The Day Barra Channeled Jobs

The Day Barra Channeled Jobs

Apple fans can have a new accusation to level at Xiaomi, the company that some call the “Apple of China.” After being accused of copying/being inspired by/paying tribute to the Cupertino company in product terms, now their Vice President is likely to be accused of a copyright violation on a spiritual level. Of channeling Steve Jobs. For about an hour […]

 
     
 
 

April 23, Asus vs Xiaomi: Phone-y War Beckons

April 23, Asus vs Xiaomi: Phone-y War Beckons

It is not often that you get two rival companies launching phones on the same day. Which is why April 23 is going to be special. The day will get underway with Asus officially launching the ZenFone 2 at noon. Three hours later, it will be the turn of Xiaomi to occupy centrestage, as it launches a new device (some […]

     
 
 

First Impressions: Asus ZenFone 2: Bigger and Better than Before?

First Impressions: Asus ZenFone 2: Bigger and Better than Before?

It is the phone that currently is in pre-launch overdrive (we have had more hints dropped about it from the communications agencies than we have seen cryptic clues in a daily crossword). And well, you can understand the interest in the Asus Zenfone 2. The first Zenfone launched last year stunned people with the performance it delivered at a staggeringly […]

 
     
 
 

The One M9+ and One E9+ is not Just HTC, but also MediaTek Dreaming Big!

The One M9+ and One E9+ is not Just HTC, but also MediaTek Dreaming Big!

Once the media at the HTC event at Delhi yesterday had got to grips with the fact that the company would not be launching its flagship, the HTC One M9 in the Indian market right now, the conversation turned to the processor powering the two major devices HTC did launch – the One M9+ and the One E9+. While everyone […]

     
 
 

Micromax, YU and I: Meeting Rahul Sharma!

Micromax, YU and I: Meeting Rahul Sharma!

There are some people who charge into an office, as if wading into battle. Rahul Sharma is not one of them. The founder of Micromax and YU tends to ooze in quietly, a bit like PG Wodehouse’s iconic gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves. I had been waiting in the reception of Micromax’s head office in Gurgaon (near the Indian capital of Delhi) […]

 
     
 
 

Why the Kindle Won: 7 Reasons I Switched from Paper to Digital

Why the Kindle Won: 7 Reasons I Switched from Paper to Digital

A couple of days ago, Indian stand up comedian Vir Das stirred a debate on Twitter when he tweeted “Sometimes I feel like the only reason I go into book stores anymore is to sneakily take photographs of things to buy on my Kindle.” The tweet ignited the old ‘paper vs digital‘ book debate that is waged every time someone […]

 
     
 
 

Seven Things Tech Writers Could Learn From Richie Benaud

Seven Things Tech Writers Could Learn From Richie Benaud

He enjoyed iconic status in cricket – be it on the crease or in the commentary box. When he passed away earlier today, millions mourned. But Richie Benaud could teach a lot of us tech writers a lesson or two in the noble art of coverage, analysis and commentarty. Here are seven things that tech writers could learn from the […]

     
 
 

Review: Moto E (2nd Gen): Very Good, Moto, But We Wanted More…

Review: Moto E (2nd Gen): Very Good, Moto, But We Wanted More…

When Motorola announced the price of the original Moto E last year, I remember several hard-nosed media people bursting into instinctive applause. The idea of getting a device running the latest version of Android with a decent display and processor and 1 GB RAM for as little as Rs 6,999 was music to the ears of all those (and there […]

 
     
 
 

Ten Years, Ten Things We’ve Observed About Mobile Phone Photography

Ten Years, Ten Things We’ve Observed About Mobile Phone Photography

Ten years ago in 2005, Sony Ericsson released a phone in which the camera was not just an add-on or a slice of trivia on the spec sheet. The Sony Ericsson Cyber-Shot K750’s 2.0-megapixel camera might seem unremarkable and severely sub-par in the modern era, where even phones below USD 100 come with 8.0-megapixel shooters, but at that time it […]