PlayStation Vita Hits stores in Japan

Good news for PlayStation fans. The long awaited PlayStation Vita is now available in Japan. It was launched in the market yesterday. This was the biggest launch ever for any Sony product since the launch of legendary PlayStation 3 and that too was five years ago. Thousands of fans throughout the country rushed to their nearby stores and lined up in the early morning to lay their hands on the successor of PlayStation Portable(PSP.

PlayStation Vita has a touch interface with motion sensing ability. Gamers can connect their devices via mobile networks or Wifi hotspots to play multiplayer games. With GPS functionality, this gadget has a lot more to offer as compared to the other gaming consoles of the same category.

There are two cameras in Vita, one on the front and the other on the back. Plus there is even a touch pad on the back and there are two joystick buttons which can be used in the multiplayer games.

Sony Corp expect Vita to be a huge success. 2011 has been a pretty bad year for Sony so far. Earlier this year, Sony PlayStation Network(PSN) was targeted by a massive cyber attack after which a large number of customers decided to shift their attention to other gaming consoles available in the market.

According to market reports, Sony has suffered huge losses, approximately of $1 billion this year. All it needs is a breakthrough in sales, so that it can cover up the losses in gaming sector as well as other fields.

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Facebook to sue Mark Zuckerberg?

No, we are not talking about Facebook’s CEO. This Mark Zuckerberg hails from Israel and is an entrepreneur who owns Like Store, a social marketing company which sells Likes to other companies for their brand pages on Facebook. Born as Rotem Guez, he legally changed his name on the 7th of December and according to some sources, he is planning to change his family’s name as well.

This is the second time Facebook has threatened to sue Israeli Zuckerberg. His company, Like Store, was found to be violating Facebook’s terms of service by the social giant’s law firm Perkins Coi, and was instructed to shut down their page on the social network.

And surprisingly, this Israeli entrepreneur also filed a lawsuit against Facebook earlier this year when he was prohibited access to his profile page. It is true that Facebook can sue Like Store on the basis of said violations to the terms of service, but it will be funny when we will see news headings citing the social network’s founder’s name.

On the other side, Rotem Guez(Mark Zuckerberg) is in no mood to abandon either his name or his company. He has even made a website by the name of markzuckerbergofficial.com and a fan page on Facebook by the name of I’m Mark Zuckerberg which has got more than 3000 likes.

So the question now is plain and simple, Will Facebook sue Mark Zuckerberg?

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Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Rypple

Salesforce.com has acquired Rypple, a provider of social software to the big tech giants like Facebook. The terms of the acquisition have not been made public yet. With this acquisition, Salesforce.com has entered the venture of human resource software and this is being seen by many as an attempt to challenge the huge user base of SAP AG and Oracle Corp, both of which occupy the top positions in this sector.

According to the official website of Rypple, it helps managers ensure their teams get the continuous feedback they need to stay aligned, learn faster, and consistently achieve their goals. Plus since most of its clients are the big players in the tech and social industry, we cannot doubt about its capabilities.

According to Executive Vice President of Salesforce.com John Wookey, they are developing HR software which can be used by various companies for recruiting, training and monitoring their employees. Salesforce.com will become a major player in the social media after this acquisition.

On the other side, when asked about this acquisition, the executives of both Oracle and SAP AG declined to comment.

Both Oracle and SAP AG see Salesforce.com as a major rival as they have spent a lot of money and resources in past to compete with Salesforce.com in the area of web based programs.

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RIM Ready To Help UK Police In Tracking Rioters

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion(RIM) has offered to assist UK Police in tracking down rioters after riots broke out in London and other cities. Officially, RIM has not disclosed how it will help cops but we are pretty sure that this assistance will involve access to its BlackBerry Messenger service.

The riots broke out in London after police officers shot a black resident by the name of Mark Duggan, who was a suspect in a gun violence investigation.

People gathered to lead a peaceful march from Broadwater Farm to Tottenham police station demanding justice for Duggan family. The violence broke out after an alleged heated argument between a teenager and a police officer took place.

This offer by RIM is a genuine thing done by the Canadian giant in this situation. It will reduce the time to track down rioters and looters who wreaked havoc in London.

We at Technogazette strongly condemn any act of violence like this. It just shows that how short tempered people have become in this era.

People forgot the real cause of their march which was to demand justice for Duggan family. But justice cannot be achieved by looting and damaging property of innocent people. Protesters should have thought that someone lost a husband, a father, a son and a brother and by committing such cowardly thing, they were tarnishing his memory.

Our prayers are with Duggan family and everyone who suffered any kind of loss in these riots.

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Google+’s Real Name Rules Are “Abuse Of Power”: A Microsoft Researcher

A Microsoft researcher by the name of Dana Boyd openly criticized the “Real Name” policy of Google+ calling it an “abuse of power” by the tech giant. This news comes amidst the so called “bogus patents” feud between Google and Microsoft.

According to the “real name” policy of Google+, users cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames in their profiles. Earlier, Google+ used to delete the accounts which were found to violate this policy but now a days it has started giving the users a chance to provide their real name if they don’t want their account suspended.

Dana Boyd said that,” ‘Real names’ policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.” She stated that the people who use pseudonyms are the ones who are most marginalized by power structures.

