Google’s Android is invading

According to ComScore – Internet market research company, Google’s Adriod OS is eating in to Microsoft and Apple’s mobile market share, with about 9% growth in the last three months itself. While, overall smartphone users have grown to about 21%.

The growth was largely fuelled by the $100 million marketing campaign, which allowed verizon to sell thousands of Motorola Droids during the holidays. While, RIM (Research In Motion), the company behind BlackBerry, managed only a 1.3 percent increase in its smartphone share, while apple say a 0.1 percent drop in market share.

The growth of android is also be touted due to the increased interest in application development for the platform, which unlike Apple’s App Store is less restricting.

Apple to give sneak peak of iPhone OS 4.0

To a luck few Apple will give a sneak preview of the iPhone OS 4.0 on April 8th, while the update is only slated for release later this year, the rumor mills are already churning on the possible features this update will carry.

Multi-tasking being the heavily bet upon feature, but we’ll just have to wait and see if apples fan’s lucky this time round. Apple has been avoiding the multi-tasking feature since the launch of the iPhone, citing concerns on decrease in performance  with multiple apps running in the background, the major issue that has bugged windows mobile version for years . If you have been following the timeline of the iPhone, the company avoided the copy-paste feature for more than a year before rolling it out, and has showed absolutely no interest in integrating Flash, apart from the initial talk with Adobe.

For now, it’s just wait and see

Why India Loves Facebook

Author: Tunku Varadarajan

The social-networking giant has opened its first-ever office in Asia—in the country where being all up in one another’s business is practically a birthright.

Facebook and Indians have a magnetic connection. Everyone in my family in India except my father—who, at 77, is entitled to his suspicions of the medium—is a  Facebook user. Every single friend of mine in India—except for an eccentric Bengali writer who idolizes a 19th-century British viceroy, Lord Curzon, for which reason he cannot be said to have come to terms with the modern world—is a Facebook user.

Facebook “allows [Indians] to do two things they love: Tell everyone what they are doing; and stick their noses into other people’s business,” says Sree Sreenivasan.

Every single friend of mine of Indian origin, anywhere in the world, is a Facebook user. And a great number of my Facebook “friends” are Indians who, having read my journalism, or seen my name on a sibling’s or (genuine) friend’s page, have sought me out and “friended” me as a reflexive act of connection; and being of Indian origin myself, I’ve always found it infernally hard—if not virtually impossible—to say “no.”

Every single friend of mine of Indian origin, anywhere in the world, is a Facebook user. And a great number of my Facebook “friends” are Indians who, having read my journalism, or seen my name on a sibling’s or (genuine) friend’s page, have sought me out and “friended” me as a reflexive act of connection; and being of Indian origin myself, I’ve always found it infernally hard—if not virtually impossible—to say “no.”

I recite these points because Facebook has just announced that it will shortly open an office in India—its first in Asia—in the southern city of Hyderabad. As an act of outsourcing, the news is unremarkable: Google, Dell, Oracle, IBM, and numerous others have already set up shop in Hyderabad. What catches the eye is that Facebook is, in some inchoate yet compelling way, “coming home”—to the land that embraces it most avidly, to that land where it truly belongs………….

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‘Game Over’ for Linux on PS3

If you are among the few that actually use the option of using Linux on your Play Station 3, here’s some bad news for you, Don’t update the PS3 firmware!

Thursday, Sony will release it is latest firmware for the PS3 console – version 3.21. However, the company has decided to remove the option of allowing it’s users to install third-party operating systems.

According to sources the update will also remove existing operating systems and related data, so make sure that you backup any data that you might have save before you update (that is, if you have actually used the system after installing it)

The company states that this decision was taken due to security threats (is it security threat or threat that some hackers have finally managed to mod the PS3, we wonder!)

Though Sony says that it is not necessary to update the firmware. But not upgrading your PS3 would mean that you loose access to PlayStation Network and playback of games and Blu-ray movies that require the new software. The console will also stop playing copy-protected content from media servers. (How’s that for choice 🙂 )

Exploring beyond the Explorer

We have all had our tryst with Internet Explorer and we have all been bugged, the downfall of the dominant browser was evident with rise of more efficient and supposedly secure browsers (read Firefox).

