Three symptoms of the problem with Surface RT

Ballmer is reported to have said recently that Microsoft built more Surface RTs than it can sell. I think there are three symptoms of the product that hint at some of the reasons why it didn’t do as well as expected. It’s called Surface RT Seriously, you are betting the future of your company on this but you still don’t …

iOS 6.01 killed my LTE

Apple seems to have really degraded in software quality lately. I updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 6.01 yesterday. It was weird enough that iOS 6.0 needed a separate app to be downloaded which would restore OTA updates. But the update said it fixes some LTE issues where the radio doesn’t reliably connect to the network. I have encountered that …

Facebook: stop worrying about sharing, live your life, leave the rest to us

Facebook launched the Like button 18 months ago and it has had a huge impact on how people browse and share information and form associations with other entities. Within days websites had integrated Facebook social plugins which made it super easy to feed stuff back to Facebook and share with your friends in a frictionless way. Though Facebook started collecting …

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Google Gears: Browser up, OS down!

We all knew this was coming and it has finally come. The final problem of offline access to web-based services has been addressed by Google Gears which was released last week. Today, I saw the first instance of it being available to the end user via the Google Reader. You can have consistent, transparent access to all your favorite websites/web …

What’s that under my skin – an RFID?

I have always been very excited about this but have been putting it off. However, the IEEE doesn’t want to let us on-the-edge engineers rest in peace – they went ahead and dedicated an entire issue of Spectrum magazine on embedding RFIDs inside human bodies. Reading about the experiences of the few people who have done it helps reduce the …

Amdocs 7

Amdocs’ latest offering is Amdocs 7. When I read about this, I got an instant flashback of the time I spent working in Amdocs. Always on it’s heels, always thinking ahead, prepared well in advance. It was a very good experience. I am glad I am still very much in touch with many of my former colleagues.

Microsoft Robotics Studio Released

I had referred to this before and I was eagerly waiting for a release. Well, there you go, Microsoft has released the commercial Robotics Studio (1.0). It is quite exciting and I hope to be able to play around with it some time soon. Yes, you can download it for free for personal use: That means if you are student, …

Microsoft Zune – A new social experience?

So Microsoft has finally declared that the Zune will be priced at $249. They make a bold statement there on the press release: “On Nov. 14 we’re delivering not only a device, but a shared, social experience that will be shaped by the collective imagination of consumers,” said Chris Stephenson, general manager of global marketing for Zune. “We’re infusing the …