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Saturday, 07 February 2009 19:00

TKM # 9: The Laptop that wasn't

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This week saw the much talk about $10 laptop from India disappoint the whole world and sort of embarass India. The supposed laptop had neither a display nor an input device! The week also saw NDTV launch a new hullu like website currently having around 50000 video from its own network. Stories from the usual suspects, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook also came up during the discussions.
Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:00

TKM # 8: A New Beginning

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I'll be the first one to admit that Tech Ka Masala took a back seat for a while but now we are reviving it once again and hope to keep serving you episodes as promised. Since this is a new begining, we have a new host as well. Saket will be joining me on TKM as the co-host. We have known each other and I can vouch for his tech cred. Please do drop in a word with comments and also hope that you tune in to TKM for your next week's tech dose. 
Our first guest, Andreas Kluth from 'The Economist' is back! The man closest to all the action at the Silicon Valley switches gears to talk about the social and charming side of technology rather than the geeky one. His Special Report on Mobility published in the April 12 issue of The Economist is circled around how internet mobile telephony has changed the way we interact with our friends, loved ones, colleagues and strangers (Image Source: The Economist). The podcast was recorded at midnight India time and hence please bear with some unintended background score of a few agitated dogs outside the building barking away once in a while!
 

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Tom Standage
, the Business Editor of The Economist is back... Here's a little behind the scene story. I ask him in my email whether he would want to talk about anything beyond our main topic of discussion - the eventful 2007 that Google, Apple and Facebook have had. His two word reply to my mail reads, 'Potatoes perhaps...' In this podcast, Tom fires away on the technological implications of the potato and how it led to the industrial revolution.

As a keen baker and roaster of potatoes, Tom's genuine fascination of the vegetable is evident and what more he is also writing a book on the technological implication of food! Edward De Bono's concept of Lateral Thinking gets a new meaning. I will not reveal anything more here. Get yourself a drink of your choice (and a potato perhaps) and enjoy the chat...

Tom sent across an autographed copy of his New York Times Best seller, 'History of the world in six glasses' and it is a masterpiece. Tom gleefully tricked us in reading history in the pretext of reading about the beverages like tea, coffee, wine, beer, etc. Click here to read our open letter to Tom on his beautiful account of the beverages and much more.

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Episode length: 21 mins

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Friday, 21 March 2008 19:00

TKM # 7: Slackers, you're fired!

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The first TKM with as many as four participants discussing the latest arguements and happenings taking place on the internet. The participants leanding their voice in this episode include Gaurav Mishra , Aditya Mishra , & Veer Chand Bothra. I had more than 5 topics for this episodes but we managed to cover only 2 which is an indicastion how much these people have to contribute.
Saturday, 01 March 2008 05:57

Video: Canon Powerhot S5 IS review

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Lets's take a look at the Canon's latest offering in the PowerShot S series cameras. This camera is the third upgrade for the S series which are popular for their high zooming capabilities. I tested the camera for a period of 3 weeks and the conclusions are in the video below.

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Friday, 30 November 2007 19:00

TKM # 6: The Facebook Bubble?

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Andreas Kluth from The Economist joins me to talk about the big deal with Facebook. His articles are a result of research which includes interviewing people like Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. In this 20 odd minute chat, we talk about the $15 billion valuation of Facebook and what it means to the Silicon Valley. In this rather high octane topic on which almost everyone and their big brother have an opinion, Andreas lends a lot of rationality in explaining his take on it. He dismembers economic jargons like ‘Call Options’ and ‘Game Theory’ to reason out the bigger battle between Microsoft and Google in a very "user friendly" manner!
Saturday, 06 October 2007 20:00

Chat with Brendan, the web 2.0 man of The Economist

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Brendan Greeley is the Web 2.0 Guy of The Economist. Currently, a week old in the organisation (at the time of the conversation) literally this one man army is spending his time to help The Economist embrace the nuances of the new media! He has shuffled many roles over the past few years and had also served as the 'Blogger in Chief' of the public radio show, 'Open Source' of which he was the founding member. In this candid conversation, Brendan and his sense of humor reign throughout!

Tuesday, 18 September 2007 20:00

TKM # 5: Should we be afraid of Google?

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Andreas"Who's afraid of Google?" read the cover story of 'The Economist' on Sept 1. Andreas Kluth , the author of the story was kind enough to join us for a quick chat. Andreas thinks that Google is far from threatening. He compares Google to the banking industry which acts like the custodian of our money. While Google is not as regulated as the latter, it will soon be, but, the founders whom Andreas had a chance to interact with on a few occasions are innocently idealistic; or they were to begin with...In this episode, we also talk about how Google is seeping in our DNA rather literally! (Image Source: The Economist)
 

Friday, 17 August 2007 20:00

TKM # 4: Wimax in India

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This week Thilak who blogs at Tech Buzz joined us at short notice to fillin in for Anand. We talk about Wimax roll out in India, cross linking sites, google phone, Flickr videos and review of Twango. We also spend sometime on Bubble 2.0!
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