• Chennai,  Gadgets

    How my son got back his lost phone

    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 and was frantically looking for his phone all around the house.…

  • Gadgets

    Getting Google Play on Amazon Fire HD

    “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 loud. You will love the device if you are using…

  • Gadgets

    Moto G4 Plus

    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 want to spend a lot like in buying a premium phone…

  • Events,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology

    Net Neutrality

    I was invited by the office bearers of Rotary Club of Madras Central to deliver a talk today in Hyatt Regency on the topic of “Net Neutrality”. This has been a hot topic highlighted in media and discussed in social media due to TRAI (Indian Telecom Regulator) recently asking for comment following outcry over Airtel Zero rating plan and Facebook’s Free Basics (earlier called as Internet.ORG). The audience I was addressing had come from various industry backgrounds, technical and non technical, so I started with a brief introduction on Internet, the economics at work in data business before proceeding with the core topic and my views on the same. In today’s world every business however small or…

  • Events,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Technology,  தமிழ்

    Mobile Apps Technology

    தமிழ் கணிமை தொழில்நுட்ப அமைப்பான உத்தமம், இன்று முதல் செல்பேசிக் கணிமை 2016 என்ற பெயரில் இருநாள் பயிலரங்கம் ஒன்றை நடத்துகிறார்கள். இன்று மதியம் என்னை “குறுச்செயலிகள் உருவாக்க தொழில்நுட்பம்” (Mobile Apps Development Technology) என்ற தலைப்பில் பேச அழைத்தார்கள். In my talk I covered on 3 areas – The Opportunity that Mobile Apps presents, Platform Decisions that you have on how to develop a Mobile App and lastly covered case studies of design decisions we made while developing apps for our clients. Opportunity: Mobile Apps download have grown from 24.9 Billion in 2011 to 309.6 Billion in 2016; Percentage of Free Apps have grown 88.4% to 93% not huge. The important thing to notice is the massive growth in terms of numbers of…