By Alvin R. Cabral
To paraphrase a quote I heard from a gentleman whom I overheard during an event this week: “Before, smart-phone makers were saying it was all about size, features and security. Now, they’re telling us that it’s all about the number of cameras.”
And, to quote yours truly: “Nuts.”
When dual-lens camera systems on smartphones entered the market, it was, to a certain extent, hailed or ripped: one faction said it’s innovation; the other side said what’s it for, an extra hit on your pocket? Continue reading At present, we are Back to the Future
By Kelly Clarke
I reached my limit last week when that spinning circle icon popped up on my phone screen. You know the one. It appears in the top left-hand corner, frustratingly reminding you that your network activity is useless, stubborn and refusing to play ball.
Continue reading Dubai’s smart, but I like human interactions too
By Anita Iyer
All good things come to an end, they say. And we’re sad to see Swedes give up the official @Sweden handle on Twitter.
‘Curators of Sweden’, a project that started in December 2011 as an experiment which allowed a Swede to tweet for a week, came to an end on September 30.
Continue reading What if you were in charge of tweets for @OfficiallyDubai?
By Anamika Chatterjee
A part-hilarious-part-awkward moment on the job came for me way back in 2009. I had been working for a leading news magazine in Delhi then and was asked to edit a story on cervical cancer. The references made in the article led me to an achingly beautiful blog of a cancer survivor that kept me glued to my computer screen. I was seated close to a conference room where a meeting of senior editors had been going on. Taking a break, the seniormost editor stepped out of the meeting room, talking to someone on his cellphone who seemed important. He lurked behind me for a bit — I was too absorbed to take note of his presence. Soon, the never-ending phone call came to an end and he headed back to the conference room.
Continue reading Dear Twitter, high time you granted me that blue tick
By Keith Pereña
A couple of years ago, I deleted (not deactivated) my Facebook account. Deleting a Facebook account is complicated. Unlike deactivating, deleting removes your account and erases your FB information. It even offers users the ability to get a copy of everything they have ever posted online. I used this feature to retrieve five years’ worth of personal information. Now, those five years of my life are not in FB’s hands but in a thumb drive in my keyring.
Continue reading If a hacker got to your account, what secrets would be exposed?
By Alvin R. Cabral
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I wonder how many that would be when it comes to GIFs.
Continue reading Aww… a GIF made me realise just how emotional a dad I am
By Nivriti Butalia
My service provider sent me a stinker the other day telling me that my data plan had been deactivated. I had been bad, hadn’t topped up credit, had let the time period lapse. So if I wanted to regain entry in their good graces, I needed to march my behind to one of their outlets or call some number to figure out a new plan.
Continue reading What to do? Avoid a data plan or get myself a dumb phone?