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How Popular Websites Looked Like When They Were Launched

Ramya GovindRaj



Before social media became synonymous with Facebook or Twitter and before Google became equivalent with research, the popular websites of today were not as advanced. Although the technology was not as advanced as it is today, this is how our beloved websites looked like, way back in the day.

To keep its loyal consumer base updated regarding the upcoming releases and other products, Apple launched their very own website in 1987. However, the look and feel of the website then and now are miles apart.


Founded by Stanford duo Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994, Yahoo is the acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” Considered to be the first online navigational guide to the web, the original interface featured a simple search bar and hyperlinks to other websites but soon became a sleek, personalized news website.


Founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995, eBay was originally supposed to be called AuctionWeb. Today, the company has an artificial intelligence powered shopping assistant and a market capitalization of $37.48 billion.

Everyone who knows the story behind Amazon knows the online retail store was first started to sell books. The ecommerce giant of today first took root in 1995, however, the company now offers deals on almost everything.


Launched in 1996, Google had a simple interface that it has continued to use to date. Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin kept the user interface simply because they did not know HTML and were looking for a quick design.


The online encyclopedia was registered by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger on 15 January in 2001. Little has changed in the world’s fifth most popular website which receives a monthly readership of 495 million and 18 billion page views per month.


The original social networking site, MySpace had a pretty bland original design. However, the site skyrocketed in terms of popularity between 2005 and 2008 after News Corp., acquired the company.


Thefacebook, as it was called in 2004, was only available to Harvard University Students. The original interface featured a man’s face on the upper left hand corner of the site which was a digitally manipulated picture of Al Pacino.


Video sharing website YouTube which shined a light on stars like Justin Bieber and hits like “Charlie bit my finger” was launched in 2005. The overall look, 12 years later still has a similar look and feel had a practically empty interface and no evidence of videos. The first video uploaded on the site was created by one of YouTube’s founders, Jawed Karim, and was titled “Me at the Zoo.”


The microblogging social media website, Twitter, which gained popularity for its character limit was supposed to be called Twttr. The website had a barely recognizable design at the beginning and since then has changed their interface design at least six times.

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OnePlus 6 Specifications And Rumors

Ramya GovindRaj



Smartphone giant OnePlus made a name for itself in the industry by creating good phones with top shelf specifications and selling them at a relatively cheaper price. Ever since the first flagship killer phone was launched in 2014, OnePlus mobiles have built a loyal consumer base which increased with every new release.

This flagship killer company has been giving tough competition to smartphone market giants such as Apple and Samsung. Post releasing their latest phone OnePlus 5T last year, the company is gearing up to reveal the next model OnePlus 6 very soon. Here’s what we know about the device so far.

Name and Release Date

The company will stick with its tradition and name the phone OnePlus 6 like every device before.  The phone, however, may be released earlier this year as rumors began popping up well in advance. With the previous releases, OnePlus has always released the first model in June, following it up with the ‘T’ version in November. This year, users may not have to wait until June for the first model.

The OnePlus 5T supported a 5.5 inch full HD display, the OnePlus 6 may feature a 5.7 inch display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Images leaked in February featured the OnePlus 6 phone having a glass back which could mean the flagship killer is finally getting wireless charging. OnePlus’ dash charger is one of the most loved and distinctive features of the phone. Wireless charging would only add to this feature. However, there has not been any other news to verify this piece of information. Along with a glass back, if the leaked images are to be believed, then the famous dual camera has also been moved to the middle of the back panel, above the fingerprint scanner.

OnePlus 5T was launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The OnePlus 6, however, may be launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with an AnTuTu score of 276,510. If these rumors are true, the OnePlus 6 will be the fastest phone at the moment surpassing the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S which has a purported AnTuTu score of 273,741. The AnTuTu score gives Android devices an overall numerical score as well as individual scores for each test it performs. These tests include testing different parts of a device, such as how fast a phone’s storage performs.

This latest smartphone will run on Android v8.0 (Oreo) and will be powered by Octa core processor paired with 8 GB of RAM. While multiple rumors suggest the OnePlus 6 may have an iPhone X like notch, Carl Pei tweeted against it.

However, a tweet cannot be taken as an official statement. So the ‘notch’ may actually become a reality. Whether the company will also be featuring a Face Unlock like the iPhone X is yet to be seen. In terms of battery, gadgets review website, GadgetsNow reported, this new phone may have a 3500 mAh battery. The phone will also support a Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and Gyroscope. All the users who love the OnePlus camera have one more thing to look forward to. The OnePlus 6 may come equipped with a 23 MP camera with a dual LED flash and 16 MP dual lens camera on the front.

Finally, OnePlus mobiles are known for providing the best specifications at much lower price points. That being said, every new iteration has seen an increase in its price. If the company sticks to the trend, then OnePlus 6 may be the first phone to be launched above the $500 benchmark.

Let us know what you think about this flagship killer in the comments section! Stay tuned to this space for more information.

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Why Aren’t There Enough Women Entrepreneurs?

