• Gadgets,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Technology

    We won’t be using smartphones by 2025

    Favourite this post in your browser, as I am daring to make predictions on the state of smartphones for next 10 years. Before I do that, I have no qualification or experience in designing or manufacturing or marketing Smartphones, and that is what makes me qualified to do the predictions as an user. 1.By 2020 phones will get smaller & smaller – reversing current trend When mobile phones were invented in 1973 at Motorola they weighed 2 Kilograms and were bulky. They continued to look more or less the same when they got commercially released after ten years in 1983. In the next 25 years when phone subscribers grew from…

  • Microsoft

    MS DOS for Mobile

    It was last year on the same day (April 1) I recalled about a session I delivered many years back in 2000. It was the announcement of MSDOS.NET. After 15 years the marketing powers in Microsoft have used the idea to release a spoof app for Windows Phone that emulates MS-DOS. Seeing the announcement video it was clearly an April fools joke, which it was, but Microsoft surprised everyone by releasing an actual app in the Windows Phone store that works. The screenshots seen here are what I took in a Lumia 630 running Windows 10 build. What was more unexpected was the ability to type “Win” in command prompt…

  • Chennai,  Gadgets

    Lost without mobile for an hour

    I dropped my wife & kid in front of the venue, told them I will park the car and call when I am inside the venue. They walked away, I had driven few metres, when I turned to pick my mobile phone, I couldn’t spot it. It was not in my pocket, not in the dashboard, not in the seat next to me. I looked around to see them, no sight of them, road was jam packed so I couldn’t stop the car and go after them. I began to panic! My mind was playing tens of options on what to do next. It’s not going to be a simple…

  • Gadgets

    Ubuntu Live for Surface Pro and MacBook Pro

    Yes, I do love Windows & I love my Surface Pro device. Having got few gray hairs has thought me never to leave office with just one device or one set of cables especially when travelling. Irrespective of the device & OS, something can go wrong with OS or the App you are using just before a presentation. I am not as paranoid as the master Dr.Nitin Paranjape on this, but it’s a smart idea to carry an OS on the go for emergencies. This will help you boot your device, connect to wi-fi, browse a website at the minimum when your device or OS fails. To do this, the…

  • Windows Phone 8 - Tamil Keyboard by Vishwak Solutions
    Apps,  Gadgets,  தமிழ்

    Tamil keyboard app for Windows Phone 8

    I have written earlier about Windows Phone 8 (~Nokia Lumia phones) supporting display of “Tamil” language texts. The support is not 100%, though you could read Tamil texts, you couldn’t type in Tamil (Tamil IME/Keyboard was missing). I am expecting Microsoft to release an IME for Tamil in their future updates (I am not privy to any release plans or dates). In the meanwhile I was finding it difficult to correspond in Tamil with friends using my Nokia Lumia 925. Tired of waiting, I had our mobile team at Vishwak Solutions write a basic app that allows Tamil text typing. The app is live and available for free download from…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Windows Phone 8 GDR3, Nokia Lumia Black

    For my Nokia Lumia 925, I got the updates about a week or so back. I got both Nokia Lumia Black firmware upgrade and Windows Phone OS GDR3, I didn’t notice at that time these two were different, so I don’t remember whether both came together or I got GDR3 (aka Update 3) sometime earlier. The Nokia Lumia Black Firmware update (WPcentral article) is about improvements to Glance Screen (which I never had any complaints), camera and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. I found the GDR3 to be more interesting, this adds Driving mode (a welcome feature), screen orientation lock (I wish there was a quick access to this through a button),…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Windows 8.1 Upgrade in Surface Pro

    After Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 8.1, I was waiting for upgrading my PCs to it. I upgraded my Desktop PC using the MSDN RTM builds on 19th September. My Desktop is an Active Directory Domain joined PC. On this, I installed the “MSDN” ISO build through the setup file. For reasons I couldn’t decipher, during setup I was presented only two options; one was to do a “fresh” OS install, two was to to “copy” all documents and files. I went with second option hoping my Win32 Programs, Windows8 Apps will be migrated smoothly. But I found Windows 8.1 was installed as a fresh OS and my documents just copied…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Nokia Lumia 925

    Early this year I switched from iPhone to Nokia Lumia 920 and every since I am loving Windows Phone experience. When I am travelling I carry as a second phone, so intermittently I use an iPhone or Android, but I find those uncomfortable. This speaks volumes of the clean and simple interface of Windows Phone. It is the iOS of 2013! So why did I upgrade from Lumia 920 now (and didn’t do even when I broke the glass few months back). My development team working on Windows Phone apps wanted Lumia 920 for dev/testing, which got me to part with it. When I shopped around for a new phone,…