FaceKaaba: Iqama Prayer Times APK

– Shows nearby Mosques / Masjids along with prayer and Salat / Congregation / Jamaat / Iqama timings
– Islamic Calendar with adjustable local moon sighting dates
– Automatically puts your phone in Silent Mode in Mosques
– Prayer / Salat / Namaz times and Qibla direction based on user location

Allah’s Apostle said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.” Volume 1, Book 11, Number 618:

There is a need for an application for mobile devices and computers, which will provide a user, the correct location of nearby Mosques / Masjids and actual times for Salat in these Mosques / Masjids, at any geographic location. The key concept here is ‘Actual’ Salat / Jammat / Congregation times with ‘Computed’ Salat times.

There are many applications available (for Muslims) that provide the location of nearby Mosques / Masjids, and also provide the generic or computed Salat times for that geographical location, the problem is that these computed Salat times are not the actual times when Salat / Jammat / Congregation is performed in these Mosques / Masjids.

Due to the fact that there are millions of Mosques / Masjids in the world, it is not possible to maintain and update a database, with correct and actual Salat / Jammat / Congregation times by a few individuals. FaceKaaba application can provide a solution for the issues discussed above, by taking advantage of the social networking.

By adding this social networking aspect, we will create a community where users will maintain the database of this application, update the Salat / Jammat / Congregation times of their neighborhood Mosques / Masjids as they change, thus allowing all users to locate a mosque nearby and find out the actual Salat / Jammat / Congregation times rather than the computed Salat times.

Other Features:

– Masjid / Mosque contact information and directions
– Athan (Aazaan or Aadhan) or beep based notifications for prayer times
– Qibla / Kaaba directions/compass based on user locations
– User distance from Kaaba
– Islamic Calendar as well as always visible Hijri date on main screen
– Ramadan/Ramazan Calendar with Sahoor and Iftar timings
– Shows prayer times for unlimited number of days based on user location
– Shows the countdown timer of next prayer time on main screen to catch the next prayer
– Hijri Date correction for non-arab countries to keep their calendars up to date
– Day Light Saving option
– Juristic methods option (for Asar prayer): Standard (Imams Shafii, Hanbali and Maliki), Hanafi
– Prayer time calculation method option (for Fajr and Isha): University of Islamic Sciences (Karachi), Shia Ithna Ashari (Jafari), Islamic society of North America (ISNA), Muslim World League (MWL), Umm al-Qura (Makkah), Egyptian General Survey Authority, Geophysics Institute (University of Tehran),

Note: For an accurate localization of Qibla directions, Prayer timings, Mosque / Masjid locations, please ensure that your location settings are enabled.

Qibla: The Kaaba, Kaba or Ka’aba also known as the Sacred House is a cuboid building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Kaaba (Qibla) is the most sacred point within this most sacred mosque, making it the most sacred location in Islam.

What’s New

Fixed angle settings for ISNA method. Now Fajr is at 17.5° instead of 15°.

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FaceKaaba: Iqama Prayer Times
Package
com.facekaaba.app
Version
2.0.17
Size
9.01 MB
Installs
10,000+ downloads
Developed By
Blimp Network Inc.

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Uber hires former Facebook exec and Firefox founder Blake Ross


Uber has hired Firefox co-founder Blake Ross, to work with them on product strategy.

Ross will be working with the ridesharing company part-time from Los Angeles. He announced it on Facebook, where he once worked as director of product. 

“I’m joining Uber to help develop product strategy, rally the troops, and improve my passenger rating,” quipped Ross.

The news comes just two days after the company announced its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi.  The role had been vacant since June, when Travis Kalanick was pressured to resign.

From a “Delete Uber” social media campaign in January to allegations of a sexist company culture to a patent lawsuit with Waymo, it’s been a difficult year for the global ride-sharing company. Yet its financials show Uber has still continued to grow.

We can expect Uber to make more key hires in the coming months as it tries to improve its image and gear up towards its eventual IPO.

As for Ross, it looks like he’ll have more inspiration for his Silicon Valley-themed spoofs. 

