• TV Show Review

    Slow Horses (TV Series)

    In the beginning, Slow Horses (2022-) reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror but soon it paves its own path and got me hooked to complete the entire season. It is about a division of the UK’s MI5, called Slough House, is where the hopeless in the spy agency got assigned. Their role was to report to work and not do anything, the real work got done in the HQ at Regent’s park. By the turn of events, Slough House gets involved in solving a kidnapping case that captures the country’s imagination. How they fumble their way was the story. Available on Apple TV+ it gets a Ripe in…

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    iPhone faceid finally works with a face mask

    Finally, it is here! Apple fixes iPhone’s faceid to work on faces with #mask. During the pandemic it was a pain to type a PIN everytime to unlock the phone while you were out and wearing a facemask. The new fix with iOS 15.4 doesn’t require an Apple Watch, owning one was a requirement in earlier versions. In the pictures here, notice my mask and the unlock icon (highlighted), taken with #iPhone12 Pro.

  • TV Show Review

    Foundation (TV series)

    I like popular science fiction movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and books like Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad. This week I binge-watched the ten episodes of Season 1 of the Foundation (TV series) adopted loosely from the famous sci-fi author Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.  I hadn’t read the books, so the show was my first exposure to that universe. Reading the Wikipedia entries the TV series seems to have retained the core ideas from the books but has made significant changes to suit modern times and interests. Many years ago I had read and enjoyed Isaac Asimov‘s two popular short pieces…

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    Apple AirPods Pro

    For two years I have been using an iPad Pro 11″, and for the last year I have had an iPhone 12 Pro (I should write about it soon), but I had not bought any AirPods so far. I considered AirPods to be priced exorbitantly (which they still are) for no obvious benefits over competition other than the fruit logo that’s on top of them. Over the last few years, I have bought a ton of low to mid-priced Bluetooth headsets from manufacturers including Sony, Jabra, Soundcore, OnePlus and others (The good and the bad of the 10 Bluetooth headsets I bought). My thought was to spend Rs 2000 (USD…

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    Apple M1Pro and M1Max are a bigger deal than M1

    With M1Pro and M1max Apple has made it clear they are the top dogs when it comes to professional computer chips too. I find these chips to be more impressive than M1 which came out last year, that I called to be momentous, an assessment that still stands. Apple has shown they have a plan to keep up the pace, and a long runaway ahead. It will be lazy to see M1Max as a threat only to #Intel & #Microsoft, which sure is. It is #Samsung & #NVIDIA who are more paranoid with the technology (they know how to compete with Apple) powering M1 SoCs. They know complacency will destroy…