Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [4th–10th March 2013]


Here’s a look at this week’s top 10 tech news.Top 10 Tech news of the week

HCL launches three new models of HCL Beanstalk All-In-One (AIO) PCs

HCL Infosystems Ltd announced the launch of three new models of HCL Beanstalk All-In-One (AIO) PCs priced between Rs. 33,500 and Rs. 43,000. The range offers 21.5 inch HD LED AIO PCs with a frameless design and a built-in battery with 1.5 hours of backup power. The series is powered by second generation Intel core processors and integrated Intel graphics.

“Whether it’s about a sleek frameless design with a 21.5 inch HD anti-glare screen or, the utility of having over 1.5 hours of battery backup or the connectivity and ease of use features, the HCL Beanstalk AIO packs all into one that delivers a greater performance and a superior computing experience to the Indian consumers, be it a home or work environment” said Mr. Princy Bhatnagar, VP, HCL Infosystems Ltd.’s holding company Bigtree Entertainment Pvt Ltd acquires

Bigtree Entertainment Pvt Ltd acquired, a leading ticketing portal in South India. The acquisition will reportedly include transfer of all assets to including cinema partnerships.

“Acquiring is a part of our expansion strategy to grow our footprint in the South Indian Market. This region being one of the most tech savvy markets in India, offers a huge potential for e-commerce” said Ashish Hemrajani, Founder & CEO of

HP launches ElitePad 900 business tablet in India for Rs. 43,500

HP launched ElitePad 900 in India for Rs. 43,500, a tablet designed for business and governments. The tab has a 10.1 inch display and is powered by next-gen Intel mobile processor to deliver PC productivity. It also has an 8 MP rear camera with flash and a 10809 front facing video camera.

“HP ElitePad 900 is an ultra-thin, lightweight tablet designed for Windows 8. It is the device that can help the enterprise workforce to be more productive while ensuring security aspects” said Sunish Raghavan, Head, HP India.

Facebook introduces new look for news feed

Facebook introduced a new version with a changes in the news feed aimed to reduce clutter and visually highlight the stories of friends including photos, news articles, maps and events.

“We’ve completely rebuilt each story to be much more vibrant and colorful and highlight the content that your friends are sharing” said a press release. The social network will roll out the new look over the coming weeks, featuring the same design across various platforms including PC, tablet and mobile.

Sony launches water-resistant Xperia Z smartphone in India for Rs. 38,990

Sony launched Xperia Z in India for Rs. 38,990. The smartphone has a 5 inch full HD display with a TFT touchscreen. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1. Xperia Z has a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2.2 MP front camera. It reportedly boasts of a water and dust resistant body.

Wipro launches Wipro AssureHealth Platform

Wipro announced the launch of Wipro AssureHealth Platform in partnership with Microsoft. The platform will be used to deliver innovative solutions to healthcare providers for Remote Fetal Monitoring and Cardiac Care. Leveraging Microsoft’s Cloud, Mobility and Analytics, Wipro AssureHealth will allow accurate recording of maternal, fetal heart rate and uterine activity, subsequently delivered to physicians on mobile devices.

“This is truly a wonderful marriage of healthcare and technology where a doctor, on her/his smart phone or a tablet can literally judge the condition of the baby in the womb remotely and initiate appropriate action before the condition deteriorates” said Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Hospital in a press release by Wipro.

MphasiS partners with Ixsight Technologies

MphasiS announced entering into a strategic partnership with Ixsight Technologies, a Data Quality and Master Data Management solutions provider. The partnership will allow MphasiS to provide Data Cleansing and Unique Customer Identity Creation services in the various business segments it caters to including banking, insurance and telecom.

“Through this partnership, we will offer a data management product suite that helps in creating ‘Golden Customer Record’ for effective customer engagement & retention” said Elango R, Executive VP, MphasiS.

Microsoft launches next-gen Office 365 for business in India

Microsoft launched the latest version of Office 365 for businesses in India. The software will work across multiple devices and will seamlessly integrate with cloud. The suite includes Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Publisher, Project, Visio and updated versions of Microsoft Lync Online, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and the all new Yammer.

“In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the next generation Office 365 unlocks social and mobility scenarios that will allow businesses and individuals to take full advantage of the cloud” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.

iYogi launches services in India

Tech support services provider iYogi announced the launch of its services in India, aimed at SMBs and consumers. The Gurgaon based firm provides subscription based tech support services including setup and installation of hardware, virus removal and optimization.

“The tech support opportunity in India is exploding based on the rapid adoption of technology among consumers and businesses, their growing technology dependency, and the increasing complexity created by a heterogeneous device environment” said Uday Challu, CEO and co-founder, iYogi.

EU fines Microsoft $732 million, company takes full responsibility for technical error

The European Union fined Microsoft $732 million, reportedly for failing to provide users a choice of which web browsers they use to access the internet. The fine was slapped after the software giant failed to respect a commitment made in 2009. In response, Microsoft issued a statement in which the company took full responsibility of the technical error and said

“We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future”.

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