The Phablet Mania – by Aaditya Kelkar

Exploring the Indian Junta’s obsession over size – of a phone ofcourse!

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You see it in offices; meeting rooms, conference rooms, washrooms alike. Its there when you’re travelling; by a local train or by a Porsche. The totally unmissable ‘Phablets’ have taken the world of mobile phones by storm. Be it a Samsung Galaxy S4 or the humbler Micromax Canvas 2, everyone has or atleast aspires to have a phablet sooner than later.

The phone makers are not the one to miss this opportunity. Obscene-sounding screen sizes have now become the order of the day. Surpassing Samsung’s aptly named Mega (both the 5.8 and 6.3 incher) by almost *this* much is Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra which boasts of a 6.4 inch ultraHD screen. (Why didn’t they just blow it up a li’l more & bring us a smaller Xperia Z tablet?)

One of the more important reasons for cheap phone makers to continue selling these phablets than any regular size phone is because of better margins. What companies like Micromax are doing is just that. They buy the worst possible SoC in town, cover it with a 5-inch screen and boom you got yourself a phablet for Rs. 10k. Who cares about build quality & aesthetics?

But what about the biggies, the Samsung’s, the Sony’s and the Nokia’s of the world? Are they falling prey to huge demands from customers or they are the ones to create the demand? If you look at the spec of these phones, all of the phablets are flagships of the particular companies. All of the quad cores & octa cores of the world find a place in those huge phones ONLY. You will find no phone which has a 4 or 4.5 inch screen and an octa core processor. Is this what driving the demand for these oversized beasts Or ‘We are like this only’

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Article By – Aaditya Kelkar

aaditya.kelkar@live.com

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Telegram: Time to bid adieu…

Telegram one of the oldest communication services is set to become history.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has declared that it will discontinue its 160 year old telegraph services from July 15 2013.

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Telegram introduced India to the world of telecommunications. We now have the second largest telecom network in the world based on the total number of subscribers. We also have one of the lowest call tariffs (South Africa having one the highest call rates). The growing number of internet users and instant messaging services like whatsapp has led to decline in usage of telegram services and it’s time to bid adieu to the oldest communication network in India

* In 1850, the first experimental electric telegraph line was started between Calcutta and Diamond Harbour. In 1851, it was opened for the use of the British East India Company.  Telegram played an important role in ensuring the British victory in India’s First War of Independence, it also played a  strategic role  in helping the British to relay info (almost real time) across large parts of India.

Our generation met telegram only in the movies (remember how many movies had the a Taar Aya hai sequence) and in stories told to us by our grandparents for whom telegram was the main source of quick and urgent communication.

It was the only way to deliver happy and sad news to people – most telegrams  had a messages like child birth, interview call, selection for a job, confirmation of supply orders, ticket booking details and  news of serious illness or death of relatives.

Telegram was the SMS equivalent of the pre-cellphone era with its typical telegram lingo (with acronyms and shorthand’s) and will leave behind hilarious memories of typo errors and mistakes. Blunders like telegram reaching the wrong person/address were common. There used to be multiple meanings derived from a telegram message because of the devilish word limit. A typical telegram used to read like this: FATHER ILL START SOON {STOP} which would be interpreted as “Your Father is ill. You need to leave immediately to see him.” But what would you derive from this: FATHER, YOUR DAUGHTER SUCCESSFUL IN BED {STOP} which should ideally be interpreted as a father’s daughter passed her B.Ed. exams. Before twitter, this was the only communication network with word limit (25 words inclusive of message, receivers name and address senders name and the word STOP – to indicate that the message ends) and the challenge was to keep it short as single every word was charged.  

With the Indian telecom industry transforming into a next gen network (India awaits the launch of 4G services now) telegram will now be remembered only in our history textbooks.

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News Courtesy: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

* Historic Data:  History textbooks for SSC

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Bank employee sleeps on key board, transfers millions!

Yes, you read it right…this is true and has created a lot of buzz on social media today. Most working professional would like a power nap in the afternoon, in this case the employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a 222 million euros. The bank realized this mistake shortly after the transfer and corrected the error. Luckily the employee did not loose his job as the court ruled that the plaintiff should be reinstated in his job. Close shave i would say!

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Human Error or more scientifically User Error as it is called is the reason for such blunders. Funnier phrases have been derived in relation to Human Computer Interaction blunders like PEBKAC -Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair or PICNIC – Problem In Chair Not In Computer. Most critics and design experts still argue that blunders like these happen due to Human Errors and most of the times the blame is put on the wrong place -design and its failure to take into account human limitations. Millions of dollars are spent every year on Usablity Design analysis and testing to reduce human error in softwares and applications however there is still a long time for technology to advance upto a level when Human Errors will be close to zero.

We live in a Digital world where most of us are in front of the computer all day. We usually do not pay full attention to the computer system while using it. We require a small training on using systems to complete tasks with minimal errors.
This is obviously also not considered by most organizations as a necessary traning. Its time we realise its importance.

Tips: We can learn computer basics to avoid such mistakes, learning keyboard shortcuts and understanding commands is a good way to start.

After thought: How many of us have accidently placed a call when our phone was in our pockets?

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News Credit: http://www.ndtv.com

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