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Before and After Pictures of the Nepal Earthquake.

Here are before and after photos of Kathmandu and Bharatpur’s most well-known landmarks. Hundreds of ancient temples and monuments dating from the 17th century were destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. (–> How you can help and donate to relief efforts)

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Photos of Mexican Drug Lord Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino, aka Z-40’s Home, After Being Raided!!

Want to see real Breaking Bad? Here it is..

Photos of Mexican Drug Lord Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino, aka Z-40’s Home, After Being Raided:

Yes, that is cash piled on the table in the background! (more…)

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Are Wikipedia software development engineers of the caliber that could work as SDEs at Google / Facebook / Amazon / etc?

Answer by Brandon Harris, Senior Designer, Wikimedia Foundation:

“OB Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, so there’s going to be a bit of a “dragonslayer” tone in this answer.

This is a long answer, but I promise you, it pays off.

First, I’ll address your concerns about working with “less talented people”.  There are two things I want to bring up here:

1) I’ve been working in this industry for close to 20 years now.  I’ve worked with brilliant minds and layabout assholes.  Foundation engineers tend to fall closer to the “brilliant” side of that spectrum.  Many of them are younger and inexperienced, but that makes them no less smart.

2) If your deciding factor for working with an employer is based around “being around intelligent people” then I think you’ll be disappointed no matter where you work.  This is because of two things:  a) there will always be people who you think are morons, and b) intelligent people tend to disagree with each other, and that can be a frustration that leads one to think that the other person is a moron. (more…)

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Pandora : What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given as an entrepreneur?

Answer by Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora:

Learn public speaking.

Of all the skills that an entrepreneur can have, I think the ability to convey an idea or opportunity, with confidence, eloquence and passion is the most universally useful skill.  Whether you’re pitching a group of investors, rallying your employees, selling a customer, recruiting talent, addressing consumers, or doing a press tour, the ability to deliver a great talk is absolutely invaluable.  And it is perhaps THE most under-recognized and under-nurtured skill.

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What happens to software engineers who don’t climb the corporate ladder and stay as engineers?

Answer by Harry Glaser:

They become … Unix Beards!

(Just kidding.)

They become better, more experienced, more sought-after, better-rewarded engineers. Some of the best big tech companies recognize this explicitly in their career ladders. At Google, for example, there is a separate job ladder for “individual contributors”, which culminates (or once did) at “Google Fellow”. An engineer at this level is commensurate with a Vice President, and has similar high-level impact — even moreso on questions of technology, architecture and technical direction. I believe there are similar positions at Facebook, Apple, etc. (more…)

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Dizmo, a Revolutionary Touch UI exceeded its Fundraising goal

The Swiss-based software company Dizmo exceeded its fundraising goal of $25,000 today on Kickstarter, and its smart user interface could be readily available by June. Dizmo’s user interface enables customers to move, swivel, shrink and expand any app, which includes calendars, maps, spreadsheets or videos on televisions, tablets and glass surfaces. All the features of Dizmo’s interface are sensitive, meaning the visual aspects automatically adjust to the size they’re expanded or shrunk to.

dizmo space is structured on HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and delivers you with an industry standard debugging system that helps you developing powerful and efficient code. Furthermore to that, you have built-in access to standard JS libraries like jQuery and Joose, while keeping the alternative to add your own libraries and frameworks. dizmo space also offers you with a utility library to enable you to easily make your dizmos look good and well integrated in the environment.

Some of the key characteristics of the dizmo space are:

  • Organize (move, rotate, re-size) dizmos on any digital surface
  • Develop and simultaneously use distinct dizmos at the same time
  • Get multiple copies of any dizmo
  • Rapidly navigate through an endless digital space with a zoom-able user interface
  • Move and share dizmos between numerous devices, throughout rooms or locations, making your digital gizmos ubiquitous through the cloud
  • Build your own dizmos, by using the dizmo SDK
  • Dock dizmos together, enabling apps to communicate to each other and work together

I want success similar to that of Steve Jobs. What should I do?

