Huawei launched the Ascend P6 yesterday, a smartphone which will be aimed more at the fashion conscious and at anyone who prefers looks over substance. The device is a mere 6.18mm thick, making the Apple iPhone 5 look positively bloated. It is made mostly of machined metal and essentially looks like an iPhone 4 that has been flattened by a kitchen rolling pin. Inside though it is similar to the Ascend P2, a device which was launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and which is on sale at Three for only £310. Like the latter, the Ascend P6 has a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz. The rest of the features include 8GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7in in-cell display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean, a microSD card slot, a microSIM slot, a dedicated camera button and a 2,000mAh battery. Note the lack of LTE/4G capabilities. Check out our hands-on with the wonderfully attractive but fairly underwhelming Ascent P6 and our subsequent opinions by following the link above.
Microsoft has freed two million computers from a series of major botnets operated by cybercrime gangs, which led to the theft of around £319 million from bank accounts across the globe. The operation, conducted by the software giant and the FBI, occurred earlier this month across 80 countries, with the aid of national authorities. 1,400 computer networks were seized and taken offline, disrupting the heart of the network. However, some command and control servers are believed to still be online, but Microsoft said it is confident it got most of the machines it was after. The main hacker behind the botnets, who goes by the name Aquabox, is still at large, but authorities are working to identify him and others. Microsoft claims that the Citadel network of botnets was able to grow through pirated versions of Windows, which came secretly bundled with the malware.
Internet users have been flocking to anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo as distrust of traditional services like Google and Bing increases following the revelations of US data surveillance. The search engine, which promises complete anonymity, has seen an increase of 33 per cent in users since the Prism scandal erupted, according to its founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg. Unlike Google, which stores searches and other data for a period of time, DuckDuckGo pledges not to keep any of this and won't send search information to other websites, such as advertisers. "We always knew people didn't want to be tracked, but what hadn't happened was reporting on the private alternatives and so it's no surprise that people are making a choice to switch to things that that will give them great results and also have real privacy," Weinberg said. He also added that DuckDuckGo received no requests for data from the controversial US authorities.
LG Display has confirmed it will begin mass production of flexible OLED smartphone screens in the fourth quarter of this year. "We have completed the development of our first flexible displays," the South Korean company said, before teasing, "We've already shipped samples to clients including LG Electronics." These clients are currently unknown, but the tech giant also said that it aims to release its own flexible smartphone around the same time. Apart from the fact that it will feature the aforementioned flexible display, LG has not provided any specific details about its upcoming handset. Even the extent of the screen's flexibility is uncertain, with many speculating that a foldable device is still a technology of the fairly distant future. Instead, the OLED screen may just bend around the edges of the phone, allowing for parts of the screen to be seen from a variety of angles.