Top news this week: Kindle Paperwhite, iPhone 5s and 4s cashback offers, Asha 503 and more!

If you haven't been able to catch up with the latest happening in the tech world over the past week, then here's a quick recap...


The past week saw some major announcements in the tech space. If you haven't been able to catch up with the latest happenings over the past week, then here's a quick recap.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite price slashed, now starts at Rs 9,999
Amazon has slashed the price of its popular Kindle Paperwhite, both 3G and Wi-Fi models, by Rs 1,000. Amazon.in is currently selling the Wi-Fi version of the Kindle Paperwhite for Rs 9,999 and 3G model for Rs 12,999. The company has also slashed the prices of the older 6-inch Kindle by Rs 1000, which is now selling for Rs 4,999.

Apple's iPhone 5c and 4s exchange scheme offers big discounts for your old smartphone
Apple has launched a buyback offer for the latest iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S in India. The company is encouraging people to exchange their iPhone 4 for an iPhone 5c/4S. The company is offering minimum Rs 13,000 cashback for the iPhone 4, and one can enjoy an even greater discount if their phone is in great condition. 

Top news this week: Kindle Paperwhite, iPhone 5s and 4s cashback offers, Asha 503 and more!

The iPhone 5S promises to be the best gaming smartphone available, but not because of the hardware

 

Hot on Apple's trail, HTC and Nokia roll out buyback schemes for high-end smartphones
Strikingly similar to the iPhone 4s and 5c buyback scheme, HTC promises that users will be able to get a certain minimum cashback offer for upgrading to the HTC One or One mini by exchanging their older smartphones. Nokia has also launched a similar buyback scheme for its Lumia series of handsets.

 

Nokia Asha 502 and Asha 503 to be available in India this month
The Nokia Asha 502 Dual SIM and Asha 503–unveiled at the Nokia event in Abu Dhabi –are all set to go on sale in select markets including India. Both devices will reportedly be available through online retailers and Nokia retail outlets within a week.

Major SMS vulnerability found in Nexus phones; here’s how you can stay safe
A new SMS vulnerability found in Nexus phones can force the phone to malfunction, restart, freeze or even lose network. The issue was first pointed out by a security researcher Bogdan Alecu, who has also built an app to avoid such an attack.

 

Mulally and Nadella in the lead to be next Microsoft CEO: Bloomberg
Microsoft’s board has placed Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella at the top of its potential CEO list, according to a report by Bloomberg. Quoting “people familiar with the matter”, the source says that internal candidate Tony Bates and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop are still on the list, but are considered less likely to be offered the job.

 

HTC's flagship One now coming to users dipped in gold
Joining the gold brigade, smartphone manufacturer HTC has unveiled a golden-coloured version of the HTC One. This time around, the device does not come from Goldgenie or as a limited MOBO edition nor crafted from real “gold”. The company has simply added a new champagne gold colour option for the HTC One, which is already available in silver, blue, black and red.

One dipped in champagne gold

HTC One dipped in champagne gold

 

WD's new Black2 dual drive combines 120GB SSD+1TB HDD in 2.5-inch form factor
WD has now announced the release of the world’s first SSD+HDD dual drive – Black2. The storage option fuses a 120GB SSD with a 1TB hard disk drive in a 2.5-inch form factor.

 

Geeksphone announces smartphone running Android and Firefox OS together
Open source phone maker Geeksphone seems to have quite a few plans for Firefox OS. It has recently announced that it is working on a smartphone that will not only run Firefox, but also run Android.

 

Micromax launches 5-inch Canvas A77 Juice with 3000 mAh battery for Rs 7,999
Micromax has yet another addition to its Canvas range of smartphones. The Indian company has released the A77 Canvas Juice. Priced at Rs 7,999, the highlight of the device is its 3000 mAh battery.
 
