How to book an Uber cab from your browser?

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I was trying to book a cab from my mobile app while using Vodafone 2G and realized that things were going very slow, that is when I realized that I should try it from my computer which was connected to a LAN.

Following are the steps with screenshots which will help you book an UBER cab quickly:

STEP 1: Go to https://m.uber.com/

Login page uber mobile

 

STEP 2: Enter your Uber credentials and tap on Done button (top right corner; refer previous screenshot)

NEW USERS: Make sure you claim your free ride by signing up through this link and using the promo code: “UBERKUSHALASHOK“.

Quick Tip: If you sign up from Uber mobile app, you can use your PAYTM wallet for authentication instead of providing any credit card details.

App Available at: Google Play StoreApple App Store and Windows App Store.

Download app

STEP 3: Click on the the PICKUP LOCATION text circled in the screenshot below to be able to search your pick up location.

How to pick up a location

 

STEP 4: Type in the location details in the search box and choose the desired option from the dropdown.

Choose location

STEP 5: Use the slider available at the bottom to choose the kind of cab you need and then click on “Set Pickup Location”

Set pickup location

 

STEP 6: Make sure that the pick up location is correct and the use credits option is checked or un-checked as per your requirement and then click on “Request pickup here XXXX” button.

NOTE: Make sure that you do this only when you are ready for the cab. If you try to cancel your request after 5 mins, you will have to pay some amount. Also, if you keep the driver waiting you will be charged accordingly.

Request an uber

STEP 7: (OPTIONAL) In case you need to cancel a request, this screenshot will help you find the option quickly. The option is available at the bottom right corner on clicking which you will get a menu. Select “Cancel Trip” to cancel your request.

cancel uber request

 

 

Why do you need a website?

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This is the question that many of us have asked ourselves several times, “Why do I need a website?”; and the answer becomes quite obvious after reading this post.

Individual

If you think that you don’t need a website because you are just another employee, you are wrong! You are special, and you need a special website that reflects your profession and personality. It is obvious that you are going to change your job sooner or later and thus having your portfolio on your website is going to help you during those phases. But this does not mean that you should have a website only when you are looking for a new job. A website takes time and efforts to make it credible and if you want it to be counted as one of your achievements, you definitely need to work on it in advance.

You need a website, irrespective of your profession. But some of the professions have more use of a website than the others. For example, a web developer who doesn’t have his own website is simply wasting his chance to showcase his skills. Same is true for web designers and other related professions. On the other hand, if you are in any profession that deals with anything that can be put on a screen, you need to have a website.

As for prerequisites, I would suggest that every graduate should have a personal website. A good place to start would be about.me. Consolidating all your public profiles on a single page will allow your visitors to learn more about you via different platforms. Following are a few examples:

myWebsite

Software Engineer

Author of 3 books

Author of 3 books

Business

If you are a businessmen, having a website is even more important for you and your business. There can be two kinds of businesses. Ones that can sell their services or products online and ones that can not. With the advent of technology, the percentage of businesses lying in the second category has become very less. Today, you can buy anything online; from a safety pin to a private jet.

Even if your business provides services or goods that can not be sold online, you still need to have a website to create your brand’s identity, to provide a platform where your customers can reach you, to impress them enough so they can visit your store or office; with confidence. Most importantly, having a website will make sure that you have a credible online presence. For example, there are millions of businesses listed on websites like justdial.com. From a customer’s point of view, your business is just another listing until it is connected with a website. This website in turn will showcase your work and let your customers determine, how good you are.

Now let’s talk about businesses that manufacture or market products. With the increasing popularity of e-commerce, it is very likely that you will be selling your products on websites like flipkart and snapdeal. Let us spend us time on understanding why you will be doing so.
No matter how much money you put into the marketing your products, you can not compete with the prices offered on these websites. This is because they are being funded by Wall street. Big investors like DST global and Soft Bank Corp. have been funneling billions of dollars into India’s consumer internet story. In 2014, Indian e-commerce websites raised around 3 billion dollars. These online players are likely to spend around 6000 crore rupees on discounting and  marketing in 2015.

Case-study: During Diwali promotions in 2014, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Seattle based giant Amazon had consumed around half a billion dollars for giving discounts, cash back and flat out sales. Also, they have spent around 1200 crore rupees on advertising via different means including social media, television and newspapers.

