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Please hold your skepticism, keep an open mind, go through the following points and only then pass a judgment on my prediction that “three years down Windows Phone would have overtaken Android” [Update August-2012: The 12th reason (Apple awarded 1 billion US$ but Microsoft wins)!] [Update June-2012: 3 Thing Microsoft Achieved Through The Launch Of The Surface Tablet] (1) “Mango” has received very positive response Just go through the following comments. “… I say this with all seriousness and some incredulity: Apple, watch your back. Microsoft may have finally figured it out. The battle for the mobile market just got interesting again…” – Robert X. Cringely “…With Mango, WP7 has caught up with Android and iOS in nearly every way, and in some areas it’s even surpassed the other two in functionality …” – Brad Molen “…Windows Phone 7.5 is supremely usable, surprisingl... (more)

Baxter – AI or Magic?

Marco Tempest is a Swiss magician based in New York City. He also happens to be a Director’s Fellow, MIT Media Lab! His team working Magic Robot Interaction has created Baxter. To understand what he is working on have a look at his amazing TED presentation! To know how much of this is AI and how much is illusion have a look at the MIT Lab project page. Lot is happening in the field of Robotics. See these: Robot Wall-E in real life Robotics – A Glimpse of where we are today I think we are approaching a time when you will be debating it you should buy a car or a Robot! BTW: Baxter... (more)

Cloud Economics – Amazon, Microsoft, Google Compared

Any new technology adoption happens because of one of the three reasons: Capability: It allows us to do something which was not feasible earlier Convenience: It simplifies Cost: It significantly reduces cost of doing something What is our expectation from cloud computing? As I had stated earlier, it is all about cost saving … (1) through elastic capacity and (2) through economy of scale. So, for any CIO who is interested in moving to cloud, it is very important to understand what the cost elements are for different cloud solutions. I am going to look at 3 platforms: Amazon EC2, G... (more)

Cross-Platform Mobile Game Development – a Tool Comparison

Mobile game development has a world of its own. You will come across different set of programming languages which you would not have encountered elsewhere – Lua, Live Code, Unreal Script, Boo etc. Some of these tools are a derivative or an extension of what is available on other gaming platform while others have been explicitly developed for mobile. At least one of these platform may seize to become a game development platform and become an enterprise cross-platform mobile application development solution. As I have mentioned earlier (here it is), there are five approaches to cro... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says tha... (more)