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Mr. Nikhil Kalla on India, South Africa and the virtue of generosity

Mr. Nikhil Kalla, an accountant at a South African based company made his recent trip to his hometown in India. In a brief discussion with him about his experience, he highlighted how his roots here in India matter and the family oriented culture keeps calling…

IBM introduces Cloudant for Transaction Engine

IBM introduces Cloudant for Transaction Engine

This week, the team at IBM announced that they are enabling Cloudant, an elastically scalable, serverless datastore for Transaction Engine.  Introduced in 2014, this Apache backed database service has delivered scalability and availability while sacrificing some of the consistency and isolation guarantees of traditional relational…

Berkeley-based Gatsby raises $28 million in Series B funding round led by Index Ventures

Berkeley-based Gatsby raises $28 million in Series B funding round led by Index Ventures

This week, the team at Gatsby, a website development tool, announced a $28 million Series B funding round which was led by Index Ventures. CRV and Trinity Ventures also joined this funding round. The team also announced that Shardul Shah, Index Ventures Partner, joined Gatsby’s board of directors. 

Shardul Shah, partner at Index Ventures, said, “Web presence and performance has never been more critical to a brand’s success, yet website technology has been stuck in the 2000s era without an easy path to modernization. Gatsby solves this problem with a first-of-its-kind ecosystem that productizes modern tooling and brings together all the best ways to build the web.”

He further added, “Gatsby’s rapid traction with large brands and the developer community in recent years is a testament to the team’s execution of this vision.”

The web development tool is known for building websites including blogs, portfolio pages, company homepages as well as e-commerce applications. Fortune 500 companies and businesses including  ButcherBox, Capital One, DraftKings, IBM, Impossible Foods, Little Caesars and more have already adopted Gatsby for website development.

Gatsby: Super beneficial for developers!

Developers benefit from the tool as it  provides easy-to-use, secure, collaborative, and high-performing website framework. We have listed a few interesting facts about Gatsby that makes it stand out!

Fastest growing site developer platform

The month-over-month growth of active users on this platform is 10% and it provides around 2,000 plug-ins with 3,300 contributors and 200,000 sites on GitHub.

Easy to integrate!

The platform can easily integrate with WordPress, Drupal, and other CMSs which is a boon to creators and editors!

10x faster

Businesses using this tool see increased conversion rates because Gatsby-built websites load up to 10x faster than the usual sites based on traditional databases. The websites built via this tool are pre-rendered and they are deployed as static pages to a global CDN (content delivery network) and are scalable.

Kyle Mathews, CEO and co-founder of Gatsby said, “The rapid growth of the Gatsby developer community confirms our vision is widely shared and that, collectively, we are blazing the way for building a better, faster, more inclusive web.” 

He further added, “This funding will help us expand our product capabilities so we can become the way to build the web for everyone. We can’t wait until everything from personal portfolios to the largest sites on the web are powered by Gatsby.”

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WaitQ: An application to assist Social Distancing!

WaitQ: An application to assist Social Distancing!

We can make a difference in the COVID-19 world! Looking at the current issue wherein it’s difficult to maintain Social Distancing and people wait in long queues, we have come with a solution to this problem with our application- WaitQ which aims to assist the…

Susan Younger, Louisiana’s healthcare worker’s story on fighting COVID-19

Susan Younger, Louisiana’s healthcare worker’s story on fighting COVID-19

Miss. Susan Younger, a 55 years old home healthcare worker in Louisiana, USA still continues to work amidst the COVID-19 havoc. Her work involves taking care of elderly and disabled patients by going to their houses and helping them.  While talking about the precautionary measures…

The pandemic is going to kill more than just humans

The pandemic is going to kill more than just humans

The ongoing pandemic has taken over the world and brought every country, large and small, to a standstill in a manner that is unforeseen. Even the mightiest of nations, individuals and organizations seem to be crumbling before the threat of this invisible agent of misfortune. The human race as a whole has never been so united yet so terrified in recent times. Cities have turned into ghost towns as people are staying indoors and away from all places of public engagement, since ‘social distancing’ is the only safety net humans have been able to discover against this pesky problem. 

India has a population of 35 million stray dogs according to present statistics. Most of them, if not all, are dependent on scraps of food from households or community feeders for survival. As foot traffic has all but disappeared in the past couple of days in the country, these 35 million souls have inevitably started to starve.  

We, however, have been so consumed in our own sorrow that we have forgotten that there are other species being affected by this pandemic too. Creatures that survive on human kindness. 

Every marketplace, office complex, and university campus in the country have their fair share of strays. They depend on students, office goers, shopkeepers and other individuals who frequent these places for food and sustenance. As markets, universities, and offices shut down, these animals no longer have access to food nor water. Several NGOs and other animal welfare organizations cared for thousands of dogs and cats in the city who are now left without food. Even residents in some localities are afraid of feeding their strays in fear of catching COVID-19 from these animals. 

