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Best ramen instant noodle flavors

American’s perception of ramen has come a long way since being viewed as the dietary staple of college students, artists, and everyone else who’s ever had to return Christmas presents to pay rent. Today, Asian noodle dishes from Chinese hot pots to Japanese ramen are foodie favorites. Late-night noodle shops are springing up all over the country and inspiring countless slurp shots on Instagram and gimmicks like glow-in-the-dark ramen from restaurants trying to attract said Instagrammers. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Asia, Japan, US, America, Costco, All, Phillies, Malone, Bryce Harper, Prima, Tom Yum, Nissin, UNIF, Instant Noodles


King Kamehameha never had it so good: Have a Royal Hawaiian celebration without breaking the bank.

No doubt being the king of all the Islands had its perks—but not near the luxury and creature comforts available these days to us common folk.  And—here's the kicker—if you are planning an event for a group (say six to twelve people) you will be surprised at how affordable a luxury villa  or beachside enclave can be. For the per-person price that a couple pays for a pretty-nice condo or resort room, a group of ten or so can chill at a pad that could be a movie set.Of course, you can also spe...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hawaii, South Pacific, Pacific, Islands, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lanai, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Mauna Loa, Honolulu, Oahu, Mauna Kea, Kihei


Best dispensaries in Seattle

There are plenty of things Seattle is known for. The birth of grunge and Amazon, for example, and as the location for a bunch of scenes in 50 Shades of Grey. Also the unsettling connection to serial killers. Increasingly, however, it’s known for world-class cannabis shops. Whether you’re just passing through or you’re looking to make Seattle your home, Seattle is a city where cannabis lovers can be forever satisfied. These are the best recreational cannabis dispensaries in Seattle. 1. Have ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Washington, US, Cannabis, Seattle, Denver, All, Ike, Blanchard, Belltown, Eisenberg, Lake City Way, Ian Eisenberg, Martin Luther King Jr Way, Dispensaries


Pine Labs acquires Amazon-backed Qwikcilver for $110 million

Pine Labs, a merchant platform based in Singapore, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Bengaluru-based gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver – which counts Amazon among its investors – for $110 million (approx Rs758 crore). It claims to manage an annualised gross transaction... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Singapore, India, E-commerce, Mergers & Acquisitions, Digital Payments, Qwikcilver, Pine Labs, Mergers And Acquisition


Enforcement Directorate probing Flipkart and Amazon for forex violations

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating Flipkart and Amazon for alleged violation of foreign exchange law, it has informed the Delhi High Court, per Business Standard. A case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) has been registered against the two companies, the ED told the court,... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Fema, Flipkart, Enforcement Directorate


US no longer needs visa for Brazil

For a few years now , Brazil has been experimenting with its visa program when it comes to travelers from the US. In 2016, the country temporarily waived visa requirements to attract US citizens for the Summer Olympics, and in 2018, it launched an e-visa program to make visa acquisition easier for US travelers. Now, the country is eliminating the visa requirement altogether, making it easier than ever for Americans to travel to Brazil. Starting on June 17, American, Canadian, Australian, and J...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, US, Brazil, North, South, Sao Paulo, All, Midwest, Brazil Visa, Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil travel, Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, Brazil Tourism, Brazil Tourist Visa, US Citizen Visas


Questions: the new superpower

Alexa, Siri, Google, and all programs that answer questions, have mechanisms that determine the answers. If you’re like me, you largely assume they are accurate, without us knowing the reference material or checking further. We actually do this in our daily lives – pose questions to friends, colleagues, and clients, about stuff we’re curious about, and receive responses we don’t check for accuracy or congruence. Have you ever wondered what a question actually is? Conventionally, questions are po...
Tags: Amazon, Kaiser Permanente, Sales, Communication, Porsche, DuPont, Kpmg, Machu Picchu, Sharon Drew Morgen, Sharon Drew, Alexa Siri Google, Asker, Facilitative Questions Sharon Drew


Week 15: Viva Las Vegas Baby!

We weren’t intending on visiting Vegas on our America Unplugged road trip. Our intention on  this trip is to go beyond the main tourist destinations that everyone knows, and strangely, wants to visit. But, since we were close by, and our Australian readers insist on incorporating Vegas into their travel plans, we decided why not? I wasn’t expecting to have a great time – I mean how long can you spend looking at casinos before you get bored? But, I arrived intending to have a great time and see V...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, America, Chicago, Paris, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Zappos, Tripadvisor, St George, MGM


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


Can there be too much competition between startups?

Competition is the core of capitalism. Competition between companies lowers prices — on average — and ensures that they are forced to innovate lest they lose their markets to others. Competition between workers ensures that people strive to do their best work lest their jobs go to more qualified or faster or cheaper replacements. Obviously, there is a spectrum here from lethargic monopoly to cutthroat competition that causes more problems than it’s worth (environmental damage in the hopes of cut...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, New York, China, Nigeria, Africa, Palo Alto, Alibaba, Venture Capital, JD.com, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Travis Kalanick, Naspers, Reuters


Apple Music comes to Fire TV

Apple Music is launching on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. today, after rolling out in December to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The news is notable as it’s yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2017 announcement of Apple’s agreement with Amazon. Their deal allowed Amazon’s Prime Video app to launch on Apple TV and saw the return of Apple products on Amazon.com. Since then, the companies have made several moves to honor their deal. La...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Music, Media, Samsung, Tim Cook, Lg, Fire TV, Vizio, Amazon Fire TV, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Their, U S Fire TV


Amazon: threat or ‘prime’ opportunity for hotels?

