to develop a semi-autonomous car rather than a fully autonomous one. In a way, Baidu is trying to develop ideas that may provide more intelligent assistant to help the drivers. So the car may be having steering wheels and pedals for the drivers to take control.[ Barry Levine]

9.Volkswagen:

Volkswagen tested a Temporary Auto Pilot system (TAP). The car is supposed to drive at a speed of eighty miles per hour on a highway route. Reports on various publications suggest that Volkswagen is one of the main contenders along with other rivals in the field of developing autonomous driving technology. [David Magee] Most predicted benefits of autonomous cars.

Most predicted benefits of autonomous cars.

If you are unsure about the safety and other aspects of an autonomous vehicle, the advantages listed below may change your mind.

1. Reduces the number of accidents.

If autonomous cars are allowed on the road with all the facilities available for its proper running, there is the possibility of reducing the number of accidents.This is well-supported by the concept that sensors are more accurate than humans.

2. Anyone can use the car

Elderly people, children and those who are disabled can easily use the autonomous cars according to their needs. There is no need to wait for someone who can drive them to their intended location.

3. Lot of free time for those who use the car.

We know that a lot of our time is wasted every day while driving to work or travelling to anywhere. With the invent of driverless cars, a lot of time can be saved for those people who drive. They can utilize the same time for doing something else like reading or watching a movie as we don’t need to worry much about the journey.

4. There is no need for a driving licence.

We all know how hard it is to get a driving licence. This hassle of passing the driving test and obtaining a driving licence can be avoided by use of autonomous cars.

5. More efficient public transport system

Once the technology is fully developed and tested, it can be utilised in public transport facilities like buses and also for running taxis. Travelling in a taxi without a driver seems to be a really interesting scenario.

6. Less time to reach your destination.

The autonomous cars may be running with a much higher speed limit once they are fully established commercially on the roads.

7. Reduced number of staff like the traffic police.

There is no need for traffic police to be deployed on the streets in large numbers. As the self-driving cars run on their own and sense their surroundings, the need of employees controlling traffic on the road may not be of much importance.

8. Hassle free parking anywhere you go

You know the difficulty in finding a parking space on a busy day especially in big cities like London. What if the car drops you at your destination and goes on its own to find a parking space? Is it sounds awesome? Imagine that the car is coming back to pick you up at a time specified time recorded on its computer memory. Yes, the driverless technology will automate more of our daily life routine of driving.

9. Controlling pollution to an extend

Vehicle sharing or car-sharing facilities can be implemented that may reduce the emission from congested traffic. This may even lead to introducing more electric cars that can control emission problems.

Major concerns regarding the use of autonomous cars.

1. A fear about an occurrence of an accident is always there in the minds of people as the possibility of the computer crashing or malfunctioning cannot be ruled out.

2. Do we need separate roads for all the autonomous cars? Do they run along with the manually driven cars on the same path? How safe is it if both types of the cars are using the same route of travel? These questions can be answered only after successful research that need a bit more time.

3. There is less importance for drivers. We depend on drivers a lot for our day to day life. By the emergence of driverless cars on the road, a significant percentage of people in the driving profession may lose their job as even the taxis may run without a driver.

4. Hackers taking control of computer-driven technology is another cause of worry. By hacking into the system, they can use the vehicles for destructive purposes.

5. Reduce congestion on the road

Since autonomous cars utilize sensors to find a safe distance it needs to keep from the vehicle moving in front of it, the possibility of congestion may be reduced. This is supported by the fact that the sensors are more perceptive than human beings.

6. Liability of an accident

When a driverless car is met with an accident, who is accountable for it? This question seems to be an unanswered one until new laws and regulations are made with respect to the usage of autonomous cars. It appears really difficult to find out whom to blame for an accident? Is it the vehicle owner? If it is the fault of a component or software of the car, who will be liable for the accident? Will it be the owner whose responsibility is to check the condition of the car regularly or the manufacturer of the car?

Conclusion

The technology behind autonomous car is nearly fully developed and its positive results in its experimental stage show that the day is not so far that autonomous car becoming part of our day-to-day lifestyle.

