Top news this week: HTC One Google Edition confirmed,Samsung launches new phablets in India and more!

The past week has been quite busy for the tech world with several product announcements and launches. Here' s a recap of what happened in the tech arena over the past week.

Ubuntu’s #1 bug 'fixed' thanks to Android and iOS
Nine years ago when Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical started shipping Ubuntu, he had declared his #1 bug as "Microsoft owning the majority share in the market". With the popularity of other mobile OSes, he now think the bug is closed as Microsoft doesn’t dominate the software market anymore.

Sony officially states that PlayStation 4 will not have DRM against used games
Sony has made it official that it won't be implementing any sort of DRM in the PlayStation 4 to stop the use of used-games The confirmation comes in the form of Sony retroactively having answered the question of used-game DRM.

HTC One Google Edition confirmed; will hit Play Store on June 26
Google’s Sundar Pichai, the head of Android, Chrome and Apps, took the stage at AllThingsD’s D11 conference with an HTC One. However, this was no regular HTC One as Pichai went on to reveal that a Google Edition for the Taiwanese company’s flagship will arrive on the Play Store on June 26 for $599.

HTC One running stock Android

HTC One running stock Android


Smartphone users check their phones an average of 150 times a day
A new survey reveals that smartphone users check their phones an average 150 times a day. This may not surprise many of us who are glued to our mobile screens most of the time.

Windows 8.1 interface details emerge; fate of the Start menu still uncertain
It’s no secret that Windows 8’s all-new interface has presented challenges for many users. Microsoft had declared to publicly show off the improvements it has made to Windows 8.1’s Modern UI. The question regarding the 'Start Menu' remains.

Samsung officially announces Galaxy S4 mini
Samsung finally revealed the toned-down version of the very powerful Galaxy S4 – Galaxy S4 mini. he handset has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a qHD resolution and weighs in at 107 g. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.

An S4 for every user in the market.

S4 mini confirmed


Half of Internet users in India share almost everything they see on the web
This Mary Meeker report talks about the changes heralded by the advent of social networking and how it has affected the way users share information over the Internet. India added 88 million new Internet users between 2008 and 2012, and over half of the total internet users in India share almost everything they see on the web. That is twice the global average of 24%.

Flipkart's Flyte MP3 store to shut down on June 17
Flipkart, the largest e-commerce site in the country, decided to shutter its Flyte digital music download service earlier this week. However, the Flyte store will continue to stock e-books.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z officially launched in India for Rs 46,990
Sony’s water and dust-resistant Xperia Tablet Z has been officially launched in India for Rs 46,990. The 10.1-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-running tablet’s is just 6.9 mm in depth, which Sony claims makes it the thinnest in its category.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch screen

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch screen


Tim Cook reveals the future for Apple
The D11 conference every year promises to throw up surprises and this year was no different as Apple CEO Tim Cook took the centrestage to dicuss Apple’s future. Something about smartwatches and the rumoured TV that will be made by Apple.

Punjab govt to distribute Aakash tablets among students in rural areas
In its attempt to strengthen higher education in the rural areas of Punjab, the state government has said that 1.5 lakh students here would be given Aakash tablets from this session, at a cost of Rs 110 crores.

HTC One finally gets an ‘official’ launch in India
The much-delayed HTC One has started showing up in stores sporadically, but the phone finally got an official launch in India. The current price of the smartphone is Rs 42,900. HTC joined hands with Reliance Communication to launch the new flagship. Reliance HTC One 3G users will get 1GB of data free for three months, along with free access to WhatsApp, Facebook and a 3-month subscription to BIGFlix.

Samsung launches Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3
Samsung launched its two new phablets in the Indian market. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is priced at Rs 25,100 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3  at Rs 31,490.




IRCTC making bookings faster


IRCTC site could be capable of booking 7,200 e-tickets/minute soon
Getting e-tickets for your next rail trip to your native town may just get easier. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) reportedly, has revealed its grand plan of making the IRCTC site capable of booking 7,200 e-tickets per minute, in the current fiscal.

Published Date: Jun 02, 2013 16:09 PM | Updated Date: Jun 02, 2013 16:09 PM