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Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash

Samsung delivered what Apple couldn’t in the first three months of 2016 - increased smart phone sales. The chaebol today reported overall group net profit of 5.25 trillion won ($4.5bn), up 5.6 per cent for calendar Q1 on sales that grew 5.6 per cent to 49.7 trillion won ($43bn). The giant’s mobile unit reported eight per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2016
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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016
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OneDrive shrinks

Microsoft is emailing OneDrive users about its plan to shave 10GB from its 15GB free storage. From July 27, OneDrive users will get just 5GB of free storage in Microsoft's cloud. Microsoft is offering a year’s free subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1Tb storage for people over the 15GB threshold in response to the outcry …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

Analysis Microsoft has reiterated its belief in a mythical annual income of $20bn from cloud despite growth in Azure and its apps-as-a-service business slowing. Chief executive Satya Nadella Thursday reiterated the existing belief Microsoft will hit £20bn “run rate” in cloud business for fiscal 2018. That’s the fiscal year after …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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VR sales to 'skyrocket'

Virtual reality headset sales will explode this year, according to IDC. Applying its trademark number-of-units-sold forecaster to the VR market for the first time, IDC reckoned 9.6 million VR hardware units will be sold in 2016, worth a total of $2.3bn – an increase of 183.8 per cent on last year. Samsung, Sony, HTC and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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Microsoft headhunters seek Linux folk for secret open source unit

Exclusive Microsoft is recruiting from open-sourcers to build a unit apparently selling open-source wares on its Azure cloud. Recruiters working on behalf of Microsoft have been contacting employees of Linux firms, interviewing them for what’s being called an open source practice. Microsoft is specifically looking for those with …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2016
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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

Cloud killing on-premises kit for enterprise IT providers? Yes if you’re IBM, no if your name’s Red Hat. At least, according to Red Hat. Wall Street’s money men are shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover Amazon with AWS is now number two on a list of enterprises’ mega-critical IT suppliers. IBM? Not so much. A firm with …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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SAP's results are a right Waldorf salad: Core sales dip, yet support biz is stable

SAP has confirmed a sudden and sharp drop in sales of its software with continued, escalating sales of cloud. Sales of new licences for its core, on-premises software fell 13 per cent in the first three months of 2016 to €609m, compared to the first quarter of 2015. It was a sharp about-turn given SAP closed the last three …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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Capital One releases AWS code

Banking giant Capital One has released code it built for AWS. Capital One is reported to have open-sourced its Cloud Custodian on GitHub, a rules engine for managing resources running on AWS. The financial firm claimed Cloud Custodian has helped it slash its consumption of AWS resources by a quarter, producing cost savings. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016

Mesosphere flings Data Center OS code at open sourcers to fill in gaps

Software upstart Mesosphere has open-sourced its commercial Datacenter Operating System – DC/OS – with the backing of 60 big names in tech. Mesosphere says it is throwing open the doors on its code to “put its power in as many people’s hands as possible.” DC/OS has been deployed on massive scale at Apple, Airbnb, Yelp, Netflix …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016

Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

Acer and Lenovo's PC sales tumbled during the first three months of 2016 as the EMEA market contracted by 10 per cent, according to Gartner. While everybody except Asus was down compared to 12 months ago, Acer was the single biggest loser. The ailing notebook maker shipped 26.4 per cent fewer PCs – 1.5m units – leaving it …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project

Cambridge University is leading a £2.7m project building energy efficient, high-performance supercomputers. Called Project Superspin, the project will attempt to marry research into electron spin with research on super conductive materials. The goal is to produce prototype logic and memory devices by 2021 for use in a …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016
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GoDaddy CTO quits

GoDaddy’s chief techie is leaving the web host, reportedly for Google. Elissa Murphy joined GoDaddy in May 2010 from Yahoo!, where she’d served as vice president of engineering for Hadoop cloud services. Before Yahoo!, Murphy had been with Microsoft since 1997. GoDaddy announced Murphy’s exit in a regulatory filing. GoDaddy’ …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016
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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

