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Eight Factors that Tripped Up Windows Phone 8

Eight Factors that Tripped Up Windows Phone 8

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it would be rethinking its phone strategy, and cutting up to 7800 jobs, mostly from the phone business. Significantly, the company would also be writing off nearly all the value of its USD 9.5 billion Nokia acquisition, which had at that time been hailed as a bold step into the future. While most have been seeing […]

 
     
 
 

The “I Want a Good Phone for Rs 10,000 ($150)” Guide!

The “I Want a Good Phone for Rs 10,000 ($150)” Guide!

“I want a good smartphone. My budget is Rs 10,000. What do you suggest?” That is a query that we have been hearing increasingly of late, thanks in no small measure to the profusion of devices that have arrived in the market with decent hardware, good software and surprisingly low price tags. A few years ago, getting a smartphone for […]

 
     
 
 

Here’s Why You Should Ditch Google Search for DuckDuckGo

Here’s Why You Should Ditch Google Search for DuckDuckGo

Around 2 months back, I switched the default search engine on Chrome on my MacBook Pro to DuckDuckGo. It was the first time I had done this – ever. And I’m not going back. I didn’t do it because DuckDuckGo has a superior privacy policy (they do), or because I hate Google (I don’t). I did it simply because when […]

 
     
 
 

Lenovo K3 Note, Sony Xperia Z3 Plus: When Two Mobile Worlds Collide

Lenovo K3 Note, Sony Xperia Z3 Plus: When Two Mobile Worlds Collide

You don’t often see two devices representing opposite sides of a market released within the same week. So when Lenovo unleashed the K3 Note and Sony took the wraps off the Xperia Z3 Plus last week, it provided one of those rare occasions when one could actually sit back and savour the glorious contrasts of the market. The K3 Note […]

     
 
 

Gionee: Still Betting on Ye Olde Retail!

Gionee: Still Betting on Ye Olde Retail!

“They told me it is a business meeting. So I had to wear this suit.” Gionee India’s MD and CEO Arvind Vohra has the knack of getting the giggles going in any room, and yesterday was no different as he took the stage to announce his company’s association with some of the biggest tech retailers in the country – Croma, […]

 
     
 
 

Manu Kumar Jain: The Xiaomi India Head… With a Smile!

Manu Kumar Jain: The Xiaomi India Head… With a Smile!

“He is the man heading Xiaomi India? I thought it was Hugo Barra!” That is the reaction of just about every non-Geek I met in recent times who read Fortune India’s “40 under 40″, which features 40 CEOs in the country who are on the right side of forty. One of them is Manu Kumar Jain, the head of Xiaomi […]

 
     
 
 

The Chromebook Q&A: Everything You Wanted to Know About Chromebooks

The Chromebook Q&A: Everything You Wanted to Know About Chromebooks

Google launched a new range of Chromebooks in India recently. And while we will be reviewing a few of them, we have also been deluged by questions about what a Chromebook actually is and how it is different and/or better than existing notebooks. Here is our attempt at answering some of these queries. Right, so what is a Chromebook? Simple. […]

 
     
 
 

Dear Phone Manufacturers, Stop the DSLR Camera Comparisons Please!

Dear Phone Manufacturers, Stop the DSLR Camera Comparisons Please!

Dear Phone Manufacturers/Brands, It has been raining phone launches of late, and while most of the attention still is hogged by the design-processor-display-price quartet, a recent trend that I’ve observed in many of your events is a stress on the camera of your phones. From Samsung on the Galaxy S6 to Huawei on the Honor 6 Plus to Xiaomi on […]

 
     
 
 

BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, LG, Sony… In a World of Their Own?

BlackBerry, Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, LG, Sony… In a World of Their Own?

The Bible talks of much gnashing of teeth and wailing when final judgement visits those that have sinned. Well, similar are the sounds (well, metaphorically at least) that seem to accompany the announcement of prices of devices from ahem, some brands these days. Ironically, these are the very brands that had dominated the mobile landscape for years – the likes […]

 
     
 
 

For Android, the iPhone is Not the Enemy, it is a Benchmark!

For Android, the iPhone is Not the Enemy, it is a Benchmark!

“That is a very good phone.” When Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says that about a device, you would expect it to refer to one of his own company’s phones, or perhaps one of the high-profile Androids in tech town. But nay, the device he was referring to was from the company that many of his brethren consider THE enemy. It was […]