• Technology

    For Apps is Mobile first and Web last?

    As a farewell thought for 2020, let me leave you with an observation of a trend of last few years that got cemented this year. As an early developer for the web, I had believed that applications will get developed for the web first, depending on the market you then write native apps for iOS and/or Android. Using iPhone for the last few weeks, I am observing it is the other way round nowadays. Even if there is a web version of an app they are crippled compared to the native mobile apps. Look at Instagram where posting is not available on the web version (for God’s sake, why?), or…

  • TV Show Review

    Becoming You (TV Series 2020-)

    If you have an Apple device (laptop/iPhone/iPad) then check out the “Becoming You” in Apple TV+. It is about how human kids develop in the first 2000 days. The first 15-20 itself was priceless. Seeing those little kids in 4K melts away the worries of the pandemic. The opening story is about a 3-year old boy “Ruru” living in Tokyo, going out to buy sushi all by himself and returns safely. Something unthinkable in most places outside of Japan. The five-minutes long sequence was so touching. Similar was the next sequence of a boy in Nepal running around everywhere and taking breathtaking pictures with his camera. As a parent of…

  • Gadgets

    Apple Silicon M1 is momentous

    Update on 19th Nov 2020 With the many reviews coming from third parties including The Verge, CNET & MKBHD, the Apple Silicon Mac computers seem to be living up to the promises made by Apple on stage. That’s great news. Many software developers (big firms and open-source) like Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Tensorflow have been posting about their support for Apple Silicon, this is unprecedented for a new CPU architecture. Apple Silicon seems to be marking the beginning of the end of Intel’s x86 on desktop computing. The original post published on 10th Nov 2020: I know it is a v1 product, but still, I am so tempted to buy…

  • Saramonic Blink 500 B6
    Gadgets,  Lounge

    Saramonic Blink 500 B6 – A wireless microphone

    Let me get this out – I hate Air Pods and clones being used for non-personal video calls, more so when I see them used in TV interviews! I had been looking for a microphone that can record clear audio with noise reduction. I wanted one that I can connect to my laptop, to be used for video calls and webinars. Superior quality microphones don’t come cheap, so it will be great if the same could be used with my iPad Pro or Samsung Phone for recording videos capturing crisp audio. I didn’t want to invest for the Pro condenser microphones used by popular podcasters as they were expensive, and…

  • Apple iPhone XR
    Gadgets

    iPhone XR assembled in India

    I just observed that the Apple iPhone XR is the same price in India as in the USA. The reason may be that this model alone is Assembled in India under the “Make in India” initiative. It cost Rs.43,000 (USD 650) in the USA, adding the state sales taxes will make it the same as in India (Rs.50,000). Refer the article – Finnish firm Salcomp, a key supplier of chargers for Apple, is investing in it’s Chennai manufacturing facility (the defunct Nokia plant). Compare this with iPhone 11 and all other higher models including iPhone 11 Pro or iMac computers which are more than 25% costlier in India, due to…