Update: it was a hoax The owner of a web host has unwittingly deleted his customers data after executing a powerful line of code on his servers. Marco Marsala has appealed for help to recover his punters' info after accidentally running a Bash script on his Linux servers via Ansible. Marsala is said to have 1,535 customers, although he does not …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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Giant Mac trackpad

Apple has filed a patent that potentially dispenses with a physical keyboard on its portable Macs for a larger trackpad, giving fingertip touch and click input. Cupertino has filed for a “configurable, force-sensitive input structure for electronic devices” with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The mechanism would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

There’s one less hideout for Windows XP hangers-on when it comes to browsers. Google’s Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released and Google’s browser will, finally, no longer work on Microsoft’s legacy desktop. Also no longer supported are Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. It will be Microsoft’s XP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Facebook slurps up ex DARPA techie for its F8 skunkworks

Facebook has snatched an ex-Google exec and former chief of the US government’s DARPA boffinry branch to lead a new research facility. Regina Dugan is to lead Building 8, a research lab running special projects that will extend the social network’s role into the broader technology field. The remit of both Dugan and Building 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Salesforce takes AIM, hits bullseye in enterprise integration

If you buy into the IBM and Oracle PR that they are cloud “leaders” and are successfully transitioning their on-prem software businesses, think again. Gartner’s latest assessment of the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market serves as a timely slap in the kisser. The report demonstrates that gold made by those …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Clouds get OpenStackier

OpenStack is running around a third more clouds than 12 months ago. The seventh OpenStack Foundation User Survey found 65 per cent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33 per cent compared to a year ago. Standardisation on the “same, open platform and APIs” was given as one of five top considerations with users …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2016
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Box and Dropbox seek expansion via IBM, AWS – and Facebook

Rival file sharing services Box and Dropbox are gunning for massive expansion by exploiting the huge scale of IBM, Amazon’s AWS – and of Facebook. Box has announced Box Zone, storage by geographical location, using the data centres of AWS and IBM. The company has pressed the button on instant international rollouts through …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

The European Commission is reported to be updating its planned rules for tackling aggressive tax planning. Brussels’ legislators are understood to be updating existing tax plans that would force companies to say where their money is held. Under the proposed rules, firms operating in EU member states with a turnover of more …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

Mark Benioff won’t be getting a pay rise this year thanks to shareholder discontent over the “excessive compensation” of Salesforce management. The CRM-as-a-Service chief exec and co-founder will take home just $1.55m in Salesforce’s fiscal year 2017, exactly the same as last year. Benioff’s potential cash bonus has been …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Microsoft Privacy Shield

Microsoft is the first big US tech firm to replace the Safe Harbour rules. The software giant will sign Privacy Shield, the successor to the sunk Safe Harbor data protection agreement, and has promised “new commitments to advance privacy.” Microsoft says it will respond to complaints from individuals within 45 days and …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2016

SAP warns: Americas slowed our 2016 start

Europe’s largest software company has warned its first-quarter results could be weaker than expected, thanks to a slow start in the Americas. SAP announced preliminary first-quarter revenue results on Friday showing continued growth in cloud but a drop in new licences for on-premises software. New software licences for its …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL

Red Hat has cut the $99 price of its Linux developer subscription to zero, for penguins building cloud microservices using containers. The company today is expected to start giving away its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription for free as part of the existing Red Hat Developer Program. The free license runs in tandem …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016

Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

Remember the rapacious smartphone growth that turned once-troubled Apple into the world’s most valuable company? That’s over. Smartphone sales will grow seven per cent in 2016, to 1.5 billion units. It’s the first time sales of this once must-have piece of personal tech has grown by a mere single digit percentage, according …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016
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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

