Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.
Nokia launches Asha 301
Nokia announced the launch of Asha 310, a low cost dual sim smartphone with Wi-Fi support.
“The Nokia Asha 310 is the first-ever Nokia smartphone to offer both Easy Swap Dual SIM and Wi-Fi in the same device. It gives consumers the best of both worlds, allowing them to separate work and play, or speak with friends on other mobile networks more affordably” said Timo Toikkanen, Executive VP, Mobile Phones, Nokia.
Asha 310 has a 3 inch capacitive touchscreen, 2 MP camera and 4 GB memory card included in the box. It is priced by Nokia at $102 before taxes.
Yahoo buys mobile app company Alike
Yahoo acquired mobile app company Alike in a deal whose financial terms have not been disclosed. Alike app allows users to find nearby restaurants and other places they will like. “As of today, we will no longer support the Alike Nearby iPhone and Web apps. Thank you to all our customers, partners, investors, and advisors who’ve supported us from day one!” said Alike on its website.
Infosys signs research collaboration agreement with Australian ICT research organization NICTA
Infosys announced that it had entered into an agreement with Australian ICT research organization NICTA to tackle technology problems faced by businesses. Modernized tech systems for cloud adoption and more efficient logistic routes could be potential outcomes of the collaboration according to a press release.
“Having watched NICTA grow from start-up to one of the world’s leading research organizations, I expect this to be a formidable partnership” said N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys.
Mobile internet services in Kashmir restored
Mobile internet services were reportedly restored in Kashmir after they were suspended for a week since 9 February 2013. The services were stopped as a precautionary measure after the hanging of the parliament attack convict.
MTV, Swipe Telecom to launch smartphones and tablets
MTV has partnered with Swipe Telecom to launch a range of smartphones and tablets in the India market.
“We have a two year licensing deal with Swipe and we will introduce 8-12 devices ranging from phones to phablets to tablets in the price range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000” said Sandeep Dahiya, Senior VP and Business Head, Viacom18.
The launch will reportedly include MTV Volt, a six inch phablet powered by a 1 GHz processor running on Android 4.1 OS for Rs. 12,999.
Zensar Technologies get Rs. 269 crore deal with Assurant Health
Indian software services provider Zensar Technologies announced entering into a five year agreement US health insurance provider Assurant Health. The agreement will include ‘development, testing, maintenance, enhancement and IT support for a suite of business applications used by Assurant Health for policy administration, underwriting and claims processing’. The deal is reportedly valued at Rs. 269 crore.
Facebook targeted by ‘sophisticated attack’
Facebook formally announced that its systems were targeted by a ‘sophisticated attack’ in January 2013.
“This attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops” said a press release.
The social network did not have any evidence of user data being compromised in the attack. Law enforcement agencies were notified and the NASDAQ listed company is conducting an investigation into the attacks.
Mahindra Satyam acquires Complex IT
Mahindra Satyam acquired a majority stake in Brazilian SAP consulting provider Complex IT. With the acquisition, Mahindra Satyam will be able to strengthen its position in the Brazilian market for delivering Enterprise Solutions. “The BRICS countries have the potential to achieve a leadership position in the global economy and we believe that Mahindra Satyam and Complex will contribute significantly to this strategic vision. The relationship with Mahindra Satyam will mean enhanced career opportunities for our team, and increased quality of services to our customers and partners” said Antonio Rossi, Chairman & CEO, Complex IT in a statement.
Capgemini to increase India head count by 6,000
French IT services and business consultancy company Capgemini will reportedly hire 6,000 new staff for its India operations. The company’s total headcount in India after the hiring will be 46,000. India is known to be the company’s largest employee base.
Samsung launches Rex series phones in India
Samsung launched its Rex series phones in India with prices starting at Rs. 4,000. Rex 60, Rex 70, Rex 80 and Rex 90 are dual sim handsets that run on the Java platform. “We are targeting users who are looking for social networking, games and surfing Internet on phones in affordable price range” said Asim Warsi, VP, Samsung. The handsets will reportedly have various pre-loaded apps including Facebook, Opera, GTalk and other messengers.