It gives us folks at MySmartPrice great pleasure in (finally!!!) announcing the winners of the MySmartPrice Shopper Contest Winners. We ran a contest all through October asking folks to send in the invoices of all their online purchases and are extremely humbled by your overwhelming response. We received over 10000 entrants with some folks sending in over 20 Invoices. Thank you for your entries and Congratulations to all winners.
Here is the list of 50 Winners along with their Order IDs who have won Rs 1000 vouchers each. Congratulations and Happy Shopping.
Congratulations once again to all the winners and for those who missed out. Better luck next time.
Winners will recieve their vouchers in the coming days. Please watch your inbox for a mail from MySmartPrice Team.
While Android has reached over 70% of the world’s smartphone market and is already looking to grow further, most tech pundits may be curious to see how far Android may grow further. Some are already stating that Android may have already peaked and it may just be heading down the same road as Symbian.
We at MySmartPrice, pulled together the end sales data from Gartner from Q1,2011 to Q1 2013 to find out just how Android is performing. The data was then analyzed for the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and plotted as below.
At first glance, it is clear that Android has lost its initial surge. Prior to this year, Android was growing at a rate as high as 90% (CAGR) however as on Q1, 2012, Android grows at only 22.15%. However, this isn’t very hard to digest. Android has already permeated to most of the developed markets. It is only the developing market that may yet be adding to the list.
The most interesting aspect of this graph, is the cyclical nature of Android sales. This may also be extrapolated as the trend for smartphone sales in general. Android smartphones sell like hot cakes in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while first quarter performances seem to be the most disappointing. This may be due to fact that most flagships get launched in the end of first quarter ( Samsung Galaxy S3 in May-June as was Samsung Galaxy S4) . Holidays contribute to high sales in Q4 as well.
As a budding startup, most companies aspire to be mentioned along with the big players. Be it in a discussion surrounding their respective sector or when consumers name their favourite players. For us at MySmartPrice, its always been a secret desire to be mentioned in the same vein as Flipkart, eBay as a leading ecommerce player. While that day may still be far away. It finally appears that the big players are standing up and taking notice of our humble venture.
Today morning, we got a sweet surprise when we found Amazon.in bidding for the keyword “MySmartPrice” on Google search Ads.
Amazon’s Ad on MySmartPrice keyword
We are definitely glad there is someone at Amazon considering us worthy of bidding on. We hope Amazon finds the same appreciation of our price comparison service as well as our Amazon Coupons section which has been up since the day of Amazon India’s launch.
Starting this week, We would be providing our blog readers a list of the best coupons available among the eCommerce stores in India. The last week of January saw some great deals and coupons being promoted by eCommerce stores to all those who have missed out on the end of year sales in December – January period. With the onset of Valentines around the corner, it is no surprise that most of the popular coupons listed below are for Fashion and Gift items. Here are few great deals that should make your Valentine happy should you wish to make an early purchase.
Ebay : 6% discount on Storage Devices
For the geeks in you, Ebay is offering as much as 6% off on USB Storage devices.
Users can use a Coupon code: EBAYREPME1 to avail the discount.
IndiaTimes Shopping- 25% discount on Gaming Consoles
Here’s one for the guys. If you are a girl who really wants to make her boy friend extra happy on the Valentines Day, this deal must rank high.
Get up to 25% discount on all gaming consoles from India times.
The offer is valid only for one day: 30th January till mid night.
Make the moments with your Valentines everlasting with this Valentines special Flip Book. Store photographs in truly attractive photo books that really show the love you have for one another. Avail the offer on our Zoomin Coupons page.
For Valentines this year, there are some incredible offers on place. As January closes and February makes its entry we can expect even more offers making their way to enthrall lovers around the country.
