Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here is India'a new Robin hood Army!

Every Sunday, at around 8.30 pm, a group of volunteers in green t-shirts heads out in different directions with packed food likevada pav, Khichdi and parathas to serve homeless people.

This service is the effort of two friends who have collaborated with different restaurants and eateries in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore to help feed the homeless through their "Robin Hood Army", a four-month-old initiative.

They hope to change this from a weekly service to a daily one.

"From the very beginning we were clear that we won't be serving these people waste food. We requested the eateries to give us leftovers," Anand Sinha, 27, told news agency IANS.

"Some of the eateries were so excited with this concept that they chose to prepare fresh meals for us," he added.

Gurgaon-based restaurant Kebab Xpress provides them 100 fresh vada pavs,
while late-night delivery service Midnight Munchies provides fresh khichdi and parathas.

After getting some restaurants on board, they launched a Facebook page and succeeded in attracting 40 volunteers to collect and distribute food packages.

They now have 120 volunteers in the five cities who feed an estimate 1,600 people every Sunday.

"We all are working people so it becomes very difficult to do this activity every day. But with the kind of support and encouragement people have shown through our Facebook page, we would like to organise a bit more and do it on a daily basis," said Mr Sinha.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Schedule

With the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup set to get underway in Australia and New Zealand in a few months’ time, the 14 participating teams have started preparing in full swing for the quadrennial event. The tournament kicks off with co-hosts New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka at Christchurch on February 14, 2015.
There are 42 group matches in all before we head to the business part of the tournament. The four quarter-finals will be played from March 18-21, after which there is a two-day break before the two semi-finals. The date of the all-important final is March 29, which will see the two top teams battling it out for the ultimate prize in front of 100,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne.
Here is the full schedule of the 2015 ICC World Cup:

Group matches         




Sat Feb 14 Match 1, Pool A – New Zealand v Sri LankaHagley Oval, Christchurch
Sat Feb 14Match 2, Pool A – Australia v EnglandMCG
Sun Feb 15Match 3, Pool B – South Africa v ZimbabweSeddon Park, Hamilton
Sun Feb 15Match 4, Pool B – India v PakistanAdelaide Oval
Mon Feb 16Match 5, Pool B – Ireland v West IndiesSaxton Oval, Nelson 
Tue Feb 17Match 6, Pool A – New Zealand v Scotland University Oval, Dunedin 
Wed Feb 18Match 7, Pool A – Afghanistan v BangladeshManuka Oval, Canberra
Thu Feb 19Match 8, Pool B – UAE v ZimbabweSaxton Oval, Nelson
Fri Feb 20Match 9, Pool A – New Zealand v EnglandWestpac Stadium, Wellington  
Sat Feb 21Match 10, Pool B – Pakistan v West IndiesHagley Oval, Christchurch
Sat Feb 21Match 11,  Pool A - Australia v BangladeshThe Gabba, Brisbane
Sun Feb 22Match 12, Pool A – Afghanistan v Sri LankaUniversity Oval, Dunedin 
Sun Feb 22Match 13, Pool B – India v South AfricaMCG
Mon Feb 23Match 14, Pool A – England v ScotlandHagley Oval, Christchurch
Tue Feb 24Match 15, Pool B – West Indies v ZimbabweManuka Oval, Canberra
Wed Feb 25Match 16, Pool B – Ireland v UAEThe Gabba, Brisbane
Thu Feb 26Match 17, Pool A – Afghanistan v Scotland University Oval, Dunedin 
Thu Feb 26Match 18, Pool A – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka MCG
Fri Feb 27Match 19, Pool B – South Africa v West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
Sat Feb 28Match 20, Pool B – India v UAEEden Park, Auckland 
Sat Feb 28Match 21, Pool A – New Zealand v AustraliaWACA, Perth
Sun Mar 1Match 22, Pool A – England v Sri Lanka Westpac Stadium, Wellington 
Sun Mar 1Match 23, Pool B – Pakistan v ZimbabweThe Gabba, Brisbane
Tue Mar 3Match 24, Pool B – Ireland v South AfricaManuka Oval, Canberra
Wed Mar 4Match 25, Pool B – Pakistan v UAEMcLean Park, Napier
Wed Mar 4Match 26, Pool A – Australia v AfghanistanWACA, Perth
Thu Mar 5Match 27, Pool A – Bangladesh v Scotland Saxton Oval, Nelson 
Fri Mar 6Match 28, Pool B – India v West IndiesWACA, Perth
Sat Mar 7Match 29, Pool B – Pakistan v South AfricaEden Park, Auckland 
Sat Mar 7Match 30, Pool B – Ireland v ZimbabweBellerive Oval, Hobart
Sun Mar 8Match 31, Pool A – New Zealand v AfghanistanMcLean Park, Napier
Sun Mar 8Match 32, Pool A – Australia v Sri Lanka SCG 
Mon Mar 9Match 33, Pool A – England v BangladeshAdelaide Oval
Tue Mar 10Match 34, Pool B – India v Ireland Seddon Park, Hamilton 
Wed Mar 11Match 35, Pool A – Scotland v Sri LankaBellerive Oval, Hobart
Thu Mar 12Match 36, Pool B – South Africa v UAEWestpac Stadium, Wellington 
Fri Mar 13Match 37, Pool A – New Zealand v BangladeshSeddon Park, Hamilton 
Fri Mar 13Match 38, Pool A – Afghanistan v England SCG
Sat Mar 14Match 39, Pool B – India v ZimbabweEden Park, Auckland 
Sat Mar 14Match 40, Pool A – Australia v ScotlandBellerive Oval, Hobart
Sun Mar 15 Match 41, Pool B – UAE v West IndiesMcLean Park, Napier
Sun Mar 15Match 42, Pool B – Ireland v Pakistan Adelaide Oval

