Monday, December 05, 2016

But I think this is going to change with Trump Administration. I don't expect America's arm spend to go up, but I do expect America's arm sale to go up.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amazon then and now

Original webpage of Amazon was so much clutter free and clean:


Now Amazon looks like a mess (It is still manageable  when you are not logged in, but if you are logged in - it will be cluttered with suggestions based on your search history).


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Concept of Navdy is great, just it is too expensive

There are many hands free and navigation projection systems from various vendors.

Product from Navdy looks great - and has plenty of potential - just that it is "expensive". With right price, it will get great market (or I think Google needs to review it - as an extension to Android Auto - for the cars that don't have Android Auto).

https://www.navdy.com/#discover 

Now you can get Skymiles for AirBnB stays

Delta now offers Skymiles for stays done at AirBnB - that just goes on to show that AirBnb is now becoming a legitimate competitor for hotel industry.
Sign up here

https://www.deltaairbnb.com 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Amazon Kindle is more expensive then Amazon Fire

Unimaginable has finally occurred.

Now Amazon Kindle is priced higher than Amazon Fire tablet.


It just goes onto show that Amazon is possibly making more money off purchases on fire (such as games, apps rather then books  - that one can buy on Kindle).

Overall Kindle still stays a great tool for focused reading. So much for Sony to build this technology and build initial eReaders.


Click here to buy Amazon Fire Tablet. If you want to perform focused reading, and need kindle click here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Overview of additional Nest changes

Here is an overview of changes to nest API. http://www.slashgear.com/now-nest-wants-to-make-the-smart-home-more-discriminating-20461010/

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New mode introduced in Nest

Nest Thermostat will now offer a new mode called as "ECO". This is in addition to Home and Away mode already offered.  This mode replaces "Auto-Away" and "Away".  To me, that is confusing in some way.  Nest should have merged Away and Auto-Away into one mode called as "Away" and should have introduced a new mode called as "ECO" - that can be selected by user while they are in the home itself.

I am yet to see a Google Home Automation blueprint overall - but separating ECO mode from Away mode (that many users were using manually) is one small step in right direction. I am trying to understand their reasoning.


Read Nest's post here:
https://nest.com/blog/2016/10/17/say-hello-to-eco-temperatures/
and
https://nest.com/support/article/Learn-how-Eco-Temperatures-work-on-the-Nest-Thermostat?app=true&country=US&locale=en_US

Some unanswered questions:
1. What all generation of Nest will support this mode? Answer: All 3  - 1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen https://nest.com/support/article/How-to-manually-switch-your-Nest-Thermostat-to-Eco-Temperatures 
2. How does it impact auto scheduling? I would think that it should have an impact on Auto Schedule where it should start changing expected temperatures if this is a regular event.
3. Can I choose two different settings? one for Away and one for ECO?


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Picasa Blog: Moving on from Picasa

Picasa Blog: Moving on from Picasa



Bad news for users. Google needed to merge photo uploader into Picasa, they need to learn to improvise rather than cannibalize apps.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Softcard and Google

This popped up into my email today.

Essentially Google has bought Softcard IPs (and not the company, which is interesting) and is shutting down the app eventually.

But will Google Wallet work on non-Google phones such as Samsung Galaxy III and all where Softcard does work?

The NFC implementations in Google Wallet and Softcard are done differently; It would have been good for Google to provide both implementations in its app so that it can work in both scenarios (with secure element and without needing one?)

Also there is going to be change in the market with Paypal coming out of eBay, EMV implementation and existing mobile payment solutions such as Square creating new type of innovations.


Google buys IP of Softcard