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Good for some: Greek meltdown swells Dixons Carphone's coffers

Dixons Carphone has made an auspicious start to corporate life together, judging by the first set of full-year preliminary results released today, helped by brisk trade in the UK and panic-buying in crisis-hit Greece. It seems the gods of retail are smiling on the company as it banked turnover of £9.9bn in the 13 months ended …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2015
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EU probes Qualcomm over possible antitrust issues

The European Commission has opened two antitrust investigations into possible abusive behaviour by chipzilla Qualcomm, including allegations of "predatory pricing". The investigation concerns Qualcomm's baseband chipsets used to process communications in smartphones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices. Qualcomm is the …
Kat Hall, 16 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Microsoft's licensing on the upcoming Windows 10 OS means that most users will find their systems updating on command from Redmond without any option to stop this. The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, stated: The software periodically checks …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jul 2015
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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

Intel has surprised the IT world by changing its plans. Let's break down what's happened. At IDF in 2013, Chipzilla boasted that it could get processors fabricated using a groundbreaking 10-nanometer process onto the market by 2015. It later pushed that date to 2016, and on Wednesday of this week it pushed the new chips back …
Chris Williams, 16 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

Microsoft has announced it will offer “limited support for major Linux distributions, third party and Open source technologies on Azure.” “Limited” might be a bit too kind a term for Microsoft's willingness to support Penguinistas. At present, the company welcomes Linux virtual machines to Azure but if something goes awry will …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2015
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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

HP got on the phone with The Register on Wednesday to shed light on how it plans to roll out PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled. The IT giant said you can expect at least some of its hardware to be available with the new OS on the day that it launches – July 29. There's been some confusion on the matter. Earlier this week, HP …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

Microsoft has released yet another preview build of Windows 10, this time to both the Fast and Slow rings of the Windows Insider program, and it looks suspiciously like it could be a release candidate. "Over the past few days we've been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Intel beats earnings estimates (because nobody expected it to earn much)

Punch-drunk Intel staggered along in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 and somehow managed to outperform analysts' estimates, even though its results looked even worse than the previous quarter's. Total revenue for the three months that ended on June 27 was $13.2bn. And while that was better than Wall Street hoped for, it …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Infosec bigwigs rally against US cyber export control rule

Infosec heavyweights are uniting to oppose US government proposals to tighten up export controls against software exploits, a move critics argue threatens to imperil mainstream security research and information sharing. The proposed regulation, based on the Wassenaar Arrangement of 1996 and not originally intended to include …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015
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Cisco is ready to axe workers at its Ubiquisys small cell unit

Cisco is brandishing its axe at the UK-based mobe mast maker it acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars a few years ago after the unit reportedly lost its way in the sprawling mothership, sources tell The Channel. The small cell producer, formerly branded Ubiquisys, was consumed by the networking giant in April ’13 for $ …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2015
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'Progress made' as EU aims to get new data protection laws ASAP

The second round of negotiations on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) saw real movement on Tuesday, according to negotiators. Sources familiar with the discussions told El Reg that a tentative political agreement has been reached already on Chapter 5 and Article 3. These two elements focus specifically on …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jul 2015
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IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

IBM will start a breast-milk-delivery-as-a-service offering for female employees and their kids. IBMers sometimes moan that the company's initial stand for “I've Been Moved”, such is the amount of travel or moves to new locales demanded of some employees. Big Blue's decided domestic travel can be a problem for female employees …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015

Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

Windows XP holdouts are even more danger than ever after Microsoft abandoned anti-malware support for the ancient platform. Redmond overnight stopped providing XP support for new and existing installs of its Security Essentials package. The run-as-needed Malicious Software Removal Tool has also been axed, while support for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2015
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Google adds Windows Server to Cloud Platform

Google's Cloud Platform has offered any operating system you want, so long as it's Linux. But as of this week you can also run Windows Server in the company's cloud. The company's spinning the addition as a hybrid cloud play, writing that many of its customers “ deploy and operate diverse sets of technologies in mixed Linux …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2015

