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Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [3rd – 9th Dec 2012]

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

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Panasonic India launches Toughpad FZ-A1 and Panasonic CF-AX2 Ultrabook

Panasonic India launched Toughpad FZ-A1 and Panasonic CF-AX2 Ultrabook. The company claims that both are the world’s first ruggedized devices in their respective domains. The Toughpad FZ-A1 is an android tab while Panasonic CF-AX2 is an Ultrabook convertible to tablet, running on Windows 8 Pro.

"The Panasonic CF-AX2 sets the new benchmark for business Ultrabook™ with its security options, hot swappable batteries, an innovative strengthened 360° flip over hinge and its business-rugged design. Companies in India are realizing the impact a mobile workforce can have on their opportunities in the market and on their business performance. The Panasonic CF-AX2 is designed to exceed the needs of the busy "always-on" mobile executive, increasing productivity and maximizing ROIs" said Gunjan Sachdev, GM & National Business Head, Panasonic Toughbook India.

Apple starts selling iPad Mini in India for Rs. 21,900

Apple started selling its new iPad Mini in India for a starting price of Rs. 21,900 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only model. The top of the line 64 GB model with Wi-Fi and 3G is priced at Rs. 41,900. The iPad mini has a 7.9 inch LED multi-touch display and is powered by Apple’s dual-core A5 chip. The small sized tablet also has a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera. It has a company claimed battery life of up to 10 hours and the Wi-Fi only model weighs less than 310 grams.

Facebook launches new messenger app for Android phones, users to start voting on new policies

Facebook launched a new messenger app for android phones in which users, including those who don’t have a Facebook account, can create an account with just their names and phone numbers. The Messenger app is free to download and there are no usage costs besides the normal data plan.

The social network also asked all its members to vote on the proposed changes to its policy documents. "Voting will be facilitated by an application developed on Facebook Platform by a third-party service provider. An independent auditor will examine the vote tabulation to further ensure accurate results" said a release.

Google+ reaches 135 million active members

Google announced that there were more than 135 million active users on its social network Google+. The search giant also said that over 235 million active users were interacting with its social portals including search, Gmail and Google Play. "Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever" said an official blog post.

Microsoft to launch 100 innovations centres in India over the next two years

Microsoft announced the launch of 14 Microsoft Innovation Centers (MIC) in India and its plans to launch a total of 100 across the country. "The MICs will act as innovation hubs at select colleges and technology institutes, providing incubation and expert hands-on support on Microsoft technology innovation, research, and software solutions, aiming to create a pool of student technology experts across India" said a company statement.

The centres are expected to impact over 5 lakh students and certify 1 lakh students on Microsoft technologies. "As knowledge and innovation become primary catalysts for economic growth in India, the Microsoft Innovation Centers can play a vital role in generating powerful new ideas through training, education and knowledge transfer" said Joseph Landes, GM, Microsoft India.

Infosys to be replaced by Facebook on NASDAQ 100, to be listed on NYSE

Infosys, the only Indian company to find a place on NASDAQ 100, will be replaced by Facebook. Infosys has reportedly decided to transfer its NASDAQ listed shares to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company also plans to get listed on Paris and London bourses.

Nokia launches Lumia 620

Nokia launched Lumia 620, yet another smartphone in its Lumia series. The phone runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 software and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inch TFT screen and a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash. The company expects the phone to be priced at $249.

"With its innovative design, the latest Windows Phone 8 software and signature experiences from Nokia, like Nokia lenses, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music, the Nokia Lumia 620 is a highly competitive smartphone at this price point" said Jo Harlow, Executive VP, Nokia Smart Devices. The Finnish mobile giant also announced the sale of its head office building in Espoo, Finland, for EUR 170 million or approximately Rs. 1,190 crore.

Wipro in plans to build its biggest campus for 30,000 employees in Bangalore

Wipro plans to build its biggest campus on a 50 acre plot, which will accommodate 30,000 employees. The new campus will be located 4 kms away from its existing campus in Sarjapur, Bangalore. The campus will reportedly function in addition to the ones that the company already operates.

HP India launches Hotspot LaserJet Pro printer for Rs. 18,306

Tech giant HP unveiled Hotspot LaserJet Pro, a multi-function printer with built-in wireless internet.

"We are confident that users will appreciate the ability to print, scan, fax and access Internet wirelessly, all through a single device that is easy to set up and use" said Nitin Hiranandani, Director – Printing, HP India. The new printer is priced at Rs. 18,306 and will come with latest mobile printing technologies including Apple AirPrint, HP ePrint and HP wireless direct.

Equifax acquire Bangalore based data analytics company NettPositive

US consumer credit reporting agency Equifax acquired a controlling stake in Bangalore based data analytics company NettPositive. "NettPositive has a proven data-to-decisions engagement model specific to emerging markets; this combined with Equifax’s data assets will be a robust proposition to customers in India and other emerging markets" said Viraj Tyagi, Founder & MD, NettPositive.

Equifax’s core expertise lies in data assimilation and information solutions for various segments. NettPositive was founded in 2007 and provides business intelligence and data analytics services.

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