1. THE ENTREPRENEUR: 9 Apps That Make Certain Nobody Ever Again Loses Your Paper Business Card

    September 27, 2014 by Radha

    My words: It’s a problem. For me, my dad, my mum and many more people on planet earth. We go in a networking event or trade shows, we exchange our business cards, bring them home, keep them on the workstation and they get lost or we forget about them. But here’s the solution! Read this amazing article from The Entrepreneur.

    Business cards have long been a way to make a lasting impression on people while you network. But in today’s technology-focused world, paper business cards often end up in the bottom of a briefcase, only to be discarded a few months later. Whether you’re exchanging information at a networking event or with new clients, the information on a business card will be much more effective if each person can move it from the paper to his contacts. Here are a few apps that are emerging as alternatives to traditional business cards.

    1. vCards

    vCards are a way to easily get your contact information into someone else’s Outlook contacts. On your end, a little work is involved and Microsoft outlines the steps here. Once you’ve done the heavy lifting, however, the person on the other side is able to add your information with only one mouse click.vCardMaker automates the process of creating a vCard file.

    2. Evernote Hello

    Evernote has built a business card feature into its main app, but the Evernote Hello app is specifically designed to track your connections. You can enter a new contact’s information manually, scan the person’s business card for storage or use the Hello Connect feature to enter a group of people at once.

    3. EverContact

    Also from Evernote, EverContact analyzes email signatures for contact information and imports any updates to your address book or CRM. A Google Chrome extension is available that allows you to highlight contact information on the web or on sites like LinkedIn and save it to your Google contacts or CRM with one click.

    4. TwtBizCard

    Much of today’s professional networking is being done over Twitter instead of through email.TwtBizCard lets Twitter users send a traditional-looking business card by using the hashtag #twtBizCard. To start using the service, you have to link your Twitter account to the service and enter your contact information. When you send an @reply to someone on Twitter with that hashtag, the user will receive a link to view your business card.

    Related: Are Business Cards Still Relevant?

    5. CamCard

    Available for iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android devices, CamCard is free for personal users, with business plans starting at $5 per user per month. The app scans a business card using your phone’s camera and uploads it directly to the cloud, where it can be accessed from a device. You can also add notes to cards and tag contacts to more easily find them in searches.

    6. CardMunch

    CardMunch goes beyond optical character recognition, with real humans transcribing details from the cards you scan. Logos are cropped and text is proofed to ensure accuracy. The result is a mobile Rolodex that allows you to easily find the contact information you need. You can also easily connect with contacts on LinkedIn, directly from the app.

    7. ScanBizCards

    Like other business card scanning apps,ScanBizCards lets you scan a card via iOS or Android and automatically send it to the cloud. From there, you can access it from a device, add it to your address book, export it to a spreadsheet or send it to your CRM with one click. The cloud version of your scans is a kind of digital Rolodex, giving you contact information and photo thumbnails to let you find what you need.

    8. SnapDat

    When you create a business card in SnapDat, you then have the ability to share that card electronically with anyone else who has the app. The experience is designed to mimic the process of sharing a paper-based business card. If the other person doesn’t have SnapDat, you can still share your contact information. It will just present as a vCard to the other person.

    9. FullContact

    If you have an iOS or Android phone, FullContact will let you scan your business cards into more than 250 different apps, including Google Contacts and your iPhone address book. This app uses human transcribers to read the data on business cards. You get 10 business cards for free, after which you can purchase card storage in packs, starting with 50 cards for $9.99.

    Business cards may always be the easiest way to transfer contact information in person, but these apps offer an effective alternative in an electronic world. You’re networking will be more effective if you can get others to import your information to their address books, instead of handing them a card that can easily be lost or discarded.


  2. Which is easier to learn, Java or Python?

    September 15, 2014 by Radha

    Which Is Easier to Learn Java or Python

    My words: An awesome article from the Hostgator blog about the programming languages, Python and Java – which one will be easier to learn and how each has its own advantages. Read on to know more:

     

    When it comes to learning an object-oriented programming language, you might consider starting with either Python or Java. While Python can be more user-friendly than Java, as it has a more intuitive coding style, both languages do have their unique advantages for developers and end users. However, if you are just beginning your path towards a programming career, you might want to start by learning Python, as it is less complex. On the other hand, you will be ahead of many of your colleagues if you are able to understand both. With that in mind, here are the main similarities and differences.

    Java is unique in its own way and for an advanced programmer, no problem to use. The first Java version 1.0 was released in 1995. By 2004, Java 5.0 was released; this version saw the insertion of generics into the Java language, providing Java with more efficient code and type safety. To date, the latest version of Java is SE 8, and it made its debut in 2014.

