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We’re back ! So you didn’t get time to go through the over 100 posts on technology which we published this week. Never mind fellas ! We got your back. Take a look, at what I think, were this week’s 11 most important tech breakthroughs.

Windows 10 Is Coming !

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Microsoft released multiple builds to Windows 10 this and the previous week, some with minor updates, while some with major ones. All in all, we could feel the excitement within the MS camp and are lookign forward to July 29th.

One thing, which may have worried a few, is the new licensing agreement within Windows 10, which makes it mandatory for Windows 10 owners, except enterprise ones, to install Windows update, as and when available. Apparently, updates in the upcoming 10 can not be turned off by the user and will be provided automatically without the users having any say in it.

The only exception will be businesses running the Enterprise Edition of Windows, who can choose to receive updates once every 2-3 years.

Shopping with Facebook

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Facebook is partnering with leading businesses to provide users with the option of purchasing stuff from their pages – all without leaving Facebook. Although the feature is still in testing, the social networking giant is planning to bring in other businesses very soon. It is like giving shop owners a visual platform to display their products, right on their pages.

However, we are still not sure if Facebook will provide businesses with the opportunity to showcase their products or will it go a step further and allow purchase through its platform as well.

Apple’s solar powered ambitions

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 17: Apple store employees welcome the customers to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple store on October 17, 2014 in Beijing, China. Apple Inc began delivering its smartphone iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to the Chinese mainland on Friday.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Apple inc. has recently received a patent titled “Wireless devices with touch sensors and solar cells” . Impressive name right? Well, even more impressive is what this patent may be capable of . The theme of the patent is the integration of solar sensors into digital displays including touchscreens, trackpads and yes, iphones. So potentially, a few years down the line may just see us responding to our iphones plea to charge it by leaving it in the sunlight. Sick right?

While we do not know when and if such a tech will be employed in devices and if it will be capable enough to completely replace the traditional li-ion batteries, if implemented, it will surely be a handy addition and a great step forward towards project clean energy.

Google Plans On Getting Into The Home Services Segment

Google wants to be everywhere, and it isn’t a hidden fact. So, to make that even more clear, Google acquired the technical team behind Homejoy, the lawsuit-stricken home services startup, which is set to cease operations by this month’s end, due to that usual Contractor v/s employee debate.

Google’s ambitions though, were pretty much clear at the start of the year too, when Buzzfeed reported a similar home service debut for the search giant. That obviously didn’t happen.

Shopo — Snapdeal’s zero commission marketplace

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Snapdeal joined the ranks of e-retail giants shifting their focus to m-retail when it announced its intention followed by the actual launch of Shoopo – Snapdeal’s very own mobile platform – all within the same week. The app hailed as India’s Etsy, was acquired by Snapdeal a couple of years ago and kept under wraps while its people worked on transforming it from a handicraft sales platform to one catering to electronics to fashion and more.

The platform is expected to engage other e and m-retailers such as Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm – all with considerable online presence – and give them a run for their money.

The USP of this brand new app is that it’s very merchant friendly, lets you put up stuff for sale inside 15 seconds — without any paperwork and operating on a modified version of paytm’s zero commission model that also come with null transaction fees.

Our Beloved Nokia’s coming back – albeit in a different Avatar.

Most of us have grown up in a world where the first – and for a long time the only – cellphones bore the legend of Nokia. That’s why Nokia’s sale of it’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft in April 2014, which marked the end of the Nokia brand name into the market, was almost like losing a dear old friend.

However, the finnish company may be about to move back into the market. Devices with Nokia stamped across them may be a reality once again — by 2016 though. However, there is a catch.

We sold essentially all of our Devices & Services business to Microsoft in April 2014. With it went all of the enormous manufacturing, marketing and channel distribution capabilities you need to be in the business of making & selling phones.

Yup, that’s what Nokia Technologies spokesman Robert Morlino had to say.

So Yes–Nokia is coming back, but No — it won’t manufacture, but license its designs to third-party people.

Apple sells 20% phones but gathers up 90% of the market profit.

Talk about disproportionate assets! Apple Inc. gathered up 90% of the total profits and – obviously –topped the chart for total operating income from the world’s eight top Smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015.

What’s even more astounding is that it did so by selling only 20% percent of actual Smartphone share in the global market. Samsung came second with a total of 15 percent of the spoils  while HTC and Microsoft recorded losses taking the total, down to 100%.

All this before the soon to come Iphone 6S. Phew!

Looking to explore new places? How about MARS?

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Taking a leaf out of ISRO’s book – which launched a 3D mapped video of the Martian surface, detailing its more prominent features  —  NASA too has launched Mars Trek. Needless to say, Mars trek provides users a much more detailed look at the geography of the red planet.

In relative story, well, we all know how dear Pluto has suddenly become for both space, and non-space enthusiasts across the globe. After all, the New Horizons spacecraft finally captured first real images of pluto, helping us figure out what exactly is going on at that distant, lonely planet.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata dies at 55

Gaming enthusiasts across the world were shocked by the untimely demise of Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo and the man behind the Wii and DS systems due to bile cancer, according to a company statement.

Mr. Iwata was a gaming prodigy, shooting to director in 2000 at the relatively early age of 40, 17 years after joining Nintendo as a software engineer and just 2 years later was made President.

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer”- Satoru Iwata

Samsung to launch Note 5 and S6 Edge+ in August

From reports coming in via multiple sources, it seems like Samsung’s much awaited Galaxy S6 Edge+ will launch on the 12th of August, with the South Korean Company’s next along its Galaxy Note lineup — The Galaxy Note 5.

The Note 5 is expected to come with a 5.7-inch to 5.89-inch display and pack an Exynos 7422 chipset inside along with a massive 4,100mAh battery and will be Samsung’s first phone to feature 4 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ on the other hand is expected to run on the home-grown Exynos 7420 chipset and may pack up to 3 GB of RAM and will flaunt edge’s usual curved display.

Incidentally, the reports also coincide with rumors of Samsung pre-poning the launch, which was actually scheduled for September, ostensibly, to avoid a clash with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus — which, though hardly something Samsung can be expected to confirm for us, sounds just about right.

Google receives two brand new patents, Wireless charging and Gesture control may be on cards.

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Google has received two Sci-fi grade, spanking new patents.

The first one, wireless charging, involves the use of small charging coils embedded inside the keypad that could technically let you charge your smartphone simply by placing it on top of your keyboard.

The second patent is even cooler. This one’s for a glass like head mounted display case that recognizes the gesture made by the users fingers to automatically snap pictures — just like that.

Well, that’s all for this week folks, we hope you enjoyed the highlights of this week’s Tech Portal posts. Stay tuned with us for another exciting week full of Technology, and more Technology.


 

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