Opinion

Best and Worst Phones of 2016

2016 has been a rollercoaster ride. The sort where you go up once and then keep going down all the way until you hit the ground and several people die and there is blood everywhere and the screaming just doesn’t stop…

Anyway, 2016 has also been an interesting year for phones. Apple dropped the headphone jack. Samsung dropped a bomb. And BlackBerry dropped dead. But guess what? Nokia is coming back! Sort of.

Amidst all of this we got some pretty great phones this year. And a few duds. But let’s start with the good ones first before we get to the duds.  Continue reading “Best and Worst Phones of 2016”

Opinion

Understanding two-step authentication and internet security

The proliferation of the internet is one of the best things to have happened during our time. But while it has proven to be a brilliantly useful tool, in the wrong hands it has also proven to be quite dangerous. With the increase in online accounts, we have also seen an increase in the number of black hat hacks, where nefarious members of the online community have taken hold of someone’s account for committing internet theft or just to write “haha gay1!!1 l0lz” on their Twitter.

All the online accounts come with a basic form of security, a password. A series of letters, numbers, and special characters that form the first line of defence against people who are not you trying to gain access to your account. This may have been enough a few years ago but with the advent of brute force cracking and social engineering, a password, no matter how complicated, can no longer be trusted to be your only security measure.

Unfortunately, a lot of websites still offer a password as the only security measure for your online account. However, a growing number of websites these days also provide a second, more robust line of defense against hackers, the two-step authentication. This is where you will learn what it is, and why you should have had it enabled even before you read this.  Continue reading “Understanding two-step authentication and internet security”

Opinion

The future of tablets

I was reading this piece on Android Police about the slow demise of the Android tablet. While reading I realized that my own iPad Air has ben doing little more than sitting on my desk and gathering dust for the past year.

Back when the iPad first came out it made sense. It provided a larger canvas for things that the relatively small screens of smartphones back then weren’t suitable for and at the same time it was more portable and easier to use than a computer. This was pretty much Apple’s marketing pitch for the iPad, a device that sits in the gap between the iPhone and the MacBook.

With the passage of time, the displays on the smartphones kept getting bigger and laptops have gotten increasing smaller and lighter. Due to this, the gap that tablets once inhabited has turned into a slit.  Continue reading “The future of tablets”

Opinion

Some thoughts on the new MacBook Pro

Last Thursday, Apple announced the new MacBook Pro line. This has been a long time coming and people have been waiting to update their old models to the new ones. For a lot of people, the MacBook Pro is their only computer, and doubles up as a home entertainment and professional editing machine/workstation. Understandably, a lot of people were looking forward to this event.

And then it happened. And it was The Worst Thing Ever™. Or so some people say. Continue reading “Some thoughts on the new MacBook Pro”

Opinion

Regarding benchmarks and numbers

I have been meaning to write this down for quite some time now but following the latest relevant event I thought now would be the best time.

Veteran tech site AnandTech published its review of the OnePlus 3 a couple of days back. The reviewer minced no words in lambasting the display of the phone, calling it a “huge disappointment” as the phone set some of the worst scores in their tests. As a result, a lot of people now think that the phone has a terrible display.

Before I continue, I want to clarify that I have a huge amount of respect for AnandTech, as it is one of the few sites out there that really gets to the core of the matter, with some exhaustive testing from reviewers who know more about these things than most of us do. Having said that, I feel there is a fundamental flaw in their way of testing things, that doesn’t often present the whole truth to the readers.  Continue reading “Regarding benchmarks and numbers”