Today’s Tech: HTC One unveiled, Bill Gates refuses to back Microsoft CEO Ballmer, Vodafone and BAE in mobile security alliance

Today’s Tech: HTC One unveiled, Bill Gates refuses to back Microsoft CEO Ballmer, Vodafone and BAE in mobile security alliance

Today saw a rather big mobile launch take place in London, and our very own Riyad Emeran was at the German Gymnasium in King’s Cross to see HTC unveil its brand new HTC One smartphone. Journalists from all over the world flocked to the packed venue, where company CEO Peter Chou kicked off proceedings and held the new flagship aloft. The 4.7in device will run Android Jelly Bean with an updated HTC Sense overlay and Riyad was impressed with what he saw. Follow the link for a run-down of its key features and stay tuned to ITProPortal for more on the One – hopefully including a hands-on very soon.

Elsewhere, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has been attracting attention over comments he made in an interview with CBS News in the US, with the philanthropist openly criticising his company. Gates pointed to a lack of innovation within Microsoft and a strategy that “didn’t allow us to get the leadership” as key to the firm now playing catch-up with the likes of Google and Apple – and when asked whether he was happy with the performance of CEO Steve Ballmer, he side-stepped the opportunity to back the under-fire boss. Check the full article for more on the interview, including a video.

In the corporate world, mobile operator Vodafone and arms dealer BAE Systems have announced the formation of a five year strategic partnership to develop a range of security products, which will initially focus on mobile. With mobile threats on the rise, Vodafone is aiming to shore up the services it provides to enterprise customers and will create a host of new security solutions for smartphones and tablets in tandem with BAE. The move not only highlights the apparent need to upgrade the security defences at organisations being targeted by increasingly sophisticated hackers, it also demonstrates the growing prominence of arms manufacturers in the cyber-sphere. Follow the link for more.

New details about the origins of Chinese cyber attacks targeting the US have emerged in a New York Times report. According to a 60-page study published by computer security firm Mandiant, an “overwhelming percentage” of US-targeted cyber attacks that originated in China have been traced to a Chinese military location in Shanghai, dubbed 61398. The groups have carried out increasingly sophisticated hacks and shifted from US corporations to critical infrastructure in their attacks – so much so that President Obama has kicked his cyber defence efforts into high gear. Follow the link for more details about Mandiant’s Chinese hacking discoveries.

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