If your obsessed with scrapping on Orkut your going to love this hack. NGCoders have a simple PHP script that consumes your Orkut scrapbook to create an RSS feed. You can then pipe the RSS feed to your mobile through Mobile Google Reader to make your scraps easier to read. So now you can track any scrapbook from anywhere – what remains is the part where you scrap back.
Crossing roads in India
This video is the real thing.
RIM is Research in Motion
This reporter thinks that the new BlackBerry 8800 from AirTel is somehow connected to Reliance?
New Delhi: There’s good news for the Reliance phone users.
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday launched a new model of RIM’s business phone Blackberry in the Indian market at a price of Rs 31,990.
Can’t blame him, RIM in India is also Reliance India Mobile.
Here is the full article – AirTel launches BlackBerry 8800 in India (CNN-IBN).
This week has been an incredible roller coaster ride for me.
When you start out, everything looks tiny and detailed. It is almost as if your staring hard at one piece of a 1,000,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and your wondering “Wth am I building?“. Here are some pieces from other puzzles that went down into history.
The first Google production server.
Google’s corporate history (official).
When we make a sale without having to pitch – there is a sense of elation and relief. “He snapped it up without batting a eyelid!” I found myself thinking.
We are also trying hard to not miss the gorilla in the mist. We see strange behavior and feedback all the time and think to ourselves – “Why do they do that?“.
The number one advice I can give to a salesman on the ground is to simply “Have a conversation with your customer first“. This is what I have learned over the last week by watching other good ambassadors of our service. The conversation ensures that your customer will remember your product or service and look it up later. It does not ensure a sale.
Here is some advice on Sales that I can promise will help you chart your course.
The Art of Rainmaking – Guy Kawasaki.
Finally, you can only plan to cover about 99.99% of everything that can go wrong. We are still learning and occasionally find ourselves dousing a few fires.
Jeff Barr recently posted some wonderful pictures of Seattle city and Mount Rainier on his blog. Must see.
Do I miss the place? Seattle and greater Puget Sound are the most enthralling sights in the Summer.
GPRS and m-blogging in India
Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are excited about the potential of m-blogging in the Metros according to this article in the Economic Times. The article is bullish about the future of m-blogging but does not really put across any hard facts.
Notice the fact that of the consumers who opt for a GPRS-enabled handheld, less than one in 4 opt for GPRS from their mobile provider. Only the carriers have themselves to blame for the current trend. I believe that poor support for GPRS services and awareness of applications for the service are to blame.
There are over 156 million mobile subscribers in India. According to industry estimates, around 10% of mobile subscribers in metros use GPRS facility and 2-3% in tier II and III cities have hooked on to GPRS facility, which allows fast internet access on mobiles. Approximately 40-45% phones sold in India are GPRS enabled. According to IDC, in India the sale of camera phones is registering around 25% quarter-on-quarter growth.
Globally there are 200 million bloggers. Industry estimates put 100,000 as the figure for India. (According to Blog Herald, there are 1.2 million bloggers in India). And the number is growing. “The number of m-bloggers is fast growing though the trend is just an year old,” says Nokia’s Mr Taneja. Nokia N series has m-blogging feature to capture the potential of this segment.
3G auction skewed in favor of CDMA
Two professors from MDI, Gurgaon assert that the rules behind the 3G auction do not foster fair competition between CDMA and GSM technologies. The last I heard, the 3G spectrum will be auctioned off some time at the end of 2007 or early 2008.
The ramifications for the end-consumer are deep. Due to the lack of competition, operators won’t be incentivized to market innovative pricing schemes in favor of growth over price-hoarding.
Economic Times – “TRAI must try again“.
What is 3G? (Wikipedia).
Google Reader for Mobile RSS for news, blogs and more
I switched to Google Reader recently from a desktop-based RSS client. Google Reader offers an advanced web-based RSS interface and a rich feature set. The key feature for switching to Google Reader was mobility and access from any terminal.
For those not familiar with RSS, it is the cheapest and quickest way to customize your own newspaper with the help of a client like Google Reader. RSS is also the most popular way to publish, distribute, collect, and filter information on the web. You can learn more about syndication on the Google Reader FAQ.
The easy way to get Google Reader for your mobile is to bookmark this link – http://www.google.com/reader/m with your mobile phone browser.
In order to enable Google Reader on your Google home page, add the Google Reader module to your home page by clicking on Add Stuff, search for the keyword Reader. The first result should be Google Reader (Labs) module. Click on Add it Now.
