- Mention the SAR for the handset in the mobile phone and accompanying manual
- Provide hands free sets along with the mobile phones compulsorily.
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Source: The Hindu
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Friday, November 04, 2011
While this news announced late last year should cheer up the SMB segment, the underlying attempt by Google is to inspire an online presence for Indian SMBs. Ad-revenue will be Google's take away, for SMBs, the growth of Indian internet should be all the more reason to get onboard.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
When I asked why this mad rush, the people told me everything except the facts...Some gathered below are
- This will replace the ration card.
- After first 2000 people, rest will not be given Aadhar numbers till next year.
- You will not be allowed to vote in the election.
- Banks will close your savings account if you do not give them Aadhar number.
- You can't file taxes with PAN alone; you will need Aadhar.
Here below is an attempt at separating the facts from fiction. I have drawn this from the official UIDAI site
Aadhar is …
Aadhar is NOT…
A number (12 digits)
For every individual, including infants
One per family
For establishing citizenship
Is only for Indians
Collects demographic and biometric data (10 fingerprints and iris scan) to establish uniqueness
Collects profiling information such as case, religion, language
Mandatory / Compulsory
For every resident irrespective of existing documentation
Only for individuals having some identification
One individual à One ID
Individual can obtain multiple IDs
UIDAI will establish a universal identification structure that can be used by banks, passport office, ration card, etc
Going to replace all other IDs
UIDAI will only give a “YES” or “NO” response for any query from banks/passport/etc regarding identification
UIDAI will share all collected information with all public institutions
- There is always a first; copycats with all kinds of features and add-ons will follow suite - A ground breaking device like Aakash (it has broken ground not on the technology front, but on the social front) will always have hiccups before field usage data regarding the tablet will flow back into the industry for other players to improve and enter the low cost market. And what better market to test such a device than India?
Monday, October 17, 2011
- Dedicated line connections between two people conversing will be a thing of the past. Everything will be data packet based.
- High speed ultra broadband will be available on a wireless mode to mobiles, tablets and all forms of smart devices.
- 3 technologies form the core of 4G backbone: Mobile WiMax, HSPA+ and LTE (Long Term Evolution)
- Max speed in 3G networks that has been acheived is 28Mbits/sec for downloads. 4G networks will usher in a 1Gbit/sec speeds and 100Mbits/sec will become a routine.
- Since every device in a 4G network has a IP, there will be a seamless handover as the user moves across cells
Monday, October 10, 2011
- Enjoy same rate calling across the country.....Roaming charges will be dead.
- You will be able to retain the same mobile number across the country i.e MNP will be made possible across telecom circles and not just operators withing same circle as is the case now.
- Browse and surf the internet at blazing fast speeds.
While these would usher in happy times for consumers, it would also mean a mini social revolution.
- For starters, imagine living with one number you might want to carefully choose when you get your first mobile connection. You need not change it for life !!
- If that is true, I am sure the next big craze that will catch up is to take in a number that reflects your name, surname, place, etc. Say, my number could be +91-xxxxx-84529 (84529 corresponds to VIJAY on the mobile keypad)
- A person's verified mobile number might also be accepted identity proof if proper regulations are framed.
- Mobile payments may be ushered in faster with banks tying in your credit history to your mobile number.
- Rules might be ushered in by the government making it hard to get more than 1 mobile number assigned to 1 person.
- How about "Work from Home" or even "Work from Home Town" becoming a reality with flat calling charges and blazing fast internet available?
- How about Indian Facebook users jumping ship to Google+ just to enjoy the Community Video chat facility that is now possible due to faster internet speeds?
- Piracy of CDs drops but illegal online sharing of media content rises?
Time will tell what predictions will come true....What more of such things can you think of?
I have shifted my base from Chennai to Bangalore and hence the lack of updates in the midst of my transit and settling down.
A lot of interesting things have transpired on field that I will blog about in the days to come. Keep waiting for the updates to start flowing soon....Keep reading and commenting !!
Saturday, September 03, 2011
A not so usual piece of news caught my eye over the weekend. A report that stated that the Indian government had initiated lessons to the parliament members on how to use tablets computers to increase productivity.
In the backdrop of the anti corruption drive that is sweeping the country, this move should do a world of good to our politicians. Hope we see reduced paperwork to get laws passed in the parliament for starters
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Friday, August 26, 2011
I was waiting for some game around the Anna Hazare led protests to make a splash. What came out was beyond even my imagination. An Angry Birds inspired Angry Anna Game…Conceptualized by Geek Mentors, a Noida based gaming group, the game has 4 levels only and is more to help inspire people to take up the cause.
