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only the third CEO in 38-year-old Microsoft’s lifetime, 47-year-old Satya Nadella is being lauded by the American and Indian press alike.. I am, in fact, sweating a couple of jugs for what Satya’s elevation as Microsoft’s new CEO will amount to in a few weeks.

Here is my biggest grief. Satya Nadella will be used as an example by Indian parents to tell their children that engineering is not dead and can indeed take you places such as the CEO’s chair at Microsoft. At a time when the creative arts need a fillip and our historical heritage as well as cultural mores needs additional modes of expression, this is a dangerous thing.


Wonder what the new CEO will be taking home? According to a recent regulatory filing by Microsoft with the SEC, Nadella’s annual salary has been increased to $1.2 million.

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As a professor of journalism at a top Mumbai college, I have had parents come up to me confidentially and tell me that they did not approve of their wards take up subjects as journalism, advertising, PR etc. To them, these are not real streams of education but more of a hobby class that needs to be tolerated for a finite amount of time. Most parents secretly hope their kids will realise their folly and go back to engineering just as they had envisioned. It is only when realisation finally hits that they come and ask me about the prospects in these new fields.

Satya’s bachelor of engineering in electronics and communication degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MS in Computer Science from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will be the new benchmark for teenagers hereon.


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If only Satya himself had something truly revolutionary with his own career then things might have been a whole lot different. In fact, he could have been the new poster boy of a young India hungry for success across the world. But Satya himself chose to lead a simple and staid life, putting in the years at Microsoft by putting in all his hard work before his elevation to CEO. That is not path-breaking but a routine way of getting to the top.

You could call my analysis baseless paranoia and I would gladly like to be proved wrong but history is a better teacher than we credit it for. When I was studying in the last decade, almost 90 percent of my schoolmates went to engineering colleges after their junior college. Most were just following the family tradition and did not know what to make of their careers while doing engineering.

A good student went to a university in California to study computer science but is now working for his father’s interior design company after dropping out mid-way through the course. A brilliant student went into depression after he could not cope with the accumulated KTs and non-performance and dropped out to take banking exams. They were driven by their parents to emulate another Indian who had made headlines by joining hands with Microsoft to offer a revolutionary email service to the world called Hotmail. His name was Sabeer Bhatia.

The new generation of students have a new talisman to emulate now and his name is Satya Nadella.

Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses.

Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses
ImageGoogle loves wearables and this time it’s getting even closer to your body with a developmental smart contact lens. Through miniaturized electronics, it can apparently measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the needles and the blood — something we’ve reported on a several before. A tiny (really tiny) wireless chip and glucose sensor are wedged between two layers of “biocompatible” contact lens material, and Google is saying that it’s already working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications, too. There’s been no shortage of developmental contact lens tech over the last few years, but the clout of Google means this could well be the most realistic mainstream offering, in addition to its very practical use cases. Google is currently angling for partners with more expertise in the medical market to help make it happen and is “in discussions with the FDA” to ensure the tech ticks all the right healthcare boxes before it progresses further.

Recode’s got a deep dive on the make-up of the smart contact: we’ve added their science textbook-grade diagram right after the break.

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With driverless cars, Volvo seeks injury-free cars by 2020


It’s a Titanic-like claim (you know, the “unsinkable ship”), but one that, if it comes true, could have major safety implications for drivers.

Volvo believes that with the driverless car technology it’s developing, we could see virtually zero car deaths, at least in cars with the technology, The Wall Street Journal reports:

The 85-year-old company believes it can produce an accident free vehicle in just seven years. “Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020,” said Anders Eugensson, Volvo’s head of government affairs. […]

The company says it is preparing to launch in 2014 its first batch of autonomous vehicles capable of driving up to 31 miles per hour. The limited speed reflects the technology’s expected initial use in heavy traffic. Volvo says it is working on higher-speed autonomous driving, but isn’t yet disclosing when it would be available. Its prototypes have run thousands of miles of test drives on public roads in Spain and on the company’s test track in western Sweden.

“We are convinced this is the future and we want to get there first,” Marcus Rothoff, head of developing Volvo’s driver assistance technology, said during a recent autonomous-driving event at a track in Hallered.

The initial autonomous car technology that the company will release in 2014 will essentially be traffic jam assistance. Instead of stomping on the brake in frustration as you inch along the highway, you’ll be able to let the car take over while you do something else. And earlier this year, the company completed it’s first test of a “road train,” in Spain.

As for the possibility of Volvo’s cars being injury-free by 2020, there is some precedent from Google’s driverless car. According to Google, their driverless car has been driven 300,000 miles under computer control without being involved in an accident. (It’s was in an accident once when under human control.) That cars will cease to pose danger, though, is quite presumptuous, especially with other cars on the road that will lack the technology.

