Shunal DokeNov 10, 2013 10:00:00 IST
We get it. You've had a busy week and couldn't keep up on all the happenings in the world of technology. Don't worry, though. We've got you covered. Check out some of the top news of the week, which includes a new SD card that is fast enough to record 4K video, the Nexus 5 and new graphics card.
New SD card format announced, fast enough to support 4K video footage
The SD Association has announced the creation of a new SD card, the Ultra High Speed (UHS) Class 3 (U3), which is now going to be fast enough to support 4K Ultra HD video footage. The new cards have been designed to support a wide array of 4K television and video products that are currently available in the market.
A SD card for your 4K video footage needs
Hackers compromise Bitcoin site, make off with over $1 million in digital currency
It may no longer be safe to store Bitcoin, the digital currency that we have been hearing a lot about, on the Internet, according to an entrepreneur going by the name TradeFortress. The source, who is the founder of an inputs.io company which used to store Bitcoins in digital wallets for people around the world now says, “I don’t recommend storing any Bitcoins accessible on computers connected to the internet.”
Change on the horizon possible if Microsoft CEO candidate Elop takes over
Stephen Elop, one of the candidates primed to take over from Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer, may have a few radical plans in mind for the company. The ex-Nokia head honcho, according to the source, may be looking at expanding the reach of Office software programmes like Word, Excel and PowerPoint to a variety of smartphones and tablets, including those made by Apple and Google.
Blizzard announces Warlords of Draenor expansion pack for World of Warcraft
Blizzard has unveiled a new expansion pack for its ever-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. The expansion pack has been named Warlords of Draenor, and will be the fifth expansion pack to the MMORPG since its launch in 2004. The expansion pack will involve players traveling through the ancient planet Draenor with its savage jungles and battle-scarred plains. Players will get the change to meet some classic characters from the Warcraft lore, such as Grom Hellscream, Blackhand and Ner’zhul.
Grommash might not be thrilled about everyone having killed his son
Beware: Google Play Service update turning off Android Device Manager in some phones
There’s a new Google Play Services update rolling out, in anticipation of the release of Android KitKat that brings along a lot of new under-the-hood changes to the service. Unfortunately, it is also bringing along an unwanted one, which is definitely going to make a lot of Android users unhappy – it disables Android Device Manager on your phones.
WhatsApp executive dismisses idea of selling out to Facebook, Google
Cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp does not have any plans to selling out to Facebook or Google. The app, which currently processes up to 18 billion messages a day across 100 countries on 750 mobile networks, recently announced that it has over 20 million active users in India.
With 12 million Internet users, Mumbai tops list of connected Indian cities
India’s economic capital, Mumbai, has emerged to be the city with the highest number of Internet users in India, ahead of cities like New Delhi and Bangalore. A report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has revealed that Mumbai has a sum total of 12 million Internet users in India, the highest in the country.
AMD launches R9 290 graphics card for Rs 24,900
AMD has launched its new Radeon R9 290 graphics card, which is the latest addition to the company’s recent R9 series of GPUs. The R9 290 is essentially joins the ranks with the recently-launched R9 270X, R9 280X and R9 290X. It uses the company’s new Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, and has built-in support for AMD’s recently-unveiled Mantle API.
The new 290 is supposed to stand alongside the 290X
Twitter makes its NYSE debut, shares close at $44.90
Twitter finally went public with its much awaited IPO yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange, a mere five years after its launch. The micro-blogging website’s opening transaction was of 11 million shares at $45.10 each and closed at around the same point at $44.90.
Nvidia launches GeForce GTX 780 Ti starting at Rs 59,000
Nvidia has launched its new GPU, dubbed the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The GPU is essentially an upgrade to the current flagship GTX 780 which was launched earlier this year. The company claims that the game can offer smooth framerates for current and upcoming games, including Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Batman: Arkham Origins. Prices are expected to start at Rs 59,000 so it's in-between the GTX 780 and the GTX Titan.
Samsung pledges half its R&D team to improve mobile software experience
Most of the news so far from Samsung’s Analyst Day has been about how the company plans to integrate its technology across more categories. In the middle of all this, though, the phone maker also admitted that it needs to work on its software.
Google inviting Glass developers to show off new version of development kit
While Google Glass has already been quite a hit with the few developers it currently boasts of, Google wants to push the wearable's development scene further. The company has announced that it will be showcasing the Glass SDK at a two-day hackathon in San Francisco later this month, where developers will get to try out the newest version of the Glassware Development Kit (GDK).
Glass is getting a big update soon
Rockstar starts rolling out Grand Theft Auto Online stimulus package
Rockstar has finally kicked off the much-awaited stimulus package where the company will reward those who faced issues with Grand Theft Auto Online during its troubled launch with a total of $500,000 in-game money. The first half of the money will be deposited directly into players' in-game accounts over the next couple of days, so don't worry if you haven't gotten your money just yet.
Coming soon from Samsung - 4K smartphones, custom ARM CPUs
Samsung has now revealed some heady details about its plans for the future at the second analyst event held in South Korea. The company has confirmed that they are working to bring out their own application processor. In the past, most major smartphone manufacturers like NVIDIA have licensed processors from ARM and put it on their own chips.
PlayStation 3 sales figures cross 80 million mark
The current generation of consoles seems to have been an unprecedented success. Sony has announced that it has sold 80 million PlayStation 3 units. The sales figure counts all PS3s sold since its Japan-only launch on November 11, 2006 to November 2, 2013. This makes the console just a few days shy of seven years old.
