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Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

By on March 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

Why is Samsung in a mess in India despite being the number one smartphone brand?

Samsung India's management is currently under a lot of pressure from its Korean HQ for delivering results for its smartphone business unit, BGR India has learned. Even though Samsung is the country's largest smartphone vendor according to shipments, the India unit has struggled in 2013 in both in the mid-level and high-end smartphone space. More →
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Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

By on January 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Are Chromebooks the future of personal computing?

At a time when smartphone makers are going after the next billion users with a focus on first-time Internet users with low-cost smartphones, for some reason laptop manufacturers are going the other direction. Instead of launching affordable and usable laptops with bare-minimum hardware specifications, what we are witnessing is a quest to cram features like touchscreens and whatnot - two Windows 8 laptops I am currently testing out both cost upwards of Rs 100,000. And the cheapest MacBook one can get starts from upwards of Rs 60,000. More →
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CES 2014: Top 10 gadgets you should start saving for

By on January 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM.

CES 2014: Top 10 gadgets you should start saving for

CES 2014 is finally about to wind up after four crazy days during which thousands of companies exhibited their products meant for the present and future alike. We sat through pressers and keynotes held early in graveyard shifts in our extensive coverage of what is easily the biggest show of its kind. While we recover from the craziness of this week, we look back at all the products that were unveiled and list the top ten gadgets we would love to spend our hard earned money on. More →
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8 developers Apple wants you to watch out for in 2014

By on January 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

8 developers Apple wants you to watch out for in 2014

Earlier this week, Apple announced that its App Store had generated $10 billion in sales in 2013, which included around 3 billion downloads and $1 billion in sales for the month of December alone. Along with announcing this new record, Apple also sounded out eight developers it feels are the ones to watch out this year. Let’s take a brief look at all these developers and the apps they develop. More →
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The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

By on January 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM.

The only tech trend to watch out for in 2014

The new year is finally upon us and the first day has to be about what to expect in the coming year - very much like the trend of doing the top things that happened in the entire year on December 31. We have covered that as well (the top five gadgets of 2013, the 13 big tech stories of 2013 and the top gadget of 2013). Peering into the proverbial crystal ball is not as big a deal as it is made out to be. The usual suspects for 2014 would be 4K UHDTV; 2K displays in smartphones; wearable tech going mainstream; every Apple product being thinner, faster and lighter than the previous generation; flexible (or at least curved) displays; 64-bit processors in smartphones and tablets; cheaper and faster data; the NSA getting better at snooping and tech companies getting better at denying any knowledge of their involvement; Indian politicians attempting to launch an even cheaper tablet; 4G LTE networks finally taking off in India... More →
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Nokia’s new design chief talks about smartwatches and curved displays

By on November 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM.

Nokia’s new design chief talks about smartwatches and curved displays

Even while Nokia was in its transition phase that began in early 2011, one division of the company was putting forth some of its best executions in the history of the company. What started with the ill-fated N9, Nokia's design team defined the company's path ahead with its trend setting industrial design and breaking industry-wide shackles of boring colors and experiments with metal and glass. Nokia brought color back into smartphones and how! While the market trendsetter offered smartphones in black and white, Nokia made blaring loud yellow as hot as the summer sun. It made plastic premium and decreed that an affordable phone doesn't have to look cheap. A six-year vet at Nokia, Stefan Pennenbecker's earlier stints include Philips and as a design consultant in the US and Hong Kong. "Currently I head the product design team, meaning that my team is responsible for all Lumia, Asha and Gear devices and some of the UX design for smart devices, which is all the experience we build over the Windows Phone and integrate with the camera," he tells me on the sidelines of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. On November 1, Pennenbecker took over the helm from Marko Ahtisaari as Nokia's EVP of design. We discuss what is Nokia's design language, his thoughts about wearables and smartwatches, and much more. Read on for the complete interview. More →
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Uber, the on-demand car ride service, launches in Delhi

By on October 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM.

Uber, the on-demand car ride service, launches in Delhi

It calls itself a technology company that is solving how people move about in cities. Others call it a myriad of things ranging from a private taxi fleet to an on-demand ride service to a cab service for the well heeled. However you might define it, Uber is making waves in cities around the world for its innovative spin on the cars for hire business. It is present in more than 45 cities in 19 countries with new cities being added almost on a weekly basis. And today Uber is launching its services in Delhi. More →
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Rovio’s Angry Birds are seeking a nest in India

By on October 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM.

Rovio’s Angry Birds are seeking a nest in India

Everyone has played Angry Birds or knows about the game. I realized this yesterday when I told my mother I was meeting the guys from Angry Birds and she knew about it, despite never having played the game herself. I believe it when Rovio's senior vice president for Asia, Henri Holm tells me that Angry Birds is the true "four quadrant" brand. "Boys and girls, men and women, all over, enjoy the Angry Birds gameplay or know about it," he says. Rovio's Angry Birds franchise has been a dream run for a startup that started in 2003 as a guns (game developers) for hire company. There are already more than half-a-dozen games under the brand that have been downloaded over 1.7 billion times across devices and platforms. Today one can play Angry Birds on smart feature phones like Nokia Asha, smartphones, PCs and Macs, consoles - you name it and in all probability, there is a way to play the game. With its burgeoning smartphone growth, Rovio is eyeing to make a nest for itself in India. More →
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A brief history of Nokia: When the future was Finnish

By on September 4, 2013 at 7:05 AM.

A brief history of Nokia: When the future was Finnish

For a few of years around 1996-1998, Nokia reigned briefly as the most electrifying technology company in the world. This was such an unlikely development that most Finns had great trouble understanding that Finland could be a global leader in the evolution of consumer electronics. For Finns, Nokia was a brand familiar from black rubber boots with an unusually clever heel design and the new triple-layered Nokia toilet paper that gave you that luxurious wiping experience. Nokia itself was a tiny, boring village. It had been a center for Russian fur trade 700 years earlier, when it was named after a small, furry animal with a black pelt. “Noki” means “soot” and “Nokia” means “The Black One.” Before Christianity’s arrival, Finns refused to use true names of important mammals, fearing the wrath of their godlike avatars. “Nokia” was one of the euphemisms used to avoid naming a religiously meaningful animal, possibly the mink. More →
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Can Google catch the fancy of photographers in India with Google+ Photos?

By on August 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM.

Can Google catch the fancy of photographers in India with Google+ Photos?

For a photographer in India nothing could be more biblical than an interaction with legendary photographers like Raghu Rai and Prashant Panjiar. The Delhi Photo Festival offers this opportunity to many budding shutterbugs, but the stark reality is that not everyone can reach the capital city. Google is doing its bit and will conduct Google Hangout sessions so that budding photographers in the country can interact with the likes of Prashant Panjiar and it will also showcase some off the best pictures on the official Google+ Delhi Photo Festival page. It wants Google+ Photos to be the ‘go to’ online product that people use in India for showcasing, editing and sharing photos, if not the world over. More →
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