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The last blessed Apple!

“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important”
Certainly, death spares none. It’s been more than a week since Steve Jobs, the tech czar, logged out of this world. We all knew there was something bothering his health since some time, but little did anybody visualize it would end this way.
Steve, crazy as he was, was in every sense a man sent from up there to teach us how we could change things around and return back humbly. For me and millions alike, he was one who meant genius need not have an expensive education from an elite institute. One would think it needed Dexter ’s brain to perform the feats that he did in his short lifetime, but the fact is he was just like any one of us, another inhabitant of this planet. What’s more interesting to note are the events that unfolded in his life. For starters, he was put for adoption right after his birth; dropped out of college and in the end went on to build the world’s most meanest and successful tech company. Does that give us with any excuse for our failures? Perhaps not.
When Apple first launched the iPod back in 2001, it changed the outlook of the music industry and forced it to adopt new ways in digital sound. One after the other, the company lined its perfectly fashioned products before the world to create an aura like never before.
I always considered Apple to be more than a brand. For me a perfect birthday gift have always been, and continues to be an Apple product, be it an iPod, the iTouch, the Mac, the iPhone or the latest revolution, the iPad. So if you’re reading this, kindly make a note of it.
Finally where does this leave Apple? Frankly, I or you have no idea. From the day Steve left, I started having a different feeling for Apple. Will it be the same techno-bright company that it has always been or will things change? It’s pretty immature to comment at this point in time. But all that we know is we have lost a person who asked us and taught us not to let the noise of other’s opinions drown out our own inner voice. I hope we just keep up to him and pass it on for generations to come. RIP Steve. We’ll miss you!
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Chewing the Tablet

The year 2011 is definitely a year of the tablets. I tried my best to stay away from these gizmos but the CES 2011 Show has clearly blown me away. A lot of launches, some exciting new features and add-ons make this segment more than just interesting. Here are some of the best that you would probably like to get your hands on.
Motorola Xoom
Motorola is back with a big, big bang. The mobile giant marked its entry into the tablet war with the launch of Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011. The first with Android 3.0 or the Honeycomb OS, specially designed for tablet PCs, the Xoom comes with a 10.1-inch (25.6-centimeter) widescreen HD display. Amazingly, this tablet has got all you wanted in an ever increasing mobile world. No wonder it won the Best in Show Award. Sadly, no idea about its price and launch in India. But this is the one that you must not miss to check out before buying a tablet.
Apple iPad
When Apple launched the iPad in April 2010, people were seen standing in big queues to buy them, some for over 24 hours. Interestingly, it still manages to have an edge over its rivals with its brand name. No Flash, no usb port, no cameras and its high price makes the iPad not so convincing for the Indian consumers. Seriously, this one is for the Apple lovers. The iPad comes to India around March 2011 and is priced between 35,000-50,000.
Blackberry Playbook
The launch of Blackberry Playbook by the Canadian based company clearly indicates how important and vast this segment is. Initial reviews indicate it to be a perfect multi-tasker though it is still handling it’s battery life issues. Whilst it may fail on the app part, the company already has inquiries from corporate clients for mass usage. Nothing yet about the price and launch in the Indian market.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Samsung was just another cell phone manufacturer before it came up with its Corby series and struck a chord with consumers worldwide. Likely so, it’s venture into the tablet market should not surprise many with its new found competitiveness. The Galaxy Tab suits almost anyone and is the one that Indian users may look up to. While it might not be an iPad killer, Samsung has really got it kicking. The Galaxy Tab has arrived in India and starts at an affordable Rs.30,490.

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