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iPhone 6 to be cheaper than iPhone 5S?

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Eyeing Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6? Here’s some good news for you, as latest news reports in Chinese media claim that iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen may be priced cheaper than the company’s current top model iPhone 5S.

According to technology website Laoyaoba.com, the 32GB variant of iPhone 6 will cost CNY 5,300 (approximately $850), while the corresponding iPhone 5S model is officially priced at CNY 6,088. The 64GB iPhone 6 model is said to cost CNY 6,300 ($1,010), lesser than the CNY 6,888 price tag of the 64GB iPhone 5S.

Going by these prices, it is likely that the 16GB iPhone 6 will be cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 5S, which costs CNY 5,288. However, there are rumours that Apple would not launch a 16GB variant at all this year.

What’s more interesting is that buyers would get the 32GB iPhone 6 at the current price of 16GB iPhone 5S.

In India, the 16, 32 and 64GB variants of iPhone 5S cost Rs 53,500, Rs 62,500 and Rs 71,500, respectively.

What makes this pricing a possibility is an internal Apple slide that was made public as part of its trial against Samsung. The slide showed that customers want smartphones with bigger screens and cheaper price tags. With iPhone 6 widely expected to get a 0.7-inch larger display than the current top model, the cheaper price tag would make it a more appealing to customers.

 

Along with the 4.7-inch iPhone, Apple is also expected to venture into the phablet segment with a 5.5-inch handset. Chinese website Feng.com has said that it will offer 128GB storage option, along with 32 and 64GB; there will be no 16GB variant in this model as well. So far Apple has only offered 128GB storage in iPads only.

According to earlier reports, iPhone 6 will hit the shelves on September 19 this year. The 4.7-inch model is said to run on the 64-bit A8 processor and pack 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, solar charging, better battery and faster Wi-Fi. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is said to get more features in the next model, mainly focussing on health.

Source: Times Of India Tech News

 

 

Infosys head of C & C division, K Murali Krishna, quits

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Infosys head of computers and communications division, K Murali Krishna, became the thirteenth senior leader to quit the company in a year, and the first one to exit after announcement of the new CEO Vishal Sikka.

A company veteran with nearly three decade stint at India’s second largest software company, Krishna played an important role over years in building internal IT systems, processes and even introduced newer computing models such as cloud.

An Infosys spokeswoman confirmed Krishna’s resignation, saying he had left the company to “pursue his aspirations”. When contacted, Krishna too confirmed that he had resigned, but did not elaborate his next plans.

Krishna was one of oldest senior vice presidents (SVPs), having joined the company in 1984, three years after the company was formed. Incidentally, Krishna was one of the half-dozen SVPs ywho was not promoted earlier this month, after Infosys elevated 12 senior vice presidents to the role of executive vice presidents.

This exit is the first since Sikka’s name was announced as the first non-founder CEO by the company on June 12.

Although on Thursday, news of Jeffrey Friedel, Global Head of Employment Law and vice president at Infosys was reported by ET, it is learnt that Friedel quit before Sikka’s appointment.

“Sikka won’t have time to rest. He needs to and I’m sure he will do to check this exodus,” said a California-based consultant, who advises many software services firms, including Dell and Cisco.

For his part, Infosys founder Murthy has maintained that none of the recent management exits will have any material impact on the company. “Anybody who had to be retained, has been retained,” he said.

“We are confident that we have enough budding leaders to handle any eventuality of some more people leaving us” he added at Infosys’ annual shareholders meeting held earlier this month.

Source: Times Of  India Tech News

China’s Tianhe-2 is world’s fastest computer

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China’s Tianhe-2 has been named the world’s fastest computer for the third year in a row at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

The Tianhe-2 was developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology. Its predecessor, the Tianhe-1A, held the top spot on the supercomputer list in 2010, the Mashable reported.

Of the 500 systems on the list, 37 offer performances above the 1 peta flops range, nearly all of them use multicore processors, and 85 percent of them are running Intel processors. As for the systems themselves, 36 percent are built by HP and 33 percent by IBM. Cray builds 10 percent, the report said.

Overall, the United States has by far the most supercomputers out of the top 500 systems Overall, the United States has by far the most super computers out of the top 500 systems, with China in a distant second; the UK, France and Germany lag far behind.

Source: Zee Tech News

Google says it is not killing Nexus devices

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Months after rumours that hinted Google would kill Nexus line of devices and replace them with new devices created as part of a different programme called Silver, a senior Google executive on Friday said the company remained committed to make Nexus phones and tablets.

Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering, has told Read Write that Google creates Nexus devices to showcase new versions of Android and this year too it will launch Nexus devices. Burke’s statement comes days after images of a HTC-made tablet, purportedly dubbed the next Nexus tablet, leaked on the web.

“People just get excited by concepts and forget why we do things,” said Burke in reference to speculation about the Silver programme. “We are still invested in Nexus,” he said.

“People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make,” he added.

His comments also possibly confirms the existence of Silver programme. Eldar Murtazin, a Russian blogger who has a history accurately leaking smartphones-related news, said in January this year that Google is killing Nexus programme and replacing it with Silver. The silver devices are supposed to run the stock version of Android and will be likely sold through Play store.

However, unlike Nexus devices that sell at a lower price-points, Silver devices are likely to be sold at the high-end of the market.

If Google indeed keeps the Nexus programme, it will probably have three different programmes for devices powered by stock version of Android. The company has already announced Android One, through which it aims to bring low-cost Android phones running stock version of Android to emerging markets like India. Silver, meanwhile, could be a programme similar to Android One but for premium Android phones.

