Month: June 2015

How to shop smart in a supermarket?

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Alright! everyone goes to super market to purchase the products of all your daily needs. As this is the place where you can get all the stuffs under one roof. Almost everything from groceries, deli, dairy, stationary, electronics, clothes, or even toilet paper. But there are certain things that you should keep in mind to be a smart customer. Because shopping in supermarket can be very beneficial or a trap as well. The whole supermarket is the concept is to make you buy their products that you never needed by display and sale. Here is the list of 20 things you should know before you shop smartly and wisely.
1.) Always notice the sale products in ad voucher and showcase:
When you first enter the super market you should be know about the good deals and sales. If not first notice that in the sale showcase of the day or week. This will make you very specific about your savings.
2.) Make a list of things you want to buy:
There should be a list of products you actually need it. Many people forget the things they came for as it is a place that can distract anyone. It can make you purchase the things that you don’t really wanted and things you really need. Be fix with your budget and move your cart quickly.
3.) Always keep your carry bag:
They are gonna charge you few bucks for a carry bag depending on the size. So it is smarter if you always keep couple of big shopping bags in your car. It not only save environment but also additional unnecessary thing in your house.
4.) Beware of almost getting expired or best before products:
Many times we have seen that the products that has been placed in the sale are either defective, almost getting out of date in a month or so. So be smart and check the manufacturing date first before putting it in your cart in excitement.
5.) Fresh Products always are in the back of cabinet:
You will always notice that the more fresh products are in the back of the less fresh products. It is simply way of putting goods in the supermarkets. As they want to make you sell out the least fresh product first as it will be best before soon. So be smart and put the product from the back of the row.
6.) Overpriced Organic food products:
Their is a separate counter in a supermarket where you will find food grains, pulses, spices etc in a special packing of organic level. These products are supposed to be said unprocessed and healthy. But for this you need to pay much more, sometimes even twice the amount of normal packing. These organic products can be purchased from farms and small shops in much less price. So it would be better if you avoid and pay less there.
7.) Keep away from the promoters:
There are two types of assistance in the supermarket. First are normal assistant and other are just sales men also known as promoters. They just get target to sell the product of which they are getting paid of by making you fool about other better products with higher sell. So never be trapped in their lies.
8.)  Don’t be afraid to complain:
Many times we have seen that the assistants are not helping much. They might be flirting with other employees or having chit-chat funtime. If they are not able to help as your need. Never be hesitate to complaint against him to his manager. Even if the manager is not professional. Write an email to the company about the store.
9.) Alternative products of same type:
Many products of smaller companies. It might be worse in quality, some defect. It will never be as good as the original product. It will be definitely cheaper in price or even with buy one get one.  So move away from that.
10.) Don’t waste time in moving your trolley:
Many times it is seen people spend way more time than they should in supermarket. There are a lot of stuffs in attractive display for making you buy more. So it is better to avoid moving your trolley smoothly and walk fast with your specific made up list.
11.) Don’t pay more for goods that are cheaper in other stores:
Usually it is seen that the cookwares and glasswares are cheaper in their specific store with more variety. Nappies, padding and cosmetics in chemist shop. Light bulbs in electric shops have more warranty and lesser price. These supermarkets just keep it for those who are lazy enough to go other than one roof. Don’t buy unless or until it is in great sale.
12.) Electronics section can be a disappointment:
These big supermarkets only get the specific electronic goods that they buy in bulk. You will not get much variety of models to choose from like you do in electronic showroom shop. Even in sale if you not specific about the model or compared with other brands, don’t buy it.
13.) Pre cut veggies and fruits are trap:
 You might be an ravager cook. Takes time to cut vegetables and fruits, have no time as working person or just lazy enough to pay less for uncut food. These pre cut food is generally worse product of food. It has been cut so many stale or over ripen fruits and veg get also included in the packet. Because these stuff will never be sold if placed uncut and lose.
14.) Never buy fruits from the supermarket:
Remember that old 90s sitcom, Seinfeld show? That character Kramer said “Never buy fruits from the supermarket! The apples are mealy, the oranges are dry… I don’t know what’s going on with the papayas!”
Exactly these fruits might be worse than the local fruits shops. But if you are specific about apples. It might be better as in our hot summers in India. Apple should be stored strictly in refrigerator that is more possible in these supermarkets. But always check before you put in cart as it can be of months too.
15.) Avoid looking at the stuffs in the billing counter:
This the best place for customers to distract and make them put in their cart by supermarket. Chocolates, toffees, chewing gums, toys, or the snacks that are not selling. This is for kids who are getting bored and annoying their parents to put these stuffs more.
16.) Don’t hesitate to keep aside wrong products while billing:
Sometimes we put some products by mistake or some other customers think that this is their trolley and put products in it. Sometimes you realize that you already have alternative of it at your home. So always check that while billing and keep aside unwanted products.
17.) Always ask of parking ticket free offer:
At some certain amount of shopping many supermarkets offer you free parking ticket. So always ask the cashier about it during billing.
18.) Avoid cashier’s offer of some stupid card:
Many times in supermarket. The cashier asks for some useless smart card to purchase that will give you like 10 paisa per 1000 rupees you purchase. It is just a card to keep space in your wallet or purse. So simply avoid and move fast.
19.) Ask for free home delivery:
After some certain amount or you purchased a lot and it is difficult to carry by you alone. Ask for the home delivery option. Many supermarkets do it for free of cost. They will deliver at your home address all you have to do is keep a slip of that.
20.) Always check your bill:
It has been noticed that many times cashier do wrong billing as they put the same product twice or some wrong product code into your billing list. Many times it is of pricing of more amount and you buy smaller package. It could be computer generated mistake of price. So always check your bill as early as possible.
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What camera should I get?

