Magzter: Why no Windows app yet?

For those who love the Windows Phone and Windows 8/10, getting the right apps has always been a challenge – thanks in part to Google, who refused to budge. This includes many famous services like Snapchat, Quora etc., who have so far not divulged into the Windows ecosystem yet. So far as Snapchat CEO stating they will never develop for Windows.

The Facebook and Instagram (MSFT has stake in both of them via 26 million shares in FB) apps are not as slick as the ones found on Google and Apple. That bit may not go well with a lot, but the apps at least are very usable.

Well, this rant is directed towards Magzter. I have been a customer of Magzter since long, even upgraded to their Gold Membership. It is a compelling product. My primary reading device is a 4 year old iPad 2 which has been in a great shape. I do like Apple, but not as much as my Windows Phone and PC. The Metro UI got me hooked, and Google’s pathetic attitude of late (being the Evil, Microsoft once was) made me a hater. Buying into a Samsung Galaxy Note I with Android on top was the last nail in the coffin, with this acquisition lasting only 6 months for a flagship.

Everyone knows Android sucks on devices with less than 3GB RAM and an top processor but still would cling on to it – it is too difficult to explain my love for Windows too, so lets leave it at that.

I do understand the semantics of having multiple platform support, including that of the costs – but there are so many developers who are ready to help for 1/4 of the cost it would otherwise take Magzter to build an app at first place. So why not? You will have at least 3% more people to tap into and based on what we have seen, Windows 10’s adoption rate has been pretty good – so the universal app way should get the overall market share for Windows go up as well.

So, hopes are intact for now. Just sent them another email, checking if they are indeed developing something for Windows 10. This story will be updated based on their response.

TATASky: This is your stupidity and pathetic service! (update)

I have to say that this the most pathetic service I ever got from any company. I have been subjected to many scenarios across many companies but so far they have managed to outlast all others and stoop to such levels. What is worst, they send you reminders that they haven’t paid the money to keep the account active, and also ensure feedback calls are made to customers!

Yes I am talking about you Tata Sky!

It’s been 10 Days

TATASKY Work Order

TATASKY Work Order completed even before the scheduled time!! Of course when no one is visiting to check the issue, they saved time so it is bound to closed before time…

It has been 10 days since I lodged the second complaint (first one was on 8th March when only a few channels weren’t available) and to my utter surprise the request has been closed on pretext of having completed the work order within ONE MINUTE! Look at the time difference in the above screen: 5:50 pm I receive the message that my request was scheduled for resolution and 5:51 pm it is resolved?  All this while no one turned up at my house to check the complaint at first place. Absolutely not.

True, when TataSky was unable to assign someone to work on my problem, they gave me 5 days (3 days first and 2 days later) of subscription extension as a benefit for the delay from their end. But surprise, SURPRISE! If my connection itself isn’t working what am I supposed to do with that!!!

Who was supposed to resolved issue? TataSky Kalyan Installation Center, but no one turns up from there. 

Surprise! SURPRISE!! If my connection itself isn’t working what am I supposed to do with bonus credits for 5 days!

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What is on business?

It has been ages since I wrote about the Indian Business or my interests in the world of business in general, but after going through a lot of the news lately I was reminded of my days when I used to write about them.

Pininfarina makes an interesting buy for Mahindra

It started with a startling news that Mahindra may be looking for a stake buy in Pininfarina, the Italian design house for cars. The Aviation to Scooter company is making great strides into picking up key properties across the world, including the recently acquired scooter business from Peugeot. SsangYong is already turning out to be a good addition in terms of sales and Mahindra actually has been able to make them sensible to outside world. Buying this iconic designer will be a shot in its arm, and Mahindra can apply the talent across its businesses.
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Bajaj Boxer 150 Café Racer?

Bajaj Boxer is a name that you casually associate with something that is rugged, but not to Indian taste while it is powerful but never a success. But I was intrigued when I first saw the pictures of Bajaj Boxer 150 Café Racer.

Remember we saw the Hero Splendor Pro Classic Café Racer in the 2014 Auto Expo, which was also launched in the market to a lukewarm response. This was not where it all started though. The beautiful Continental GT from Royal Enfield was where it all started and suddenly everyone in India started to Bing! (siuya, scroogle) about Café Racers.

Then today I was looking around the net for the new Pulsar RS200, I came across this surprise. A Boxer 150 Café Racer! The first look at it and I said “wow” I didn’t know that. Continue Reading

How life has changed after Modi?

Modi winning the elections and becoming the Prime Minister was largely predicted. So how has your life changed after about 10 months of Modi rule?

In essence, nothing much really. All of the actions Modi has taken so far are further promotions of what he wants to do. The Rs. 9 Lacs Modi suite he wore when meeting President Obama was a moral low, Ghaar Wapasi has been more damaging. Modi’s image of a doer has not yet to be seen on the ground.

True, it may take time to really start seeing the change, but many from BJP has been already professing that since they are in the center inflation has come down. As with any oil consuming economy, the recent dive in prices of crude oil has lead this downward rally. But if you remove that from the picture, there is almost no effect. The realty prices are not going down making affordable housing too difficult to achieve. Continue Reading