Nexus devices, meanwhile, will continue to be the show pieces for the latest version of Android and will be targeted at developers.

Source: Times of India Tech News

 

 

Google planning to enter domain-registration market

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It seems that the internet search giant Google is now interested in its own domain registration services. The Internet giant had launched its project dubbed as ‘Google Domains’ on Monday.

The service ‘Google Domains’ is still in the testing phase. It will offer services such as buying customised URLs, free private registration and email forwarding. The service will also provide support for up to 100 sub-domains. But, it is to be noted that Google will not provide the actual site hosting.

As per Google, the test version of the service can be availed by invitation only and the cost is just $12 a year.

Google’s entry into the domain-registration market is certainly a threat to GoDaddy, the world’s leading domain registration company.

Source: Zee Tech News

New technology to detect cracks in buildings

Researchers have developed new ‘sensing skin’ technology that can detect cracks and damage in concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond quickly to damage in everything from nuclear facilities to bridges.Scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland said the skin is an electrically conductive coat of paint that can be applied to new or existing structures. The paint can incorporate any number of conductive materials , making it inexpensive.Electrodes are applied around the perimeter of a structure . The sensing skin is then painted onto the structure, over the electrodes. A computer programme then runs a small current between two of the electrodes at a time, cycling through a number of combinations. Every time the current runs between two electrodes, a computer monitors and records the electrical potential at all of the electrodes on the structure. This data is used to calculate the sensing skin’s spatially distributed electrical conductivity . If the skin’s conductivity decreases, it means the structure is damaged.

Source; Times Of India Tech News

 

Google Glass goes on sale in Britain

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Google has made Glass available in Britain to early adopters willing to spend 1,000 pounds for a chance to dabble with the Internet-linked eyewear.

The California-based technology titan expanded an “explorer” program beyond the United States for the first time by inviting British enthusiasts to virtually queue for the gadget online at google.co.uk/glass.

“Probably the question we’ve heard more than any other is: when will Glass be available outside the US?” the Glass team said in a post on its Google+ social network page.

“Well, we’re starting out by dipping our toes across the pond.”

The eyewear – hotly anticipated by some, feared by others – became available in the United States in May to anyone with $1,500 to spare and a desire to become an “explorer.”

The decision to open the Glass test, or beta, program in the US came about a month after a one-day sale of the eyewear to the public.

In a possible sign of interest, the Glass page on the Google+ network has more than 736,000 followers and has been viewed more than 114 million times.

Early this year, Google joined forces with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands to create and sell Glass eyewear in the United States.

The partnership with Luxottica was portrayed as Google’s “biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market.”

Luxottica brands include Oakley, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban and Vogue-Eyewear.

The first smart glasses by Luxottica for Google Glass will go on sale in 2015, according to the Italian eyewear group.

Google has been working to burnish the image of Glass, which has triggered concerns about privacy since the devices are capable of capturing pictures and video.

During the Explorer testing phase, developers are creating apps for Google Glass, which can range from getting weather reports to sharing videos to playing games.

Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hotspots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video may be shared through the Google Plus social network.

Source : Times Of India Tech News

Google to unveil new television set-top box

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Google Inc is expected to unveil at least one small set-top box that resembles products like the Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Apple Inc’s Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported citing sources who have seen the device.

Google will show off the set-top box on Wednesday during its developer conference, the Journal said.

The set-top box will be powered by Google’s new Android TV software designed to play movies, games and other content on television. However, the device will carry another company’s brand name, the newspaper said.

Source: Times Of India

 

Philips wins patent case against Nintendo in UK

philipsPhilips Electronics NV said on Friday it had won a patent infringement cases against Nintendo in the United Kingdom, the first of four lawsuits filed against the Japanese gaming company.

Philips spokesman Bjorn Teuwsen said the patent related to motion and gesture tracking systems used in the Wii game console.

“It’s about a patent for motion, gesture and pointing control that we make available to manufacturers of set-top boxes and games consoles through a licensing program,” he said.

“We’d been trying to come to a licensing agreement with Nintendo since 2011, but since it didn’t work out we started legal action in Germany and the UK in 2012, France in 2013 and in the US last month,” he added.

Philips declined to give any details about any possible financial implications from the ruling.

“We’ve requested fair compensation for the use of our patents,” Teuwsen said.

Source: TOI

Nokia, ZTE do not violate InterDigital patents: ITC judge

Handsets made by ZTE Corp and Nokia, now owned by Microsoft Corp, do not violate InterDigital Inc’s patents for wireless phones, a US International Trade Commission judge said in a preliminary ruling.

The full commission is expected to issue a final ruling in October.

InterDigital shares plunged more than 10% on the ruling, and but they recovered somewhat and were down about 7.3% in late-afternoon US trading.

InterDigital said in a statement that it would appeal to the full commission, and potentially to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“Today’s decision by the administrative law judge is unfortunate, and does not align with the validation of our portfolio and licensing practices that is reflected in our numerous agreements with major wireless companies worldwide,” the company said in a statement.

Initially, Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital had also sued Samsung Electronics and Huawei for infringement but these two companies opted to settle.

It had accused the companies of infringing on seven patents when the case was filed in 2013, but four dropped out in the course of litigation.

Originally, InterDigital had sued Nokia, which sold its handset business to Microsoft during the course of litigation. That deal closed in April 2014.

Microsoft had no comment on the case, while ZTE did not respond to requests for comment.

The ITC is a popular venue for patent lawsuits because it can ban products that infringe on patents from being imported into the United States more easily than district courts can.

Source : Times OF India