Salesforce unleashes red-tape-as-a-service for regulation-heavy users

Salesforce has launched its slightly-more-secure-software-as-a-service for organisations in industries compelled to wrap themselves in red tape. The Salesforce1 service, dubbed "Shield", offers encryption, monitoring, and archiving for the platform's apps. Salesforce says the platform includes field audit trail, platform …
Team Register, 15 Jul 2015
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Seagate wins HP as ClusterStor array reseller, bolts on IBM Spectrum Scale

HP will resell Seagate's Lustre-ous ClusterStor 1500 and 9000 high-performance computing arrays, while Seagate is adding IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system to ClusterStor alongside Lustre. These scale-out HPC arrays run the Lustre parallel file system and are OEM'd by Cray, as Sonexion storage, and SGI. The ClusterStors …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
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Do you pay your Office 365 cloud rent in Euros, or Aus/Can/NZ bucks? It's going UP

Microsoft has confirmed that Office 365 customers in Britain will again dodge a cloudy price hike bullet that customers in parts of mainland Europe and further afield are facing from next month. Businesses in the Euro zone and those in Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Canada will see local prices bumped up by between ten per …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015
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Acer still rumbling along toward end of runway - but no sign of liftoff

Acer sales have slumped to a nine-year low, prompting senior industry figures to question if the once high-flying notebook maker is running out of runway. The Taiwanese firm has reported a 26.6 per cent year-on-year revenue decline for Q2 to NT$60.1bn (£1.24bn, $1.93bn), the lowest quarterly sales since 2006 when Acer was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015
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Peak Google? Chocolate Factory cuts costs amid dwindling growth

Google is curbing staff recruitment and introducing a number of penny-pinching efficiency practices to try and gets its profit growth back on track, according to reports. A number of recruiters, venture capitalists and employees told the Wall Street Journal the Chocolate Factory is casting an increasingly critical eye over its …
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2015
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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …

Imation's CEO races to exit door, grabs $4.8m golden goodbye

Imation CEO Mark Lucas has bowed to the inevitable after losing an activist investor proxy war, and is set to exit the company he failed to turnaround. Lucas became Imation chief in 2009 after predecessor Frank Russomanno outstayed his welcome and drove the company into a loss-making cul de sac through over reliance on tape …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015

Arrgh! It's Device-a-pocalypse, Gartner yowls: 11 per cent drop foretold

Some 12 months ago the device market was booming on the back of the XP refresh – but fast forward to today and things are again looking very regressive. In the latest re-forecast, Gartner reckons eleven million PCs, tabs and smartphones will be stocked by retailers and disties in Britain this year: an eleven per cent fall on …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015

Rackspace to resell and support Microsoft's Azure

Rackspace has announced it's now a reseller and support source for Microsoft's Azure cloud. In years past Rackpace argued vigorously that an open cloud is the best way to do cloud. That stance made the company a big influence on and contributor to OpenStack. These days it's all about managed cloud, with the company's pledged …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2015
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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

The big picture of how Microsoft plans to debut Windows 10 for its customers remains murky, but more details are starting to emerge, courtesy of the software giant's hardware partners. Redmond certainly isn't giving PC makers much time to test their kit with the new OS. It's due to ship on July 29, which is just over two weeks …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015
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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

Dell has successfully whittled away at a lawsuit brought against it by major shareholders who think Michael Dell's 2013 buyout of the firm came with too small a price tag. In a Monday ruling, the Delaware Chancery Court found that five large institutional investors were ineligible to participate in the suit because the way in …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

Microsoft has run into a few hurdles in its manufacturing process for its Surface Hub wall-mounted touchscreen and as a result, it now says it won't be able to ship them when it initially thought it could. Redmond started taking preorders for the digital whiteboards on July 1, and in June it said it expected to start shipping …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

Just like QLogic, Seagate sales figures have taken a dive along with the PC sales downturn, and it's had to issue preliminary results to warn the market. For its fourth fiscal 2015 quarter, instead of the expected $3.2-$3.3bn, it thinks it will make just $2.9bn. It expects to report unit shipments of approximately 45 million …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2015

Yes! Windows Phone lives: Microsoft to pump the device Kool-Aid

WPC 2015 Microsoft will this week try to convince thousands of partners to invest in Windows Phone despite taking the axe to its hardware manufacturing operation. “Windows Phone is and will continue to be an important component of our hardware portfolio,” Phil Sorgen, chief of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group told The Channel, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2015