Let me stop ranting and let you experience the game at AngryAnna.comAngry,Anna,Corruption,Hazare,imagination,Birds,Game,Geek,Noida,AngryAnna,Mentors
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I was a little perplexed when an odd looking ad jumped at me while browsing the Times of India website. It was a Google ad where an online retailer InkFruit was promoting a brand of T-shirt by latching onto the frenzy generated by the Anti Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare. For a moment I was aghast that somebody could be so brazenly commercial.
I followed the link and what I found had me divided in opinion. The advertised T-Shirt was a mockery of the Government’s version of the LokPal Bill. On the front the Tee proclaims that it is a “Bad Joke, Pal”. On the rear the Tee actually lists educates the reader on a few highlights of the government’s version of LokPal.
So what is InkFruit upto? Taking part in the social cause in a innovative way or is it a quick money minting scheme. Not everything seems to be black and white. What do you feel?Commercialism,Anti,Corruption,movement,Times,India,Google,retailer,InkFruit,shirt,frenzy,Anna,Hazare,moment,,opinion,mockery,Government,version,LokPal,Bill,reader,highlights,money,
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
College of Engineering, Pune and Wikipedia announced recently that they are entering into a partnership where 843 students from the college would be trained by the Wikipedia India team and would in turn contribute to the crowd sourced encyclopedia movement that is Wikipedia.
As part of this initiative, mechanical, electrical, electronics and telecommunication, production, computer, information technology, and mathematics branch students would undergo a 6 month course following which they would need to contribute to the website. They would be given internal marks for these assignments.
WikiMedia, the arm of Wikipedia that is spearheading such initiatives in US and India plans to rope in 3 other colleges in Pune under the aegis of this program namely Symbiosis School of Economics, SNDT Women’s University and Modern College of Engineering.
I think this augurs well for Wikipedia where India specific information is low on content and quality. A lot of common India specific searches do not list Wikipedia among the top 10/20 results. While crowdsourcing is good, a lot of times crowd sourcing also is a time consuming event. Focused efforts over six months by student groups like this would propel Wikipedia quickly up the value chain for information seekers.
To give the reader an idea of areas where Wikipedia falls short, here are two queries I ran on Google. One search was on “Kannada literature personalities” where the Wikipedia entry came 5th and the other search was on “top b schools in India” where Wikipedia did not figure in the first result page at all.
Aspects like these are what the Wikipedia team plans to change and also as these students join main stream society they would be torch bearers for movements like Wikipedia. An interesting way by Wikipedia to cover a country as diverse as India and also to create a pool of WIki contributorsCollege,Wikipedia,Pune,partnership,India,team,encyclopedia,movement,initiative,production,computer,technology,mathematics,marks,assignments,WikiMedia,plans,aegis,Symbiosis,School,Economics,SNDT,Women,Modern,results,times,event,efforts,student,reader,Google,Kannada,literature,result,WIki,Students,contributors,colleges,areas,Aspects,bearers
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mark Dean, the Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Middle East and Africa operations writes a piece that beautifully captures some succinct points that also serve as handy lessons that would augur well for the IT/ITES companies in India
Be Decisive when it comes to change: If you are at the vanguard of an emerging technology trend that seeks to displace your existing bread and butter business, you should seriously contemplate moving over to the new business; all the more so if your current revenue earning business is already a red ocean with lots of competition cutting into your profit margins.
IBM did this when they decided consciously to exit the PC business and sell of the entire division to Lenovo. Though this came for much criticism then, it gave IBM legroom to focus resources on newer areas.
Constant Transformation: IBM has been synonymous with change and it is characterized by its survival across multiple upheavals along its evolution. Be it the switch from Mainframe to PC business or the switch from being a systems integrator to taking on global IT services for customers or the exit from the PC business – IBM has been constantly reinventing itself.
Something that will be of immense interest to a lot of Indian IT majors like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Patni, Mindtree, Cognizant, etc., for whom the need to diversify their revenue sources, focus on non-linear growth, move up the value chain are all big ticket challenges they need to solve to reinvent themselves
Elevate the Game: IBM’s Smarter Planet is a strategy that it adopted 3 years back and all their efforts are towards solving the larger challenges of mankind on the planet. It motivates the employees given that whatever they do is directly impacting the quality of life on the planet.
This positioning itself elevates IBM to a different level compared to peers. It is as though they have invented a blue ocean out of nowhere.
