Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.
Google launches Chromebook Pixel
Google announced the launch of Chromebook Pixel, a laptop featuring an etched glass touchscreen, solid state flash memory architecture and powered by Intel core i5 processor. Chromebook Pixel is priced at $1,299 for the Wi-Fi version and $1,449 for the LTE version. Google offers 1 TB storage space in Google Drive with the purchase.
“Pixel is machined from an anodized aluminum alloy to a tight tolerance, leaving nothing extraneous or distracting: vents are hidden, screws invisible, and stereo speakers seamlessly tucked away beneath the backlit keyboard” states its website.
Zomato raises Rs. 55 crore from Info Edge India Ltd
Online restaurant guide Zomato reportedly raised Rs. 55 crore in the fourth round of funding from Info Edge India Ltd, the company that runs naukri.com. Info Edge India Ltd now holds 57.9% shareholding in Zomato Media Pvt Ltd which plans to use the funding to expand in India and internationally.
Sony launches PlayStation 4 gaming console
Sony introduced its next generation gaming console PlayStation 4 in New York on Wednesday. The launch comes more than 6 years after PlayStation 3 was unveiled in November 2006. The PS 4 console is powered by a x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8 core CPU and 1.84 TFLOPS AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine.
“PS4 was designed from the ground up to ensure that the very best games and the most immersive experiences reach PlayStation gamers. PS4 accomplishes this by enabling the greatest game developers in the world to unlock their creativity and push the boundaries of play through a system that is tuned specifically to their needs” said a press release.
Twitter introduces Ads API
Twitter introduced Ads API to make it easier to manage and run ad campaigns on the microblogging website. The company had been testing the API with its partners since January this year.
“What this means is that as marketers, you’ll soon have the ability to work with our initial set of Ads API partners to manage Twitter Ad campaigns — and integrate them into your existing cross-channel advertising strategies” said Twitter’s blog post.
Pantel Technologies launches Penta T-Pad WS707C Edge enabled voice-calling tablet PC
Pantel Technologies announced the launch of Penta T-Pad WS707C, India’s first Edge enabled voice-calling tablet PC. The 7 inch tab features a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GM storage, 2MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera and an Edge enabled sim slot. It is priced at Rs. 7,999.
Microsoft upgrades Hotmail users to Outlook.com
Microsoft announced that it had begun upgrading Hotmail users to its new email platform Outlook.com. “The upgrade is seamless and instant for Hotmail customers; everything including their @hotmail.com email address, password, contacts, etc., will stay the same” said a press release.
Microsoft had originally unveiled Outlook.com last year after which 60 million or 6 crore users already having signed up for the email service in six months.
HTC launches HTC One smartphone
Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC unveiled the 4.7 inch HTC One smartphone with Full HD 1080p display. The handset features a machined aluminum unibody and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor running on android Jelly Bean.
HTC One comes in 16 or 32 GB models, both featuring 2 GB RAM. The smartphone has dual stereo speakers, UltraPixel camera and 2MP front camera with 88 degree wide angle lens.
Infosys launches BigDataEdge
Infosys launched BigDataEdge, an IT solution aimed at making the complex task of analysing big data easier. India’s second largest IT services company claims that enterprises can spend up to 40% less time extracting information from big data with BigDataEdge.
“Enterprises today cannot afford to spend an inordinate amount of time making sense of the data deluge that surrounds them. Infosys BigDataEdge draws upon our deep research and development capabilities and proven expertise in Big Data and analytics to help clients turn data into revenues faster” said Vishnu Bhat, VP and Global Head – Cloud, Infosys.
Facebook and Google to launch the Breakthrough in Life Sciences Award
The founders of Facebook and Google have reportedly joined hands to launch the Breakthrough in Life Sciences Award, a prize worth $3 million or approximately Rs. 16.2 crore. The prize is aimed at recognizing and funding research aimed at extending human life.
“We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people’s lives…At $3 million per prize, it’s the largest prize for this work in the world. I’m hopeful this serves as a blueprint for prizes and philanthropy in other fields as well” said Mark Zuckerberg.
Accenture led consortium awarded $93 million contract by European Commission
The European Commission selected a consortium of Accenture, Morpho and HP to maintain the European Visa Information System (VIS). The three year contract with a possible one year extension has a maximum value of $93 million or approximately Rs. 502 crore.
“The project will support the exchange of visa data across border management authorities by ensuring the processing capacity of the system and the availability of high levels of search and matching capabilities required for visa applications” said a press release by Accenture who will lead the consortium.