Sources:

1.http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/28/automobiles/how-an-autonomous-car-gets-around.html?ref=automobiles

2. http://www.autonomouscars.com

3. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/driverless-car

4. http://www.wimp.com/driverlesscar/

5. English, Andrew. Accessed on 13-08-14 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car- manufacturers/toyota/10404575/Toyotas-driverless-car.html

6. Kelly, Heather. Driverless Car tech gets serious at CES, Accessed on 12-08-14, http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/09/tech/innovation/self-driving-cars-ces/

7. Knapman, Chris, Large-scale trial of driverless cars to begin on public roads, Accessed on 11-08-14 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10484839/Large-scale-trial-of-driverless-cars-to-begin-on-public-roads.html

8. Levine, Barry. Hey, Google: Baidu wants to keep humans in the driverless car equation, Accessed on 12-08-14 http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/25/hey-google-baidu-wants-to-keep-humans-in-the-driverless-car-equation/

9 Magee, David.Volkswagen Develops Driverless Car Accessed on 13-08-14,http://www.ibtimes.com/volkswagen-develops-driverless-car-293911

10. Mearian, Lucas. Audi tests driverless car on Florida expressway, Accessed on 12-08-14,http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9250029/Audi_tests_driverless_car_on_Florida_expressway

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How to post to Twitter and Facebook simultaneously

Even though applications like the Hootsuite are available to share your contents in various social networking sites, many of us may not be interested in using such applications. Perhaps you may be using only few social media sites; hence, the need of applications like Hootsuite may not be an absolute necessity. Most of us use only Facebook and Twitter as these are the two most popular social media sites at present. In this article, I am trying to share the step-by-step method that helps you to post your content simultaneously on Twitter and Facebook.

Step 1

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On Twitter, go to settings on the top right hand side and click “Edit Profile.”

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Scroll down the profile page where you can see the option “Connect to Facebook.” Click on this option to continue.

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After you click on the “Connect to Facebook option, you get a screen asking for some of your Facebook account details.

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Click “O.K.” if you agree with it.

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After the above step, Twitter ask your permission to post to Facebook. Click “Allow” here.
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Step 5

Click “O.K.” on the next page asking your permission to post to Facebook.

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Step 6

In this page, you have the following three options to choose.
1. Post retweets to Facebook.
2. Post to Facebook profile.
3. Allow posting to one of the pages.
Here, choose the right option for you.

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Now if you tweet anything, it appears on your Facebook account. See my tweet “Welcome to Digital Dimensions ” on the screen shot of my Facebook profile below.

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Note: You have the option to disconnect the link at any time by clicking on the option “Disconnect it” at any time, or you can do that by simply unchecking the options.

If you do not like to post anything to your personal profile and like to publish on your Facebook page, you should continue the following steps.

From Step 6, Choose the option “Allow” posting to one of your pages

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Click O.K. on the next page to continue.

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In the next page, check the option “Post to my Facebook page.” and choose the pages of your choice if you have more than one.

Here, in my case, I choose my Facebook page Digital Dimensions. Now if you send a test tweet, you can see it on your page.

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On the other hand, if you would like to post your Facebook status updates to Twitter, you should continue the following steps.

Go to the page http://www.facebook.com/twitter. Here, enter your Facebook username and password and continue to the page similar to one shown in figure.

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Here, you have the options to either link to your profile or page to Twitter. Click on whichever option you like.

On the next page, you see the option to authorize Facebook to use your Twitter account.

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Once you enter your Twitter username and password, you have the following page where you can choose the options to link to Twitter. Click “Save”after choosing your option.

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Note: If you like to unlink from Twitter, you can do that anytime by using the unlink button.

Also, you can be able to choose what type of content you may like to share by checking or unchecking the desired choice.

Similarly, you can also opt to choose your Facebook page instead of your personal profile to link with Twitter.

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Your comments and suggestions of this post are most welcome. Thank you Digital Dimenisons.

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Driverless cars in real life

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Driverless cars are no more imagination in a Science fiction novel or short story. It is soon going to be a reality in everyone’s life.

When I wrote a science fiction story in this blog, I mentioned a character of the short story using driverless car for shopping. Even though, autonomous cars were in my imagination, I never expected its arrival before 2030.

People who are car enthusiastic expected that it may be possible by 2030 or a bit later than that. Latest reports on leading newspapers suggest that the driverless cars are soon going to be tested on the roads of U.K from January 2015 in few selected cities. The selection of those cities will be based on a bid.