Smruthi Kishore



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When it comes to thinking, creating and ideating, it would not be fair to discriminate between men and women. Both men and women are breaking into new forays and emerging bright with ground breaking ideas on the other side. However, while everything is changing in the world of technology, one important question needs to be answered. Are we as a society consciously ignoring the efforts women are putting?

The challenges of gender based biases still persist making women entrepreneurship while appealing yet daunting. The other not so in your face challenge is the fact that in a family focussed country such as India, work life balance for a woman in yet incredibly tough.

If you look at the overall chances of someone starting a company, there are more chances of men becoming successful with their venture as compared to women. Why does this happen, you ask? According to several studies done on this matter, there is a term for this called “male hubris, female humility” effect. What it says is that women have lower levels of hubris than men — they’re less likely to be overconfident.

They are especially less likely to make what we call the fundamental attribution error. In this case, holding the belief that when things go right, it is all because of your genius and when things go wrong, it is because of luck or outside forces. The study further states that most women fail to be noticed because of the emotional attachment women have with the venture.

When men fail at the first attempt, they are more likely to try and start again. Women, on the other hand, work hard at fixing what is broken. More often than not, this approach works against these women and ends up destroying the overall effort. Gaining exposure, accepting the situation and moving forward with vigour is what sets women apart and this is what needs to be recognised.

There is no better time to start than now. The world is your oyster. Grab it by the horns and work to create change like never before. While women may have been ignored in the past, setting the pace forward for a bright tomorrow helps when you start today. Happy Women’s Day!

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Inventions By Women Through The Ages!

Ramya GovindRaj



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Women have been at the forefront of a majority of inventions and discoveries throughout the ages. Breaking stereotypes and boundaries in all fields of work, women have made their mark in history and created a difference in the world. Let’s take a look at some of the inventions that would not have been possible without the help of strong and determined women.

Solar Heated Homes
One of the most prominent problems facing the society today is the need for alternative and renewable energy sources that can power a house, an office, a company and a city. In 1940, along with Eleanor Raymond, Dr. Maria Telkes solved this issue by inventing the first solar heated home. MIT researchers in the Department of Metallurgy, these women developed a home heated entirely by the sun, constructed for a sum of $20,000.

Computer Software
Women have ruled the science and technology world since the first computer was designed. Dr. Grace Hopper, a rear admiral in the US Navy, invented the first user friendly business computer software program and helped in designing Harvard’s Mark I computer, a five ton, room sized machine in 1944. She also coined the term ‘bug’ and ‘debugging’ when she had to remove moths from the device. She is also credited with inventing the compiler that translated written language into computer code and for designing COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages.

Computer Algorithm
The first computer programmer ever known, Ada Lovelace was inspired by Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. In 1842, she wrote an article describing the Analytical Engine by the Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea with several early ‘computer programs,’ as well as strikingly prescient observations on the potential uses of the machine. Although she passed away at the young age of 36, her notes became one of the critical documents to inspire Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

The Car Heater
Cars have become one of the most used means of transport. People living in the northern hemisphere can thank Margaret A. Wilcox who invented the first car heater in 1893. Her device directed warm air from over the engine to warm the chilly toes of the aristocratic 19th century motorists. Her design paved the way for other scientists to create improvised car heating systems commonly used today.

The Electric Refrigerator
It is easy to store food for days today because Florence Parpart invented the modern electric refrigerator in 1914. Parpart was a highly experienced entrepreneur who was successful in marketing and selling her refrigerators, developing her own advertisement campaigns and managing production operations of additional refrigerators.

Ice Cream Maker
While you cannot buy happiness, you can come pretty close to it, thanks to inventor Nancy Johnson. In 1843, Nancy invented and patented the ice cream freezer that is still used to the current day. The machine sold like hot cakes and within no time close to 70 improvements were made, making ice cream an affordable luxury and launching the ice cream industry.
Wireless Transmission Technology
Laying the foundation for WiFi and GPS technology used widely today, Hedy Lamarr proved that women can be much more than just a pretty face. During World War II, Hedy, who also happened to be a world famous film star, invented a secret communications system for radio controlling torpedoes which employed ‘frequency hopping technology,’ to create a signal that could not be intercepted. Despite having patented her idea, she signed it away to the Navy, never making a dime out of it.

Central Heating
Ever wondered how people in the old days would survive the cold harsh winters without any central heating? Central heating systems as we know of them today, would not have existed if not for Alice Parker’s idea to use natural gas to heat a personal home. In 1919, Alice invented a system of gas powered central heating which later on inspired the central heating systems of the future. Her invention revolutionized how people heat their homes and reduced the risk of high fires from the wood burnt in traditional furnaces.
The world today is a better place thanks to these women and their inventions. Apart from these,  women also invented beer, solar powered water purification systems, bulletproof vests, paper bags and closed circuit television security systems among other things. So, this International Women’s Day, let’s give women their room to ideate, create, develop, discover, invent and improve the world as we know it. Happy International Women’s Day!

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