Surf it All! Surf it Fast!

Cricket is a force like no other in our country. It’s like a religion in India. People from all walks of life with different age groups just love the game. It tempts us to skip so many things, be it work, family get-togethers, force us to bunk tuition and sometimes even cancel a date. Don’t take me wrong, I have actually seen people postponing their dates and even rescheduling their wife’s shopping outing just because of the match.

Even famous Aussie journalist Peter Roebuck once said – “On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”

From this you would have got a feeling of how BIG Cricket is in India. 

I still remember the recent semi-final world cup match between Ind vs Aus on 26th Mar, Thursday. It was a usual day in our office but most of the people were in no mood to work that day because of that match. Australia batted first and scored 328 runs on the board. While India got a good start but they lost their way in between resulting in a disappointing heartbreaking loss. Here are few pics of our office staff while cheering the Indian team from the very start. Yes, it led to a decrease in our work efficiency but who cares if India is playing a crucial cricket match and that too in a world cup.

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This was during the office hours but there are times when you’re outside and want to catchup with the match but because of the low internet speeds, you just can’t and it builds up a kind of frustration. Recently I’ve downloaded UC web browser and was really surprised with its speed in loading videos and web-pages. You can Surf it All, Surf it Fast with UC Browser, it’s faster, easier to use with seamless transitions. It also features UC Cricket which is a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever you are.

Do checkout this cool video featuring famous cricketer Yuvraj Singh. This video shows that slow browsing speeds and downloads are a real pain sometimes. And how Yuvraj Singh solves this problem for a fellow victim of slow browsing. #YuviSurfsUC

And if you want to know more about UC browser, do visit this web-site http://www.ucweb.com/ for more details. Android users can download the same from this page. If you want to join them on Facebook and Twitter, you can do it here and here respectively.

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Best laptop for multimedia users

Multimedia laptops are versatile, high-performance machines capable of handling gaming, movies, web browsing, specialized programs like Photoshop, and other applications. They are designed to be portable, though they are large enough to contain drives and accessories for many tasks. Most computers considered to be multimedia laptops fall in a mid-range of size, weight, and screen size.
Choosing a multimedia laptop could be a cumbersome job for anyone as there are too many brands that are available in the market with many different features. These days even most of the brands have different laptops in different price range to suit every pocket. One has to do a lot of research while finalizing on one. With so many options and with the introduction of tablets in the decision making process, finding the best laptop to match your needs can be a challenge.

Here’s a cool video which I found on picking up the right laptop according to one’s needs.

 

This video however shows different Sony Vaio laptop categories, but you can anyways check for other brands while you’re in the process of finalizing the laptop.

What makes a good multimedia laptop?
Fast performance: You don’t want time lags or jerky pictures ruining 3D games or high definition (HD) films. For that you’ll want a powerful processor – ideally a minimum of Intel’s Core i5 processor or AMD’s Athlon II range. At least 6GB of Ram should speed things up further. Ram is your laptop’s short-term memory and ensures your laptop doesn’t grind to a halt when running multiple programs at once.
Separate graphics card: A separate graphics card will give graphics performance a boost compared to using the built-in graphics that come with the processor. Look out for Nvidia and ATI graphics cards with their own dedicated memory.
Good sound quality: This doesn’t necessarily mean looking for branded audio link ups with laptop manufacturers, though we have seen some improvement in the quality of these recently.
High resolution display: Look for a minimum 1,600 x 900 resolution screens that should make whatever you’re watching look crisp and sharp.
Blu-ray drive: A Blu-ray reader or writer is often an option you can upgrade to on a laptop if you are buying direct from the manufacturer, an essential for avid film fans.

Hope this post would help you in selecting the laptop as per your needs. Remember there’s no best laptop in the market, but there would be the one which is a perfect fit basis your requirements.

Best Budget Hotels in Pune

Pune is the seventh-most populous city in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra. Pune has had traditional old-economy industries which continue to grow today. Further, the city is also known for manufacturing and automobiles, as well as government and private sector research institutes for information technology (IT) education, management and training that attract migrants, students, and professionals from India, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Not only Pune boast itself for the industrial development, it also has many tourist attractions which one can visit. Shaniwar Wada, Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Saras Baug, Parvati Hill, Osho Ashram, Vishrambaug Wada, Bund Garden, Sinhgad Fort, The Science Park at Chinchwad and Shirgaon Sai Temple. One really needs a good amount of time to explore the city and also to visit these places. Hence choosing a right hotel is very important and if you’re reading this, you’re at the right place to just finalize on the one suited to your pocket if you’re thinking to visit Pune sometime soon. With some proper planning, you can have all of your accommodation needs met so that when you arrive you can simply focus on enjoying your vacation.

