What are the different tech gadgets and apps that leaders from different walks of life are using? We try and find out in our weekly column Personally Tech, where we talk to the people behind our favourite services and products.
Some of these include authors like Shweta Taneja, and restaurant bosses such as Sbarro head Akhil Puri. We’ve also talked to the heads of phone makers like Motorola India’s Amit Boni.
This week, we speak to Mahesh Lingareddy, co-founder and CEO of Soft Machines, a US-based semiconductor research company. Lingareddy has been investing in research and development firms in India, and the former Intel employee tells Gadgets 360 that he never leaves home without a powered-up battery pack to keep his phone running at all times.
Read on to know about the other apps and gadgets he’s addicted to.
Describe your technology setup – what computer/ phone/ tablet/ camera/ gaming console/ other gadgets do you use?
Mahesh Lingareddy: The gadgets I use on everyday basis include an ultrabook which is from Lenovo, and my Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone. I also have a Samsung smart TV and an Xbox One gaming console from Microsoft.
What are three apps (mobile/ tablet or PC/ Mac) you couldn’t live without?
Mahesh Lingareddy: For me the three apps I can’t live without are probably the most obvious ones, namely – my mail apps which are Outlook and Gmail, messaging apps, primarily WhatsApp/ Skype and the search engine giant – Google.
What is the one gadget (other than your phone) you never travel without?
Mahesh Lingareddy: The gadget which I always carry with me when I am travelling is a power bank. In an age where we are highly dependent on gadgets for our daily tasks, carrying a power bank while travelling is a must, so I keep a good supply from different brands. And of course, I can’t ever travel without my Ultrabook either.
What is your dream gadget/ technology setup?
Mahesh Lingareddy: My dream gadget would be one user interface for all my devices through which I am able to access all my data, any time, from any of the devices, regardless of whether I am at home or in my car or at office or on a flight. It’s not a gadget by itself, but a way to make all my gadgets much more useful.
How has technology changed the way in which you work?
Mahesh Lingareddy: Technology has definitely helped in increasing the productivity of work and made it more mobile however, at the same time it has made our work less secure and the lack of privacy is always a concern.
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