WWDC captured the attention of the world last night, and it didn't disappoint. Most notably, Apple unveiled iOS 7, a completely revamped version of its mobile operating system. CEO Tim Cook said it is "the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone." The new OS features a drastically redesigned (flattened) user interface, modified messaging design, simpler navigation and increased battery life, amongst other updates. iOS 7 is now available to developers in beta for iPhone, and for the iPad in the coming weeks. It will see a general release this autumn for iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and later, the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. As well as this, Apple has let loose a new incarnation of the Mac Pro, new music service iTunes Radio and plenty more. Follow the links to catch up on all the action from the event.
HP has revealed a new addition to its storage portfolio with the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ system. This marks the first major product launch of the week for the US giant, which is expected to boost its enterprise catalogue significantly during its Discover enterprise conference, which ITProPortal has been tracking live in Sin City. The new HP 3PAR StoreServ system promises to bring high performance and low latency without compromising resiliency in the enterprise, or adding undue complexity via the datacentre. If you're after some key stats, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 delivers more than 500,000 input/output operations per second, and boasts a response time of less than 0.6 milliseconds. For more on the 3PAR StoreServe, follow the link above and keep on top of our HP Discover live coverage page which will be running until 13 June.
Despite the focus on domestic implications, it has emerged that Prism is a system specifically designed to eavesdrop on foreign Internet traffic flowing through the United States. This leak is a colossal embarrassment for the US. Every time the UN-backed ITU has raised the issue of a more global approach to Internet governance, the US has fired back with both barrels and a tactical nuke. Last December, the House of Representatives passed S. Con Res 50 by a vote of 397-0. The opening paragraph of that resolution declared it vital that the Internet "remain stable, secure, and free from government control" and stated that the structure of Internet governance "has profound implications for competition and trade, democratisation, free expression, and access to information." This could lead to fundamental changes in how the Internet is controlled, administered and routed.
Finally, telecommunications outfit Arqiva is bringing free outdoor Wi-Fi services to five London boroughs over the next 12 months, in an attempt to get more UK citizens online. The selected boroughs include Camden, Fulham, Hammersmith, Houslow, Islington and Wandsworth. Arqiva has gained "exclusive rights" to these areas, suggesting there will not be any competing products in the future. The forthcoming Wi-Fi network will offer connectivity to people in the boroughs' public areas, with the first 30 minutes per day available for free. Though 30 minutes is not a lot of time to spend on the Internet these days, the move will help the digitally excluded and access to online council services will not be subject to time restrictions. A spokesman for Hammersmith and Fulham Council believes the initiative will bring numerous benefits, including helping to lower council tax bills.