Monthly Archives: December 2010

Android in the Indian mobile market

This is what’s happening: It was not long ago that Nokia held over 70% of the Indian market. That market is now larger but the share for Nokia has dropped by half at least. The share was not lost to … Continue reading

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2010 in books

I bought an Amazon Kindle this December. For the first time ever, I have actual reading equipment (apart from bookmarks, which the Kindle obviates, and my glasses, which it does not). It’ll take a while more before my opinions of … Continue reading

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Weighing what matters

The Wall Street Journal on the proliferation of smartphone apps that send information about their users to advertisers without permission: Apps sharing the most information included TextPlus 4, a popular iPhone app for text messaging. It sent the phone’s unique … Continue reading

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In a nutshell, what’s wrong with digital publishing

From the New York Times review of the new Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader: The “Lend Me” feature from the first Nook is still here, but it’s still laughably restrictive. You can lend a book only once, to one person, … Continue reading

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Passive Dismay

The best phrase I’ve encountered so far to describe contemporary TV, print and mainstream online media. (from a Susan Sontag essay “The Novelist and Moral Reasoning” via “I, Reader”)

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“I, Reader”

I’d always read the news as a part of my writing ritual: wake up, go to the newsstand, buy the Times, the Post, the Daily News, get coffee and a bagel, sit down with the papers, read until an un-definable … Continue reading

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“I, Reader”

I’d always read the news as a part of my writing ritual: wake up, go to the newsstand, buy the Times, the Post, the Daily News, get coffee and a bagel, sit down with the papers, read until an un-definable … Continue reading

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“America lacks leverage”

Tom Friedman (who has said these same things many times) stands vindicated by WikiLeaks: Yes, these are our allies — people whose values we do not and never will share. “O.K.,” our Saudi, Gulf, Afghan and Pakistani allies tell us, … Continue reading

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Laptopistan

NYT article explores the world of laptop-dominated cafes and their patrons: I was an interloper among them, an anthropologist of sorts, sent to untangle their odd society, to understand their mores and unwritten rules. How did the natives interact? How … Continue reading

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Chain bookstores just don’t have this anymore

“Groaning shelves of books produce the wonderful side effects of deadening all sound and scenting the air with the drowsy, musty perfume of old wood pulp — intangible features of the world we are losing.” From an NYT article on … Continue reading

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