Thinking Google

The idea of an online magazine is not new. But since I heard the news of Google releasing one quarterly, there is something refreshing about this idea.

Google’s magazine, called “Think Quarterly” was launched about a week ago and there was some buzz about it. I have checked it out and I am going to be an avid reader; There is no better information than the one which comes from the store. I hope they also have editions fr various regions.

Check it out :


What happened to "Nasco wafers"?

For every child that grew up in Nigeria especially between the late eighties and early nineties, “Nasco wafers” was one of the things for which we were proud of Nigeria.

With its very rich taste anticipated by the rich flavor as it is opened, it was just the ideal incentive for good behavior.

Besides its very good taste, the wafers were packed in very well-designed rectangular packets with boxes which housed about 12(24?) wafers. Available in about 4-5 flavors, each flavor was illustrated by a color which best represented it. For example, green (or yellow?) was banana as pink was strawberry.

If, as a child I was asked what a good brand was,
 he/she would most likely say” Nasco wafers”. It was simply this; it tasted as good as it looked. It was very Nigerian and everyone liked it.

At a time when we are seriously struggling to be seen as a good brand and using “proudly Nigerian” as a differentiator, I’d suggest we look at what we were doing right at that time; At the time when Nasco wafers was enough for most kids in Nigeria and we did not have to import biscuits to enjoy good taste.

Although their website lists it as one of the present products; I’ve not seen it in ages. Last time I tasted it, it was gummy and not as crispy as it used to be. I wonder what happened to Nasco wafers…

The IPAD 2! Why Steve Jobs is my man of the decade!

I am not entirely surprised that the iPad two was released successfully and disappointed no one. I am continually impressed by how consistently the Steve Jobs led organization has consistently delivered innovation.

Apple made us love PCs, they made us love touch screen, they made us music freaks, they have added a new function to carry out with our fingers and they jst keep making us want to spend more no matter what.

Nothing excites me more than innovation and the release of the iPad 2 just proves that Apple understand their role as a innovation driver in the world right now.

According to By Emma Barnett and Shane Richmond of The Telegraph; ‘The problem for rivals is that Apple has delivered the iPad 2 while many of them are on their first version.’

The new iPad raises the bar. Carolina Milanesi of analysts Gartner thinks that Apple still leads the tablet market. “You get a different experience,” she says.

The iPad 2 is one third thinner than the first device and is slightly lighter. It will also be available in white for the first time, as well as the standard black.

The second generation of the iPad, which goes on sale in the UK on March 25 and in the US on March 11, has two cameras built into the rear and front of the device, both of which take photos and shoot video.

The new device comes preloaded with a new app called Photo Booth, which allows people to take distorted photos of themselves and share them with friends. And users will also be able to use the iPad 2 to video call friends who have either an iPad 2, an iPhone 4 or the latest iPod Touch, using Apple Facetime.

Apple has kept the pricing the same, with the cheapest model at $499 (£306).

Jobs said that Apple has installed a new chip inside the iPad 2 which makes the device run up to two times faster than the original iPad. The new chip also allows graphics to load up to nine times faster than the first device. The iPad 2 will also run off the latest Apple operating system, iOS 4.3.

Also, the iPad is now HDMI compatible, which means you can plug it into your TV or a large screen. That, says Jobs, will work with “every app.”

This is just too beautiful!

I saw this also in the Telegraph: “Apple didn’t invent the tablet computer, such devices have been commercially available since the 1980s, but it didn’t invent the MP3 player or the mobile phone either. Instead, it did what it always does: refine the product, make the design as slick and simple as possible and then market it brilliantly. Without the iPad, it’s unthinkable that so many tablets would be appearing in shops today”.

Incremental innovation at its best! Well done Apple! You are exactly what this generation is all about!