Occupation Changes in San Francisco

Headcount Change 05 to 14

San Francisco is going through a face change, where people are being evicted to make room for the new workers. There is demand for finding residence in SF, while many many regulations restrict construction of new residences. Since tech giants (Google, Apple, Facebook) started to offer shuttle services to their employees for a better commute between […]

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How do apps Telegram and Signal compare?

Telegram is an app well known for instant messaging in certain regions of the world. Today, they announced Telegram was taking down many channels belonging to ISIS. The media, eager to paint ISIS as a sophisticated group, quickly called the channels “encrypted.” But, how true is that statement?

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Some Diversity Comparisons In and Out of Tech Industry

Select tech race/ethnicity

Diversity in Silicon Valley has been topic of much discussion recently. There is no need to look at the statistics to know tech industry is suffering (severely) from lack of diversity. To fulfill my curiosity, I decided to add up the numbers from some random companies I was interested in. The results for both gender and […]

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Iranian Identity and Issue of Flags

modern Tehran? Angel?

When you are from middle east, everything has a political flavor to it. And when you try to get people together and represent all, all these small differences suddenly erupt!  I was in New York this week and was able to attend the annual “Persian Parade” event in Manhattan. It was definitely something of interest […]

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Smartwatches: To Get or Not To Get?

Using Toq's voice command

The questions of getting a smartwatch is slowly getting to minds of people who are not exactly the geeky type. Having used 3 different types since last December, I thought maybe I should narrate my opinion and share my “wish list” for the devices that will come. Summary of My Inventory   LG G2 Garmin […]

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Blinds controller using AllJoyn, Arduino, Linino

Arduino board, motor shield, DC motor and powers used for the board and motor. This is very simple.

Long ago I had thought about having blinds that would open in the morning to let sun in and close at night to block the outside spotlights. It would also be nice if the blind behind behind my TV would close when I started watching a movie. Since there is not much necessary need for it, […]

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Censoring Iranians: different intentions, same results

As I had noted before, average internet user in Iran faces a good amount of censorship. Some of it comes from internal agencies in Iran who”judge” what is appropriate and what is inappropriate  for Iranians. And sometimes it is the websites and companies deciding that Iranians should not have the privilege of accessing certain information of software. […]

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Google’s Commitment Issues, Miracast, and Android Fragmentation

I bought a recently released HP 7 Plus tablet, a very nice device with bare minimums and a decent price tag ($100). But it still is on Android Jelly Bean. What it means is some (popular) apps, such as Instagram, no longer support it. It makes some sense, as it is not the latest flavor […]

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