Unless you've had your head underground for a few weeks, you'll know that Apple's WWDC conference takes place tonight, the show having kicked off at 6pm BST. ITProPortal is keeping you up-to-date with everything that has and will happen in San Francisco, having set up a Live Blog for those of us unable to attend. While you're watching proceedings, you can check out our numerous related news and blog posts, including the inevitable rumour mill, what we think iOS 7 will look like, what developers expect to gain from iOS 7, the iWatch, a feature on the eight things we'd love to see on Apple's new operating system and speculation about a forthcoming iPhone 5S. Nothing from the list is certain but there's definitely plenty to look forward to - will the rumours match reality?
During last month's Google I/O conference, CEO Larry Page talked little about Glass and didn't even wear the product. He's piped up now though, reportedly responding to the criticisms aimed at the device by people concerned about the potential threat to the public's privacy, by saying "People worry about all sorts of things that actually, when we use the product, it is not that big a concern." Glass has prompted members of Congress to draft a letter to Google calling for answers to the public's concerns. As well as this, the device has drawn comments of scepticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nevertheless, Larry Page's enthusiasm for the innovative wearable computing device appears to be undiminished - that, or the worrying high-profile incident in the toilets of Google's conference reported by the New York Times.has left him feeling defensive.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee has described the Prism system of Internet surveillance as "deeply concerning" and "an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society." Towards the end of last week, it came to light that the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) have direct, government-mandated access to servers at Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Skype and other major Internet companies. In short, last week saw the revelation of what is probably by far the biggest case of domestic spying on innocent US citizens, and has only been revealed due to leaks by the Guardian and the Washington Post. What isn't known at this point is just how extensive the FBI and NSA's data gathering antics have been.
Android malware has long been a very real, but limited threat to devices. These malicious software packages have so far been poorly coded, easy to detect, and even easier to remove. But a newly detected Trojan targeting Google's platform looks more like an advanced Windows virus than Android malware. It exploits multiple previously unknown vulnerabilities in the mobile OS, uses complex code obfuscation techniques, and blocks uninstall attempts. Kaspersky Labs researchers discovered the Trojan recently, and have named it Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a. That's not a very imposing name for what may be the most sophisticated piece of Android malware to date, as well as the prototype for a new generation of aggressive security-evading mobile Trojans. From the instant Obad.a arrives on a system, it is geared towards avoiding detection until it's too late. To learn more about the malware, follow the link above.