   Quarter Finals (QF)




Wed Mar 18QF 1 – TBC v TBC (A1 v B4)SCG
Thu Mar 19QF 2 – TBC v TBC (A2 v B3)MCG
Fri Mar 20QF 3 – TBC v TBC (A3 v B2)Adelaide Oval
Sat Mar 21QF 4 – TBC v TBC (A4 v B1)Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Semi Finals (SF)




Tue Mar 24SF 1 – TBC v TBCEden Park, Auckland
Thu Mar 26SF 2 – TBC v TBCSCG





Sun Mar 29TBC v TBCMCG

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Allow a Rich Person to Explain How Awesome Rich People Are

Business Insidera well-funded news site about airplanes, trolls its own audience with relative regularity. A piece published last week, however, takes the form to bold new heights.
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Steve Siebold is a self-described self-made multi-millionaire who has written books with titles like 77 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class and How Rich People Think. In a listicle entitled "What the Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People," he explains what the middle class doesn't understand about rich people: that they are better, and braver, and harder-working than everyone else. Interesting take—let's dig in.

1. The wealthy are comfortable being uncomfortable.

The poor and the middle-class have been devastated by their own pernicious need for comfort. Why else would they all be on welfare? The great ones—the great ones!—see things differently:
The wealthy, on the other hand, learn early on that becoming a millionaire isn't easy, and the need for comfort can be devastating. They learn to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty. The great ones know there's a price to pay for getting rich, but if they have the mental toughness to endure temporary pain, they can reap the harvest of abundant wealth.

2. The wealthy dream about the future.

Monetization begins when you stop reminiscing and start remi-now-scing. Poor people are all like, "Remember the old timey days?", but rich people are like, "Let's innovate, baby."
Most of us grew up listening to stories of the good old days, when the world was a kinder, gentler place. The music was better, athletes were tougher, and business people were honest. This tradition of the masses is handed down from generation to generation while its purveyors have no idea how insidious and destructive it is. People who believe their best days are behind them rarely get rich, and they often struggle with happiness and depression.
The wealthy are future-oriented and optimistic about what lies ahead. They appreciate and learn from the past while living in the present and dreaming of the future.

3. The wealthy are more confident.

Believe in yourself. Wealth is a mindset. Think money, have money. Want what you have, and have what you want. Not arrogance: self-assuredness. You're cool, man, 'cause you're a cool man. And rich. Rich and cool. You couldn't even stop it if you wanted to. Surfs up!
The wealthy have an elevated and fearless consciousness that keeps them moving toward what they want, as opposed to moving away from what they don't want. This often doubles or triples their net worth quickly because of the new efficiency in their thinking. Eventually they begin to believe they can accomplish anything, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. As they move from success to success, they create a psychological tidal wave of momentum that gets stronger every day, catapulting their confidence to a level so high it is often interpreted as arrogance.

