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Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [Sept 3rd-9th 2012]

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Here’s a look at this week’s Top 10 tech news.

Top Tech News

Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon unveiled its latest Kindle Fire HD tablets along with Kindle Paperwhite, the latest addition to the company’s e-readers. The 7 and 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD tablets are pegged to give the Nexus 7 and iPad a run for their money.

The tablets boast of impressive features including a sharper screen, Dolby audio, stereo speakers, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, HDMI out and a string of other upgrades.

Baidu launches its own mobile browser

China’s top search engine Baidu has launched Baidu Mobile Browser, its own mobile browser to compete with Apple’s Safari and other android browsers. China has nearly 39 crore mobile internet users, reported ET. Baidu.com currently ranks 5th worldwide in Alexa’s top 500 sites.

Google launches Voice Navigation in India

Google has officially launched voice supported navigation for android devices in India. Google Maps Navigation will give users turn by turn instructions and serve as a fully functional internet assisted navigational service. It will also deliver real time traffic updates in 6 Indian metros.

The navigation system will feed off Google Map’s database which is a pool of user input data including points of interests, businesses, etc.

Nokia launches Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Windows 8 smartphones

Nokia unveiled its latest smartphones Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform.

Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch LCD display and with features like wireless charging, blur-free scrolling, Nokia PureView technology and mapping capabilities, it has been labeled as ‘the most innovative smartphone in the world’ by a senior Nokia executive upon launch. Lumia 820 has a 4.3 inch display, 8 MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage among other features.

Analysts predict that this phone might just propel Nokia back to its former glory!

TCS bags contract worth Rs. 103 crore from West Bengal government

The WB government awarded TCS with a Rs. 103 crore contract to provide end to end ICT solutions for the state’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Scheme. The company will give support services for up to 5 years after implementation of solutions in all the districts of the state.

"We did the same kind of project in Andhra Pradesh. Now we are really concentrating on West Bengal. About six-and-half months will be needed for rolling out of the project across the state" said Tanmoy Chakrabarty, VP, TCS, reported Business Today.

Tech Mahindra secures revenues worth $845 million by acquiring Hutchison Global Services

IT and telecom services provider Tech Mahindra has secured revenues worth $845 million over the next 5 years via its acquisition of Hutchison Global Services (HGS).

A news release reported that the deal was worth $87.1 million. "Hutchison’s focused service portfolio combined with our domain knowledge, geographic spread and execution excellence will help us become the undisputed leaders in this space, and extend these services to other verticals and markets" said C P Gurnani, MD, Tech Mahindra.

McAfee notes fastest spread in malware in 4 years

McAfee has noted the fastest spread of malware in the last 4 years, in its quarterly McAfee Threats Report. During the period April-June 2012, 15 lakh new malware samples were detected and the security software developer now had a database recognizing over 9 crore unique malware samples.

Microsoft announces plan to set a new Guinness world record with app fest in Bangalore

Microsoft will be hosting an app fest in Bangalore on 21-22 September in an attempt to set a new Guinness world record by bringing together more than 3,500 developers, building apps under the same roof.

The marathon codefest will go non-stop for 18 hours and developers can build apps under 20 plus categories including social media, music, finance, shopping and food among others.

Online fashion shopping portal Digaaz.com launched by Punjab based entrepreneurs

Earlier during the week, three Punjab based entrepreneurs launched Digaaz.com, an online shopping portal for fashion products. A fashion show was organized to celebrate the launch in Chandigarh.

"The website will be a great hunting ground for dream discounts on latest fashion products. The scope of such a website is tremendous as it provides you a virtual shopping experience and fashion lovers can buy stuff sitting in the comfort of their homes." said Ashish Sobti, one of the founders of Digaaz.com, reported TOI.

Zynga launches Farmville 2

After more than three years since the launch of its iconic social game Farmville, Zynga has launched Farmville 2. The new version will have 3D graphics and will support 16 languages. During peaking popularity levels, Farmville had attracted in excess of 8 crore users. "The goal is to create and run a thriving farm with your friends. The bounty of the farm is ultimately what allows you to expand, and friends are the most powerful thing in the game", said Tim LeTourneau, VP, Zynga, reported ET.

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