Use Paypal for Freelancing in India

Good News for all Freelancers and Bloggers in India. Now, you can use the most trusted Payment app worldwide ‘PayPal’ to receive payment from your customers and clients.

In an unprecedented move, PayPal has become more customer-friendly than ever. Earlier, PayPal was exclusively used to make or receive overseas payment. But now, even Indian bloggers can use the same for their benefits.

Significant PayPal Features for Freelancers in India

#1) FIRC Proof

FIRC (Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate) is an important document that can be used as a valid evidence of all inward remittances and payments received in India and abroad. Indian authorities accept it as a valid proof that an individual or company or a partnership firm and others, has received money in hard currency other than INR from outside India.

When a freelancer receives payments from overseas clients, FIRC is a mandatory document in such circumstances. PayPal facilitates easy “SIGN UP” process through which you can directly register yourself to it. Simply send an email request and some other necessary details to PayPal to get started. FIRC is your one-step towards receiving hassle-free payment from your client straight into your bank account via NEFT.

For all FIRC account holders, PayPal has announced 50% discount on its one-time membership fee. Also, you don’t need to register yourself again and again, simply register yourself at the site once and avail all the benefits at one go.

#2) Get Paid Instantly

Once your work is approved then you can easily receive the payment from PayPal. Sign up at PayPal to grab more benefits and services. Share your Paypal.me link to get payment directly into your account through electronic processing.

You can opt for PayPal invoicing for more effective fund transfer. Create custom invoice in no time using PayPal app, and schedule it to time when you wish to send the same to your client. It’s fully safe, secure and cent per cent fraud protected process.

#3) Email Payments

Now the process of receiving payment has become easier and more flawless than before. Receive your payment swifter using email payment. You just need your client’s email id to send a payment request, and receive the same in Indian INR once your client approves the payment.

#4)  PayPal.me Link

Using a single PayPal.Me id, you can now join this group and get payment for your work from any part of the globe. You can grab numerous projects with the confidence of paypal personalized links. Also, you can make payment to people worldwide directly from your PayPal id. An estimate says that PayPal has around a few million customers in India alone.

PayPal is now operating in more than 200 nations at its full swings. In fact, it is one of the most widely used apps by freelancers worldwide. It got a turnover of around 8 billion in 2017. The future trajectory of PayPal is in its upward curve, and is likely to get higher turnover in India in the next few days.

10 Most Expensive Failures in the History of Mankind

Never underestimate the stupidity of financial decisions. Not everyone gets a chance to be rich, but there are some who miss out the chance to be rich for they thought their investment wouldn’t be a successful one. So let’s check out some of such disasters.

1. Ronald Wayne & Apple Inc

Ronald Wayne would have been a billionaire | Pic Courtesy: CNN Money

Though Steve Jobs was always in the limelight, not so visible Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne were equally instrumental to create the company, Apple. Ronald Wayne wasn’t sure of his investment due to previous bad decisions and guess what, he wasn’t too optimistic with Apple either, which is why Ronald sold his shares in Apple for $800, just 11 days after the company was formed.

Had he not been so hasty, his shares would be worth more than £25 billion at current rates. Not such a wise decision Mr Ronald ha!

2. Mars Climate Orbiter

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NASA Mars orbiter disintegrated in the atmosphere, costing the space agency a whopping $125 mn

NASA lost $125 million as its Mars Climate Orbiter couldn’t sustain due to a silly mistake, as a result, it disintegrated upon entrance into the atmosphere. The standard practice by NASA was to calculate force into Newton while the engineer who had built the aircraft calculated the propulsion force in pounds and no one even cared to verify this and just assumed that it was already taken care of.

Tsar Alexander II wondering why he sold Alaska | Pic credits: hepandorasociety.com

3. Tsar Alexander II & Alaska

The United States was sold Alaska by the Tsar Alexander II for merely $7.2 million. Tsar Alexander was afraid that US would invade (oh US!) Alaska. Fearing the forceful takeover the Tsar decided to sell it in March 1867. Today, the resources that Alaska has is worth billions, thankfully Tsar Alexander II is not alive to witness his bad financial decision.

Never let your husband throw a lottery ticket if you already bought one | Credit: WOODTV.com

4. Unclaimed Lottery Ticket

Ouch! Imagine someone’s husband throwing the lottery ticket, the very same ticket that would have won the couple a fortune worth around £116 million. This happened in 2010 with a British couple. The woman whose lottery ticket won the prize, didn’t own the ticket anymore because it was thrown away in the trash by her husband. Wondering whether they are still married? 😛 well, let us know in the comment section!

Star Wars – The unknown financial secret | Pic Credit: The Boogaloo Crews

5. Star Wars Franchise

Well, who can doubt the success that surrounds the Star Wars franchise, but it wasn’t so in the early days when 20th Century Fox thought otherwise and lessened the directing fees for George Lucas and handed over the director licensing rights too.

