Motorola Moto E available on Flipkart

Motorola’s newest phone targeted at the lower, sub-10k segment for markets like India — the Moto E was launched yesterday and is now available for sale, exclusively on Flipkart for ₹6999. Similar to the previous launches of the Moto G and Moto X, Flipkart has a few offers for buyers of the Moto E.

For ₹7000, the Moto E makes for a damn good choice if you’re looking for a decent, entry-level Android phone running the latest OS version.

My Sweet Mac Setup

The folks behind The Sweet Setup recently showcased my Desk and my Mac setup on their site. I have always loved Shawn’s Sweet Mac Setup series on his blog and it was truly an honor to be on The Sweet Setup.

The desk in the photo is a custom-made desk that I got done about a month ago, since I needed a wider work area.

Apple India’s “Store Expansion Programme”

This morning, I noticed this listing on Apple’s Jobs website. The listing is for Training Delivery – India for Apple India in Bangalore, but I found the job summary very interesting (emphasis mine):

Due to a store expansion programme, we are seeking a trainer to work alongside the current training team.

According to an ET report in late March, the company plans to triple its exclusive stores in the country to 200 by 2015 and has been in talks with the government of India to relax the ‘local-sourcing’ clause in its policy on FDI in single-brand retail.

Apple has also recently hired Angela Ahrendts as its senior vice president of retail and online stores and I’m definitely looking forward to her work in the coming months.

New MacBook Air Pricing in India

Apple today has refreshed their MacBook Air lineup with the latest generation Intel’s Haswell processors. With this refresh, all the MacBook Air models have receive just a minor, 0.1GHz speed bump while other specifications remain the same. The price of the MacBook Air has also been reduced by $100 and the base model now begins at $899 only.

The MacBook Air, available in 11-inch and 13-inch models with 128GB and 256GB options, previously shipped with a 1.3GHz Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz). With today’s update, they have now been updated with a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz). Surprisingly, the built to order option also stays unchanged with a 1.7GHz Core i7 (with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz).

Apple has updated the pricing for MacBook Air in India, with each model receiving only a ₹2000 price cut. The following table shows the pricing for each MacBook Air model in India.

MacBook Air Model
Old Price
New Price
11-inch: 128GB₹67,900₹65,900
11-inch: 256GB₹81,900₹79,900
13-inch: 128GB₹74,900₹72,900
13-inch: 256GB₹88,900₹86,900

Thunderspace HD

In case you haven’t already heard about Thunderspace, it is a fabulous little iOS app that replicates thunderstorms using 3D, stereoscopic virtual sounds that you listen to via your headphones. It is a great way to just sit back and relax. Now would be a good time to try the app, as it is current available Free on the App Store. It comes bundled with two thunderstorms and you can purchase additional ones using IAPs.

Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta

Silvio has just made the public beta of Reeder 2 for Mac available on the website. Reeder was the reigning RSS app for Mac a few years ago and I used to love the app, but lack of updates or any communication from him meant that people started moving onto other apps. Right now, I’m very content with ReadKit for Mac, but looking at this beta, I’m definitely intrigued.

Lava’s 8800mAh Power Bank (Portable Charger)

Flipkart currently has this 8800mAh Lava Power Bank (Portable Charger) on sale for just Rs. 1819 for the next 35 minutes. The MRP is of this product is Rs. 2999 while Flipkart usually sells it for Rs. 2799.

Go grab it.

Rdio buys Dhingana to Enter India

NT Balanarayan, Vikas SN & Nikhil Pahwa reporting exclusively for MediaNama:

US-based music streaming website Rdio has acquired Indian music streaming website Dhingana, Dhingana has confirmed to MediaNama. MediaNama had heard about the development from multiple industry sources.

Sources also told MediaNama that the amount being offered to Dhingana is lower than the amount of funding they had raised.

This is great news. I’ve been waiting for either Spotify or Rdio to enter this market for a long time now, so this was welcome news to wake up to. I do hope Rdio launches with their complete (English) catalogue and not just a country-specific (Hindi) one.

Feedbin’s First Year

The goal was to be able to cover costs in one year. Instead it took three weeks. It cost about $170/month to run Feedbin when it launched and with $1.62/user/month in profit after credit card fees it looked like I would need just over 100 customers who were also looking for a Google Reader alternative.

I signed up for Feedbin right around the time it launched and have been using it ever since. It offers exactly what I need — a service that stays out of my way, offers an API that my favorite iOS & Mac apps support and sync perfectly between everything.

Feedbin got everything right.