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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


This Week I Learned - Week #92

This Week I Learned:

* Unlike web pages, mobile apps do not have links and so it is much harder to share the information found on them. In tech speak, the problem is known as “deep linking,” the technological hurdle of giving apps some sort of links — those identifying lines of letters, dots and slashes that make up a web address or URL. The app problem traces its origins to 2008, when Apple introduced the App Store for iPhones. Unlike websites, apps were set up to be separate little boxes whose technology prohibited them from interacting with one another. But today, apps have begun to eclipse the web. Americans spend about half of their time online using mobile apps, according to comScore. Many companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter are working on deep linking - NYTimes

* Cancer Is Mostly Bad Luck - Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US found that the majority of cancers are not linked to environment or lifestyle. More than two thirds of cancers are driven by random mistakes in cell division which are completely outside of our control. The majority of cancers (22 of 33 types of cancers studied) are the result of bad luck rather than unhealthy lifestyles or inherited genetic faults, scientists have discovered.  - Telegraph

* The New General Service List (NGSL) is a list of the most important high-frequency words (approximately 2800 words) useful for second language learners of English

* The Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary is a machine-readable pronunciation dictionary for North American English that contains over 125,000 words and their transcriptions.

* Truecaller, the app that lets the world know your phone number by inducing your contacts to rat out  your number (deliberately or inadvertently), has nearly half of its 100 million users in India. Truecaller plans to set up an R&D centre in India

The 30-share Sensex ended down 854.86 points or 3.1% at 26,987.46 (seventh worst single-day fall in history) and the 50-share Nifty ended down 251.05 points or 3% at 8,127.35. The highest ever fall of 1,408.35 points in a single happened on 21st January 2008.

Based on data released by the Reserve Bank of India, HDFC Bank has had the most number of customer mobile transactions this FY 2015 - 20% of all transactions

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