Featured Image: Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images/Getty Images

Twitch’s new extensions let streamers customize their channel, make money from Amazon sales


Twitch today is introducing a suite of tools called Twitch Extensions that will allow its streamers to customize their channel pages with interactive features, including polls, leaderboards, tickers, schedules, overlays, and even virtual pets, among other things. Beyond simply personalizing their channel to make it more engaging to fans, the extensions in some cases will help streamers generate additional revenue.

In particular, one extension called “Gear on Amazon” allows Twitch creators to show off their favorite Amazon products. If a viewer clicks through to purchase, the creator will earn a commission through the Amazon Associates program.

This extension will be available to both Twitch Partners and Affiliates, and is the first time that Twitch’s streamers have been invited to join the program, even though Amazon owns Twitch. To create their list of suggested products, streamers will be able to sign up as an Amazon Affiliate, then browse the Amazon catalog and pick their favorite products, right from their Twitch dashboard, the company says.

This follows another recent move from Amazon to help video creators make money by promoting Amazon products, as it turns out. Last week, Amazon opened up its social media “Influencers” program to YouTube stars, allowing video creators to build their own curated shop, with its own short and memorable URL. It only makes sense that Amazon would enable something similar for its Twitch streamers, as well.

“When it comes to helping creators monetize through product recommendations, it’s important
to make these features easy to discover and intuitive to use,” said Piers Heaton-Armstrong, VP
for Affiliate Marketing at Amazon, in a statement. “Gear on Amazon achieves that by simplifying both the process for signing up to be an Amazon Associate and by making it so creators can showcase the actual products they are using and wanting to promote,” he said.

However, the Amazon extension is only one of many that will be available at launch. There are currently over 20 extensions available, including some game-specific ones like OP.gg for
League of Legends by OP.gg, Innkeeper: Interactive Hearth Overlay by Curse, and
MasterOverwatch by Master Network.

Others are designed for more general use, like Streamlabs’ Loyalty, Music, Polls & Games, or Muxy’s Overlay and Leaderboard, for example.

A full list of the new extensions is available on the Twitch blog here. A sample showcase is below.

  1. Smartclicks2

  2. TRN Battlegrounds Live Tracker by Tracker Network

  3. WhatsPlaying

  4. Layer One_ScheduleExtension1

  5. Streamlabs5

  6. Streamlabs2

  7. Streamlabs3

  8. Streamlabs1

  9. Layer One_ScheduleExtension2

  10. TRN Destiny Live Tracker by Tracker Network

  11. TRN Rocket League Live Tracker by Tracker Network

  12. Hearthstone_DeckTrack_CopyDeck

  13. HearthstoneDeckTrack_ViewCard

  14. Isaac Tracker by Pretzel Tech

  15. SmartClick

  16. schedule

  17. Polling

Twitch is also opening up the extension platform broadly to third-party developers, via its Developer Portal, dev.twtich.tv. Developers will receive free asset hosting and fanout messaging to make it easier to get started, the company says. Completed extensions are then shown to creators in a new Extension Manager.

At launch, extensions will be free but Twitch tells us that monetization details are soon to come. More information about this will be announced at Twitch’s developer conference, TwitchCon’s, Developer Day next month.

Twitch had planned to make the extensions available to streamers tonight, but that’s been pushed back at the last minute. Instead, the company now says the extensions will be “coming soon.”

Basis Set Ventures gets real to get to the heart of AI startups


Lan Xuezhao has spent the last few months pulling together $136 million for her new machine intelligence-focused venture capital fund, Basis Set Ventures. I met Xuezhao for tea on a park bench in Potrero Hill earlier this week to chat about her strategy for the fund.

I spend a good portion of my time meeting with investors, but if you don’t know a lot about the scene, Potrero Hill is not a place you go to meet VCs. Hot spots for meetings generally range from opulent coffee shops in San Francisco to opulent offices on Sand Hill Road. So a park bench in a fairly residential, low-profile neighborhood stands out.

