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Apple grabs top spot on world’s most valuable brands’ list

Apple grabs top spot on world’s most valuable brands’ list

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple maintained its top position on the list of the world's most valuable global brands in 2014, though its growth pace lagged that of its biggest rival - Samsung.

As per the newly released Brand Finance Global 500 list, Apple once again topped the list of the world's most valuable brands with a brand value of US$104.68 billion in 2014, up 20 per cent from last year.

With a brand value of US$79 billion, South Korea-based Samsung grabbed the second spot. But, growth in its brand value increased faster than that of Apple at 34 per cent year-on-year.

CBI arrests Micromax owners in a bribery case

CBI arrests Micromax owners in a bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested the owners of smartphone and tablet Micromax Informatics in a bribery case, sources form the investigating agency revealed.

According to the sources, Rajesh Agrawal and Manish Tuli were arrested when they were trying to give bribe of Rs 30 lakh to the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for getting approval for construction of a banquet hall in the Wazirpur area of the city.

Nasscom Appoints New 18-member executive council

Nasscom Appoints New 18-member executive council

As per recent reports, it has been revealed that the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), has appointed a new 18-member executive council. The apex body for the Indian IT industry has appointed the council for two years that is from 2013 to 2015.

While describing the selection procedure of the council, it was found that the Nasscom carried out an online poll. The poll provided them with 57 nominations. It shall however, be noted that the council is represented by all the leading companies of the nation except HCL Technologies.

Mobile Portability: a Comfort or Frustration?

Mobile Portability: a Comfort or Frustration?

The facility of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was initiated for the comfort of users without changing their old numbers; however, it seems to have affected the users in a different and negative way. The users are more thwarted by the services rather than enjoying it. Many consumers are complaining about their request for MNP being rejected.

Operators are facing challenges in dealing with the issues like quality and billing.

BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Launched from underwater Pontoon

BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Launched from underwater Pontoon

The first test firing of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been conducted in the Bay of Bengal. India has become the first country to achieve this feat and to possess this capability.

BrahMos CEO, A Sivathanu Pillai said that the submarine-launched version of BrahMos was successfully test fired from an underwater pontoon. It was launched on 20 March 2013.

For the first time, an underwater supersonic cruise missile has been test fired anywhere in the world and the missile travelled its complete range of over 290 kms.

eBay Releases Annual Census Guide on Wednesday

eBay Releases Annual Census Guide on Wednesday

In the 5th edition of annual eBay Census Guide released on Wednesday, it emerged that Ahmedabad was the top buyer of the imported lingerie through the online shopping portal in the previous year.

It was further revealed that the city led in the lifestyle products among the products sold from there. In addition, the city came up as the seventh largest ecommerce hub in the country. Many other interesting facts were also revealed by the survey.

Wipro shareholders approves de-merger plan

Wipro shareholders approves de-merger plan

Wipro has confirmed that its shareholders have approved the company's plan to de-merger or rearrange all businesses among Wipro Limited, Azim Premji Custodial Services Private Limited and Wipro Trademarks Holding Limited.

In a statement to the stock exchanges, the soaps-to-software services conglomerate said that its shareholders approved the de-merger plan the at a court convened meeting held on December 28.

Kindle Fire suffers decline in popularity: survey

Kindle Fire suffers decline in popularity: survey

When online retailer Amazon introduced its Kindle Fire tablet PC in November 2011, analysts looked at it as smaller, cheaper answer to the dominant player – the iPad. But, a fresh survey by research firm ChangeWave revealed that Kindle Fire couldn’t make any noticeable dent in the iPad’s popularity.

ChangeWave questioned a total of 2,893 North American consumers, and found 7 per cent of the respondents had plans to buy a new tablet PC in the next 90 days.

Infinitec starts accepting pre-orders for Pocket TV

Infinitec starts accepting pre-orders for Pocket TV

Three-year old hardware startup Infinitec has started accepting pre-orders for its thumb-sized Android-powered Pocket TV, which was fully funded within a week on Kickstarter.

Infinitec is marketing the small device as a mobile smart television platform that can transform any simple TV into a smart TV. As per the startup’s claims, it is capable of handling 1080p video and casual games.

It is 3.4 by 1.2 by 0.6-inch in dimensions and resembles a USB flash drive. The small dongle runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features an HDMI connector on its end.

The Elder Scrolls Online under development: Bethesda confirms

The Elder Scrolls Online under development: Bethesda confirms

The Elder Scrolls Online is under development and will be released on PC and Mac platforms in 2013, Bethesda has confirmed.

The Elder Scrolls Online MMO is under development at Zenimax Online Studios, which claims that new game will be an unparalleled exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for.

Making the announcement, Zenimax Online Studios’ founder & director, Matt Firor, said, “The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”