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Aditya Banerjee

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As an office goer in Mumbai, who commutes by taxis, I’ve had my fair share of trip refusals and ended waiting for upto am hour to get a willing cab. The recently launched Ola Cabs feature of hailing a good old kaali peeli in Mumbai has been a real time and hassle saver for me this past week. I’ve used it 3-4 times already & the experience has been quite smooth. Hope it flourishes from here as it solves problems for both the commuter and the taxi driver. Just hope that it doesn’t run afoul of regulators and unions. One caveat of you’re using their windows phone app which doesn’t seem to have this feature yet. Filed under: Mumbai, Taxi Tagged: apps , Mumbai, ola cabs, Taxi ... (more)

Interesting links for the week (weekly)

MySmartPrice: Mobile Phone Price in India A useful price comparison portal, currently limited to mobiles, books & cameras tags: mobile india shopping pricing comparison Bollywood Remakes Quite a long list of Bollywood movies & their “inspiration”. Not every movie listed is such a big ripoff though tags: bollywood remakes inspiration movies hollywood What’s a Degree Worth? Report Has Answers, by Major – Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education “Over their careers, full-time, full-year workers whose highest degree is a bachelor’s make 74 percent more, on average, than those wh... (more)

Nokia Lumia 720 – One Month Usage Review

I recently ported my Reliance CDMA connection to Airtel GSM, and this called for a change of handsets. I was using a Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA with Reliance, along with a Galaxy S III as my primary internet device. My requirements for the new phone were quite simple: Good battery life since this was to be my primary phone for voice – the Galaxy Pop used to serve me for 2-3 days (without a mobile data connection though) Price around Rs 15,000 Smooth and reliable performance Given the above constraints, Windows Phones seemed to be the way to go, and also give me some platform diversit... (more)

Google Wave

Google Wave on Ulitzer Invites left: 26 8 Looks like Google sent out another bunch of invitations for Wave & since most of my friends are already on Wave, I thought why not give it away. So, in case you want one, just drop a comment (don’t forget to protect it against spamming by substituting @ with [at] & the likes) or mail with your name & email address. I’ll update the counter on top as I progress with the giveaway. I’ve used Wave to collaborate on a couple of projects in the last couple of weeks. Some features are not yet functional, but it does look pretty promising. And ... (more)

Social Networks for Rural India

New Media Journal on Ulitzer A few weeks back, I participated in the net.works case study competition of IIMA’s Confluence along with 3 of my classmates in SJMSOM, IIT Bombay. As a part of the competition, we were asked to prepare a report on what a social network with 500 million users in India would look like. To this end, we conducted a survey to understand the expectations of users from a social network. We also researched the new developments and requirements for such a huge user base. One of the things that is evident is that to reach a user base of 500 million as the cas... (more)