But even more than that, Xuezhao has a surprisingly laid-back demeanor and an apparent academic appreciation for technology. With a PhD in quantitative psychology, the former head of mergers and acquisitions for Dropbox can do something that most other investors cannot — relate to the incredibly talented founders of highly technical startups.

Breaking rank with increasingly flashy, services-focused AI studios like Yoshua Bengio’s Element AI, Xuezhao wants Basis Set to be the anti-VC. Everything blindly promised by AI-focused VCs gets a layer of realism. Data sets: What data, why and does it actually exist anywhere? Technical mentors: How about I just sit down and we both start by being honest with each other — then if we can’t come up with it, let’s text someone who can.

We spent about an hour talking about the state of AI startups and how Basis Set Ventures aims to capture the windfall from the burgeoning space. I’ve edited all remarks for brevity.

Lan Xuezhao

TechCrunch: Why did you feel $136 million was the right number to start with? 

Lan Xuezhao: The number is more strategic than anything else. I feel like there’s a gap between Series A and smaller seed deals. There are a lot of smaller seed funds and it’s hard to compete with them because there are so many.

At Series A there are a lot of bigger names who do a very good job with those. But in-between, there’s a sweet spot for checks ranging in size between one and three million dollars. And not that many funds are able to do that.

TC: Can an AI focus still be a differentiator in a market that now seems saturated with AI-focused funds? What do you think is the real value a VC can add to a machine intelligence startup?

LX: Given my experience, I think go to market is the most important because algorithms are less defensible. Being able to help startups close larger clients is something I spend a lot of time on. Startups value me as a thought partner. You don’t have to be very formal with me in terms of presentation or reporting numbers.

I’ll sit down with a founder and we will go through an Excel spreadsheet and figure things out. I’ll help startups recruit people. Those are the resources that people want. I’m very pragmatic; I want to help founders get this stuff done.

The fund is very focused in terms of thesis and size. We do a lot of inbound leads, but we also do a lot of research to ensure our leads are not biased. Every Friday we talk to customers, the real people who actually use these products, and we try to figure out what works best and what doesn’t work at all. A lot of times the products people are using are from companies not based in California. These end up being very helpful conversations.

TC: Is the AI studio model overhyped?

LX: There is value in technical talent. I have advisors and their perspective is very valuable to me. Even product managers and designers, their perspectives are really valuable to a fund. But you want to make sure that these people are involved enough to actually help uncover blind spots.

Some incubators try to provide data which will help companies build early products. I think that’s a little tricky because the data needs to be very targeted. There is a lot of potential for value, but it depends on exactly what a company needs.

TC: Are machine learning APIs and developer tools defensible as investments in the long run?

LX: I’ve seen this approach working for some companies, but I’m a bit torn. I don’t have a strong opinion. It’s truly a case by case basis. I have invested in one company that fits this profile and things are going great for them, but I’ve also heard cases where it’s not working out so well.

I like when companies develop their own technology. The integrations need to be good and the experience needs to be native in order for this to be useful. Developers need to have very strong incentives to make this work. It’s not that easy to get all three, but if you can, companies are in a pretty good position.

TC: Do you agree with the majority of folks opting to invest in verticalized AI over horizontal platforms?

LX: I believe in vertically integrated full-stack solutions. Algorithms are getting more and more commoditized and big companies are trying to do a lot of the horizontal plays. It’s hard to do well there.

TC: Are you OK with startups using off-the-shelf AI tech early on?

LX: You need to be building something that actually solves a problem versus working on tech for three years and building something that people will not use. AI is a path to solving a problem versus the solution. AI is not the goal, it’s something that solves a problem. Having a real product that people will actually use sometimes means using off-the-shelf tech. Then, in the future, when the product actually takes off, you can make the tech more robust.

TC: You’ve been investing in building a quantitative sourcing engine; what’s the real value that it brings? Is this a natural application of AI inside Basis Set?

