Top news this week: Xperia ZU leak, New Galaxy Camera, Xbox One DRM more!

The past week has been quite busy for the tech world with leaks, Samsung's event and the Facebook event. Here' s a recap of what happened in the tech

The past week has been quite busy for the tech world with leaks, Samsung's event and the Facebook event. Here' s a recap of what happened in the tech arena over the past week:


Will it never end?

New firmware update bricks the console



Sony to roll out new update to fix PlayStation 3 bricking firmware
After having recently rolled out a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 that accidentally bricked the console if it had a HDD in it bigger than 500GB, Sony has stated that it will be releasing an update that fixes the issue. The new update will attempt to fix the issues with the 4.45 firmware update that caused any PS3 with a modified HDD to brick. So far, the update doesn’t seem to have affected any console with the default HDD. Sony has since pulled the 4.45 firmware from its official listing.

Smartphone usage no longer restricted to the metros in India
Recent developments suggest that India is taking big strides towards becoming a country with a huge base of smartphone users. This comes as the latest findings by MapBox, an online platform that allows you to create customised maps, reveal that the smartphone usage is no longer restricted to the five metros of the country.

Latest Xperia ZU leak reveals Snapdragon 800 CPU, massive 6.21-inch display
As one of the most leaked handsets this year, we have a fair bit of idea about the specs of the Sony Xperia ZU, or Togari, as it is codenamed. A new set of screenshots have been leaked, and show a system info app running on the phone. The information, if true, reveals a full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Sony has an event scheduled on June 25, when it is expected to announce the ZU, and it will be one of the first in the world to use the top-end Qualcomm SoC.

The leaked screenshots show the specs of the Xperia ZU

The leaked screenshots show the specs of the Xperia ZU


WhatsApp says it's serving 250 million monthly active users
If you had doubts about which cross-platform messaging app rules them all, then here's something to dispel them all. WhatsApp has announced that it serves a user base of 250 million monthly active users.

Samsung unveils Galaxy NX camera, new Ativ-series tablets, Ultrabooks and an AIO
Samsung unveiled a host of new devices at its event earlier this week, including a new Galaxy-series camera with interchangeable lenses, a couple of Windows 8 tablets, a couple of Windows 8 ultrabooks and an All-in-One.

Instagram video comes to Android, iOS; brings the fight to Vine
Instagram had thus far, been just about telling stories (and some great ones at that!) through photos. At its event though, Facebook, the company that bought the app last year, has added yet another dimension to that: videos. Videos on Instagram will be available for both Android and iOS users, as well as on the web.

Nvidia Shield to now cost $299
Nvidia has announced that its upcoming handheld gaming device—Shield—has gotten a price drop. Originally priced at $349 (Rs 20,830 approx), the Android-based gaming system is now priced at $299 (Rs 17,900 approx). Those who have already pre-ordered the Shield will only be charged the new amount, even if they pre-ordered with the old pricing. Shield is set to start shipping on June 27.

Nvidia's Project SHIELD plays both Android and Windows games


Nvidia's Project SHIELD plays both Android and Windows games

Steve Jobs talks legacy and obsolete technology in never-before-seen 1994 video

A never-before-seen 1994 video of Steve Jobs shows the late computing legend in a ponderous mood and questioning the relevance of his work. The video released by the Silicon Valley Historical Association and sent to EverySteveJobsVideo is from Jobs’s time at NeXT. Job ponders whether he will leave a mark on the computing field.

Facebook rolls out ability to insert images in comments

A day before its big press event where it had promised to unveil something new and big, Facebook made some tweaks to its website. The latest tweak made using Facebook a little more fun for those who think an image is worth a thousand words. The social networking giant rolled out a feature that allows users to insert images into the comments stream.

Microsoft removes always-online requirement from Xbox One

In the wake of Microsoft making a complete U-turn with the Xbox One’s DRM policies, a self-professed "Xbox Engineer" has taken to Pastebin to air his grievances with the company’s decision. He talks about all of the features that were going to be added to the console in due time if Microsoft hadn’t redacted its always-online stance with the Xbox One. ditches linked accounts in favour of aliases

Microsoft has announced that it will be halting support to linked accounts for, opting instead to providing aliases to users. Linked accounts will cease to exist on Outlook by late July.



Outlook is going for aliases

Lava working on a smartphone running Firefox OS, likely to price it below Rs 3,000

Android may be a more popular OS, but the market is already seeing good attendance from others like Tizen, Firefox and Sailfish, to name a few. More and more smartphone manufacturers, for instance, are jumping on the Firefox OS bandwagon, since it lets them offer phones at a lower cost – thanks to the low hardware requirements. It wouldn't be surprising then to see Indian manufacturers take this route too, and Lava seems to be doing just that.

Faster Samsung Galaxy S4 coming soon
Samsung Electronics Co plans to sell a variation of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal speed, the head of its mobile business said on Monday.


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