We understand it’s a busy world and it's really hard to keep track of everything that goes on in the tech world. So here’s a handy recap of the top news stories this week.
Element14 launches Raspberry Pi Projects hub
Element14 has launched Raspberry Pi Projects hub for the credit-card sized computer. The hub will stack up community projects according to skill in three levels. Newcomers can get tutorials for the most basic projects, while veterans can sink their teeth into things like building home monitoring systems and so on.
BlackBerry open to selling company
BlackBerry is exploring the possibility of joint ventures and strategic alliances among other things, according to an announcement by the company today. According to the statement released by BlackBerry, the strategic alternatives could include joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of assets or the company itself. The Canadian smartphone maker’s Board of Directors has formed a special committee to explore alternatives in order to enhance value and increase scale, and accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment.
Could be sold (Image credit: Reuters)
Government's New Media Wing will manage official social media activity
The Central Government has announced that it will be establishing a New Media Wing within the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (IB) at the cost of Rs 22.5 crore. This wing will help the government publicise its initiatives on social networking websites.
Nokia Lumia 925 up for pre-order for Rs 33,999
Nokia’s high-end Lumia 925 has gone up for pre-order in India, with a price tag of Rs 33,999. The Lumia 925 is a design refresh of the 920 and sports an aluminium unibody. The rest of the specs are the same as the Lumia 920, including the PureView camera.
Up for pre-order
Dual-SIM HTC One available now for Rs 46,495
The dual-SIM variant of the HTC One has gone on sale for Rs 46,945. This one has the same 4.7-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 2. It is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, with a quad-core processor and Adreno 320 GPU. The new smartphone has a 2300 mAh battery, the same unit as the single-SIM HTC One.
BlackBerry 9720 launches with BB7 and a 2.8-inch touchscreen
BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry 7 running 9720 smartphone. The phone comes with a 2.8-inch touchscreen at a 480 x 360 resolution with 214 ppi as well as a trackpad. It will feature a QWERTY keyboard and 512MB of internal storage and you can expand its memory up to 32GB with a microSD card. The phone has a 1450 mAH removable battery that the company claims is good for seven hours of talktime and 18 days of standby. As far as the camera goes, BlackBerry 9720 comes with a modest 5MP back camera but not a front-facing one.
Running age-old BlackBerry 7
Nokia Lumia 625 up for pre-order
The Lumia 625 has a 4.7-inch LCD display, the company’s largest smartphone screen to date. The smartphone runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and also includes the Nokia Lumia Amber update. There’s a 5MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash, which can record 1080p@30fps and a VGA front-facing camera. There’s 8GB of internal memory and microSD support for up to 64GB more.
Windows Phone pips BlackBerry OS to no. 3 as smartphone sales overtake feature phones
A Gartner report on global mobile phone sales has brought along not one but two important pieces of information – smartphone sales have overtaken those of feature phones for the first time ever, and Windows Phone has finally overtaken BlackBerry to be the no 3 smartphone OS. Smartphone sales have shot up by a whopping 46.5 percent this quarter and sales have hit 225 million as compared to the same period last year. Feature phone sales, on the other hand, have fallen to 210 million, a 21 percent decline since the last year.
Sitting in third place
Facebook's user base in India grows to 82 million this quarter
Facebook’s monthly active users (MAU) number in India has shot up by 5 percent to rise to 82 million in the second quarter of the year. The number has jumped by 5 percent from the previous quarter when Facebook had 78 million MAU. Out of the 82 million MAU in India, a whopping 62 million of these access Facebook using a mobile device.
RBI to wait-and-watch Bitcoin, will not regulate it right away
As Bitcoin is making governments across the world sit up and take notice, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has adopted the wait-and-watch approach as far as regulating the online currency in the country goes. A report says RBI is aware and “watching” Bitcoin, which is slowly gaining popularity amongst the Internet savvy section of Indians. The central bank has asserted that it has no intention of regulating the currency as of now.