Driverless car senses its surroundings with the help of various techniques such as Radar, GPS, Computer vision, etc. and move accordingly. How is it possible to sense a child playing near the footpath of a road? What will happen if the sensor is not working properly or working exactly opposite to what it is expected to do? There is a big list of such questions on our mind and we may say that such anxiety is a human tendency whenever anything new is introduced to an existing system. Regarding autonomous cars the curiosity may continue until driverless technology gets properly co-exist with the existing system.

While having its test on the U.K roads, it is expected that a qualified driver will be deployed inside the car for safety issues involved, the driver will have the option to take the control of the car in case if there are any dangers arising. Let’s hope for the best.

Please click on the link given below to read the Science fiction short story (A glimpse of the changes in Technology-A day in the year 2030)

Link to Short story

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18 must-have free iPhone apps (2014)

We all know that lakhs of apps are available in the app store. Even if the list is really long, you use the paid apps only if you need to do some tasks that are useful for you in one way or the other. I recently used an iPad app called Tabtor Math, that assist my child learning mathematics. I purchased the app as I find it very useful for my children. What if there is another app that works the similar way and is free? Definitely, you and me will go for the free app even if it may not be matching the other ones standard to an extent.

Here in this article I am trying to share as much as free apps as possible by updating new free apps whenever I come across a new app and start using it. I believe you may be interested to come back to the same post again to see if there is any new update.

1. YouTube

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Most people like to watch their favourite videos in YouTube and hence like to have its app in their iPhone. This app seems to be very interesting for bloggers, especially technical bloggers and video bloggers as they are interested in watching as well as creating YouTube videos.

2. Skype

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The skype has become a part of day-to-day life for millions of people worldwide. The advantage of using skype for free long distance calls make it more popular. The iPhone app for skype makes it more user friendly for us.

3. Adobe Photoshop Express

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This app will be useful for anyone who is interested in taking photographs using their iPhones. This app makes the editing job feel easier before sending the photo to someone as message or e-mail.

4. Facebook

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Could you imagine a day without using Facebook? There are quite a large number of people worldwide who can’t even think of a day without Facebook. Perhaps it may be true for you and me as well. For those people, this app is a must-have one.

5. Facebook Messenger

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6. Twitter

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Who does n’t like to read tweets while travelling? This app will be of great help for those trying to promote a business, website or blog through twitter.

7. Gmail

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8. Tube Map London

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This app is a must-have for all those who live in London. Even if you are planning a trip to London, it will be beneficial to plan your trip once you are inside the city.

9. Dictionary.com-Dictionary and Thesaurus

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By downloading this app, you will get more comfortable access for searching the meanings, synonyms and antonyms of any word you may like to know.

10. National Rail Enquiries

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If you are travelling anywhere in the United Kingdom, this is one of the must have in your mobile. This app helps you to plan your journey in advance with the option to search the availability of trains for your to and fro journeys

11. Google Plus

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12. BBC iPlayer

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This app is for those who are interested in watching live TV broadcast. The favourites section in the app allows you to choose your favourite shows.

13. Skyscanner

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We are all eager to find out the cheapest air ticket for any flight. An app that does this job for free is good news for anyone planning a journey. This awesome easy to use app help us to search for the most reasonable deal for air tickets from anywhere in the world for to and fro journeys. The search result will be displayed in accordance with the increase in price or by the date of the journey. This app will lead us to the airline website or to an online travel agents website for making the booking. Currently, this app seems to be one among the best of this kind as its current users include nearly thirty million people worldwide. The app is available for Android, Blackberry and Windows phone.

14. Hailo

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The Hailo app will help you to hire a licensed taxi from any location where you are situated. When you tap on the option to contact the taxi, it will provide you with an estimated time of arrival of your taxi as well as the driver and vehicle details. As soon as you finish the journey, you can have your payments through your debit or credit card. Currently, this app is available only for few cities around the world.

Please make sure that you contact your mobile phone provider to know whether any cheap options are available if you are using your connection outside of your own country in order to avoid any unnecessary bills.

15. Airbnb

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This app helps you to contact with the owners of a large variety of accommodation facilities available from almost anywhere in the world. You can go for the better deal of your choice as you are dealing directly with the owners. You can have a small single room to a fully furnished house. The app includes a collection of photos as well as a map to locate a suitable place for your stay. You can be able to send a message to the owners to confirm all the details before you make a booking. Android users can also use this app.