4. The wealthy believe money is about freedom.

Wealthy people are wealthy because they understand that money isn't actually about paying rent, or buying food, or sending your kids to school. It's about freedom.
Rich people can afford to stand up and fight oppression. They can afford to buy their way out of unhealthy work environments, bad bosses, and other unpleasant situations. They have the means to enlist the best doctors when they get sick, and they are able to make themselves as comfortable as possible when they can't get well. When they want to raise money for business, politics, or charity, a few phone calls to their rich friends is all it takes. If they need more money, they throw a party or host an auction and charge $1,000 a ticket. The examples of how much money buys freedom are endless.
This is true, of course. When you're poor, you're beholden to many more forces beyond your control than you are when you're rich. But it isn't so much an illustration of the rich man's capacity for thinkfluencing himself out of any shitty situation as it is a reminder of the awfulness of income inequality. Why you gotta rub it in, Steve?
And finally,

5. The wealthy carefully monitor their associations.

Like attracts like, yet the wealthy are often criticized for having a closed inner circle that is almost impossible to break into unless you are rich. Successful people generally agree that consciousness is contagious, and that exposure to people who are more successful has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income. We become like the people we associate with, and that's why winners are attracted to winners.
Don't hate rich people for not associating with the filthy likes of you. Keeping you at arms length is just good business.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amazing creatures: Quokka

The animal that is always happy. How cute is that!

The quokka the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like othermarsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany.

I came across this on the internet and I just couldnt help post it. Anyone up to adopt a pet, go to Australia.

Lets all be quokka Happy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Frank Lampard video will make all Chelsea fans emotional

He came off the bench, made a trademark run into the box, and smashed the ball into the top corner – only this time it was a goal scored against Chelsea. But what happened after goal was an outpour of emotions that only a true Chelsea fan can understand.
Watch the incredible moment here:

20 Best new Android Apps and Games this week

The Best Android Apps roundup is back, Back, BACK after a few weeks off due to travel, and the difficulties of finding anyone else foolish enough to dig through RSS feeds, press releases and information from developers on new Android apps.

So, this is a catchup week: the 20 best (in this writer's subjective view, obviously) new Android apps from the last three weeks. It's a strong selection, particularly for games, which has been a real bright spot for Android this year already.

As ever, the prices provided in brackets are for the initial download only: when an app uses in-app purchases, this will be listed as (Free + IAP). Something to look for: a new section of each app's Google Play store listing, which explains the full range of IAP (for example, “£1.23-£8.01 per item” for Ultralingua Dictionaries from this week's roundup).

More interested in iOS apps? They're covered in a separate weekly Best iPhone and iPad Apps roundup, with the latest instalment due to be published later today.

WhoSampled (Free)
WhoSampled is a glorious rabbit-hole of sampling culture to disappear down, now on Android as it is on the web and iOS. The app helps you explore the samples used in more than 270,000 songs, tracing them back to the original tracks, and then onwards to other music that used the same samples. Read last month's interview for more details on how it all works.

Camera51 (Free)
Need some help with your smartphone snapping? Camera51 is a new mobile photography app that claims to analyse the scene you're shooting, and help you compose the best frame for the picture. You can tap on objects to make them the focus for its trickery. And yes, it does work: the results are very impressive.

Treehouse (Free)
Treehouse is one of the services aiming to help people learn programming skills through online education. Well, mobile education too, now. This app provides access to more than 1,000 videos from the Treehouse service, from HTML and CSS to Ruby on Rails, PHP and Python, with bitesize quizzes and challenges to test what you've learned along the way.

Ultralingua Dictionaries (Free + IAP)
Don't need a dictionary any more now you've got a smartphone? Damn you autocorrect! But actually, there are already tens of thousands of people out there who've been tempted to download Ultralingua's Android app: a collection of more than 35 other dictionaries in digital form, with in-app purchases used to buy different languages including French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Glympse Keyboard (Free)
The main Glympse app is all about social location: sharing your current location with friends and family. Glympse Keyboard takes that idea and embeds it in... a keyboard. Tapping the relevant button generates a link that you can paste into another app (WhatsApp and Gmail are two suggested by Glympse) when letting someone know where you are.

Noyze Volume Panel (Free + IAP)
Most Android owners won't need this tweak, but for those that do – broken or jammed volume buttons being the examples suggested by the developer – it could be crucial. Noyze controls your device's volume, with plenty of options to customise the way it works depending on what you're doing with the device.