Apple have traditionally been famous for bringing out revolutionary products including the latest iPhone 5 and have always been known to make just the perfect entry into the market . Sadly though, its latest upgrade of iOS6 was marred by the absence of the faithful Google Maps, worse still Apple launched its own iOS Maps which suffice to say is next to useless. Critics, Fans and just about everyone were up in arms in no time and it resulted in a barrage of jibes and jabs at Apple. Within a matter of few hours thousands of articles, comics and tweets have been spawned and they are definitely getting all the attention they deserve. Here is a small round up of some of the most hilarious Comics and tweets picking on the Apple Maps. Enjoy and do share
Why iOS Maps Shipped Buggy
Why iOS Maps Shipped Buggy
All Things Digital has always been on the cusp of Technology and was one of the first to put up this comic made by joyoftech.com. The comic is the brain child of Nitrozac and Snaggy. It portrays a review meeting for the iOS Maps before deployment and the folks supposed to attend the meeting are absent as they are lost.
Christopher Columbus uses IOS Maps
Christopher Columbus uses IOS Maps
Internet image and humor portal 9GAG .com had its own take on the new IOS maps attributing the discovery of America to the IOS Maps
Cast Away Meme
Apple Maps Cast Away Meme
Memes have become this generations method of expression, so it wasn’t surprising to get a ”… they said” meme dedicated to the Apple Maps. People familiar with the Oscar nominated Cast Away will know just how hilarious is the attribution of iOS maps to the misfortune of Chuck Noland ( Tom Hanks).
Star Wars Meme
Star Wars meme
Luke and party find themselves heading straight for a space station instead of the Moon all thanks to the new Apple Maps. This Meme is a little bit “out there” but it is definitely one for Star Wars Buffs to be happy with.
Following the Meme tradition even Philip J Fry of Futurama gets in on the iOS 6 Map beating with this meme. Found first on YFrog. com
Found on twitter, this Lost Meme equates the Apple Maps Development Team to the cast of famous Television series Lost. Literally Lost is the Keyword for most iOS Map users.
Motorola’s “#iLost campaign”
Following Nokia and Samsung, even Motorola has decided to take the new iPhone 5 Headon with this teaser on the Maps. Motorola even wants people to take part in the twitter #iLost stream and tweet on their little iOS Map adventure. Samsung Tweet zinger
Not one to be left behind on an opportunity to rip on its arch rival. Samsung did this tweet for its Galaxy phone users. Clever isn’t it?
Hitler Reacts to iOS maps
Seldom has any technological product or popular trend escaped the Wrath of Hitler ( from the movie Der Untergang). Apple’s new Maps too seem to have irked Hitler.
Apple Explains iOS Maps (Parody)
Critics and Technology buffs alike were not impressed with Apple’s statement on the iOS Maps, some calling it arrogant. Apple in its own tradtion have seldom come forward and accepted any flaws in their “near perfect” devices. So it was anticipated that they would probably deny if not stave off any criticism. Made by Tom Scott this video makes a hilarious explanation “on behalf”of Apple Inc on why IOS maps are actually not flawed at all.
Amazing IOS Maps website
Barely hours after the OTA of iOS6 began, people had started spotting errors on the map. It wasn’t long before a tumblr page would be spawned to catalogue just about every perceivable error that users could find on the map. Check out http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/ for the full list of errors. Some are truly hilarious submissions.
London Tube submission
London Underground takes on Apple Maps
Even the offline world has taken to hitting on ioS6 maps. Seen first on the AmazingIos6Maps. This picture was submitted from the London underground taking on the IOS 6. Truly hilarious
Before we conclude here is a collection of Articles posted on various technology blogs around the world on their take on the Map Mishap.
Within hours of the upgrade twitter was abuzz with tweets from users complaining about being Lost or finding the maps utterly useless. Gizmodo makes a collection of these tweets in this article titled 17 People Apple Maps has already horribly misled
That’s all Folks. Do share your own discoveries in the comment sections and share the humor with Friends and Folks.