To avoid any last minute hassles, I’d recommend some DOs while selecting one of the Pune tourism hotels like setting up of a budget at the planning stage, prioritizing which hotel features you want to avail, researching the hotel over the internet, including your family and taking their point of view about the hotel stay.

Apart from these, things that you should avoid are – book blindly, assume expensive is best, be shy in asking anything,  taking stress OR forgetting to share your experiences over the internet as everybody now seeks information on the hotel on the internet itself and who know your experience can help someone to just finalize his/her stay J

No matter which tourist hotel you select in Pune, you can count on your next family vacation to be unforgettable. From planning your trip and selecting your room, to relaxing with the kids on a fun getaway, your next trip will be a breeze when you follow the Dos and Don’ts of choosing a hotel room.

Pocket-friendly private cab services in Ahmedabad

Few days back I wrote an interesting piece on cabs which essentially provides a pleasant ride home in Delhi. The post talked about the advantages which cabs provide – be it from reliability, knowledge of traffic-jams, a great means to reach at your respective place after a party and even to the pocket-friendliness which is indeed an important benefit one could avail while using these cabs.

Today I would talk about affordable cab services in Ahmedabad. According to Wikipedia, Ahmedabad is the former capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat with a population of around 6 million. It is also the sixth-largest city and seventh-largest metropolitan area of India and is ranked third in Forbes’s list of fastest growing cities of the decade. Due to the overall economic growth, the city is also becoming a hub of many small and medium scale industries.

Transportation has also quite evolved from the past many years in Ahmedabad. From state-run buses which were the main mode of transport for people to pocket-friendly taxi services in Ahmedabad which are now quite prevalent in the city for commutation purposes.

If I talk about the cab services in Ahmedabad, these are really good as it suits ever pocket. Like I said, not only these are good in terms of price, they are usually air-conditioned, professional and have a promise of reliability of their experience over the years. Commuting from these taxi services in Ahmedabad exceptionally refreshing and enjoyable. Apart from this, cabs services are created to keep up with the ever upgrading lifestyle of people in Ahmedabad. Moreover, these affordable cab services in Ahmedabad provides an array of new hatchbacks like Toyota Liva, Indica Vista, Ford Figo, etc. apart from the old and nostalgic premier padminis, ambassadors, etc. Lastly if I talk about the professionalism, you shouldn’t be surprised when you’re greeted by their professionally trained and well-behaved drivers which not only know in and out of the whole city but also try their best to make you reach well ahead of the scheduled time at the destination.

Do share your experience if you’ve been to Ahmedabad and have availed any of the cab services 🙂

External Hard Drives

Every compute or a laptop these days have its own internal hard drive for storing all your data and files, however if you’re running short of the storage space and want more, what comes to your rescue is the – External Hard Drives. They usually connect through USB and provides an affordable way to share/store files on computer. There are a number of advantages because of which hard drives are being used by every professional these days:
a) Extra storage space of large capacity: Because of the advancement in technology, people these days like to keep all their old stuff handy and safe. With the kind of large storage capacity hard drives have, they prove to be really beneficial
b) Backing-up important data: Large capacity hard drives are also used to back-up important information. In case of a sudden computer or laptop crash, they provide an alternative source for that useful data
c) Sharing of data: Hard Drives also provides an easy way to transfer data from one computer to other. They can be plugged into any computer and will also be supported instantly without needing to install any drivers.
d) Ease of use / convenience: Like I said above, one doesn’t have to install any drivers in the computer to make hard drives work, they can easily be plugged into any of the computers to make them work
e) Security through encryption: Some hard drives also provides a way to encrypt all or some of the data present so that if someone opens it without permission is not able to access the data by any means

Apart from this, buying external hard drives is very easy. One can buy the same through online stores too without any hassles. These not only provides good discounts but also a great way to compare and then finalize on one.

Are you using an external hard drives? Why is it important to you? Let me know in the comments.

