The Moto G was the first phone that managed to take the entire industry by storm. The aggressive pricing by Motorola ensured that the device sold like hot cakes. It also managed to be the highest selling and the most successful Motorola phone in the world. Most specs of the Moto G were amazing when it was launched — a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM was unheard of at that price point. It was termed as the “Budget Nexus” by many.
The Moto G was sold exclusively by Flipkart and it is apparent that Moto will use the same method of sale when launching the successor, the Moto G2. The Moto G2 has been rumoured to have a bigger 5 inch display and a camera upgrade to 8 megapixels — which hopefully fixes one of the biggest drawbacks of the original. A microSD card slot is also expected on the device, something that was missed on the predecessor. Read more →
In the past few decades Technology has come a long way and has been one of the fastest growing sectors on the planet. Technology wasn’t affordable back then, with the first ever computer being sold at over USD 3000 (INR 1,82,000 today) and the first ever laptop costing around USD 1800 (INR 1,09,200 today). Thanks to the rapid growth and innovation in manufacturing techniques coupled with economies of scale, it has helped bring these prices down drastically. A laptop today costs as low as INR 16,500 and a mobile phone for INR 2,600. Read more →
In the olden days, you paid a fee for a product or a service. In today’s digital age, you get quality services like Google Maps or Facebook for free! But in return, you’re letting them know more about you — pivotal information that is used to serve you ads that are most relevant to you. Although these services are immensely helpful, they’re also walking the thin line with respect to privacy. Below are a few tips to try and safeguard your personal information. Having said that, the only way to maintain 100% anonymity online is to not do anything online (and we all know how difficult that is). Read more →
Xiaomi, the mystical Chinese company, has been regularly popping up in the news since its launch in 2010 — and with good reason. They’ve successfully managed to grab attention of the pro-technologists by supplying quality products at unbelievable prices. They finally made their entry into India this week with a press conference held in Delhi, followed by a up-close-and-personal session with bloggers in Mumbai. Rajat Agrawal of BGR India asked all the right questions to Hugo Barra, the ex-Googler who joined as VP of Xiaomi last year. I too got a chance to probe Hugo and team Xiaomi with some burning questions, and here are some key takeaways that you need to know about Xiaomi and their products. Read more →
At Google I/O 2014, the Android One project with Micromax, Spice and Karbonn was announced and I couldn’t help thinking about its resemblance to what Nokia did several years back with the Nokia 1100. The rugged low-end phone that was advertised as ‘Made For India’ and its superpower was a great battery life along with torch light and a sturdy, anti-slip design. It was successful and delivered exactly what the consumers wanted.
It was a time when incoming calls had become free in India. And owing to the poor electricity supply in rural areas, the 1100 was a hit. Since it’s launch in 2003, it sold 250 million units globally. Eleven years since, Google is seeing that opportunity in India again. Read more →
Those hand-written notes, they were beautiful. You could read them, cherish them, and reply at leisure. The wait for a reply came with some bitter-sweet pain. In this age of Instant Messaging, where everyone is accessible to everyone, wherever they are, there are way too many options to get in touch. Everything is fast paced and conversations are aplenty. But there is one form of communication that fascinates me as I see it evolve, especially when I see it between people who wouldn’t be in touch otherwise. Read more →
“Should you be your child’s friend?” – One of those never-ending coffee table debates that parents have every once in a while. More likely than not, you’ll find more parents saying a vehement “No” rather than a “Yes”. Even more likely than not, the “Yays” will convert to “Nays” as the child grows older.
To the parents who answer “No” ask now, “Should you be your child’s Facebook friend?” And more likely than not, they are going to answer, “Yes.” Quickly followed by, “But I won’t interfere, just to keep a watch.”
As I dig deeper into the pros and cons of having kids access the internet, I am counter-intuitively convinced that we are getting this all wrong. There isn’t just a list of haves and have nots and finding an in-between. There is a space beyond. A space which our superficial arguments don’t let us enter. Read more →
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India has made a huge shift from the era of feature phones to smartphones. The consumers largely have an option to chose smartphones running on 3 popular operating systems — Android, iOS and Windows Phone. In India, Android has seen wider acceptance among the consumers with as much as 90% of the population using the OS. The popularity is mostly because of the low prices and the open nature of the platform. Android is an OS that has been evolving at a rapid pace and phone updates have become a criteria people consider while buying. A phone that has a higher probability of getting an update were preferred by most users. Read more →
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place” — Eric Schmidt
The Internet has a laundry list of advantages that benefit mankind greatly, but there’s one thing that we give up in the process — privacy. Data about you is fodder for many tech companies. Google has long been in the business of user data. In lieu of great products and services, they want to know more about you, so they can serve you ads that will make you want to click them. Think about it — business models have been entirely ruined because of this.
In the past, people paid for turn-by-turn navigation apps from TomTom or Garmin, now you get it for free with Google Maps. People previously couldn’t do with paid office productivity software like MS Office, now Google Docs has come to a point where it’s good enough for many of us. Before, you shelled out money for a group video conference with Skype’s Premium offering, while Hangouts let you do it for free. There’s no beating a great product that you can use for free. Well, not exactly free since they’re getting ‘you’ in exchange. Foursquare relies on you to share your location by ‘checking-in’. Facebook wants to know more than just where you’ve studied or where you work or your relationship status — they want to know your favourite movies, TV shows, musicians, book authors. TrueCaller wants to get your phone book. Read more →
The recent controversy over newly appointed HRD Minister, Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications was sparked by this tweet made by a member of the opposition party, Ajay Maken.
Much uproar ensued. It backlashed. Ajay Maken’s tweet received a lot of flak from the ruling party members and aam junta tweeters alike.
Smriti Irani in return, two days later, gave a calm and composed “Judge me by my work.” response.
And therein friends, lie the don’ts and the do’s of online etiquette, a.k.a common sense.
Ajay Maken’s tweet lacked respect, thoughtfulness and actually basic thought. Smriti Irani’s response was an appropriately delayed, composed and cool one.
This got me thinking about basic tenets of our digital lives. A lot of it is truly basic. But when you hear people talk aloud in a movie theater or a temple, you wonder if it really is that basic.
So, here I have for you some basic and some not-so-basic list of online manners: Read more →