The stats behind Pinterest [infographic]

Another Infographic; this time from Wishpond, a team which provides a platform for social contests. As Pinterest continues to grow, more businesses are looking for an opportunity to share their users scrap-booking space. It seems to be a great platform for targeting women with children as 80% of the users of Pinterest are women and 50% have children. Apparently people also prefer associations with brands more on Pinterest, with 43% versus 24% of Facebook.  

Myntra.com appoints new strategy director

From Medianama.com Kompalli will be setting up and leading Myntra’s Corporate Strategy and Business Analytics team, which will be responsible for developing Myntra’s overall strategy. So basically, they had no strategy on doing business so far? This seems to be the unfortunate state of e-commerce startups in India today. Mind you, Myntra is doing some active consolidating recently.

Do caching plugins on WordPress really work?

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world today. Many blogs ( including this one) and journalistic sites run on WordPress. WordPress works by dynamically pulling content from a MySQL database and presenting it to users in a theme. This dynamic nature is one of WordPress’s greatest strength – as it separates the sites look from the dynamic elements driving the site. However it is also this greatest strength which can cause a popular site to struggle. As more and more visitors come to a site, the server has to work more, establishing connections to the database for each page called, using up more server resources and generally slowing down the site for new users, thus becoming a problem. A popular solution for this is the use of a caching plugin. Caching plugins work by creating a static (HTML) version of the page the first time it is called. By keeping this page available for future

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Link : 64-bit Firefox for Windows should be prioritized

The Mozilla foundation is de-prioritising the development work on 64bit version of Firefox for Windows. This is a good article which points out why not, while also explaining the benefits of 64bit browsers. It does make me think however – that browsers these days are fundamentally broken. Source: Ars Technica. | 64-bit Firefox for Windows should be prioritized, not suspended

Link : Nokia’s ‘Here Maps’ is a buggy eyesore

The Nokia Here app on iOS is reminiscent of the Nokia maps I used on my N95. Not as polished as the current maps app on the Lumia or Symbian Belle devices. The map data however is much better (for India anyway) than that of the iOS 6 Maps app, so that is a small plus. Apple’s iOS 6 Maps app has received so many complaints and been the butt of so many jokes that you’d think Nokia could capitalize on Cupertino’s fail by releasing a stunning maps app to dominate the iOS space. No such luck. Nokia’s Here Maps is a mess. wired.com via Wired.com

Lost in translation

  A short while ago a popular YouTube video showed how Google Translate allowed a couple of girls to call an Indian restaurant, order in hindi, and get the correct order absolutely as required. I decided to play that game a little further and took a sentence in english and translated it across multiple languages using Google translate. Translations were done in a chain with the last translation back to english. Taking a hint from Google’s video, I decided to continue in the same vein and order the same menu. [TBS_BLOCKQUOTE source=”Original English”] Hello, I want to order food to my home. I want two basmati rice, Two fish curry, very hot and spicy, three of the potato samosas. [/TBS_BLOCKQUOTE]   I first translated it to Hindi, and then immediately translated it back to English for the following results:   [TBS_BLOCKQUOTE source=”English to Hindi Translation”] नमस्ते, मैं अपने घर के लिए भोजन का ऑर्डर देना चाहता हूँ. मैं दो बासमती चावल,

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Google Search is fixed

As of 8:52 pm IST — Its working again.. So Google What happened? Apparently you do know how to run websites. Scroll to the bottom of the article for this beautiful piece that Google knows plenty about running big Web sites, thank you very much. "Google runs Web services with many users and servers too and we launch changes weekly or faster," he said.

Google Malware warnings – Acting Up

It seems Google’s service wherein it protects you from suspicious site and malware generating site is acting up, As of 8:15pm India Time today all search results (Including Google.com, Microsoft.com, and Apple.com) are being highlighted as sites that way harm your computer. The safe browsing diagnostic page meanwhile does not seem to be working -¬† It seems like a gear fell out of the Googles :0. Initially¬† I thought this may have been a glitch with the Gmail Offline I had just installed, but then my brother and father complained that they probably had viruses on their machines, and the same problem, But my MacBook and Linux Machine had the same problem so there is something going on…

Wikipedia and donations

Wikipedia – the Community encyclopedia is looking for donations from the community again. And is fast approaching it’s target of 6 Million USD (currently sitting at 5.4 Million). But.. would you give a donation to Wikipedia, to enable paychecks for its 23 Official members of staff. What about the rest of the Internet community (150000 strong) who is responsible for adding the content that makes wikipedia what it is. I personally belive that wikipedia should run ads, like the rest of the blogging community and stop the funding drives every so often. The bulk of the Open Source world acknoeledges the contributions of non-paying (cash) but givers of time.Wikipedia on the other hand, just finds it easier to ask for a dole out. Of that dole out less that 50% is going into technology to keep the encyclopedia running. Another 96K is going to the Wikimania conference. (A move which many in the corporate world would be avoiding right now,

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