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Update: 26th August 2020 Crossed over 2.5 Million photo views to my contribution to Google Maps.  Update: 28th January 2020 WOW! I never expected to cross 2 million photo views for my contributions to Google Maps. I started doing this, just for karma points and to be on the good books of our (future) computer overlords who are likely to come from Google Brains. The Original Post – 23th January 2019 Unbelievable! An ordinary photo I took of a neighbourhood park in Chennai was viewed over 60,000 times in Google Maps. Overall, all the photos I posted there was viewed…

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…

Even though I thought that the “Don’t be evil” mantra of Google was nothing more than a brilliant marketing slogan, I always admire(d) the company for its engineering and security prowess. They are way ahead of Apple and even Facebook when it comes to their software expertise. In that context, it is sad that this company too is reacting to a security vulnerability than being proactive. While I feel for the loss of Google+, the only competitor (at the time of its launch) to the monopoly of Facebook, no one will be missing it. As a Google Pixel user, I…

I care about the camera followed by battery life in a phone. Rest other features are all commodity and you can install most of what you want as apps – be it on Android or iOS. I am underwhelmed with Google Pixel 2 XL that was announced yesterday, especially with the camera after seeing the photos from reviews. I know it got the highest score of 98 for a smartphone in DXOMark review – to like or not to like a photograph taken with a device is a matter of personal taste. The photos from Pixel 2 as shown in DXOMark…

India is a cash economy – and everyone knows this. Venture capitalists see a huge opportunity and are investing in companies that provide financial services for the over 1 billion people in India. I have written last year about the numerous payment related companies that are working in India. The government of India has undertaken many initiatives from its side to wean people away from cash – let us leave the politics aside – GoI has tried to jumpstart digital transactions through demonetization of ₹500 and ₹1000 currencies last year and are promoting digital platforms like UPI which integrates AADHAAR…