MySmartPrice asked folks what #IfKrishnawerealive on twitter. Winners get an author signed copy of Ashwin Sanghi’s new book The Krishna Key. Here is a list of winners per hour from 10 AM to 6PM. Also given are some really interesting tweets worth sharing.
Winner for the first Hour 10Am-11AM Sandeep Varma
Seems The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi is an interesting book. waiting for the release #IfKrishnawerealive
We at MySmartPrice.com have done a study of the e-tailing stores in India and have analyzed what they sell. We’ve classified these stores into different types and categories based on what they sell. A lot of interesting numbers and facts have emerged out, some of which are hard to believe. So here’s what we have found out.
Brands are moving online with their own stores: Examples: NokiaShop, Puma, Reebook, Samsung, Fastrack, VIP etc
Fashion is No 1: Top 3 Categories all belong to Fashion, with more than 130 stores (big and small) selling some or the other fashion products. Apart from this 91 stores deal exclusively in Fashion.
Rise of Online Exclusive labels: Example: Zovi, Shersingh etc.
Lingerie is Big: Over 39 stores sell Lingerie and Innerwear and some prominent names even using Lingerie as hooks on FB ads!
Online stores of major offline players: Example: Futurebazaar, Cromaretail, The Mobile Store, Univercell etc
Media Publishing Houses foray in ecommerce: Example: Homeshop18, BagitToday, Indiatimes Shopping, StarCJ etc
Ecommerce Platforms gaining traction. Example: BuildaBazaar and Martjack.
Popular (deal) sites pivoting to e-tailing: Example: Snapdeal, Koovs, SeventyMM, KyaZoonga etc
SOME INTERESTING STORES
Differentiation is the new motto in Indian ecommerce. The way some are doing it is simply picking a Niche. In our research, we ran into about 90 niche stores that sold nothing but one thing. Some deserve a special mention.
We hope the study was useful to you and you’ve come across some truly interesting new facts and figures. The world of ecommerce is ever changing with a constant churn in the number of stores. Feel free to subscribe to our updates on e-commerce and share, tweet or +1 this post.
This is the review of Life Of a Software EngineeR by Dipen Ambalia. Life Of a Software Engineer is the first book we at MySmartPrice have personally found an interest in and are promoting through this blog. The book caught our attention thanks to its unique and indeed catchy title. The book has a special connection to us as most of us at MySmartPrice are/ have been software engineers at some point of time or the other.This Book is definitely a unique comical take on the Indian Software Industry
Details about Life Of a Software EngineeR by Dipen Ambalia
Dipen Ambalia is a software engineer by profession. Having literally passed through the whole Software Development Life Cycle with a career in every sector of Information technology in India from Development and Production Support to Pre-sales and Business Analyst, he has been there and done it all. Here’s a more detailed interview of the author. Dipen has explored his 8.5 years of Software career to come up with this little rib tickling read for all Software engineers and IT enthusiasts.
What kind of life does a Software engineer have? What are some of the common terms used in Software industry? What is the difference between onsite and offsite? Is it just a myth that Software engineers are the most eligible bachelors in town? What exactly happens in a typical “IT meeting”? Ever wonder what the origin of Outsourcing and Power Point Presentations were? Dipen Ambalia busts a few myths, a few egos and takes no prisoners in this rib tickling satire on the Indian IT sector. If you are a software engineer, you will find yourself looking back and laughing nostalgically, if you happen to be a Project Manager or higher in an IT sector, you would probably launch a Fatwa against this blasphemous writing. If you are a father of an engineering student on the brink of an IT career, you may shake your head in regret. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.
Life of a Software Engineer is a narrative of sorts by the author from his own experiences. Most of the chapters whiz by fast like a typical Sitcom or stand up routine, leaving you laughing, smiling and nodding appreciatively of the small nuances of a software engineer’s life. A few notable chapters in the book include, “The Origin of the Software World” in which the author compares the birth of Outsourcing to the Discovery of America by Columbus or “The Deewar- Those Who have been Onsite and Offsite” that takes a comical look at the differences between people who have been onsite and offsite or the unspoken truth that “Google is God!” in the world of software.