Answer by Balaji Viswanathan:

Sorry to burst your bubble. But, this conversation involving Mozart will be helpful for you.

In short, if you have to ask how you can become Steve Jobs, you can never become a Steve Jobs. Start with simple apps and device hacks to work your way up. If you are lucky and are really committed, maybe you can really leave a mark.

It took more than 3 decades even for Jobs to be truly recognized as an icon. In the meanwhile he slaved hard, had a temporary rise to the peak, thrown from his perch, ridiculed, worked his way back and prove himself all over again with kick-ass products. Now, you want to jump to the 20th step directly without having any past of crossing even 1 step.

There is a top-secret recipe for success. Keep this secret mantra:

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iOS 7.0.6 With SSL Connection Verification Fix Releases Prior to iOS 7.1

iOS 7.0.6 updateApple today released iOS 7.0.6 which is of size 35.4 MB and it provides a fix for SSL connection verification. You can update over the air from your iPhone/iPad or with your PC or Apple Mac iTunes app. The latest software push delivers Apple consumers up to iOS 7.0.6, a small phase in the direction of a much bigger upgrade to iOS 7.1, which is predicted to unveil in March.

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Whats App acquired by Facebook without impacting 450M users

Ironic.. Isnt’t it?

Facebook just spent $16 billion to acquire WhatsApp, spending $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook stock (it’ll also kick in another $3 billion of stock over the next four years for good measure). It’s by far Facebook’s biggest acquisition — 16 times larger than what the social network paid for Instagram.

WhatsApp is one among many similar services, but it’s by far the most popular, with 450 million active users. Chinese competitor WeChat claims 270 million active users, and Japan’s Line recently passed 300 million registered accounts (though active users are a subset of that). Viber, Kik, ChatON and others are all players, too.

Although WhatsApp has more general appeal than many of its alternatives, its popularity varies by region as well. It’s huge in India, for example, where the app is even available on feature phones, such as the Nokia Asha line. Since those phones require extremely small or nonexistent data fees, it’s easy to see why WhatsApp and its SMS-avoiding brethren have become so popular in markets where fewer people can afford expensive smartphones and the data plans to go with them.

Facebook paid $16 billion for it because it achieved what Facebook couldn’t on its own: Significant mindshare and active use in parts of the world where the mobile market is poised to explode in the coming years.

The aspect of the deal appears to be a major point of emphasis for WhatsApp. In its own blog post, the company made sure to highlight that joining Facebook will not impact its 450 million monthly active users.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.

Facebook took a similar “hands off” approach to Instagram and has seen success from the photo sharing app. Instagram started to run its first set of advertisements last fall, and added a new private messaging feature of its own in December.

WhatsApp will compete somewhat with Facebook’s own standalone messaging app Messenger, although the majority of WhatsApps users appear to be international. This should help Facebook add an even stronger international presence, even if WhatsApp operates independently.

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Activity Tracker in Headphones – New Patent by Apple

Forget the iWatch. A recently published Apple patent details an interesting health-monitoring device built into a pair of headphones or earbuds.

Along with being able to track user activity during exercise, the proposed technology can sense other biometric data like temperature, perspiration, and heartbeat.


And at least one embodiment of the technology features control with head gestures, according to the filing:

As a method for controlling an electronic device though one or more head gestures, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least: receiving head motion data pertaining a head motion of a user of the electronic device; determining whether the head motion data matches any of a plurality of predetermined head gestures; and identifying an action associated with the matching predetermined head gesture. Additionally, the method can further operate to perform the identified action on the electronic device.

Entitled Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds and/or headsets, one of the more interesting facts from the patent is its original filing date of August 21, 2008. That shows Apple has been interested in activity tracking technology for almost six years. Christopher Prest and Quin C. Hoellwarth are listed as the inventors on the patent.

The pictured image shows a diagram of the monitoring system located near an earbud.

As the wearable technology market has continued to heat up, Apple is reportedly hard at work on a so-called iWatch that could possibly contain many of the similar technologies.