Intimate Symbiosis – the Apple Watch
A recent Time magazine essay on the Apple Watch said, “The Apple Watch
represents a redrawing of the map that locates technology in one place and
our bodies in another… The Apple Watch signals the advent of of an
“always-on Internet”, an Internet that can not be put away. We are used
to dabbling just our fingertips in the Internet, but the Apple Watch
doesn’t stop there. It tracks your movements. It listens to your heartbeat.
It puts your whole body on-line”.
What we saw this week at Apple’s big announcement is the ushering of a new
era via its Apple Watch. Our watches have been dumb, it just shows time. Now
it is going to be much more. Even Apple made sure of the accuracy of time –
within milliseconds, something the other smart watch products never
emphasized on. Also, notice the absent of i in the Apple Watch, a
On September 9, 2014, Apple made significant announcements at the historic
Flint Center in Cupertino, where exactly 30 years ago, the brand new Apple
McIntosh was introduced by Steve Jobs. It is worthwhile to see the entire
event (almost 1.5 hours, culminated by the band U2 playing on stage and
releasing a new album on iTune for free download).
Three key announcements were made: the new iPhone6 and iPhone6Plus, Apple
Pay, and Apple Watch.
The new iPhone6 and 6Plus offer bigger screen sizes, as expected, with a new
chip plus new iOS8 software. Screen size went from 4 inch (iPhone5... (more)
Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product
called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product
coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization
of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase “dual database
strategy” to justify the need for both DBMS products. In a similar vain,
several vendors are concocting all kinds of terms and strategies to justify
newer products under the banner of Big Data.
One such phrase is Fast Data. We all know the 3Vs associated with the term
Big Data – volu... (more)
I like this word re-imagination from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends
presentation. We are seeing so many aspects of our life being transformed by
Take for example, ordering a cab to go somewhere. Either we phone for a
yellow cab here in California or if you are in New York city, then you stand
and wave for an incoming yellow cab to stop. The new game-changer is Uber.
All you do is touch your smartphone screen for UberX or Black car and you get
an instant message about the car coming in less than 5 minutes time with the
driver and car info. It is cheaper and you pay b... (more)
I attended the MongoDB World in NY city earlier this week on June 24th. and
25th. There were 2000 attendees for this first-time event. I met many people
who flew in from all over the world. It was quite a phenomenon for a six-year
old company. The momentum of MongoDB is truly amazing.
For those who do not know MongoDB, it’s a new generation open source NoSQL
database for building highly interactive modern applications. Enterprises
have built “systems of record” over last 3 decades using traditional
RDBMS such as DB2, Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server. These systems are like the