Cabs for a pleasant ride home in Delhi

Cabs or Taxis – I’m sure everyone has taken it once in his/her lifetime, be it for going to office, to school or even a friend’s place. They do come for our rescue when we need to reach to a place quickly or when we can’t go from public transport or don’t have any conveyance to commute. Apart from these, they do provide following advantages:

  1. They know their respective cities inside out as they roam the streets full-time, hence you can rely on them to go anywhere
  2. They know about traffic jams and road closures, which allow them to choose the most efficient route to your intended destination
  3. Using a cab can relieve you of the burdens of driving and dealing with these potential obstacles, particularly in a city that may be foreign to you
  4. Taking a taxi allows you to cut down on your door-to-door commute time over driving your personal car as you need not worry about finding parking
  5. Owning a car can also be a pricey endeavor between the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance. Relying on taxicabs can eliminate maintenance, gasoline, insurance and parking costs from your monthly budget
  6. A taxi cab is possibly the fastest form of transportation available because it does not need to make multiple stops, like a bus or train
  7. Most importantly, after any social gathering or an office party, you can rely on them for reaching your home. Yes, don’t drink and drive 🙂

Talking about the scenario in Delhi, there are many AC cab service in Delhi one can take to commute from one place to other. And, because of the high competition, one can also avail regular discounts and offers which they provide from time to time. Delhi offers different types of cabs – one can see from those old Kaali-peeli cabs to new eco-friendly automated ones which you can even book through their mobile applications. One just has to install the app and enter the destination details to book it. All of these provide great experience at different levels. One can even choose any kind of cab to suit any pocket – from non-AC, to AC and premiums ones.

Because of the advanced level of technological automation and different options of cabs services, it is indeed a great place to live in 🙂

BTW, which taxi service do you use usually? Let me know in the comments section!

Quikr Brings Quikr NXT With Instant Chat & Free Home Delivery

 

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This blog-post is a part of Quikr’s Indiblogger happy hours campaign for their latest instant messaging service Quikr nxt. For more details, you can visit this web-page.

First, let me tell you something about the company. Quikr has more than 30 million active users, and Nxt is the latest in a line of product innovations by Quikr, including Maximum Selling Price (MSP), the Missed Call service and the like. Quikr operates in over 13 categories and 170 sub-categories including mobile phones, household goods, cars, real estate, jobs, services and education. As per the recent reports, Quikr raised around USD 60 million led by U.S. investor Tiger Global Management with participation from the existing investors Warburg Pincus, Omidyar Network, eBay Inc , Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Nokia Growth Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

The company recently launched Quikr Nxt, an instant messenger on mobile as well as desktop site to enable seamless transactions between users. This new feature lets sellers chat instantly with buyers through its mobile app, mobile site and desktop site. Quikr Nxt users can also safeguard their privacy by opting to not share their mobile numbers but can still connect with prospective buyers or sellers.

As per their website, main advantages of this feature would be:

1) Keep Your Number Private: Quikr Nxt assures you complete number privacy. Interact with prospective buyers or sellers directly via Chat, without ever revealing your number.

Here’s how one can keep your number private:

● Click on Post Free Ad

● In ‘Your Contact Information’ section, click on ‘Maintain My Privacy’

● Your number is now private, go ahead and Post the ad without any worries!

2) Chat At Your Convenience: Now chat at your convenience with multiple prospects rather than talking to them. Quikr NXT puts you back in control of online buying and selling!

3) Keep Track Of All Your Chats: With Quikr NXT, all your past chats are available a glance. So you don’t have to remember a thing – they’ll do it for you!

As per TheHindu, while launching the product, Quikr CEO and founder Pranay Chulet said the feature could revolutionise the domestic digital classifieds industry. It allows buyers and sellers to immediately get in touch through chat, using Quikr’s mobile app, mobile site and even its desktop site. “The benefits of Quikr Nxt are that buyers/sellers do not need to share their contact number or e-mail address and the only point of reference is the Quikr ID. This prevents bombarding by multiple e-mails and phone calls and safeguards the user’s privacy,” Mr. Chulet said. “E-mails are not real-time and phone calls are invasive while chats are most convenient.”

My opinion – All in all, it could be a great product but one has to wait and watch how the market adopts to it. There are still doubts how the target audience would embrace this new technology but coming up with such a feature has put Quikr into forefront in a very competitive market which includes Olx and Junglee. Do let me know your opinion in comments section below!

About the company: Quikr was launched in July 2008 by Chulet and Jiby Thomas, it was originally started as Kijiji India, later it is rebranded as Quikr. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quikr Mauritius Holding Private Limited, which is backed by Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Norwest Venture Partners, Nokia Growth Partners, Warburg Pincus and invested in by eBay Inc.

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