Intel’s next big thing is small. My take on the Intel Compute Stick

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I saw this amazing deal of Lazada for the Intel Compute Stick and read a couple of reviews and felt it was safe and gave it a go. It arrived to my place in 2 days time. It carried a very familiar packaging. It reminded me of the Nokia packing when they carried the Lumia brand.
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I am a huge fan of trying out new things and felt Intel had something truly innovative to offer. I have seen a fair share of how Android boxes and how terrible they work but for some reason with the recent product announcements from Intel I felt they were up to something.
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The unboxing experience was standard but I noticed there was a fair share of cables and powerplug connectors just in case you needed them. All you really need were these:
1. Intel Compute Stick
2. Micro-USB cable
3. Power Adapter

Booting up

Standard Windows 8.1 experience with the signing in to Outlook. It was a vanilla experience and I like that. I thank Intel for not tinkering the experience unlike some Android OEMs out there. (I am talking to you Samsung!)

Starting out

Initially I looked at my desktop and felt what is so different? I worked on it, installed Chrome.  Updated my Windows 8.1 and still felt normal. Then I realised it was all being powered from a tiny stick!
What kind of sorcery is this?! This was a no holds bar fill blown Windows monster created by Intel. Insane!
Of course, common sense tells me it is definitely not for a power user who does video rendering but I can imagine running my office and business on it with ease. For crying out loud, it changed my LCD panel which was lying around into a freakin’ intelligent beast.
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Ending well

I am now in the process of getting Windows 10 installed and I believe it should go well since the prerequisite for installing it is pretty low.
Overall, I am super impressed by this and I in fact raved about it to a couple of my friends. With the advent of Raspberry Pi and other new-gen-low powered computers, I do believe this where the future of consumer computing lies especially making it easily accessible, affordable and equally powerful.

The future of Apple lies in the watch 

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Apple has done extremely well over the past few years. Even after the passing of its visionary leader and brand icon Steve Jobs, Tim Cook has steered the ship to even greater unknown territories without flinching a bit.

The death of Apple was greatly exaggerated

There might be a couple of reasons why Apple remains successful;

  1. Apple is following through the roadmap they have worked on with Jobs for the next 10 years. So nothing changes and company’s got Jobs blessings.
  2. Jobs was just a father figure and it’s still business as usual after his passing.

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The reason for this posting is nothing to do with Apple’s future as a business because we all know that they are gonna be fine. Even if Apple makes a terrible move, they can still ride the wave with the kind of cash reserves they have. My intent of this post is to serve as to where Apple is headed  as a consumer and how do I see it coming. Previously it was the iPhone that pointed to what we could expect for iPad, iPod and so on. But I feel iPhone is just going to follow something else, a new entrant.

A few days ago I purchased the Apple Watch Sport. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve read various reports about Apple Watch’s dwindling sales but then I thought you know what! Let’s do this!

My Take

The Apple Watch is weighty & porcelain piece of art. The software was a beast by itself. There is nothing familiar about the OS, it was something new. It was smooth, fluid and personal. It told me to stand up, told when my email came and even took my heart rate! I was not blown away instead I finally understood where Apple was heading.

I was watching the introduction of iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 and I finally saw how this is all gonna make sense for the experience that Apple is looking to bring to the masses. Previously, the iPhone always pointed what iPad would be receiving in future but now it’s the Watch that is going to show what the iPhone and the iPad is going to get.

Here are the features that we are going to see on the next iPhone & iPad;

1. Hey Siri voice activation
2. Circle UI App management
3. Force Touch for revealing additional features
4. Magnetic wireless power charger
5. Lift to activate phone from sleep
6. Proactive contextual alerts
7. Digital crown (I wish)

fin.