Camera, a device used to capture photographs for your memories. Traditionally by taking shots and save it in the photographic film. But today the most of the consumers shifted to digital cameras as the digital era arrived. Films replaced by memory cards, chemicals of lightroom replaced by computer software twitching of Adobe Photoshop.

In 2000s when the digital camera was new, normal consumers started purchasing compact camera for photography. Later in decade as soon as soon as these smartphones introduced in the market with excellent CMOS sensor camera but that were sub par. Now currently phones come with as big sensors as compact point and shoot much better in that much resolution of size.

In 2010s Consumers start focusing more in smartphones for day to day to day shots. For a camera companies start more focusing in High zoom bridge camera for all round performance for enthusiastic photography and starting range DSLRs for semi-pro quality within a budget.

And now a totally new horizon of Mirrorless Interchangeable Camera has begun. They are a replacement for consumers who are using an entry-level DSLR and like brilliant quality images with the interchangeable-lens feature, but want something that is lighter and smaller that can be quarter of the size of some DSLRs.

Buying a camera totally depends on the user. There are basically four types of camera buyer I have classified.

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  • Beginners: If you don’t to be fuss around settings and just want to turn on and take images in automatic mode. For them I suggest to buy a good compact camera or an excellent camera phone will do the job. Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia are always the best options to go with without any thought. With overall top DXO scores.    For compact cameras Sony Cybershot and Panasonic Lumix come with best quality lenses for compact users.

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  • Wannabes: These are mostly for the young audience who want to be in photography enthusiastic in the world of photography. They just want to learn how to use the camera in different setting modes. For those users a high zoom bridge camera is perfect partner. As these types of camera will help you learn the basics of taking shots without spending money on interchangeable lenses. These camera are good enough for the macro photography to high zoom wildlife photography as a big telephoto lens is embedded in it
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  • Entry level DSLR users: The buyer who knows all the basics of photography. Aperture, ISO, Exposure and Shutter Speed control for perfect shots in any lighting condition. This is the way to go with. As I have explained for those who don’t like to carry bulk around have now the option of mirrorless cameras.
    There are three major brands in the world of interchangeable cameras: Nikon, Sony and Canon have options of different sets of lenses. These cameras support most but not all features of a professional camera like they don’t have full frame capable.

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  • Professional High End DSLR users: These are the true professional photographers. It comes with all features till date for the premium photo quality images. They are full frame camera that means no framing while taking shots. Example 50mm lens shows exactly without getting cropped in frame. Much more powerful image processing, bigger and exclusive camera sensor. For that you need to pay in lacs with a good kit.

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS AWESOME MUSICAL BAND

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Their name isn’t actually Alt-J, it’s Latin symbol delta ∆ that is created by typing holding down the “alt” and “J” keys on a keyboard while using a Mac computer. You can pronounce it as alt-j as well.

Band is quite eccentrically cool about everything. Even with their past names. Originally Daljit Dhaliwal, named after British news anchor and then later The Film which they found a band of the same name in US. And hence alt-J. The band was formed in 2007 by four group of friends who met at Leeds University.

∆ is one of the most creative yet commercial English alternative rock band of today. Their songs are avant-grade artistic that can makes you addictive with the melodious music, repetitive beats and a highly poetic lyrics.

Joe Newman, the lead singer cum guitarist. Gwil Swainsbury, guitarist and bassist (left now). Cameron Knight as guitarist and bassist. Gus Unger-Hamilton on keyboards. Thom Green as drum banger.

Currently they have only two studio albums ‘An Awesome Wave’ and ‘This Is All Yours’ of which they have received number of awards and critical claims. They get big fame by their original soundtrack ‘Buffalo’ for the Academy award winning movie Silver Lining Playbook.

The best thing about their style of songs is hat they can write songs on anything they love. It may be their favorite movie Léon: The Professional. Like they sung Leon and ‘Matilda’ based characters of that film. In the film, Matilda returns home from the grocery store to find her family murdered.

