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Today's Tech: US accused of cyber-attack on France; EE and Vodafone eye tube Wi-Fi; Apple, Microsoft and Google in tablet wars

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by Will Dalton
, 21 Nov 2012News
Today's Tech: US accused of cyber-attack on France; EE and Vodafone eye tube Wi-Fi; Apple, Microsoft and Google in tablet wars

The United States has been accused of playing a part in some of the most significant cyber-attacks recorded in recent years, including the vicious Flame and Stuxnet viruses. But while the victims of these campaigns have been fairly predictable, with the likes of Iran bearing the brunt of the assaults, the latest cyber-plot to emerge hit a far more surprising target – France. The accusations have not been confirmed, but French publication L’Express claims a number of sources say a virus, likely driven by the US, infected computers used by the government of Nicolas Sarkozy back in May. Is the US really spying on its allies as well as its foes?

Despite a raft of righteous sounding promises issued in the wake of the Apple iOS 6 Maps debacle, iDevice users running the Cupertino-based firm's newest mobile OS are still stuck with a fairly useless cartography aid as they start to make for high streets and shopping centres around the country in search of festive gifts. Fortunately, we have a double salvo of good navigational news this Wednesday, kicking off with the release of Nokia's new Here Maps app, currently available through the App Store. According to the Finnish company, Here Maps boasts a number of useful features, including live traffic updates, voice-guided walking directions, and detailed public transportation information. But how will it fare in a hands-on environment, you ask? Pretty well, based on our initial experiences, though users unconvinced by anything other than Google Maps need fear not - the cartographic standard bearer is also nearly (back) among us, according to recent reports. Click on to read our full Apple iOS 6 Maps roundup.

Google has announced plans to correct a flaw in its propriety calendar application, the People app. It seems that those users who've installed the Jelly Bean upgrade, Android 4.2, cannot add events to the month of December. The search giant has told those affected to be "rest assured" that it plans to amend this problem as soon as possible in an expected over-the-air update. Yet further reports have shed light on more serious bugs plaguing the current iteration of its operating system…follow the link to find out more.

EE and Vodafone are reportedly engaged in discussions with Virgin Media, as they intend to deliver free London Underground Wi-Fi to their own respective customers from early 2013. VM, which already offers the service to 72 stations, will provide the service. EE this morning tweeted that it will provide free Wi-Fi to tube travellers, but sparked some confusion by swiftly deleted the post. Virgin Media last month announced that it was in talks with potential partners to bring about a “fantastic experience for all tube passengers” beyond the end of this year.

The world of Internet domains is about to change. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that it will unveil the first round of new domain suffixes for use by May 2013. Suffixes such as .gay, .islam and .baby could replace the traditional .com and .co.uk address. Companies like Google and Amazon have already applied for the exclusive use of designations such as .search, .cloud, .book and .game. Sounds like the future of Internet names is about to get .creative.

Apple, Microsoft and Google are facing off as the tablet wars heat up ahead of the holiday season. With the mobile computing sector expected to grow steadily and traditional PCs declining in popularity, each of the big three firms are putting their eggs in their tablet baskets. But what kind of a dent are they making in the market? Apple has been forthcoming about its sales, revealing that it shipped three million fourth-generation iPads and iPad minis in the weekend after their launch. Microsoft and Google, however, have been disappointingly tight-lipped, leading some to believe sales of their flagship tablets have been less than pleasing.

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