After the headline-grabbing launch yesterday, the BlackBerry 10 fallout and analysis has now begun in earnest. Following a year of well documented problems for the platform’s creators – now simply called ‘BlackBerry’ instead of RIM – we ask whether BB10 marks a new start for the firm or actually the beginning of the end. Follow the link for our thoughts and feel free to throw in your two cents in the comments below.
Heading into matters from the security world, and the US media giant The New York Times has revealed it suffered a major network breach for as long as four months. The perpetrators are believed to be from China and the plot thickens given the timing of the hack – which began when The Times ran a story investigating Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s hidden wealth relating to business dealings among his relatives. It’s a story that could well unravel further in the coming weeks…
Another hacking case reached the ITProPortal news column today, with the arrest of a Californian man accused of hacking women’s online accounts and stealing nude pictures of his victims. What’s worse is that the hacker used the photos as blackmail when he demanded them to remove clothes while he watched them on a webcam. The FBI pounced this week and found over 3,000 indecent images on the offender’s computer.
In gaming, the underwhelming performance of the recently launched Wii U has seemingly left Nintendo unphased, as Satoru Iwata, the company's president, has told investors that the Wii U will not be receiving a price drop in the near future. The news comes in the wake of a disappointing Q3 2012 report which detailed the new console's inability to reach the firm's quarterly sales target of 5.5 million as it only sold 3 million units.The Nintendo executive explained that the Wii U already retails at a loss, making a further price decrease unfeasible.
Windows Phone 7.8 rollout commenced as planned today, with Nokia leading the way. The Finnish mobile manufacturer announced that it is pushing the incremental OS upgrade to a number of its handsets, including the Lumia 510 and Lumia 900, though it cautioned that availability is still subject to carrier approval. Follow the link to find out more about Microsoft's latest mobile platform, including how to give eligible devices the boost, or if you think Windows Phone 8 is more your style, then check out the recently arrived Lumia 620 - it hit O2 today for the pauperly SIM-free sum of just £150.