In covering information technology (IT) and the Internet for nearly two decades, I have had the privilege of meeting some of its hottest names, such as Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Microsoft's founder Bill Gates and current Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. N Madhavan writes.
A few days ago, I stumbled on a Vodafone offer that allowed me to download any number of songs at Rs. 35 per week. I jumped at it and ran it for a couple of weeks, managing to download a dozen songs - though I could have done more. That's about Rs. 3 a song.
Infosys surprised nearly everyone last Friday with third-quarter results that showed net profit well above analyst forecasts. Its market value gained about R22,000 crore on a single day. N Madhavan writes.
Redefine the debate on sexism so that it is properly understood in the public mind as an act of discrimination. N Madhavan
While the government readies to start cash transfers for welfare schemes to help the poor in remote parts of India using the Aadhar unique identity card scheme, critics, as is their wont, are raising questions over either privacy or authentication or actual delivery issues related to it.
A quiet, sudden announcement on Friday night said Infosys Technologies has decided to transfer its American Depositary Shares (ADS) to the New York Stock Exchange from Nasdaq, with effect from December 12. N Madhavan
Sometimes, the war between mobile operating systems in the exploding world of smartphones and tablets resembles superpower rivalry. And so, it seems the world is getting polarised between Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Microsoft's Windows is the new kid on the block to watch out for. N Madhavan writes.
In an emerging mobile world, the advertising fashion is likely to shift from the power of 'search view' to 'app depth'. N Madhavan writes.
Some weeks ago, I wrote about what I call s-governance, or social governance. This was essentially about the need for governments to go beyond e-governance to render public services to citizens to actually using social media to manage social tensions and offer political accountability.
I have been saying time and again that smartphones are not about the handsets, but the apps in them or the ones that work with them. Digital lifestyles are in the end about what you do in a connected world. N Madhavan writes.
There is a controversy raging over the entry of giants such as Tesco and Wal-Mart into India after the government last week permitted foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Most economic analysts look at it in terms of capital coming into India to oust local shopkeepers or in terms of capital coming in to offer better prices to farmers or set up distribution chai-ns and storage facilities to help consumers. N Madhavan writes
Besides sites such as Saavn, Gaana and YouTube, there are online radio stations like Jango on which you can customise a station to your taste. N Madhavan writes.
Economics is a funny thing in which sometimes, losers can be winners in another sense. That is the feeling I got last week after Apple won an intellectual property case in the US against Samsung involving a series of patents. N Madhavan writes.
Last week, in the wake of rumours of impending violence and hate messages that led to a mass exodus of northeastern people from Bangalore and Pune, I had called for s-governance — the social media equivalent of e-governance. N Madhavan writes.
Sites such as iStream.com are formalising pacts with channels to make convenient viewing mainstream — but through streaming. N Madhavan writes.