Noon News: BlackBerry 10 Devices to Land in October, VMware Source Code Stolen, Canonical Releases Ubuntu 12.04

RIM officials have announced that the upcoming smartphone platform, BlackBerry OS 10, will be launched in the third quarter of this year. The version will be accompanied by a brand new device and may be an option for existing phones as well. Thorsten Heins, RIM's own CEO, states that a BlackBerry 10 device will be unveiled in the "later half of 2012". Some sources however, claim that the first smartphone with BB OS 10 will be unveiled in mid-August.

VMware has admitted that a hacker has stolen some of the source code for its virtualisation software, and begun posting it online. Earlier this week, VMware's security team was made aware of a single file posted from the VMware ESX source code - and the threat that more files might be posted in the future.

Canonical has released Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support), an OS that is targeted at enterprise desktops. Precise Pangolin includes support for desktop virtualisation from VMware and Citrix, along with Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) 7.1. Canonical points out that this means users now have multiple choices when it comes to office apps, aside from the pre-installed LibreOffice (the MS Office compatible fork from OpenOffice).

Amazon Web Services has announced that CloudFormation now supports the creation of virtual private clouds. Using CloudFormation, you can create and manage an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), to carve out an isolated slice of AWS where you can launch resources in a virtual network that you can define yourself.

Corel has pushed out the latest release of its office suite, which the company claims has been expanded to deliver a considerable increase in productivity. Corel WordPerfect Office X6 comes replete with a number of enhancements and fresh tools, including built-in PDF functionality, with Corel having worked on Microsoft Office file compatibility - always a key point in alternative office suites.