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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

A lawsuit against Apple by disgruntled employees has just been granted class-action status, potentially creating a payday for staff who say the firm held back their wages and stopped them from taking rest breaks. The lawsuit (PDF), originally filed in 2011 by former Apple retail and corporate staff, claims that managers …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014

Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers

Cybercrooks have further refined a strain of file-infecting ransomware that infects Android smartphones so that it targets English speakers and is more difficult to remove. The newest variant of Android/Simplocker displays the ransom note in English and asks for a higher ransom of $300. The latest version also encrypts a wider …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2014
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Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off

Broadcom is exiting the cellular baseband business, a decision that's has bitten hard, with the company announcing layoffs of around 2,500 employees – around 20 per cent of its total workforce – worldwide. Its latest SEC filing shows the company turned in a loss of $US1 million for the quarter, a collapse from the previous …

iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Apple has been talking up its strong Mac and iOS device sales in its latest quarter – but the real news was a stonking slump in iPad numbers. The Cupertino giant said the three-month period ending June 28 was its best-ever fiscal third quarter on record. It reported revenues of $37.4bn, up six per cent year on year, which led to …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014

How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast

VMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements. The virtualization giant reported its second quarter of 2014 financials [PDF] on Tuesday, with revenues of $1.46bn and earnings-per-share of $0.81 both beating analyst expectations of $1.44bn and $0.79 …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014

SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

SAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products. This perplexing state of affairs was announced by SAP on Tuesday when it said it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation to the tune of $25,000 a year. Oracle is also a sponsor, as …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014
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Microsoft bags more CASH – but profit's flat as Nadella waves axe

Microsoft posted solid yet unspectacular results for both the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 and the full fiscal year, even as investors braced for new CEO Satya Nadella to axe as many as 18,000 staffers. Revenues for the quarter beat analysts' estimates slightly at $23.38bn, a 17.5 per cent gain over the same period a year …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

The Home Office frittered away hundreds of millions of taxpayer pounds on a botched tech project designed to manage immigration and asylum applications, a National Audit Office report has revealed. The "flagship" IT programme, the Immigration Case Work computer system, was launched in 2010 to replace fragmented systems and pull …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

Analysis With Joe Tucci, EMC head honcho, set to retire on February next year, the very last thing he wanted was an attack by one of the biggest, baddest activist investors of all: Paul Singer’s Elliott Management. Elliott has communicated to EMC that it has a $1bn investment in its shares and would like VMware spun off so that EMC …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

The XP replacement bonanza reviving the PC market isn't yet over, with estimates suggesting that one in five biz machines out in the wilds is still running the thirteen year-old OS, an HP exec has told The Channel. After eight consecutive quarters of declining sales, the commercial PC market returned to life in the first quarter …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
SAP Match Insights

SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

When England played in Ecuador and Honduras for “warm weather training” in June ahead of the World Cup, they’d already lost the tournament – they just didn’t know it. SAP Match Insights Do the bendy data, SAP Wayne Rooney and Co took to the field in Florida to adjust to the hot and humid climate they’d face in Brazil and to …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014
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Dell and Unitrends both bulk up their backup

There’s feverish development in the SME backup market as Dell and Unitrends follow NAKIVO in fortifying their product offerings. Dell has added stuff to its SME AppAssure backup products with a new SW version and a new appliance, the DL1000. It’s also added the DR2000v to its deduplicating backup appliance range. The latest …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014
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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

Microsoft has decided it won't replace the Masters-level certifications it once described as the "pinnacle" of a Redmond-centric IT pro's education. Redmond ”retired” the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications last year. At the time …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014

Autonomy's ex-chief beancounter tries to kill HP investor settlement

Autonomy's former chief financial officer has sought to block HP from settling three shareholder lawsuits over its botched acquisition of the British software company. The former exec claims HP will use the settlements to "forever bury" its supposed culpability in the calamitous buy. Sushovan Hussain, who served as Autonomy's …
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014
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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

