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Would I seriously consider buying a tablet that: Is light in weight Has an elegant, sleek and sturdy design Runs office Where the cover morphs on to be the keyboard Is attractively priced Has an acceptable battery life You bet I would. And, I am not alone in this – there are so many people who have voiced the same opinion. Microsoft has demonstrated point (1) & (2), has definitely promised (3) & (4) and has hinted (5) & (6). Will they be able to deliver? We have to wait and watch, but… #1 Microsoft has definitely created a buzz and a sense of anticipation If you are a developer could you afford to ignore such a platform? Especially, when all the applications that you develop will run not only on the Windows 8 laptop and desktop but also on the Windows 8 Phone. Add to that the fact that Microsoft application development environment has always been the easiest to lear... (more)

Is Facebook at the Peak of Its Hype?

The record of Facebook so far is impressive … in fact it is unprecedented. Facebook with $40 billion valuation & 500 million users – Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire & Time “person of the year” … the list goes on. So, where does Facebook go from here? Are we looking at the tip of the iceberg or are we standing at the top of Mt Everest? Here is a 2007 May Fast Company article – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Hacker. Dropout. CEO. It makes interesting reading. The article goes on to says “…TechCrunch posted documents said to be a part of an internal valuation of Faceb... (more)

Write Once Run Anywhere or Cross Platform Mobile Development Tools

To build and maintain applications required to reach out to you customer through Mobile & Smart phone is expensive. Why? Because of platform proliferation. Because of quick technology obsolescence.  (See this) Management perception compounds the problem. Anybody, not intimately familiar with this technical challenge, perceives that the effort of developing a mobile application should be proportional to the size of the screen. In other words, since mobile screen is much smaller than a PC or a Laptop screen, the effort required for developing application should also be proportiona... (more)

Gartner Hype Cycle and Copyright

In the morning, I opened today’s Times of India, Bangalore edition and on page 18 I found an article on “Gartner Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies 2009″. There is no copyright notice. It appears as it some reported has picked up the graphics from the web and written the article. So, this may be a case of copyright infringement. You can access it here – http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Daily/skins/TOINEW/navigator.asp?Daily=TOIBG&showST=true&login=default&pub=TOI and select page 18. I had come across a post by Neville Hobson (2nd August) on Gartner restricts usage of hype cycle g... (more)

Emerging Technology Trends – Minus the Hype

If you are a pragmatist, I'm sure you would like make your technology investment decision after discounting all the hype that surrounds the emerging technologies. The task is not easy since among all the hype around the new technologies a real inflection point may be hiding – and you definitely don't want to miss that. What is the best way to do it? You should start by asking the following questions: What are the specific trigger points that started the hype? How much has the technology moved in last one year? If the current trend continues then where will it be in one year time?... (more)