Now Is Not The Time To Criticise The Galaxy Note 7


Now, I’m not going to stand here and pretend like this phone (Note 7) doesn’t have problems. After all, the proof that it gets overheated and explodes for practically no reason at all has been evident for months, but now, we need to focus on its positive aspects and wipe the slate clean. It is our company phone now, and there’s no use complaining about it anymore.

I wish I could’ve quoted the full article. Go, click on the link, enjoy.

Uber Adds Indian Wedding Service as New Rules on Cash Kick In


Customers can pre-pay for rides that can be shared with family and friends for wedding-related travel, such as hopping between markets, shopping for the perfect outfit and getting guests to the venue […]

While uberWeddings (under uberEvents) has been available in other countries since April 2015, it has been recently introduced in India.

Sure, demonetisation has been messy, but maybe it could nudge the urban segment towards the (better) cashless economy. Like this feature, such an economy is inherently more organised and easier to account for. Now, that is worth celebrating, isn’t it?

Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation

A gem of a post I’ve come across:

  • Novelty: Something new
  • Creation: Something new and valuable
  • Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
  • Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful


To be innovative is very difficult, but because of the difficulty, being innovative is usually well rewarded. Indeed, it might be easier to identify innovations simply by their rewards. It’s almost a certainty that any great business is predicated on an innovation and that the lack of a reward in business means that some aspect of the conditions of innovation were not met.

The causal, if-and-only-if connection with reward is what should be the innovation litmus test. If something fails to change the world (and hence is unrewarded) you can be pretty sure it was not innovative enough.

A lot of us confuse innovation with novelty.

As Apple’s MacBook Lineup Grows, Cheaper Options Die Off – WSJ

A lot of people are surprised by the cost of the new MBP’s and understandably so, but, here is one way to think about it –

[…] Previously, the average base price of a Mac laptop was $1,266. Now it is $1,613.

Does Apple just not care about the less wealthy? Perhaps. But another way to read the shift is Apple wants to push entry-level laptop users to the iPad Pro, which starts at $600. (With a keyboard case, it’s still just $750.) The iPad Pro has actually become my choice for taking on the road because it weighs less than a traditional laptop, and is sufficient for basic web browsing, social media and word processing.


Twitter Releases Q3 2016 Earnings

Twitter reported adjusted revenue of $616 million, and adjusted earnings of 13 cents a share. Wall Street was looking for $605 million and nine cents a share.

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CoinDesk Singapore Central Bank Inks Blockchain Deals With India, South Korea – CoinDesk

According to statements, the partnership will include a specific focus on digital payments, as well as the creation of educational resources related to the tech. MAS and the Andhra Pradesh government committed to broader discussions over regulation focused on “innovations in financial services”.

FinTech, by definition, is the next step for the finance industry, and, I am glad the Andhra Govt. is taking interest in it.

Mossberg: The PC has become part of the furniture – The Verge

But, to steal from the late, great B.B. King: for most people, the thrill is gone. And that’s because the PC has become the furniture of our digital lives. It’s absolutely necessary. You wouldn’t want to be without it. But you don’t get very excited about it, don’t brag about it, don’t replace it very often, and don’t expect revolutionary new features when you do.

As it says in the article, enthusiasts like me might be excited, but the mainstream isn’t. No doubt, Mr. Mossberg has hit the nail on its god-damn head.

Microsoft announces Surface Studio

Isn’t it weird that Microsoft is making aspirational hardware and Apple PC’s are getting mass deployment at IBM?

UPDATE: A lot of people are wondering if Apple is losing the ball on desktops. While I love Microsoft’s new HW offerings, here is something to think about –