The Swedish car maker has been in a slide recently with only 436,000 vehicles sold last year and this year expected to be in the red, according to the WSJ. So it’s not surprising that the company has high hopes for the technology. It could be these innovations that turn the company around.

Volvo Stakes Its Claim to Driverless Vehicles [Wall Street Journal]




GAMING February 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM by 

The long, painful wait will soon be over. Sony (SNE) on Thursday evening circulated invitations to the press and bloggers for a press conference in New York City on February 20th. The company did not reveal any details, but it did confirm that we will “see the future” of PlayStation in a teaser video released alongside the invitations. Needless to say, we’re all expecting the company to unveil its next-generation PlayStation 4 video game console during the event, and multiple unnamed sources have reportedly confirmed as much to The Wall Street Journal. Recent rumors suggest the new PlayStation may launch in October with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and 1080p HD resolution in 3D at 60 fps. BGR will be on hand covering the event live but in the meantime, Sony’s teaser video follows below.


Apple to Use Plastic Chassis for Entry-Level iPhone?


Apple to Use Plastic Chassis for Entry-Level iPhone?

Apple’s rumored entry-level iPhone could use a plastic chassis to save on costs, according to DigiTimessupply chain sources.

The rumor in the supply chain is that the inexpensive iPhone chassis supplier will reportedly be a US-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider.

However, other rumors are circulating that the entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design, the sources noted.

The site’s sources say that upstream components for the entry-level iPhone are going through validation now and the device could be released in the second half of 2013.

The WSJ, Bloomberg, and DigiTimes have all reported that the company plans to release a low cost iPhone this year to address emerging markets.


iPhone 5 sold out in India, 15,000 gone in 24 hours

Acouple of days ago we had exclusively reported that the iPhone 5 was sold out across resellers in India. Now, The Wall Street Journal has also chimed in stating that a few days after Apple’s flagship smartphone landed on shelves in India, the stocks had run dry.

The WSJ contacted Himanshu Chakrawarti, chief executive of The MobileStore Ltd that runs 900 outlets across India. He states, “We were sold out within 24 hours of launch. It’s all gone.”Image

The report by the WSJ states that sources have informed it that 10,000 to 15,000 units made its way to India for the first round of sales. Analysts also informed it that Apple’s specialised distribution partners and mobile phone companies have together placed orders with the Cupertino-based company to ship 100,000 iPhone 5 units to India to be sold within the first month.

Those trying to get their hands on the handset can try their luck by buying it through the grey market at the same cost as the official channels, but potential buyers would also need to wait. The wait, however, is not as long, and they can get it within a day or two of placing the order.

Here is a quick look at some of the highlighted features of the iPhone 5:

  • 4-inch, 326ppi Retina display at 1136 x 640 pixels,
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 720p front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions

Apple has teamed up with a couple of distribution channels, namely Redington and Ingram Micro to sell the iPhone 5 in India. Redington, one of the distributors of the iPhone 5 in India, revealed the prices of the handset with the base model (16GB) being launched for Rs 45,500. The 32GB version of the iPhone 5 will be available for Rs 52,500, and the 64GB model for Rs 59,500. These prices are more or less on par with the iPhone 4S from the previous generation, when it was first launched in India. Apple has also tied up with Ingram Micro Inc, which is a large US-based distributor of technologies, as well as Redington India Ltd, a local distributor with 12,000 smaller partners across the country.

The iPhone 5 is made entirely out of aluminium and glass, weighs 112 grams and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6mm. Apple has chosen to debut iOS 6 with the iPhone 5. The new OS includes Apple’s own Maps app, an updated version of Siri and lots more. Overall, the new iPhone has been upgraded in almost all respects.

Siri has also been updated and new features include support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Siri and Facebook-enabled apps such as Photos, Safari and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud. However, a majority of Siri’s new capabilities are not available in India just yet.


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iPad Mini Design Could ‘Outshine’ the New iPad?

Brian White, an analyst at Tokepa, has been traveling around Taipei to speak with component suppliers about the iPad mini.

White believes the iPad mini could outshine its big brother.

Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much anticipated ‘iPad Mini,'” White says. “In fact, we believe the ‘iPad Mini’ could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”

AllThingsD also backs up this report saying they’ve heard promising things about the smaller tablet’s design which sources say is demanding to manufacture.

“The new ‘iPad Mini’ is more challenging to produce than prior iPad iterations,” White says. “We believe supply will initially be constrained.”

A recent report from the WSJ said that Apple has ordered 10 million iPad minis to be manufactured in the fourth   quarter