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AB's Reflections

Geeky thoughts on a variety of topics

Last Build Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:48:04 +0000


Sharing large videos on Whatsapp from an iPhoneAB

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:48:02 +0000

WhatsApp has this frustrating limit of 16 MB or about 1-2 min for videos shared from the camera roll on my iPhone. There seems to be a reasonable workaround through the Google photos app wherein you can use the share option on the video of your choice and select the small option which usually compresses […]

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Mi app store induced Whatsapp obsolescenceAB

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:53:56 +0000

TLDR: If you are using a Xiaomi phone like the Mi 4 or redmi series then: Go to the Whatsapp site and download and install the apk (you may need to enable third party app installs in settings) Disable auto updates on the Mi app store to prevent similar issues with other apps On opening […]

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Amazon Echo Plus in India – first impressionsABimg_8985img_8989

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:21:34 +0000

Got my first smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Plus yesterday and it seems to be nicely Indianised. It seems to be using the Raveena voice based on Indian English or a variant thereof from Amazon Polly (AWS’s text to speech service). The Alexa app itself is also pleasantly adapted for India with the appropriate command […]

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The social (VFX) lives of HollywoodAB

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:52:51 +0000

vfxblog Illustration by Aidan Roberts. One of the toughest things about covering visual effects can be getting great VFX imagery to display with a story. There’s often a lengthy approvals process, and sometimes film and TV distributors just want to keep certain things under wraps. That can make it hard to produce interesting stories; in […]

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Bringing IoT to sports analyticsAB

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:56:41 +0000

Originally posted on the morning paper:
Bringing IoT to sports analytics Gowda et al., NSDI 17 Welcome back to the summer term of #themorningpaper! To kick things off, we’ll be looking at a selection of papers from last month’s NSDI’17 conference. We haven’t looked at an IoT paper for a while, and this one happens…

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Outlook for Mac 2016 15.x – Repeated password prompts issueAB

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:39:48 +0000

I have been a Microsoft Office user on the Mac for nearly 3 years now at my workplace and for the last 6-8 months, I have been plagued by repeated password prompts on Outlook 2016 for my Work Exchange account. The sad part is that it just refuses to connect even after putting in the […]

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My iPhone Home Screen for 2016AB20170101_083446000_ios

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:30:00 +0000

Last year turned out to have quite a lot of changes for my iPhone, thanks in parts to the entry of the 2 major video streaming services into India. That along with some amount of app rationalisation on my part due to the constraints of a 16 GB iPhone led to a bit of diversity […]

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Dangal – Parenting for the millennialsAB

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:17:33 +0000

The movie is definitely fun and inspiring with wonderful performances from the entire cast. Aamir Khan is very unlike himself as a senior citizen in the movie for sure. It was quite interesting to watch the Disney logo at the start as well and the movie fits in nicely with their image. There’s quite a […]

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Rogue OneAB

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:10:25 +0000

Some quick thoughts on the movie: The Star Wars movie with just one light saber in the whole movie, and more akin to the Westerns and War movies of the yesteryears as many reviewers have noted This poses some interesting questions for the Star Wars Machete order, now that we have a storyline that comes in […]

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The Oura RingABoura-blackglossy-433120160511_124325856_ios20160511_124706555_ios497844f4c1c6e1bdb10073530a880020_original

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:54:44 +0000

I got the Oura Ring through Kickstarter earlier this year and have been wearing it daily since then. This has been one of the gadgets that has drawn the attention of friends, colleagues and strangers alike. The Oura Ring is primarily a sleep tracker with a variety of sensors to measure your activities and sleep […]

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