For the first time since the ascent of the smartphone, Apple is finding itself edging closer to the losing side of the mobile market. As frustrated fans and underwhelmed experts will tell you, the company has failed to imbue its past few generations of mobile hardware and software with anything even remotely approaching the innovation it trumpeted with its first iPhone in 2007. What will this mean going forward? In order for Apple to stay ahead of the pack and/or win back any ground, it will have to do more than rely on marketing. Rawiya Kameir warns that Apple must innovate hard, or die trying (opens in new tab).
If you’ve noticed your Internet slowing down over the past week, that could be the result of what has been described as the largest global cyber attack in history (opens in new tab), the BBC has reported. The attack reportedly stemmed from a dispute between spam filtration firm Spamhaus and Dutch web hosting group Cyberbunker. According to reports, Spamhaus, which keeps blocklists to help it determine what unwanted material to keep out, blocked servers belonging to Cyberbunker. The move earned it a sustained series of DDoS attacks, which Spamhaus claims is affecting core Internet infrastructure. Follow the link for more.
With such incidents occurring with increasing regularity, the UK government has today launched a fresh initiative to fight cyber threats, establishing a cross-sector alliance and new intelligence centre in London which aims to tighten the UK’s digital defences and minimise the damage caused by cyber attacks. The Cyber Security Information Partnership (CISP) will see private companies come together with the police, MI5 and other government agencies to share information about the latest cyber threats, with the collective data to be studied in real time by expert analysts in a secret London location. Could the new cybercrime project transform the war online? (opens in new tab) Follow the link for our full analysis.
Popular social magazine Flipboard has revamped its user experience, launching a second-generation product that turns everyone into a digital editor and publisher (opens in new tab). Flipboard 2.0 revolves around a new "+" button, which allows users to collect their favourite content from across the web - articles, photos, video, and audio are all supported - and 'flip' it into a magazine to reflect their personality and interests. The downside? Right now, Flipboard 2.0 has only made it to iOS devices, so your dream publishing career only starts today if you've got an iPad or iPhone. Android is surely in Flipboard's future plans, however – it did, after all, originally debut on the Samsung Galaxy S3.