The statistics haven’t been to kind on Internet Explorer with the browser loosing about 49% market share (according to StatCounter) in a country like India (where new technology adoption is relatively slow), this despite the fact that the country does not have regulations unlike European Union! (If you remember the, it is mandatory for Microsoft to allow users choose their web browser during installation of it’s new operating system).

Internet Explorer’s share worldwide is now only about 55%. While Firefox is steady gaining at 31% and Chrome is growing at 7%. Apple still needs to learn something from it’s rivals, where browsers are concerned with it capturing only 4% of the market share.

Interestingly, one of the reason cited for the change is slow speed, other than the know security issue with Internet Explorer.

Search Engine Marketing Vs Quality Content (or Quality Product)

Should you be making a big hole in your bank account over search engine marketing (SEM), or should you invest more in editorial for quality content (or in R&D, usability and interface design for a quality product)

There will always be room for debate, and no doubt each side will bring out valid points. But at the end of the day, you would want to look at a strategy that will work. So what will be the best strategy to get your website the kind of traffic that will bring in conversions, stickiness, and eventually and burgeoning community. Honestly, you don’t have to be an internet guru to achieve this, the formula to getting your site to succeed is simple.

1. Search Engine Marketing in plain and simple words is, advertising.

You could create a great advertisement, get a lot of people interested and create a great spike in your traffic, of course you’ll end up spending money, but you really can get people to keep using your product if isn’t good, eventually, the real success of a product is dependent on the quality of the product. You could do SEM in several ways i.e. paid ads, paid linking, link exchange etc.., but the whole effort will be futile if people come to your site and don’t use it, or worst go away within a few seconds and never come back, cause if they don’t like your site/product and decide never to come back, even if you make changes later it’s going to be a uphill task to get these users to come back to your site.

2. Search Engine Marketers will tell you otherwise

Let’s be honest, salespeople work on smart strategies to sell to you something that you really don’t need but they will create a scenario to make you feel like you cannot succeed without their services. And not-surprisingly you will see results, yes things will work, but the truth is that SEM is not a permanent solution, cause even though it will give you instant spike, without quality content/quality product, it’s only going to be temporary and you will have to keep spending regularly to keep your visitor trend constant, or even more if you want to see the graph go upward.

3. Content is king (for content related portals/websites)

Don’t believe anyone who tells you it is not. Ideally don’t even hire that person (because that person will end up burning a deeper hole in your pocket than you want). Search engines work on algorithms that aim to bring up related (quality) content on the top, and search engine developers are constantly working to better their algo’s to make sure unrelated(pseudo) link-building schemes are not honored and worst penalized. Rest assured, if you have quality content, and people like what they see, they themselves will keep coming back, many will be generous to link back to you and with social networking on its high, many will be generous to share that link or tweet it. Eventually you will see a rise in traffic and that rise does not fall that easily.

4. Product Quality Matters

If yours is a service related website, a product or an e-commerce website, pay more attention on spending on research and development, usability and interface design. Having a good product, will ensure word-of-mouth marketing (which is any day better than paid marketing, I am sure you know that). For example, facebook or twitter, how much did they really spend on marketing? Maybe, you will need to initially invest in SEM but be caution and strategize to ensure that the spending is restricted and there’s a kill plan (downward spending on SEM). Good product have the ability to sell them-selves, yes they initially need a push.

5. Pay attention to Search Engine Optimization but please don’t get trapped in hiring an Agency, hire a good SEO (search engine optimizer) or a consultant instead.

SEO/SEM agencies love companies that don’t have geeks (every programmer is not a geek, nor is every self proclaimed techy or every engineer or IIT pass-out or every SEO/SEM manager), because geeks understand how things ‘tech’ work. And it’s easy for agencies to sell to such companies. It would help to hire somebody who understands technology from code-level to SEO and SEM and new technologies, it will be indeed a worth-while investment, or hiring a consultant for limited time, from time to time would work, But don’t fall for agencies.

