Today's Tech: Android vs the iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 launch at IFA, and Surfthechannel founder gets four years in prison

It was a query-ridden Wednesday 15 August here at ITProPortal. Since we're starting to get into IFA mode, we couldn't help but notice that Samsung's latest tablet offering, the quad-core Galaxy Note 10.1, is due to appear in select UK retailers tomorrow following an official launch in New York earlier today. Of course, the first thing that popped into our mind was: "Why not Berlin?" So, we weighed up why the Korean tech titan chose the Galaxy Note 2 as its IFA headline act - perhaps unsurprisingly, ticking Apple off seemed one of the more likely reasons.

Kaspersky has been asking some questions of its own today. Namely, it has been trying to find people who want to help it crack the badass Gauss malware that began ravaging computers in the Middle East last week. The security firm uncovered the cyber threat - which has targeted personal information stored by Lebanese banks in particular - but has been unable to break the encryption surrounding the crucial Godel module at the virus' heart.

Elsewhere, a UK judge provided some answers in a key copyright infringement case today - though advocates of digital rights won't be giving this particular ruling high marks. Geordie-lad Anton Vickerman, better known as the owner of the popular film-and-TV show portal Surfthechannel, was handed down his sentence today, receiving four years in chokey for running the site, which boasted an exhaustive database of links to external video hosts - legal and illegal. Controversially, the charges were brought not by a public prosecutor, but by independent bodies FACT and the MPAA.

Elsewhere, Ofcom announced that British homes are enjoying faster broadband speeds than ever, seeing a 250 per cent speed increase from four years ago on the back of the 'superfast' packages offered by most major service providers. Queue ITPP's resident sceptic extraordinaire Will Dalton, who delved a little bit deeper to see if the claims are really all they're cracked up to be. In fact, it looks like Ofcom's report also found that many packages came up short of their high-end speed claims.

Rounding out our inquisitional day, Paul Lilly asked whether Android tablets are positioned to ever truly compete with Apple's iPad devices. The Cupertino-based tech giant shipped 17 million iPad 2 and 3 models in Q2 2012, which translated into a total global tablet market share of nearly 70 per cent, up from 58.1 per cent earlier in the year. The problem, it seems, is that open-source Android devices, while cheaper, haven't brought something unique to the shelf at this stage. Some sub-£400 slates, like the Transformer Pad TF300T, are looking increasingly compelling, but should the fandroids be worrying yet?

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