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The five most commented stories of the week - 20 May 2011

The stories that got our readers fired up

It's been a busy week in technology. For a start, Sony finally get the PlayStation Network up and running again. However, there's been plenty of other things going on, from disclosure of a flaw in 99 percent of Android handset that's could potetnailly see personal data leaked, to a host of rumours about Nintendo's next version of its Wii console.

Here's the five stories from PC Advisor this week that generated the most comments from our readers

Android flaw potentially leaks personal data

Researchers from the University of Ulm, revealed this week that more than 99 percent of smartphones running Google's Android mobile OS are potentially leaking personal data. According to Bastian Konings, Jens Nickels and Florian Schaub, the data leak arises because of the way the mobile OS handles log-ins for web-based services. However, AtishP pointed out the problem doesn't only affect devices running Google's Android OS.

"This is not an Android specific problem, but it is a problem in any mobile app and web app (in browser), that uses a shared token across apps or web apps."

Rumour round-up: Nintendo Project Cafe secret video?

Gamers got their hopes this week after a web user posted what they claim is a secret video of the Wii 2 to YouTube. The text claims it's a "leak video of Project Cafe taken during a closed meeting with a developer of video games".

It's basically impossible to know whether this is genuinely a glimpse of Project Cafe, but the whole thing seems a bit far-fetched to us. Rather too conveniently timed, for one thing. And it wouldn't be that hard to rig up a fake 'Wii 2' and hoover up some serious traffic. The uploading account was created yesterday, whatever that tells us - I suppose a real whistle-blower/leaker wouldn't want to be identified, either, but I still think it's a bit fishy.

Alana86 said: "It seems its long time to wait for this console ...... till then I think we have to bear all the rumours around".

Meanwhile, 420420 added: "I like this news. It means the next-gen 'bar' has been set".

"MS and Sony will get to see Nintendo's specs first, and obviously one-up the Wii2 when they release their respective next consoles. Plus everyone gets some new Zelda, Mario and Metroid games (that's what Nintendo does). Win win!"

Why you should choose an Android phone or tablet

Some buying advice written by PC Advisor staff that looked at why you should choose Google's Android platform over other offerings attracted plenty of debate between out readers.

Woody said: "Yes, and with all that fragmentation plus inaccessible updates, your Android device is sure to be a totally unsecued hit. Yay!" Meanwhile rwniel said: "You could argue that Microsoft Windows has 'fragmentation' plus numerous updates. Even so it hasn't done too badly. :)"

Superfast broadband is 25Mbps and above

The government has revealed it considers 'superfast' broadband to be net connections with download speeds of 25Mbps and above. However, this certainly didn't impress our readers.

"25Mbs on copper, well yeah. 2015, new government by then so they won't get the blame when it doesn't happen will they. Our only hope seems to be Fujitsu / Virgin and slinging wires between poles," said Sirjohng.

Z830021 added: "Superfast what 25Mbs...maybe 25mbs compared to current adsl+ speeds but come on 25Mbs...."

Google Chromebook's auto-update scheme will be hard sell

Consumers may love that Google's Chromebooks will automatically deliver security updates, but company administrators will resist it tooth and nail, experts said. Like Google's Chrome browser, Chrome OS will deliver updates - Google refuses to call them patches - in the background, without asking or notifying users. And while Google will provide a web-based management console to IT administrators, that console does not let them manage Chrome OS updates, or modify how they're delivered.
"This is never going to fly for IT," said Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of WhiteHat Security.
That's because administrators are responsible for not only the security of their networks, but also for its smooth operation. If a patch in a Chrome OS update breaks compatibility with an existing Web application, or even worse, cripples the machine, it's their neck on the line, not Google's.

However, lbucian said: "I think ITs should be more worried about their jobs."

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