16.Yahoo Weather

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This is a truly awesome app that let you know the weather forecast for the week ahead with details including maps of those places searched for in the app.

17. Waze

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This is an excellent navigation app that helps you reach your destination safely with good quality maps and voice instructions.

18.Wordpress

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This app will be your most favourite choice if you are using WordPress platform for a blog.
Note: I will keep updating this list whenever I come across a new app and use it in my phone. Thank you and have a nice day.photo

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Apple fans and iWatch

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If you have a smart phone, why you need a smart watch? This was the first confusion some people had in mind when smart watches were first introduced. Now we all know that a smart watch’s main advantage is the way it can provide us information on all the notifications on your smartphone.

Most smart watches use Bluetooth technology to connect to your phone hence they work with your smart phone giving you information if there is an update or even when you miss a call. The level of notification a Smartwatch can provide is one criterion that makes a smartphone feel better than another one or brand.

Wearing a smart watch may let you feel more comfortable, if you forget your mobile phone in your car or bag. You don’t need to look for it as you can have an idea of what is going on in your mobile phone.

A smart watch will make your busy day easier as you don’t need to check your mobile many times a day irrespective of the of the place whether it is in your pocket or bag or somewhere else.

Rumours are there that the iPhone compatible Apple iWatch may be available in the market by October or November 2014. I know most of us are a fan of Apple products including myself and many of those are interested in having an iWatch

There are quite a few numbers of brands available for smart watches and we know the best of them like the Samsung Gear Live, Motorola’s Moto 360, LG G Watch, Pebble, Sony Smartwatch 2, etc. Among these, Moto 360 is considered to be a competitor for the iWatch at present.

The expected price of the iWatch may be somewhere in the range between £146 to £175 pounds($250 to $300). This price is a rough estimate. It may vary according to the features of the Smartphone.

According to some rumours, it is announced that there are three different variations of iWatch with two different screen size are expected and possibly it might be round-faced smart watch somewhat like Moto 360.

The operating system iOS8 used in iWatch is expected to support a lot of health related applications.The iWatch is expected to beam messages and Siri to your wrists. Probably most Apple fans are eagerly waiting to have an iWatch one as soon as possible and me too.

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Howcast –A collection of best how-to videos on the web

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 It is a common trend that when people get attracted to a specific brand or product, they make it a habit of using the same on most occasions as if they forget about similar products from other brand. Some people may prefer using a particular brand of car because they may be a fan of that brand like some of us who are fans of apple products.

If you analyse the behaviour of people in cyberspace, you can see that the people tend to show a similar type of behaviour. If they want to see a video, millions of people’s first choice is the You Tube. They may not even think of another website because they are so used to that site or it has become a routine habit for them.

Even though there are a large number of instructional video sites are available, my first choice for watching any type of video including instructional ones is the You Tube. It may be your automatic choice as well.

In this article, I am sharing a website howcast.com that I find very useful for anyone looking for a tutorial or how-to videos. If you are a blogger you know the importance of tutorials and how-to videos especially if you are running a technical blog or a food blog. A technical blog may not be complete if there is no tutorial videos in it, similarly no one can run a food blog successfully without using how-to videos.

Howcast contains a huge collection of superior quality videos of different topics including technology, style, fitness, parenting, video games, arts and much more. The category wise selection list available on Howcast makes it more user-friendly for us to go through a topic of your interest or choice.

The collection of videos available here are really helpful for anyone looking update their knowledge on a chosen subject. If you are a blogger, definitely you need to update your knowledge on your chosen niche. I believe you might get interested in these videos once if you go through this site. You can click the link below to have a look at the website.

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New-York based Howcast runs a program called Emerging Film Makers (EFP) that helps students, young graduates, as well as newbie filmmakers, to upload their own videos with a condition that they allow only those videos that are shot at their own studios. They will pay them $50 per once accepted video. Also, based on the views generated by the video, they will get a share of the advertising revenue. Although the remuneration appears to be a meagre amount, aspiring filmmakers and video bloggers have a chance to enhance their career prospects and skills.

Free apps for Howcast are available for iPhones, iPads as well as for android phones.

Please let me know your opinion on Howcast through your comments and don’t forget to share this post on social media if you find it useful for you.