Amazon has not forayed into the travel industry, yet, but if it does it will be a "monster with a lot of data", says Maite Aguilar NH Hotels VP of Distribution, NH Hotels, who was interviewed for EyeforTravel's latest white paper - Dirty Distribution Tactics and how Hotels are Fighting Back.
Tags: Travel, Amazon


NAMA Digest: Developments at Zoho, Netflix, Facebook, OLX and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem. Developments in the digital ecosystem NPCI has issued 64 million RuPay global cards on the Discover Network, reports the Economic Times. The cards are accepted by 41 million merchants across... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Smart City, News, Government, India, Policy, Netflix, Regulation, Airbnb, Flipkart, Paytm


Amazon expands program that pays developers for top voice apps to France, Italy & Spain

Amazon is expanding its program that directly pays Alexa developers in cash for building valuable, quality voice apps to new markets in Europe: France, Italy, and Spain. Originally launched in the U.S. in 2017 for those developers building game skills, the Alexa Developer Rewards program has since expanded to include a broader selection of Alexa skill categories, and later became available in top European markets, Germany and the U.K. as well as in Japan and India. With the launch in France, Ita...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Apps, Europe, Japan, Germany, India, Spain, Developers, Voice, Alexa, Voice Assistant, France Italy, Health Fitness, Alexa Skill


Elizabeth Warren reportedly also wants to break up Apple

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made waves yesterday when she outlined her plan for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. Now, The Verge reports Warren also wants to break up Apple. Specifically, Warren believes Apple should not be able to both run the Apple App Store and distribute apps in it. “It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren told The Verge. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store. They don’t get to...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Policy, Warren, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Amazon Basics, Facebook Now The Verge


So you're going to Kauai? Read this first.

The new 21st anniversary edition of Kauai Trailblazer is now available on Amazon.  Check it out here. Trailblazer Guides are geared toward independent travelers who have a sense of adventure. The books cover all the well-known activities, as well as places to call your own. Get out the yellow highlighter and give KT a look before your visit: you will hit the ground running at the airport. Activities (like hiking, strolling, snorkeling, biking, surfing) are organized by geographic reg...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, Hawaii, Kilauea, Koke, Kauai, Princeville, KT, Kapa, Amazon Check, Kekaha, Barking Sands, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lawai, Polihale State Park Kauai


Fresh from the Garden Isle: Kauai Trailblazer 2019

The new 21st anniversary edition of Kauai Trailblazer is now available on Amazon.  Check it out here. Trailblazer Guides are geared toward independent travelers who have a sense of adventure. The books cover all the well-known activities, as well as places to call your own. Get out the yellow highlighter and give KT a look before your visit: you will hit the ground running at the airport. Activities (like hiking, strolling, snorkeling, biking, surfing) are organized by geographic reg...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, Hawaii, Kilauea, Koke, Kauai, Princeville, KT, Garden Isle, Kapa, Amazon Check, Kekaha, Barking Sands, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Lawai


Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook

The influential Massachusetts Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been a longtime critic of the consolidation of economic power by Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Now she’s making their break-up a key component of her Presidential platform. Warren has just released her plan for breaking up big tech, in what seems like a watershed moment for a Democratic nominee. Since Al Gore famously (infamously?) “invented the internet”, Democratic candidates have turned away from seri...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Internet, Obama, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Google Search, Companies, Artificial Intelligence


Are the Sony WH-1000X M3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Better than the Bose QC35 II?

The Sony headphones come in black or white colors and look modern and contemporary. Although other makes/models of noise canceling headphones have at times drawn almost even with market-leader Bose, and some have surpassed their sound quality, none have ever exceeded the noise canceling capabilities of the Bose products.  To date, Bose’s position has been secure as the absolutely very best for noise cancelling.Noise cancelling is tremendously beneficial for all who fly.  First, noise canceling p...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, US, Tech, Usb, Sony, Ikea, Bose, Alexa, Cellphones & Wireless, Hiqh Quality Music And Myths, SBC, OSHA, Amazon Alexa


Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey

The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular. Earlier today, Edison Research and Triton Digital presented their Infinite Dial report with findings from a phone survey of 1,500 Americans (age 12+) during January and February. Since 1998, the report has tracked the ad...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Spotify, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Podcasts, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, Triton


Best family trips in South America

Perhaps you hadn’t been thinking of South America as a family travel destination. The huge continent is actually a fantastic place to explore with the kids — full of otherworldly landscapes, sand dunes, dinosaur sites, sky-high cable cars, national parks, and super beaches. For parents with an adventurous streak, there’s no better place to bring the family. From Ecuador down to Uruguay, here are some of our favorite places. Ecuador Photo: Stephanie Frias If Ecuador isn’t on your bucket li...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Usa, Colorado, California, US, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Chile, Beverly Hills, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, Peru, South America


