Top News this week: HTC One E8, Union Budget, Xiaomi Mi 3 and more!

From Xiaomi's Mi 3 to HTC's Desire 616 and E8, this week saw some big announcements in the mobile space. Besides, the Modi sarkar presented its first Union Budget and has taken some key initiatives in the technology space. If you've missed on your daily dose of tech news, here's a quick recap.


HTC One E8, Desire 616 Dual SIM launched in India for Rs 34,990 and Rs 16,900

HTC has launched the Desire 616 and One E8 in the Indian market, at an event held in Delhi. The Desire 616 is priced at Rs 17,200 and will be available starting tomorrow. On the other hand, the One E8 carries a slightly hefty price tag that reads Rs 34,990 and will be available by the end of the month.


Cheaper phones, computers and more: Here’s how Budget 2014 impacts the tech industry

Advancement in technology is one of the pivotal factors that decide the growth of the country. The Modi sarkar presented its first Union Budget today and has certainly taken some key initiatives in the technology space. Here are some of the key highlights for the tech industry. You can also take a look at the Twitter reactions to the Union Budget 2014.

Top News this week: HTC One E8, Union Budget, Xiaomi Mi 3 and more!

Some key tech initiatives seen at Budget 2014


Chinese media calls Apple’s iPhone a ‘national security concern’

Chinese state media on Friday branded Apple’s iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone’s ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV criticised the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed.


iPhone 6 rumour round-up: Sapphire display protection, haptic technology

As the fall nears, rumours around the next generation Apple iPhone–which the press has named iPhone 6– are gaining momentum. According to a new report, leak suggests that the iPhone 6 may feature haptic technology. Take a look at the all the rumours.


HTC One M8 to get 4G LTE support in India on August 15

When HTC launched the One M8 in India, it had announced that the device is compatible with the TDD LTE that will be rolled out soon. Today, at the One E8 and Desire 616 launch event held in Delhi, the company has announced roll out for 4G support for the One M8 starting August 15.


Google exec Forrest Hayes was left to die on boat after overdose, police say

As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat’s blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.

Forrest Hayes

Forrest Hayes


Jobs, employees to come under scanner as Nadella seeks to ‘flatten’ Microsoft

Changes in the organisational structure and strategy hint at layoffs as well as new opportunies within Microsoft, following CEO Satya Nadella’s manifesto for the new financial year. In the manifesto addressed to Microsoft employees, Nadella talks about “flattening” the organisation in several instances, such as “You will see fewer people get involved in decisions and more emphasis on accountability.”


 LG shows off 18-inch flexible, rollable, and transparent OLED displays

LG’s Display division is one of the most significant contributors to the smartphone production ecosystem. And it’s got a stellar record of producing some eye-catching new display tech. Today the company is announcing that it has developed a 18-inch flexible OLED panel which is rollable, as well as a 18-inch transparent OLED panel.


Asus Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 launched in India; priced Rs 5,999 onwards

Asus’ colourful new Zenfone series of smartphones made an entry to the Indian market today. The new phones will come in screen sizes of  4, 4.5, 5 and 6 inches. The low-end Zenfone 4 has two variants with different display sizes. The 4-inch Zenfone 4 has been priced from Rs 5,999, while the 4.5-inch model has a price tag of Rs 7,499. The Zenfone 5 will come in two variants – 8 GB and 16 GB models, with prices starting from Rs 9,999. Finally, the Zenfone 6 has been priced at Rs 16,999.


Samsung Galaxy K Zoom launched for Rs 29,999, exclusively on Amazon India

Samsung has put the Galaxy K Zoom on pre-order on with a price tag of Rs 29,999, and it will be start shipping from July 9 (which is today). However Samsung’s own stores will also be selling the device as well.

10x optical zoom

10x optical zoom


Android KitKat climbs to 17.9 percent share, Jelly Bean still rules at 56.5 percent

While the new iteration of Google’s mobile OS iteration will be reaching the markets later this year, most Android devices still are still stuck on older versions. In Google’s Android distribution report for the month of June, the company has disclosed that the number of device running KitKat has increased by 4.1 points compared to May, but majority phones still run the older Jelly Bean version.