BUILD2016 Microsoft’s love of Linux is extending to its flagship Visual Studio suite. Redmond has released for download an extension it has developed that lets you roll C++ code for Linux servers, desktops and devices. Visual Studio will copy and remote build source and launch the application with a debugger. There’s added support in …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016
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Confused about relationships? Elasticsearch gets graphic

Graph-database-style relationship mapping has been added to an offspring of the Elasticsearch open-source search engine. Elasticsearch startup Elastic has added Graph capabilities to both the search engine and to the data visualisation plug-in Kibana. Founded in 2012 to make a business from Elasticsearch, Elastic reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2016
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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016
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Google to unleash Android Pay on UK shoppers within 'months'

Google’s smartphone payment system, Android Pay, is coming to the UK “in the next few months". The payment service, released in September 2015, will début with a host of the UK’s retailers, banks and financial services institutions on board, Google said on Wednesday. Android Pay is already available in the US, with a claimed …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016
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Enterprise revenues power Red Hat past $2bn barrier

Red Hat is in the enviable position of having become the first open-source firm to break the $2bn revenue barrier. The Linux spinner has reported full-year revenue $2.05bn, an increase of 14 per cent from subscriptions, training and services. Net income was up 10 per cent to $199m. For its fourth quarter Red Hat reported $ …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016

More VC dosh, vicar? Moneymen hand Slack-a-like biz Domo $131m

Venture capitalists have poured $131m of fresh funding into a Slack-like collaboration startup, Domo. Domo, founded in 2010, secured the money in a top-up to an existing Series D funding round from a tranche of its existing backers plus newbie Credit Suisse. That existing round was for $200m and took place in April 2015. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2016
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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

Microsoft is developing tools for its Edge browser to import extensions from Chrome. Microsoft Edge engineer Jacob Rossi tweeted... Lots of questions on this: yes we're working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Not yet finished and not all APIs supported — Jacob Rossi (@jacobrossi) 18 March 2016 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2016
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Oracle whistles happy tune as shadow of AWS bus parks on database lawn

Oracle is brushing off challenges from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to its core database business as a natural consequence of leadership. Rivals are pouncing to take advantage of the shift from on-prem licensing of software to the cloud, the firm reckoned. “People are coming after us, because we are by far the market …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2016
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Dell's Ubuntu-powered Precision Sputnik now available worldwide

The Precision line of Dell’s one-time skunkworks Ubuntu developer PCs, Project Sputnik, has hit worldwide availability. Project mastermind Barton George, senior technologist at the office of Dell's CTO, announced availability of the Precision line of Ubuntu workstations with the US launch of the fifth generation of XPS 13 …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

Exclusive SAP, Europe’s largest native software firm, boasting annual revenue of 20.8bn euros, has come out in favour of Britain remaining a member of the EU. The industry’s largest maker of business software told The Register that Britain’s membership of the European Union would benefit both sides. Part of the Germany-based firm's …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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Oracle tweaks exchange rate, hikes up database prices in UK

Oracle’s database customers are set for a five per cent price hike in the UK. The database giant is bumping up charges across the board for user and processor licences, for software update licences as well as support for Standard Edition 2, Enterprise Edition and on NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition. Unlike some other Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2016
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HPE targets Nutanix, squeezes into hyperconvergence suit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month. HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix. HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Comment That thing you love so much – no, not pizza, or reruns of Game of Thrones on Netflix – wants more money from you. Workplace collaboration tool Slack is reported to be once more casting about for funding, somewhere between $150m and $300m. Unnamed sources, presumably either Slack or those same titans from Sand Hill Road lubing …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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Watch out, Barclays. Google pilots Hands Free mobile payment

Google is testing a mobile payment system for those loaded down with too much shopping. The ad-flinger is piloting Hands Free, a smartphone payment app that lets you pay for goods and services without removing your phone from your pocket or bag. Hands Free uses a combination of facial-recognition, phone sensors, Wi-Fi and …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016