Now access your personalized Google home page from your mobile phone by bookmarking on this link – http://www.google.com/xhtml. Click on Personalized Home. You should be prompted to sign in immediately. Do so, and then bookmark your personalized home.
- Google Reader Blog – “You can now use Google Reader from your phone“.
- A mobile news site from NetCore solution, tuned towards the Indian audience – MyToday.
- Here is my own reading feed shared using Google Reader.
Will Seven APAC get lucky with mobile e-mail?
Siddharth Mahajan, CEO of Seven thinks so.
From the article,
“We believe it’s going to be mobile e-mail’s year,” said Siddharth Mahajan, vice president and general manager of Seven Asia-Pacific. “We are putting all the right structures in place to help the market grow and hopefully we’ll see the results coming in Q3 or Q4 this year.”
“We see an evolution of the [mobile] e-mail market starting with enterprises,” Mahajan said. “But at the same time, we also see a growing trend where a growing number of users would like to get access to their IMAP and POP e-mail accounts from the mobile phone.”
Like previous versions, the Consumer Edition push e-mail application will allow users to send and receive e-mail on handsets from different vendors, said Mahajan. Users will also be able to read, edit, re-send e-mail attachments, and maintain always-on access to their calendar and contacts when on the move, he added.
However, Mahajan noted that while the mobile e-mail is immensely popular North America, it still ranks a distant second behind text-based short messaging (SMS) applications in Asia.
He conceded that it is probably due to the fact that “text messaging is a popular messaging application across Asia”, though he expects mobile e-mail to strike a chord with the business crowd.
“As far as business communication goes, your e-mail is important,” Mahajan explained. “You can’t close business deals using SMS. The moment you want to get into a formal type of communication, you need to use e-mail.”
The senior Seven executive was also bullish about mobile e-mail’s chances in developing countries like India and China. Citing India as an example, Mahajan noted that the number of e-mail users outnumber the number of PCs in the country, which could give operators an opportunity to showcase the virtues of mobile e-mail.
“We believe there is going to be a huge demand for mobile e-mail in this segment. India has probably an estimated 150 million email users but only 50 million computers,” observed Mahajan. “That clearly shows that a lot of the e-mail users are actually using Internet cafes or office PCs to access their email accounts.”
Mahajan said for this group of consumers without access to a PC, the ability to communicate and type e-mail messages using the mobile phone will be an “attractive factor”.
ZDNet Asia – “Seven: This will be mobile e-mails year“.
Sounds like his reasoning is way off target. So far my own bet has been not on mobile e-mail, but on mobile entertainment.
When you take a serious look at the 100 million users of the internet that Mr. Mahajan talks about, a few assumptions come to light.
The typical westernized solution that companies like Seven could offer through carriers includes a typical monthly service fee at around USD 20 per month. This includes unlimited e-mail access and the ability to add one or more POP and IMAP accounts. On the move, the consumer can get access to either a push-based e-mail solution or an on-demand e-mail solution. Personally, to me such a price wouldn’t seem very right – until and unless Seven had a creative model and a cheap solution to change that in India.
What problem can mobile e-mail solve for that user segment?According to him, they don’t own a PC, and yet they have access to their e-mail through work, and cyber-cafes. In other words, these users answer their personal e-mail when they would like to. It wouldn’t hurt if they went a few days without answering their e-mail.
E-mail happens to be a relatively formal activity when compared to SMS. However, they both thrive on the network effect. In the USA, all my friends had active e-mail lives. I knew I could count on near instant replies. In contrast, My friends here in India, who have limited access to the Internet don’t expect me to reply to e-mails in an instant. SMS on the other hand is a totally different culture. I am almost always expected to reply. Even if I could compose an e-mail to my friends while on the move, I know that they would not reply immediately. Turning behaviour around would be Seven’s (and other personal e-mail providers’) greatest challenge.
I think e-mail is a great feature to have if you have already subscribed to mobile data, I can’t be sure if many folks like me will want it turned on just for e-mail’s sake. In any case, I could still get a custom solution from my e-mail provider rather than rely on Seven.
I have reason to celebrate my blog today! WordPress.com has endorsed my blog for the keywords “business” and “gprs”. Thank you, whoever you are, bot or other wise.
The occasion reminds me of a quote I picked up from the movie Layer Cake.
“The art of doing business lies in being a good middle-man“.
How do you interpret it? I would love to hear from you.
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