This Week’s technology news – 1st November 2013

Adobe hack revealed to be 10 times worse than expected
Adobe joins the list of companies who have been successfully hacked with user data being the target. The original damage estimate was of 2.9 million accounts, but the reality turns out that the number is 38 million. Thankfully for users of Adobe’s cloud services, passwords and payment information is stored encrypted. Beyond user data there was another target, source code. Adobe has admitted that source code was accessed to their flagship product Photoshop. This attack is a sombre reminder that although user-data is incredibility important to protect you must not forget correct security around your own IP.

Does Nokia’s latest tablet change the future for Windows RT?
With last week’s Nokia World announcement of a Windows RT powered Nokia tablet, Nokia may be positioning itself to take the same slice of market share from Microsoft’s tablet OS that it successfully took from their phone OS. Nokia’s support of Windows Phone managed to bring Windows Phone into smart phone relevancy world wide. With other OEMs dropping support of Windows this gives Nokia the opportunity to grow its own ecosystem on a platform without challenging competition. This could of course have the same successful effect that Nokia did on Windows Phone, however this time giving Windows RT a chance in the spot light.

Apple delays innovation
March this year we reported Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that a new product line was set to be revealed this year, seemingly in an attempt to calm shareholders nervous from consistent falling of stock prices. Several media events later, we have seen moderate updates to their Macs, iPhone and iPads but nothing truly new. This week Tim Cook was reminded of his earlier statement by an industry analyst. The Apple CEO claimed they have already revealed “exciting new products” but suggested we would have to wait at least till 2014 to see what else Apple has been cooking.

Nexus 5 announced as Android market share now over 80%
Google has announced the latest in it’s affordable, vanilla line of Android phones, the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 sports a 5-inch 1080p screen, 8MP optical image stabilising camera, speedy snapdragon 800 processor but most importantly is also the first phone to run the newest version of Android, KitKat. This announcement also benefits from the happy coincidence that the Android platform has smashed passed 80% of worldwide phone market share, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Will the market start to gain Android fatigue or are we looking at a Windows-like monopoly future for google and smartphones going forwards?