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Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [Oct22nd-28th 2012]

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Here’s a look at the Top 10 tech news of a week lined up with product launches.

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Apple unveils iPad Mini

Putting iPad Mini rumours to rest, Apple finally launched iPad Mini earlier during the week with a $329 price tag for the base model. The San Jose based company’s latest product is a smaller version of its best selling tablet iPad. Apple’s iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch multi touch display and is powered by the dual core A5 processor.

The tab also has a 5 MP rear iSight Camera and 1.2 MP front FaceTime HD Camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and cellular, including LTE networks and the tablet is offered in 16, 32 and 64 GB variants. "iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless?all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life" said a press release.

Nokia launches Lumia 510 entry level smartphone

Nokia announced the launch of Lumia 510, its entry level smartphone, in India and China this week. Sales are expected to begin in November and the Finnish mobile handset manufacturer expects Lumia 510’s price to be approximately $199.

The Windows based smartphone has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen, 5 MP camera, 4 GB mass memory and will be available in red, cyan, yellow, white and black. "People who use Windows Phone quickly realize how much more intuitive it is than other smartphone platforms, and Nokia Lumia is the best embodiment of the Windows Phone experience. With the Nokia Lumia 510 we’re looking forward to welcoming more people into the Windows Phone experience." said Jo Harlow, Executive VP, Nokia Smart Devices.

National Electronics Policy 2012 gets cabinet nod

National Electronics Policy 2012 was approved by the Union Cabinet this week. The policy’s objectives include creating an ecosystem where a globally competitive domestic supply chain of electronic materials and products. This is set to incubate a $400 billion Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector. "ESDM is of strategic importance as well. Not only in internal security and defence, the pervasive deployment of electronics in civilian domains such as telecom, power, railways, civil aviation, etc. can have serious consequences of disruption of service" said a press release.

Windows 8 is launched worldwide

Microsoft announced the global launch of Windows 8, the latest version of its iconic operating system. Like many of its predecessors, the new OS will be available in two variants – Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise.

The new OS has a revamped interface, touch-device optimization, cloud integration and a host of other new features. "Windows 8 brings together the best of the PC and the tablet. It works perfect for work and play and it is alive with your world. Every one of our customers will find a PC that they will absolutely love" said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft.

Netflix surpasses 30 million mark in global subscribers

American on-demand media streaming company Netflix surpassed the 30 million mark in global subscribers. This indicates a three-fold increase in less than 4 years as the company had 10 million subscribers in 2009. Of the 30 million, 25 million subscribers were based in US.

Facebook revenues jump 32% in Q3 2012

Facebook’s earnings for the third quarter of 2012 beat expectations as its revenue jumped 32% from $954 million to $1.26 billion. Despite posting a net loss of $59 million, the social network’s shares rose 9.7% midday and finally closed 18 cents higher at $19.50. "

I wanted to dispel the myth that Facebook can’t make money on mobile. This may have seemed true earlier this year because we haven’t started trying yet. Today, after just six months of ramping up our mobile ads business, we’re already at a point where 14% of our ad revenue this quarter is from mobile. That’s about $150 million" said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook. "With 1 billion people using Facebook monthly, we have created the largest most engaged community of real people in the world. Building on this extraordinary asset, the goal of our advertising business is to transform how people and businesses connect" added Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook.

Sanjiv Goenka buys 49.5% stake in Firstsource Solutions BPO in Rs. 400 crore deal

RP Sanjiv Goenka Group reportedly acquired a 49.5% stake in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm Firstsource Solutions in a Rs. 400 crore deal. "We have been looking at entering the BPO space for a while. Firstsource presents a very good opportunity in high-growth BPO verticals and has a strong management team" said Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. 34.5% holding in the BPO will be acquired by Sanjiv Goenka promoted CESC via a preferential allotment and 15% from existing investors.

Microsoft launches Surface Tablet

The much awaited Surface tab from Microsoft was finally launched this week with a starting price of $499. The Windows RT based device has a 10.6 inch screen, stereo speakers, HD video out port and is available in 32 and 64 GB variants.

"From its ultralight durable casing, integrated kickstand and Touch Cover, which allow customers to be productive anywhere, to a full-sized USB port, 16:9 widescreen, high-definition display and 22-degree angle that make it optimal for viewing and sharing content easily, Surface lets customers seamlessly transition between entertainment and creation" said the company in a press release. A 3 mm touch cover for the tab can be bought for $119.99 which allows users to type on a pressure sensitive cover as opposed to an on-screen keyboard.

Capgemini commissions 300 seater BPO in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

French multinational Capgemini reportedly commissioned a 300 seater BPO in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. The 18,000 sq feet facility employs over 6,500 staff. Capgemini was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Apple introduces new MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple unveiled its latest MacBook Pro with prices starting at $1,699. The new MacBook Pro’s 13 inch display has four times more resolution than its previous model. Apple also claims that the laptop’s flash storage drive is four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives. The new version of Apple’s iconic laptop is powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 8GB RAM.

"The 13-inch MacBook Pro is our most popular Mac, and today it gets completely reinvented with a new thin and light design, fast flash storage and a gorgeous Retina display" said Philip Schiller, Senior VP Worldwide Marketing, Apple in a press release.

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