Microsoft Tag recently posted a blog on the state of Mobile in 2011. Amazing statistics… see the image below for all the details…


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 42 pictures uploaded. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 30th. The most popular post that day was Smart Pills to Smart Scans: The future of Medical Devices.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,

Some visitors came searching, mostly for virtual, smart grid, social entrepreneurship, smartphone growth, and virtual world.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Smart Pills to Smart Scans: The future of Medical Devices March 2010


Smart Grids, Smart Homes and Smart Healthcare – Will 4G change the way we live? August 2009


From machines to humans – How virtual are we getting? May 2009


Logos and their meanings June 2010


Is it the end of SMS based Ad business model for Startups? June 2009

A while back, I had written a blog on the convergence of hand-held gadgets in which I had talked about the strategic implications as companies encroach each others turf. A recent article in the Economist shows how this convergence is leading to patent battles.  Another post by Nick Bolton in the New York Times includes a few more companies. These figures capture most of it although the semiconductor, mobile infrastructure and other application layer software companies are left out.


What are the implications?

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In the process of advising my two cousins who are in college now and third who is preparing to get into one, I have learned a lot. The one thing that has shocked me is the cost of getting the degree (Avg of $40,000/year, it costs $160,000). For those, whose parents can foot the bill, it may not seem like a big deal but for an average American, it is a lot. Assuming that you are able to earn $50 – $60k after graduation and you are able to pay $10,000/year, it will take 16 years to repay the principle (incl. the interest, it will be a life-long ordeal or worst-case need to file a Chapter 7 to get out of it).

For the minority, who end up in decent careers (which may not even be closely related to what you studied in college), the ROI may justify the degree in some way. But for a majority, especially those who are in unrelated careers that hardly pay anything, a college degree perhaps is not a good investment at all –

Here are some statistics for 17 Million Americans with a college degree (from the article in the Chronicle)

– Obviously, 17 Million are in a job that does not require a college degree
(if you include people in careers not related to their college degree, this number will be higher)

– 5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees

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Making videos for Mobile Apps is definitely not that easy especially if you haven’t dealt with it before. Too many things to take care of from lighting to angles to camera settings to finding the right background score. And the video has to be shot in one or two takes to maintain the context. Anyway, a week, most evenings (plus a weekend) spent in planning, editing and producing using iMovie. So here they are, self-explanatory. For more information on the mobile platform go to

The Facebook “Like” button is not as simple as it seems. Clicking on “Like” is fun but there are implications attached to it that you may not know of.

Did it ever occur to you that by clicking on a Facebook “Like” button, you are implicitly agreeing to “endorse” and have your name associated with an advertisement (Social Ads) for whatever you Liked? And did you know that by agreeing to use Facebook, you have given them the permission to use your name and picture in the Ads (read FB terms of service below in this post)

Here are some of the Ads I saw recently on Facebook with endorsements from people (annotated in red boxes) in my friend’s list. I guess Facebook is just using names for now, but may enable the display of your profile pictures in near future.

All these Ads, called “Social Context Ads”, are being aggressively pitched by Facebook to Advertisers, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

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If you were ever at an event, were you curious about who the person close to you is and wanted to network with them, wanted to avoid carrying all the paper booklets and business cards, tweet about the exciting things happening at the event and comment on the posts by other attendees or were you eager to express your opinion to the speakers and the organizers?

Plug, a location-based App and platform for events, one of the first few products from Mobinett Interactive, gets you all this interaction right into your palm. From event information such as the agenda and maps to networking to keeping tabs on all the interesting stuff thats happening around you during the event, Plug offers several features that will engage all the stake-holders in an event – organizers, attendees and sponsors. Plug’s leaderboard makes an event really exciting by  giving it the feel of a game and increasing participation.

Plug is currently in private beta. You can download the Apps on iPhone and Android, or access Plug on any smartphone through a mobile website. Text messaging interface for Plug is also available as an optional feature.

Take the tour and learn more about Plug at

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