Today, if you were to calculate the money those rights would have bought,  it would be roughly £13 billion. Go figure!

Xerox couldn’t control a mouse dammit! |Pic credit: ExtremeTech

6. Xerox and it’s Mouse

Ever wondered who created the computer mouse? Well, it was Xerox, but unfortunately, it could never cash in with that tool. In 1970 Xerox had created a computer that could be controlled by a mouse, but they never sold it. So who really enjoyed this technology?

Steve Jobs! Yup, he and other fellows from Apple Inc were invited by Xerox for which Apple Inc paid $1 million worth of Apple’s shares. Sometime later, Steve Job’s company launched the concept which in turn was a huge success.

Well if Xerox would have held the rights, they would be sitting on an incredible pile of £355 billion, but bad luck for them because their share value is somewhere around £9 billion, not bad but, you know….

James Howell sold
what could have been a bright future with Bitcoin| Pic Credit: Steemit

7. James Howell and Bitcoin

James Howell, a citizen of United Kingdom had accumulated 7,500 bitcoins in his hard drive in 2009. What he couldn’t do was to handle it with care. So one day, this man ends up spilling a drink (stupid!) on the drive and then trashed it. Now in 2013, Mr James realised the worth of that hard drive that had the bitcoins, but it was too late. He made desperate efforts to locate it, but why do you think he is on our loser’s list?

In 2013, his bitcoins were worth £3.8 million.

Contrary to what the makers claimed, Titanic ship sank |Pic Credit: IrishCentral

8. The Titanic – The not so ‘Unsinkable’

Guess you already know what’s going to be listed here, so lets cut the crap and figure the figures.

Titanic Movie –  $200,000,000

Titanic Ship – $7,500,000

McDonalds and Arch Deluxe has a sad history |Pic credit: The Daily Meal

9. Mc Donalds and Something they are up to

Just like not all eateries are going to make you money, similarly, not every experiment of an established eatery is going to fetch them money. Do you want a proof? Just McAsk!

‘Arch Deluxe Sandwich’, named after Arch sauce, became the Achilles heel for Mc Donalds when it debuted in 1996. The cost of this sandwich was costlier than the costlier than any other product and flopped big time. According to Business Insider, they are bringing it back, so let’s wish them good luck.

$200 million was spent on the advertisement by McDonald’s before they stopped producing it anymore.

DaimlerChrysler AG- We couldn’t find a better image| Pic Credit: manager-magazin.de

10. DaimlerChrysler AG

Daimler AG, German auto giant know for making luxury cars like Mercedes Benz, created DaimlerChrysler AG along with Chrysler, that cost them around £23.2 billion. The investment ended up being fruitless for in 2007, DaimlerChrysler sold off over 80% shares for £4.7 billion to Cerberus Capital Management.

That’s all for now folks. It’s always fun to know about other’s losses until the day it becomes ours, so watch out.

PS: Don’t forget to let us know your views. It’s always good to learn 🙂

 

Top 5 Smartphones Trending in 2017

In the last few years, smartphones have an become indispensable part of our lives. From a child to old-age people, everyone needs smartphones and tablets these days. Smartphones also serve the purpose as of a digital camera and a PC as well to some extent.

The year 2017 has been an interesting one as far the launch of new and exciting range of mobiles smartphones is concerned. Most of the brands have launched their best smartphones this year. Be it Samsung, ZTE or iPhone, each brand invests heavily in smartphone and tablets. Their main focus is to provide maximum features and benefits to customers at relatively lesser costs.

Here are the top 5 Smartphones that are widely trending in 2017.

#5) Asus Zenfone 3S Max: This astounding smartphone from the house of Asus is brilliant. With powerful 5000mAh battery and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, this is the ultimate phone that anyone would like to buy for multipurpose uses.

It comes with 5.2-inch screen size, and 1 Ghz octa-core processor. It also has 32-GB internal memory with 13-MP rear camera and 8 MP (megapixel) front camera. It is a 4G/ LTE handset perfect for your daily use.

#4)  Opp A57: This smartphone is gaining a huge popularity for being an apt device to click those pout selfies in high resolutions and quality. The device comes in 5.2-inch HD LCD display with an inbuilt Android  6.0 Marshallow OS. The device runs on Octa-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon offering fast-processing speed and uninterrupted net connectivity.

The smartphone has 32-GB of internal storeage and is expandable up to a whopping 256 GB via microSD card. Oppo A57 is perfect for those who love taking selfies frequently. It has 16-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel rear camera as well.

#3) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: It was Xiaomi’s much anticipated smartphones and got worldwide release earlier this year. It comes with 32-GB ROM and in unique 151 x 76 x 8.3mm dimensions. This attractive smartphone operates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with full 5.5-inch screen size couple with full-HD resolution.