Dipen Ambalia has made some of the most matter of fact events and daily routines look extremely comical. There is ample use of exaggeration in the writing and this has definitely added to the allure of the book. The book doesn’t get preachy or biased in any way, neither does it pretend to be the ultimate bible for all software engineers. In this lies the true charm of the book. The book is a easy and light read with very common language and liberal use of popular references. Such as the reference to popular Hindi news channels sensationalizing nonsensical news such as Aliens liking Himesh Reshammiya or the reference to Rakhi Sawant etc.
The book definitely looks at times like the collection of random musings of a frustrated software engineer and in it lies the true power of the book. There is no character for you to love, it could just about be anyone who has a career in India’s top IT companies. Living their 9-5 (+ overtime) life in cubicles and attending Con calls and sweating through Appraisals or praying for Onsite. The only draw back the book may face is its too blunt at times or pushes to the point of trying to be funny at times. There are chapters that just draw at max a smile. Like a good jovial person who has a few bad jokes, we may of course overlook the few “jokes” that just don’t hit the spot after all “Bhaavnaon ko Samjho”. Thankfully though, these troughs are less and far between for an otherwise enjoyable book.
To conlude this review of Life Of a Software Engineer I would say, this is a definite must read for all those who are related to the Indian Software Industry. Fortunately for the author, that’s pretty much the entire nation. If you have a job in IT, if your husband has it ( which maybe unlikely if you go by what the author writes) or if your child is entering the hallowed grounds of India’s many engineering colleges, Uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbors everyone can relate to the candid posts of this frustrated software engineer. Dare I say there may appear a few Stand up routines and Sitcoms that are spun of from one of the 22 chapters in this book .
MySmartPrice recently caught up with emerging writer Dipen Ambalia. Dipen Ambalia has recently launched a new book with a truly catchy title “Life of a Software Engineer aka LOSER”. Dipen was kind enough to give us this interview.
Hi Dipen, Great pleasure to have you on MySmartPrice for this short interview.
DA: Thanks so much. It’s my pleasure to be giving this interview.
Qn: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did the writing bug bite you?
DA: I am an electrical engineer from VJTI, Mumbai. I have been working in the IT industry since July 2004. I have worked with Polaris Software Labs Ltd., Mphasis (an HP Company), Citius IT solutions Ltd and am currently working with Hexaware Technologies, Mumbai.I have been through the SDLC (software development life cycle)i.e. I have done Development, Production Support, Testing, Business Analysis and am now in Presales.I am an author of two books – 1)In Their Shoes
Qs: This book is about life as a Software Engineer. Are you still a Software Engineer or have you moved on and are now a full time writer?
DA: Yes, I am still a software engineer. Now I am in Presales. I wish to become fulltime writer, depending on the response from my dear readers.
Qn: How did you come up with L.O.S.ER? What inspired you to write this book ‘LOSER’?
DA: I am a big fan of Scott Adams.His2 books – 1) The Dilbert Principle 2) Joy at Work- are excellent work of satire on the marketing and management world in general. One day I thought that since I have been in the IT industry for so long – more than 7 years and have been though the whole SDLC, I am in a good position to make a satire on the IT world and then I wrote LOSER by mixing fiction, experience and exaggerating it to make the whole concoction humorous. So, in short LOSER is a satire on the IT world.
Qs: What can readers expect from your book. It it about a particular person or is it about life of a software engineer in general?
