Fans or proxies!

I came across this article “The Hindu” yesterday. Though it was nicely articulated, I was surprised to see the people (pic) out there waiting to buy the tickets for the margazhi music season tickets!. Trust me, not all are fans most of them are proxies who wants to buy the tickets and they would sell to few people who are desperate to listen to the music season.

There are true facts like these ” Muralidharan, 59, a businessman, said he took turns with his driver to stand in the queue to buy tickets at The Music Academy for his wife and daughter. “I sent my driver at 3.30 a.m., relieved him around 7.30 a.m., waited for two hours and got the Rs. 12,000 season tickets,” he said”.  But this season is not just for fans but also for people who are in need of making money braving the chill weather of Chennai.

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I’m not against/or criticizing the article. Just wanna say my view that Margazhi helps the needy make some money from it!

NAFCU – Strategic Growth Conference What Do Consumers Really Want From Banking Websites? Simplicity

It’s no great mystery that consumers consider bank websites less appealing than others, but the reasons why might surprise you.

Banks and credit unions have it tough when trying to sell online. Consumers would generally prefer to be doing anything other than banking, particularly if they have a few minutes to spend on the web. So you’d think financial institutions would be doing everything possible to make banking more enjoyable online.

Wrong.

According to a new study on consumer banking sites released today by Change Sciences Group, consumers are 17% less happy interacting with banking websites than they are interacting with other types of online properties, and 22% less likely to convert than on other types of sites.

What consumers want the most from banks is simplicity, not the latest promotion, cool features, or a wide range of product offerings.

“The way that most banks currently approach consumers may be missing the mark,” says Steve Ellis, a Change Sciences founder. “There’s an opportunity for banks and credit unions to retool products and services around simplicity as their central value proposition and make good on that proposition with the right kind of product and interactive design.”

Although many bank sites would appear to be relatively easy to use, when compared to other types of sites, they are not. Bank web sites are 25% less usable than e-commerce sites like Amazon and Walmart. Even compared to other top performing financial sites, bank sites still perform poorly for usability. For example, bank sites as a whole are 20% less usable than the personal finance site Mint. Confusing or unwanted promotions, hidden navigation, and dense product text all contribute to poor bank site usability scores

Came across this interesting article. Worth the read.

Apple’s New Mac Pro In Pictures: Beauty And The Beast

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Apple has a brand new Mac Pro with an all-new, bold design that’s assembled at home in the U.S. in a facility in Texas. It’s easily among the most bold and unique designs of a Mac in recent memory, bringing to mind equally mould-busting creations like the G4 Cube and the original ‘flowerpot’ iMac. It’s also got a distinctly Darth Vader vibe, and with its unique removable outer casing, that impression comes across even stronger.

We still have to take the new Mac Pro through more testing before we can deliver our full review, but first impressions are that this thing absolutely leaves any other current Macs in the dust in terms of loading, rendering and processing speed. It’s also extremely quiet, and actually produces a small amount of updraft from that exhaust port in the top, which is funneling air from its ‘unified thermal core.’

It’s a futuristic…

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Caroling Karaoke Machine With This Google Easter Egg

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Using any mobile browser, type “let’s go caroling” into Google. And just like that, your phone will turn into a Christmas Carol karaoke machine with the words and music of five classic holiday songs. It’s the perfect way to annoy your cubemates during this wonderfully obnoxious holiday season.

This little Easter egg is browser agnostic. It works in every browser we tried. Because, really, Christmas carols should not be tied to one product. They should be enjoyed by all.

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Google has long included hidden surprises within their products. Type “do a barrel roll” into mobile or desktop Chrome for some Star Fox fun. Type “google in 1998″ to reskin the search engine to how it looked when it first launched. There are countless more, but this caroling karaoke machine is by the most festive yet.

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