6. Effective Strategy may not show result overnight but they will withstand against all odds

Any good leader will agree with this, unlike magical methods with overnight results (and long term losses), an effective strategy with focus on quality content/quality product will take time to reach the top, but once it’s there, it’s very hard for competition to shake it’s position, yes it requires patience and perseverance, but the result are outstanding and so is the ROI.

    Do leave in your comment, contact me if you need consultation (yes, I will charge you, but not atrocious sums like the agencies).

    A Sales Pitch and a Positive Environment

    It’s the ending of the month this client is really important to you, your desperate, you will even bow down on your knees to get this deal going! Like it always happens, your client is having a really bad day. The scene is perfect for a disaster to happen.

    You might have encountered such an unfortunate but ‘all so real’ situation if you have been in sales for some years. But then, you are a true salesman, such situation don’t really matter to you, you know how to control the client’s emotion, you are here for the money and you will take it from right under his nose and he won’t know it! Good for you, but there is no harm in reading about it again, is it! Maybe you can contribute …

    As clichéd as it might sound, a positive environment is essential for every sales presentation, not just at the time of the presentation but even before the presentation, especially for the sale executive. A very basic rule of life is, if you can’t control your emotions the environment will control you. A true salesman knows this, and he will begin his day with a positive attitude, as absurd as it might sound or look, but standing in front of a mirror, first thing in the morning and talking to yourself, about how good you are at your job and how you are the best among the crowd, actually does work, it’s freaky at times but it works! That is what’s going to make you feel good, you’ll have a spring in every step, and before you know it, others will notice it, believe me, it’s a virus and it spreads.

    After having an energetic start, it’s up to you to keep up the pace of excitement through the day, A few things that might help…

    1. Leave all your baggage (emotional baggage) at home
    2. Greet everybody in office with genuine smile, from the office boy to the egoistic maniac, in due time they will respect your friendly gesture and start liking you, before you know it everybody want to smile and greet you, after all, you’re the one jovial person that makes them feel respected and good. In return your ‘already positive self’ will get that extra boost
    3. Help your colleagues no matter how trivial or often it might be. If you are that one person anyone can turn to for help or guidance, your well on your way to be the office guru! Not only will your confidence soar, but such things always reaches the right ears, and surely you’ll be noticed by people who matter
    4. On your way to client meeting, listen to something that really inspires you, music, speeches, anything, personally I find myself positively charged after listening to inspiring gospel messages
    5. Even if your client seems to be in a very repulsive mood, greet him with a smile, don’t worry if you don’t get a likewise response at first, remember you have to control the environment.
    6. Don’t start talking business before you have the environment (negativity) under control, the client will think you don’t care about his feelings and you may forget this sale. There are several ways to control your clients emotion and turn the environment positive, and they all boil down to being able to massage your clients ego, slowly, gently and genuinely (people figure out when your faking it), till he starts to get the feeling that he’s really got everything under control (while actually you are in real control, but you really are a good actor, aren’t you!)
    7. Now, you’re ready to talk business.

    It’s really that simple, but it takes a lot of learning to perfect this skill, and surely you will be on your way to more successful closes than you’ve ever had.

    “To be a great presenter you have to be a great actor, you might be really stressed, your boss might be ready to slit your throat, but if you need to win you can’t afford to let your client see through you. To get there it takes great practice, patience and perseverance and you’ll know you have, when your most difficult and defensive client listens to you when you talk. “

    Starting your Own Business

    Starting your own Business

    The most important questions before you read further is, are you really sure you want to start your own Business (Entrepreneurial ) venture? First, read and know enough about the pros and cons of about starting on your own and then take a decision, and then stick to it until completion.

    The secret of success in starting up a business is simpler than what people make it out to be. But many interpret it incorrectly; they begin with the wrong intentions, wrong expectations and sometimes an ego that ensures their failure.

    If you are looking at being a successful entrepreneur, these are a few skills you’ll need, some of which you probably already have and of those which you don’t, its time you brush on them. The best part is that you don’t need to join a business school to learn these skills.