Line SnapMovie (Free)
Line is a hugely popular mobile social network in its homeland of Japan and other Asian countries, but it's trying to grow in the west too. SnapMovie might help: it's a polished app for shooting, editing and sharing 30-second videos, with the ability to share them beyond Line itself to Facebook and Instagram.

Digiduck's Big Decision (Free)
This is a very good idea: a storybook app designed to help parents and children talk about internet safety. It's aimed at 3-7 year-olds, with voice narration coming from musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mum, TV presenter Janet Ellis. The idea: a fun story, but one that sparks further conversation opportunities about safe surfing.

Findery (Free)
Findery is a startup run by Caterina Fake, previously the co-founder of Flickr. Photo-sharing is still a part of this, but there's a wider aim: helping people find out about “the places you've always wanted to visit and the places you will soon discover” through the pics, stories and tips of other users. It's early days though: getting lots of people posting is Findery's key challenge.

All Woman (Free + IAP)
She may not be a lady, but soul singer Lisa Stansfield's new app is All Woman. Released by online karaoke specialist PureSolo, it provides 17 master backing tracks from Lisa's back catalogue plus on-screen lyrics, for fans to sing over and share as audio or video covers. A fun idea, although obviously mainly for fans.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team (Free + IAP)
As a young twentysomething, I was world-beating at football games. As a 37 year-old father, I've degenerated to the point where I can only win in FIFA on 'numpty' level. Such is life. Still, this year's mobile instalment is looking very good, focusing on the Ultimate Team mode (hence the in-app purchases, which go up to £69.99), with a new Quick Simulation mode if your time is at a premium.

The Nightmare Cooperative (£2.49)
On iOS, roguelike-with-a-twist The Nightmare Cooperative was brilliant fun. On Android, it looks just as good, as you explore a series of dungeons with a team of characters who all move together, using their individual skills as they go. That may sound strange, but it's accessible, marvellous fun to play.

Star Wars: Commander (Free + IAP)
Insert your own 'Clash of Clones' joke here: this Star Wars game looks a lot like Clash of Clans with extra Wookies and lightsabers, although you could argue that Star Wars and real-time strategy as a gaming genre goes further back. Still, it's a very polished take on the genre in its free-to-play mobile form, with plenty of familiar characters popping in and out as you play. Read this interview for more details on the game.

Anomaly Defenders (£2.89)
You could easily write a 20 Best Android Tower Defence Games roundup, and even the 20th would be excellent. Android owners are spoilt for choice with this genre, but Anomaly Defenders is a strong contender for your time and money nonetheless, finishing off the Anomaly series with some very neat twists on the tower-building format.

Mage Gauntlet (£1.11 + IAP)
I happily wasted a whole heap of time on the iOS version of Mage Gauntlet when it came out, but have rediscovered the fun on my Android phone in recent days too. It's an action-RPG with plenty of retro nods, and some very well-designed controls for the touchscreen. There's lots of tactical scope as you progress, but it never gets too intimidating for newcomers to the genre.

Phantom Rift (£1.84 + IAP)
This appears to be the week for spells and wizards on Android, with Phantom Rift a worthy companion / alternative for Mage Gauntlet. It's another sprawling action-RPG, as you set off on an adventure as a wizard, collecting spells and equipment and battling through dungeons.

Unmechanical (£1.99)
As a £1.99 action game with no in-app purchases, Unmechanical is the kind of game that could sink without a trace in the modern app stores. That would be a real shame, because this is a carefully-crafted treat: part adventure and part puzzle collection starring a strange helicopter... thing. Full of character.

Hellraid: The Escape (£1.99)
More sorcery here, in a game that sets out its stall on the Google Play store with its promise of “no in-app purchases or pay-to-win elements”. It's a fantasy-themed adventure with demons, puzzles and a magical prison to escape, with impressive visuals to admire along the way.

Alien Creeps TD (Free + IAP)
Another tower defence game, this time from Outplay Entertainment. The theme here is more Rambo-meets-Robots than fantasy, but the gameplay mix of tower-building, upgrading and waves of enemies trying to get past them will be familiar to fans of the genre.

Goat Simulator (£2.99)
Finally: goats. Goat Simulator is more than a meme: it's a quirky, addictive game in its own right. But yes, the meme looms large: the sheer silliness of running around butting scenery as a goat should bring a smile to your face. The developers are making its bugs a selling point, too: “We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it...”

That's my choice, but what Android apps and games have you been using recently? Make your recommendations – and give me your views on the picks above – in the comments section.