DA: Readers can expect real life situations exaggerated to the core! I have used everyday examples or analogies to explain the IT world. For eg: I have compared Arranged Marriages with the Software Development Life Cycle in the world. This comparison has been appreciated by a lot many readers. Similarly I have compared fictitious reports of the very (in)famous contemporary hindi news channels to the situations in the IT world. These things will surely make readers laugh their backside off! (atleast I hope so ). This book is not about any person in particular. It’s like the common man in the IT industry made to go through the various phases in the IT industry. LOSER is a narrative; i.e. it doesn’t have characters or a story as such. While reading the book, you will (or should ) feel as if I am sitting in front of you and talking to you about the software world (and we both laugh together!)
Qs: Will this book appeal to people who are not software engineers ?
DA: Yes, sure. Every and I mean every person in this country has at least one friend, sister, cousin, uncle or any other relative in the IT world. I as a kid used to wonder how one bhaiyya from my building used to enjoy his life in US and used to bring me chocolates when he used to come to India. I always used to be inquisitive about the life of a software engineer. I think that there would be many such people in this country who would like to know what the software engineers do so as to deserve high salaries. And since this book is a satire on the IT world and hence doesn’t glorify the IT world, it is going to be more fun for the non-IT people to read what the IT people actually do in the IT world!
Qn: Tell us a few factoids of your own life as a software engineer.
DA: I have always maintained a rating of 3 or 4 out of 5. I have never tried to excel at work because to get a rating of 5 out of 5 one has to work very hard/ be the project manager’s pet/ pass off colleagues work as yours, etc. My funda is to enjoy work and personal life and shift jobs in 2-3 years to get the necessary hike!
Qn: What is the best part about L.O.S.E.R?
D.A: The best part of LOSER is the humour generated out of unthinkable exaggerated analogies of real life situations with the IT world. In every chapter, the IT reader would feel “abe, haan yaar, mai to exactly aise hi manager ko ulloo banata hun… “ or “this is how the girl coming from onsite behaves re..” and the non-IT reader would laugh his heart out realizing what his IT friends do every day in office!
Qs: Will Software companies find it difficult to recruit once your book is released.
DA: Hahahaha… not sure. If this book is taken seriously then kuch problem ho sakta hai. But, if LOSER is read in the right spirit, then there won’t be any issues!
Qn: L.O.S.E.R is your second book after “In their shoes” . Could you tell us your experience about writing two books.
D.A: Writing books makes me happy. It gives me a creative relief. My first book “In Their Shoes…” was a serious book trying to highlight how ordinary people try to find out happiness in tough times. “In Their Shoes…” is a book about how the world looks like by being in the shoes of different people. I have taken 17 characters and tried to visualize the world from their angle. There are characters such as – a 24-year-old mentally challenged girl, a broke 77-year-old man thrown out of his own house, a 7-year-old girl – Bindiya- a Drummer’s daughter, an uneducated corrupt politician, etc… In short, this book is: By the ordinary, Of the ordinary & For the ordinary…! I got good reviews from people like Dr.Kiran Bedi and newspapers like Maharashtra Times, Loksatta, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, etc…
LOSER belongs to the humour genre. So, writing this book was itself a fun-loving experience. There were a few chapters where I used to laugh after reading the just-written chapters.
Qn: Who among the present Indian Authors inspires you most.
D.A: As far as serious writing genre is concerned, I like Rohinton Mistry and Sudha Murthy. And on the humour front, I like Scott Adams (creator or Dilbert) and Cyrus Broacha (Karl, aaj aur Kal)
Qs. If you have to give one mantra for all software engineers, what will be it?
D.A: Don’t work so hard that you have waste your life in office to get a rating of 4 or 5 out of 5. Maintain a good balance between personal and professional life, be happy with a rating of 3 out of 5 and switch companies once in 2-3 years to get the necessary raise in salary! Life is not a race. Decide whether you were born to do only coding or something else in life. It’s always good to have a backup plan in life in case you get bored of the IT world one day!
Thank you very much for taking your time out for this interview. We wish that L.O.S.E.R emerges a winner among your readers.
DA: Thanks so much!
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