    Currently, it is widely used as the key programming platform on smartphones and tablets. Additionally, Java programming language forms a large part of the basis for Android’s operating systems. Java syntax is primarily a derivative from C++ and combines universal, organized and object oriented programming that offers automatic memory management. Using Java byte-code is advantageous to porting since it has similarities to machine code. Other benefits to Java include:

    •Static typing
    •Curly braces used for noting the start and end of functions
    •Programs are larger
    •Does not compile native bytecode
    •Can be run on any operating system that can run the Java Virtual Machine
    •Cannot change data types of variables
    •Object-oriented programming is mandatory

    Python was first released in 1989. As a high-level programming language, it makes a strong case for readable code. In addition to supporting object-oriented programming, it also supports imperative and functional programming. This multi-paradigm language is also structure supportive. It offers ‘meta-programming’ and ‘logic programming,’ as well as ‘magic methods.’ Other features include:

    •Duck typing (Strongly typed)
    •Uses whitespace to convey the beginning and end of blocks of code.
    •Programs are small and therefore run much faster
    •You need less code to create a program
    •This program is slow in execution
    •Compiles native bytecode
    •You can assign a string to a variable that once held an integer
    •Easier to read and understand relative to Java
    •Is not supported across a wide variety of platforms
    •Object-oriented programming is optional

     

    Both of these development programs come with their strong suits. While Java allows you to enjoy cross-platform support, you can still execute Python on at least 10 different operating systems. You need to determine what your end goal is before you decide on which program to use. Java, however, is not recommended for beginners as it is a more complex program. Python is more forgiving as you can take shortcuts such as reusing an old variable.

    Additionally, many users find Python easier to read and understand than Java. At the same time, Java code can be written once and executed from anywhere. A benefit to the Java platform is that it lets you download questionable code and run it in a secure environment, which cannot affect its host system. Furthermore, Java is network-centric, meaning you can create network-based applications.

    Whichever you choose to learn is based upon your preferences, determination, and background. If you already comprehend the basics of Python, you might want to expand upon your knowledge before moving on to Java. However, if you have the time and will, learning Java allows you to program for a wide variety of environments that might make it more fulfilling in the long run.

    – Article from the Host Gator Blog

  3. Mr.Buffett Puts Opportunity Ahead Of Patriotism

    August 31, 2014 by Radha

    Investoren-Legende Buffett will nicht in Rente gehen

    Mr.Warren Buffett may be most famous for the billions of dollars he has made from investing but he is also well known as a cheerleader for the Unites States.

    The Oracle of Omaha routinely exhorts investors to put their money in America, ” the mother load of opportunity”, as he wrote in his annual letter this year. So Mr.Buffett’s participation in the fast food chain, Burger King Worldwide Inc’s purchase of coffee and doughnut chain – Tim Hortons – complete with relocation of Burger King’s domicile to Canada – might at first blush raise questions about his patriotism.

    Investors and tax experts say Miami based Burger King’s move to Canada through a so-called tax inversion will help curb its US tax bill. Similar recent moves by other US companies – mainly through the purchase of European companies – have drawn the ire of President Mr.Barack Obama, who suggest they are corporate deserters lacking economic patriotism. But analysts and investors say that the Burger King deal underlines the market savvy that’s helped him build his fortune more than prompting questions about his commitment to the U.S.

    “When Warren Buffett advocates investing in America, as I understand it, that’s because that’s where the opportunities largely lie”, said Meyer Shields, managing director at investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.

    “Investing in America is actually the outcome of his analysis instead of the beginning assumption.” Mr.Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has committed $3 Billion of preferred equity for 3G Capital, which controls Burger King, to buy Tim Hortons in a deal worth almost $12 Billion. That should give him a juicy return and a stake in any increase in value of combined entity.

    Berkshire, a sprawling conglomerate with more than 80 companies and a wide ranging stock portfolio, will have no role in operating the new entity. Berkshire Hathaway and Mr.Buffett did not return calls requesting comment.

    Mr.Buffett tried to explain the reasons for the move to Canada in comments to the Financial Times. “Tim Hortons earns more money than Burger King does”, he told the paper. “I just don’t know how the Canadians would feel about Tim Hortons moving to Florida. The main thing here is to make Canadians happy”.

     

    – Information from Economic Times


  4. Google Glass Product Overview

    July 20, 2014 by Radha

    Google Glass is a project started by Google that is intended to bring hands-free display technology to the general public. By utilizing voice commands, users can interact with their Google Glass device to get information from their phones, participate in Google+ Hangouts or to get information from the internet. With a wireless data connection, Google Glass adds an augmented-reality overlay to whatever you’re looking at, automatically bringing up relevant information from various Google sources. This is still a prototype project, but Google hopes to bring it to consumers sometime in 2013.


  5. Happy Birthday Canada! (2014)

    July 1, 2014 by Radha

    Happy Birthday Canada! And Happy Canada Day To All !

    Today is a day to celebrate, and most people in Canada are on a holiday today, celebrating one o the best days of the year. Canada Day.

    So, today I’ll be sharing some wonderful videos of Canada Day, don’t miss these…

    FLASH MOB – Wave Your Flag:

     

     

     

    Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Canada Day:

     

     

    Canada Shared By Canadians:

     

     

    Former Prime Minister Of Canada, Justin Trudeau On Canada Day:

     

     

    Canada Day Cake:

     

    Hope you enjoyed the day and the videos 🙂   Once Again, Happy Canada Day! Love you Canadians!!!!

