HackerEarth, a Bangalore-based startup that helps other startups hire programmers through technical challenges, has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Angelprime incubator.

Launched in late 2012 by former Google engineer Sachin Gupta and his IIT batch mate Vivek Prakash, HackerEarth helps India’s growth-stage startups find technical talent they so desperately need. Unlike in the Silicon Valley, where many engineers still find it more lucrative to work for a hot startup than an IBM, or even a Microsoft, Indian startups have to fight perception battles and work harder to attract engineers who mostly prefer to work with more stable, bigger tech companies.
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Oppo N1 now available in US and Europe

As expected, the Oppo N1 has today gone on sale in the United States and Europe, where prices for the 16GB model start at $599 and €449 respectively — rising to $649 and €479 for the 32GB version. The latest high-end handset from the Chinese manufacturer, the N1 sports a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a rotating 13-megapixel camera for all your high-res selfie needs, and a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Powering the phone is a capacious 3,610mAh battery.

Connectivity-wise, the N1 includes pentaband HSPA+ support up to 42Mbps as well as Bluetooth, NFC and Wifi Direct — though you’ll be missing out on LTE support, putting the device at a significant disadvantage for Western buyers.
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BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10, running BlackBerry 10 is finally here in the US. AT&T is the first carrier to release the Z10, and that’s the model we’ll review here, with occasional mention of the unlocked US model STL100-3 that we also have in house. In terms of both hardware and software, the AT&T version (also an STL-100-3) is nearly identical to its unlocked US and Canadian cousin, and only a small AT&T logo on the back gives it away. There are just a few carrier apps like AT&T Family Maps and a shortcut to the AT&T account management portal, making for a very clean experience.
This is a pure touch screen phone with no hardware QWERTY keyboard. Instead a capable software keyboard takes care of your text entry needs. The 4.2″, 1280 x 768 IPS display is sharp and good looking. The BlackBerry Z10 runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm CPU with 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage. Those are beefy enough specs to make the smartphone’s pervasive multi-tasking smooth. The Z10 has a rear 8MP camera that can shoot 1080p video and a front 2MP camera that can shoot 720p video. Wireless is well covered with LTE 4G and HSPA+, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. The phone has the mobile hotspot feature and very good reception.

The Z10 is a pleasing looking smartphone that’s relatively compact by today’s standards. At 4.2″, the Z10 feels a lot like the iPhone 5 in terms of size and screen dimensions. I personally prefer larger displays at 4.5″ and above for the larger text and more immersive video watching experience, but there’s something to be said for a phone that’s still small enough to be comfortable to use as a phone. It fits easily enough in a pocket and the textured, rubbery back isn’t slippery. The phone is largely make of plastic with an stainless steel inner frame, stainless steel buttons and the front could fool you because it looks so much like metal. The look is strikingly similar to the iPhone 5 and HTC One from the front, but Apple and HTC’s offering look much classier from the back and more exciting overall. That said, the BlackBerry Z10 is attractive looking, even if it doesn’t wander far from the black slab look (Verizon customers have the option to get a white Z10 along with the usual black model).
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