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rome2rio – Travel Search Guide for Airline and Railways

Rome2rio is a multi-modal travel search guide that aims at making travelling easy. rome2mio has a map based UI. You should enter the origin and destination places and it will be give you the travel combination of cars, buses, trains, ferries or planes that you should take.

The app also mentions you the amount of money that you should spend to reach your destination. The service splits the travel mode. It also mentions the amount of money that you should spend for each mode of transportation and then mentions the total amount. The airfares are taken from Katak.

Similarly, Indian train details are provided by Indian Railways. It gives you an option to enter the travel dates and it pulls the exact airfares from Katak. It features 670 airlines worldwide, and features trains in Europe, China and India. It also allows you to book your tickets straight away when you choose your dates and your preferred airlines.

Hotel bookings are also available.

It also gives you multiple choices of transportation/origin/destination and you can choose the one you prefer. For example, when I searched for a travel guide from Madurai, India to Tokyo, Japan, it gave me an option to land either at Tokyo Narita or at Tokyo Haneda.

rome2rio

The price tags are mentioned in USD by default. You can choose to change that to your preferred currency any time.

How rome2rio stakes against Google Maps?

rome2rio is basically Google Maps with additional features. But the main advantage of rome2rio over Google Maps is that, the former gives you multi-modal travel options while Google Maps limits to one mode of travel. Also Google Maps doesn’t show fares and doesn’t allow bookings.

Link: rome2rio website

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Mouselock – Helps nab your computer intruders

Win + L key combination on Windows or Ctrl + Shift + Eject on Mac help you to lock your computer and be safe from computer intruders. Mouselock is a web app that doesn’t lock your computer but helps you catch the victim. Mouselock uses your webcamera to take a snap of the intruder and mails you his/her photo. The app is really simple to use.

  • Head to Mouselock website (Link at the bottom of the post)
  • You’ll be asked to login with your Google account. You must link since the victim’s photo will be mailed to this account.
  • Once you sign in, you’ll be prompted to choose a number from 1 to 10. It acts as a Unlock-code.

mouselock

  • Next you’ll have to click on the Mouse slot shown there. A notification bar pops up at the top of your web browser asking permissions to access your web camera. It’s fairly safe and meaningful to Allow the app to use your webcamera.
  • You’re now in the Locked mode. When someone tried to move the mouse of that slot, a timer starts. He/she will be asked to choose the Unlock-code that you chose. If failed, a photo of that person will be mailed to you.

That’s it. Wasn’t that easy? Mouselock doesn’t actually lock your computer. The victim can access other files and doing anything on your computer. This web app just helps you find who the intruder to.

If you found this web app useful, make sure to share this with all your friends. Don’t forget to pen down your comments.

Link: Mouselock

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Read RSS feeds in an interactive way with RSS Voyage

While you have apps like Flipboard, which lets consume information in a interactive way on mobile, there are not much options when it comes to desktop. You’re either stuck with Google Reader or some desktop RSS reader, they are definitely good apps, but no where near the interactiveness of mobile RSS readers. RSS Voyage tries to solve this.

RSS Voyage
RSS Voyage

In RSS Voyage, you get all the posts scattered in 3D space, which can be browsed using your mouse wheel (or touchpad scroll, in case of laptop), and keyboard arrows. You get a small excerpt of the posts, and you need to go to the website for the full article (for both full, and partial feeds).

You can add RSS feeds you want by signing up for the site and logging in, but there’s no way to upload an OPML file, which really matters if you have too many feeds to subscribe to. For an immersive experience, you can try the full screen option.

And in case, you’re wondering, the site is built using Flash, one of the most underrated technologies. This is not an alternative for RSS readers out there, but definitely worth using when you’re bored out of one. Also, we’ve covered quite a few tools regarding RSS and Google Reader here at DW.

Link: RSS Voyage

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President Obama met with Mark Zuckerberg and other CEOs

President Obama met with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO – Facebook  on Thursday, February 17 during his San Francisco trip.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison were also invited for the dinner on Thursday night. The main aim for this meeting was about Job creation and Innovation.

Mr. President and Mark Zuckerberg

Mr. President, CEOs and other officials of White House

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I hope it has some positive results, after the meeting. What else would have been the topic of discussion here ? 🙂 Did the president ask Mr Zuck to increase some privacy settings ? 🙂

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