Microsoft's cellphone unit on Monday launched a new midtier smartphone in India in an effort to recoup eroding market share in a critical developing market. The phone, dubbed the Nokia Lumia 630, is aimed at a niche in between the premium models sold by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. and lower-end phones made by the likes of China's Xiaomi and India's Micromax Informatics Ltd.
Twitter has officially announced “mute”, a new feature for its Android, iPhone and web clients that lets users selectively turn off the posts of certain users they follow, without unfollowing them. Muting the users will stop their posts from showing up in your timeline, including their own posts and native retweets, and it also means you won’t get push notifications or SMS notices from them. No one knows the mute is active except for you, and it’s reversible at any time. The feature is set to roll out today and should be available to all over the next few weeks.
The rumors of a possible $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple spread far and wide last week, and rightfully so. It wouldn’t just be the largest acquisition of all time for the 38-year old computer company — dwarfing the $429 million received by Steve Jobs’ NeXT in 1996 – but also the seventh billion- or near-billion-dollar “unicorn” acquisition by the major forces in consumer tech in just the last year (for those who need a reminder, these companies are WhatsApp and Oculus by Facebook, Waze and Nest Labs by Google, Nokia by Microsoft, and Tumblr by Yahoo).
When Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Microsoft would be both a mobile-first and cloud-first company from here on in, beyond the feel-good sentiment of the announcement there was little clarity as to what it actually meant. Commentators looked towards the Microsoft TechEd North American conference, being held this week, to gain some clarity about the technical details of Microsoft’s future strategy. A raft of announcements being made today give us all a little more certainty about what the company is doing. Some of the announcements are extensions of what has already been announced (an example being the ExpressRoute program extension), while others are interesting new plays that certainly help Microsoft deliver on its promise of enabling enterprises to become mobile first.