Sony has announced the Vaio Pro 11 and Pro 13, the lightest touchscreen ultrabooks available at their respective screen sizes. The models are clad in carbon fibre and run Windows 8, featuring SDDs and 1080p HD Triluminous displays. The 11in and 13in Vaio Pro devices weigh just 0.87kg and 1.06kg, respectively. According to Sony, the Vaio Pro 13 is the first PC on the market to include a high-speed PCIe SSD, which it claims delivers two to three times faster performance than traditional laptop SSD drives. They will be available with Intel Core processors, up to Core i7, and include standard Sony features such as a full-size backlit and full-pitch keyboard, track pad, and Sony's own Rapid Wake technology. Both devices will be available in Europe from the end of June.
A little west of London's burgeoning technology cluster most frequently referred to as Tech City or the Silicon Roundabout, lies the towering UK headquarters of API software specialists Apigee, hailing from the very Californian location the UK seeks to replicate in its capital. The famous Silicon Valley provides the blueprint for London's tech hub, and with more attention being afforded to the UK startup scene than ever before - not least through ITProPortal's all-new dedicated channel – we paid a visit to Apigee's offices to find out what Tech City companies could learn from a Valley graduate. Encouragingly, Apigee's CEO Chet Kapoor and EMEA Managing Director Jeremy Perlman are enthused about London's technology scene, and the duo said there was no question the necessary talent pool of developers and programmers already existed in the capital. So if the capabilities are here already, what is the key to the Silicon Roundabout flourishing in the same way as the Valley? Follow the link to find out.
Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit has announced the successful disruption of a data-stealing botnet estimated to have accumulated over half a billion dollars for a cybercrime ring. The unit worked alongside the FBI to dismantle more than a 1,400 systems that formed part of the Citadel botnet, responsible for around £320 million in losses to people and businesses around the world. Due to the scale and complexity of Citadel, Microsoft doesn't expect to fully take down all systems using the malware, but says the collaborative movement to tackle the threat will "significantly disrupt Citadel's operation, helping quickly release victims from the threat and making it riskier and more costly for the cybercriminals to continue doing business." The investigation into the attacks began in early 2012, when Microsoft and its partners discovered that Citadel used keylogging to record victims' keystrokes and collect banking details and other information relating to personal identities. It is thought that Citadel affected more than 5 million people, with the highest number of infections taking place in Europe, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Australia.
Finally, since Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway next week, rumours are naturally flying fast about what the next iPhone is going to be like. It's been nearly nine months since the iPhone 5 launched, and consumers are starting to get antsy. Even if we don't get any substantial information directly from Apple at its keynote next Monday, gossip is starting to leak out, and industry speculation is going wild. Here's ITProPortal's compilation of the loudest whispers whirling around the iPhone 6, including hints that it was designed by the late Steve Jobs and might in fact be golden.