Today’s Tech: EE extends its 4G allowance, Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses, Wii U hands-on

Today’s Tech: EE extends its 4G allowance, Microsoft sells 40 million Windows 8 licenses, Wii U hands-on

Mobile operator EE has announced that it is increasing the data allowances of its 4G mobile broadband customers. Existing customers will see their data plans go up automatically and at no extra cost, though there is still no unlimited 4G data plan available. EE has also introduced a series of SIM-only plans, available in 30-day, 12-month and 24-month iterations. However, despite the outpouring of discontent it faced when it first revealed its meagre 4G data allowances earlier this autumn, the changes do not apply to EE customers with 4G phone plans. There’s no indication as to whether the upgrades will trickle down to EE phone customers at some point, but here’s to hoping. Read on for details about the announced plan improvements.

Website administrators were reeling late last night when it emerged that a major security breach of Google’s Webmaster Tools service meant unauthorised users could access and alter key settings for sites. Web masters use the feature for SEO purposes and general traffic analysis, but users who had had accounts terminated were being mysteriously re-verified, opening sites up for sabotage and misuse. As one of the first bloggers to notice the glitch commented, “WMT [Webmaster Tools] is so much more powerful than it ever was [so] there is a serious risk that damage could be caused to sites by people who no longer have permission to make changes. Things like disavow link lists, deindex urls or the entire site, redirect urls, geolocation alterations .. a whole world of pain.” It doesn’t make good reading for Google. Follow the link for more.

Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the launch of the operating system last month. Tami Reller, the finance and marketing head of the Windows division, said that Windows 8 seems to be faring better than better than its predecessor Windows 7, which sold just over 60 million units in the first 10 weeks of sales in 2009. There is still no word on how well the Surface is doing, although early in the month Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that sale of the tablet were “starting modestly”.

Samsung can add another adversary to its growing list of patent combatants, as Ericsson has filed a lawsuit over royalty payments for its proprietary wireless technology. The dispute is over Samsung’s refusal to sign a FRAND license as the Korean electronics firm argues that the associated charges are too steep. This suit may prove critical, as a ruling in favour of the Swedish company could result in a plethora of Samsung devices being pulled off the shelves.

Lastly, the attractions at last weekend’s Hyper Japan Christmas 2012 showcase were myriad, but not even an infinite amount of perfectly cooked okonomiyaki, Samurai swords, and Hello Kitty accessories could distract from the reality that when techies think of Japanese culture, their mind will turn to gaming. Fortunately, the J-culture celebration held at Earl’s Court was a plum outing for geeks, foodies, and aspiring ninjas alike. Most excitingly, Nintendo was present to show off the forthcoming addition to its console line-up ahead of its official UK release on Friday. Of course, ITProPortal got a  hands-on with the Wii U given the opportunity, but what did we make of the system and its radical GamePad controller? Follow the link to find out.

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