Despite the Christmas break in the tech world, here are some stories that hit headlines this week. Take a look:
Jailbreak for iOS 7 is here, but in hot water over pirated app store:
The Evasi0n team has released an untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 7.0 to 7.0.4. The bypass tool gives iPhone, iPod, and iPad owners some deeper access to the software. The team also claims that the process can be done in mere five minutes.
Proceed with caution!
Before you get all excited and head towards the update, here’s a warning. Cydia app store creator Jay Freeman has tweeted this morning that the version of Cydia included in the jailbreak is not official and so it is untested. This means, Evasi0n may have to push an update to their tool after all the testing is complete.
5.25-inch Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 to be in stores from January; priced under Rs 25,000:
Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Grand 2 in India at an event in Mumbai. The Grand 2 will be available in stores from January onwards, but surprisingly we haven't got an official price for the phone. Samsung says it will be available between Rs 22,990 and Rs 24,990 in the market. This is a very odd way of launching a phone as the only thing that remained a mystery after last month's unveiling was the price and we still don't know what it will be.
Grand 2 is on its way
Samsung says the Galaxy Gear is a chick magnet in cringeworthy new ad:
Owning a Samsung Galaxy Gear not only makes you more attractive to women and good at pick-up tactics, but also makes you less clumsy, if a new ad for the wearable can be believed. A new two-and-a-half minute spot will make you cringe, despite Samsung's good intentions to show cool the Gear is.
Are you geared up for this ad?
The cheesy ad shows a love triangle on a ski-resort, with the Galaxy Gear playing our hero’s trusty sidekick. Two men are vying for the attention of a girl, but only one of them has the Gear. So while the Gear-less dude is trying to chat the girl up, our 'Geared-up' guy starts showing off his expensive trinket, eventually proceeding to charm the pants off the young lady. Just like real life, guys.
New York man's 10,607 video games secure Guinness title:
Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at the age of 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.
So many video games!
Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition.”
Gionee's Christmas surprise: Elife E7 mini with a Mediatek octa-core chipset:
Along with the Elife E7, Gionee also pulled the wraps off the mini variant of the smartphone at its most recent India event. The Elife E7 mini is priced at Rs 18,999, but there is no word of when the device will be made available for the Indian market.
The E7 mini does not come across as a toned down variant of the E7. Gionee may follow the Sony way, and bring the same functionalities but in a smaller screen. Sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, the E7 mini is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor coupled with 1GB RAM.
US college student builds Deltaprintr, a 3D printer for the price of a smartphone:
A college student in the US has developed a simple, affordable 3D printer which costs only a third of the price of a conventional 3D printer. Shai Schechter, from Purchase College, State University of New York, developed the low-cost device called Deltaprintr.
Cheap 3D printing
“We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about USD 500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints,” Schechter said. “It's never used because it is so expensive and classes weren't offered that much in the curriculum,” Schechter said.
Pawan Kumar Bansal goes to the cops as his Facebook page gets 10,000 likes in a day:
Now, if this had happened to any pages we personally owned on Facebook, we would be over the moon. Former Union Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, approached the police when he saw the likes on his Facebook page had increased manifold.
Those likes look fake
Bansal, suspecting foul play, went on to contact the IG of Police in Chandigarh, seeking an inquiry. The MP from Chandigarh reportedly found a sudden spurt in likes on his Facebook page. He said he would usually see 10 to 20 new likes on a daily basis, or a maximum of a 100 genuine likes. But somehow being suddenly popular on Facebook has him intrigued.
Chinese Ministry of Culture bans Battlefield 4, calls it an illegal game:
Battlefield 4 will now be banned from sale in China. The reason being given is the supposed discrediting of China's national image in the plot line of Battlefield 4. According to a report in Slashgear, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has directed that the game be removed from all physical shelves as well as all China-based online sales channels.
Battlefield 4 has been taken off the shelves in China
The Chinese Ministry of Culture has suggested that, “Battlefield 4 is an illegal game, with content that endangers national security and is all about cultural invasion.”
Six senior HTC employees indicted in Taiwan for leaking company secrets:
HTC’s Vice President for Design, Thomas Chien, as well as several other HTC employees have been indicted in Taiwan for allegedly leaking company secrets, accepting kickbacks and misreporting expenses.
It only gets worse for HTC
The Wall Street Journal reports that Chien and five others have been indicted by Taiwan prosecutors. Chien was charged with leaking a smartphone interface design of a device that has not been launched yet, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. The Office also went on to say that this information was reportedly leaked to unidentified individuals in Beijing, who were reportedly supposed to form a company with Chien.