August 2014

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Yesterday, the term ‘strictly private social network’ piqued my curiosity. I mean, isn’t the whole point of social networks to be less private and go public with every little thing happening in your life? Why else will my Facebook feed resemble personal diaries of my 200+ ‘friends’ documenting mostly boring details – vacations (same faces /

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Is Apple losing its mojo?

Bet a lot of people are feeling nostalgic about good ole’ days at Apple – those were the days when Apple was the underdog (and who doesn’t root for the underdog?) against the big bad Microsoft, and later, Blackberry or Nokia.
Not any longer. Now Apple has joined the ranks of massive companies the underdogs

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Some time back I wrote about how algorithms are changing our world, affecting several professions. This is a sequel of sorts to that post: this time, the topic of fascination is algorithms (more to context statistical models) in sports, specifically in prediction of winning teams.
Algorithms captured popular imagination when statistician Nate Silver correctly predicted

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It does sound akin to a conspiracy theory but we all know it’s true. I am sure most of us see how we are being tracked online: you visit a site, say, Yatra or Makemytrip to check air ticket prices. Pretty soon every website you visit has ads for holiday packages, air tickets, hotel bookings

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Very recently I was in a moaning session about how inflation was consuming all our salaries, how we were unable to recruit good JavaScript developers and how we don’t have any good Indian start-ups building exciting tech-products to command a sexy web presence.
I was telling the unfortunate moanee (I was the moaner in case