2016 Nov 19 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

If you are a journalist, you probably can’t live without call recording on your phone. Most Chinese Android phones come with call recording built in. But some phones these days (especially the costlier variants), don’t have it by default, because it is illegal in some countries to record calls. I recently bought a OnePlus 3 and was horrified when I found that it can’t record calls. I’d been on a Xiaomi Mi 4i, which did the job perfectly fine. So I started trying out apps and finally settled on a brilliant call recording app called Boldbeast recorder. It is free to use….

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2015 Jan 24 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

If you are looking to use a secure instant messenger for your newsroom activities or talking to a very sensitive source, you should try Telegram or a messaging service that has encryption. Then there is Slack, which newsrooms can use to collaborate. One of the drawbacks of Slack that I’d pointed out earlier is that it’s not a great mobile experience. This is where Whatsapp for web which was launched earlier today kills it. For average newsroom chatter, Whatsapp has already become one of the most used tool. Whatsapp for desktop takes it to the next level. It’s fast, easy and…

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2015 Jan 17 By jayadevanpk 3 comment

Last year, many Indian new media startups raised funding. And two big names in the industry– Shekhar Gupta of The Indian Express and Raghav Bahl, founder of Network 18– announced new ventures. Bahl launched Quintillion Media, a digital media company. His mobile first news service TheQuint has been written about. The lesser known product is Quintype. The company is calling it the digital publishing platform from the future. Amit Rathore, Ritu Kapur & Raghav Bahl From what we know, it is going to be a cloud based content management system. Their pitch? Digital publishing has been stuck in…

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2014 Jul 19 By Jayadevan 0 comment

You would think it takes a true blue geek to hide from blanket government surveillance. But that’s not necessarily the case. If you are a journalist looking for basic protection for your sources, there are a few tools out there. And of course I don’t need to tell you how important it is to protect your sources. Do not risk surveillance. There are a whole lot of desktop tools and methods you can find online. Dan Meredith has a great post on securing your browser, file transfer etc. I’m going to talk about some of my favorite mobile IM apps…

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2012 Apr 04 By jayadevanpk 1 comment

Small plug for a good cause. Join hands with super star Rajini to end your consumer woes. If you are a consumer activist, or if you don’t settle for crappy goods and service, take a walk with Rajani sir and kick some lazy ass. Click on this link to give this consumer activism website a try. (Image courtesy: www.shoutout.co.in)Purushothaman from Shoutout team says Our website is based on Consumer activism, where the consumers can submit complaints against any product or service in India if the were to have any issue with the product or service. Every complaint submitted in our…

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2012 Mar 30 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

The first American commercial computer, designed by J Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, the inventors of ENIAC, turns 61 tomorrow. It used to cost about $ 1 million (~Rs 5.2 cr) each. It could do 1,905 operations per second. Today’s smart phone, say the iPhone 4S which sells for about Rs 45,000 can run about a BILLION operations per second.(Pic: Univac I. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)According to  the Computer History Museum, it was delivered to the US Census Bureau on March 31, 1951. This was the first commercial computer to attract widespread public attention.  Although manufactured by Remington Rand,…

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2010 Jul 25 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

By Prasanto K Roy*Here we go again. Indian HRD minister Kapil Sibal has “launched” a $35 computer, evidently his “dream project”.The touch-screen, Linux-based device looks iPad inspired, but we know little about how it works. It emerged from a student project with a bill of material adding up to $47, a price that the minister wants to bring down to $10 “to take forward inclusive education”. It promises browser and PDF reader, wi-fi, 2GB memory, USB, Open Office, and multimedia content viewers and interfaces.Will it die a quick death within this year, or a painful, government-funded one over the next…

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