Aug 122014
 
 August 12, 2014

Today as the World mourns the death of Robin Williams, I am sad and feeling the loss. If the rumours are right about him committing suicide, it makes me angry that a great actor and a human being decided to leave the battle field and gave up.

While I was still digesting the news about Robin Williams, I got the news about a friend, an elder brother, a person whom I respected, passed away overseas. He was my childhood hero, a handsome, intelligent, witty, confident chap. I always had high regards for him and as a kid watched him climbing the success ladder swiftly. This individual had the power to move a mountain and his influence hard to resist. A charismatic leader he was. He achieved success in everything he did, including bad choices that he decided to embrace. I am feeling sick, not only because I lost a friend, a brother from my extended family but because I witnessed how choices made this larger than life person to give up on his life.
His liver stopped functioning and he spend the last weeks of his life in a hospital bed rather than his own palace. I will never know what got to this ambitious man that he gave up on his life and drowned himself in liquor. He leaves us wondering about a lot of “what ifs..” today. He  left us wondering what all he could have been if not for his choices. Choices he had the power to make but could not accurately evaluate the results of those choices. The choices which costed him his life, the trauma his family will suffer for the remaining part of their lives. The cost his family and friends will pay for a long long time to come.
RIP big brother and Robin Williams.
Jul 242014
 
 July 24, 2014  Tagged with:

That’s what I hear from a lot of friends and acquaintances who either use Apple devices or never want to use one or then some who have never have used one and seem to know all the good reasons why Apple is evil. I got to hear this three times in the last 24 hours because the so called experts read somewhere on the Internet that Apple’s iPad sales fell down. So all those people here’s some reasoning if you like to think rationally,

 

So let’s put these pieces of the puzzle together. Consumers are more likely to upgrade a phone on a faster cycle than they would a tablet. Tablets are generally more expensive than phones, particularly when you still have phone subsidies in place. Bigger phones are on the rise and these can reduce tablet demand. There are also credible tablet choices that cost less. Add it up and you get slower growth of iPad sales.

One more thing (see what I did there?) in terms of iPad adoption. Given that the iPad isn’t a necessity and that it did grow sales quickly early on, perhaps most of the people who have the disposable income to buy an iPad have already done so. On the company’s investor call Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that in the U.S. and Western Europe, overall tablet sales — not just that of the iPad — are soft, down about 5 percent this past quarter.

Read the whole article here.

 

 

Jul 232014
 
 July 23, 2014  Tagged with:

I read this tweet:

If you follow the tech scene, it just put things into perspective as to how much revenue Apple is earning and how much cash reserves it can afford. It’s silly but what if Apple was allowed to buy a country and all the residents of the country agreed? Apple may just convert the country into a design heaven!

Jun 122014
 
 June 12, 2014  Tagged with:

At the least, try to find somebody who gets your idea and have skills to execute better than anyone you know.

 

Mar 062014
 
 March 6, 2014  Tagged with: ,

How would you define digital learning? 

Learning is learning. Whether you use technology or not is relative. Using the tools and technologies I outline above will enable you to connect with more content and peers, more quickly and effectively. However, learning without technology is also a reality for all of us.

………. Last week in Sydney at the Future of Higher Education conference, I asked an expert panel why those of us involved in education are so obsessed with prefixes. We hear about digital learning, e-learning, blended learning, mobile learning, and even micro-learning. Students don’t really care what the learning is called, as long as they learn, and ultimately pass their exams and achieve their grades. Does it matter what we call it and what prefixes we apply? Many of the above kinds of learning overlap considerably, and the technologies we use are similar if not identical. 

One of the best responses from the panel was that the prefixes are there not for the learners but for the professional community – i.e. teachers and especially academics – to gain some kind of purchase on exactly what we are discussing. I can see the point in this. But I still feel uncomfortable with the idea that we should differentiate between different kinds of learning. Ultimately, what ever tools are used, they must be used appropriately and effectively. I still hold to the belief that learning is learning. …………..

So true. At times the names are more for branding than anything else. Fancy names won’t add any additional value to the learners and the users.



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Feb 192014
 
 February 19, 2014  Tagged with: , ,

Continuation from my previous post..



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