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Indian origin cyber expert Ankit Fadia aims at stretching technology limits

Written by Pti | New Delhi | Posted: August 16, 2013 1:17 pm

Cyber security expert Ankit Fadia says his new take on technology is a far cry from what he previously wrote – books loaded with jargon and niche appeal.

Fadia’s new book,a 312-pager titled “Faster: 100 ways to improve your digital life”,published by Penguin is the 15th book,penned by the 28-year-old Stanford graduate.

The book aims at “stretching the limits of technology”,as he puts it.

“Technology can be used for different things,to tackle with different things,by different people to make their lives faster and better,” Fadia told PTI in a telephonic interview from Bangalore.

His recent book contains tips and tricks to enable a user get the most out of his digital devices and applications used at home and at work. The book also contains examples as well as screenshots.

“The idea had been there for a while. But I finally started working on it from October last year to January this year”,says Fadia,who has written 14 books on issues related to cyber security.

Faced with the ever-changing technology,Fadia also has a top shot plan to keep his book relevant.

“Before the book went into print,we had to remove portions because of this issue as the technology had changed. To address this issue,we plan to come up with a new edition of the book every nine months as compared to my other books,editions of which come usually every 2 years”,says Fadia.

Divided into four parts,the book details a hundred ways to solve problems like fun-based ‘How to get fake incoming call to get out of sticky situations’ to functionality-based ‘How to type faster on a touchscreen Android device’,’How to extend your mobile phone’s battery life’ or ‘How to catch a cheating partner red-handed’!

Most of these tricks,however,require an internet connectivity to either access certain recommended websites or to download and install applications.

“The idea is based on the assumption that you are connected. I remember that when my mother got a smartphone,she wanted to explore the device a lot more but resisted as she was apprehensive of what she might press and get into. The book helps you guide in a similar exploration of your digital device”,says Fadia.

While hosting the ‘What the Hack’,a TV show that dealt with similar situations,Fadia says he got the idea to pen down the solutions and tricks for technology buffs.

His ‘Geek On The Loose’ video log on YouTube is also based on a similar concept where he has demonstrated some of the situations mentioned in the book.

Ankit Fadia says insists his new book is for a ‘curious’ layman and differs from his earlier books that focused on technical aspects and dealt more with hacking issues.

The Delhi boy who previously shuttled between the US and India is presently based in Mumbai.

He has signed a three-book deal with Penguin and plans to come up next with a fun-filled fiction novel.

“There will be hacking involved in this story about three friends besides a love story angle. There might be incidents inspired from real-life but it is definitely not about me”,he says,”I always wanted to write down a fiction continued…

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