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The NYC Cook Who Turned a Tiny Food Cart Into His Biggest Dream

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NEW YORK, New York — On a hot Friday afternoon, a herd of customers flank both sides of the food cart, waiting on their South Indian fare. The phone rings loudly with takeout orders. Yet New York food vendor Thiru Kumar calmly shuffles between tasks, giving everyone due attention.

Better known as the Dosa Man, Kumar opened his tiny world-renowned cart, NY Dosas (a dosa is a South Indian crepe), in 2001. Soon he amassed a cult following; local and international patrons visit year-round to buy his inexpensive and flavorful street eats. His accolades are many: Listed in 42 countries’ guidebooks, his was the first vegan dosa cart in the world. He has fan clubs in California and Japan. Read more…

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What’s Really the Difference Between Facebook Pages, Groups and Profiles?

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With several overlapping features, Facebook‘s Pages, groups and profiles leave many users confused

Together, these three functions help us stay connected, but each has its own purpose and works for different types of content. Whether you want to stay in touch with friends, promote your brand or meet others with the same hobbies, we can help you determine which tool will most effectively meet your needs

Below, we highlight the differences between Facebook Pages, groups and profiles to help you understand when and how to use each one Read more…

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The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2014 on Amazon

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This year’s most popular costumes include an evil Disney queen, a good Disney queen, a banana and a tuxedo-donning dog.

According to data provided by Amazon, these costumes prove that the big trends of 2014 crossed demographics: both women and men favor superheroes, and Disney box-office successes are beloved across ages.

Once you check out the most popular costumes on Pinterest and Google, take a look at the following list for the costumes that people are buying this year — even for their pets.

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Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo

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Warning: This post contains potentially disturbing or triggering images and video.

The Internet is quite literally a fear factory.

Yahoo shared the top 10 phobias its users searched for over the past month, just in time for Halloween. (Which reminds us, there is such a thing as fear of Halloween, called “samhainophobia.” So that’s fun.)

Topping the list is agoraphobia, which is an anxiety disorder in which people fear being trapped in situations or places that cause panic. So maybe work up to haunted houses another year… Read more…

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The 11 Most Expensive Halloween Costumes on Amazon

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After all is said and done — decorations hung, candy bought and costumes worn — celebrating Halloween adds up to more than just a few scares.

This year, the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween consumer survey found that 67.4% of Americans celebrating the holiday will buy costumes, with the average spending per person coming to $77.52. Overall, the Halloween industry is worth $7.4 billion.

To put these statistics into perspective, we asked Amazon for the most expensive costumes the site offers. While these aren’t the average trick-or-treaters’ costumes, they provide a look at just how expensive Halloween can cost Read more…

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If You Printed All the Instagram Photos in a Year, How Far Would They Reach?

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Every year, Instagram users upload 21.9 billion photos to the visual social network.

Selfies, food porn, adorable animals — they all flood the favored photo app every second, and it would take multiple lifetimes just to double-tap them all. Kim Kardashian (the reigning queen of Instagram’s most-liked photo) would have to spend 286 million years just to post that many selfies.

Photo company Photoworld wanted to put that ridiculously huge figure in perspective. If you printed out each and every Insta photo uploaded this year and stacked them up, they would climb up thousands of miles. For example, if you only printed the number of photos that are uploaded every 37 minutes, your stack would easily zip past the Empire State Building Read more…

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Where to Get the Most Money for Your Old iPad

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Out with the old, in with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Apple unveiled its shiny new iPads on Thursday, and for many people, that means it’s time to get rid of the old models. Whether you’re looking to trade in your old iPad or sell it, there are several options available to help you find the best deal for your device

Below, we’ve detailed 10 of the best resale and trade-in options. Pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 start Oct. 17.

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With Amazon’s trade-in program, you can turn your iPad into an Amazon gift card. Simply answer a few questions about your tablet, get instant quotes and ship it off for free with a pre-paid UPS shipping label Read more…

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The Most Popular Free Apps From A to Z

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Learning about the hottest free apps is as easy as ABC.

With countless smartphone apps at our fingertips, we took a look at the iTunes and Google Play stores’ top charts to find the free favorites. From social networks to games, these apps keep us glued to our devices for hours, without costing a cent.

In the interactive graphic below, we’ve gathered the most popular free iOS and Android apps starting with each letter of the alphabet. Click on the icons to learn more

Credit: Mashable, Christopher Mineses & Bob Al-Greene

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The Most Popular Free Apps From A to Z

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Learning about the hottest free apps is as easy as ABC.

With countless smartphone apps at our fingertips, we took a look at the iTunes and Google Play stores’ top charts to find the free favorites. From social networks to games, these apps keep us glued to our devices for hours, without costing a cent.

In the interactive graphic below, we’ve gathered the most popular free iOS and Android apps starting with each letter of the alphabet. Click on the icons to learn more

Credit: Mashable, Christopher Mineses & Bob Al-Greene

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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8 of the Most First-World Startups on the Planet

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Startup culture really embraces its first world problems.

There are all kinds of specialized apps and startups that already service your each and every whim. Now, an influx of apps caters to the 1%.

One company is Uber for private jets (seriously); another matches up exclusively wealthy people. Basically, these tools exist to make the lives of the rich even easier.

So what’s with the rise of startups aimed at wealthy people? For one, there’s always someone looking for an easy way to cash in. Take the app I Am Rich. In 2008, it was a $999 app that didn’t do anything except display a red diamond. The point was to show your friends you bought it, just to prove you could spare the cash. When it released, eight people actually bought it, before Apple shut it down Read more…

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