Windows Server 2003 support deadline is TOMORROW – but thousands don't care

Tomorrow marks the end of support for Windows Server 2003 but plenty of customers, of all shapes and sizes, weighed up the cost versus the risk factors and will continue to make do with their dusty old boxes. From 14 July, Microsoft will not issue any further security patches or firmware upgrades, and buying custom support is …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2015

Keep 'em coming, folks: Huawei snaps up Amartus SDN division

Chinese kit maker Huawei has snapped up the software-defined networking division of Irish software outfit Amartus. Zha Jun, president of Huawei’s fixed network products unit, said the deal is part of the company's strategy is to expand its cloud and network services. Amartus’ senior team and product staff will join Huawei, …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015
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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

The director of now-dissolved mobile phone dealer Fima Consulting has been disqualified from managing a limited company for 13 years over his part in a £1m VAT scam, according to a UK government press release. Fiaz Razzak Malik was disqualified following an investigation by the Official Receiver at the Public Interest Unit, a …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015
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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

Microsoft looks like it's made its “second shot” free certification exam offer just about permanent. “Second shots” are available to those who fail Microsoft certification exams, despite the tests sometimes succumbing to six-year-olds. If you flunk out the first time, Microsoft and its examination providers don't ask you to …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2015
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Barracuda billings blunder: Blair bloke bullish

Barracuda boosted revenues 17.8 per cent on an annual basis to $78 million in its first fiscal 2016 quarter, but made a -$3.8 million loss. A year ago it made a $200K profit on its $66.2 million revenue, so why has it gone down the toilet profit-wise in this latest quarter? Prez and CEO BJ Jenkins didn’t say in his tinned …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

WD has admitted it is killing off its Arkeia backup software product: it is no longer selling it to new customers and stopping development. Privately-owned Arkeia was bought by Western Digital in January 2013, bringing WD its deduplicating Network Backup software product and technology. It was placed inside WD’s Branded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015

What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

With tech distributors and retailers suffering PC inventory indigestion in EMEA, shipments into the region during Q2 were always likely to be bad, and they didn’t disappoint. Some 18.6 million desktops, notebooks and premium ultra mobiles found their way into outlets in the three months, that is down 15.7 per cent, or 3.47 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2015
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Cheesy vid from inside Microsoft seller milks Office 365 for larffs

Vid El Chan has got hold of a video nasty by some senior execs at Microsoft licensing giant Insight Enterprises that appears to be a faint stab at humour over a customer’s migration to the fluffy white stuff. The short starts with Alexander Kaatz, veep of sales and marketing EMEA (he should’ve known better) acting as a sales rep, …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2015
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QLogic issues mournful prognosto ahead of next numbers

QLogic expects a significant shortfall in its latest quarter’s results compared to expectations set a couple of months ago and has issued preliminary numbers to warn the financial markets. The expectation was for $124 million to $132 million revenues. Instead the prelim number is $113 million, well down, and comparing poorly …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

The PC market had a horror second quarter, according to new data from analyst outfits Gartner and IDC. Gartner's blaming Windows 10 for the slowdown: the firm reckons buyers are holding on to their cash before the OS drops, in order to buy machines with Microsoft's new baby pre-installed. Others are holding off because the US …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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Microsoft tries to paint VMware azure with disaster recovery detour

Microsoft has just taken a swipe at VMware's young cloud business. VMware markets that effort, vCloud Air, as the perfect cloud for VMware users, because it just looks like an extension of vSphere. Spinning up servers in the cloud, or shunting workloads around between servers, works just like doing those chores in your own bit …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015

US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

The US Office of Personnel Management has come clean on the full extent of the massive data breach that it first disclosed in June, and it's far worse than what was initially thought. On Thursday, OPM announced that records including data from background checks of some 21.5 million people – including present, former, and …
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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again. There are four clear leaders: EMC, CommVault, IBM, and Symantec, with not a lot to separate them. In the …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2015
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Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship

Comment NetApp last month changed chief executives, and in May laid off just over 500 people. Some believe this is the start of great new things and a turnaround for NetApp. I disagree. To put this as bluntly as I can, NetApp is most likely doomed. Getting rid of the CEO won't save it. NetApp's problem is that the culture of: "The …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jul 2015

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