Old Spice India “The Mantastic Man”

I have a soft spot in my heart for Old Spice. These new ad campaign looks good with Milind Soman as “The Mantastic Man”.

It would be interesting to watch the further promotions for Mantastic Man.

The Value of Zero-Priced Software

Horace Dediu on why Apple is shifting to Zero-Priced Software:

I believe the logic for Apple is that usage of the products determines their value and therefore placing powerful software in the hands of more users means they will value the entire system more. This leads to the notion of greater “stickiness” or “lock-in” but also to higher satisfaction and loyalty, rate of upgrades and even more third party purchases and yet more usage.

Life!

The older I get the more I realize that the best analogy for life really is a roller coaster. I think the grandma in the movie Parenthood said it best when the main character, Gil, was complaining about how complicated his life was.

You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

I can only get better!

Couple of months back I saw “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”. Its really worth a watch.

What really struck me about this movie was the kind of positive attitude that Timothy displays. One of my favorite scenes in the movie, Timothy was trying out for soccer, He twice tried to kick the ball for a penalty shot, and both times, instead of kicking the ball, he tripped over the ball and fell down. When he got up after the second penalty kick attempt, he was grinning, and the coach asked Timothy what he was smiling about. Timothy responds, “I can only get better”.

What a fantastic attitude to have! If we all had this attitude, just think about what we could accomplish. It should remind us that we need to choose to think positively. Having a bad attitude will only make a bad situation worse, but having a good attitude can make all the difference.

Why India’s Economy Is Stumbling…

A nice article in the NYT…

But India’s self-confidence has been shaken. Growth has slowed to 4.4 percent a year; the rupee is in free fall, resulting in higher prices for imported goods; and the specter of a potential crisis, brought on by rising inflation and crippling budget deficits, looms.

To some extent, India has been just another victim of the ebb and flow of global finance, which it embraced too enthusiastically. The threat (or promise) of tighter monetary policies at the Federal Reserve and a resurgent American economy threaten to suck capital, and economic dynamism, out of many emerging-market economies.

But India’s problems have deep and stubborn origins of the country’s own making.

How the iPhone and Bad Decisions Killed BlackBerry

Vauhini Vara, writing for The New Yorker:

Shares in the Canadian maker of BlackBerry smartphones peaked in August of 2007, at two hundred and thirty-six dollars. In retrospect, the company was facing an inflection point and was completely unaware. Seven months earlier, in January, Apple had introduced the iPhone at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Executives at BlackBerry, then called Research in Motion, decided to let Apple focus on the general-use smartphone market, while it would continue selling BlackBerry products to business and government customers that bought the devices for employees. “In terms of a sort of a sea change for BlackBerry,” the company’s co-C.E.O Jim Balsillie said at the time, referring to the iPhone’s impact on the industry, “I would think that’s overstating it.”

The Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality…

The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this old viral video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.

Jony Ive Redesigns Things Tumblr

Thanks to the crazy colours that iOS 7 is fast becoming unmistakably synonymous with, people are taking this to the extreme and out of context by imposing hyper colors on everything under the sun and blaming it on Apple’s SVP of Design Jonathan Ive. Yup, anything goes, really.

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New 13-Inch MacBook Air Runs for 15 Hours of Backup

Now thats what I call an ultrabook!
Joel Santo Domingo, reviewing the new 13-inch Air:

Road warriors and jet travellers rejoice, we’ve found a laptop that will last all day and well into the night. The newest Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2013) lasted an astonishing 15-and-a-half hours on a battery test that makes most current mainstream ultrabooks and ultraportables cough and die after four to six hours. The fact that the system gives up very little if any day-to-day performance is astounding.

Apple – Making a difference. One app at a time.

Coming hot off the heels of Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, the video is a collection of stories from individuals who’s lives have been touched thanks to some of the remarkable apps developers have created for the iOS App Store.