2017 Cheapest & Costliest Cities

Oliver Smith
The Telegraph21 March 2017

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Singapore is the most expensive major city on Earth - and Almaty in Kazakhstan the cheapest - according to an extensive annual study of prices.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey assessed more than 150 different purchases in 133 cities around the world to determine where budget travellers should go - and where they should avoid.

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The Far East and Western Europe dominate the upper end of the table. Singapore, which has topped the charts for four consecutive years, is followed by Hong Kong, while Zurich and two Japanese cities - Tokyo and Osaka - complete the top five. Seoul, Geneva, Paris and Copenhagen also featured in the top 10.

London fell sharply from sixth last year to 24th, thanks to the tumbling value of sterling since last year’s vote in favour of Brexit.

Getaways around Mumbai

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Diwali is celebrated in India with a religious fervour with families and friends and the five-day-long holiday this year just gave one more reason to celebrate the festival.
During the festival time, people generally visit relatives to greet each other. However, some others would want to take advantage of this extended weekend off and explore different places in and around.
So if you are in Mumbai and planning for a weekend trip, then check out these five nearby destinations.

Pixel VS iPhone

Google products on display during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco
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(L to R) Google Wifi, Google Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel and Google Dreamview VR are displayed during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

By Julia Love
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday announced a new "Pixel" smartphone and a suite of new consumer electronics products for the home, planting itself firmly in the hardware business and challenging Apple Inc's iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global smartphone market.
The string of announcements - including the $649 Pixel, a smart speaker for the living room dubbed "Home," a virtual reality headset, and a new Wi-Fi router - is the clearest sign yet that Google intends to compete head-to-head with Apple, Inc and even manufacturers of phones using its own Android mobile operating system.
Company executives, echoing Apple's longstanding philosophy, said they were striving for tighter integration of hardware and software.
"The thinking is that if we can work on hardware and software together, we can innovate much better," Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh said in an interview with Reuters, citing a recent reorganization that united once-disparate hardware teams.
Under the new structure, the company has begun to take a much more integrated approach to things like supply chain management and design, added Mario Queiroz, a vice president of product management.
"The learnings from one product are benefiting another product," he said.
Unlike earlier Google phone efforts under the Nexus brand, the Pixel devices are designed and developed by Google from the start, although Taiwan's HTC Corp will serve as the contract manufacturer.

Best Photo Manipulation Tutorials

50 Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials to Understand Photoshop Like a Pro

When it comes to photo editing, the first thing that comes to my mind is Photoshop. Photoshop is the second name of creativity. Photo manipulation may be one of the funniest things you can do with Photoshop. Of course, a person should have lots of patience and time to create some truly stunning artwork, but it’s worth a try.
Photo by Jayesh Pankhania
Photo by Jayesh Pankhania
Today, I’ve collected 50 great photo manipulation tutorials, which will teach you many new features. All of them are designed for beginners and intermediates and cover a huge range of techniques and tools you should know to work with Photoshop like a pro.
Here, you’ll find tutorials on how to combine photos and brushes, apply textures, create light-leaks and other high-tech elements, mix the components on a suitable background and learn blending, lighting, image adjustment techniques and much more. Just scroll down, choose the tutorial you like and start working on creating your own surreal world.

Work smarter, Not harder

10 ways to work smarternot harder

The importance of hard work in our lives is undeniable. There is absolutely no substitute for hard work. But there is intense competition at work and you need to prove yourself. That means you need to combine working hard with working smart. Here are 10 tips to help you become a smart worker.
1. Maintain a to-do list: Whether in a diary, on a computer or on your smartphone, maintain a list of tasks along with their deadlines. A to-do list will help you keep a track of things to do, help you plan your workday, and allow you to multi-task as well.
2. Prioritise: Starting your day with no structure will not help you achieve your goals. At the onset, classify your tasks as must-do and good-to-do. You must channel your early-morning energy and enthusiasm towards the must-do activities.
3. Find effective approaches: There are many ways to complete a task. Before you begin, analyse these approaches. Make sure to choose the most effective and least time-consuming option to complete the task. Spending some time to analyse the task in the beginning will help you avoid an unproductive approach.

Bangalore Past and Present

Little known facts about Bangalore

Bangalore is one of the nicest cities to reside in. Today it is known as the city that used to known as ‘The Garden City’. With the changing landscape of the city, Bangalore has changed from ‘Garden City’ to ‘Garbage City’ to ‘IT City’. While it is most loved for its weather, the city has quite a few secrets that not many are privy to. 
Here we bring to you some little known facts about Bangalore that are sure to astound you.
<p><b>How Bangalore got its name:</b></p><p><b><br /></b>Legend has it that once an old woman served boiled beans to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. That area of the forest was named - Benda Kaal Ooru meaning Town of Boiled beans. This place went on to develop over time and its name was shortened to “Bengaluru” and anglicised into “Bangalore”.</p><p><br /></p>
How Bangalore got its name:

Legend has it that once an old woman served boiled beans to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. That area of the forest was named - Benda Kaal Ooru meaning Town of Boiled beans. This place went on to develop over time and its name was shortened to “Bengaluru” and anglicised into “Bangalore”.

Improve Presentation Skills

10 tips for effective presentation

Corporate culture demands frequent presentations. But whether presentations are effective or not depends on the presenter’s skills. Regular practice and the 10 tips mentioned below can help you make an effective presentation.
1. Know what the audience wants: When preparing the presentation, focus on the needs of your audience. The subject and its content should be relevant to them. If you want their undivided attention, your presentation should be tailored to their requirements and expectations. You should not use a standard presentation for all types of audiences. Know the profile of attendees beforehand to understand them better.
2. Make eye contact: To build confidence and a rapport with your audience, make eye contact with them. Keep the room well lit. Do not read from the slides or cue cards. Make sure to look at the audience and smile. That is how they will connect with you
3. Focus on the key purpose: Remember the core objective and develop your presentation around it. Your speech must focus on this only. Digressing from it will not only confuse your audience but they will lose interest too. The basic purpose of the presentation, after all, is for the audience to take away the key message.
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