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Sony Turns to Playstation 3 Sales for Profits

After a weak sale of their handhelds, Sony is now depending on their PlayStation 3 game consoles to make money for its game unit in the year to March. The company is worried because they were depending on the sale of handhelds to return the company to profitability. Sony’s new CEO Kazuo Hirai has said that growing sales in games, digital cameras, smartphones and tablets, along with new businesses such as medical equipment, will help the consumer electronics company return to profit as it draws back from money-losing TVs. “I think we will be profitable this year,” Andrew House, the executive in charge of Sony’s gaming unit told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. “We have a growing installed base, growing connectivity of the PS3.” He did not comment when asked if his division will be able to enhance on the 29 billion [+more]

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Facebook Launches Mobile Ad Beta Service

Facebook has been losing out on its revenue due to the lack of advertisement services in its mobile and tab apps. And therefore, with a plan to get back into the business with a bang, the social networking site launched a beta version of their new mobile ad service. With this beta version, Facebook will serve targeted ads to users even when they visit other sites and app stores. Based on users’ likes, age and other information, Facebook will show users ads relevant to them, even when they are outside the social network. With this mobile ad network, Facebook hopes to earn revenue on traffic, without hurting its users’ experience. It will also give app developers and brands a powerful way to reach specific audiences that they’ll be willing to pay more than if they advertised with a less accurate ad exchange directly. However, Facebook has not yet revealed the [+more]

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HCL’s New Ultrabook Ultrasmart ME 3074 to Cost Upwards of Rs 51,990

HCL has taken the covers off its first ultrabook, Ultrasmart ME Series 3074. Powered by 3rd generation Intel-core i3 processors, the price range of this ultrabook will start Rs 51,990 onwards. With a sleek and stylish look, Ultrasmart ME Series 3074 will hit the retail stores next week. This smooth and thin Series 3074 ultrabook is made with metal casing that’s less than 18mm in thickness. HCL offers it with a 39-month warranty. Ultrasmart ME Series 3074 is a lightweight ultrabook, which is designed with future technology. It has 4 GB RAM, which is upgradeable to 8 GB. With this ultrabook, users will also get internal hard disk storage of 32 GB. There’s also 1.3 MP VGA camera, bluetooth and integrated Wi-fi capabilities. With a backup of up to seven hours, this latest ultrabook is designed with a superior responsive system that has an auto resume feature of less than five seconds. HCL [+more]

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Wi-Fi Bug in Apple iOS 6 Displeases Users

Apple is again in news, but this time it’s not hullabaloo about its latest iPhone 5, but about some reportedly Wi-Fi bug in the latest software by the firm iOS 6. As Apple customers all over the world upgraded their devices to iOS 6, they got a mixed taste of pleasure with displeasure. There have been lots of complaints going around on the web, saying that once users launched and installed the latest iOS 6 on their devices, it refused to connect to the Wi-Fi. There is a long thread of complaints on the discussion board at the Apple site, where users have grumbled about the failed system. Here is the link- https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4310121?start=0&tstart=0 The basic pattern of complaints seems to be simple. Once users install the software on their devices, the Wi-Fi works all right at first, but then eventually it gets disabled. Users tried to get it connected again, but then [+more]

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Aakash 2 Launched at US $35, Has 3.5 mln Bookings

The cheapest of them all, the Aakash 2 tablet is all set for an October launch in India. This tablet will cost US$41.15, but after a subsidy from the Indian government, it will cost $35 a piece for students. This means, it will cost approximately Rs.1960. The tablet’s commercial version Ubislate will retail at $63. This will be available for the India public. A higher-end version of the modest tablet will also be on sale in the U.S. for $79 (pricey) but only next year. While the previous version of the Aakash did not receive much appreciation, Aakash 2 has impressed reviewers. They say it is a much improved version of the first Aakash in all categories. The looks are better and the use of Android 4.0.3 makes it more responsive. So you will be able to access your apps much after. Where the previous version had a RAM of 256MB, [+more]

