Top news this week
We understand you lead busy lives and it’s hard to keep track of everything that goes on in the tech world. So here’s a handy recap of the top news stories this week.
Microsoft unveils next-gen console, dubbed the Xbox One
Microsoft has unveiled its next-gen console, the Xbox One, and is aimed at taking over all your living room entertainment instead of just being a gaming machine.
Xbox One breaks cover
HTC announces mid-range Desire 600 with quad-core CPU; launching in June
HTC has unveiled the new HTC Desire 600 dual-SIM smartphone, the first mid-range handset to offer the company’s Sense 5 experience.
iPhone 5S could have many colour options, may launch before iPad 5
New rumours are popping up that hint that the next iPhone will be available in different colour options and will have a dual-LED flash . The much-awaited low-cost iPhone is also said to get these colour options.
Nvidia launches the new GeForce GTX 780 graphics card
Nvidia has launched its new GPU – dubbed the GeForce GTX 780. The company has also released the GeForce Experience software, which gives players more control over the drivers, advanced features and customisable settings for gamers.
Kim Dotcom says Google, Facebook and Twitter violate his two-step authentication patent
Flamboyant and controversial Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has claimed that the two-step authentication method used by Google, Facebook and, most recently, Twitter violates a patent registered in his name in 1997.
Tumblr users not happy with Yahoo takeover
Yahoo clinched a $1.1 billion dollar deal for Tumblr, but many users have expressed their unhappiness about the deal, fearing that the takeover may damage or even destroy the platform.
HTC One up for pre-order for Rs 42,900, shipping to begin next week
The much-awaited and much-delayed HTC flagship is still not showing signs of being actually available. But those who have waited for over a month since the handset’s ‘launch’ will be pleased to know that Flipkart has put the phone on pre-order.
Your phone bill may go up as telecom players eye higher call rates
Indian mobile telephone companies have come a long way and no longer perceive lowering prices and increasing subscribers as tools for survival. To ensure their sustenance, telecom players in India are slowly hiking call rates and doing away with promotional offers.
Jolla’s new Sailfish smartphone price and specs revealed
Jolla has unveiled the first SailfishOS phone, also called Jolla, and it comes with unique modular back panels called ‘The Other Half’.
The Jolla looks great
Asus Transformer P1801 launched in India for Rs 86,999; dual-boots Android 4.1 and Windows 8
Asus’s exciting dual-booting Transformer AiO P1801 touchscreen all-in-one (AIO) has been officially launched in India. The PC-tablet combo will start shipping for Rs 86,999 for the model with the Core i3 processor, while the Core i5 processor-toting model will set you back by Rs 92,999.
Amazon Appstore now in India
The Amazon Appstore has finally arrived to our side of the world, Android Police reports. Now in version 5.0, the updated Amazon Appstore has introduced support for nearly 200 countries – including, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa.
Nokia Lumia 920 price drops, available for Rs 31,999 with wireless charging pad
Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8-running Lumia 920 has seen a steep drop in price and is now available for Rs 31,999 at most online retailers, including Flipkart and Infibeam.
Indian girl invents device that can charge phone in 20 seconds
An 18-year-old Indian-origin girl in the US has developed a potentially revolutionary device that can charge a mobile phone in just 20 seconds.
World’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet Acer W3 shows up on official website
Acer’s 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8 is the first of its kind and will most likely be unveiled officially at Computex next month.
First Windows 8 small tablet
Sony Xperia Tablet Z on pre-order for Rs 44,990; shipping in early June
Sony’s water and dust resistant Xperia Tablet Z has gone up for pre-order on Flipkart for a price of Rs 44,990.
Almost all new mobile malware targets Android Phones
The malware problem is set to grow worse as 99.9% of all new malware are aimed at the world’s most popular smartphone platform.
New Windows 8 ad takes a dig at iPad using Siri
Microsoft’s new ad for Windows 8 goes directly for Apple’s throat. The ad shows an Asus VivoTab doing some things that an iPad supposedly can’t do, and this is reiterated by Siri, of all people!
Yahoo! will not restrict Tumblr’s porn content: CEO Mayer
Yahoo says that it is not bothered about its newly acquired blogging portal’s porn content. CEO Marissa Mayer reassured Tumblr users that Yahoo! had no plans on cutting down or restricting pornographic content on the blogging site.
HTC may be facing troubled times with staff departure and production problems
Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera has left HTC and follows the Vice President of Global Communications, Jason Gordon, Global Retail Marketing Manager Rebecca Rowland, Director of Digital Marketing John Starkweather and Product Strategy Manager Eric Lin out the door at the Taiwanese company
Micromax launches quad-core A110Q Canvas 2 Plus for Rs 12,100
Micromax has quietly launched a quad-core version of its ultrapopular A110 Canvas 2 smartphone. The A110Q Canvas 2 Plus is available for Rs 12,100.
Another Canvas is here
Your private messages on Skype may not be private, says report
An investigation has found that the so-called private messages that users send each other on Skype may not be that private after all.
Cricketer David Warner fined for Twitter outburst
Australian batsman David Warner has been fined A$5,750 for his Twitter outburst against two journalists, the maximum financial penalty for a first offence.
Leak shows forthcoming VPN and Bluetooth 4.0 support for Windows RT
According to leaked images these features will come with Windows 8.1 RT and, hopefully, to the Windows Phone platform as well.
New Batman: Arkham Origins trailer shows Batman going toe-to-toe with Deathstroke
The trailer shows us a younger Batman as he takes on the criminal underbelly of Gotham City. There are plenty of cameos of villains from the Batman mythos, but the most prominent one is that of Deathstroke.
Leap Motion comes to Windows OS
Leap Motion has announced through a blogpost that it is launching its advanced motion sensing technology onto the Windows OS. In a video released, the company showed users just how the experience would feel like.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active specs and pictures leak
We’ve got our first peek at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active I9295, the rugged version of the current Samsung flagship and it’s bright red and nothing like any Samsung phone we’ve ever seen.
Yahoo! unveils all new Flickr with 1TB of free space
Yahoo announced a complete revamp of its photo service Flickr and it comes with a whopping one terabyte of free photo storage.
YouTube turns eight, has more than 100 hours of video uploaded every minute
Every month, more than 1 billion people visit YouTube to watch videos.