    1.      The Unquenchable Desire

    Most importantly, you really have to ‘Want’ it, because this alone will motivate you to push forward, help stay there and reach the top. There is nothing or nobody else that can motivate you better than yourself’. Especially, when everything around you will appear to be happening in exactly the way you don’t expect it to happen. You need to be really passionate about what you’re doing.

    2.      Are your Intentions Correct?

    If you primary intention is to make a lot of money, let me give you the bad news – you are going to Fail. Your intention should be correctly focused, to provide a solution to an existing problem and not making money alone. Of course you’re doing this to make money, eventually. But remember, money is a by-product and not the main focus. You come out with an excellent solution to a problem and people will love you, your product and your company for it and they will shell out money on you.

    3.      Learn to be Likable

    I believe this is the most important and powerful skill any business man/women can have. People love to do business with people they like, and if you master this skill there is nothing that can stop you from being successful. You have to become a person that somebody wants to meet and not the one that makes people run!  If they like you, they will call you, they will want to do business with you. You’re already a winner, doesn’t even matter if your competitor is offering a much lower rate than you are.

    4.      Don’t Kill your Ego but Learn to be Humble

    Being humble goes a long way – you are more open to learning new things, accepting mistakes and making corrections. While you still need to have an Ego to be able to say in the mirror ‘Nothing can ruin me’, you need to be humble enough to correct a mistake or call a client that yelled at you yesterday.

    5.      Read, Learn and Implement

    The Internet is filled with information that grows daily, there are books and sites that offer great wisdom (then there is this site –, that offers great tips and inspiration 😉 ). You need to read regularly, update yourself on the latest technologies, strategies, laws, ideas etc. But, beyond that you have to be able to implement what you have learned. Otherwise, all this wisdom is a waste.

    6.      You might dislike the word ‘Discipline’, but that’s the Secret Ingredient

    This is probably the most difficult ones to digest, but if you have decided to start your own business, this is one open secret that you will require the most to become successful. There is no one to manage you, you decide how you spend your time and you’re not going to be able to accomplish even a single task unless you have the discipline to do it. You have to be disciplined to get up early and sit and start work. Even, if you are starting up while continuing your current job. You will require a lot of discipline to be able to come back from work and sit and work on your own setup. It’s very easy to lose track and procrastinate if you’re not disciplined. Enough said, you have to be disciplined.

    7.      Learn to Manage Time

    Again this goes with discipline, you will have to develop the skills to manage your time. What time you get up, what time you sit for work, how much time you intend to spend doing a particular task and time allotted for meetings. While ensuring that you are giving enough time to family and yourself. Starting on your own has the advantage of doing things the way you want it. But, it as easy to lose track and waste a lot of time and in the process not accomplishing much.

    8.       Listen to your Heart, than your Mind and then Evaluate

    The best answers for any problem comes from within. Once you have your answer put in a little rationalization with your mind, but not too much as our mind has the tendency to confuse us more than being helpful. Then evaluate your decision and take it.

    9.      You might be an Introvert, But you will need to Change

    This is very important for people who believe that they would rather spend time doing work in the comfort of their office/room rather than going out and networking with others. Unfortunately, you might end up missing a lot of business opportunities that could come from your networks. Business men/women have to go out and meet other business people. As a popular coffee shop’s tag line states – A lot can happen over a cup of coffee.

    10.   Start a Business that you Really Like Doing

    This is fundamental and very easy to overlook, you might want to start a business in the fields that you have been working for several years. But, in reality you really don’t enjoy that field. If you start a business in this field you might make it successful, but you will never find satisfaction. You rather weigh your options, see what you really enjoying doing and explore a business opportunity in that field, not only will you be successful but you will be happy.

