Broadband speeds could become 2,000 times faster than current standards, claim a team of scientists at Bangor University. Researchers are working on a three year project to find an affordable way to make our existing broadband networks reach exponentially faster speeds. They have already managed to pump 20Gb/s, which is phenomenally fast, considering that the fastest speed recorded in Britain is 33.4Mb/s.
Google's Android operating system saw a massive rise in malware in the third quarter, according to a report from security service F-Secure. Some 51,447 unique threats were discovered in the last three months, compared to 3,063 in March this year. F-Secure blames Android's ever-growing global popularity, particularly in countries such as China and Russia, which are known for less secure questionable apps, for the surge in threats on the platform. Most of the new malware detected by F-Secure is "designed to generate profit from SMS sending activities or by harvesting information found on the infected device." This news comes despite Google's precautionary actions, including the launch of Bouncer, designed to automatically scan new and existing Google Play apps.
In other news, reports have surfaced concerning Apple's intention to wean its home computing line off of Intel's processors. Some have predicted that seems that Apple will be placing its faith on the continued progress of ARM-based mobile processors, with the computing giant planning to develop its own range of processors to power a future range of thinner, lighter Macs.
Also, it's been a full week since EE launched the UK's first 4G service - but does that mean it's time to upgrade your 3G plan? Our very own Riyad Emeran took the new service for a spin, testing out EE4G on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE. Among other things, he found that the faster speeds turn the handset into a "supremely versatile device" on which users can flawlessly stream HD video or quickly download HD games. Accordingly, Riyad confirmed his theory that faster Internet also means more data usage - a prospect that is rendered difficult by EE's much-bemoaned data usage limits. Follow the link to find out more about how EE's 4G service is shaping up.
Lastly, unless you've been living under a Galaxy Note 2 all week, you'll know that the next 24 hours will deliver either a re-election for the current Democratic US President Barack Obama, or rollout Republican challenger Mitt Romney as the 45th President of the United States. From a tech perspective, the two potential leaders of the free world differ noticeably in regards to their green tech policies and attitudes to emerging superpower China. To find out more about who nerds around the world should be rooting for tonight, make for James Laird's 2012 US presidential election: Obama vs Romney tech showdown special.