The Internet of Things – Interconnected Spaces.

The Internet of Things‘, as a concept, has gained substaintial traction over the past few months; however, it has been plagued by the lack of knowledge about this incredible feat of engineering and technology that aims to create truly interconnected spaces. ‘Internet of Things’ in a very literal sense is just that – an Internet for objects. It aims to eliminate the lack of communication (in terms of contextual data and information) between various electronic appliances used in a home – such as refridgerators, microwave ovens, television sets, computers – by integrating data collected from each one of your personal appliances into a virtual space shared by all your devices. Continue reading

Gimmicks, Specifications and Marketing : The Driving Force

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Nowadays, people buy phones based on it’s specifications and get sold on what I call, “False Marketing“. Companies know what attracts people’s mind and what’s retained. They use this ability to brand an inferior device and sometimes even manage to outsell the actual top of the line smart phone. They advertise features which don’t get used more than three to four times in the phone’s entire lifetime. They are indeed great pieces of software but most of the times, they don’t add anything substantial to the user experience.

Do we need those crazy gestures when we can simply get things done faster without them? Did you use all the S-Apps that came preinstalled on your Samsung smartphone? Did you ever use that high 4K video mode on your smart phone or did you just decide to save that precious memory space and use the traditional 1080P Video? When you think about the answers to these questions, they would lead to only one conclusion. Most of these features are bloat software.

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The “Core” Problem

Nowadays, every phone manufacturer loves to advertise their phone using the number of cores their processor has and all the nifty things this processor enables their phone to do. I have only one thing to say to specific phone manufacturers – “Stop fooling consumers, I have had enough of that fake power you advertise.”

Today, the common man, especially in developing regions such as India and Brazil is sold gadgets using the so-called ‘Numbers Game’. This tactic is heavily utilised by domestic or regional phone manufacturers. They use inferior chipsets which have the same number of cores as in the chip used in a phone by a world-class manufacturer. The advertisement these manufacturers use doesn’t mention the inferiority of the chip, it only states the following – “Quad-Core processor for half the price of a Samsung Galaxy S5.” This alone is compelling enough for some if not all consumers to waste their hard-earned money in buying such inferior devices. Continue reading