Ankan Chakraborty

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How To Change Someone's Mind When They're Dead Wrong About Something

"Often mistaken, never in doubt." That wry phrase describes us all more than we'd like to admit. The psychological study of misconceptions shows that all of us possess many beliefs that are flawed or flat-out wrong—and also that we cling to these fallacies with remarkable tenacity. An earlier issue …

How To Negotiate A Higher Salary

Negotiating a higher starting salary or a pay raise is rarely easy. We may want or even <i>need</i> more money, but I don’t know anyone who gets excited about having to ask for it. Not only have most of us grown up hearing that talking about money is impolite, as I discussed here, but when looking for …

Hands-On Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4

Samsung's flagship smartphone arrives from the land of 1000 features.<p><b>The Lowdown</b><p>Samsung had a monster hit on its hands last year with the Galaxy S III, the first Android phone to give the iPhone a real run for its money in terms of sales. The new Galaxy S 4 (customer tolerance for Roman numerals …

A Smart, Cheap Garden for Small Spaces: The Hanging Herb Garden

It's high time to start a garden, but what if you have almost no outdoor space or, as in the case of this reader, Jean, clumsy roommates? Sew a …

Difference Engine: Unplugging the cables

THE tangled web of wires beneath computer desks could soon be a thing of the past. The same goes for the jumble of cables that feeds audio equipment …

Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges

Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading …

Best New Hotels Of 2013

<i>-- Editors, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Here at Condé Nast Traveler, we're obsessed with hotels -- that's why we're thrilled to unveil the 2013 Hot List, the buzz-making list of our favorite new hotels that have opened in the past year. The entire list of 154 properties spans the globe, from a tiny …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

If You Pre-Ordered Google Glass, Here’s What To Expect Once Your Number Is Called

If you were one of the people who signed up last year at Google’s I/O conference to be a part of the “Glass Explorer” program, you might be getting your instructions on how to actually…purchase the thing and get it into your geeky little hands.<p>In case you weren’t sure, Google Glass is real, and …

How To Offer Free Shipping And Still Make A Profit

If you’re a retailer or even just selling items on eBay or Etsy, it seems like customers expect and even demand free shipping. EBay, for example, even encourages its sellers to offer free shipping as a way to grow their business.<p>Now that Dec. 17 has been dubbed ”Free Shipping Day,” when thousands …

The Sequel to Gangnam Style Has Arrived

Oppa sequel style!<p>South Korean musical dynamo Psy just released his musical followup to “Gangnam Style,” the very definition of a viral video that …

Gangnam Style

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

Grave concerns

IN SINGAPORE, a small, crowded island where the population has more than doubled in a generation, the dead have long had to make way for the living …

How The iPad Mini Became A Stealth Success

When the iPad Mini was released in November of last year, there were few opening-bell lines at Apple stores, few foaming-at-the-mouth fanboys crossing out the days on their calendars, and few folks who viewed the device as much more than Apple getting in the seven-inch tablet game because, well, …

Drones Will Not Deliver Your Newspaper, At Least Not For Now*

But unfortunately, it ended up being an April Fools' Day joke.<p>The "news" was that drone-maker Parrot and local postal service La Poste Group would team up to deliver mail via quadricopter drones as early as May of this year.<p>Still, drones are becoming more commonplace these days, with thousands of …

Officer who defied 'withering fire’ wins the Military Cross

The commanding officer of L/Cpl James Ashworth, who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, has been awarded the Military Cross for his courage in the face of “withering enemy fire” in the same incident.<p>Capt Michael Dobbin, 28, fought his way through a Taliban stronghold where he was being …

How To Turn Off In App Purchases on the iPad / iOS

Recently there’s been plenty of news coverage of young kids running up ridiculous bills on their parents’ credit cards when playing what they thought were free games on the iPad or iPhone.<p>In fact they were playing ‘freemium’ games – games that are free to install but offer numerous In-App purchase …

Meet The 3 CEOs Of Samsung, The Most Important Tech Bosses You've Never Heard Of

The company also promoted two of its presidents to CEO.<p>J.K. Shin, the company's mobile boss, and Boo-Keun Yoon, the appliances boss joined current overall CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon.<p>That's right. Samsung now has three CEOs.<p>However, the move appears to be more of a title bump for Shin and Yoon than a move to …

State media: North Korea in 'state of war' with South, threatens to 'dissolve' U.S.

North Korea has entered a "state of war" with neighboring South Korea, according to a report Saturday from the state-run Korean Central News Agency that included a threat to "dissolve" the U.S. mainland.<p>"Any issues regarding North and South will be treated in accordance to the state of war," North …

Attitude Check: 3 Behaviors For Success In The Workplace

Just this month, SAP Canada was named one of the <b>30 Best Employers</b> in my home province of Québec, and our employees were named among the most engaged in the country. Having just marked my six-year anniversary working for SAP, that’s something to be very proud of. It sounds like a silly thing to …

Arctic P402 Bluetooth headphones promises 30 hours of listening per charge

If you’re in the market for a new set of wireless headphones, Arctic has an interesting new product called the P402. This headset is a larger over …

Audiophile

NSA Declassifies — Sort Of — Its Super-Secret Internal Magazine

Among the many interesting facts about the super-secret National Security Agency is the fact that, for decades, it has published its own in-house …

Surveillance

Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Maps are handy items, especially when made to provide specific information that would be otherwise hard to visual or utilize, such as the specific …

Apps

Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments in Q2 2013 to Prepare for Next Generation?

<i>Digitimes</i> is reporting that Apple is set to cut shipments of iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013, according to its industry sources.<p>The cut is said to be a 20% reduction for the month of April, with steeper cuts potentially following in the remainder of the quarter, although the report does not …

Forget about the CyberBunker attack—here’s how to take an entire continent offline

At its peak, CyberBunker clogged up a mind-boggling 300 gigabits per second of the Internet in what’s being called the biggest cyber-attack in history. But what if you could switch off 1.28 terabits—four times as much bandwidth—with nothing more high-tech than an axe?<p>That’s what three men tried to …

Cyber-attacks