Flipkart Branded Smartphones

Rajat Agrawal reporting for BGR India:

Sources tell BGR India that Flipkart was in talks with Intel, MediaTek and Qualcomm for almost two years. It was the successful launch of the Moto G exclusively on Flipkart sort of convinced the online retailer, sources say. While the plans are still in the works, BGR India learns that Flipkart has zeroed down at launching two smartphones based on solutions from one of the three chipset vendors mentioned above.

This is going to be very interesting. The people that I speak to daily, my friends & peers, know Flipkart as a major online retailer and are slowly getting comfortable ordering large or expensive products “online” without being skeptical. Surprisingly, most of them weren’t aware of Amazon India’s entry into the same space. I can’t say about the quality of these smartphones that Flipkart is supposedly launching, but it’s an interesting move nonetheless.

‘Why You Should Not Buy the Nokia X’

Prasad Naik reasons why the Nokia X is a terrible choice:

You’re not buying an Android phone. You are buying a horribly deformed child of Android and Windows Phone that will never be as good as either of them. It’s like Nokia combined the worst of both of those platforms into one device.

How Vodafone India Welcomed a Postpaid Customer

TL;DR Version: Applied for new Vodafone Postpaid SIM on Feb 24th, 2014. Number wasn’t activated till Feb 27th. Submitted fresh set of documents & form on Feb 28th. Number is still not activated as of today, March 6th, 2014. Vodafone refuses to help me.

Background: I have been a happy Airtel Mobile customer for about 10 years now. Their service has been generally good for me and I continue to recommend them to anyone who comes asking. However, I tend to travel to offbeat places a fair bit and Airtel’s network is completely absent at times. A lot of my peers suggested that I get a Vodafone number as an alternative, so that I won’t be completely in the dark. So I thought, “Why not? What’s the harm.” Pretty innocent, right?


Here’s how Vodafone has been dealing with me and my attempts to get a Vodafone Postpaid Number.

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Twelve South’s New SurfacePad for iPad mini


The brilliant minds at Twelve South have just released the SurfacePad for iPad mini.It is a beautiful, luxury leather cover for your precious Apple tablet that not only protects it from scratches and scuffs, but also allows you to prop it up at viewing or typing angles. The SurfacePad is made from high-quality Napa leather and fits snuggly with your iPad mini. It works by sticking to the back of your device (but doesn’t leave any residue behind) and a flaps that stretches out on the front.

The SurfacePad is now available to order on the Twelve South website in Pop Red, Mod White & Jet Black colors for just $69.99. I wish this was available when I purchased a case for my iPad mini.

How WhatsApp’s Arora Sealed Facebook Deal

Prior to its $19 billion sale to Facebook, WhatsApp had just one business-development employee, one marketing executive, one human-resources head and one publicist.

They were all the same person.

An interesting read on how Neeraj, an ex-googler himself, managed to seal the multi billion dollar deal.

PadFoot Stand for iPad Air & iPad mini


I have been using the PadFoot since 2010, when I first wrote about it on Smoking Apples. Since then, the PadFoot’s designer Michiel Cornelissen has been churning out new versions for each generation of the iPad that Apple has been building at Cupertino.

I recently bought an iPad mini for myself and Michiel was kind enough to send me a sample of his latest release of PadFoot, built for the iPad Air and iPad mini. Unlike the first one, this PadFoot is an elongated cube and is also comparatively smaller and lighter, weighing in at just 8 grams. It’s still built using 3D printing and made out of polyamide. It can prop up the iPad both in Portrait & Landscape mode and makes a great stand for watching movies.

You can order one for as low as $19.76 and pick from 9 different versions.

A Pizza Geek Discovers the World’s Smartest Pizza Box, In India

Still, as it turns out, the creator of the VENTiT actually has no history with pizza at all. ”The guy who invented this box has been in corrugated board for 35 years,” says Wiener. “And one day he realized this is the way that he can reduce the steam that is trapped inside.”

I have actually handled one of these boxes when I ordered from California Pizza Kitchen, but never thought of it like this.

The Vu SuperMac TV — The Largest Apple based TV in the World

Late last month, I received a press release from Vu, introducing the first "Apple-based TV" in the world. Vu has been selling TVs in the market for a while now, but this was the first time I was receiving a proper press release from them for a TV with "built-in Mac". Reading about it, I was obviously curious & intrigued. I got in touch with the company and a demo of the product was arranged for me at their Mumbai office.

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Google purchases Nest for $3.2 billion

Google has just purchased Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. According to a Google press release, Nest will continue to operate independently, co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell tells us; co-founder Matt Rogers will also make the move to Google.

A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home. “Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone,” writes Fadell on the Nest blog. “We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.”