Spice launches Smart Pulse dual-SIM smartwatch for Rs 4,999

earlier this week, Spice launched the country’s first SIM-enabled smartwatch, the Smart Pulse M9010. The Smart Pulse can be used as a standalone phone thanks to the dual-SIM support, which makes it a one-of-a-kind device in the country. The wearable phone has been launched at Rs 4,999, though it will be available for an introductory price of Rs 3,999 on HomeShop18 later today.


Android factory reset does not permanently delete data, finds Avast

When most people wipe their smartphones before selling them off or after having lost them, they assume all that data is gone forever from the device. But a new study from security software maker Avast says Android’s factory reset option does not fully wipe a device of the user’s personal data.


Android L release could bring the OS to ATMs, self-service kiosks

While Google has only released a developer preview for Android L, many of the things we will see in the final version of the OS are already here. Android Police reports that Task Locking would allow one app to take over your devicewithout letting other apps show notifications or load activities. Users will not be allowed to switch apps either, so that just the top app is running and cannot be closed.


Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

A Beijing court has ruled against Apple earlier this week by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China’s State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen’s patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid.

Image: Reuters

Apple loses China patent case. Image: Reuters


Facebook for Every Phone brings ‘feelings’ to status updates on all mobiles

Sharing feelings on Facebook, a feature previously reserved only for smartphones,  will soon be available for all mobile devices through Facebook for Every Phone. Starting this week, Facebook has begun rolling out the feature that allows users to add feelings to status updates  through the app. This new feature allows users to update their current mood with a matching emoticon along with the text.


Xiaomi Mi 3 launched in India: Why local smartphone brands should worry

Xiaomi brought its flagship Mi 3 to India this week at a scarcely-believable Rs 14,999. With a Snapdragon 800 on board, this is by far the cheapest high-end phone in the market, making it competition for the likes of Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z at nearly half the price.


Airtel blocked 219 sites for infringing Sony’s World Cup rights

Telecom major Airtel has told the Delhi High Court that it has blocked 219 websites which were allegedly infringing MSM’s, formerly Sony, right to show matches of FIFA 2014 World Cup as the authorised broadcaster of the event in the Indian subcontinent. The websites blocked as per the high court’s June 23, 2014 order do not include any Google sites as they were removed after a revised list was submitted on July 1.

Sony Xperia C3 ‘selfie phone’ now official

Sony’s selfie phone or the Xperia C3 is now official. The company has also announced a dual-SIM variant dubbed Xperia C3 Dual. The smartphone is aimed at selfie lovers and hopes to cash in on the trend with special features for the front camera.


Xperia C3 aka selfie phone

This potato salad guy on Kickstarter has just won the Internet

Ohio-based Zack Danger Brown (that’s an awesome middle name) has started a project on the crowd-funding platform hoping to raise a humble $10 so he could make a potato salad. “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.” his Kickstarter page reads.


MSME Ministry now on Facebook, Twitter

Aiming to reach out to the masses through social media, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra today launched the Twitter handle and the Facebook account of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry. The accounts can be accessed using the keyword “minmsme” in both Facebook and Twitter.


Android Wear-based LG G Watch goes on sale: Should it be your first smartwatch?

Android Wear is finally available in India as Google starts shipping the LG G Watch from today. Within a couple of hours of announcing the new watch at the I/O, it went live on the Play store and Google promised to start shipping the wearable from July 8. Looks like it has received an overwhelming response as the G Watch page now reads, “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.”


Apple’s iOS 8 beta 3 is out: Brings caffeine tracking, big changes for Health app

After releasing the first two betas last month, the company has now released the third beta for its mobile OS. The health app now uses iPhone’s M7 motion tracking hardware for data sourcing. This means, the Step counter in the Health app doesn’t require third party apps or devices.


Samsung says operating profit fell by 24 percent, as smartphone growth slows

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 24.5 percent in April-June, its lowest in two years due to slowing growth in the company’s cash cow smartphone business and the strength of the South Korean won. The world’s largest smartphone maker has seen profit fall as competition heats up from Chinese makers of low-priced yet feature-heavy handsets, as the market’s growth area shifts to low-end handsets in emerging economies.

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