Niranjan Srinivasan

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Forget Mykonos and Santorini. I found a little-known island in Greece that's twice as beautiful and half the price.

Most vacationers heading to the islands in Greece usually end up at one of two destinations: Mykonos or Santorini.<p>While both islands have their charms, they've undoubtedly become tourist traps, with overbooked hotels, overpriced restaurants, and beaches and sights packed with cruise-shippers and …

European Travel

Why is China investing so heavily in a small landlocked African country with few natural resources?

Kigali, Rwanda<p>It’s hard not to see China’s footprint wherever one goes in Rwanda. Chinese engineers have designed and built the country’s tallest building, Kigali City Tower, a gleaming 20-story glass skyscraper; the building that houses Rwanda’s foreign ministry; various hotels, schools, and …

Africa

What is the true human cost of your £5 hand car wash?

There are drivers who are only interested in getting the cheapest wash. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is<p>Too often we rush in, give your £6 and drive off. We’re just saying, please stop and think first<p>One night in August 2015, after a long shift at the Bubbles car wash in east London, …

East London

How Winston Churchill stole from India for Britain’s war

“I am glad to learn from the Minister of War Transport that a strict line is being taken in dealing with requests for cereals from the Indian Ocean area. A concession to one country at once encourages demands from all the others,” the prime minister commented in a memo on 10 March 1943. “They must …

India

North Korean defector: 'If you have money, you can do anything'

In part four of the series on North Korean defectors, Um Yae-run sheds light on how brokers work in the country.<p><b>Seoul, South Korea</b> - Around 31,000 North Koreans have defected into the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.<p>Almost 71 percent of those defectors are female, most in their 20s …

Lust in translation: arrival of the 'love hotel' divides India

Police swept through the Mumbai hotels at about 3pm, going room to room, arresting more than 40 unmarried couples. All were charged. The college students were forced to call their parents and admit what they had done.<p>Their crime was “indecent behaviour in public”, the police said. For couples …

Debauched parties of tobacco tycoon heir where guests eat sushi off naked women and bikini-clad girls drape themselves over supercars

The outrageous antics that go on at tobacco tycoon Candyman's debauched Freaks Unleashed parties has been revealed in new footage.<p>Men are seen eating …

Exporting corruption: Beyond Brazil's Car Wash scandal

How a money laundering investigation in Brazil turned into a far-reaching corruption case that continues to send shock waves across Latin America.<p>Operation Car Wash began in March 2014 at a petrol and car wash complex in Brasilia, Brazil's capital, and it was initially thought to be routine.<p>The …

In Sri Lanka, hate speech and impunity fuel anti-Muslim violence

False stories by Sinhalese nationalists about Muslim birth rates and wealth are behind Kandy mob attacks, say analysts.<p>A day before anti-Muslim mobs swept through a peaceful hill town in central Sri Lanka, the leader of a Sinhalese nationalist group took a stroll through the town's centre.<p>"We have …

Inside the intensive, two-month training all Delta flight attendants must attend that's harder to get into than Harvard

Delta Air Lines flight attendant is perhaps one of the most competitive jobs out there.<p>On Glassdoor, employees rate Delta Air Lines 4.3 out of 5 stars, citing pros like great perks and benefits, a professional and friendly environment, and flexibility.<p>Danny Elkins, who's been a flight attendant …

Delta Airlines

Photographing These Abandoned Space Shuttles Made Me a Russian Target

How one man broke into a secret facility housing the last of the Soviet Union's experimental space ships.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p><i>This is a story from an anonymous photographer, as told to Julian Morgans.</i><p><i>What you’re looking at is a derelict Russian space shuttle, covered</i> …

Q&A: Sri Lanka's civil war through a Tamil lens

Sri Lankan filmmaker Jude Ratnam on the challenges of confronting the legacy of his country's brutal civil war.<p>Jude Ratnam was five years old when he fled the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, with his family.<p>In 1983, tensions between Sri Lanka's majority-Sinhalese government and minority Tamils erupted …

The Programmer at the Center of a $100 Billion Crypto Storm

The drop was swift: Prices for bitcoin and dozens of other digital currencies on Jan. 8 fell sharply, lopping more than $100 billion off their collective market value.<p>The globe-rattling move can be traced to one address: An apartment in a new residential building across the street from a local …

3 reasons chatbots didn’t meet industry expectations in 2017

The dawn of the “chatbot revolution” less than a couple of years ago ushered in great expectations. Marketers and futurists fantasized about intelligent virtual autonomous agents that would understand us better than we understand ourselves, glean our desires from snippets of conversations, and turn …

Chatbots

Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. Here’s how to see the map.

Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though: This data is kept on your phone, not …

Best Bitcoin Alternatives 2018: An honest guide to buying cryptocurrency

<b>Bitcoin has turned many pauper into a prince over the years, but the soaring value of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency means many punters are</b> …

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Garlic-Sesame Spinach

Now Playing<p>Crispy Chicken Parm Balls 00:47<p>Learn how to make these crispy balls that taste just like Chicken Parmesan.<p>Now Playing<p>Cheesy Zucchini …

Become a photography pro by mastering your camera’s manual mode

Smartphone cameras are shipping with better and better cameras each year, and there are a plethora of apps available to help you capture the best looking snaps too: from filters right through to camera apps with built-in manual controls. Even if your phone doesn’t ship with a built-in manual mode, …

Mobile Photography

Best laptop bags: Editor's choice for commuting, traveling, and charging your devices

<i>Editor's note: We've updated this review roundup to include new picks for Best Commuter Backpack and Best Messenger Bag (Monday, July 31).</i>Next to a …

I tested 6 laptop backpacks so you don't have to

Looking for a lovable luggable? I am. That's what kickstarted this little project, which became a rather big project once I decided to test out six backpacks that would hold all my electronics, lunch and other assorted gear.<p>Unlike some of you, I usually use a purse in addition to my backpack, so …

These Apps Let Anyone Build a (Dumb) Chatbot

I built a chatbot. It can only do a handful of things, and it's even dumber than the average chatbot. But it works, and I can talk to it through …

7 Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Startup Noticed

Share22<p>Tweet<p>Share33<p>+13<p>Shares 58<p>Getting your startup noticed is one of the most essential steps in building a successful online brand. You can have …

Pay all bills from one app, via social media chatbot

This innovation streamlines bill paying and is the first to launch a Facebook Messenger Chatbot that lets users pay bills without leaving the social …

The Ozlo chatbot helps you find restaurants better than Google

For most of us, when we’re hungry, we turn to the most famous company in tech. It’s not Tesla, it’s not Facebook or Apple, and it’s not even Microsoft. It’s the one that provides immediate answers and, for nearly the past two decades, has worked famously.<p>That’s right: Google serves up everything we …

Deliveroo starts delivering booze in UK

Following a successful trial that took place earlier this spring, restaurant delivery startup Deliveroo is expanding into alcohol delivery. The London-headquartered company has launched a wine and beer delivery service in the UK in partnership with Majestic Wines, and BrewDog, and a host of …

Deliveroo

Rally crowdfunding mobility platform expands sports reach

You’re a diehard New York Yankees’ fan stuck deep in Connecticut without access to a car or reliable public transportation, but the launch of startup Rally means you no longer have to give up hope of making the trip to Fenway Park for the Yankees-Boston Red Sox series August 9.<p>Numaan Akram, CEO of …

New York Yankees

Grabr launches peer-to-peer marketplace for international shopping and delivery

The international shipping industry is under siege by the tech world. Fleet and Flexport are just a few of the companies hopping into the space, but entrant Grabr is taking a different approach with a marketplace powered by individuals.<p>The company is launching a peer-to-peer marketplace via web and …

Airfordable lets you pay for travel over time

Flying is expensive.<p>So Airfordable is launching from Y Combinator’s Summer ’16 batch to let you book flights and pay over time before you take off.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Travelers find their preferred flight online (using any travel site they want) and upload a screenshot with their flight …

Customers

10 Travel Apps for Trotting the Globe on a Budget

Travel can be an incredible, restorative experience—but it can also be crazy expensive. Flights and hotels are pricey enough, and on top of that you …