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Today's Tech: IP EXPO, Apple factories reducing 5c output, and cybercrime becoming a bigger threat than nuclear war

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by Paul Cooper
, 16 Oct 2013News
Today's Tech: IP EXPO, Apple factories reducing 5c output, and cybercrime becoming a bigger threat than nuclear war

IP EXPO launched its first day in Earls Court, London. The IT conference and expo saw ex-hacker turned security consultant Kevin Mitnick offer dire warnings for business, saying "antivirus won't save you," and HP's David Chalmers making bold predictions about the world of consumer devices. The massive technology event coincided with the launch of a brand new tech website, Technology.info, which aims to bring together everything about technology under one roof. Follow our live coverage of IP EXPO 2013 throughout the day, and make sure to tune in tomorrow.

In other news, Apple has been scaling down production of the iPhone 5c at its factories. Its plastic-cased device, the cheaper option when compared to the 5s, has had a disappointing performance in the marketplace. Coming with lower specs and no fingerprint scanner, the 5c just hasn't been grabbing consumers' attention in the same way as its sleeker and more advanced cousin. "This reflects a failure in Apple's pricing strategy," said Bevan Yeh, a Taipei-based senior fund manager. "The price differentiation between 5C and 5S is too small. It's an iPhone 5 with plastic casing and isn't worth the price." Reports of exactly how large the scale-down is have varied from between 20 per cent to a third.

An 'E-crime' Home Affairs Report has claimed the cybercrime is now a bigger danger to the UK than the threat of nuclear war. With the current 77 per cent ownership of PCs and laptops, cybercrime is now regarded as a Tier One threat to the UK - that's a higher category than nuclear war, and Commissioner Leppard of the City of London Police told the Home Affairs Committee "We are not winning the war on cybercrime." There are now an estimated 1,300 organised cybercrime groups in existence and that 25 countries predominantly target the UK for cyber-attacks.

Scientists in Germany claim have developed a Wi-Fi Internet connection that can achieve speeds of 100Gbps, producing a service that's up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber. The team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics [IAT] and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology [KIT] tested Wi-Fi to show that a sustained transfer rate of 100Gbps can be achieved using high frequencies in the 237Ghz range. The Wi-Fi claims to be able to transfer an entire Blu-ray ISO in as little as two seconds but due to the high frequencies involved the signal cannot pass through walls and there must be a clear line of sight between devices at all times for it to function.

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