Debt collectors are literally circling the factory of a Chinese supplier to Samsung, where the assembly line remains halted following allegations that it hired underage workers. Samsung, which claims to have a "zero tolerance policy on child labor," said in a statement last week that it had temporarily suspended its relationship …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014
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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

Microsoft is kicking off a corporate overhaul with the introduction of new policies shrinking the number of corporate conventions and contracted workers. The company said in an email to partner firms that it would place an 18-month limit on the tenure of all contracted employees. Those who hit the limit will be asked to take six …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2014

Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

Execs at Chinese hardware maker Huawei are laughing all the way to the bank after reporting a healthy bounce in revenues and margins, despite being effectively blockaded by some governments in the West. The maker of telco kit, smartphones and enterprise networking gear today said that turnover for the first half of calendar '14 …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014

UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting. Crown Hosting (CHS), along with Government Digital Services, is hunting for a "private sector partner" to take a minimum 75 per cent stake in a joint venture vehicle to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

Analysis After Microsoft’s mega jobs bloodbath, we’re still not much wiser about what Microsoft will look like in five years' time. Steve Ballmer turned the focus from PCs to devices and services – manufacturing its own devices, and promoting its own services regardless of the platform. Satya Nadella was supposed to bring further clarity …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2014
IBM quarterly storage revenues

Clouds gathering above Big Blue's storage empire

The Big Blue IT colossus' storage revenues have carried on declining, with only FlashSystems showing growth, and stellar growth at that. Within the Systems and Technology segment of IBM's second quarter 2014 results, revenues from System Storage decreased 12 per cent - although flash storage grew more than 100 per cent. This is …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2014
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Activist investor plans to de-federate EMC: report

Activist investors have taken a billion-dollar stake in EMC in order to break apart its federation and spin out VMware, according to The Wall Street Journal. Quoting folks familiar with the matter, The Journal says Elliot Management Corporation, an outfit financial rating service Hoovers describes as a hedge fund that "takes an …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014

Did HP just tip its hand on Autonomy? Spoiler: It was a busted flush

Analysis Autonomy has come under fire for a software deal between itself, reseller MicroTechnologies, and the Vatican – but all is not as it seems. A report published by Reuters on Friday attempted to shed light on HP-owned Autonomy's strange deal to sell technology worth $11.55m to MicroTechnologies, which was bidding on a contract to …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014
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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

Dell has started accepting Bitcoin as payment for stuff. The PC giant, which notches up about $60bn in annual sales, said on Friday it is testing a feature that lets customers pay for gear with cryptocurrency. "We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014
Steve Jobs

Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

Shocked by IBM's deal to sell and support iPads and iPhones in the enterprise? You only have to look at Jean Pigozzi's photo of Steve Jobs in his younger, rebellious years flipping the middle finger to the stuffed shirts at IBM while standing outside their stuffy offices in New York City to see just how far apart "cool" Apple …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2014
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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

HP CEO and president Meg Whitman has consolidated power at the top of the corporation by taking on the role of chairman as well. The manoeuvring comes days after HP confirmed that Ralph Whitworth is to step down due to health concerns, the exact nature of which were not revealed. Whitman joined HP's board at the start of 2011 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014

Out of Luczo, Seagate? Revenues and profits are shrinking again

Seagate chairman and CEO Steve Luczo is watching his company's revenues and profits shrink for the second year in a row – Seagate’s immense disk business business is spinning more slowly these days. For its fourth fiscal quarter, ended 27 June, revenues were $3.3bn, 3.7 per cent down on last year’s Q4 and 3 per cent down on the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

A pair of phishing fraudsters each received long jail terms after they were convicted of making £15,000 through online scams before using the funds to finance the travel of other crooks into the UK. Constanta Agrigoroaie, 23, and Radu Savoae, 28, both of Mornington Avenue, Ilford, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2014
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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

AMD execs are remaining optimistic despite emerging from a quarter in which the company made an eight-figure net loss and fell short of analyst estimates. In Q2 2014, ending June 29, the chipmaker bagged $1.44bn in revenue, up 24 per cent year on year. However, it recorded a GAAP net loss of $36m for the quarter, down from the $ …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2014