LX: Quantitative sourcing is a great way to cover blind spots. Each person’s network is limited and biased. It’s a great tool to supplement people’s own network so that you have a shot at seeing something you otherwise might not see. When doing CorpDev for Dropbox, I first hired a PhD from MIT who did a lot of work building us a quantitative sourcing engine. Together we found a lot of interesting companies that we definitely wouldn’t have seen if we didn’t use that engine. This approach won’t replace traditional sourcing, but it’s a really strong tool and I plan to build one for Basis Set Ventures.

A lot of the challenge is finding the right signal. The algorithms themselves don’t actually need to be that complicated. There will be some curve smoothing when we look at growth etc., but most of it is understanding the problem and finding the right signal so that you can get the right trigger set up when something happens. It requires domain expertise in the same way as AI, though.

Featured Image: Bryce Durbin

Please let The Friendship Code and its tech-savvy girls be the new Babysitters Club


Okay, full disclosure, I never read any Babysitters Club book. But you know what I’m talking about, right? We all had some endless series we read where a few kids just like us navigated the vicissitudes of life, teaching us lessons along the way. I’m hoping that The Friendship Code, which aims to do that — but with tech and coding woven in — will become that series for at least a few kids.

The young-adult novel, first in a planned series of who knows how many, takes place in the real world, where phones, coding, apps, and all that are just a part of how things are. The protagonist, Lucy, is a math whiz who wants to learn how to code, but finds that neither it or the people she learns alongside are quite what she expected.

Yeah, it’s much like any other YA fare where Protagonist is a X who wants to learn Y but must overcome Z. But it’s heartening that now there’s one that’s inclusive, realistic, and optimistic. Can you imagine reading any of these sentences in Sweet Valley High?

I was finally in sixth grade. I was finally going to my very first coding club meeting!

I was going to be a computer programmer, just like my mom. Anjali always joked that my first word wasn’t “Dada,” but rather “data.”

I glanced down at my Doctor Who T-shirt.

“Put it on vibrate,” Maya said, with an exasperated look.

(Maya is the cool, intimidating 7th-grader.)

How was I going to be the first black girl to win a Turing Award—it’s like a Nobel Prize for coding—for my coding skills if we didn’t actually use the computers?

We’ve got books for girls who want to be vampires, why not coders? But here’s how you know The Friendship Code really takes place in present day:

She took a jar out of the paper bag and set it on the table. “We are using sunflower butter,” she explained. “In case anyone has allergies. But we’ll pretend it’s peanut.”

The book is one of two released today as part of an ongoing collaboration between Google and Girls Who Code. As the founder of the latter, Reshma Saujani, writes in a preface to The Friendship Code:

When I first started Girls Who Code, I realized that there was a need for books that described what it’s like to actually be a girl who codes. I always say, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” And that’s true for books, too!

Saujani herself authored the other book put online today, which is a bit more of a straightforward explainer of what coding is and how to get started.

The series looks like fun and hopefully girls like the ones in the story will eat it up. In book 2 they do their first hackathon. I can’t wait!!

Razer’s gunmetal Blade Stealth is like dressing a gaming laptop in a suit


The chassis of this Blade Stealth isn’t dramatically different than it has been in past generations — except for its new gunmetal paint job. An all-black exterior, backlit triple snake logo and a keyboard with every color in the rainbow is often what kept corporate types and minimalists away from Razer’s laptop portfolio.

Everything screamed “gamer” or “PC enthusiast,” but the user experience has been well-revered across the internet. Now for the first time, Razer is making a laptop with a new color scheme, with a basic backlit keyboard, sans snake light show — it’s refreshing.

A Blade is only as sharp as its specs…

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves — as nice as the Blade Stealth is as a productivity machine, it’s not a gaming computer despite being the product of one of the most gaming-oriented companies on Earth. This Stealth comes with a Core i7-7500U processor (2.7GHz, 2.9GHz TurboBoost), 16GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive.

However, the prime feature of this configuration is the dazzling 13″ QHD + IGZO touchscreen, which is set at a 3200 x 1800 resolution. It’s glossy and crisp, and its 100 percent sRGB color distribution is among some of the best of the Windows ultrabooks, hands down.

