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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 #106

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There are numerous learning videos on PowerShell on Microsoft Virtual Academy featuring the inventor of PowerShell, Jeffrey Snover

* In the US, 7 out of every 8 minutes on mobile devices is spent within apps

Google Handwriting Input allows you to handwrite text on your phone or tablet in 82 languages. By building on large-scale language modeling, robust multi-language OCR, and incorporating large-scale neural-networks and approximate nearest neighbor search for character classification, Google Handwriting Input supports languages that can be challenging to type on a virtual keyboard.

Jan Koum and Brian Acton's messaging app, Whatsapp is 50% bigger than global SMS with 800 million monthly active users

* Trivia - It is strange that the menu options in Word Online show up randomly on the right or left


* Flipkart generates about 75% of its traffic from the mobile app, while that number is 90% for Myntra. Myntra plans to close its desktop site on 1 May. Payment failure rates are significantly higher on the mobile because of inconsistencies in mobile Internet speed, which also hurts the user experience on the mobile. Flipkart claims to have 26 million registered users - Live Mint

* Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has employees from 122 countries with women accounting for 33% of the workforce. Its utilization rate is 81.5% (including trainees)

Cockroaches in your home have the potential to lead to two health issues: First, the little buggers can contaminate your environment by leaving droppings and bacteria scattered around your home, including antibiotic-resistant strains. These bacteria, like salmonella, can cause issues such as food poisoning. Yikes! Second, cockroaches can leave behind tiny parts of their body that can settle in the dust in your home. These “cockroach allergens” are known as a major contributor to allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems...it’s estimated that if you see one roach, as many as 800 more could be hiding away somewhere nearbyGo Ask Alice!

The accelerometer is a built-in electronic component that measures tilt and motion. It is also capable of detecting rotation and motion gestures such as swinging or shaking. The most common use for it is to activate auto screen rotation on mobile devices when the user changes their orientation from portrait to landscape or vice-versa. Another modern application for the accelerometer is to control the mobile device music player with gestures. Accelerometers are also utilized for enriching the gaming controls (navigating by tilting the device instead of by pressing keys). Another popular mobile phone feature based on an accelerometer is turn-to-mute. It allows user to mute an incoming call, silence an alarm or pause the mobile music player simply by turning the device face down.

Form factor refers to the general look, or size and shape, of a mobile device. All mobile phones are similar at the physical style level. Most devices fall into one of the following categories: Bar, Clamshell, Flip down, Slide or Swivel. Mobile manufacturers come up with new designs, but the base they use is normally one of these form factors.

A budget calculator to track monthly expenses in the future

* In internet culture, an image macro is an image superimposed with text for humorous effect.

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