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Editor’s Note November 2019

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While we are still counting our kilos post Diwali barrage of sweets and chocolates, fitbit is on its way to be acquired by Google. Little did James Park & Eric Friedman know that the company they found 12 years ago will one day have more than 28 million active users, all of them sweating it out! And with this acquisition they walk away with $2.1 billion valuation! Yes, that’s the amount Google is paying to jump into the fitness-tracker business with both its feet! It is perhaps a perfect marriage and it can give fitbit the scale which YouTube got when it came under Google. Also, with so much data and AI which will be mined with locations and calories and health advertising for Google. Now an even larger audience will be targeted and I won’t be surprised that Pixel and fitbit will be seamlessly connected like the health ecosystem which Samsung has created. I can say that fitbit has on its own run this marathon and has finally reached the finish line, and what an impressive run it has been!

While I am writing this editorial I am surrounded by best of Tech which are nominated for the 6th edition of Exhibit Tech Awards. Just like every year, we have to let go of categories and add new ones. Like this year we had to say goodbye to the Tablet and Camera Phone of the Year category.

When you get your hands around the December issue, in that you will see all the contenders and winners along with the pictures from the awards night.

As I leave you to browse through this issue and indulge in some riveting pieces of Tech, Auto and Lifestyle along with our smashing Tech Fashion Tour coverage, we also have some stories to share that our team covered while travelling. To give you a taste of it, Mrinmoy rode the Royal Enfield Himalayan in the most scenic locations of Ladakh for an Astral Photography workshop, while Abhinav and Yashvi drove the Hyundai Venue towards the World’s Tallest Statue, the Statue Of Unity in Gujarat for Hyundai’s Great India Drive and Saurabh explored the unexplored territories of Pench National Park located on the outskirts of Nagpur for Skoda Kodiaq Scout’s first drive. While the rest of the team were soaking up pieces of all the exciting Tech that was thrown in at us. That’s the Usual Life at Exhibit!

 

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Ramesh Somani

Ramesh Somani

Founder, Publisher & Chief Editor

Entrepreneur by profession, Believes in karma and has tech in his DNA. Of all things harbours a dream to do space travel in his own space shuttle. He is also the Chief Editor & Founder of thetechy.com – Part of Exhibit Group.

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