Suresh Punnekkil

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For the post-phone world, textPlus unveils its Nextplus 'cloud phone'

The shape of the post-phone era is getting a bit clearer today, with the release of textPlus‘ next generation app.<p>The new product, called Nextplus, is more than just a messaging app for Wi-Fi or cellular data, according to two of the company’s co-founders, CEO Scott Lahman and Chief Creative …

Ghost stories: why the Victorians were so spookily good at them

Christmas Eve was traditionally the time to tell scary stories round the hearth. And 19th-century writers were fearsomely adept at exploiting a world of creaking floorboards, creepy servants … and gas lamps that caused hallucinations<p>Curl up by the fire and I'll tell you a ghost story. Don't be …

Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal May Push Back the Buddha's Birth Date

Excavations uncover a shrine dating to the sixth century B.C.<p><b>Time to push back the Buddha's birth date a century or so? Archaeologists may have uncovered evidence of the oldest Buddhist shrine yet discovered, dating to around 550 B.C.</b><p><b>Located at Nepal's Lumbini pilgrimage center, the legendary site</b> …

Expensive experiences, cheaper alternatives

The world’s most iconic travel experiences don’t usually come cheap – but sometimes there are real alternatives. Here are some ideas for the budget-conscious, and expert advice on whether it’s actually worth paying the price for some of these bucket-list classics.<p><b>1. Orient Express vs InterRail</b> …

National Parks

Opinion: U.S. Should Be Thankful for International Students

New report highlights impact of high school and college students from abroad on economy and world peace.<p><b>November is a time when we Americans are thankful and celebrate with family and friends. Many of the guests around American Thanksgiving tables this year will be international students visiting</b> …

Beautiful Roads Across Utah

Business Insider Article on Google Glass<p>They put up a few of my photos in this Business Insider article entitled, “These Astonishing Images Convinced …

Reinvented Riga: a traveller’s guide to Latvia’s capital city

With over two decades of freedom (and a renewed status as Latvia’s capital) under its belt, Rīga is reclaiming its rightful title as the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic.<p>Sitting at the crossroads of the great empires that wrote the pages of Europe’s elaborate history, Rīga was – for centuries …

European Travel

Quantum memory 'world record' smashed

<b>A fragile quantum memory state has been held stable at room temperature for a "world record" 39 minutes - overcoming a key barrier to ultrafast computers.</b><p>"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.<p>Quantum systems are notoriously fickle …

Quantum Computing