Today's Tech: Three customers to get free 4G, Google's Schmidt blasts China, Obama cleared to increase cyber attacks

In a move that will no doubt drum up consumer goodwill, Three has announced that it will not charge existing users a premium for 4G service when it begins rolling out the high-speed data network later this year. In other words, 4G will become a part of all existing data packages, though you will obviously need an LTE-capable handset to access it. Customers on Three's 'The One' plan stand to benefit the most, as they will automatically be eligible to receive unlimited, high-speed data. Read on to find out more about Three's plans to offer customers a free upgrade to 4G.

As Android continues to gain ground in the global smartphone market, experts point to the operating system's fragmentation as a likely cause of its eventual undoing. But Google may finally be preparing to quash that concern, with a clause in its updated Android SDK Terms of Service warning companies against taking "any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android." While Google will still allow companies to overlay their own user interfaces, like HTC's Sense and Sony's TouchWiz, users will no longer be forced to wait for manufacturer-specific updates once new versions of Android are available. Follow the link to find out what this development could mean for end users and whether it really is the end of Android fragmentation.

Heading toward Internet security matters, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt attracted headlines today for his frank criticism of China, which he calls the world's “most sophisticated and prolific hacker” in his forthcoming book, the New Digital Age. The book will focus largely on China’s exploitation of the Internet to control aspects of business, culture and politics, it is reported - something that is more than likely to increase the rift between his company and the People’s Republic.

Ironically, while Schmidt was being quoted about the “difference in values” he sees between the US and China in terms of the Internet, reports were emerging from New York that a legal review has paved the way for President Obama to launch pre-emptive cyber attacks on foreign foes deemed a digital threat. Already known for its devastating malware campaigns against Iran and others nations, America looks set to further utilise its powerful cyber arsenal as international conflict becomes increasingly settled in the digital sphere. Follow the link for the full story.