September is proving to be the month of the handset launch, and Motorola today joined the action by unveiling its new RAZR i smartphone. The device's most striking feature appears to be its Intel processor, which clocks at "up to" 2GHz, but we also have a sizeable 4.3in Super AMOLED Advanced display and an 8-megapixel camera to speak of. ITProPortal was in attendance for the launch event in London this morning and had a provisional hands-on play with the RAZR i, so follow the link for more details on this new handset. Will it have enough in the locker to compete with the recently unleashed iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 et al?
Incidentally, the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920 - as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 - are among the devices making up the exclusive smartphone shortlist comprised by new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, with the former Google gal signing off on a directive stipulating that all company employees get to choose a new high-end handset on the house. Why? To replace their surely doomed BlackBerry devices, of course. It's another high-profile PR fail for RIM, who despite all evidence to the contrary, continue to maintain that BB10 will herald a new era of prosperity for the company - better known these days simply as the "beleaguered Canadian firm."
As well as bringing you all the latest consumer news and products, ITProPortal likes to take care of business and enterprise matters too, which is why we were intrigued to hear the latest on cloud computing and its adoption rate. A new study from the Cloud Industry Forum shows that cloud usage is proving more than a passing craze, with over 75 per cent of businesses expected to be using at least one cloud service by the end of 2013. The last year has seen a 27 per cent rise in first time users of the cloud, and industry experts suggest it's very much here to stay.
Despite the mounting excitement ahead of the release of Windows 8 this autumn, all is not well in Microsoft-land. The Redmond, Washington-based company has confirmed that PCs running three versions of its Internet Explorer browsers - IE 7, 8 and 9 - are susceptible to a zero-day vulnerability that is currently being exploited by hackers, who have launched attacks granting them remote access to infected machines. Microsoft is urging customers, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, to download and install the EMET security tool to protect their computers while it investigates the flaw.
More than a year after it first launched in the US, Amazon's Cloud Player music locker has finally arrived in the UK (and in France and Germany). The service allows users to store their music online, with a free membership granting storage of 250 songs and a premium £21.99 tier offering storage for 250,000 tracks. The iTunes Match rival also promises to upgrade low-quality tracks to considerably better 256kbps MP3 versions. Head over to Cloud Player for more details and to give the service a test drive.