And, like magic . . .

How do you explain a food allergy in a language you can’t speak, read, or write? Google’s big news this week is the rollout of Interpreter Mode, a feature that lets you use the Google Assistant to translate everything you say in real time. It’s activated with the phrase “Hey Google, be my French translator,” or whatever language you need.…

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Escape From America!

12 Countries Where You Can Buy Citizenship (And A Second Passport) After the 2016 presidential election, so many people were dreaming about moving out of the US that Canada’s immigration website crashed. Now, the idea of becoming an expat is getting hot again. According to a recent YouGov survey, 31% of Americans say they are interested in bolting if their candidate…

Claim unclaimed baggage

When checked baggage gets lost and can’t be reunited with its owner – or someone just doesn’t pick up their luggage – airlines sell the bags after 90 days to the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has built a monopoly in the niche business of selling used items out of luggage. The store is in Scottsboro, Alabama. They buy bags sight…

You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

I would walk 500 miles

As it turns out, meetings and hangouts aren’t the only activities you can do online; you can travel around the world, too. The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread lockdowns in major cities across the globe, forcing many to cancel their travel plans, as well as temporarily shuttering museums, theme parks, and popular tourist attractions…..  Read more courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com …

Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Brain science meets meditation

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 1963, and Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức steps out of a car into the middle of a Saigon intersection. He is followed by 350 Buddhist monks and nuns, all marching to end their persecution by Vietnam’s government. A monk places a cushion in the middle of the intersection. Read more courtesy of medium.com Booking.com

Working from home

Working from home is boring, un-productive, and is filled with distractions. I won’t lie. Being alone at home every day can sometimes affect your mood, and that tends to undermine one’s productivity. You’re less likely to report to work exactly on time, and under the lack of supervision, chances are you’ll have Netflix or YouTube open in a browser window…

One week only sale – appendectomy

In the USA, shopping around for affordable healthcare just got easier thanks to a new federal law that requires health care facilities to publish prices online. The law, which went into effect January 1, 2020 requires hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals to post prices online for all the medical services they provide, according to the Centers…

You’re virtually there

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the National Gallery in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students…

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

Energy conservation

Losing chunks of time down internet rabbit holes is a natural consequence of waning energy. After intense work, you need a break. If you don’t take a real break, your brain will take a fake one — which explains why you wind up at Pottery Barn’s website even though you don’t need a sofa. But, sadly, finding a great deal…

Cheap pizza, hot dogs . . . and airliners

Bulk shoppers who buy groceries and household supplies at their local Costco store have access to another savings tool many don’t even know about. With Costco Travel, you can secure deep discounts on hotels, airfare, cruises, vacation packages and rental cars. Better yet, you can qualify for special incentives like Costco gift cards or onboard cruise credits. Read more courtesy of…

Win-Winnebago

Watching travel shows, or reading articles on vacation destinations can’t take the place of being out in the real world. For many the open road has been an accessible challenge. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 report, there are around 3.6 million people over the age of 15 who use a wheelchair, with an additional 11.6 million people using…

EUnique eats

Food speaks volumes when it comes to a nation’s identity – chances are, your holiday memories centre as much on crusty baguettes and fine wine as they do golden beaches and art galleries. And if you really want to get to the heart of a place, you’ll find it at a local market. Nothing beats trying regional delicacies served by…

Speak softly and carry a big shoe

We all look for stability in our lives, but who would have thought that it could come in the form of these unique shoes? They likely don’t look like anything you’ve seen before, but the benefits of the design should be immediately recognizable. If you want to walk more, and over more terrains, these Hoka One One trainers might be…

Be a fibre subscriber

What is dietary fiber? It is basically that part of the food which is not digested and is removed from the body. Some fibers are soluble in water, while others are not. They are a type of carbohydrate. Soluble fiber is fermented by the bacteria in the digestive tract, while insoluble fiber is fermented in the colon region. Although it…

“Maaaadaaaam”

Kadija was her name; she called me Madam. Kadija begged on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh where I lived and worked. The first morning I stepped out of my sixteen-story high-rise, walked past the two guards dressed in matching army green outfits with small square hats, and put my foot onto the unpaved road, she came running from her lookout…

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