Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week
Here’s a look at this week’s Top 10 tech news.
- 1 Western Digital to launch networking solutions in India
- 2 Samsung launches world’s thinnest notebook in India
- 3 Fashionandyou.com acquires Urbantouch.com
- 4 Motorola may leave India
- 5 Wipro joins Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program
- 6 McAfee launches McAfee Social Protection
- 7 Bharti Airtel ties up with Microsoft to offer Cloud 365
- 8 Press Information Bureau launches mobile website
- 9 Google launches ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ in India
- 10 Wipro owned Promax wins $10 million contract
Western Digital to launch networking solutions in India
Western Digital (WD) is set to launch at least 4 networking products in India in September. Priced between Rs. 5,699 to Rs. 25,999, the routers will provide networking solutions, effectively allowing users to build home networks and access movies, games, etc on multiple devices. WD expects the router market in India to be worth Rs. 1,730 crore by end of 2012, reported NDTV.
Samsung launches world’s thinnest notebook in India
Samsung launched the 2nd generation of its Series 9 laptop, claimed to be the world’s thinnest laptop. The laptop has a 13 inch screen and is powered by an Intel Core i7 1.90GHz quad core processor. It has 4GB DDR3 RAM, 256GB solid state drive and an Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics processor.
The laptop weighs 1.16 kg and is priced at Rs. 1,02,990.
Fashionandyou.com acquires Urbantouch.com
Fashionandyou.com has acquired Urbantouch.com. Both website are e-tailing portals and will continue to operate and focus in their respective segments. "This acquisition is a strategic move for fashionandyou to further strengthen its market leadership in fashion and lifestyle e-retailing. UrbanTouch will help us in expanding our product offering in personal and beauty care segment" said Harish Bahl, Chairman, Fashionandyou.com, reported BS.
Motorola may leave India
There have been various reports suggesting that Motorola may shut down its operations in India. The speculations come as William Moss, Director of Communications, Motorola, said Motorola Mobility is reducing its headcount by approximately 4,000 globally, and two-thirds of this reduction will occur outside US. “We also plan to close or consolidate about one-third of our 90 facilities globally. India is affected by this global restructuring, but we do continue to have substantial operations there." reported ET.
Another blog had earlier reported that the global telecommunications giant had put its Hyderabad office up for sale.
Wipro joins Google’s Cloud Platform Partner Program
Wipro has joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as a Services Partner. "The Google Cloud Platform offers a broad set of application development, cloud storage, large scale computing, and Big Data capabilities that enable us to deliver on our promise of serving our customers with desired business variability and excellent user experience." said Dr. Anurag Srivastava, CTO and Sr. VP, Wipro Global IT Business on the company’s website. Wipro is likely to use Google’s cloud platform to offer its client various cloud based IT solutions.
McAfee launches McAfee Social Protection
McAfee has launched McAfee Social Protection, a new app which will help Facebook users protect their photo albums and restrict sharing of their pictures. The app will let users ‘lockdown’ their photos and select the friends who should have access to them.
Anyone else who tries to view the photos will only see a blurry image. Even the users who have been given permission to view the photos will be barred from printing, copying, sharing or even taking screenshots.
Bharti Airtel ties up with Microsoft to offer Cloud 365
Bharti Airtel has partnered with Microsoft to deliver Office 365 to SMBs through its cloud platform. "The partnership will allow us to become a virtual chief information officer for our SMB customers." said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, Bharti Airtel.
Through various plans, subscribers will have access to a range of cloud based services tending to needs of organization of various sizes. "SMB segment has shown a high adoption of Cloud computing especially software as a service (SaaS) – which contributes more than 50% to the overall cloud market." he added.
Press Information Bureau launches mobile website
State owned Press Information Bureau has launched its mobile website. The homepage will feature latest press releases and will be free of bandwidth heavy items like photos and videos.
To access the mobile version, users will have to log on to http://pib.gov.in/mobile. Mobile users can still access pib.gov.in for full functionality.
Google launches ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ in India
Google has launched a new initiative called ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ in India. Users can log on to letstalkmo.com to create a ‘mobile optimized site’ for free. Google’s official blog post said that there were ‘an estimated 70 million mobile Internet users in the country’. This initiative is aimed at helping websites and businesses reach out to the growing number of mobile internet users in rural and urban areas.
Wipro owned Promax wins $10 million contract
Earlier this year in May, Wipro had paid close to Rs. 192 crore to buy Australian specialist analytics company Promax Applications Group. At the time, CTO believed that Promax’s margins were in line to those of Wipro’s. Via Promax, Wipro has now won a $10 million outsourcing contract from a multinational consumer product company this week. ET reports that the new client was in Wipro’s CEO’s ‘must have’ list.