By now you must have understood, why it is important for businesses to list their products on these websites. Again, the consumers will have a lot of options while making a purchase and the only way you can make a difference is by having your own presentable website. Have a look at this website created for Ashuraj Plastic Industries:

Ashuraj Plastic Industries Website

Government and non-profit

This is not just true for private businesses, even government has started moving in this direction. One recent example I can quote, is that of Himachal Pradesh State Agricultural Marketing Board. They have now created a website for marketers and farmers dealing with apples and other produces of Himachal Pradesh. This has brought them one step forward as they can now easily brand their produces in national as well as international markets.
The state has been known for it’s production of apples which are being exported to various countries. Apples in fact play a very important role in Himachal’s economy. 9 out of 12 districts produce apple and apple economy is pegged around rupees 2500 crore. The area under apple cultivation has increased from 400 hectares in 1950 to more than 1 lakh hectares today.

The goal of this website is not just branding, but also to make sure that farmers can get rid of the middlemen system. They would not be required to travel outside to sell their produce anymore. Everything can be done online as CCTV cameras are being installed to provide live streaming on the website.

Other than the government, non-profit organizations have also utilized internet in various ways. Collecting funds is very important for any such organization which is only possible by having an effective online presence. Other than social media which allows any one to create a profile and page, having a website makes these organizations more reliable. Mostly, a simple 5 page website is enough to create an impression:

Chandigarh based NGO

Chandigarh based NGO

There is always a scope of improvement when you move your business online. Around 3,027,217,800 people were online when I was writing this post. As for India, around 243,198,922 people have access to internet which are increasing by 14 percent each year. And with this, I rest my case.

 

Birthday Reminders

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We all are busy with our lives and don’t have time to celebrate. This lack of enthusiasm often leads us to forget important days like birthdays. When one forgets his own birthday, he is assumed to be depressed and people pity him. On the other hand, when one forgets his friend’s or family member’s birthday, he faces anger and shame. Although it is practically very difficult to remember all the birthdays, most of us get reminded of them by other friends. However, there are instances when no-one is there to remind you. And you may face situations like the one depicted in the following image:

This article is about some of the methods, which shall be used to avoid all this confusion.

1)Set email reminders:

One of the best way to get reminded online is by registering yourselves at websites like “birthdaycalendars.ca” (find the link at end of the article) and following these steps:

  • Log-in at birthdaycalendars.ca
  • Click on the link “My birthday calendar
  • Enter the names beside the corresponding dates
  • Click on the button “Click here to save and update your birthday calendar”

Once you do this, you get notified via email (sent to the address you entered during registration), about the birthdays.

Pros: One can enter up to 100 characters for each date, so you can put reminders not only for birthdays, but other things as well

Cons: There is no option to set the time of email delivery. The message gets delivered at 1am Pacific Time(US & Canada) on the day before your reminder.

2)Set reminders in Mobile Calendar:

This is the most common method which is already being used by many people. Setting reminders in your mobile phone is most easy and worthy as well. Most of the mobile phones comes with a calendar, one can enter the birthday reminders and get notified at whatever time he wants.

3)Book text message for the Birthday Boy/Girl

There are websites like way2sms.com (very useful for Indian customers), where you can sign-up and set future text messages, which are delivered directly to the Birthday boy/girl at the desired time and date. However the website mentioned here allows one to set up the text messages for the next five days only.

  • Log-in at way2sms.com
  • Click on the “future sms” tab
  • Enter the Mobile number (10 digits only)
  • Enter the message to be delivered (one can also use the templates available at the “quick sms” tab)
  • Enter the desired date and time for delivery

After doing this, you don’t even have to worry about sending a text message. It can also happen that the person texts or call you back (as your mobile number will be displayed with the text you sent) and thank you for the wishes, so always be ready to pretend that you sent that message. I hope one can at least remember this much that he/she had set up a future message.

So, once you do all this, you can be pretty sure that you won’t be blamed for forgetting a birthday in future. And last but not the least, these reminders can also help you buy gifts or plan surprise parties for your loved ones.

Links:

birthdaycalendars.ca: http://www.birthdaycalendars.ca

way2sms.com: http://www1.way2sms.com