New website helps you visit Iran

Here is a new website offering tons of information and insights for those who want to travel to Iran.

It provides Iran’s travel destinations, Iranian cuisines and lots of other useful content.

Soon VisitoIran will be offering exciting tour packages as well.

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A powerful talk from Hugh Herr, 7 years in the making

TED Blog

Hugh Herr's talk transfixed the audience at TED2014, and has now been viewed nearly 2 million times. So it might surprise some to know that his talk took nearly 7 years to happen. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Hugh Herr’s talk transfixed the audience at TED2014, and has now been viewed nearly 2 million times. So it might surprise some to know that his talk took nearly 7 years to happen. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

“As you can see, my legs are bionic,” said Hugh Herr on the TED2014 stage. “The artificial part of my body is malleable, able to take on any form, any function, a blank slate through which to create structures that can extend beyond biological capability.”

Standing tall in a suit hemmed at his knees, Herr spoke eloquently about his work creating the next generation of bionic limbs. He demonstrated how his own worked as he spoke, moving gracefully around the red carpet. This talk—which ended with ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis performing for the first time since she lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing—was one of the most-beloved of TED2014…

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Incubators and Accelerators – The Inside Secrets

Silicon Valley Startups Story

Incubators and accelerators help entrepreneurs refine their business ideas and offer support to promote growth. Given the pace of change that lessens the go-to-market timeline, incubators and accelerators can be helpful environments for entrepreneurs to take their start-ups to the next level.

Join us at the next event in the startupPerColator Series, “Incubators and Accelerators – The Inside Secrets,” to learn how to find incubators and accelerators, the benefits they provide, the costs, and ultimately, whether it’s the right decision for you.

Click Here to Register

Panelists:

• George Favvas, Founder and CEO – PerkHub (first batch, 500 Startups)

• Liron Petrushka, Partner – Upwest Labs

• Greg Raiten, General Counsel – 500 Startups

• Keith Teare, Founder – Archimedes Labs

Moderator:

• Lior Zorea, Partner – Perkins Coie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Palo Alto, CA

Complimentary breakfast to be provided.

Logistics

Perkins Coie – Palo Alto
3150 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

8:00 a.m. – 8:30…

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Bill Legalizing Phone Unlocking Moves Forward

Tech

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill this week to once again legalize the unlocking of cell phones for use with multiple carriers, but the bill’s future is far from certain thanks to a controversial provision meant to protect carriers’ profits.

The process of unlocking phones used to be legal. It was considered an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which makes it illegal to circumvent software designed to protect copyrighted material. The exemption makes sense, as phone unlocking is a “noninfringing use” – the process has nothing to do with copyright. That changed in late 2012, when the Librarian of Congress revoked the exemption at the behest of carriers, making unlocking your own phone illegal.

If passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, H.R. 1123 would once again make it legal to unlock your own phone or have a carrier do…

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FINALLY, a Solar-Powered Cigarette Lighter

Tech

Smokers, prepare to look even cooler than normal when you’re smoking.

Instead of lighting your smoke with a namby-pamby Bic or a holier-than-thou Zippo, you could be harnessing the power of the sun! Imagine its rays streaking toward Earth like a comet trying to catch a bus, collecting in a momentous joyfulness on a small, reflective dish – that dish attached to a weird springy, coily thing that itself is attached to your unlit cigarette.

Moments later…

*WHOOSH!!!* Your cigarette blazes to life with a quick whiff of burning tobacco leaves, the heat soon drawn into your lungs although the entire process feels like an eternity. And moments later – again, an eternity – the sweet coursing of nicotine surges through your bloodstream like a lawn dart with a chip on its shoulder, leaving you with the strength and dexterity of a dozen non-smoking mortals.

Five minutes later:…

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The Super Bowl: A Sex Trafficker’s Playground

Forte E Bello

woman hostageIn just a few short days hundreds of thousands of visitors will flood to the MetLife stadium in New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Many visitors will be coming to show their pride and cheer on their favorite team, but tragically, thousands more will be coming for something entirely different. What most people don’t know is that the single biggest game of the year has also been called the single largest human trafficking event on the planet.

Just beyond the stadium lights, hidden within the shadows will be thousands of victims, women, children and even men, caught in the inhumane web of sex trafficking. For them this day will bring something much different than football, loud cheers, hot dog stands and painted beer bellies. For them it will bring pain, abuse, repeated rapes and even fear of death. The exact numbers of trafficking cases in a given year or…

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Behind The Scenes In The WordPress Plugin Directory With Mika Epstein

Sarah Gooding has published a great report showing up behind the scene of the WordPress Plugin Repository in an interview with Mika Epstein.( check out Mika’s hosting blog for lots of good stuff).

It takes a lot of talents and efforts to ensure a safe and functional plugin repository. What Mika and other guys in the team are doing is extremely needed and precious, can’t imagine what could be the situation without all these efforts. Clearly no greatness is achieved without passion.