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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Facebook looks to buy solar drone company: Reports

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports from technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC. 
Both websites cited anonymous sources who are familiar with the deal and put a purchase price at $60 million. 

Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds said on Tuesday that the company does not comment on rumors and speculation. Titan Aerospace representatives did not respond to requests for comment. 

If Facebook does buy Titan Aerospace, the purchase could fit with the goals of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project. The Facebook-led partnership, which includes Qualcomm Inc., Samsung and Nokia, was launched last summer and aims to connect the more than 5 billion of the world's 7 billion people who are not already online. Presumably, Internet.org could use Titan's solar-powered atmospheric satellites to serve as airborne wireless access points. 

Google Inc., which is not a part of the Internet.org effort, launched a similar undertaking earlier this year with the goal of getting everyone on Earth online. Called Project Loon, the effort launched Internet-beaming antennas aloft on giant helium balloons. 

Titan's drone-like atmospheric satellites, which are still in development and not yet commercially available, can stay in the air for as long as five years, according to reports. Titan's website cites a wide range of uses for the drones, including atmospheric and weather monitoring, disaster response and voice and data communications. The last two could be reasons for Facebook's interest in Titan. 

But Zuckerberg said last week at the Mobile World Congress wireless show that access connectivity is not the main obstacle to getting the world online. He said more than 80 percent of the world's population live in areas with 2G or 3G wireless access. More important, he said, is giving people a reason to connect: basic financial services, access to health care information and educational materials. 

Facebook's acquisition of a company called Onavo last fall also fits with Internet.org's vision. Onavo develops data compression technology, which helps applications run more efficiently. This is especially important in developing countries, where people have access to much slower Internet speeds.

Nokia X, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2: Big launches at MWC 2014

The Mobile World Congress 2014 saw the launch of three new phones - Nokia's X Series android phones, Samsung's Galaxy S5 and Sony's Xperia Z2. One after the other they hogged the limelight leaving the other brands panting to catch up with them. 

Nokia X Android phones 
Together, the three variants of Nokia's X series ended up becoming the show stealer at MWC 2014 as it stole the limelight away from Samsung's much awaited Galaxy S5. 

The Nokia X, X+ and XL have been priced for 89 euros, 99 euros and 109 euros respectively. Nokia has intentionally priced these phones towards the lower end of the spectrum keeping in mind that these phones shall target the developing markets such as that of India. Considering its price, Nokia's X series is expected to create a dent in the sales of other brands such as Samsung, HTC and Sony. 

However, what doesn't go in favour of Nokia's foray into the android market are the specifications of the phones. Nokia's X series phones are neither pure android nor pure Microsoft - though they run on an android platform, Nokia has ensured that the phones' look and feel remains loyal to Microsoft. 

Nokia X series smartphones: Know full specs 

Samsung Galaxy S5 
The much-awaited smartphone and perhaps the South Korean tech giant's biggest launch in 2014 could not grab the eyeballs like its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S4 had in 2013. Though, the Galaxy S5 was one of the main attractions at the MWC 2014, it was launched without any price tag. Now, the internet is abuzz with its expected price. It is rumoured to be priced less than the Galaxy S4. 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to hit the market on April 11, 2014. 

The successor to Samsung's best seller, the Galaxy S4, as expected, has come with a host of new features and better specifications. Heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor are its notable features. 

To know Galaxy 5 features, read this: Samsung Galaxy S5: Ten things to notice 

Sony Xperia Z2 
Japanese tech firm Sony has also grabbed eyeballs at the MWC 2014 with its latest smartphone--the Sony Xperia Z2. 

The Sony Xperia Z2 is set to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s. It sports the same 20.7 megapixel camera found in its predecessors, the Z1 and the Z1s. The Xperia Z2 is waterproof, like the Z1 phones, with 5.2-inch screen. 

Apart from this, the Xperia Z2 comes with several other features such as noise reduction and 4k video recording.

Kapil Sharma finally says yes to host Sunny Leone on his show

Just a few months back, comedian Kapil Sharma who hosts the popular show 'Comedy Nights With Kapil', took a step back when it was Jackpot actor Sunny Leone's turn. 

However, the equation seems to have changed now as Comedy Nights With Kapil will be hosting Sunny Leone and the queen of Indian television, Ekta Kapoor together on the same platform. 
The duo will shoot for an episode of the ever-popular show to promote their upcoming movie Ragini MMS-2 today (4th March, 2014). 

Kapil was not keen to invite Sunny Leone on his show as he considers it as a family show. Not anymore Kapil!

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