Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quick look at what made news in the world of technology in the week just gone by...

Here's a quick look at what made news in the world of technology in the week just gone by...

1. Flipkart has announced its plan to stop selling Motorola Moto G smartphone in the country. Flipkart will not replenish the inventory once the smartphone's stock runs out. Meanwhile, the company has sent out media invites in India for an event on September 5 in New Delhi. It is widely expected that the company will launch the successors of Moto X and Moto G smartphones as well as Moto 360 smartwatch at the event.

2. Research firm IDC has said that Korean handset maker Samsung still continues to lead the smartphone market in India with 29% share, followed by Micromax 18%, Karbonn 8% and Lava 6%.

3. Users of WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and other apps won't have to shell out any extra charges as the telecom regulator has decided against a proposal of carriers to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government.

4. Flappy Bird may not be returning to your phone anytime soon, but its sequel, called "Swing Copters," is now here to fill the void. Do read our review of the new game.

5. India and not US, will be the launch-pad for Amazon's plan to deliver packages using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. The US-based e-tailer will debut its drone delivery service with trials in Mumbai and Bangalore, cities where it has warehouses.

6. Twitter has redefined the definition of 'timeline' to display tweets that Twitter finds popular or relevant to a user. Twitter will select those tweets on the basis of its popularity and interaction among people in the user's network.

7. There's a rumour that Apple might call the 5.5-inch model "iPhone 6L," with the 'L' presumably standing for "Large." The 4.7-inch iPhone would just be called the iPhone 6 in this scenario. In other news, Apple is likely to introduce a new Lightning cable which is reversible at both ends, according to a new leak.

8. According to online publication TKTechNews, Motorola is working on a total of eight phones to potentially launch this year: the DROID, DROID Maxx, DROID Turbo, Moto G, Moto S, Moto X+1, Moto X Play and the Nexus Shamu.

9. Former Microsoft chief Steven Ballmer has announced he is stepping down as a member of the software giant's board of directors. Ballmer said he would be devoting time to new endeavors that include teaching and the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team he acquired earlier this month.

10. HTC has launched a new version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows Phone software inside. The Android version of HTC One is called M8, while the Windows version will be called M8 for Windows. The two look identical on the outside, except for a Windows Phone logo. Both sport metal exteriors and have screens measuring 5 inches diagonally.

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