Thursday, July 19, 2018
America will soon see - if it hasn't already - the already-high and rising Russian agricultural and grain exports on the world market as a threat to its national security, because the massive revenues and profits from wheat and other food exports can ultimately feed into modernization of Russia's military (and allow Russia to undertake military interventions abroad, wherever required).
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid will win over the bid from Morocco. The combined diplomatic, economic, and political strength of these three nations will triumph over tiny Morocco. These three nations have vast financial resources and massive networks of diplomatic corps needed to influence and buy the votes of other nations. Morocco won't be able to survive.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Over the next few years, artificial intelligence and AI will be two of the most misused buzzwords in the technology industry. Shallow companies will casually use this sophisticated and specific term to create a false impression on buyers, most of whom obviously won't understand whether something really contains and represents AI or not. Other candidates for similar and related misuse are neural and neural network, or some sort of jazzy combinations, like neural engine.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Apple's extremely lucrative smartphone business via its iPhone franchise will eventually - not immediately, but one day - face challenge from ultra-premium, highly-innovative, co-branded flagship handsets from successful Chinese smartphone makers, especially Huawei and OnePlus. The absence of premium branding on these will be largely compensated by co-branding these devices with marquee brands such as Porsche Design, Emporio Armani, TAG Heuer, etc.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Samsung - unable to compete with Chinese smartphone brands (Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, ZTE, etc.) that sell flagship-like looks, quality, specifications and performance at mid-range prices - will continually cede more ground in the mid-range price smartphone segment to these formidable competitors. Samsung won't be able to provide near-flagship phones at mid-range prices else it won't be able to charge high prices for its flagship devices. These forces will thus ensure that Samsung will gradually be forced to move towards premium-only segment in smartphones.
Samsung is desperately trying to compete with the Xiaomis and the Honors by releasing a variety of ugly-looking mid-range phones with specifications that are a compromise compared to what's being offered by Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. What's being done to Samsung is somewhat similar to what Samsung did to Sony [with the notable exceptions that Sony products always looked/look very beautiful and had/have top-notch build quality].
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
HMD Global's Nokia 1 smartphone powered by Android Oreo Go, and priced at INR 5,499 will fail and fail miserably in India. Xiaomi's Redmi 5A - priced only slightly higher at INR 5,999 and having vastly superior hardware - will mercilessly slaughter and rape the comparatively pathetic phone that the Nokia 1 is.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Qantas Airways' direct flight from Perth to London will fail, for price and value reasons. Its significant extra cost will not be borne by customers, and instead flyers will prefer the significantly cheaper one-stop flights offered by Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, for only little extra time.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Despite all the current hoopla around #deletefacebook, in reality few users will permanently ditch Facebook today or in the future. FB users are too "invested" in Facebook - uploaded photos and videos, and also contacts as well as memorable comments and conversations - to be able to purge it. And people's "investment" in Facebook will only grow, making getting out even more difficult. The locks will only get tighter.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
America will use US-built self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles as targeted weapons to carry out assassinations of individuals in other nations. These assassinations of economic, military or political adversaries will be carefully crafted to look like normal accidents, thus providing America with the cover of plausible deniability.
Initially thought about this about 2-3 years back.
Self-driving cars raise fears over ‘weaponisation’
China impedes foreign carmakers’ autonomous tests
Self-driving cars raise fears over ‘weaponisation’
China impedes foreign carmakers’ autonomous tests
Sunday, January 14, 2018
The proliferation of tiny-sized, single-board computers and single-board microcontrollers will massively increase the risk and incidence of terrorist attacks around the globe. Like improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and Molotov cocktail type bombs of the last few decades, there will now be a whole new class of small yet smart drones and other sophisticated weapons that will utilize the high amount of computing power and sensor inputs available in tiny-sized, low-power-consumption packages. The challenge to militaries from these machines will be immense.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
In the next few years, an airline that exclusively uses cutting-edge, lighter, lower-cost, higher-comfort, higher-safety, lower-noise, modern, next-generation flying equipment - Sukhoi Superjet 100, Bombardier CSeries, UAC Irkut MC-21, and Comac-UAC CRAIC CR929 aircraft - will successfully grow against large incumbent airlines relying on only Airbus or Boeing planes. Betting on these new-age upcoming airliners coming out simultaneously is a once-in-decades opportunity that doesn't arise often.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Because and only because North Korea has nuclear weapons, America will not dare to attack North Korea. The current buildup of tensions will eventually calm down, and America and Donald Trump will come out looking like fools after failing to follow through on their multiple extraordinary threats against North Korea.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Unlimited free voice calls on Reliance Jio mobile network will significantly reduce India's missed call culture
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Females are paid less, on average, not due to any kind of discrimination, but because they genuinely work less [produce less output per unit time for the employer] and because they generally like to work in less demanding and less skill-hungry jobs. Maternity and also monthly cycles combined with limited physical strength/stamina/endurance and reduced other abilities mean lower productivity. Female employees are also costlier to maintain - extra security has to be provided due to their inherent vulnerability to female-specific crimes, and so on.
