Thursday, October 20, 2016

Overview of additional Nest changes

Here is an overview of changes to nest API.

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:

Some unanswered questions:
1. What all generation of Nest will support this mode? Answer: All 3  - 1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen 
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

Monday, March 02, 2015

Google's MVNO | Sprint/T-Mobile merger

With Google's MVNO, is there a reason for Sprint / T-Mobile to merge ? To me, it is almost as if Google has acquired both of these companies now at once. The MVNO allows Google to create phones and operate them on either of the network. Most of the customers who will flip to this MVNO will be from T-Mobile and Sprint itself.

Flint | App for credit card processing

I was expecting to see something better coming up for credit card processing, till I saw Flint. Flint lets you charge a credit card by "scanning" it. That is just taking its picture using Flint App.

It says that it will not store info on the phone, but will they store the numbers? and how about EMV compliance?

Their process to me is same as entering a credit card number on a web page ala paypal. I still prefer paying thru Square.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spam with Love -from Russia

One of the blog that I just started two days ago is getting ton of hits from Russia.

I am completely surprised as this as:
  • Blog is in English
  • Blog doesn't have any thing related to Russia
  • Blog is being accessed from Linux
It looks like some type of bot is accessing blog to look for things such as email address or credit numbers or something similar.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

don't sit for long

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Google Wallet and Softcard

Why it makes sense for softcard to be acquired by Google?

1. Softcard does not run on iPhone natively. Apple Pay will not let Softcard survive.
2. Softcard is carrier locked today. it is USA carrier only. Soon there will be competition in rest of the world.
3. Google native phones don't run Softcard due to secure element fights.

Google needs its NFC wallet to run on all Android phones and not just nexus line.  Softcard fits that gap,  by bringing carriers to Google's side.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gramofon and comment by a user

Fon released Gramofon - a network music player.

Now going back to some of the forum posts, it seems like it was actually suggested by a user.
Here is the link to original discussion:

May be Fon should give credit where it is due?