Google's revenues swell yet again, yet big earnings elude it

Google continued to mint money in the second quarter of its fiscal 2014, with revenues booming compared to the year-ago period, yet its earnings still managed to disappoint eager Wall Street analysts who were expecting even greater returns. This quarter, the online ad-slinger posted revenues of $16.0bn, which soundly beat the …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jul 2014
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Days since IBM last reported revenue growth: About 810

IBM revenues have overall declined, year on year, for the ninth quarter in a row as the company struggles to adjust to a cruel world increasingly led by lower-cost competitors. The venerable tech company reported second quarter of 2014 financials on Thursday. Revenues for the period were $24.4bn, down two per cent on the $24. …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014

X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Microsoft's Android phones are the latest casualty of the company's axe. The X range was only launched in February this year, before the acquisition of Nokia's devices unit had been completed, but the mutant 'droids will soon be phased out, says CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft is getting rid of up to 18,000 jobs as it digests the …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2014

Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Microsoft is preparing to lay off as many as 18,000 workers – the biggest loss of heads in the software giant’s history – and the Nokia unit is bearing the brunt. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday it would cut 14 percent of its 127,000-strong workforce over the next 12 months. It dropped the news before the markets …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2014

Kaboom: Delayed patent bomb hits SAP in the Q2 profit

Sales of new software for SAP saw a minor improvement this spring while cloud grew so fast the giant has upped its estimated figures for the year. But for all the positives, a patent bomb took a hefty chunk out of SAP’s profits in the second quarter. SAP reported a three per cent increase in total revenue for the period to 30 …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014
Resident Evil zombie takeover

Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND systems infected in just 24 hours

A wave of attacks by cybercrooks pushing a new variant of the resilient Pushdo Trojan has compromised more than 11,000 systems in just 24 hours. Indian PCs have been most affected by the outbreak, but systems in the UK, France and the US have also been hit, according to security software firm Bitdefender. The Romanian firm …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2014
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Skiddies turn Amazon cloud into 'crime-as-a-service' – security bod

Amazon Web Services' share of cloud-hosted malware-slingers has more than doubled in the last six months. That's according to NTT subsidiary Solutionary, which revealed the finding in its Q2 2014 Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) report published on Tuesday. The infosec researchers said that, out of the top ten ISPs and …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014

Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Microsoft is still keen to shift its perpetual-license Office customers over to the Office 365 subscription model, and to that end it's planning a shakeup of its Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses to offer customers more value and greater flexibility. Beginning on October 1, Redmond will launch three new Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2014
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Violin offers pay-as-you-GROW pricing on its Flashing WFA blades

The recovering one-time all-flash array market leader Violin Memory has announced a pay-as-you-grow pricing model and four extra Windows Flash Array (WFA) configs. Violin’s WFA is a 6000-series product running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on its two blade servers, which connects to an SQL Server 2014 box and provides fast …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014
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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

You can have “mobile first, cloud first” and target business and consumer users at the same time, apparently. So says Microsoft’s recently installed chief executive Satya Nadella, who reckons there’s no contradiction in his big plan for Microsoft. Nadella was speaking this afternoon at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2014
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Seagate finally digests EVault – 8 years after swallowing

The EVault website has suddenly sprung a Seagate surprise on us, announcing “EVault is now part of Seagate” and it is “working under the Seagate brand.” What gives? The pop-up window says “Seagate will make a more formal announcement about this exciting development in September.” Seagate_EVault EVault website pop-up EVault’s …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014
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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

WPC Microsoft has relinquished more control over the way third-party suppliers can manage Office 365 and Windows InTune punters, finally making the channel the "first point of contact" for customers. It is now three years since the online productivity suite hit the streets. It took two years until Microsoft would allow third-party …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014
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It was always Azure thing: NetApp floats boxen into Microsoft's cloud

NetApp is setting up a speedy connection to Microsoft’s Azure cloud so its arrays can have an Azure backend for scaling up capacity, archiving, DR and enabling workload moves. NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Azure relies on a NetApp box in a managed services type data centre or colo centre like those Equinix operates. A …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

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