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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes jibe at Ola’s co-founder, says willing to apply for Indian citizenship

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick may have 99 problems to worry about, but his local competitor’s controversial proposal to gain foothold in the market isn’t one of them.  Taking a jibe at Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal’s recent remarks that the Indian government should favour local companies, Kalanick says if people have an issue with his US citizenship, he would love to become an Indian. SEE ALSO: Uber taps the big fat Indian wedding season “If it is about whether I am personally Indian, I will apply to be a citizen of India if this’s what gets us over the hump,” Kalanick joked with NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at a press meet Thursday. Phasing out of the joke, Kalanick reminded, “We were always local from the beginning – but when we went to India and China we just had to take it to the next level.” Read more…More about Business, India, Ola, Uber, and Tech

The 5 best luxury sport sedans from the LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES — This year’s LA Auto Show might not have been rife with outrageous concept cars, but it was nonetheless significant. Despite that, luxury sport sedans shined bright underneath the glaring lights of the carmakers’ show stands. Although the breed’s numbers appeared to have been dwindling in the last few years, at least judging from the LA Auto Show, they’re making a comeback. That said, none is exactly the same. While one might embrace efficiency while another exemplifies wild excess. Accordingly, we thought we’d take a moment to look at the five most impressive luxury sport sedans to make their debut this year in LA. Read more…More about Cars, Tech, Transportation, and La Auto Show

50 Awesome and Inspiring Responsive Website Designs from 2014 by @albertcostill

You probably heard retailers began their holiday season with record-setting sales during “Cyber Week” – the shopping period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Real-time data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark shows online sales grew 8.5% since 2013. Even more interesting, although not surprising, was the fact that “mobile sales up 27.6% year-over-year.” On Cyber Monday specifically, “mobile traffic accounted for 41.2% of all online traffic, up 30.1% over 2013. Mobile sales were also strong, reaching 22% of total Cyber Monday online sales”. Another important finding was the even though smartphones doubled tablets in online traffic, tablet users spent more money on purchases ($99.61 vs. $121.49). […]The post 50 Awesome and Inspiring Responsive Website Designs from 2014 by @albertcostill appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Crazy Birds Prank Puts Victims in Real-Life Hitchcock Movie

Admit it — when you first saw Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller The Birds, it took you a few weeks to get over your new-found fear of anything feathered. So to wake up from a pleasant nap on the beach to find yourself surrounded by seagulls sounds like a nightmare. See also: 5 Pranks to Play on Your Friend’s iPhone Prankster Roman Atwood teamed up with YouTube stars the Dudesons to terrify a few unlucky beach-goers. In the clip, the Dudesons run around a beach, tossing crumbled popcorn near sleeping sunbathers. Naturally, seagulls quickly descend on the free snacks Good luck sleeping tonight, beach lovers Read more…More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Pranks, Watercooler, and Videos

Study: Car Infotainment a Looming Public Safety Crisis

Just as Apple starts bringing a special version of Siri into cars, an AAA study throws a bucket of cold water on the next step in “safe infotainment” for the latest vehicles. The study found that of all the typical in-car activities studied, speech-to-text systems were “the most cognitively distracting.” The study results were expressed in workload ratings, where a baseline number of 1.0 was assigned to a single driver without any distractions inside the car. Listening to the radio was rated 1.21, having a passenger in the car, 2.33, and talking on a cellphone, 2.45 (with hands-free cellphone use rated at 2.27). Most dangerous was listening and responding to email using speech-to-text, garnering a 3.06 rating on the cognitive distraction scale. Read more…More about Cars, Study, Tech, Us, and Distracted Driving

Texting While Driving Kills: Here’s One Grim Example

The photo above serves as a harsh reminder of the consequences of texting while driving. The unfinished text, never sent, was typed by 22-year-old Alexander Heit as he was driving through a small town in Colorado earlier this month Before Heit had a chance to finish typing the text, his car drifted onto the wrong side of the road. Before Heit had a chance to finish typing the text, his car drifted onto the wrong side of the road. Realizing his mistake, he overcorrected, quickly turning the steering wheel in an attempt to move his vehicle back into the right lane. He lost control of the car and it veered off the highway, rolling and flipping until it came to a stop Read more…More about Texting While Driving, Us, Lifestyle, and Family Parenting