Though the statement of Dana Boyd is genuine but it has come at a time when Microsoft and Google are playing the “blame game” openly.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also rumored to launch its social platform in the coming months. Hence this statement though not of Microsoft, is being seen as a declaration of social war.

We think that this “Real Names” policy is rubbish and there is no need of such kind of dumb “policies” especially on a leading social network.

Do you agree with Dana Boyd or support this “policy” of Google+?

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Windows Phone Down 38%

Microsoft has tried its best to boost its smartphone sales but recent data from comScore shows that Microsoft’s share in US smartphone market has decreased from 7.5% to 5.8%, nearly 38%, which is not a good sign for the company’s future in smartphone sector.

Recently, Microsoft’s Mango OS, which is said to be the best software update by the tech giant till now, was deployed in Fujitsu-Toshiba’s IS12T and it is expected that major manufacturers will also be using this OS in their future handsets.

But the thing here is that “Mango” is yet not widely available in the market and even when it does, there is no guarantee that it will be able to create a buzz as experts say that its competition will be with the iPhone 5 and some major Android based smartphones.

Microsoft Windows Phones are quite good but they haven’t enjoyed the limelight as much as the handsets based on Android OS and the iDevices.

Most likely, the reason behind this is that Windows Phones are not advertised as much as its competitors especially in third world countries who are the largest consumers of smartphones. Secondly, it is not as cost effective as Android based handsets.

Will “Mango” be able to boost Windows Phone sales or has it been a bit late to do the needful?

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Beware Of The Pottermore Scam

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you want to lay your hands on Pottermore website before anyone else? Then wait. You might get targeted by online scammers who are selling fake Pottermore accounts to access the exclusive content by JK Rowling.

Pottermore is a website by JK Rowling which will feature exclusive stories and some background information about the popular Harry Potter series. It will be officially opening in October.

But even in August, some people are selling fake Pottermore accounts online which they claim will give a user access to all the exclusive content before anyone else.

Let us warn you that these accounts are not legitimate. Most of the times, these scammers ask for money in return of the account which never works but sometimes, they even direct their targets to infected sites and at the end, user find himself amidst viruses and other sorts of malware.

This is an example of innumerable cases where scammers try to cash a latest news by hitting their target’s field of interest.

We advice our readers to stay out of these type of tricks by being aware and even if you are quite sure that the person is not cheating, do run a background check on the service he is claiming and if possible, the person himself.

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Google Accuses Microsoft And Apple Over “Bogus Patents”

The “battle of patents” between tech giant Google and its rivals Microsoft and Apple Inc. is in news again. Google has accused its rivals of buying some technology patents with a soul motive to hold back Android.

Google’s lawyers claimed in a blog post that Microsoft and Apple are playing dirty game of using so called “bogus patents” against Google’s Android.

Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond stated that Android’s success has forced its rivals to unite and to use cheap tactics against the open source OS.

He further stated that patents are meant to safeguard intellectual property and to increase innovation but now-a-days they are merely being used by some companies to stop others from succeeding in their goals.

Google has lost a lot of patents in past months, mostly owned by Novell and Nortel, which relate to the technologies that can be used in smartphones especially in the Android OS. Most of these patents were bought by an alliance between a number of tech companies which was lead by Microsoft and Apple.

Google’s accusation seems genuine for the time being as fighting with an individual competitor is one thing but fighting a battle against an alliance of its competitors is a very tough thing and chances of Google winning this battle are nearly zero.

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The Biggest Hack Ever Discovered

The Security Experts at McAfee have discovered the biggest cyber attack in the history which has infiltrated the networks of the United Nations, various governments and many multinational companies.

McAfee’s security experts who uncovered this attack believed a “specific country” was behind these attacks. Though they didn’t take any name, but hinted that Chinese hackers and possibly Chinese Government was behind these attacks.

This attack was not done over night rather it was a 5 year long operation code named “Operation Shady Rat”. McAfee came to know about these attacks in March when it was reviewing the contents of one of its servers.

Governments of United States, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada were some of the targets. Some of the International agencies like Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency were also targeted. Big tech giants were also targeted but their names and information were not disclosed.

Our take on this news is that if China is behind these attacks, it is acting like a coward who just wants to bully other nations and sometimes its own people. China should not forget that the countries that it targeted were one of the biggest contributors in its GDP.

What do you guys think about these attacks? Are these attacks an act of cowardice or is it an ugly display of power?

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Windows 8 Beta Releasing In September ?

The month of September will surely have a lot of surprises for us. Almost every tech blog on the world wide web has already reported about the iPhone 5 releasing in September. Now, we have come to know that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 8 Beta version in the month of September.

Microsoft is planning to launch a beta build and not a beta preview. This rumor gets support from the fact that Microsoft’s build conference will be held in mid September. It will be the best time to release its beta build.

Windows 8 will focus on touch computing mostly but the traditional computing, i.e with keyboard and mouse will also be supported.

Unlike earlier versions of Windows OS, Windows 8 will be app friendly and a user will be able to customize it the way he wants. Furthermore, according to Microsoft, Windows 8 will revolutionize the way Operating Systems work and its interface will give users the best computing experience they have ever had.

There are also rumors in the tech world that Windows 8 will be deployed in tablets because of its touch interface. If such claims are believed, Microsoft’s market share in tablets, which is close to zero right now, will increase a lot.

Are you guys ready for the Microsoft’s touch OS?

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