Welcome to a technology podcast with an Indian Perspective. The Tech Ka Masala (TKM) is a 30 min round up of weekly technology and internet news from all over the world but with a focus on the impact of these developments on India.
TKM #47 - iRetire
In this episode - Manan & I talk about the topic that may well turn out to be the biggest tech story of 2011 - Steve Jobs announcing his retirement. While there cant be a replacement, the succession plan has been well planned. The other stories discussed include Google's Motorola purchase, Samsung Annoucing ChatON, Reliance's 3G Tab, MapMyIndia's Carpad and we had almost forgotten HP's big announcement.
TKM Special: Brendan Greeley of BusinessWeek on why Spotify is Musics last Hope
Brendan Greeley joins us after a long time to talk about his feature story in BusinessWeek on Spotify entering the United States. In this podcast, he talks about how Spotify cracked the long standing question. How do we make something so much more convenient than piracy that we get people to pay for it. He also talks about his recent article on the US debt crisis and explains the standoff between the Democrats and the Republicans through the concept of game theory.
TKM #46: Indicast Apps are here
Manan and I talk about the much talked about Google Street view mapping program being launched but as soon as it did the Bangalore police sent them a shut down notice. YouTube also launched the Box Office with Band Baja Baaraat seems to be making an aggressive push into publisher content. We also spend sometime talking about 100 glorious years of IBM and wonder which new age company will still be around 100 years from today. We also briefly talk about Aaramshop.com, and NIC website getting hacked.
TKM #45: Super Angels
I have two TV Tech Show hosts - Sudhir Sayal of ET NOW and Aalaap Ghag, formerly of UTVs Techtree. We talk about Microsoft buying Skype - one of the most high profile acquisition in recent times. Microsof has received a lot of bashing in the press for the sort of money they spent to buy skype but here is the TKM panels take on it. Also, after discussing about the huge VC investments in the US, Indian enterpreneurs are finally seeing their share. There are no prizes that eCommerce is the focus area for VCs but is it too concentrated in one segment remains to be seen.
TKM #43 - Indian internet completes 15 years
In this longish episode of Indicast, Manan and I talk about the 15 long years that India has had internet and we did get a bit nostalgic sharing our personal dial up internet stories. India ranks 4th in the world with 81 million users and 1 million domain names registered however, the stats dont consider the quality of internet service which has been a huge problem in India. We hope that the upcoming 3G launches brings respite to us. In other topics, we discuss about mobile app stores hitting India, PPL digital revenues surging, 12th Planning Commission launching a page on facebook, the big Nokia and Microsoft alliance and BTW, we might be in a tech bubble.
TKM #42 - Pakistan Cyber Army Hacks CBI
Talk about coincidence, While discussing 35 Pakistan sites being hacked by the Indian Cyber Army, we get news that the CBI site has been hacked by the Pakistan Cyber Army. Sounds like a fun game - trying to out do each other. We have a feeling that there is more to come. IN other news, Google is attempting to make its biggest ever acquisition by buying GroupOn for $6bn, Microsoft is launching a new loyalty program, Apple gets patent for glasses-less 3D and facebook is responsible for 20% of all divorces in the US.