Beyond those core specs, the gunmetal Blade Stealth is an ordinary Windows 10 ultrabook. Its only special feature is being part of the Razer hardware ecosystem, which is a powerful bullet point. It means you can purchase the Razer Core enclosure to go along with it, install the GPU of your choice and connect via the only Thunderbolt/USB-C on the system to help drive 3D PC games.

This is an excellent solution if you’re looking to own a “gaming laptop,” but don’t want the bulkiness, heat or lack of battery life. And unlike the other Blades in Razer’s portfolio, technically you can upgrade your GPU.

As a productivity machine

I hate to admit it, but I do miss the Chrome keyboard technology. Razer’s 16.8 million programmable keyboards have become just as much of a staple to the brand’s image as the triple-head snake, the color green and all-black-everything aesthetic. But aesthetics aside, the Blade Stealth works as a strong mobile warrior, weighing just 2.93 pounds.

Between writing up my experiences with the machine, editing photos in Lightroom, listening to much on Spotify and generally just having too many tabs/windows open in Chrome, the Stealth lasted about eight hours. Close enough to the nine hours or so that Razer advertises, and I’m sure I can close the gap — if I lowered the max screen and keyboard brightness.

Port selection is minimal, but not disappointing (still no SD card slot, sorry). Your single USB-C/Thunderbolt port is also the charging port, and there is an aux port, along with flanking USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI-out.

Now for the speaker, keyboard, trackpad trifecta. While the keyboard could use more travel, it’s evenly distributed, with practically no flex while being easy to get started on.

The trackpad is as tall as the size of the palm rest will allow, smooth to the touch and accurate, now arguably one of my favorites.

As for the stereo speakers: While they aren’t THX certified like the big brother Blade Pro’s, they offer enough bass and clarity to entertain, surprisingly so, considering their small size.

Bottom line

One of the best ultrabooks out there just got a lot more presentable.

For a $100 premium over a 13-inch, non-TouchBar MacBook Pro you can have the ability to invest more dollars to play games. Regardless, even without the Core you’d have the advantage of more RAM, storage space and ports than the base MacBook — with the added benefit of a touchscreen.

If you’ve had any reservations about getting a Blade Stealth because it was too flashy, you’re in luck. One of the best ultrabooks out there just got a lot more presentable.

Price as Reviewed: $1,399 at Razer USA

Nest invites press to a “Big announcement” on September 20


Earlier today Nest announced a new thermostat but it appears the company has more things to announce. Nest just sent invites to an event on September 20, saying it’s a big announcement. No other details were offered.

The company needs a hit and the product announced earlier today is not a hit in the same as the Learning Thermostat.

Nest has been seemingly slow to roll out new products. The company launched the original Learning Thermostat in 2011, following it up less than a year later with an improved version. The Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector came out in 2013. Then in 2014, Google purchased the company for $3.2b, adding Dropcam’s cameras to Nest’s portfolio a few months later after Google purchased that company for $555m.

But since under Google’s umbrella, innovative fire seemed to fade. And then co-founder Tony Fadell left in the summer of 2016.

Nest pushed forward and under the leadership of Marwan Fawaz it released new Nest Cams, made existing products smarter, and expanded the company overseas.

Clearly Nest has something special in store and Google knows how to throw a show. We’ll be onsite to report on whatever the company announces on September 20th.

First impressions of Essential’s 360-degree camera attachment


Essential has a unique port around back on its debut Phone, which can handle data and power transfer, and which attaches to accessories via magnets. The first such accessory is Essential’s own 360 camera, which offers you an easy way to capture immersive images and video in a very small package. The Essential 360 camera is much smaller than most other consumer 360 cameras out there, and aims to be something that’s as easy to take with wherever you go as the phone itself.

I got a chance to take the 360 camera for a spin over the past few days, now that it’s preparing to ship out to early Essential customers. The diminutive camera easily slides into a pocket or bag, and snaps into place on the back of the Essential phone with a satisfying click. The magnetic force also feels strong enough that you can be confident the camera won’t fall off during use, while also keeping the accessory easy enough to remove when you want to.