While the pain of dying from starvation, that these poor souls are going to experience in the next couple of days, is unimaginable, even for the more stone-hearted, this situation presents a worrisome logistical problem. As these animals die over the coming weeks, and they inevitably will, their corpses left uncared for in the open due to the lack of sanitation workers and general state of curfew, will give rise to new kinds of biohazards. The resulting diseases and degradation in living standards might worsen the situation.  

I am not encouraging you to break the curfew and put yourself and others at risk of being another statistic in the pandemic. However, I urge you to kindly take care of the strays in your immediate vicinity. Even though the times are rough, the mood bleak, and the resources low, we humans are adaptable enough and self-sufficient enough to survive this pandemic. The voiceless on the street are not so fortunate.  

As for the fear of catching COVID-19 from stray animals, WHO claims on their FAQ page that dogs and cats are not vectors of the disease to the present knowledge. That being said, however, it must be kept in mind that caution and basic hygiene must be exercised while dealing with animals both at home and on the roads. 

This piece of writing is in no way meant to serve as a reminder of all that’s wrong in the world, neither is it meant to place upon you another depressing burden to think of on top of all that is going wrong. My intention is to simply make you aware of the suffering other species may be facing and alert you to the ways in which you might be able to help. 


I request you to please care for those you can, humans and animals alike. This is the time to be compassionate towards all life forms without discrimination.  

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Mr. Santosh Pradhan, ICT Research Scholar talks about types of coronaviruses, myths, projects to fight COVID-19 and much more!

Mr. Santosh Pradhan, ICT Research Scholar talks about types of coronaviruses, myths, projects to fight COVID-19 and much more!

Mr. Santosh Prandhan, a Ph.D. Research Scholar (Biochemistry) from ICT Mumbai and a consultant to Life Sciences, Food and Beverage industries share an interesting insight on COVID-19, research, and myths around it. To start with he first gave a brief about the novel COVID-19 infection,…

Joshua Ovalles’ take on fight against COVID-19, Social Distancing in Miami and work life amidst the chaos

Joshua Ovalles’ take on fight against COVID-19, Social Distancing in Miami and work life amidst the chaos

Joshua Ovalles, a writer, and poet at Vorfreude Community, a Security Supervisor in Miami has an interesting side to his life. Being a 22-year old, he still manages to work amidst the COVID-19 chaos going around the world. He makes sure that the floors are…

AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs, a software development company, has publicly released the codebase of the AVA blockchain platform on Wednesday. Its developers will now be able to use the AVA platform with its toolkit to create smart assets, Decentralized Finance (DeFi) applications, and easily launch blockchains. Businesses will now be able to launch this network with custom validators and issue assets. This includes virtual machines as well as programmable legal compliance.

According to AVA Labs CEO Emin Gün Sirer, the release of the AVA codebase ends the first phase of its research and development as it commits to showcasing its decentralized community. She adds that upon seeing the system improvements made possible by the Avalanche protocol and other major cryptocurrencies such as BCH, they have announced plans to incorporate the said system or its variants. “The AVA platform has coupled this protocol with a revolutionary network model that enables the system to span approved and permissionless networks,” she says. “Making AVA the first and only true self-serve platform for new blockchains and digital assets.”

AVA now offers a flexibly secure architecture which supports millions of nodes. It can also handle multiple transactions per second and launch custom public or private subnetworks by using various scripting languages, validators, virtual machines, and rule sets.

AVA Labs co-founder Kevin Sekniqi states, “Instead of one network with thousands of tokens, the AVA ecosystem is one platform with thousands of subnetworks and tokens. We are truly excited to share the code with the broader blockchain community and welcome any input.”

AVA DAP now offers an opportunity to earn up to $50,000 per contribution

To add to the league of next-generation advancement, AVA Labs has also launched the Developer Accelerator Program (AVA DAP) to encourage engagement from creators, bug hunters, open-source developers, and security engineers. It is now offering potential participants the opportunity to earn up to $50,000 per contribution. 

Sirer has said, “As we get closer to our main net launch later this year, we invite anyone to identify and address any possible bugs or enhancement opportunities within the code.” 

In addition to this, John Wu, President of AVA Labs, states, “The release of the AVA codebase is an important milestone. For the first time, a blockchain platform will allow public and private applications to interoperate. Our company has the potential to become the global issuance platform for all digital assets, which is possible only because of its unique architectural model.”  

feaured image from uzmancoin.com

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Orange City gets High on Arts

Orange City gets High on Arts

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas Art is a world that should not be limited by one’s imagination as it keeps on expanding. Vorfreude Community is constantly creating platforms for the artist in you to help showcase…