• Apps

    Using Windows Sticky notes in iPhone & iPad

    I found a neat tip for #iPhone & #iPad if you are also using the OneNote/Sticky Notes app in Windows. Add #Outlook or #Hotmail in the iOS accounts & enable Notes. Now, you can use the Apple #Notes app to access the same notes that you have in Windows and Outlook.com.

  • Apps

    Not only Facebook & Twitter, Google News can be addictive too

    Last year, I had written about how I was and planning to limit my usage of social media. To refrain from using Facebook app or Twitter whenever there is “free” time, I don’t have them in my phone (Samsung Android). In my older phone, I have got another SIM, installed WhatsApp and moved all my social, professional and friends’ groups to that phone which I was checking only once or twice in a day, unlike my regular number’s WhatsApp where I will receive messages that I care. LinkedIn is the only social media app apart from WhatsApp that is installed in my phone and that’s there for looking up people and…

  • Microsoft Word - Tamil Translation
    Apps,  Microsoft

    A quick Tamil Dictionary in Microsoft Word 2019

    I just realised that I can use Microsoft Word’s translate feature as a quick Tamil to English Dictionary for getting meanings. It works surprisingly well and even for a sentence (obviously as it is a translation feature and not a word dictionary). I am using the latest version of #MSWORD that ships with Microsoft Office 365 subscription, but I suppose it will work many earlier versions too as the feature has been around for quite some time now.

  • Mobile Apps
    Apps,  Interviews,  தமிழ்

    Why we don’t have a TikTok like hit in India – My Interview

    சிறிய உதாரணம், நிறுவனங்களுக்கான மென்பொருள், குறுஞ்செயலி விசயமாக 1000 இந்திய தலைமை செயல் அதிகாரியை நம்மால் (எப்படியும்) சந்தித்துவிட முடியும். ஆனால் ஒரு 10 லட்சம் பேரை சென்றடைய வேண்டுமெனில் நம்மால் செய்யமுடியுமா? எனவே B2C துறையில் நாம் மிகுந்த அனுபவத்தினை பெறவேண்டும். இன்று நண்பர் திரு செல்வ முரளி என்னைத் தொடர்பு கொண்டு பத்திரிகை.காம் இணையத்தளத்திற்காக ஒரு பேட்டி எடுத்தார், அதில் அவர் என்னைக் கேட்ட கேள்வி “சமீபத்தில் பிரபலமாக இருக்கும் டிக்-டாக் போன்ற செயலிகள் எதுவும் ஏன் இந்தியாவில் தயாரிக்கப்படுவதில்லை?“, அதற்கு அந்தக் கட்டுரையில் நான் கூறிய பதில் கீழே: //தொழில்நுட்ப முனைவு எல்லாமே பி2பி (B2B – ஒரு நிறுவனம் இன்னொரு நிறுவனத்திற்கு) நிறுவனங்கள் இருக்கிறது. தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப துறையில் உள்ளவர்கள் இணைந்து  தொழில் துறைக்குத் தேவையானவற்றை உருவாக்குகிறார்கள், ஆனால் உண்மையில் தேவை, B2C எனப்படும் நிறுவனத்திலிருந்து வாடிக்கையாளர்களுக்கு என்பதில் தான் இருக்கிறது. நம்முடைய மென்பொருள், குறுஞ்செயலி போன்றவற்றினை உருவாக்கிட நம்மிடையே உள்ள தயாரிப்பு மேலாளர்களுக்கு (Product Managers) B2B முறையில்தான்…

  • iOS Apps updates
    Apps,  Gadgets

    Tip to fix iOS App update problem

    This post is about a simple tip. In my new iPad Pro 11″, after I upgraded to latest iOS 12.3, updated all the installed apps, I was facing a weird problem. Six default apps from Apple were not getting updated. Every time I press Update or Update All, the process will start and stop with no progress. I searched in Apple support, the suggested solutions were to restart the device, to uninstall and to reinstall the app – nothing worked. The apps that were not getting updated were Apple Store, Numbers, Pages, Clips, iTunes U and iMovie – some of them were stuck with updates from last year (7 Nov…

  • Apps,  Microsoft

    Video Editing for free in Windows 10

    Today during the monthly meeting of the “Professional Speakers Association of India”, my friend Navanee Viswa gave a good talk on the importance of video recordings for professional speakers. He was sharing his experiences of the actual recording for a typical video taking just a quarter of the effort, but the majority (3/4th) going towards editing the video and polishing it. When it comes to the software for video editing, there are plenty of apps for iOS and Android – but they are aimed for limited editing and small work like captioning, and it is cumbersome to work on the small screen of mobile for this job. On the other side…

  • Apps,  Technology

    An open letter to Facebook - what is a story, and do we need it?

    Dear Facebook, Please understand that not everyone is as smart as your product managers, I am not. I don’t understand the UI for the “Your Story” feature on the web. When I see a notification that a friend has posted a new story, I click and I get a weird looking “mobile” like window which goes away even before I can read the whole post or story or text or whatever you are calling it today. And, if I reply to a story, I am unable to figure out where it went. If the “Story” is having a video, why am I not given any of the controls – to…

  • Apps,  Technology

    Why I am trying Brave Browser and reverted to Google Chrome?

    In the olden days, life was simpler – browsing online meant using the inbuilt Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on Mac OS X. Then came Google Chrome, moving the entire web browser space to high gear it changed everything. Microsoft IE and Firefox became casualties of Chrome’s success. Till a few weeks ago, I was “happy” with Microsoft Edge as my default browser, and in the few cases where a site (mostly Government & Google’s own) had issues with Edge I used Google Chrome. But now, with Edge moving to Chromium rendering engine I was curious about how browsers based on Chromium rendering engine will differ from Google Chrome.…