Top Stories of the Week – March 17, 2012

Cisco gears up for Pay TV

Cisco Systems is getting ready on pay TV just as the sector's fortunes may be peaking. The US$5 billion enterprise value for pay-TV software maker NDS Group is Cisco's biggest acquisition since the deal for set-top box maker Scientific Atlanta, with a US$5.3 billion enterprise value, in 2005. Cisco is reportedly getting software that well compatible with the existing products it sells to cable companies. And NDS sells mostly to satellite TV operators, which may provide new business for Cisco to a new set of customers. NDS is partly owned by News Corp, the parent company of Dow Jones & Co., which publishes The Wall Street Journal.

China tops smartphone market as cheap models sell like pancakes

Industry analysts say by 2016, India and Brazil should rank third and fourth in terms of world market share, after China and the US.

International Data Corp said China will become the world’s largest smartphone market this 2012, driven by sales of low-priced models, while India and Brazil will play more important roles by 2016.

According to the US-based research firm, after surpassing smartphone deliveries in the US for two consecutive quarters in the second half of last year, China will carry that momentum into this year and rank as the top smartphone market for the whole of 2012.

TelcoDepot.com releases Grandstream GXV-3000 VoIP Videophone

TelcoDepot.com recently launched the Grandstream GXV-3000 VoIP Videophone on its Internet store. The PBX phone system provider says the GXV-3000 VoIP videophone system is highly recommended for businesses looking to cut travel and meeting expenditures while enhancing productivity with face-to-face real-time communication over any distance.

Pakistan IPTV sees 30% increase in subscribers

Pakistan Telecommunications Company has recorded a growth rate of 30% in customers of its internet protocol television (IPTV) service called Smart TV. Its content acquisition strategy is believed to be behind the swift development of the IPTV service's customer care, quality of service and enriched content.

The company says the service's greater digital picture quality, video on demand flexibility, parental lock feature, and the ability to use advanced functions and attributes such as rewind live TV have proved popular with consumers.

New iPad jailbroken already on Launch Day

On the very same day that Apple started shipping the new iPad out to anticipating consumers, there were several reports that at least one hacker had already jailbroken the latest tablet.

“Musclenerd,” a member of the iPhone Dev Team, posted a screenshot on Twitter last March 16 showing how he got root access on the latest Apple tablet release. Another member, Stefan Esser, posted a video showing an untethered jailbreak for his third-generation iPad. Lastly, Grant Paul disclosed a third method to get root access on the new iPad.

The Dev Team is actually a group of hackers that work on jailbreaking iOS devices and is never affiliated with Apple.

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