Again one more is “The Gospel of John Hurt” on the scene from the famous scene Alien (1979) where an alien burst out of John Hurt’s chest. This shocking sequence drives home the overwhelming nature of the narrator’s feelings. Fun fact is that it was written in the shower.

Song ‘Arrival of Nara’, ‘Nara’, ‘Leaving Nara’ is about supporting gay marriage and kind of saying ‘it’s ok if people want to marry people of the same sex as them because they’re not hurting anybody’. …people should be allowed to live like a deer in Nara, a town in Japan where the band visited once.

Their is one track ‘Every Other Freckle’ from their last album which is considered to be the most passionate and sexiest song of this generation. With lines like ‘You’re the first and last of your kind (Pull me like an animal out of a hole!) and ‘I want to be every button you press.’

For ‘Every Other Freckle’ song there are two versions of artistic music videos. One boy version with a hunky dude and other girl version with a next door beauty. You can check out online based on your sexual preferences.

The best thing about alt-J is about their gig. They are just made for entertaining crowd in their live performances. The crazy sounds with flickering lights on the setup will surely make anyone go gaga over it.

Other mind freaking songs are ‘Breezeblocks’, ‘Warm Foothills’ ‘Hunger of the Pine’, ‘Breezeblocks’, ‘Fitzpleasure’ by ∆. So go and check it out now.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE UPCOMING ANDROID M 6.0

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Google has announced this year’s latest operating system Android M 6.0 in developer preview at their annual conference Google I/O on 28th of May.
This new OS has not final name yet so it is just M till the developers make it final in late October of this year with their upcoming Nexus device. It can be M for Muffin, M&M, Milkshake or Makhaniya Lassi??
It is not a big update but there are plenty of new features in this new Android M of which some gonna make you super excited about. Initially you will see from the home and theme. You will not recognize that is it current lollipop or upcoming M. Then when you open to app drawer. Things have been changed. Now instead of horizontal scrolling, app drawer works vertically in alphabetical order. That makes it quite weird.
According to google this the more a polished version of Android Lollipop with advancement and promise of better battery life with two times more in idle.
Things like better text selection with a floating toolbar. Now it selects word by word, this makes it fun and easier to use.  Latest integration of USB Type-C support which you might have seen in latest macbook now for android phones, crazy improved power management specially when you leave your device in standby.
Fingerprint scanner support is now in stock android just like in Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices, an improved verison of Google wallet called Android Pay. Also by this you can purchase apps, music, books etc on play store. In future we can expect many manufactures with this fingerprint scanner in the mobile device. Online shopping sites like flipkart, myntra, amazon, snapdeal etc using for authentication for paying.
Now you can give individual permission to android apps that you have already installed like if you don’t want your app to use your mic, camera or any information, you can simply deselect it. It will make better privacy as well as security for your android device.
Revamped volume controls that made it simpler to use. Now you can use use your volume rocker down to make it silent and if you hit down again, it turns to be Do Not Disturb Mode. Also it has separate settings for phone, ringing and alarm volume.
For those who miss dark theme of previous android versions in their lollipop now can set dark or light or auto theme of their choice in their settings. Customized Chrome tabs have been introduced, direct sharing with contacts are all now included.
Google now is getting better and better since Jelly bean 4.1. From now it is gonna work anywhere. Whether you are surfing web on chrome or chatting on whatsapp. Apps don’t need modifications to let Google Now use them as context, but developers will be able to make their Google Now cards more actionable.
Android has never properly supported external storage, with Google offering excuses like a confusing  UI and the slowness of microSD cards as the reasons behind its reluctance to support them. But now, with Android M, Google is introducing support for external storage in a way that card inserted into a device and treat it like internal storage. You can even install apps in that. This will gonna have killer feature for budget smartphones popular in developed countries like our India.

HOT AND HUMID MONSOON STYLING FOR MEN AT koovs.com

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When you look at the new collection of casual shirts and Tees for men at koovs, you possibly go pupule (crazy in Hawaiian) over it. Each and every shirt of koovs looks incredibly trendy and fabulous in this hot and humid monsoon season.

These uber fashionable clothes are perfect for a metrosexual guy for his vacations or even just hanging out in a shopping mall or bazaar.
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As you can see these shirts are more focused with floral patterns of beautiful multi printed flowers or leaves or both. There are some shirts for car lovers, juicy tropical fruits, marble stones to even funky matchboxes pattern.
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One specific shirt with all these leaf pattern in deep sky blue background will definitely remind big boys of good old school days video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
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In Tees just like these casual shirts, you will find not only tropical floral but also faded, raglan, retro collage to punchy bright solid colours of shades of blue, bubblegum pink and cool lime neon.
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On the other hand for hunky players there are patterns of pin up bikini babes, stylish collection introduced by Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor and Ayushman Khurana.