Happy Dussehra to everyone celebrating! Keep that light shining :)
Happy Dussehra to everyone celebrating! Keep that light shining :)
This turned out to be one of the best stories I’ve had the opportunity to cover. This week’s Tales of the Trade features the story of Surf House Dubai, a tale of resilience:
Gorgeous scale lego model of Apple Park by Spencer Rezkalla.
Excited to finally unveil Tales of the Trade!
Episode 1 covers the story of a multi-million dirham agency almost by happenstance to getting acquired by the largest socially-led agency in the world:
Excited to be a part of Dubai’s first ever Podcasts Forum on September 29 to mark International Podcast Day! Look forward to catching up with fellow podcasters and podcast fans in the area :)
Was great catching up in person for the first time with the rest of the @amaeya podcasting family 🎙
Really should have done this a long time ago!
Trust me to put together an event while a fairly massive cricket match is ongoing all of 10 mins away, another 100 pax group is conducting one at the same venue, and while I publish two episodes.
No iPad today :/ #iPhoneXS #AppleEvent
“It’s always darkest before the dawn.” #musings
Excited to have a teaser for the upcoming season of the Tales of the Trade podcast. Would love to hear what you think!
Both Android and Chrome send data to Google even in the absence of any user interaction. Our experiments show that a dormant, stationary Android phone (with Chrome active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35% of all the data samples sent to Google. In contrast, a similar experiment showed that on an iOS Apple device with Safari (where neither Android nor Chrome were used), Google could not collect any appreciable data (location or otherwise) in the absence of a user interaction with the device.
A link to the detailed report is here.
Continuing the fun behind-the-scenes episodes for my show’s upcoming season: a chat with our music composer.
‘twas a great Saturday! 🎙️
Excited to begin the countdown to a project I can’t wait to publish, with some special episodes on the people behind the scenes of the show, starting with our producer Gaya
A stalwart in every way. May his life be celebrated.
Doesn’t have to look like summer even if it is 45 deg C.
Just received the first round of behind the scenes shots of our upcoming podcast season. Been rather enlightening to have a producer on board, not to mention getting a bird’s eye view you can’t really have as a host. 🎙
“I’ll text you my email address,” he said, before proceeding to email me his email address.
The last week I’ve had multiple conversations off social media, about social media, its impacts & what we’ve lost along the way. A shoutout to those who have patiently heard me out & shared insightful feedback. Can’t thank you enough. #socialMedia #indieWeb
How goes your weekend folks?
Trying out a take on the Aviation cocktail, with gooseberry/amla jam for that little extra Vit C.
Anchor seems to be going for the YouTube model. They want a huge number of people to use their platform. But the concentration of so much media in one place is one of the problems with today’s web.
Cannot stress this line enough:
Massive social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have too much power over writers, photographers, and video creators. We do not want that for podcasts.
I want podcasts to be as mainstream as possible. I live and breathe them. But, as Manton points out, the platforms that have been running an it’s-free-and-we’ll-raise-money-elsewhere model should have taught us big lessons by now.
They went downhill for users, and sold out. They had to do both of those things, there was no other model for them. They landed up damaging the medium they made mainstream.
Take YouTube, for instance. It is the only place you go to both create and consume video content. YouTube has complete control over the medium itself, and that’s the problem. It translates to control over the creators. What happens when you’re done with YouTube and want to take your viewers elsewhere? Or if YouTube deletes a video, or your account, even if accidentally. What is your recourse to retain what you’ve created?
What does it matter if you outrage over an algorithmic timeline being the only option on Instagram? Everyone you know is there, your followers are there, and although Instagram (finally) allows you to export your content, what can you do with that so that people who want to see your photos can continue to do so easily? Nada.
The models that these platforms sit on can only be run by advertising. Advertisers are their customers, and the platforms will continue to tweak algorithms to ensure best value for their customers, not their users. Which is why Facebook continues to be brazen about all of its data misuse, and why those privacy approvals were vague to begin with.
I haven’t even gotten to ownership, but those thoughts are in a separate post if you’re inclined.
I cannot but be firmly in the camp that believes this model cannot be the default, and will harm the medium it sets foot in. I get that a content creator is bound to find it difficult to pay monthly subscriptions when compensation seems unlikely or at least years away. But I also know how great it is to be able to tell listeners they can listen to me in any channel they prefer, to own my shows in their entirety.
When I switched hosts last year, I was able to simply redirect my domain & feed, thereby retaining my data and the people listening to my shows without them having to change the way they consumed them.
Why shouldn’t it be like that?
Good coffee fuels. Great coffee creates. What are you guys creating currently? #coffee #chemex
The Indian R&D setup for Mercedes-Benz has metamorphosed from a tiny division with 20 staffers in Bengaluru, the IT capital of India, a couple of decades ago into a powerhouse of 5,000 engineers that is contributing significantly to new-age technology. The company is already preparing to double its office space as the scope of work expands significantly.
Ford India said in 2016 it would invest $195 million to set up a global technology and business centre in Chennai to leverage India as an innovation hub.
Bosch, the world’s leading auto component maker, has its biggest R&D centre in India. […] For years, Bosch has used India as a test bed for solutions to be adapted in other emerging markets. Likewise, the R&D team of Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India is helping the Chinese R&D team in developing a small electric car.
The recommendations explicitly forbid operators from throttling data speeds for any online service, and mandates all content be treated the same.
Telecom operator Airtel was forced to withdraw a plan to charge extra for internet calls, and shut down a platform called Airtel Zero, which allowed customers to access a few mobile applications for free. […] Others, including Facebook and Google, were also forced to abandon their zero-rating platforms and deals. The most visible casualty was Facebook’s Free Basics service, which offered Indians free access to a limited number of websites.