Technology Sector

Candy Crush maker to go public this week

Candy Crush maker to go public this weekKing Digital, the company that produced addictive game Candy Crush Saga, has said that it is planning to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is planning to sell 22 million shares priced at $21 to $24 each. It will have 315 million shares outstanding after the Initial Public Offering.

Samsung set to launch NX Mini for selfie lovers

Samsung set to launch NX Mini for selfie loversWashington, Mar 20 : Samsung is set to launch a new cell phone with an interchangeable-lens camera system that focuses on good looks, small size, and connectivity and selfies.

It's called the NX Mini, and it will hit the shelves in April with a 450 dollars and 550 kit dollars.

According to the Verge, the mobile includes a minuscule 9mm f/3.5 (24mm-equivalent) lens that is one of two kit options for the 20-megapixel camera ($449).

The other includes a new 9-27mm (24-73mm-equivalent) zoom lens and external flash.

Panasonic distributes 4,000 solar lanterns in electricity-deprive areas

Panasonic distributes 4,000 solar lanterns in electricity-deprive areasOsaka-headquartered tech giant Panasonic on Tuesday distributed 4,000 solar lanterns in India's various parts where people do not have access to electricity.

The consumer durables giant distributed the solar lanterns in partnership with six leading non-government organizations, viz. World Health Partners, Plan International India, Care India, World Vision India, Japan Lutheran Evangelical Association and SARD.

The lanterns were distributed in areas of Haryana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal.

India, China sign MoU on IT cooperation

India, China sign MoU on IT cooperation India on Tuesday sealed a pact on information technology (IT) and software cooperation with China, a move that is expected to help Indian IT companies in obtaining contracts from China's state-run firms.

After signing the memorandum of understanding on IT cooperation, Yang Xueshan, Vice Minister in the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT), claimed that contrary to Indian perceptions, China's state-run companies weren't blocking Indian IT companies.

Apple's iOS 7.1 update blamed for shrinking battery life, other iPhone glitches

Apple's iOS 7.1 update blamed for shrinking battery life, other iPhone glitchesWashington, March 16 : Apple's latest iOS 7.1 update is reportedly said to be the reason behind poor battery performance and other minor glitches in iPhone devices.

It has also been reported that the recently launched iOS 7.1 update is causing phones to lose contacts and disrupting Bluetooth connections.

According to Metro, while the new iOS 7.1 is one of the quickest downloaded updates ever, iPhone users are not happy with its performance.

Updated Google Play Store to have passwords for more control over 'in-game purchases'

Updated Google Play Store to have passwords for more control over 'in-game purchases'Washington, March 16 : Google has reportedly updated its Play Store, offering more control over purchase of in-game virtual goods.

Following the update, users will now have to enter a password every time they want to buy virtual goods while they are occupied with a game.

According to Cnet, earlier, goods could be bought within 30 minutes on one password entry, the option for which remains available.

Satya Nadella sees Cloud as huge enabler of consumer services & entrepreneurial growth

Satya Nadella sees Cloud as huge enabler of consumer services & entrepreneurial growthMicrosoft is working to offer a broad range of Azure cloud offerings to pick up the pace economic growth and penetrate cloud services in India, the world's biggest software firm's newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella said.

In a recent interview, Hyderabad-based Nadella said India is one of the few countries where Microsoft has the entire range of our operations, with a workforce of more than 6,000 people.

It will be hard for Nokia to regain market share in India: say analysts

It will be hard for Nokia to regain market share in India: say analystsNokia on Monday launched Android-based mid-range X-series smartphones in India in an attempt to regain market share, but analysts say that it will not be easy for the struggling handset maker to make a mark in the overly-crowded market.

Panasonic’s P31 smartphone to hit Indian store shelves this week

Panasonic’s P31 smartphone to hit Indian store shelves this weekIn a bid to take advantage of growing middle class in India, consumer electronics giant Panasonic has launched mid-ranged P31 smartphone in the country.

To be available for purchase starting this week with a price tag of Rs 11,990, the Panasonic P31 features a 5-inch FWVGA display that offers resolution of 480 by 854 pixels. It has two cameras - an 8 megapixel camera on the rear side and a VGA camera on the front. The rear-facing camera comes with auto-focus and full HD video recording capability.

Apple shifted $8.9bn in untaxed profits from Oz operations to Ireland

Apple shifted $8.9bn in untaxed profits from Oz operations to IrelandSydney, Mar 06 : Apple reportedly shifted billions of its untaxed profits earned in Australia to tax havens in Ireland in the last decade, an investigation report has revealed.

