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Has China found its own Steve Jobs?

By Fri, Jul 05, 2013 12:08PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Excerpted from Beta China: The Dawn of an Innovation Generation by Hamish McKenzie, from Asia Sentinel Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is like the Yao Ming of Chinese entrepreneurship, a man seemingly born to start companies. With a helmet of black hair, a broad smile and dimpled cheeks, Lei looks almost as baby-faced as he did...

Book review: Steve Jobs biography

By Mon, Oct 31, 2011 8:44PM UTC 4 Comments Book review: Steve Jobs biography

Let’s start with the cover. It’s unusual to start a book review with the cover. Not for this book. Since it’s Steve Jobs we are talking about, it is appropriate to start with the cover. That’s what Jobs has done all his life – judging a book by the cover. The cover is all white with...

10 reasons India’s $35 tablet is destined for failure

By Tue, Oct 11, 2011 10:31PM UTC 23 Comments Indian students pose with the supercheap 'Aakash' Tablet computers which they received during its launch in  New Delhi, India earlier this month. Pic: AP.

I am rather late in writing on the $35 tablet computer but that was a deliberate decision. I didn’t think there was anything positive to write about Aakash, claimed to be the “cheapest” touch-screen tablet PC in the world. The Indian government, which commissioned the tablet’s development and manufacture, should have learnt from the performance...

Steve Jobs’ death breaks Twitter record

By Fri, Oct 07, 2011 7:16AM UTC Comments Off Steve Jobs’ death breaks Twitter record

The death of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs has garnered the highest number of tweets per second, with a record of 10,000 tweets per second, and a total of 2.5 million tweets. The news about the former CEO gained 13,284 blog posts, 25,704 message board posts, and 30,905 news mentions—in part, symbolizing how many lives he’s...

What did Steve Jobs really think of India?

By Thu, Oct 06, 2011 11:37PM UTC Comments Off Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Pic: AP.

What did Steve Jobs think of India? What we know is little – a patchwork of assorted quotes from media interviews or biographers. It would be interesting to see if Walter Isaacson’s biography of the tech and business visionary, due in November, will shed any more light. While we wait on it, here are a...

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