Square Enix ventures into cloud gaming territory with Project Flare
Move over OnLive and Gaikai, there's a new player in town—Square Enix. The Japan-based company seems to be testing the waters of cloud-based gaming with Project Flare. However, Square Enix Director of Business Development Jacob Navok differentiates flare from OnLive and Gaikai. “Gaikai and OnLive are ‘streamed’ games. Not really ‘cloud’ games,” said Navok. “[Flare] replaces the console with a supercomputer.”
The LG G Flex is on its way to getting an international launch
LG is working on international launch for G Flex with curved display
Late last month, LG announced the new G Flex smartphone with curved display. An LG spokesperson now confirms that the G Flex will hit markets across the globe in the near future. This means that it could be the first phone with curved display to hit the global market, as its competitor the Samsung Galaxy Round is also only available in Korea. LG’s Vice Chairman Koo Bon-joon reportedly revealed that the company is in talks with carriers around the world, and the G Flex is expected to be available in the US, Japan and Europe.
Galaxy Nexus users petition Sundar Pichai for Android 4.4 KitKat update
Google started the festive season with its big announcements about the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. While the company has resolved issues related to memory constraints to bring KitKat to lower-end Android phones as well, the update won’t be coming to the Galaxy Nexus, which was released in 2011. This hasn't gone down well with most Galaxy Nexus users, so one such user Max Duckwitz has started a petition requesting Google to reconsider its decision.
iFixit teardown finds Nexus 5 much easier to repair than Apple iPhone 5s
It was inevitable and the newly-launched Nexus 5 has finally got the teardown treatment from the guys at iFixit. So how did Google’s flagship phone perform in their labs? Let’s keep the score a secret for a bit, but we can tell you that the Google phone easily bests the iPhone 5s and some other recent Android phones in this regard.
Google reveals 32GB Nexus 7 to be priced at Rs 25,999, 16GB Nexus 10 at Rs 29,999
We have been hearing about the Nexus 7 (2013) entering the Indian market for quite some time now. There seems to be some hope for those who have been waiting for this refreshed Nexus 7 tablet. The Google website now lists the 32GB Nexus 7 3G + Wi-Fi model on its site for a price of Rs 25,999. Along with the Nexus 7, it has also listed the 16GB Nexus 10 Wi-Fi only for Rs 29,999. Both devices show the “coming soon” status. So we can be sure they will available to buy along with the Nexus 5, which is also listed as coming soon.
Call of Duty: Ghosts out now on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Publisher Activision has announced that it has sold more than $1 billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts copies to retailers worldwide. What’s interesting is that historically, the company has showed off the number of games sold to players. This time, specifying that it sold that many copies to stores paints an entirely different picture.
Samsung unveils W2014 dual-screen Snapdragon 800 flip phone
Recently we saw the Samsung Galaxy Golden, a premium flip phone. Now, there’s yet another flip phone from the company dubbed W2014, which will set you back for over Rs 1 lakh. The SCH-W2014 was launched at the company’s annual "Heart Of The World" charity concert in Nanjing.
Apple iPhone 5s out of stock in India, but 5c not so hot
The new iPhones went on sale in India last week. We caught all the frenzy around the iPhone 5s and 5c launch live in Mumbai. While the “cheaper” iPhone 5c was supposed to be the highly anticipated device, it was the iPhone 5s that stole the show. According to TOI, the iPhone 5s is already sold out across the country and retailers are asking Apple for emergency replenishments. Reportedly, some sources reveal that the new stock is likely to reach these retailers in the next two days.
Illusionist, Nokia's 8-inch Windows RT tablet, reportedly set for early 2014 launch
It’s just recently that Nokia unveiled its first Windows RT-based tablet called Lumia 2520, and the second one is already in the works. According to a tweet sent out by prolific tipster evleaks, Nokia is working on its second Windows RT-based tablet codenamed Illusionist (Who comes up with these names). However, this time around it will feature an 8-inch display.
Illusionist in the works?
Moto G teaser brings up November 13 launch date
After appearing in a series of leaks last week, the Moto G is finally official. Motorola hasn't revealed much, but confirms the existence of the Moto G through a teaser. The teaser hints at an official announcement slated for next Wednesday, which is November 13.
Google launches Helpouts for live expert advice on just about everything
Google has launched Helpouts, a paid live video service for users. It offers Hangouts-like video chat that connects users with experts who will answer questions about a wide range of questions. Users can ask questions just about everything such as home improvement, fixing a computer, applying makeup, playing a musical instrument and more.
Qualcomm's Adreno 400 GPU to be unveiled in early 2014
Qualcomm has been hard at work making its new mobile GPU. Rumoured to be named the Adreno 400, it will undoubtedly be a big step up from the current-gen 330, which currently works with the Snapdragon 800 chip—one of the fastest mobile chips currently available. The Adreno 400 is expected to show itself alongside Qualcomm's next chip, which is slated for a CES 2014 unveiling in January.
Android Jelly Bean now on over 52% of devices
Even as some users wait for the official Android 4.4 KitKat update, Google has released its latest platform numbers for the month ending November 1. According to the figures, Jelly Bean versions of the OS now power more than half the active Android devices in the world.
Big Boss will be back next Spring
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes to hit stores in Spring 2014
Game publisher Konami has announced that the much-awaited Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be hitting stores in Spring 2014. The game will be hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The release date for the second part of MGS 5, dubbed Phantom Pain, where the game's plotline will play its hand, is currently unknown.
The 1,350-kilogram (3,000-pound) orbiter must travel some 780 million kilometers (485 million miles) over 300 days to reach the red planet next September. India is aiming to follow the Soviet Union, United States and Europe in having a successful visit to Mars. The launch will take place on the east-coast island of Shriharikota.
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