As we all settle into the comfortable seats of our resting places and enjoy a sip of coffee for the weekend, what better company than catching up on what were the biggest stories in the world of personal tech in the week gone by. Just like our previous series, ‘Tech Recap of the Day’ we promise to keep the stories as concise as possible giving you a peek. So without delaying it any further here are the stories that caught our attention over the span of this week:
Apple has brought various buy back schemes in order to boost the sales of its iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s in the past. These schemes have been one of the key driving reasons for the sales of iPhones hitting an all time high last year. In the bid to continue reigning supreme in a developing and price sensitive market like India, Apple made the iPhone 5c available in an 8 GB variant last month for Rs 37,500. However, given that most of the online portals have the device for far cheaper, Apple has made the deal even sweeter. You can now exchange your old working phone for Rs 8,000 and buy the iPhone 5c for Rs 29,500 from select Apple stores.
Apple announced Yosemite OSX 10.10 and iOS 8 at WWDC this week
In the biggest announcement this week, Apple announced the latest updates to iOS and OSX at the WWDC conference at San Francisco. Both the updates will be available for the users by this fall for free, though the developers can get their hands on the Beta version already. You can check out all that is new with Yosemite, OSX 10.10 and iOS 8 in our very detailed post here. Also, if you are looking for some of the most interesting features of iOS 8, you can find eleven of them here.
List of the Android Phones with KitKat below the Rs 8,000 mark
If you are in the market for picking up a budget Android smartphone, why settle for anything but the phone that runs the latest Android version? Yes, finally it is possible to pick up devices within budget range of below Rs 8,000 that will run KitKat. We worked on coming up with the choices that you have, and you can find the entire list here. Some of the notable mentions in the list are the Motorola Moto E and the Micromax Unite 2, the two devices that will cost you Rs 6,999.
Sony Announced the Xperia T3 this week. The device sports a massive 5.3 inch display that is enclosed within a pretty cool stainless steel framework. The display is a 720 P HD display and brings the Sony’s Mobile Bravia 2 Engine. The device will be available globally only in late July and the pricing is not yet known. In terms of other hardware specs, there is an 8 MP rear camera, Snapdragon 400 Quad Core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM and 2,500 mAh non removable battery. The device is very much targeted at the budget segment.
After days of speculations, HTC finally revealed the HTC E8 this week. The device has the same looks as the M8 though it lacks the metal construction. The E8 is a plastic clad phone and has a 13 MP rear camera with no additional depth sensor. Also missing is the IR blaster and the MHL capabilities of the HTC M8, while the battery too has been trimmed to 2600 mAh. The device is expected to roll out in select European and Asian markets later this month.
Enjoy the virtual tour of stadiums that would be hosting the World Cup games
The FIFA World Cup will kick off in the upcoming week in Brazil, and in case just like most of us you are missing the event and catching it up from the comfort of your home, Google has made sure you at least get a feel of the stadium and the city streets in Brazil. You can now use the Google Street View here to check out all the 12 stadiums that would be hosting the games as well as walk the decorated streets of Brazil. For those who are travelling, Google has added turn by turn navigation as well as indoor maps to 100 important locations across Brazil.
With that we come to an end of the roundup of the big stories in the world of consumer tech, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay tuned for latest in the tech space, right here.