Redmi Note 4 has 13-megapixel CMOS sensor in rear camera while 5-MP CMOS in its front snapper. It offers superior picture quality and processes the internet data at a relatively higher speed. The smartphone also comes with 77-degree wide angle lens and has LED flash options as well.

#2) Motorola Moto G5 Plus: Motorola teased its Moto G5 plus earlier this year before releasing it for public at many places across the globe. The device comes with 4GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage facility as well. Higher RAM ensures faster download and uploading of files.

Moto G5 plus has 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash option as well. It has 5-MP front-camera facility as well to snap those selfies and share with your friends. Motorola Moto G5 Plus comes with 1920 x 1080 pixels with Gorilla Glass 3 protection for extra layering of safety from accidental breakage.

#1) Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: iPhone 7and iPhone 7 plus have a single difference that is their screen size. iPhone 7 has 4.4-inch screen size while iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen size. Both versions have similar durability, reliability, features and functionality. Interestingly, Apple iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 plus comes with multiple network supports starting from GSM, CDMA, HSPA to LTE. The handset weighs just 188-gram only.

The device also comes with Quad-core processor with 2.34 GHz CPU speed. The device has an internal storage up to 256 GB as well. The battery backup is excellent with 2900 mAh capacity. These features make it a numero uno choice among the smartphone users.

No doubt, when it comes to high-quality features and astounding processing speed, iPhone 7/7+ still rules the roost. It’s an amazing, sublime and spectacular smartphone for regular use with high level of durability too.

      

What did Nelson Mandela change?

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Before we get to know about Nelson Mandela, here are 5 do you know about him.

  1. Mandela’s real name was Rolihlahla, which means troublemaker in his Xhosa tribe.
  2. He acted in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic Malcolm X. In the movie Nelson acted as a teacher at the end of the movie and recited a famous speech by Malcolm. Mandela had refused to speak ‘by any means necessary’ in the same speech, for which the director put a scene of Malcolm X himself saying these words.
  3. Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel, whose first marriage was with Mozambique President Samora Machel. After his death, Graca married Nelson and thus become first lady of two nations.
  4. Mandela loved boxing but not for its violence, but for its techniques used for protecting oneself.
  5. He opened South Africa’s first black law firm in Johannesburg in 1952.

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life for the freedom of South Africa and for social change. Mandela was born in 1918 in South Africa which was at that time under British. Mandela was born in the racial segregated system of South Africa called apartheid which meant ‘apartness’.

Resistance Movement

He joined the national movement for freedom at an early age. In 1950’s he became a leader in the resistance movement. Resistance movement was a movement that fought for advocating equal rights to people of all color under the law.

Nation of equal opportunities

“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.”

Nelson championed equal rights for all people under democratic law. He wanted all people to have equal opportunities.

“It is an ideal for which I have prepared to die.”

Mandela in Prison

Mandela was put in prison in 1962 by the apartheid government. They had charged him with treason because they were threatened by the leadership that Mandela projected for it challenged their authority in the country.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison as prisoner 466/64. In jail, Mandela had a reputation and even after being isolated, that reputation grew over time and so did Mandela’s determination to end apartheid.

Mandela refused to accept release until he was allowed to fight for freedom of his countrymen.

At last in 1990, the South African government, due to international pressure released Mandela from prison nearly after three decades.

After release Mandela pledged to continue his fight to end apartheid even thought his health had deteriorated significantly after working in prison.

He led negotiations between white and black South Africans. Only after four years of struggle, South Africa held its first multi-racial elections in April 1994.

Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa in 1994.

Time for the healing of the wounds has come.’

‘We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people.’

$618 Billion Defence Bill will push US-India Defence ties

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On December 24, US President Barack Obama signed a $618 billion defence policy bill. In this policy, there are mentions to US-India security co-operation.

Here are 5 most important things you need to know about this bill.

  1. This bill, known as the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) was passed by the US House of Representatives and the Senate.

The bill talks about US security relations with Pakistan by saying that US will refocus” its security assistance with its cold war ally.

The bills says that it NDAA will “refocus security assistance to Pakistan on activities that directly support US national security interests and condition a significant portion of funding on a certification from the secretary of defence that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network in Pakistan territory.”

  1. Guantanamo Bay Facility

Obama’s big target of closing the brutal Guantanamo Bay Facility will not be achieved as the NDAA bill lays restrictions on Guantanamo Bay facility detainees being transferred.

  1. Army and Marine Corps

The NDAA bill authorizes 4, 76,000 active duty soldiers, increase of 16000 from earlier authorisation. The bill also authorises 1, 85,000 Marines, again an increase of 3000 more.

  1. US-India security co-operation

NDAA also promises to enhance security ties with India. This was categorized under the bill in “Supporting Allies and Partner” section.

  1. Increase in Funding

The bill also increased the base funding by $3.2 billion. It also calls for $5.8 billion more in war money requested by the White House.