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in Weekly - 25 Feb, 2013
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Weekly Tech News [Feb 18- 24]

Tech news of the week

We try each week to have a roundup of the latest Tech News & Events, it is still a messy unorganized process but we are trying to make it more organized, we will publish the tech news of the week every Sunday or Monday.


  • Windows 8 upgrade will be available this summer under the name of windows blue, will have Microsoft explorer 11 included, MS might be pushing  for yearly upgrades.


Gadgets / Hardware:

  • Samsung Home Sync, an android TV box to allow you to view your smartphone videos and photos streamed from your galaxy device at a 1080p resolution.
  • Google High End ChromeBook pixel, with a touch screen for $1299 & $1499 but with only 32/64GB storage because it is mainly based on the cloud services (online) Google offers.
  • Google Glasses, price $1500, available by the end of 2013.



  • HP starts with Android powered products, announcing Slate 7, a $169 android tablet.
  • HP’s WebOS that was so far used to power HP tablets , is sold to LG will be used for smart TV’s.
  • Lenovo, 3 more Android tablets in production: A1000 A3000 and S6000
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Another Note Phone, phone/tablet hybrid from Samsung.
  • Barnes & Noble to ditch the Nook tablet e-reader.
  • Xperia Z by Sony will be available for U.S. consumers for $499-$599.


  • 2 more Lumia by Nokia, $180 Lumia 520 & $330 Lumia 720.
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 will be unveiled mid mars.
  • Android Smartphone  Ascend P2 by Chinese  mobile manufacturer Huawei, to be available in  Europe  the Q2 of 2013  for €399 ($526).
  • Firefox OS for mobile phones will be available this summer, will probably take from android market-share.
  • Wikipedia articles will be sent by sms, a new project that will allow people in developing countries to access articles via sms.




  • Facebook teaming with 18 mobile operators, to allow free to very cheap sms in 14 countries: Operators committed to special pricing for Facebook messaging include TMN in Portugal, Three in Ireland, Airtel and Reliance in India, Vivacom in Bulgaria, Backcell in Azerbaydzhan, Indosat, Smartfren, AXIS and XL Axiata in Indonesia, SMART in Philippines, DiGi in Malaysia, DTAC in Thailand, Viva in Bahrain, STC in Saudi Arabia, Oi in Brazil, Etisalat in Egypt, and Tre in Italy.
  • Facebook messenger allows now voice calling, enter in competition with VOIP software and Apps.
  • Why Facebook page reach less people? Facebook says there’s some bugs!
  • France: Dailymotion now belongs to Orange, after the mobile company purchased the remaining 51% of the Video hosting platform for $80.6 million (€61 million).



  • Firefox, like safari will start blocking cookies from ad networks, will be default with release 22.
  • Google Accused by Search Engine Land of  paying for posts (a practice penalized by Google): http://searchengineland.com/will-google-penalize-chromebooks-advertorials-149452

Cyber Security:

  • U.S. 6 strikes anti piracy system will notify users sharing copyrighted content and reduce their internet speed if they continue to do so.
  • Chinese Hackers supposedly governmental secret cyber army accused of attacking many western companies.
  • Eastern European (supposedly Russian) cyber hackers , hack twitter, Facebook and Apple in search for Data that could be sold in the underground of cyber mafia and criminality.
  • Zendesk hacked, pinterest, twitter, tumblr affected!
  • Twitter to begin using DMARC, a security protocol designed to reduce  fake emails sent from spammers pretending to be Twitter.


  • Mastercard’s Paypass, becomes MasterPass, digital payment wallet service changes it’s name and will be expanding to Canada and Australia.
  • Visa mobile payment system, Visa Ready, establishing partnerships.
  • Paypal Here, the mobile payment solution by Paypal is reaching Europe, starting with the U.K.