Today's Tech: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean hits Samsung Galaxy S3, Facebook chief joins Silicon Roundabout, Android security concerns

The official unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean seems a long time ago now, but such is the generally slow pace of Google OS proliferation, it is on the eve of the next Android update that adoption of the last is really beginning to take shape. With the rumoured Key Lime Pie platform imminent, Jelly Bean is getting a move on and is finally being rolled out on the Samsung Galaxy S3; certainly a worthy handset to show off the software’s capabilities. Next year meanwhile, it appears Sony’s Xperia smartphones will get in on the act, with Jelly Bean set to hit the Xperia T, TX, and V midway through the first quarter of 2013. For more on these stories, follow the relevant links.

As the UK ramps up its efforts to become recognised as a home for technology innovation, the so-called 'Silicon Roundabout', London's Silicon Valley rival, is due to get new leadership. Facebook Europe's current boss Joanna Shields has revealed that she is leaving the social network to take over as the CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation. That group, which represents a cluster of Britain's best and brightest tech companies, serves as an advocate on behalf of Tech City, supporting the member companies, raising their global profile, and attracting local and global investment. “With the right boost now, there is no reason why we can’t make London the number one location for tech in the world,” said Shields.

Researchers from the University of Hanover and the Philipp University of Hamburg have discovered that 8 per cent of the most popular free apps on Google Play are extremely vulnerable to MITM attacks. By coupling a special tool called MalloDroid with a fake Wi-Fi hotspot, they successfully exploited 1,074 apps, lifting very personal information, such as email logins and bank account details, in the process. They also managed to discreetly immobilise security programs and alter requests to transfer funds. The group is currently constructing a MalloDroid app, which they will release as soon as possible.

In a move to improve its overall security, Apple has dropped Oracle’s Java software from the latest version of the Mac OS X. Users updating their systems will automatically get rid of Java, but will be able to regain it by visiting Oracle directly. Java has, for some time, been associated with security vulnerabilities, having been held responsible for the Flashback malware that affected hundreds of thousands of Macs and the Anonymous group’s theft of millions of Apple UDIs earlier this year. The patch issued by Oracle for the latter of these incidents has also been found to contain glaring holes, and it seems that the Cupertino company has finally had enough.

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