The first week of the year 2014 comes to an end. If you've been busy enjoying the festivities and couldn't catch up on your daily dose of tech, then here's a quick recap of what happened all through the week.
Father of all trends: Alok Nath jokes take Twitter by storm
The past week saw Alok Nath, the quintessential father-of-the-bride in Bollywood movies on the top of the trending charts on Twitter. While the appearance of the hashtag on the topics is thanks to people cracking witty jokes on Nath’s stereotypical character in Hindi movies, it's still unclear how it all started.
Alok Nath topped the charts on Twitter
Snapchat hack leaves data of 4.6 million users out in the open
The new year has started on a rather sour note for Snapchat, the self-destructing messaging app that gained massive popularity in 2013. Usernames and phone numbers of over 4.6 million Snapchat accounts have found their way online after hackers managed to weasel the data off the service.
A new report by NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service reveals that Apple’s iPad still dominate the tablet space, even though the sales of iPads has dipped slightly compared to last year. Coming in as a surprise, the report also reveals that Apple’s MacBook computers have also taken a dip, owing to the increasing sales of Google’s Chromebooks.
India's requests for removing content up by 90 percent, says Google
Google has released yet another transparency report to aid users in understanding the demands made by governments and authorities for the takedown of data on the Internet across the world. This time, however, Google has made it evident that the increase in the demand by governments the world over, including the Indian government, to week out blogs and videos from Google properties has been worrisome for it.
AOL sells Winamp and Shoutcast to Radionomy
Winamp lovers, rejoice. The media player has been given a new lease of life after AOL has decided to sell it off over the New Year. Although Winamp is not going to make its way to Microsoft’s headquarters, as was speculated earlier, it is certain to live on a while longer.
Will live on a while longer
iOS 7 now running on 78 percent of all Apple devices
Apple has some interesting numbers to show off for iOS 7. The Cupertino-based company has updated its iOS adoption numbers and iOS 7 – the newest iteration of the mobile operating system – is running on 78 percent iDevices now, which includes iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
Xolo LT900 with 4G LTE support, Android 4.2 to be priced at Rs 17,999
Xolo has officially launched its first smartphone with 4G support for India. The LT900 was spotted online late last year and will be available for Rs 17,999. Xolo has not yet revealed when the phone will hit stores.
India's PARAM supercomputer among the world's most power efficient systems
India’s supercomputer PARAM Yuva II, developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), has been ranked first in India. It also stands ninth in the Asia Pacific Region and 44th in the world among the most power efficient computer systems as per the Green500 List announced at the Supercomputing Conference (SC 2013) in Denver, Colorado, in the US.
Samsung announces Galaxy Camera 2, 16MP Android-based camera
Samsung has announced the second-generation Galaxy Camera, an Android-based point-and-shoot with enhanced connectivity options. The camera has been announced just days before CES, so we expect more details to emerge at the show that starts next week. It’s got the same 16-megapixel image sensor and the 21x (23-483mm equivalent) lens as the camera which was announced last year.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera 2 looks just like its predecessor
Tradus targets the aam aadmi with Rs 19 deal on 'jhaadus'
Tradus has introduced a lucrative deal for the “aam aadmi”. Cashing in on the symbol of Aam Aadmi Party that made headlines with the Delhi election victory, the online store is selling brooms or jhaadus for Rs 19 per piece. Earlier, the retailer was selling them for Rs 5 as a promotional offer, but that stock sold out quickly.
India will have 185 million mobile Internet users by June: IAMAI
A new Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) report now suggests that the number of users in India accessing the web on their mobile handsets is expected to reach 155 million by March this year. The user base will grow further to 185 million by June this year, so nearly 100 million new users will be added in the eight months since the October data.
CES 2014: Intel to reportedly push 'Dual OS' Android-Windows computers
Industry insiders have revealed that Intel is working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices that run both Android and Windows. The system is internally known as “Dual OS”. Intel says that Android would run inside of Windows thanks to virtualization software. This would allow Windows and Android apps side-by-side without the need to reboot the machine or a switch.
Tradus wants you to buy a jhaadu and join anti-corruption campaign
Narendra Modi launches India272+ Android app to connect with supporters
Post an Android game and a smartphone, Narendra Modi has become the face of an application now. Only this time, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls has launched the app himself, in a bid to have citizens convey their problems to him.
A slew of smatphones are expected to hit the Indian store shelves this month, read our upcoming smartphones for January 2014 to know more. Users can also read all the latest information about the CES 2014 here.