Naturally, in order to maintain the "cost per unit of work received" parameter, they must be paid less per month. A fact that everyone - including women themselves - knows but people fear stating publicly is that women are hired primarily to add glamour/oomph for the real workhorse male co-workers and/or for the predominantly male audience/customers [whether it be in the military or in a strategy consulting firm or a hotel or an airline or in a movie], or they are hired when the employer needs a worker who works 0.5-0.75 times a male worker and is paid 0.5-0.75 times. Not hiring anyone means 0 work and 0 pay - not acceptable. Hiring a male means 1.0 work and 1.0 pay. But what if the production need is only 0.5-0.75 units of work? Here's where women can sometimes fill the gap.
So if you force companies to pay women equally, they'll see little, if any, benefit in hiring women. Why get less bang when you're gonna spend the full buck, after all? Women employment will fall [unless, of course, like every other place, women beg for quotas to compensate for a lack of an economic case for hiring them].
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Advanced Western nations - Americans, Europeans, etc. - will create biologically superior human beings using genetic engineering methods such as genome editing, creating at least two distinct classes of human beings on Earth. This fragmentation of human beings will increase the divide between nations and peoples.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Even after watching its trailer several times, you don't understand one bit what exactly the movie is all about. Folks who've cleared such a trailer for release likely would make a poor movie, hence the feeling that Shivaay is going deep down into the ocean.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Current fares of international long-distance phone calls - the epitome of telecom carrier greed and bureaucracy, as we know these today - will be completely undone due to both Internet-based "free" calling services in Skype, LINE, WhatsApp, Viber, KakaoTalk, etc., and also due to the avaricious pricing of IDD/ISD calls that prevails today.
Outrageous and frankly unbelievable pricing of ISD calls and data as shown in the webpages below - and this is happening in 2016 - will come back to haunt and bite mobile companies.
Update [20-May-16]: On the other hand, I sometimes feel that a guy who spends anywhere from INR 1-2 lacs on a family trip/vacation to Singapore or Thailand will probably be comfortable and maybe happy to pay a [relatively] small amount of INR ~2,500 to get free incoming calls as well as a few GBs of data and a few hundred minutes of outgoing calls to India. Compared to the thousands of rupees that are charged for even little things on a foreign vacation, this seems like a paltry amount.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Even though Google is currently going to axe the record-directly-to-YouTube feature for webcams, the broader feature - save user data directly to the Cloud in real-time - is too good and hence will soon come back, including for webcams.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Unless Tata Motors decisively resolves the many extant engineering issues of engine performance, reliability, efficiency, build quality, platform freshness, etc., of its cars, it will continue to lose sales in the Indian passenger automobile market. MBA-inspired attempts to fool the general public - such as the #madeofgreat campaign - will not be able to compensate in any way for the severe fundamental flaws in its products.
All of these boring Tata cars - Bolt, Zest, Vista, Manza, etc., are basically based on Indica and Indigo. It's old wine in new bottle. Again and again. Won't work now.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
CCTV cameras and also other security cameras will soon have their own dedicated URLs on YouTube to watch real-time footage, keep a month worth of recording, etc.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Increasingly, Flipkart isn't able to serve my online shopping needs [link 1, link 2]. I visit it only to check prices, but it increasingly isn't able to convert me into a buyer. I'm a frequent online buyer, and I buy from several places - Snapdeal, Amazon, Pepperfry, Jabong, Myntra, etc. I have a pretty good feel of which website has what strengths and weaknesses. It increasingly appears to me that Flipkart is weak when it comes to making me click the Buy button.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Eventually there will be full-fledged word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, etc., applications directly inside Facebook, thus allowing users to create and share documents within the Facebook ecosystem and beyond
The current system of Docs for Facebook will evolve into applications coming directly inside FB.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Eventually, a unified search engine will be launched out of Bing and Facebook, either inside Facebook itself or on both Bing and Facebook. This unified engine will search both Facebook content and the general Web, and will likely be more useful than a Web-only engine.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, November 1, 2013
Not many years from now, either shredding will become the standard way of deleting data, or storage devices will be such that deleted data cannot be recovered. Later generations will feel surprised listening to past tales of deleted data being "recovered" from hard disks.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
America and its gang will be successful in their desperate attempts to bury and even overturn UN's preliminary findings that the West-supported Syrian "rebels" used the nerve agent - sarin gas - against civilians in Syria. America will instead - by hook or by crook - attempt to establish that it's the Syrian government that used chemical weapons.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A good idea that's executed improperly or executed at the wrong time won't die. It'll eventually come back at the right time and in the right form by someone. For it's fundamentally a good idea. Examples include the Newton MessagePad and the Sony Glasstron.