Top 10 Indian Tech news of the week [11th-17th Mar 2013]


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

Top 10 Tech news of the week

Samsung unveils Galaxy S4

Samsung unveiled the fourth generation of its Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S4. The smartphone has a 5 inch display featuring Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has a 13 MP rear camera and also has a dual-camera function which allows both rear and front cameras to be used simultaneously.

Galaxy S4 is equipped with features that allow users to control some of the smartphone’s functions with face, motion and voice. The smartphone’s specifications also boast of a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and a 2GB RAM. It will be available in 16/32/64 GB models.

IITian Sundar Pichai becomes Chief of Google’s Android

Chennai born Sundar Pichai became Chief of Google’s Android division as Andy Rubin stepped down. “Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps.

Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use—and he loves a big bet” said Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page on Google’s official blog. Pichai’s efforts are regarded as instrumental in Google Chrome’s success.

FireEye opens R&D centre in Bangalore

Cyber security company FireEye announced the opening of its R&D centre in Bangalore which will host the development and testing of its new products. The centre will provide employment to 50 R&D specialists in the initial phase.

“We expect the new Bangalore office to play a key role in maintaining cutting?edge technology and innovation in the FireEye line of security products,” said Ashar Aziz, Founder and CTO, FireEye. According to reports, the company plans to invest $50 million in R&D activities in India over the next 4-5 years.

AMD unveils AMD Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)

AMD unveiled its AMD Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) which provide features like face login, gesture control and screen mirror. “The new AMD Elite A-Series APUs leverage the power of the combined compute and graphics cores to accelerate a suite of available software experiences that can dramatically expand and enhance the user experience” said a press release. raises Rs. 54 crore in funding raised Rs. 54 crore in funding from Helion Venture Partners and Nexus Partners. The funding is aimed at helping the e-tailer expand into more number of cities. The company is reportedly expected to generate sales of Rs. 120 crore by March 2013.

Adobe Systems launches creative cloud offering in India

Adobe Systems launched the Adobe Creative Cloud in India at a promotional price of approximately Rs. 2,885 per month. Creative Cloud will allow professionals to access Adobe’s tools and services on cloud, as soon as they are made available directly by the company. Users will have unlimited access to download and install various applications including Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge tools and services.

Reliance Big Entertainment acquires gaming companies in Japan and Korea

Anil Ambani led Reliance Big Entertainment marked its entry in the Japanese and Korean gaming markets by acquiring a 100% stake in the gaming division of Funnel Japan and a 51% stake in Korea based gaming company Busan.

“Average gaming revenue per user is highest in the world in Japan between $20-$30 per month, followed by Korea at $8” said Manish Aggarwal, Chief Executive, Reliance Entertainment Digital. According to reports, the combined value of both acquisitions is about Rs. 27 crore.

Dropbox acquires Mailbox

Online storage firm Dropbox announced the acquisition of Mailbox, an email management app. “Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered. After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox—to solve life’s hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day” said an official blog post in which the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Infosys partners with BMW for infrastructure management

Infosys announced inking a strategic partnership with BMW under which the Indian IT services provider will maintain and operate the German car maker’s web infrastructure, content management, SAP Basis operations, business intelligence and the company’s internal IT system.

“To support this engagement, Infosys will open a new delivery center in Munich which will form an integral part of a global service delivery team from Infosys” said a press release. Infosys also announced being selected to implement and manage a platform that will facilitate India Post’s Rural Systems Integration (RSI) program.

Nimbuzz surpasses 150 million users in 200 countries

Nimbuzz surpassed 150 million users in over 200 countries. The free instant messaging app had more than 78 million users in Asia and Middle East, 16 million in Africa, 10 million in Europe and 9 million in US. According to reports, Nimbuzz surpassed 50 million users in August 2011 and 100 million users in August 2012, signalling a 100% year-on-year growth.

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