It’s been another busy week in the tech sector, with the arrival of Windows 10 dominating the headlines as well as the usual mix of security scares and new products thrown in for good measure.
To help make sure you keep up with all the key news from the market, V3’s weekend debrief covers some of the key stories you may have missed, as well as featuring some of our longer coverage for you to catch up on over the weekend.
Windows 10 review, WiFi Sense security concerns and IoT focus
There’s no doubt that the biggest news this week was the arrival of Windows 10. The free upgrade for anyone with a Windows 7 or 8.1 machine should see millions move to the new platform, and our Windows 10 review suggested that it has much to offer.
However, it wasn’t all good news for Microsoft, as security concerns were raised about the WiFi Sense feature in the platform.
Meanwhile, analysts noted that Windows 10 also needs to be a success in the Internet of Things market if the firm is to gain a foothold and compete with Apple and Google – something it failed to do in the mobile market.
CIO Insight: Eurostar IT chief embraces cloud and mobile tools to stay on track
As part of our ongoing profiling of top CIOs at major firms, we chatted to Eurostar IT chief Antoine de Kerviler about how he’s embracing the cloud at the company to help workers take advantage of the mobility benefits on offer.
We also talked about the difficulties, or otherwise, of finding talented IT professionals and the use of iPads and iPhones by train staff and drivers.
V3 has also been out in New Orleans this week hearing from UK software company Sage about its plans to help customers embrace the cloud but also remain on-premise if they wish.
We asked analysts and company execs if they think this is the right course of action as rival vendors pursue cloud customers more aggressively.
Android security woes with Stagefright scare and ‘bricking’ concerns
Another week, another two major Android security concerns. First up was Stagefright. This nasty flaw puts almost 950 million devices at risk, and the only thing it needs to work is your phone number.
The threat works via the MMS tool in phones by sending a file that secretly gains access to the Android source code without any user interaction. The advice to Android users is to turn off MMS.
Then, just two days later, Trend Micro revealed another major flaw in Android. This time the flaw poses the threat of ‘bricking’ a device by rendering it unusable through a malicious file that repeatedly crashes the handset.
Google has not fixed the flaw and claims it is low severity. However, the next update to Android will contain a fix.
Intel and Micron unveil 3D XPoint memory tech that could revolutionise computing
Intel and Micron Technology have developed an entirely new memory technology that blurs the boundaries between RAM and storage, offering high-density, non-volatile storage of data with access speeds closer to that of main memory.
The 3D XPoint (3D cross-point) technology is claimed to be 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash used in current solid state drives, while offering densities up to 10 times that of the DRAM used to make computer memory chips.
The new technology, jointly developed by Intel and Micron, is in production now, and the first 128Gbit chips are due to appear in products in 2016. The companies declined to say exactly what products these will be, or whether they will be storage or memory.