Snapping the camera on to the back of the Essential Phone results in the camera app itself launching right into 360-degree capture mode. This was a bit hit or miss for me – the camera app also launched, but sometimes I’d have to exit and relaunch to get the image preview to appear. Removing the camera also automatically quits the app, which is a nice feature.

By default, the app launches in photo capture mode, where you tap the virtual shutter button to grab a still. You can also pan around the image in live preview using your finger to see what the whole scene looks like. Essential stitches the image on the fly, so what you see is what you get when you tap the shutter.

Tapping the red dot next to the shutter will jump right into video recording, so that’s always only one tap away, too. Video capture also lets you pan around to see your surroundings, and again stitches the images from its two 210-degree cameras live to provide you with a real-time preview of what you’re recording.

Both the resulting images and the resulting video are good quality, and perfectly usable for sharing on Facebook and YouTube, as you can see with the examples provided. Stills come in at 12 MP, and the video records at 4K UHD resolution – 3840 x 1920, captured at 30 fps. Audio is recorded from the microphone on the camera, too, not the one on the phone, and that features a 4-mic array that captures 3D audio for more immersive effect.

In the end, Essential’s $50 camera add on is as good, or better, than some third-party mobile 360 camera options that are bulkier and more expensive. Also, this doesn’t really impact any of the video or photo results, but the Essential phone has a tiny fan in it to help with heat management, which I just find incredibly cool. Plus, it satisfies that most important quality for a camera: it’s more likely to be with you and usable, which is the key to making this kind of media more commonplace.

Featured Image: Darrell Etherington

Climendo Basic APK

Climendo – the statistically most likely weather forecast for your location.

With literally 10,000 weather apps to choose from, not all of them will be equally accurate for your location. So how can you be sure which ones are best for you, rather than wasting time, relying on the wrong ones? Climendo has tracked forecasters’ accuracy around the world for years, and can guide both users and companies in the right direction. Find the best forecasts based on temperature, wind, long- and short term forecasts, and location. Since one weather provider will most likely not be best at everything or everywhere, there is a puzzle to solve. A task that is both time consuming and difficult to do manually. Climendo will automatically generate the statistically most likely forecast for your location, so you don’t have to.

Features in the app:

• Better safe than sorry. Get the statistically most likely forecast for your location.

• Get a second opinion. Compare some of the best forecasts on one screen.

• Never settle for less. Find out who makes the most accurate forecast for your location.

• Avoid unwanted surprises. The probability rate tells you how certain the forecast is.

• Get inspired by environmental heroes with Climendo Heartbeat.

Climendo only features the most accurate weather providers. Who they are may vary depending on what country you select. We are continuously adding more local and international weather providers.

Climendo’s heart beats for all the innovative companies, and hard working organizations out there that try to reduce the negative impacts on our environment. One way for us to do good is to feature some of them in the app for free. We hope you will find it both interesting and inspiring to find out more about their work. We would also like to encourage other companies to find a way to help out.

Climendo is the highest rated weather app in Swedish App Store, and ranked as one of the hottest digital start-ups in Sweden. The app is frequently featured in acclaimed media around the world.

What’s New

1. Friendly menu to remove ADs.
2. Update AccuWeather logo.
3. Update Dark Sky logo and link.

Additional information

Name
Climendo Basic
Package
se.tmn.climendo_basic
Version
3.3.0
Size
7.90 MB
Installs
100,000+ downloads
Developed By
Climendo AB

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Write SMS by voice APK

“Write SMS by voice” app provides you a powerful and easy in use system to write your SMS by voice.

Features:

– Type SMS by voice and comfortably edit them
– Dictionary parsing (just say “comma” and app will replace it with “,”)
– Choose contact or enter the receiver’s number by voice
– Careful recognition helps you to choose right variant of recognized text
– Not only SMS (send your message with e-mail, Bluetooth or any other app)

What’s New

Privacy policy.

Additional information

Name
Write SMS by voice
Package
ru.vsms
Version
3.3.5
Size
1.90 MB
Installs
1,000,000+ downloads
Developed By
UX Apps

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