Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.
Global law enforcement agencies seize 132 domain names selling counterfeit products
Washington D.C based National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) coordinated a global seizure of domain names which were engaged in selling counterfeit products online. Law enforcement agencies from around the world took part in the domain name seizures. PayPal accounts used by the infringing domain names were also identified.
HCL Technologies signs 5 year multi-million dollar deal with The Manitowoc Company
HCL Technologies Ltd announced the signing of a 5 year multi-million dollar deal with The Manitowoc Company. HCL Tech will provide a complete spectrum of engineering services to Manitowoc Cranes including product design, structural engineering, hardware engineering and embedded software development.
"Partnering with HCL enables us to further strengthen the core tenets of our strategy – to provide superior products and capitalize on global growth opportunities" said Jens Ennen, Sr VP Global Engineering & Innovation, Manitowoc Cranes.
Nokia launches Asha 205 and 206
Nokia launched Asha 205 and Asha 206, two new phones in its Asha series. Asha 205 has a QWERTY keyboard, dedicated Facebook button, supports dual-sim and is available in 3 colours. Nokia 206 has an alphanumeric keypad, 2.4 inch display, 1.3 MP camera, dual-sim support and is also available in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Both phones are will be priced globally at about $62.
Google acquires Canadian start-up BufferBox
Google acquired BufferBox, a Canadian start-up managing self serviced parcel lockers. BufferBox is less than two years old and its office is located in the same building as Google’s regional office in Waterloo, Ontario.
"As online shopping becomes a bigger part of how you buy products, we look forward to playing a part in bringing that experience to the next level" said an official BufferBox blog post. Commentators are looking at the acquisition as Google stepping up its efforts in the e-commerce domain.
GM to integrate Apple’s Siri in Spark and Sonic next year
GM will be the first car company to integrate the Apple’s Siri personal assistant in two of its cars next year.
Siri’s ‘Eyes Free’ feature functionality will reportedly be integrated in the new Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models, allowing users to interact with their iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S using just voice. "Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience" said Cristi Landy, MD, Chevrolet.
Google, Twitter reactivate Speak2Tweet for Syrians affected by Internet shutdown
Google and Twitter reactivated Speak2Tweet, a service which allows Syrians affected by the internet shutdown to tweet and listen to messages without an internet connection. "No Internet connection is required, and people can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet" said Google’s David Torres.
Intel launches Itanium 9500 series processors
Intel launched Itanium 9500, a new series of processors which the company reportedly claims to be twice as fast as its previous generation. The processors are aimed at addressing the needs of demanding workloads, business analytics and other processor intensive applications.
"Built on a new microarchitecture and providing breakthrough performance, the Intel Itanium 9500 processor family signals Intel’s ongoing commitment to deliver unparallelled reliability… to meet the critical application demands across all industries" said Srinivasan Ramaprasad, Country Business Manager, Intel South Asia.
Sundaram Infotech Solutions inks deal with Australian online ticketing website
Sundaram Infotech Solutions, the IT subsidiary of Sundaram Finance, inked its second deal with Australian online ticketing portal Easybookings. Sundaram Infotech Solutions will reportedly build an online auctioning and ticketing platform for the firm. "We chose Sundaram Infotech for its deep domain technical expertise and for having the right mix of onshore presence and the offshore capability" said John Pereira, MD, EasyBookings.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s website hacked
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s website kapilsibalmp.com was reportedly hacked by the Anonymous India group. Most sections of the website have been restored.
TCS gets multi-million pound contract from UK Home Office
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd announced that it bagged a multi-million pound contract from the UK government’s Home Office department to transform, manage and support the tech needs of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
"Our proposed IT solution supports the UK Government’s ‘Digital by Default’ initiative and fully meets the business objectives of DBS to modernize and transform its business. Delivering technology-enabled business transformation is at the heart of TCS’ work and we look forward to bringing our expertise in helping DBS to achieve operational efficiencies," said Shankar Narayanan, Country Head, TCS.