Tech this week: Lenovo, Facebook and Gmail make headlines

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 8:38pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team
All things that made news in the tech world during January 27 to February 2, 2014.

Lenovo buys Motorola
Possibly the biggest news of the week, Google is selling Motorola's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion, a price that makes Google's biggest acquisition look like its most expensive mistake. The deal announced on Wednesday will rid Google Inc. of a financial headache that has plagued the internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost nearly $2 billion since Google took over, while trimming its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800. To read more, click here.

Facebook trends
Replicating Twitter, Facebook launched the trending feature last week. Users have lashed out at the popular social network saying the feature is in no way relevant and focuses more on celebrity gossip.
To read more, click here.

Sony has introduced its new Vaio Flip line of hybrid convertible laptops with a unique new hinge design that lets users flip the screen around and use them as tablets. Prices start at Rs. 94,990 for the Flip 14, while the Flip 13 starts at Rs. 99,990 and the Flip 15 starts at Rs. 1,04,990. o read an exclusive interview, click here.

New about Apple reportedly working on a mobile payment service which means users can pay for physical goods using iOS mobile devices via their existing iTunes accounts came in this week. This could mean competition to PayPal and evolution of mobile shopping. To read more, click here.

Gmail outage
Google's Gmail service and social network Google+ reportedly faced a worldwide outage following a technical error that was fixed in roughly 50 minutes on Saturday. The two services went down at the same time when the site's engineers responsible for keeping it alive 24x7 sat down to answer questions on Reddit's AMA. To read more, click here.


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