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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 #118

This Week I Learned -

* The new version of the Azure Pricing Calculator is a lot more useful

Azure Data Catalog is a fully managed service that stores, describes, indexes and provides information on how to access any registered data source. It closes the gap between those seeking information and those producing it. Azure Data Catalog uses a crowdsourced approach.

Power BI service is a cloud-hosted, business intelligence and analytics service (“SaaS”)

Think of machine learning simply as a branch of statistics, designed for a world of big data.

* “Everything in the company is really driven by machine learning.” - ex-Google employee

Apple..makes ~80%ish of their revenue from iOS-based products while Google makes ~90%ish of its revenue from advertising

Google collected about $11.8 billion on mobile search ads in 2014, with about 75 percent coming from ads on iPhones and iPads.

* It is estimated that Google lost out on $6.6 billion in global revenue to ad blockers last year...that's 10% of the total revenue Google reported in 2014.

Google (as well as Microsoft, Amazon, and Taboola) are made to pay Adblock Plus huge fees - up to 30% of the additional ad revenues they would have made were the ads unblocked

E-commerce makes up for only 6.6% of all retail sales in the US

* As of April 2015, 554.7 million debit cards were issued in India. The number for credit cards stood at 21.3 million.

* ..western companies are being offered packages costing as little as $1 per 1,000 clicks to increase internet traffic or purchase 1,000 to 10,000 Facebook “likes” or Twitter followers. One such  Indian "click farm" company is calling its service “social media optimisation”

Raj Rajaratnam: “Americans are born salesmen and born negotiators.” When he was a kid, if he wanted to go to a movie and his father said no, that was it. With his American-born son, however, “if I say no, he starts negotiating.”

Xiaomi is pronounced Shaow-me

* 17% of the world's population is in India but it has just 4% of the world's water & 2% of land

* Parents, grateful for ways to calm disruptive children and keep them from interrupting their own screen activities, seem to be unaware of the potential harm from so much time spent in the virtual world....Television, long a popular “babysitter,” remains the dominant medium, but computers, tablets and cellphones are gradually taking over....Many (children) come to view the real world as fake - NY Times


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