A busy week in the tech world last week saw a raft of stories hit the headlines, many of which were of keen interest to V3 readers.
Perhaps most notable was Microsoft's surprise unveiling of Windows 10, rather than Windows 9 as would have made more numerical sense. Naming issues aside, the new system already appears an improvement over Windows 8.
We put the new OS through a hands-on test and, while it is early days, there is a clear improvement. No doubt business IT professionals will be pleased to hear this, as they will have to upgrade to the new OS at some point in the future.
Elsewhere, the government's digital department was left embarrassed after its new car tax website was overwhelmed by traffic on the first day of being available for renewals. Vodafone came to the rescue, but many were left deeply frustrated.
More worrying, though, was the continued fallout from the Shellshock vulnerability, with security firms discovering hackers using the exploit to sneak into NAS systems. This came after it was revealed the first patch for the flaw did not fully work, posing more questions about the risks within open source software.
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