Top 10 Tech news of the week [Nov 12th to Nov 18th 2012]
Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.
Dell acquires Gale Technologies
Dell announced the acquisition of Gale Technologies, a privately held company providing cloud management and orchestration software, and IT management services. “Gale Technologies integrates well with our Active Infrastructure family, and provides an intuitive, flexible and comprehensive foundation for application, virtual desktop infrastructure and private cloud deployments for our customers” said Marius Haas, President, Dell Enterprise Solutions Group.
President Pranab Mukherjee launches Aakash 2 tablet
President Pranab Mukherjee launched the low-cost Aakash 2 tablet which is powered by a 1 GHz processor and has 512 MB RAM. “The price is Rs 2,263 at which the government purchases the device from us. The government subsidizes it by 50 per cent and it will be distributed to students at Rs 1,130″ said Suneet Tuli, CEO, Datawind. The first 1 lakh devices will reportedly be provided to students of engineering colleges and universities.
Lenovo launches ThinkCentre Edge 62Z
Lenovo launched a compact all-in-one PC targeted at small businesses. The entry level all-in-one desktop has a starting price of Rs. 26,000. The desktop is powered by Intel Core i3 processor and has an 18.5 inch screen. The Chinese manufacturer has reportedly claimed that ThinkCentre Edge 62Z can save up to 65% of workspace as compared to traditional desktop computers.
Microsoft Window’s Chief Steven Sinofsky quits weeks after Windows 8 launch
Microsoft announced the departure of Steven Sinofsky, Chief of the company’s Windows division, just weeks after the launch of Windows 8. Sinofsky had been at Microsoft for 23 years since he joined the company in 1989 as a Software Engineer. Commentators have speculated that a power struggle between him and current CEO Steve Ballmer may have caused Sinofsky to leave the company. “It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company” said Sinofsky.
Andhra Pradesh’s e-governance initiative Mee Seva to be shared with other states
The Andhra Pradesh government reportedly will share its e-governance initiative Mee Seva with other states. Mee Seva was launched last year and 45 different services are offered by the government through it including birth certificates, caste certificates, etc. The AP government plans to increase the number of services offered via Mee Seva to 100 in 3 months.
Google invest $75 million in Iowa wind farm
Google announced its investment of $75 million in a 50MW wind farm in Rippey near Des Moines, Iowa. The search giant made its intentions clear about encouraging and promoting development of cleaner energy sources. “We’re happy to help make more renewable energy available to Iowans and to support the growing wind energy industry in the state. This project brings our committed investment to the renewable energy sector to more than $990 million” said an official blog post.
Government seeks web user details in 2,319 cases in first half of 2012: Google Transparency Report
The Indian government made 2,319 requests for disclosure of user data between January to June 2012 as compared to 2,207 in the same period last year. According to the latest edition of Google’s Transparency Report, 64% of the data requests were partially or fully complied with.
Dell’s quarterly income drops 47% to $475 million
Dell announced a quarterly net income of $475 million, 47% down from Q3 2011. Revenues were down 11% to $13,721. “Dell sees the challenging global macro-economic environment continuing in the fourth quarter, which will continue to impact the company’s results. The company expects sequential revenue growth of 2 to 5 percent” said a release. Commentators have looked as this plunge as a result of lower demand from large enterprises and fewer PC sales.
Bharti Airtel shuts its network down to SMSes from Aircel and Reliance Communication
Just ahead of Diwali, Bharti Airtel shut its network down to incoming messages from Aircel and Reliance Communications. The country’s largest mobile operator closed its network after being flooded with ‘free spam messages’ which has been denied by both Aircel and RCom. TDSAT later asked Airtel to immediately restore interconnection for SMSes from RCom, to which the company reportedly complied with.
Google India gets slapped with Rs. 76 crore penalty from income tax department
Google India was hit by a Rs. 76 crore penalty after income tax authorities reportedly found the search giant’s income deflated and that accounting rules had been violated. “Google places great importance on following local law and we comply with applicable tax rules in all countries where we operate. We cannot comment further on this” said a Google India spokesperson.