Today, Maxime Valette, the creator of URI.LV has now released a Pepper for Mint that lets you add graphs for hourly, daily, weekly and monthly stats from your Mint installation to Status Board. He was kind enough to let me test it on my site and was quick to squash a few bugs. The installation of the pepper is simple and it even readily gives you clickable panicboard:// links that’ll automatically install the graph in your Status Board app.
I came across these Game of Thrones styled banners for the noble houses of the Internet last week. So brilliantly done.
“We Do Not Source”
Aatif Sumar, writing on UnleashThePhones, lists down 10 steps that Google has been strategically taking over the last 6 months to step up its game in India. If you look at all these as an Indian consumer, you’ll realize how much of a difference they actually make. He also makes a very good point:
Until Google has Operator Billing, all their efforts of making money from customers in India are in vain, since a vast majority of Indians do not have easy access to Credit Cards, or do not trust their Credit Card details being on the internet somewhere. In fact, most people don’t even have bank accounts in India. Using Debit Cards on the Play Store is hit and miss. Operator Billing is the perfect fit in such a market since all mobile users trust their Service Provider enough to purchase something that gets added to their mobile phone bill, or gets cut from their balance.
Consider the approach Samsung has been taking in India — fill the market up with phones for every price slab, offer different combinations of features and introduce their special “Duos” (Dual-SIM) phones. Today, almost every other smartphone you see out there in this country is a Samsung. And then combine this fact with the improvements Google has been bringing to Android lately.
I’m from the Apple “fanboy” club, but I’ll say the Cupertino giant has lost this race before it could even begin.
But STAR’s gain could be pain for rival network Multi Screen Media (MSM), which operates the flagship Sony Entertainment channel, besides SET Max and Sony SIX. Sony competes directly with STAR Plus, which is the market leader in the Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) space.
Associate sponsorship, for which STAR is expected to fork out around Rs 30 crore, would mean the STAR brand would be a prominent feature during telecast of the matches on two of MSM’s channels. STAR will also have a strong on-ground presence, and MSM cannot blur the competitor’s logo.
This is like Google becoming a sponsor on Apple’s App Store and Apple having to display the Android logo all over the place. This is STAR effectively “trolling” Sony.
The Economic Times is reporting today that Apple plans to triple its exclusive stores in the country by 2015.
In addition to increasing the number of Apple exclusive stores, called Apple Premium Resellers, that are owned and managed by 17 franchisees, the company also plans to expand its presence in multi-brand stores, they said.
While this is indeed good news if true, what I’d really like to see Apple do is introduce an Apple Store in the country. The best thing about buying an Apple product is the experience you go through when purchasing the product. And this experience is what has been seriously lacking in India.
Google has put up a fascinating look into how their search works. It’s mind-boggling that Google has indexed 30 TRILLION individual pages so far.
Apple today has updated the processors in their lineup of MacBook Pro with Retina Display and has also lowered their prices. The following is the updated Indian pricing for these is as follows:
13-inch MacBook Pro with 128GB – Rs. 99,900 [$1499 + tax in the US]
13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB (2.6GHz) – Rs. 1,14,900 [$1699 + tax in the US]
13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB – Rs. 94,900 [$1399 + tax in the US]
Apple has also updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a faster 2.4GHz Quad-core processor in the base model and a 2.7GHz Quad-core processor with 16GB of memory in the top-of-the-line model.
Foldify for iPad, the fantastic app that turns your iPad into a creative platform to color and create 3D figures has been updated to v1.1 that brings:
- Photo import
- Eye dropper
- Color fill
- 6 new templates and bunch of shapes
- Valentine’s Day heart template and shapes
- Better user management
- Trending category
- other improvements
Go Update. If you haven’t already, it’s just $2.99 on the App Store.