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Smartphones getting dumb

When the first iPhone was launched in Singapore, I stood in a queue overnight for 8 hours, to grab one. Mine was the first white iPhone in my (then) office. Many of my (then) colleagues were amused at the simple design of the iPhone. I distinctly remember a senior mocking at the only 1 home button, and another one rotating the screen several times.. only to write-off iPhone as a gaming device for kids. I attempted to reason in vain with their ignorance, and told them that in 6 months each of them would be carrying an iPhone in their pockets. Time proved me right, thanks to my extensive reading of tech journals and magazines. iPhone was a milestone in the story of smartphone devices, as it raised the bar and set an all new standard in the industry. Since then, I have become an early adopter of technology (read as - living on the bleeding edge of technology). My only regret is that I could not monetize my thoughts, by buying stocks of Apple in time.
Then came iPad. Going from iPhone to i…

Is there a roadmap to financial freedom?

I glanced the time on my iPad, and knew that I may have to skip lunch if my meeting didn't end soon. In a while, I managed to take a quick dash across the road for a sandwich, before my next meeting started.

Now, as our job offers us with the stability of an income, it also binds us into a never ending rat-race. In western economies (which are now largely failing), there are provisions for welfare. It comes in the form of elderly care, healthcare, housing benefits, etc; but in eastern economies we have effectively none. Most of us are working in an age where retirement is a myth. I often worry about my future 10 years down the line, in terms of financial well-being. At that age, it would be really hard for me to find a job in Singapore.

"There must be a better way to wealth, than just a job".. my mind kept thinking, as I sipped a hot milo during the quick lunch. Such few minutes of thinking-nuggets are the only pockets of time I get with myself now. "There must be a…