Sachin Hamirwasia

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Why I switched to Vim from Visual Studio Code

I started using Vim as my main editor around six months ago and I can say it has been a worthwhile experience because it has pushed me to think in a …

How to understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 7 movies or less

My daughter was a toddler when "Iron Man" kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Until recently, she had demonstrated little to no interest in superheroes. But next month, "Avengers: Infinity War" comes out and she is VERY EXCITED about it.<p>As a fan of the franchise, I too am excited by this …

Prime numbers are still one of the most mysterious topics in math — here are the most confounding problems

Prime numbers are one of the most basic topics of study in the branch of mathematics called number theory.<p>Primes are numbers that can only be evenly divided by themselves and 1. For example, 7 is a prime number since I'm left with a remainder or a fractional component if I divide 7 by anything …

Mathematics

10 forbidden places that no one is allowed to visit

Hedera Hashgraph and MZ unveil next-generation blockchain alternative

Bitcoin is famous as the cryptocurrency that introduced us to blockchain, a decentralized and transparent public ledger that used distributed computing to record transactions. But it was slow, and as Bitcoin became popular, that slowness in updating the ledger became obvious as it handled too few …

We asked Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant 10 questions — here's which one is the smartest

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon's Alexa came out on top this time. Amazon<p>For better or worse, many of us rely on digital assistants to answer our everyday …

Here’s the Trump Tax Loophole Your Accountant Can Blow Wide Open

If exploiting a tax loophole is as much an art as a science, then the tax planning profession is poised for a creative renaissance.<p>The inspiration is …

Finance

7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Top 10

Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

The number of people who visit America's national parks is staggering—over 331 million visits were documented in 2017. Wonder which parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten.

National Parks

5 Personal Branding Strategies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Every entrepreneur will tell you that it takes hard work and persistence to be successful. In addition to loving what you do, continually learning from others and building a great team around you, one of the most important things you can do is build your personal brand and reputation.<p>When it comes …

Public Relations

Your Kid's School Is Missing the Tech Revolution, and It's All Your Fault

A few months ago, I got an email from a parent at my son’s San Francisco public school, asking if I was familiar with an app called Pencil. It seems …

Crazy iPhone rig shows how Chinese workers manipulate App Store rankings

An app manipulation farm sounds like someplace developers would go for a weekend retreat, complete with chiropractor sessions. In fact — according to a photo which has gone viral on social media in China — it’s a place where devs can pay for their apps’ download numbers to be artificially …

7 biggest revelations from Apple’s historic earnings call

Apple closed its earnings call this afternoon after announcing an unprecedented 74.5 million iPhone sales to go along with $74.6 billion in revenue and $18 billion in profits. It broke the record for the most money made by a corporation in history.<p>While breaking down the Q1 2015 numbers, Tim Cook …

Apple Pay

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35

We're all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn't).<p>We're also big fans of not …

How Microsoft can afford to give away Office on iOS and Android

Microsoft today appeared to finally give away its golden goose: It announced that Office — the productivity suite that has set the standard for more …

W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete

More than four years ago, Steve Jobs declared war on Flash and heralded HTML5 as the way to go. You could be forgiven if you thought the HTML5 standard — the follow-up to 1997’s HTML 4 — has long been set in stone, given that developers, browser vendors and the press have been talking about it for …

Why stay-at-home parents are better for older children

It may be the most hotly disputed and emotionally loaded question that American parents face: Are children better off if a parent stays at home?<p>The evidence is already quite strong that staying at home during a child’s first year of life can have long-term benefits. That’s why most industrial …

Research

14 Apple Devices, 1 Clever Music Video

What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn’t …

AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing

We don’t always note when fellow tech writers hang up their hats, as those posts can start to seem a bit inside baseball-y. There are times when we just can’t help it, though — some writers are just too darned important. This is gonna be one of those times.<p>Anand Lal Shimpi, namesake founder of the …

What Abe and Modi need from each other

The six million followers of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have been surprised to see a new language on his twitter feed: Japanese. On August 28, Modi issued seven tweets in Japanese, expressing his admiration for Japanese society and respect for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.<p>A …

India

What Nobody Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur | Inc.com

At this very moment, a significant number of people are dreaming about leaving their jobs and going into business for themselves.<p>These fantasies are fed by all the times we've been told to believe in ourselves, to embrace the American dream of going our own way and doing it for ourselves.<p>There's no …

Entrepreneurship

Card — make your credit card better in one line of code

No need to change your form<p>Card works as a drop in addition to your current credit card form. No need edit input names or HTML — you can leave …

Nobody knows why Apple would buy Beats, but plenty of people are guessing

When you're sitting on $160 billion, you can afford a couple of puzzling moves.<p>I've spent a significant chunk of my morning reading all about the <i>real</i> …

How To Hack Hiring

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vivek Ravisankar</i> <b></b><i>is the co-founder of Y Combinator alumnus and TechCrunch Disrupt battlefield company</i> <i>HackerRank</i> <i>— a platform for coding contests used by programmers to hone their skills and a</i> <i>tool</i> <i>for companies to streamline their own recruiting process.</i><p>Everyone knows there’s an arms race …

These Are The Main Players In The Credit Card Payments Industry — And Who's Most Vulnerable To Disruption

In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we look at who's jockeying for the fee bonanza generated by the the huge volume of credit card payments — total volume is about $4 trillion this year in the U.S. alone, according to our estimates. But not every entity is well-positioned to grow its slice of …

FinTech

Johnson & Johnson's CIO Leverages A Proven Blueprint For Success In The First 100 Days

When Stuart McGuigan began his tenure at Johnson & Johnson, he had already been the CIO at CVS Caremark and at Liberty Mutual. A leader with a master’s degree in cognitive sciences from Yale, McGuigan thinks more than the average leader about how the mind works, and thus how to motivate people. As …

Are Noise Cancelling Headphones Worth It?

I’ve often been asked if noise canceling headphones are actually worth it. After all, they tend to be expensive, and every review points out they don’t sound as good as other like-priced headphones.<p>Then there’s the marketing claims, like “95% noise reduction,” which sounds too good to be true, not …

Long vs. Short Landing Pages

Longer landing pages are better for generating more trust and credibility to motivate a Web visitor to convert since they have more room for information about your company and more opportunity to convince a visitor to perform an action.<p>The bigger the ask, the longer the page should be says …

Microsoft's New CEO Satya Nadella Is Known Internally As The Guy Who Cuts Middle Management

This employee, Rakesh Malhotra, left Microsoft two years ago to join cloud startup Apprenda as a vice president. But he worked for Nadella since 2011, when Ballmer put Nadella in charge of the Server and Tools division, replacing longtime executive Bob Muglia.<p>Nadella, who has been with Microsoft …