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Today's Tech: £7,000 smartphone unveiled, Sonos launches Hi-Fi Playbar, cyber spotlight falls on Whitehall and Washington

Bespoke handset manufacturer Vertu has launched its first Android device. The Vertu Ti costs an eye-watering £6,700 and is made by hand at the firm's headquarters in Church Crookham, Hampshire. As you would expect given the exorbitant price tag, the Ti boasts some rather exclusive design features, including a titanium frame with leather overlays and an ultra-robust sapphire-coated 3.7in HD display that is "to glass what steel is to blancmange." It's not the most technologically sophisticated smartphone out there, however, with Vertu saying that specifications are only part of the equation. Follow the link for the lowdown on the world's most voguish mobile.

Sonos has unveiled the latest addition to its line of home wireless audio players - Playbar, a soundbar designed for use alongside your TV, promises to bring a home theatre vibe to users' living rooms. With its sleek aluminium and plastic casing, it shares its ethos with Sonos' existing products, such as the Sub subwoofer and Play:3 speakers, and can integrate with them for a dynamic, cinematic sound. It will be available for £599 beginning 5 March. Follow the link to find out more about Sonos' entry into the living room audio market.

Proving we are truly in the age of the cyber war, governments either side of the pond have today been in the news with regard to their all-important cyber strategies. In the US, Washington insiders have reported that President Obama is preparing an executive order aimed at bolstering national defences against cyber attacks. With American banks, corporations and government agencies coming under increased pressure from online threats, an FBI official said, "Our biggest issue right now is getting the private sector to a comfort level so they can report anomalies, malware, incidents within their network."

As for the UK, there has been cautious optimism from the National Audit Office over the impact of the government’s £650 million cyber security plan which came into effect back in November 2011, but the parliamentary group has warned that awareness over cyber threats must still improve. Cyber crime is currently costing the UK between £18 billion and £27 billion every year, and the NAO says the IT skills gap needs closing in both the business sphere and among the general public. Follow the links for more on these cyber security stories.