Here's a quick look at what made news in the world of technology in the week just gone by...
Microsoft announces Windows 10, skips version 9 - Microsoft announced its 'Windows 10' operating system to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. Do read about 8 new features of the new OS.
iPhone 6 in India: Offline retailers threaten boycott - Some mobile phone retailers have threatened to boycott Apple's much-awaited iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models after their expected pre-Diwali launch because they are miffed that the iPhone 5S is being offered at heavily discounted prices on popular e-commerce sites Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. Meanwhile, it looks like Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and its management in India are locked in a tussle over the launch of the new iPhone devices in India.
Google trying to limit Samsung's control over Android - Google wants its partners to put its own apps and services at the forefront of most Android phones.
Amir Efrati at The Information says he has obtained confidential documents that reveal Google has been upping its requirements for partners that want to build Android phones.
Google shuts down Orkut after a 10-year run
- Google has finally downed the shutters
of its social networking website Orkut. However, users can save their profiles, scraps, testimonials and community posts via Google Takeout service till September 2016. Microsoft launches Lumia 930, 830, 730 smartphones in India
- Microsoft Devices has launched
its first selfie smartphone, named Nokia Lumia 730, in India at Rs 15,299. Along with this, the company also launched its Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 smartphones at Rs 38,649 and Rs 28,799 in the country, respectively. Do read our Nokia Lumia 830 review
. Samsung defends Galaxy Note 4 design 'flaw'
- Samsung on Wednesday rejected claims
that its new oversized smartphone had a defect, after some customers posted pictures of a gap between the frame and display panel.
The South Korean electronics giant, which had poked fun at rival Apple over reports that its new iPhone model was susceptible to bending, said the "Gapgate" complaints concerning Galaxy Note 4 were groundless.
Google readying WhatsApp rival, India to be test bed
- After losing WhatsApp to Facebook in a multibillion dollar acquisition bid, Google is planning to launch its own
mobile messaging app which the search giant is likely to test in India and other emerging markets. Last month, Google sent top product manager Nikhyl Singhal to India to do a recce of the messaging app ecosystem in the country as the company looks to catch up on an opportunity it lost to others. Microsoft to set up three data centers in India
- Microsoft has announced that it will offer
commercial cloud services — Azure and Office 365 from local data centers in India by end of 2015.
According to the Redmond giant, the move is expected to accelerate public and hybrid cloud adoption in the country and organizations will benefit from data sovereignty, lower latency and geo redundancy with availability of local infrastructure. Facebook to test internet beaming drones in 2015
- Facebook plans to start testing
its internet-carrying solar-powered drones in 2015, with the ultimate aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online.
Mark Zuckerberg had unveiled Facebook's Connectivity Lab and its partnership with the Internet.org project in March this year. India's official email service to have 5 million users by March
- By the end of the current fiscal, five million officials will be using
the Indian government's secure email, which seeks to ban use of popular email services like Gmail and Yahoo in official communication to safeguard critical and sensitive government data.
The government has approved the proposal moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to establish a secure and encrypted email service for government officials. Say Ello to the new Facebook
- Ello, while a new kid on the block
, is hardly different than dozens of failed past social ventures; Ello's manifesto feels like a carbon copy of the mission statement from App.net, a failed social start-up.
But like some other start-ups have in the past, Ello used a clever trick to grow its user base: An invite-only new user system. And there's nothing like the fear of missing out — sometimes called FOMO — to get a crowd worked up about your new product. India's broadband adoption rate has improved -
Despite of the lowest adoption rate in the second quarter, broadband connectivity in India
is clearly improving over the long-term, according to a new report. The average internet connection speed in India is 2Mbps. The country ranks 115, globally behind Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. More iOS 8 bugs
- Some iOS 8 users are reporting
that anybody trying to reset the settings on their iPhone could accidentally delete all of their documents saved in iCloud, Apple's online backup service.The existence of the bug is not yet confirmed. iOS 8, is also causing significant issues for some users who connect their phones to cars via Bluetooth, reports an Apple news blog. 'Tough boss' Bezos clicks with Amazon's employees in India
- The two-hour session with Bezos was a chance for employees
to interact with and know the global head-up, close and personal. He answered most of the 20 questions put forth by employees. A few questions were directed to Aggarwal, one being why Amazon does not offer discounts to employees. "We give employees great customer experience and that is the discount we offer," he said. Yahoo to shut down its 'Yahoo Directory' service
- Yahoo has announced that it is shutting down
Yahoo Directory, Yahoo Education which is a portal for education services, and Qwiki, an app for creating short movies from videos on a mobile device.
But the real significance, if only sentimentally, is the shutting down of Yahoo's Directory which was once the cornerstone of the company