Believe it or not, Windows 8 has been out for the best part of a month now, meaning that Internet Explorer 10, which arrived alongside the OS, has had plenty of time to settle itself. According to Grant Brunner, the new browser has better standards support and features substantially better performance than its predecessors, but how does it compare to the daddy of web surfing – Google's Chrome? With IE10 now available for those still using Windows 7, Brunner has put the program through its paces by running a series of tests to match it up against Chrome.
More Windows news now, and if you're unlucky enough to own a handset that isn't eligible for Windows Phone 8 (or if you're just considering an upgrade), Abbi Cox has rounded up the differences between Windows Phone 7.5 and Microsoft's latest mobile operating system. The current-gen platform bests its predecessor in a handful of key areas - WP8 brings multi-core system-on-chips, support for HD displays, NFC, enhanced background multi-tasking and native SkyDrive integration, amongst other things. However, while Windows Phone 8 is undeniably an improvement on Windows Phone 7.5, it might not be as massive as is widely thought. According to Cox, "those looking to invest in a whole mobile ecosystem for the future now have a new player to consider with Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8."
Elsewhere, a serious new security weakness in Skype has been outed. By creating a new Skype account with the same email address as an existing user, an attacker could - frighteningly easily - request a password change and subsequently gain exclusive and unrestricted access to the original account. The weakness was first noted on a Russian blog three months ago, and was reportedly exploited last night in the hacking of Russian politician Alexey Navalny's Skype account. Skype has temporarily disabled its password reset feature, while it figures out a solution.
A UK official today announced that popular tweeters are likely to be prosecuted for "grossly offensive" tweets, echoing the case of the 17-year-old who was arrested for abusing Olympian Tom Daley on Twitter. The size of a person's online "reach" would directly affect the severity of the prosecution. On a similar note, the United Arab Emirates is cracking down on online dissidents and bloggers, after the rise of protests and political uprisings across the Gulf. Government officials have updated current Internet laws so that nationals can face spells in prison for mocking the country's leaders or for using social media to arrange political protests.
Finally, frustrated potential LG Nexus 4 buyers have seemingly been provided with another avenue through which to make their purchase. The mobile network provider O2 has a month long exclusivity deal that establishes them as the only alternate vendor for Google's handset, and their stocks have so-far held up in the face of demand. However, there is a catch: O2 is asking for an additional £120 for the Nexus 4 smartphone, a markup it attributes to the accompanying reward schemes that its service provides, such as Priority Moments. Do you think it's a fair premium?