Life without a smartphone and its relevance for apps/services

vicio.celular.jpgSome people call me crazy and some call me jobless. I wouldn’t deny either but as someone wise said sometime way back, “When life gives you lemons you make a lemonade (or even a tequila).” Still true today, and maybe even more relevant in business. Currently, I’m making the best of my downtime exploring the freedom of doing some borderline crazy stuff. Okay! Maybe it’s not too crazy, maybe it’s exploring — but I like the sound of it.  Continue reading

INTERNET OF (HUMAN) THINGS: The Human side of things that could be key to the success of IoT

people-connected-1Starting from the times of mythology, where one’s wishes were ‘heard’ by Gods, to technology, where one can overlay digital objects over physical reality and interact or ‘act’ as if they are one and the same, the human element has always been the same – you can call them the enabler, master or even creator to some extent if we are not kidding ourselves. However, the one thing that we amazing homo sapiens failed to master or even understand is the human element of things around us. I think it’s time for the budding entrepreneurs to focus not on the Internet of Things (IoT as they fondly call it) and something I believe is not that hard to master or develop considering our pace of innovation (just look at the last 100 years) but on the Internet of (Human) Things (IoH) for the betterment of this world and for better utilization of us, the humans, because we really don’t want robots to rule the world right!  Continue reading

Voice Assistants, Payments and Beyond

Just a day back, I was fortunate enough to buy the hard-to-find, newly launched and so called ‘magical’ device from Apple called the AirPods. Here I sit now in a Thai restaurant in Toronto on a surprisingly warm day for February sipping some lovely lemon ginger tea and listening to some soft rock while wondering how far bluetooth headphones have come since the days I bought my first pair in 2010, a set of Philips MW 600 earphones, which are by the way still working and reliable though out of my favour. Being one of the most technologically advanced pair of headsets one can buy (or probably find considering how short they are in supply) right now in the market, AirPods and the underlying technologies like Siri by Apple have multiple far reaching use cases across diverse spaces, including payments. Continue reading

Do fitness bands really work?

It was some time in the year 2015 when a friend of mine who lives in Toronto and who last saw me almost an year earlier while we were in school noticed that I had put on quite a bit of weight. It was slightly an embarrassing conversation especially since I was always the one who boasted how active I’m and how she isn’t. But now it seems like I had lot of time at hand when I was at school and hence more active. Anyways, I guess a lot of you like me after college would have just become too busy in life to notice how one can easily put up love handles without much effort or love.
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A week with the Pebble Smartwatch

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Lost in thought and time during a long winter break in Toronto, I was staring at my watch wondering why each minute feels like an hour. I recollected reading an article about how we perceive time differently based on our environments. If we are busy pursuing something, we assume time to be running fast. If we are doing nothing like I was before writing this article, we assume time to be still. However, time always moves at the same speed. It’s our perception of time that changes. If something changes this perception, then we should stop and take a look at it. Meet Pebble… A smartwatch that created ripples in the way I see time, literally…

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NFC beyond mobile payments

There has been talk for a long time that mobile payment is the next big thing and that it’s going to take over the other three channels of payment (cash, credit and check) very soon. However, the adoption hasn’t been as rapid or revolutionary as many thought. Some of the reasons include lack of consumer education, reluctance for change and high cost of infrastructure. But the big factor to me is how it failed to address a key consumer issue – better consumer experience.

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Can Samsung score a hat trick with the SIII?

With the tremendous success of Galaxy S and SII, Samsung has more than announced itself loud and clear in the global smartphone market. Samsung became the only player that could seriously challenge the likes of Apple in the smartphone industry and catapulted android OS into a market leader. So, can Samsung continue its reign with the third iteration of its flagship smartphone? Is it as huge an upgrade as SII was for the original S. Let’s see!

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I am a Mac and I’m loving it!!!

It was the fall/winter of ’07 when I was into the 1st semester of my Master’s degree in US. I bought myself a budget Acer laptop to aid with my studies and it was just a normal laptop that got my tasks done without much fanfare or attention. Before purchasing this budget laptop, I had heard a lot about Macs and was literally fantasizing about owning one. However, putting down a grand for a laptop being a student didn’t seem an economical choice. Nonetheless, I pondered over the idea throughout the first semester till my roommate took me to his cousin who owned one. Like an 18 year old gazing at the neighbor’s Ferrari, I didn’t blink an eye while staring at this white unicorn in a messy room. Nothing was visible in the room except this finely crafted piece of white polycarbonate with a glowing Apple symbol, which I hallucinated as glowing in rhythm with my heartbeat. I bugged the owner non-stop about the compatibility of some applications I frequently use and also foolishly about the requirement of an anti virus application like in PCs. I came back home that night and decided to get one for myself and to ship the Acer laptop to my dad. This one decision turned me into a spendthrift overnight among my friends in the school who were all using a PC and suggested the same for me too. However, I listened to only myself and bought a Mac. It was a huge decision at that moment considering my financial capacity and the general trend. My attitude to life has changed since that night and I have been doing only the things that I love and enjoy.

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Nokia Lumia 900: A make or break for Nokia and Microsoft in Uncle Sam’s territory

When two companies like Nokia, a company that once ruled the ‘Smartphone’ market across the world and one that is still inspired from the quotation “try and try until you succeed” in the US market, and Microsoft, a software giant that failed to grasp the Smartphone market at its infancy and gifted the Smartphone torch to its rivals, come together with an intention of creating a product that could alter not only their fortunes but also the mobile landscape, the expectations run high especially in Uncle Sam’s territory where a Smartphone is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. So, has Lumia 900 met the expectations? Lets see!

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Is One X the one for HTC!!!

HTC had a tough last year with decreased profits and increased competition from Samsung with it’s Galaxy line of phones especially the new ‘gigantic’ Note and almost an year old S2, both of which are selling in record numbers. HTC also had to battle the Cupertino giant – Apple, which continues to amaze everyone with stellar sales of it’s iOS line of devices. So what should HTC do to better the competition and change its fortunes? Release the best phone in the market. Did HTC succeed in its efforts? I would say partially. Let’s see why the One X might not be the one HTC thought it would be.

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