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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 #164

This Week I Learned -

* Customers can no longer create Gallery applications like like WordPress, Drupal, and Umbraco in the Azure Classic Portal

Version 5 of Bing Search API, now part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, is out

* NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. It recently surpassed 1 billion downloads.

* The Swiss-knife-of-a-media-player, VLC Media Player can be used to edit files played within it - you can extract audio out of a video file as well cut a portion of a audio file.

Over 20 percent of the searches Google gets in the U.S. are now by voice.

* Chromebooks are now the #2 most popular PC operating system in the U.S.

WhatsApp now gives their users the ability to back up their data to Google Drive and restore it when they setup WhatsApp on a new phone.

* Oracle sought billions in damages from Google over the search engine company‚Äôs use of Java programming language in its Android smartphone operating system. Oracle, which obtained Java when it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2009, had been seeking some $9 billion in damages.

* Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Without regular meals of blood, the females lose their ability to reproduce. Only female mosquitoes make that annoying buzzing sound.

* Most mammals except humans produce their own Vitamin C. Guinea pigs, bats and dry-nosed primates have lost their ability to produce vitamin C.

Humans do not produce two sets of teeth independently. Both sets are produced at the same time.

* A shark's teeth get replaced continuously

* Subhash Chandra Goel started Zee with just Rs 17 and eventually built the Essel Group into a $3.5 billion behemoth

N Srinivasan's role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) redefined the term 'involved'. At his peak, Srinivasan was the president of the BCCI, de facto president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, chairman elect of the ICC, a member of the IPL governing council, and a team owner of the Chennai Super Kings  - Economic Times

According to KPMG's latest Global Profiles of the Fraudster report, 32% of the perpetrators in India were in the 26-35 age group, compared with 14% globally. Global trends also indicate that 69% of the fraudsters were in the 36-55 age group. In India, this age group accounts for 59% of fraudsters - Economic Times

* FSSAI caught napping? - After a NGO Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study claimed that bread contains cancer-causing chemicals, Food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) today said it has decided to remove potassium bromate from the list of permitted additives while it is examining evidence against potassium iodate before restricting its use. Potassium bromate typically increases dough strength, leads to higher rising and uniform finish to baked products, while potassium iodate is a flour treatment agent.  - Business Standard

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