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Dear Facebook, Please understand that not everyone is as smart as your product managers, I am certainly NOT. I don’t understand the #UI for “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…

The mobile market in India has (stabilised) become an Oligopoly play – with Airtel, Vodafone and Jio racing to the bottom (~lower ARPU) with ever poor customer service. I am leaving out Government owned BSNL & MTNL as I see no future for them – both have surrendered their 4G spectrum many years ago. In this scenario, I see an opportunity for luxury brands to offer a white-labelled service (backhaul provided by one of the 3 players). I will be happy to pay more for such a premium service. This SIM Card can include industry-leading privacy controls, identity protection, call/message…

Over the years, I have become more and more careful with my belongings especially in keeping them safe while travelling. Rarely I do misplace or lose items. One such time was last year when I lost my iPad at a Microsoft Conference in Atlanta, USA and got it back. Today was the turn of my teenage son. Yesterday evening, I and son had landed at Chennai Airport after a good vacation at Kerala’s Kumarakom and my son had forgotten to take his small bag from the trolley we used. He didn’t miss it, till today morning. Morning, he got up…

“Wife wanted a new Tablet and I got her the Amazon Fire HD 8 from the USA as the device is not yet available in India. Specifications for the Tablet are Alexa voice support, 8” HD Display, 32 GB storage, Quad Core CPU and a MicroSD, it costs US$120 (INR 8000) with special offers (Amazon Advertisements). At this price, the device is a great buy. In recent years with slowing iPad and Android Tablet sales, there is little choice in this category, especially in India.  The gadget looks great, is comfortable to hold, the display is bright, and speakers are…

I have been using Sony Xperia Z3 as my phone for nearly a year now. The phone worked fine with good battery life and comfortable to hold. It even survived a 20 feet drop few months back.  With a 20 MP back camera it produced mediocre pictures, often they were being shot only in a reduced 8MP mode due to some software/app issue.  The 2.2MP selfie camera was bad with a limited coverage angle of objects in front.  Checking on ReGlobe I saw they were offering Rs.8000 for buying the phone, I went ahead and sold it. Looking for a new phone, I was clear that I didn’t…