Yota’s latest E Ink smartphone

YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It’s been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we’ve been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices’ execution. At MWC this year, the Russian carrier-turned-manufacturer is showing off an all-new prototype it believes solves many of the original model’s flaws.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 – Reactions

After a prolonged introduction from the Barcelona Opera House’s chamber orchestra, Samsung launched its latest smartphone, the S5, to a packed crowd at the Mobile World Congress.The company said it had “decided to go back to basics” with its latest device, and indeed, there were few surprises.

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Early look at Samsung Galaxy S5

To date, Samsung has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones. It’s a hugely popular product line, so for the Galaxy S5 it’s not a huge surprise to find that Samsung hasn’t strayed too far from the successful formula defined by its predecessors.

While the back of the device is certainly different – Samsung has opted for a dimpled, soft-touch back rather than the glossy plastic used for the Galaxy S4 – the Galaxy S5 is still instantly recognisable alongside its precursors. It’s a similar size to the Galaxy S4 and the button placement, curved corners and faux-metal plastic sides all feel rather familiar.

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The Nokia X is here

It’s official: the Nokia X Android phone is here. Microsoft might be buying Nokia’s phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead with the launch of three Android-powered handsets today. The Verge first revealed details about Nokia’s plans in December, and the company is now ready to talk specifics about the X, the X+, and the XL. As expected, all three combine Lumia-style design with low-cost hardware aimed at the masses, from a large 5-inch screen on the 109-Euro XL to the 4-inch display on the 99-Euro X+. The X will be released for just €89 in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and a few other global locations, but it won’t be making its way to North America, Japan, Korea, or Western European countries. These aren’t competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or Apple’s iPhone 5S, and there are certainly no surprising hardware additions like a 41-megapixel camera or a giant 6-inch display. Instead, the standout feature of the Nokia X lineup is the software that powers it: Android.

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Adam Gilchrist on Leadership

​At the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2014 in Mumbai last week, Adam Gilchrist delivered a great keynote with some good humor and interesting anecdotes from the dressing room. He drew a lot of inspiration from his teammates and skippers in framing the lessons on leadership.

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Belief

Attitudes are contagious – is yours worth catching?

At the first team meeting of the 2001 Aussie tour to India, Steve Waugh wrote this on the whiteboard.

Hope

A human being can survive:

  • 40 days without food
  • 3 days without water
  • 8 minutes without air

But not a second without hope.

Trust

In the first season of IPL, Deccan Chargers has a great team on paper. However, they finished last in the league and the underdogs Rajasthan Royals won.

Gilchrist said that while the idea of the league was people playing with players from across the world with different cultures and routines, the team merely did lip service on the promise.

For the next season, Darren Lehmann joined the team as coach and declared the principle - Create an environment everyone wants to be a part of. The silos were amended, and Deccan Chargers won the season!

Focus

Wherever you are, be there.

“The way Sachin handled fame, fortune and expectations is awesome. He’s the only person who carried all that fame, fortune, and excellence together.”

Being Lonely

“We arrived in India in 2001; 31 years without a series win and my first one here. I score an 80-ball hundred in the first Test which we won. I’m like, this is very easy. What the hell have the guys in last three decades been doing?

The next Test match, the best Test I’ve played in my career, Laxman and Dravid spoil our party. I score ducks off first ball in both the innings. A king pair! As I walked to the pavilion, fans in the stands were lighting flares and cheering, and in the packed Eden Gardens, I felt very, very lonely.”

“Whether you walk or not, when you have nicked, is an individual choice. Ponting has always respected that. But when I reached dressing room after walking after the umpire judged me not-out in the World Cup semi-finals, I had to hear a lot of things!”

Team

Forge a relationship with team members beyond business.

It is very important to know your team… not just in their role in the organization, but as individuals.


Disclosure: I attended the event on an invite from NTT DATA, one of the top 10 IT services provider globally. My expenses were taken care by the company and their agency. However, none of my posts on the blog or on my social channels were influenced or moderated by them.

NTT Data at the NASSCOM Leadership Summit

At the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2014, I met Jeff Womack, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at NTT DATA. The company was one of the sponsors at the event, and Jeff was part of an interesting panel discussion on digital strategy and marketing to engage the customers.

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In the discussion, Ipsita Dasgupta, Chief Marketing Officer at GE, had an interesting claim: “At GE, we are domain experts, not just machine builders. The impact of automating things like medication reminders results in human engagement.”

Also, I think I agree with Jeff when he stated that the difficulty in measuring ROI can be lowered by looking at its business value. He asserted that digital is more of a cultural shift than a technology shift.

While NTT DATA has the obvious indulgence on social media as well as the presence at industry conferences, some of their partnerships earn them some brownie points in digital marketing. NTT DATA is one of the partners of the IndyCar Series, the premier level of American open wheel racing. Also, the company publishes PULSE, a newsletter for insights and intelligence for smart and flexible business.


Disclosure: I attended the event on an invite from NTT DATA, one of the top 10 IT services provider globally. My expenses were taken care by the company and their agency. However, none of my posts on the blog or on my social channels were influenced or moderated by them.

Useful Gmail Tips

Here are five features I use all the time that have helped me save time and make me more efficient. Some are hidden away on the Gmail Labs page. This is where you’ll find products that Gmail is currently working on. Actually Gmail calls it “a testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime.” In any case, it’s loaded with lots of useful features, and I’ll share a few with you.

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SSD vs HDD – A Comparison

Most people now buy laptops for their computing needs and have to make the decision between getting either a Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as the storage component. So which is best to get, an SSD or HDD? There’s no straight-forward answer to this question; each buyer has different needs and you have to evaluate the decision based on those needs, your preferences, and of course budget. Even though the price of SSDs has been falling, the price per gigabyte advantage is still strongly with HDDs. Yet, if performance and fast bootup is your primary consideration and money is secondary, then SSD is the way to go. We’ll make a comparison of SSD and HDD storage and go over the good, the bad, and the ugly of both.

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Twitter tips to maintain your credibility

When it comes to breaking news, take your time to ensure your Twitter sources and their sources are credible because as the Boston marathon tweets revealed, it was credible sources that propagated the misinformation. Over 6,000 malicious Twitter user accounts were created during the Boston events and later suspended by Twitter. Creation of these negative Twitter profiles surged right after the blasts. Analysis of the interactions among the suspended profiles revealed a closed community structure. (To put this in context, roughly 4% of Twitter accounts are fake.) Here are 5 Actionable Twitter Tips to help you maintain your credibility on twitter.

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