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HTC Launches Two New Smartphones Using Windows 8 Phone

Smartphone maker HTC launched two new smartphone models on Wednesday—Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S. These smartphones will use the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 software and they will be available in the market by November. Set to be available through multiple wireless service providers globally, this launch pitches HTC against key Microsoft partner Nokia. Like Nokia’s recent Lumia launch, HTC has also launched colorful Windows phone models. Since the popularity of Samsung and Apple phones has picked up, HTC has been under fire to generate stronger sales. While HTC has been using Android-based phones in the past, it will now be able to benefit from marketing the phones are Windows based. HTC global head of sales Jason Mackenzie has said that they will be marketing the smartphones as ‘signature’ Windows Phone 8 smartphones. He said this at the company’s New York launch event, where Microsoft chief executive Steve [+more]

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Zynga CSO Nils Puhlman Resigns

Dark clouds seems to be hovering over social gaming giant Zynga with the latest news of resignation and departure of Zynga chief security officer Nils Puhlmann. Over the last couple of months, Zynga has seen the exit of various top level executives and managers as the firm’s stock plunged around 70 percent after it went public. This news was reported in Techcrunch, which quoted several sources familiar with the matter. Puhlmann, joined Zynga three years back in 2009 as CSO until he resigned yesterday. However, details regarding his resignation are still unknown. The San Francisco-based social game company was trying to keep up its foothold on Facebook network and now laid emphasis on mobile gaming. Zynga saw departures due to weak earnings report, when many executives decided to leave the firm and venture out on their own. Various executives who left Zynga over the recent months include John Schappert, Chief Operating [+more]

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Two Techies Top Forbes’ Billionaires List, Social Biggies Take a Hit

The new list of top Forbes’ Billionaires in the United States is out and there have been some alarming revelations. Where Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates has maintained his position as the richest man of the United States yet again in the Forbes Billionaires list, social media magnets have taken a hit. Two big names—Mark Pincus of Zynga Inc. and Eric Lefkofsky of Groupon were eliminated from the list entirely. Another surprise came with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose ranking dipped from being 14 on the list last year to 36 this year. Zuckerberg was the biggest dollar loser in Forbes’ latest ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans. With the poor launch of the company’s IPO in May, the company has seen a drop in market value. This resulted in the social media entrepreneur’s shareholdings being slashed to half of last year. This was a cut of $8.1 billion in net [+more]

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StumbleUpon App Gets Makeover for iOS 6 Update

The launch of the new iPhone has seen a lot of apps being updated. One among these is StumbleUpon. A StumbleUpon vice-president Cody Simms says it is a reimagined app that makes stumbling more fun. The website, which also has an app in this name, gives users tips on online articles based on your interests. It’s revamped the app developed for iPhone and iPad to be able to meet Apple’s new iOS 6 update. The iOS 6 update from Apple offers 200 new features for both the Apple products. This includes a new map feature and Passbook feature to gather all your tickets, loyalty cards and boarding passes in one place. While earlier the app used information from your historical data, it will now be using new toolbars so that users are able to find information faster. The app also comes with a sliding feature where you can preview the [+more]

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Google Maps Will Now Display Virtual Showroom Entrances

Search giant Google is now going to give you a sneak peek into showrooms with the Google Map Marker. If you have not been looking up retail stores on Google Maps just yet, the application is set to get more fun. With this new application, users will be able to see virtual entrances to retail stories on their devices. The concept lies in the map markers, using which you can now easily see how to get Google Maps always follows commands to your needs and with this service, it means not just roads and routes but also pictures and images. Various businesses participated in Google Maps services and offered Google’s photographers an invitation to do a photo shoot of their shops and location. Using the markers on Google Maps, users get a good panoramic view of the company’s inside. Earlier, it was difficult to know as to which firm could be [+more]

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