Author Archives: prabhu

Hardware by Google

Google recently announced a slew of hardware products at an event on Oct 4. You can view the full video of the event and the announced products here. In this post, we delve into Google’s history of making consumer hardware products and how this time things could be different.   A Brief History Google’s foray into consumer hardware […]

The Great Indian Holiday Shopping Battle of 2016 featuring Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal

I am in India for a few weeks which happens to coincide with the busiest shopping season of the year, Diwali (Oct 29/30). And this year, it is not just any shopping season. It is the shopping season where three e-commerce giants are duking it out for the mind and wallet share of the Indian […]

The Pokemon Go phenomenon

I just caught a Meowth in my neighborhood park and I am thrilled to bits, just like my 8-year old. As were the 6 or so kids around me and a few adults too. If the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go hasn’t swallowed you already, consider yourself warned. Pokemon Go is an addictive Augmented Reality (AR) experience […]

The Misfit Shine: Early Impressions

I am a big fan of personal fitness trackers and have written about it in the past. I continue to look for innovation in the field. Early this year, I came across an indiegogo campaign for a unique looking personal fitness tracker called the Misfit Shine. It was being backed by two people of significant […]

Hands-on with the new Google Nexus 7(2013)

Last year, I wrote about my experiences with the first generation Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. It was Google’s first meaningful foray into the tablet market and something that was sorely needed given the state of Android tablets at that time. Much has changed since then. The ASUS-built original Nexus 7 sold very well and […]

Google Chromecast: Well worth $35

A few days ago, Google’s Sundar Pichai announced the launch of Google Chromecast, a small $35 HDMI dongle that promises to change how you view streaming content on your TV. I ordered mine the same day on Amazon and received it today. Here is my brief review. Unboxing The Chromecast package is small measuring no larger […]

iOS in the Car- Apple’s Trojan Horse?

Apple’s recent WWDC Conference Keynote has dominated the news for the last ten days. Much of that is because of Jony Ive’s redesign of iOS. This complete rethink of the UX of the OS was much anticipated and thus has been greatly debated. But one small announcement from that conference has gone almost completely unnoticed. […]

iOS7 and other Apple WWDC announcements: Very early thoughts

This week, Apple kicked off its annual WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple uses the keynote for WWDC to announce its annual updates to iOS and MacOSX. This year, on June 10th, Apple kicked off the conference with something rare for it in the recent years, expectation. Apple tends to be the market leader and its […]

My first MakerFaire

I like to call myself a geek. Unfortunately calling myself one doesn’t really make me one. Real nerds and geeks come in different flavors- the hacker, the computer genius, the physicist, the math whiz and more. And today, thanks to a revitalized and burgeoning Maker movement, geeks are the flavor of the town. This past […]

HTC One- Review

HTC is making its biggest bet for survival this year with the new HTC One that started shipping last week (in the US). I finally got my hands on the HTC One a few days ago. This is my comprehensive review of the device after 2 days of use. Background In light of rapidly eroding […]