Probe by The Australian Financial Review found that the US tech giant shifted an estimated 8.9 billion dollars from Australia to Ireland.

Ashton Kutcher-designed Lenovo smartphones to debut this year

Ashton KutcherWashington, Mar. 02 - Special edition smartphones designed by Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher are reportedly set to hit stores this year.

Kutcher, a noted tech enthusiast, had been brought on board as a product engineer back in October and the first devices influenced by him would be available in 2014.

Lenovo executive David Roman said that Kutcher's role in shaping the company's hardware was very real and the company's partnership with the actor represented far more than a publicity grab, The Verge reports.

Shanghai authorities move to limit taxi booking apps

Shanghai authorities move to limit taxi booking appsThe authorities in the Chinese mega city of Shanghai are increasing looking to restrict the use of popular taxi booking apps.

The move might put the investment by domestic as well as global companies into the technology at risk in the key market. The authorities are moving to restrict the use of such apps after a similar move by the authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The new laws backed by the city authorities would ban the use of booking apps by cab drivers during the rush hours and also restrict the use by private vehicles licensed for hire.

Latest Samsung Galaxy S5 can refocus photos after capturing

Latest Samsung Galaxy S5 can refocus photos after capturingWashington, Feb 27 : Samsung's recently unveiled latest Galaxy S5 could refocus photos after capturing them.

The hi-end smartphone comes with a photo-capturing mode in which a user could designate a specific subject to be in focus and click the picture.

Once the picture has been clicked, a user could open it for editing and choose if they want the background to be 'de focused,' Mashable reports.

User could change the amount of blur or the ' bokeh' effect, by simply sliding the finger across the screen.

Facebook boosts mobile presence with WhatsApp acquisition

Facebook boosts mobile presence with WhatsApp acquisitionSocial networking giant, Facebook has said that it has significantly boosted its presence in the mobile market with the acquisition of WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook has said that it is planning to acquire leading social messaging app, WhatsApp in a deal valued at $19 billion.

HCL Corp denies any plans to exit HCL Technologies

HCL Corp denies any plans to exit HCL TechnologiesShiv Nadar-led HCL Corp has refuted media reports that the company has plans to exit from its information technology subsidiary HCL Technologies Ltd.

Citing unnamed sources, some media channels recently reported that HCL Founder Shiv Nadar was mulling a plan to sell his stake in HCL Technology for $10 billion.

But the company refuted the reports, saying there was no plan to sell its controlling stake in the information technology service provider.

New 'Postcard' app for iPhone lets you post on multiple social networks simultaneously

New 'Postcard' app for iPhone lets you post on multiple social networks simultaneouslyWashington, Feb 20 : A new app for iPhone allows users to cross-post to various social media websites at once, including a user's own website.

The Postcard app functions by allowing users to set any one social network as the content's host.

For example, if a user has multiple Twitter accounts, Postcard could allow the user to tweet from one account while other accounts re-tweet the post, Tech Crunch reports.

Apple-Samsung settlement talks fail: report

Apple-Samsung settlement talks fail: reportTech giants Apple and Samsung have reportedly failed to reach an out-of-court settlement in their long-going patent legal battle.

Citing anonymous sources, ZDNet Korea has reported that top executives of Apple and Samsung met last week in the United States to discuss a possible out-of-court settlement over their patent disputes but they failed to reach an agreement.

BlackBerry rolls out BBM 2.0 for Android, iPhone

BlackBerry rolls out BBM 2.0 for Android, iPhoneBlackBerry has just announced the release of an updated version of its popular messenger service BBM for Android and iOS that brings a number of notable new features.

The new BBM (version 2.0) brings features like integrated Dropbox for BlackBerry, iOS as well as Android-based devices.

Microsoft set to launch Office for iPad before July

Microsoft set to launch Office for iPad before JulyWashington, Feb. 16 : Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch Office for iPad before July this year.

Speculations were rife that the software giant was working on Office for iPhone and iPad a while back, but Microsoft unveiled only the iPhone version, leaving tablet users with the option of Office Web Apps to tab.

According to the Verge, development on Office for iPad has both continued and been sped up in order to bring it to market fairly soon

HTC undecided on Windows Phones

HTC undecided on Windows PhonesWashington, Feb. 16 : Commenting on HTC's speculated future Windows Phones, the company's executives said that nothing concrete was in works regarding future products.

During an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, HTC executives answered about the company's product strategy including its use of the Sense UI versus its Google Play Edition.

However, the company refrained from talking in detail about the future of Windows Phone User " 0157h7 ", PC World reported.




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