Nexus 6 - a month later...

Nexus 6 – a month later…

I bought this new Nexus 6 almost on a whim. I have been wanting to change my phone (from Samsung Galaxy S4) for no specific reason other than the fact that I was getting bored with the earlier one I had. It went a bit sluggish after an year+ of usage, but I did a factory reset and things were… Read more →

From the 'end', to 'death' of apps as we know them?

From the ‘end’, to ‘death’ of apps as we know them?

I read recently that the Chinese mobile browser, UBWeb (owned by Alibaba) is partnering with Facebook to offer push notifications from Facebook used via UCWeb’s mobile web interface. Even when the user closes that browser window, if opted-in, they’d continue to get push notifications in their mobiles! I tried this and it worked flawlessly – the 2nd one in the screenshot here… Read more →

Welcome to the future of office, Facebook at Work

Welcome to the future of office, Facebook at Work

The recent, formal launch of Facebook at Work has invited a lot of opinions already. There are people who are looking forward to what it can do over and above office collaboration tools (like Alan Lepovsky’s perspective) like Yammer and there are people who think it is a pointless launch (my friend, Gautam Ghosh’s point of view). And then there… Read more →

Of generic and meh-level loyalty cards and membership programs

Of generic and meh-level loyalty cards and membership programs

I generally offer a polite and insistent ‘No! Thank you!’ when the billing clerk asks me about a loyalty program/membership card. My general opinion about membership programs in stores like Shopper’s Stop, Westside, Croma etc. is that it is largely pointless. Today, my wife heard the magic number (Rs.400 off on our bill) and was mildly interested in indulging the… Read more →

Taxi4Sure? TaxiNotSure seems more appropriate

Taxi4Sure? TaxiNotSure seems more appropriate

I’m *really* livid. They say one shouldn’t drive when you’re livid, particularly when you are *really* livid. I did try, however, because I was to join a panel discussion Afaqs was conducting in Bangalore. And it ended badly. Thanks to Taxi4Sure. The panel was slated to start at 6:30pm. I have been seeing so many recent reports about cab services… Read more →