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Android (Nougat) and voice control

Android (Nougat) and voice control

I updated my Nexus 6P to Android Nougat yesterday (I’m on Android Beta Program, so got the OTA immediately yesterday). Apart from the myriad smaller updates that dot the UX, the one thing that I was most pleased about was the voice control. I had earlier purchased Nexus 6 (Motorola’s) specifically for the voice control – see this blog post:… Read more →

The aftermath of the buttonization of our emotions

The aftermath of the buttonization of our emotions

No, I’m not referring to emojis or emoticons that are already taking us back to Egyptian hieroglyphics. I’m referring to the new ways to react, on Facebook. The Like now has 5 more for company. These. It’s early days to delve into the deeper implications for marketers and agencies with these new ways people can react to their posts. Facebook… Read more →

Humans, aliens and dogs!

Humans, aliens and dogs!

Related, more recent read: On sentience, sapience and speciesism Warning: This post has nothing to do with what I usually write – social media, digital marketing and communications – and is more about my other obsession: science fiction! While filling petrol yesterday morning, I noticed an interesting scene. The resident pet dog of the petrol station, a majestic half-white labrador… Read more →

Xiaomi brand love, for just a Rupee!

Xiaomi brand love, for just a Rupee!

Noticed Xiaomi India head, Manu Kumar Jain, thanking people for the Diwali flash sale they conducted on November 3rd. This is what he said. Remembered that he had tweeted something similar earlier too. This. I’m genuinely intrigued. Can a mad rush and queueing up for a 1 Rupee flash sale (an equivalent in dollar would be, 1 Dollar sale) be… Read more →

Tinkle seems to be way ahead of its times!

Tinkle seems to be way ahead of its times!

Got my son the latest issue of Tinkle. The 84 page comic/magazine seems to be way ahead of its times! For starters, the cover announces that it – the cover page – is an interactive jigsaw puzzle, thanks to Blippar mobile app! I wonder if Tinkle expects its target segment (kids!) to use their parents’ mobile phones (which needs Blippar… Read more →