Be on the lookout for the next big thing: IBM with its Smarter Planet drive has focused on a few technologies that it is putting its bet on. Big Data crunching, Machine to Machine (M2M) are a few that are being closely researched on by the technology behemoth. Again cloud computing, miniaturization, cognitive computing are all emerging areas that should be on the radar of Indian IT companies not just from the perspective of immediate customer needs, but also to help themselves drive to become the vanguard in these nascent spaces.
History is replete with examples where eventually such vanguard positions helped companies make the switch. A missed opportunity was the app ecosystem around smart devices. The wave of change came so suddenly that companies had missed the opportunity even before they could contemplate studying it further. iPhone appstore, Android marketplace or the Google Chrome webstore is teeming with startups or individuals who have populated these stores with apps.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I am sure a lot of readers of this blog will have kids/nephews/nieces between 2 and 10 years of age. Google Chrome opens up a whole new world for kids right from the comfort of the browser. I strongly suggest you open up this new world to them.
6 of my favorite (or should I say, my daughter’s favorite’s ) are
Coloris: A cool coloring site that teaches kids the art of colors as well as the art of handling the mouse.
In the Nick of Rhyme: A cool app that teaches kids the fun in identifying words that rhyme.
Kidoz TV: Another cool YouTube powered app that aggregates the best of kid content from across YouTube and provides a safe video streaming session.
Kid Mode for Chrome: A favorite of my daughter. This is like the window to a whole lot of kids websites liked up under one common interface. You do not need to bookmark or remember a whole lot of kids websites.
Sesame Street: Sounds around the Town: A noisy app but a delightful one. Kids get to see different noise generating sources like animals, man made objects, etc. passing by the street. Kids get the moving characters to stop and make some noise every time they press on the keyboard.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
A chance stumbling of an interesting piece of non-fiction from a Indian origin British author Angela Saini got me interested. Titled “Geek Nation – How Indian Science is Taking Over The World”, the book focuses on theme of India on the path to achieving technological supremacy over the next few decades.
The author has meticulously gathered nuggets of information during the course of personal travel across India, meetings with scientists, researchers across the nation that has left her convinced that India is on a fast track to becoming a Geek Nation. She also corroborates her findings with regular reports that we hear - bastions of technology like IT where India is the go-to destination, cutting edge research, top notch educational institutes, the amount of doctors and engineers the country’s colleges churn out each year, the geeky Indian kids who form an essential part of any class in nations like USA and UK
Recommend you to read an interview of the author here conducted by FastCompanyIndia,Geek,Nation,fiction,Indian,origin,British,author,Angela,Saini,Science,World,supremacy,technology,FastCompany
Monday, August 08, 2011
Quite a debate provoking question I should say, given the passion with which a few colleagues of mine were enlisting points supporting both sides. One thing is certain, It is an epochal event that will have a say on all aspects that adorn the sidelines of progress.
Short Term Impact: I would say none or minimal, purely because the credit rating downgrade is for the US government and not of a particular corporation or a segment of industries. A lot of US companies are doing well and have cash heavy chests. (Read Apple has more cash than US government and Microsoft has higher credit rating than U.S. government). The second report also mentions 3 other companies namely Exxon Mobile, Johnson & Johnson, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) with AAA credit rating. Their spending will continue without any short term slamming on the brakes. This augurs well for the Indian IT/ITES industry.
Long Term Impact: This will depend to a large extent on how the 2nd generation economic reforms are pushed through in India. If the government chooses to take advantage of the prevailing global economic situation and unleash the 2nd generation of economic reforms quickly, FDI and FII might be tempted to reallocate their portfolio of funds in favor of India. This will also drive up IT/ITES activity by creating strong domestic as well as non-US demand. Today, the USA is the biggest consumer of IT/ITES services from India. This will have to balance out with demand coming from other areas too. Government itself can fuel this in a huge wave via the e-governance wave that can usher in more IT/ITES centric projects like Aadhar (Biometric Identity System for citizens).
The other side of the story is what the US government might do in wake of this development. While the pressure to internally create jobs has been fierce on the Obama administration, the market forces seem bent on looking in the opposite direction. There will be no quick pill for ailing Uncle Sam, but if the government starts a drive to set right the fundamentals, we might see a resurgent US over the next 2-3 decades with core R&D work still being retained in-house (in complete contrast to what I claimed in the post India’s 2nd moment of reckoning…) and Indian IT/ITES companies having to pursue other channels to move up the value chain and expand businessIndian,ITES,Govt,Credit,Downgrade,Short,government,corporation,Apple,Microsoft,Exxon,Mobile,Johnson,Automatic,Data,India,portfolio,consumer,services,governance,Aadhar,Biometric,System,development,Obama,industries,
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