With love – The Mango Revolution

mphone

A smartphone is the digital gateway to the outer world of technology.

In today’s world we have multiple choice of gateways to choose from. Some with a high wall of security, such as Blackberry whereas some with an extra kick such as iPhone. We all know what led to Sir Issac Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation – an apple. In this 21st century another fruit has opened the path to a new realm of user experience – Mango. Now the natives of God’s own country are offering another gateway which provides a rather additional kick – 3D.

Mphone originated and developed by a group of Keralites with a whooping investment of Rs. 3500 crore has launched in the Indian market with a promise of Korean technology assistance. While the usual suspects thrive to compete with ‘ What Next? ‘ question in the market, the Augustine’s from Wayanad district, Kerala have indeed planned to give their users a rather different level of smartphone experience – The 4G with 3D effect.

With their R&D division in Korea, Mphone stands as the first company to launch 3D smartphones globally. The 3D features do not require special glasses to create the effect.

With price ranging from Rs. 12k to Rs. 40k, the handset comes with a metal case and is equipped with gravity sensor and proximity sensor. Below are some of its features:

Battery: Up to 4000 mAh
Camera: Up to 21 Mega Pixel
Front Camera: Up to 8 Mega Pixel
RAM: Up to 4GB
Internal Memory: Up to 64 GB
Expandable Memory: Up to 128 GB
Operating System:  Android 5.1 or Android 6.0

The smartphone is said to be good for up to 330 hrs of battery life on stand-by and 14 hours of talk time (on selective models). It has been reported that the company has signed the two legends – Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan as their brand ambassadors.

The purchase can be made directly from the website. Apart from this the company has appointed around 150 dealers and service centres in India.

This again proves the fact that the graph of the Indian start-up industry is eying a phenomenal growth. Presently it is hard to say that Mphone would be a tough competition for iPhone or for other smartphone players in the market, however with India now climbing the ladder to become the largest smartphone market globally, it surely will attract the most attention.

Farewell, Oh Missile Man !

M_Id_111005_apj_abdul_kalamAll of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have equal opportunity to develop our talents

These were the words of the Missile Man, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, a great visionary who never rested thinking and dedicated his life to make India one of the powerful nations in the world. The nation today mourns at the loss of this great man.

Born in a village to poor family in Rameswaram, he rose through dint of his own hard work. He felt comfortable assisting young people particularly high school students and shared his experiences that would help them ignite their imagination. He played a major role in the development of science and technology in India. The greatness of this man was his simplicity which led him to be the 11th President of India.

We at Xminds salute you and thank you for teaching us to dream.

May his sole rest in peace!!!

Software Development – New methods

Traditional software development

In traditional software methodologies we adapt the waterfall, the spiral or the Rational Unified Process (RUP) depending on the nature of the project.

The waterfall approach, the most popular of traditional models, is a disciplined, sequential approach to software development. The lifecycle starts with a requirements phase resulting in a requirements specification. Development continues with design, implementation, verification, and maintenance, with rigid criteria that must be met before continuing to the next phase.

The spiral model combines the features of the prototyping model and the waterfall model and is intended for large, expensive and complicated projects.

RUP is based on a set of building blocks, or content elements, describing what is to be produced, the necessary skills required and the step-by-step explanation describing how specific development goals are to be achieved.

Agile development

Agile Development is an umbrella term for several iterative and incremental software development methodologies, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams

Agile methods break tasks into small increments with minimal planning, and do not directly involve long-term planning. Iterations are short time frames that typically last from one to eight weeks.

Each iterations involves a team working through a full software development cycle including planning, requirements analysis, design, coding, unit testing, and acceptance testing when a working product is demonstrated to stakeholders.

This minimizes overall risk and allows the project to adapt to changes quickly. Stakeholders produce documentation as required. An Iteration may not add enough functionality to warrant a market release, but the goal is to have an available release (with minimal bugs) at the end of each iteration.

Agile Project Management with Scrum

In the case of agile development we usually follow the scrum methodology.

Scrum focuses on project management institutions where it is difficult to plan ahead with mechanisms for empirical process control, such as where feedback loops constitute the core element of product development compared to traditional command-and-control-oriented management. It represents a radically new approach for planning and managing software projects, bringing decision-making authority to the level of operation properties and certainties.

Scrum reduces defects and makes the development process more efficient, as well as reducing long-term maintenance costs. We ensure client participation throughout the development cycle. The development phase undergoes meetings like daily scrum, sprint planning meetings and sprint reviews meetings. Our projects comply with clearly defined delivery metrics and Software License  Agreement – SLAs.

Quality Assurance

Quality is ensured across all our processes, interfaces and outputs; in management, core and support processes. It helps us deliver long-term excellence, and ultimately, predictability of returns, to all stakeholders.

Treasure within 2 km

We talk about software development, project management, time lines, delivery and so on all the time. But now something more fascinating has happened during the last few weeks and its none other than the treasure that was unveiled in Lord Padmanabha’s Temple.

We can view the top of the Padmanabha temple from our office. It is just 2km away from Xminds office. The latest buzz around capital of Gods Own Country is the treasure that was hidden in the temple for centuries.

People around the world have started pouring in just to see if they can witness the treasure that has been opened during the last couple of weeks.  Gods Own Country is a famous tourist destination and Lord Padmanabha was one among them. But things will change a bit, people just want to come down to Trivandrum and see the lord and the amazing things that are happening around him.

1,00,000 crore is the worth of the treasure .

micro ISV

An attempt to identify the list of companies that were successfully run by single owners.

Some of the companies that are/were operated gotocert alone by the founder and that too profitably, later on they added more people to the team.  There could be more and it would be great if you could add them here.

1.Plenty of fish

Is an online dating service that is offered free and is only available in Canada, UK, Australia and United States. It is free to use but some of the services are charged like the message tracking services.

It is primarily available in Canada, UK, US, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Italy and Germany. A person attempting to signup from any other country will receive an error message explaining this.

2.Twitpic

A website that allows users to easily post pictures and distribute in real time as an event is taking place.

3.Instapaper

Instapaper is solely owned by Marco Arment. He is the ex CTO of tumblr, the main idea behind was to read those web pages later on when he had time during his travel from office to home and vice versa. Since majority of his travel was underground where there was limited or no connectivity.  He says “It was pretty basic,” he insists, “Just a place to put everything you find when you can’t or don’t want to read right then.”

4.Balsamiq

Transforming ideas to reality can be is not that easy. This is where balsamiq steps in, a tool that helps the designers and developers to develop great software and http://balsamiq.com/products/mockups helps them to transform their ideas with more precision, clarity and with ease.

5.Bingocardcreator

Bingo Card Creator lets teachers and parents make custom printable bingo cards for instructional and entertainment purposes.

6.Duckduckgo

Another search engine similar to google, bing etc..  and claim to have more instant answers with less spam and more privacy. It is operated solely by Gabriel Weinberg and is a pretty successful business

7.Theoatmeal

Mathew Inman founded theoatmeal after he successfully sold the dating site Mingle2 that he developed in 66.5 hours. Theoatmeal is an entertainment site with full of comics, quizzes and plenty of fun things.

8.The Labnol

A one man blog is managed by Amit Agarwal and is one among the top 100 technology blogs in the world.

9.Read it later

Read it later is a competitor to instapaper is managed by Nate Weiner. The situation is the same as Marco Arment went, he did not have a lot of time neither did Nate, but Nate did not do a lot of underground travelling 😉

10.Instpundit

Instapundit is a United States political blog produced by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee. The blog began in August 2001 as an experiment, and a part of Reynolds’ class on Internet law.