The Facebook phone doesn’t have to suck

This is a response to reports that Facebook is certainly working on a phone and that it will, with certainty, suck. The project is allegedly code-named ‘Buffy’. If Facebook is indeed making a phone, I am pretty sure it will not be a ‘Facebook’ phone in the sense that they will just slap a boat load of the social network on a piece of hardware. If they are…

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Why is Elon Musk the real life Tony Stark ( Iron Man )?

  Elon Musk founded PayPal. And Tesla Motors. And SpaceX. And a bunch of other companies. He is a brilliant engineer and entrepreneur. When he was 10, he bought a computer, and by age 12 programmed a game and sold it for 500 USD. Later (in 1995), he went to Stanford for his second degree, which is what someone like him would do. Except, he dropped…

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The producers of “3” movie are the reason torrent sites are down in India

Mahaesh Murthy, a social media behemoth, today posted on his Facebook account, making clear why torrent sites in India are down. This is what he had to say –  It’s incredible – the film that owes most to digital video – “3” featuring #Kolaveri – has actually had the audacity to go get a court order instructing Airtel, Vodafone and other Indian ISPs to block…

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Here’s why Facebook is not overvalued

There is a lot of talk of why Facebook’s 100 Billion $ valuation is insane, with a lot of technology and business ‘gurus’ ( old people with grey hair ) screaming how Facebook is going down. If I had to be worried about a tech company, that would be Google or Apple, as these are the two companies that are clearly losing their innovative mojo….

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Torrent sites go down in India. Anonymous takes government sites down, in revenge. [ updated twice ]

If you try to access thepiratebay.se from India today, you might be greeted with the message Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders. I say “might” because at least my ISP ( MTNL ) is very inefficient at blocking sites. It is blocked some times, and then a minute later, it starts working fine. But the thing is, this is sad. This was…

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Ads in my Facebook news feed!

These sponsored stories, of who likes what, are super annoying. Letting advertises game the feed is a bad idea. Don’t they earn enough with ads already. YouTube and Twitter have also done this, but it’s specifically annoying on Facebook, just because my feed is supposed to be about what people in my friend list are actually doing, rather than what is being promoted by companies….

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Facebook, Google and Apple are in a mobile platform war

Facebook recently expressed their feelings about Apple and Google‘s HTML5 efforts, blaming them for not making their mobile browsers better at rendering HTML5 websites. Facebook says that the mobile Facebook site has twice as many users as on native Facebook apps on iOS and Android, combined. While this may seem like an inefficiency on Apple and Google’s part ( well, it  is ), there is…

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Windows 8 expected to land by October 2012: PCs and Tablets rejoice!

Microsoft is likely to give consumers the Win-8 goodness by October 2012, if the sources at Bloomberg are to be trusted. What’s more: The popular OS will have support for both Intel and ARM(Whoa!) processors. What are ARM processors, you ask? Well, they are the processors present in your garden variety Smartphones and Tablets. The report revealed that OEMs will be shipping with Windows 8 by…

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Online shopping : the good, the bad and the ugly.

This is part of our monthly ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly‘ series. While ( in most cases ) nothing beats the experience of getting to feel a product physically before buying it, nothing sucks more than missing the first 15 minutes of Battleship ( it’s a movie with that guy from Fast and Furious who is not Vin Diesel. Yeah, that one. And Rihanna! )…

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Is an open web all that Sergey Brin wants?

Sergey Brin recently blamed Facebook and Apple, among others ( including China / Hollywood ) for restricting the internet, and make their own empires within it. Regarding Apple app store, he said – For example, all the information in apps – that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can’t search it. He also showed concern over Facebook not allowing access to their profiles You have to play by…

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Google+ redesign : Did Google just hire an awesome UX/UI designer?

In case you didn’t know , Google+ got a massive face lift today. ( yes, you are right, there is no reason you should have known this. ) Though some of the designs borrow from Facebook ( did I actually write about how social networks should differentiate? I don’t know what I was on when I said that. All social networks should just copy each other ruthlessly, that’s…

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World Internet Usage [ Infographic ]

This is a cool infographic by Pando Networks, that shows what countries get the lowest and highest internet speeds. India is on neither of those lists, so it’s safe to say that we have an ‘average’ internet connection. It’s also safe to say that our internet connections suck. It’s safer to say that our mobile internet connections suck big time! Via Mashable via Pando Networks…

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