Newsreel [Oct 19th]: Microsoft tablet surface in India for Rs. 38,400 [unofficially]


Newsreel [Oct 19th]: Microsoft tablet surface in India for Rs. 38,400 [unofficially]

Here goes the Newsreel, our daily news roundup.

– Although, the official launch has not been announced, eBay has started the pre booking for the 32GB Windows RT version of Microsoft’s Surface tablets (link) in India. EBay has put a price of Rs 38,400 for the 32GB version of the tablet, however if you also want the touch cover the price goes up to Rs 45,999. The Windows RT based Surface tablet has a 10.6-inch ClearType HD touchscreen display that supports 1366×768 pixel resolution natively. This display supports five point multi-touch interaction.

Under the less than half inch chassis rests a quad-core Nvidia Tegra T30 family mobile processor along with 2 GB RAM. The tablet is being sold as a genuine import from the USA to India, and since it is not being officially released, Microsoft would not offer any warranty on it, read complete post here.

Jelly Bean for Xperia phones

Sony has announced a release schedule for Jelly Bean for Xperia phones :

“We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.

Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.: [blog]

Social networking site Facebook has added 15 million new users in India in less than 2 months. Till August this year, Facebook had 50 million users in the country, however currently it has 65 million users. According to Facebook, spends on online marketing in India has been growing at 25 % year-on-year (YoY), read complete post here.

And how many of these are fake? [Hint: Now you can get paid to register @Facebook].

– South Korea is the first Asian country to witness Yahoo’s departure, according to Yahoo Inc, it is shutting down its South Korean operations, the move underscores its struggle against Google, Facebook and local competitors expanding aggressively into mobile advertising and online services. “Yahoo has faced several challenges in the past couple of years and decided to pull out of the (Korean) business to put more resources on global business and become more powerful and successful,” Yahoo said in a statement. Read complete post here.

Mozilla has announced the launch of its latest Aurora version of Firefox for Android and with this, the organization is also opening the Firefox Marketplace to early adopters and testers. The Firefox Marketplace is similar to the Google’s Web Store for Chrome. Users can browse the store to find mobile web apps and developers can showcase their web apps. These apps run in full-screen mode and can also be pinned to the home screen, read complete post here.

Google may boycott French news from its search results because of a proposed law that requires search engines to pay for displaying snippets of content. Google believes the law “would threaten its very existence.” France complains that Google is raking in advertising revenue off of others’ work, while Google counters that they’ve sent over 4 billion clicks to French sites each month, read complete post here.

Google has announced that it’s on pace to earn an impressive $8 billion from the mobile environment,  however refused to provide details about the nature of that revenue means it’s still not possible to tell whether the company can thrive without desktop computers, read complete post here.Google and Samsung are introducing a lightweight laptop computer with a price similar to smaller tablet computers. The computer unveiled on Thursday will sell for $249 and run on an operating system revolving around Google’s Chrome Web browser. Unlike other Chromebooks, this laptop doesn’t have a hard drive. It functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers run by Google including other technology providers, read complete post here.

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