Amazon, FBA e Dubai

Amazon FBA  é la nuova frontiera dell’e-commerce: tante imprese stanno facendo affari importanti tramite un sistema che sembra affidabile e
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, Featured, Dubai, FBA, Amazon FBA, News da Dubai, INFORMAZIONI su DUBAI ed EMIRATI ARABI, Expo 2020, Free Zone, First Page, Tasse, Società, Apertura Società, Antonio Vida


Arlington, Virginia Will Tax Visitors and Give the Money to Amazon

Amazon decided to split up its proposed “HQ2” facility between New York and Northern Virginia, promising about 25,000 jobs for each. New York politicians chased Amazon out of their New York plan. The payments that Amazon will get for their Northern Virginia headquarters (in addition to tax reductions) are many and varied, coming from all levels of government. Arlington, Virginia will direct a portion of its hotel tax to Amazon. Continue reading Arlington, Virginia Will Tax Visitors and Give the ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Advice, Northern Virginia, Arlington Virginia, Amazon Continue


My 2018 Location Independent Income Report

This post My 2018 Location Independent Income Report appeared first on The Professional Hobo. Each year I publish my own full-time travel expenses, as well as my income for the year. I do this not to set the bar for what you should earn or what you should spend in order to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way; rather – as the years go by and my own income and expenses vary – to demonstrate that there is no bar . Here is my 2018 location independent income report, complet...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hollywood, Australia, US, Toronto, Netflix, Canada, Amazon Kindle, Life As A Full-time Traveler, Nora, Annual Report, TBEX Travel Blog Exchange, Annual Expense & Income Reviews, 2018 Income, Income Report


SXSW Startups: Migo

Migo shows options for getting around Austin. The Forrest Four-Cast: March 3, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in Transportation and Delivery, which will pitch at 9:30 am Saturday, March 9, Migo is the free app for discovering the be...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Microsoft, Startup, Austin, Netflix, Innovation, Mobility, Tripadvisor, Seattle, Warren Buffet, Expedia, Sxsw, Denver Post, Amazon Now


Google Fi – A Transformation of Cell Phone Service

Google Fi is a wonderful new type of cell phone service, and at a wonderfully affordable price. Google has profoundly changed many parts of our world.  Its eponymous search engine, of course.  Its Gmail service, which now dominates the email field the same way Google’s search engine dominates search.  Other things are not so obvious but still important – for example, it “rewrote the book” on how to monetize and advertise on the internet with its Adsense and Adwords programs.One of its new ventur...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Fcc, Microsoft, North Korea, Russia, Nokia, US, Tech, Customer Service, Canada, Sprint, New Zealand


NAMA Digest: Developments at Hungama, Insider.in, Facebook, Flipkart and more

A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem.  Developments in the digital ecosystem Hungama Music’s Sound of Fame 2018 report noted a 48% increase in music consumption, and 2.9x growth in time spent listening, and 3x increase in number of... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Music, Elections, News, Internet, Social Media, Streaming, Flipkart, Jio, Aadhaar, Industry Moves


Humpback whale washed ashore

On Friday, marine biologists from the Bicho D’Água conservation group in Brazil discovered a young humpback whale washed ashore on a remote, forested island on the Amazon River. It wasn’t lying on the riverbank though, as might be expected, but lodged in the thick shrubs and brush about 50 feet from the shore — and during a time of year when most humpbacks have already migrated to Antarctica. The whale was about 26 feet long, and had been dead for more than several days. ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York Times, Antarctica, Brazil, Whales, Humpback Whales, All, Emin, Amazon River, Peter Evans, Bicho D'Água, PST Renate Emin, Sea Watch Foundation


The best reasons to drive a rental

Driving abroad can be intimidating for a number of reasons. It requires plotting a route that won’t lead you into dead-end alleys or crashing through jungle vines or off the side of a cliff. You have to take responsibility for a rental car, likely putting down a good chunk of change for an insurance deposit. And you’ll need to learn foreign driving customs, dodge speeding locals, navigate dilapidated roads, and occasionally steer around livestock. But facing those challenges is entirely worth...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Driving, Rental Cars, All, French Alps, Ekaterina Pokrovsky Shutterstock, Driving Abroad, Aivita Arika Shutterstock, Alena Ozerova Shutterstock, Estrada Anton Shutterstock


Beyond the Blue Ridge: Explore with Adios Adventure Travel

Have you always wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu but found it difficult to get a permit for the trip? The local guides at Adios Adventure Travel have more than a decade of experience arranging unique trips and helping travelers realize the adventure of their lifetime. Whether you’re looking for an intense, multi-day backpacking trip or an easy day hike, the mountains and waters of South America are the perfect place to start. With dozens of trips to choose from and the a...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Sport, Cycling, Peru, South America, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Bolivia, Inca Trail, Virginia Beach, Sponsored Content, Adios, Adios Adventure Travel, Peru Ecuador Chile



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