Gionee's 5.5-inch Elife E7 with Snapdragon 800 coming to India in January
Gionee has announced a new flagship smartphone and successor to its Elife E6—the Elife E7. Sporting a large 5.5-inch full HD display, the E6 is a camera-centric smartphone with 16 megapixel snapper on the back and an 8 megapixel front-facing camera.

ELife E7 with 16MP camera

ELife E7 with 16MP camera coming to India in January

 

NSA reportedly spied on porn habits to discredit suspected radicals
The National Security Agency has reportedly been gathering records of online activity, specifically visits to pornographic websites, of suspected radical elements according to the Huffington Post. According to a top-secret, but now leaked, NSA document, the security agency did this as part of a proposed plan “to harm the reputation of those whom the agency believes are radicalising other through incendiary speeches.”

Voice-based 'OK Google' hotword search comes to desktop Chrome
Chrome has got an extension that will let you perform a search simply by voice commands now. The “OK Google” command will now work on Google Chrome for performing search.

 

Google India launches elections portal as 'one-stop destination' for all ballot news
To bring a measure of sanity in the frenzy that is the election season, Google has launched an election portal that will help voters understand the electoral process, get access to all the news related to elections and politics. Users will also get detailed information on specific political parties and get linked to the official web presence of each party.

Sony's high-end Cyber-shot RX10 launched in India for Rs 84,990
Sony has expanded its RX series of cameras in India with the new Cyber-shot RX10 aimed at DSLR enthusiasts. The camera is priced at Rs 84,990 and will be available in India from the end of this year.

 

YouTube acknowledges issues with comments, rolling out fixes
The massive outrage over YouTube’s new comment system has not gone unheard. YouTube has acknowledged the presence of increased spam since the new comments system integrated with Google+ came into place and has made a few updates to address the issues.

Tablets to account for 50 percent of overall PC market by 2014
Tablets shipments are estimated to reach 285 million units by next year. This means that the mobile device will account for half the total PC shipments, including that for desktops, notebooks and tablets. Tablet shipments are expected to grow to 396 million units by 2017.

Flipkart finally launches native iOS app
Indian online retailer Flipkart has finally launched a native app for iOS. It is quite similar to the Android app. The e-tailer has tried keeping the desktop experience intact with its new mobile app. The interface comes with all products under “Shop by Departments”, which comes with options like fashion & accessories, electronics & appliances, books & entertainments as well as kids & baby care.

 

Flipkart finally makes it to iOS

Flipkart finally makes it to iOS

 

 

Google Play Editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One get Android 4.4 KitKat update
Through its Android Google+ page, Google has announced that the new Android 4.4 KitKat update will be reaching Play Editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One starting today. The 300MB update is reportedly available as an over-the-air download.

Samsung's quad-core Galaxy Grand 2 with large 5.25-inch screen coming soon
Samsung has announced a successor to its Galaxy Grand - Grand 2. The Galaxy Grand 2 is a much-improved version of the earlier phone and brings some high-end features to what is hoped will be a mid-range phone. The Galaxy Grand 2 will feature a 5.25-inch display 16:9 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and 8 megapixel rear camera.

Want porn on your Xbox One? There's a new app for that
If the only thing holding you back from buying an Xbox One was the lack of porn, fret not! SugarDVD has announced that it has found a way to bring its content on to the next-gen console. According to Digital Trends, SugarDVD uses Internet Explorer in Xbox One to access content, and it requires a monthly subscription. The company couldn't make a native app since Microsoft, for obvious reasons, doesn't endorse it.

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Age verification barrier to follow alcohol brands

 

Twitter puts age verification barrier between young users and booze brands
So you want to follow your favourite alcohol brand on Twitter and have a look at its updates and probably even take part in contests it hosts. Well, Twitter will let you do all of this, but first you need to confirm to the micro-blogging website that you’re old enough to do so.

Google Glass development kit now open to all
Google has finally made the Glassware development kit (GDK) open to everyone. Essentially anyone can now download the development kit and have a go at making some apps for the much-hyped Google Glass. Before this, developers would have to somehow be on a whitelist to get access to the GDK.