    Warm Regards,

    Radha M.


  6. BBC News: Why does the question 7×8 point people out?

    May 20, 2014 by Radha

    Times tables on a blackboard

    A group of children asked the Chancellor of the United Kingdom, George Osborne a “times table” question. He refused to answer it. Why is that?, asks Justin Parkinson.

    It’s one of those questions politicians dread. Along with knowing the price of a pint of milk or a loaf of bread, they hate being asked how to spell a word or to complete a basic sum, for fear of making an embarrassing mistake.

    So Chancellor George Osborne had an instant response when a seven-year-old boy, one of a panel of youngsters interviewing him on Sky News, inquired: “What’s seven times eight?” “I’ve made it a rule in life not to answer,” the man in charge of the UK economy replied.

    Osborne, who did A-level maths, was probably aware of the ridicule faced by Labour schools minister Stephen Byers in 1998 when he incorrectly worked out that the same sum – 7 x 8 – came to 54. The correct answer is 56. At the time, Downing Street called the minister’s ordeal “one of those character-forming events”.

    Times table graphicThe percentages of pupils at Caddington Village School who got various multiplication sums wrong. Flurrish questioned 232 children.

    But Mike Ellicock, chief executive of the charity National Numeracy, is not happy. “This sort of thing wouldn’t happen in other countries,” he says. “It shows something about our attitude to maths. If you asked the same thing in France, it would be the equivalent to asking if a minister could read.”

    Children have learned their “times table” – going from “one times one is one” all the way up to “12 x 12 = 144” – for generations, but certain spot questions cause more problems than others.

    Research by the educational technology firm Flurrish suggests the one pupils find most difficult is “six times eight” (answer: 48). Some 62.5% of the children questioned at Caddington Village School in Bedfordshire got it wrong. The sum demanded of Osborne and Byers was deemed the seventh toughest, flummoxing 47%.

    “It’s those numbers near the middle that kids find the hardest – the sixes, sevens, eights and nines,” says Flurrish’s director Mike Smith. “It gets even more difficult when they try to multiply them by each other. Dealing in small numbers, as well as fives, tens and elevens, is far easier.”

    Education Secretary Michael Gove wants all pupils in England to know all their times tables by the age of nine.

    Ellicock agrees that this is important, but as part of a wider effort to teach the techniques and understanding of this and other aspects of maths.

    “When you put people on the spot and ask quick questions, it creates a physiological response,” he says. “Pupils dilate and the heart rate rises, as people are waiting for you to get it wrong. We need a different approach. I think George Osborne was probably right not to answer.”

    Note: The following story comes from BBC News, but this story may be reworded || Source: BBC News

  7. What’s Homeschooling and why should I do it??? – Part 1

    May 8, 2014 by Radha

    Radha, you don’t go to school ??!! No friends?? How do you live without friends and teachers???? OMG!!! You are gonna go through real big challenges for your education! What about your physical exercises then? You’re joking right? You are sooo damn lucky, you can get up at 10 in the morning, chat with your friends, not take shower, such easy studies and simply have fun !

    These are the questions I go through everyday !

    Holy Cow ! I have to answer them !

    BTW, the truth IS that I am studying  ( I’m on my study table @ 9 a.m. and finish @ 5 in the evening) , not getting influenced by the bad habits of my friends, getting up @ 6:30 a.m., taking shower in the morning, doing my physical exercises (yoga), I also have teachers, the only difference is I’m not getting my creativity killed.

    How do you or how can you expect your teacher to teach 40 students, which are in a class, and to get them understanding everything that he/she is saying ?

    And if you don’t understand what the teacher says at once, you can’t ask her ‘n’ number of times. In homeschooling, when you are watching a video, you can repeat the video as many times as you want, and the best part is, he/she won’t even scream at you 😀 !

    FYI: Homeschooling isn’t illegal 

    And the worst part of schools are, SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY !

    How and why?

    First of all I’d like you watch the video of Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity? Here’s the link to it:

    http://radhamathur.com/blog/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

    When I  was 8 years old, I came to India and went to school (I won’t mention the name), in front of me a child was scolded very badly for finishing two chapters extra. That was the first day of my school in India, and I was shaken up !

    In Brampton (Canada), @ school, my friends used to tell me to eat eggs or meat (I’m a vegan) they used to bring in their lunch boxes. Anyway I never ate it.

    Today, in schools, when you ask some question, related to what you are studying that moment, but if it is not IN the chapter, you are told to shut up and the whole class laughs at you. And soon, you never ask some intelligent questions, and probably never ask questions to your teachers !

    I don’t deny the fact that schools bring a very good discipline. But they make you machines. Do what you are told to do, don’t ask questions !

    Think about it. Am I wrong?

    Pass on your comments below


  8. Google Analytics: How to Make Smart Marketing Decisions

    May 7, 2014 by Radha

    Google Analytics with Andy Crestodina


  9. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

    April 8, 2014 by Radha

    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


  10. Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

    March 21, 2014 by Radha

    What are your thoughts on this video? Leave a comment below.