    11.   Plan your Business and Write down the Business Plan

    Once you are sure about the business your starting, it imperative that you plan out your business (doesn’t matter how small or big) and ‘Write down the business plan’. Planning your business will give you a better understanding of your own business, the market requirement and the competitive advantage you have, the potential client base, the possible growth path, the overall potential of the business and most importantly the viability of the business. Planning is one thing, but when you write down your plan, there’s a greater possibility you will follow/implement the plan. Your Business Plan might not be 100% accurate, but it does not have to be, nobody gets it right the first time and you will need to review the plan regularly and make necessary changes to it. But having a written plan is like a map, you’re less likely to get lost.

    12.   Set your Short-term and Long-term Goals

    It might make sense to you to set short-term goals, but find long-term goals pointless at the initial stage. In fact, it is as important to set long-term goals as the short ones, simply because you know where your heading, you know the distance you have to go and can measure short-term goals more accurately. It also helps to keep in-track and strategize well in advance. Also, ensure that you always aim higher than what in reality is achievable; this will make you push harder and create a great sense of achievement – when you are able to beat these higher targets.

    13.   Get your Math Right

    Even if you hated Math in school, it’s time to do some learning. Several people are not very comfortable when it comes down to the numbers. However, it’s equally important to know your numbers, as it to be able to come out with a great product and being able to sell it. Not knowing you numbers can also lead you to big troubles. It’s never too late to learn, pick up some good book on finance – financial planning, terminology, business economics etc.

    14.   Learn to Wear Multiple Hats (you will have to, even if you really don’t like to)

    Starting your own business means you sometimes will have to be the boss and sometimes the office boy and possibly all the other job titles at some stage or the other, at least till you can start hiring. And even if you can hire in initial stages, it’s better to play a role in each function in the initial stages, there will be a lot of learning and you will be able to better mentor new employees when you are ready to grow.

    15.  Ignore What’s Not Going to Help You

    When you start something new, especially when it’s slightly away from the natural ‘norms’ of society (that you have to be in a 9-5 job) or if you come out with a product that stands away from people’s understanding of its current design norm. People will be more than happy to criticize you and your products. Remember, there is nothing as creative criticism! There is criticism and there is feedback, learn to identity between the two. Consider the feedback, ponder upon what makes sense and take corrective measures, ignore the rest – you will be much happier and encouraged that way. Starting a business is like a fish swimming upstream, you will have to face a lot of opposite forces but at the end there is calm and productive water.

    16.  Failure is Not the End, it’s a Step in the Right Direction

    Great people have had their meeting with failure in the earlier stages of their career. They have learnt from these failures and taken corrective measure, so be prepared in-case things go wrong initially, you shouldn’t be caught surprised and get disheartened. It’s easy to quit and takes a lot of courage to gather your wits and begin all over. But for those who keep trying, success is certain and the rewards are great.

    17.  Be Persistent and Patient

    I could keep on repeating this till it is embossed in your head! Despite failures, delays you have to be persistent in your endeavors and most importantly carry on patiently. People have a tendency to quit to quickly even before they see the result and they usually miss out on great opportunity. It’s like climbing a hill, the hardest climb is just before you reach the top, but once you’re there, the beauty of being there is worth all the trouble you had to take while climbing.

    18.   Learn to Live

    Yes, you read it correctly, learn to live, if you keep the above points in mind and go about your business you will definitely be successful. But, you shouldn’t stop living just because you have to reach your goal. There is no point of becoming successful, and not having lived at all. Because, by the time you reach your long-term goals you might have set new goals and in the bargain you might have sacrificed living your life. Before you know it, you’ll be gone and somebody else will be enjoying the fruits of what you have labored for. While you never even got to taste them.  Pointless!

    19.  Spend time with your family

    Your family and relationships are your greatest asset and not your money or your business. Money and businesses can be rebuilt but not your family. You wife will not remain thirty and your little girl/boy won’t be four years old for the rest of their life. It’s better to appreciate them while it’s that way! For anything, don’t miss out on them.

    20.  Remember God

    I hope your answer wasn’t ‘God who?’ You might toil very hard and sacrifice everything you have, to be successful. But in the end it’s God who’ll get you there, and without him you’ll never find satisfaction even if your business is successful. Give him first place in your life and you’ll see success chasing you, rather than the other way around.

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