Noon News: Apple Retail Store Designs Renovated, UK Government Plans Digital Identity Marketplace, Kogan To launch Chromebook

Unconfirmed reports have revealed that Apple will soon launch the renovated design of its Apple Store retail outlets, internally referred to as the “Apple Store 2.0”. It has been a while since Apple started with the renovating process of its retail store experience, led by the company’s senior vice president of retail Ron Johnson, design chief Jony Ive and CEO Steve Jobs, reports 9 to 5 Mac.

Amazon has introduced a new product trade-in programme that allows users to sell their used gadgets to Amazon for gift cards. The company announced that the electronics trade-in programme was not valid for eBook readers, including its own Kindle. Before this, the company’s trade-in programme only allowed users to trade-in gaming hardware and software, DVDs and books.

A source close to Aussie company Kogan has told us that it will be launching a Chromebook laptop, possibly by the end of the month and definitely before either Samsung or Acer, the two official partners presented by Google at launch. We've been told that although Kogan is not a major defacto partner of the search engine giant, it is still looking to be playing a prominent role in the Chromebook market ahead of bigger competitors like Asus.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has outlined the government’s plans to create a digital identity system so that UK citizens can access public services online. The government plans to create a marketplace for private firms to provide identity assurance services. People would choose to provider of their choice who would then be responsible for assuring the identity of the customers when they access public services online.

A demonstration of the vulnerabilities in Siemen AG's industrial control systems has been delayed at the request of security agencies. The demonstration, entitled “Chain Reaction- Hacking SCADA” was the brainchild of NSS Labs security analyst Dillon Beresford, and Brian Meixell, an independent security researcher.