As the week comes to an end, here’s a recap of the top stories that you must check out to be in the know. We’ve got all the news from the world of tech ranging from smartphones to security, from apps to government policy. Here are the top picks.
Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread as most installed Android version
Android’s latest operating system Jelly Bean has finally dethroned Gingerbread. The ultra-popular Android version 2.3 Gingerbread has lost the title of being the most widely used OS version for the first time ever, according to Google’s monthly Platform Versions update.
Micromax launches 5-inch, quad-core Canvas 4 at Rs 17,999
The much-awaited Micromax Canvas 4 was launched in New Delhi for Rs 17,999. It doesn’t have many hardware changes but the camera has been bumped to 13 megapixels. The phone has an aluminium mid-housing.
Canvas 4 launched
Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom and S4 mini launched in India
The world’s leading smartphone maker has launched two variants of the S4. The S4 Mini is aimed at those looking to buy a mid-range compact phone, while the Zoom, as the name suggests, is targeted at photography enthusiasts.
Spice launches 5-inch 1080p Pinnacle FHD smartphone for Rs 16,990
Spice Mobiles has launched Pinnacle FHD, a quad-core smartphone with a 1080p display for Rs 16,990. The Pinnacle FHD will be competing against the likes of the Canvas 4 in that price range, even though it has superior specs.
An exciting new handset
Google releases fix to OEMs for major Android loophole
Bluebox Security discovered a gaping hole in Android’s security model allows hackers to convert genuine apps into a malicious Trojan. Google responded by issuing a fix for the loophole to OEMs.
Mumbaikars must submit channel preferences by July 25 or face blackout
22 lakh cable TV subscribers in Mumbai have time until July 25 to submit their filled-up consumer application forms (CAFs), following a deadline extension by TRAI. If subscribers fail to complete their CAFs by then, they may be subject to a ‘small-screen’ blackout.
LG intros world's slimmest full HD LCD panel for smartphones
LG showed off the slimmest full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The 5.2-inch display is only 2.2 mm thin and sports a 2.3 mm bezel. The company says this display is the narrowest among the current range of full HD LCD panels for mobile devices.
World's thinnest full HD smartphone display
Grand Theft Auto 5 gets its first gameplay trailer
There’s improvement in the core gameplay itself, especially the driving and shooting. GTA 5 will also have some great variety in its game world, with everything ranging from the city to the country side, urban decay to untouched natural scenery.
Why you should be wary of India's CMS
Here’s an in-depth look at India’s Rs 400 crore Centralised Monitoring System that’s set to spy on your phone calls, SMSes, internet chats and social media activity.
Nokia Lumia 1020: Everything you need to know about the 41-megapixel camera
Nokia took the wraps off of its Lumia 1020 smartphone this week and undoubtedly, the big talk is all about its new camera. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the Lumia 1020’s camera.
Lumia 1020 is here
Difficult to ban porn sites: Centre to Supreme Court
In response to a Supreme Court notice, the central government has expressed its inability to block all international pornographic websites in India owing to technological and legal constraints.
Bose founder, acoustics pioneer, Amar Bose passes away
Bose founder Amar Bose passed away on Friday at the age of 83. Besides heading the highly praised audio equipment company, Bose was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
How social media spawned the legend of Sharknado
Trending on Twitter and popular on Facebook, Sharknado went from zero to the most-talked about TV movie in the space of a day. Here's how.
The show-stopper scene
Flipkart raises $200 million from existing investors
Online retailer Flipkart.com has raised $200 million (roughly Rs 1,200 crore) from its existing investors. The deal is being referred to as the single-largest round of funding for an Indian e-commerce company. It is also the fifth round of funding for the online retail site.
Govt can now track your BBM and other BlackBerry services in real-time
Security agencies in the country will soon be able to track e-mails and e-mail attachments over BlackBerry devices in real-time, ascertain if chats sent over BBM have been ‘delivered’ or ‘read’, and also intercept web-browsing facilities on these devices.
5 years of App Store
Five years of App Store: How Apple shaped today’s mobile technology
With the App Store not only did Apple change the mobile game, but it also started a trend that has shaped much of the tech industry. The impact of the App Store cannot be understated and these are the areas where it has been most telling.