Facebook Home, the social network's new mobile interface for Android devices, has officially launched in the UK and speculation is mounting whether the software may become available on Apple's iPhone too. Zuckerberg and co introduced the feature earlier in April but the reception among its first users in the US appears to have been lukewarm at best. Social networking fanatics will nevertheless have let out a little shriek by Facebook Home's arrival on Google Play this morning, with owners of the compatible Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X, and One X+ among the first to profit. The stakes would be raised considerably, however, if Facebook can muscle Home onto the ubiquitous iPhone.
Popular cross-platform messenger WhatsApp has more users than Twitter and processes more messages than Facebook, according to its boast-happy boss. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed that his service enjoys a total of 20 billion messages sent and received every day, though he didn't say what that figure translated into in terms of a monthly usership. For its part, Twitter officially quotes 200 million users per month, while Facebook is thought to handle around 10 billion messages every day - about half the volume of WhatsApp. Is WhatsApp the most popular social platform around? Follow the link to find out.
A covert strand of malicious software has been mining data from "thousands" of UK organisations for almost a year claims Israeli security firm Seculert, which has today revealed its findings on the threat. The "magic malware", as it has been dubbed, has been active on machines across Europe and the US for the past 11 months, and worryingly for IT managers, it is still thought to be active and even under further development from its creators. The multi-faceted nature of the attacks has made it difficult to identify the specific intention of the perpetrators, with the malware capable of setting up backdoors, stealing data, and injecting HTML into a the browser. Seculert believes spying on the activity of its targets could be the main purpose of the attacks, "but because this malware is also capable of downloading and executing additional malicious files, this might be only the first phase of a much broader attack," the company warns.
In enterprise hardware news, LenovoEMC recently announced a new line of high performance network video recorders (NVRs) that feature Milestone Arcus's latest video management software (VMS). The NVRs are digital video recorder appliances with a design based on the Iomega px NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Three models make up the product family: the LenovoEMC px2-300d NVR, a dual-drive device that includes 4TB of storage and four camera licenses; the four-drive px4-300d NVR available with 4TB of storage and eight camera licenses or 8TB and 16 licenses. The video recorders use server-class drives, which according to LenovoEMC, provide higher reliability and performance. Milestone Arcus is the embedded video surveillance software. Click above to learn more about the video management tool, which is designed to be easy to install for LenovoEMC NVR users.