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How to:Transfer, Backup and Management of contacts amongst iPhone, Blackberry and Androids

21 Jun

So you had an iPhone and have recently purchased a Blackberry and you are finding it very difficult to get your contacts transferred to the new phone. Most probably you do not want to do the transfer using Outlook as mediator because in that case, you will need to use iTunes to sync and which may eventually try to delete a lot of apps you may have installed over air, through installous or through Cydia.

So to do this transfer, here’s a step by step quick guide on how to do it.

iPhone aspect:

  1. Pick your iPhone
  2. Go to Appstore and download iDriveLite (if you have iOS4.0+) or else iDriveContacts (for < iOS 4)
  3. Download the app and install it.Its free and fast.
  4. Create an account using the login screen. Your account gets created in a matter of 30 seconds and the contacts are automatically backed up.
  5. Remember the account details

BlackBerry Aspect:

  1. Pick up your Blackberry ( I used BB Curve 8520, so I can vouch for this model. But this should work fine for other models also)
  2. Go to Appworld and search for iDrive. Download and install iDrive Lite
  3. When prompted for creation of account, enter the same userlogin/password you used earlier.
  4. This creates an additional device under the same account.
  5. So now you have two different devices under your account at www.idrivelite.com
  6. Once this is done, your contacts on BB get automatically backed up. So wait.
  7. After this, click on "Restore" and the "restore from other device"
  8. The auto restore will start.

It will feel that it takes ages. But let the restore happen. It wont hang. All you existing contacts will stay and new ones will be added. Duplication may happen.

You can also see all your contacts online on www.idrivelite.com with multiple devices being managed

Similar process will be applicable for Androids.

This application allows for seamless contact management in between iPhone, BB and Androids. I could not find any article when I do google for "Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Blackberry" which gives me this kind of information. So I made this one on my own.

Amazon Kindle’s viability in India (Wharton Article)

14 Nov

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A really informative article on Knowledge@WhartonIndia about the viability and market potential of Amazon Kindle’s entry into Indian Market caught my eye.

Post the launch of Kindle DX, which was much fanfare, it hasn’t gained much a momentum. Indian market doesn’t seem to have given an open arm to this new ebook Reader on the shelf.

"There is no plan to advertise the Kindle," says Laura Porco, director of Kindle Books, who was in Mumbai last month for the launch. "We will rely on word-of-mouth publicity."

 

But who is going to create a word of mouth. Indians are pretty stiff about talking good about something. On top of that, connectivity in India (on the fly) is not much to support Amazon’s vision of “download any book in 60 seconds”.

At a price of $350 it is really difficult for an Indian consumer (the regular 9-to-5) to imaging buying a tablet that only reads books and newspaper. The same price brings her a laptop, with many more features. At the same time, the biggest enabler to Kindle is connectivity, which will take much more time to make it possible for the “60 second download”.

For the full article jump here

 

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Amazon Kindle’s viability in India (Wharton Article)

7 Nov

image

A really informative article on Knowledge@WhartonIndia about the viability and market potential of Amazon Kindle’s entry into Indian Market caught my eye.

Post the launch of Kindle DX, which was much fanfare, it hasn’t gained much a momentum. Indian market doesn’t seem to have given an open arm to this new ebook Reader on the shelf.

"There is no plan to advertise the Kindle," says Laura Porco, director of Kindle Books, who was in Mumbai last month for the launch. "We will rely on word-of-mouth publicity."

 

But who is going to create a word of mouth. Indians are pretty stiff about talking good about something. On top of that, connectivity in India (on the fly) is not much to support Amazon’s vision of “download any book in 60 seconds”.

At a price of $350 it is really difficult for an Indian consumer (the regular 9-to-5) to imaging buying a tablet that only reads books and newspaper. The same price brings her a laptop, with many more features. At the same time, the biggest enabler to Kindle is connectivity, which will take much more time to make it possible for the “60 second download”.

For the full article jump here

 

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