Weekly Tech Roundup
The Week That Was: E72 in India, Wikipedia In Mess Techtree News Staff Nov 29 2009
Yet another busy week has whizzed past us and it s time for yet another edition of Techtree s Week That was where we take a look at all the tech headlines of the past week all the tech news that mattered and kept us at Techtree on our feet.
Here we go!
Samsung has, out of nowhere, announced two new mid-range handsets at a Corby related event last week. Strangely, the new phones belong to Samsung's new design range of phones that is known as "Diva" - which is not quite, what the Corby range is all about.The new devices in question are the S7070 and the S5150 (codenamed Olivia) - both of which belong to different design categories. One is a touchscreen, while the other is a clamshell.
At the Professional Developers Conference 2009, Microsoft announced public beta of Office Professional Plus 2010 productivity suite. In all the fanfare, Stephen Chapman of Microsoft Kitchen managed to grab a Microsoft roadmap pointing next Windows operating system's arrival. Microsoft launched Windows 7 on October 22 and now the plans of Windows 8 roadmap were spotted on the Interwebs. The successor to Windows 7 is tentatively codenamed as Windows 8 and is expected to be next "Major Release" in 2012. On the contrary, Windows 7 is being treated as "Release Updates" - to what? Maybe the wild Vista code.
A week after its international launch, Nokia has finally bought the much awaited E72 to India. The high-end ESeries device is considered the successor to the very famous E71, that has a very decent fan following. The E72 is visually similar to the E71 and boasts of better features as compared with its predecessor. While the resemblance between the two is striking, there have been a lot of changes under the hood. The processor, for example, is a much faster one and will definitely make the E72 way faster than its older cousin. Then, there is the new version if Symbian (Version 9.3, FP2) found doing duty on the phone. The phone also comes pre-installed with Nokia Messaging and a host of Office Productivity Suites.
Wikipedia has been an exceptional success story ever since its inception back in 2001. The website, amongst the world's most visited sites, is seeing a sharp increase in the number of its Editor (English Language) exodus - which according to a recent Wall Street Journal report has reached a staggering 49,000 in the beginning of 2009. The report states that this large exodus had increased 10 times as compared with the data for the previous year when only 4,900 Editors left Wikipedia. The problem for Wikipedia now is that the number of people leaving the Editorial post is way more than the rate of new joinees. There is no need to panic, however, considering the fact that Wikipedia still has three million active contributors.
Nokia has just added two new slider phones to its mid range segment. The new devices announced are the Nokia 6700 Slide and the Nokia 7230, both of which are mid-range handsets targeted at the design conscious consumer. Both the devices are 3G Ready and are optimized for social networking and sharing content over the Internet. Hit the link for more on both the new phones.
It was in April that Google had announced the new versions of Gmail App for the iPhone and Android based devices. Seven months down the lane, Google has made subtle changes to a host of its Mobile Apps that should enhance the overall user experience. While the redesign in April was a major one with the applications getting overhauled from the ground up, this latest update is a minor one. The changes are applicable to Gmail, Latitude, Calendar, or Tasks on Android based phones and of course, the iPhone. It was in April that Google had announced the new versions of Gmail App for the iPhone and Android based devices. Seven months down the lane, Google has made subtle changes to a host of its Mobile Apps that should enhance the overall user experience.
Sony Ericsson's recently released phone, the Satio, has run into issues in the UK after the company suspended sales of the device in stores following complaints from consumers. Apparently, the device suffered from a technical error that caused the phone to shut down unexpectedly. Since a fix to the issue was not possible with an over the air update, Sony Ericsson is replacing faulty handsets with new ones for affected users in the UK