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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

The Psion Series 5 has stormed a Reg poll of technologies readers would most like revived. The ground-breaking personal digital assistant (PDA) pulled in a record 1,199 votes to land first place in The Reg poll: what technology is ripe for revival next? The catalyst was HMD's decision to revive the much-loved Nokia 3310. …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2017
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Talk about a slow pour: Oracle now brewing late Java EE 8 for July 2017

Oracle says it will finally land Java Enterprise Edition 8 in July 2017 – only eight months behind schedule. Java EE 8 was due to appear at JavaOne 2016, last September, but following a development hiatus, it was bumped back to the “first half” of 2017. In October, Oracle revised that date again by promising to deliver the …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2017
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Oracle crushes Apiary's hope in slightly awkward email to customers

Oracle today poured cold water on efforts by Apiary top brass to reassure customers about the future of its software under Big Red – the very same day Oracle's acquisition of Apiary concluded. In a February 22 email to customers, seen by The Reg, Apiary's founder and chief executive Jakub Nesetril and senior vice president of …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2017
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Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

SAP has scored what threatens to be a pyrrhic victory in court against one of its own customers. A British court sided with the software giant in a case that threatens to drastically increase the amount of money customers must pay it. A judge ruled that SAP's named-user licensing fees must cover any and all software that …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2017
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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

Nokia didn’t once just dominate the world’s handset market, it defined it. In an era where hardware mattered and software came second, Nokia produced not just beautiful but solid handsets, its phones owning roughly half the market. Nokia’s pinnacle: the 8110 – a sleek, high-end banana phone in 1996 employed by the rebels of …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2017
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Oracle hatches 'incubator' OpenJDK APIs idea

Experimental and unfinished Java APIs could soon appear in new versions of Java under a plan from Oracle. So-called Incubator Modules have been proposed as a means of inserting promising features into the OpenJDK. OpenJDK is an open-source implementation and reference implementation of Java Standard Edition. Modules would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2017
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Amazon Chimes into video-conferencing: Watch out Skype and Google

Amazon has opened a new front in its battle for enterprise applications against Microsoft, Google and Cisco. The giant has unveiled Chime – a cloud-based unified voice, video and chat communications service targeting corporate IT as much as end users. Chime will, Amazon claims, eliminate common frustrations found in video- …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2017
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Sales 'smasher' Simon Niesler lands role as SAP UK cloud supremo

SAP has moved the UK corporate brass in a move that could propel cloud sales, The Reg has learned. The giant, which in January adjusted its existing 2020 full-year cloud sales target, has appointed an internal rising star to lead all UK cloud sales. Simon Niesler has become vice president of UK cloud, a role spanning HANA …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Feb 2017
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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

To be cast as Doctor Who once might be regarded as fortunate, but to be Doctor twice would be AWESOME! According to Reg voters, at least, who've picked Jelly Baby-toting Tom Baker as their choice for BBC's next Time Lord. Baker beat ex-BBC petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson by 547 votes to 544 as Reg readers' choice to play the 13th …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2017
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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

Dynatrace has launched a virtual digital assistant named Davis which you can talk to using Amazon's Alexa or via text on Slack through a proprietary engine - and has invited devs to take a pop at it. The idea is you quiz Davis on the status of your systems, as opposed to logging in and typing. Behind Davis lies a Node.js …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED

AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together. The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually. As ever there will be UI and experience fiddling – Zesty Zapus sees changes in windows …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2017
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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Poll Peter Capaldi will demateralise as the 12th Time Lord this Christmas after four years. Capaldi was cast as Doctor Who by franchise owner the BBC in 2013 but will bow out with a regeneration during this year's Christmas special. Regenerations are always a reflective and throat-tightening event. Thanks, BBC – there goes my …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2017

Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

The UK government has published its long-awaited white paper on negotiating a withdrawal from the European Union. Number 10's 77-page paper [PDF] mixes a list of desired outcomes in business and technology with the government's existing statements on national plans. The paper is light on detail but big on statements and broad …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2017

Huzzah! Doctor Who comes to Playmoverse

There already exist Doctor Who action figures but who wants anatomically correct when you get can six inches of chunky plastic? Yes, the Time Lords – or two at least – are coming to Playmobil. Doctors 4 and 11, AKA Tom Baker and Matt Smith, have been cast in rounded plastic complete with joy-joy smiles and fingerless grippy …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2017

IBM old guard dropping like flies in POWER and cloud restructure

IBM software veteran Robert LeBlanc is stepping down after just two years heading the firm's growing cloud business. Chief executive Ginni Rometty announced LeBlanc's planned departure on Wednesday as part of a restructuring of IBM's cloud and POWER hardware units. LeBlanc, who joined IBM in 1981, will retire in June. IBM has …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2017
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CHEERS! Office 2013 now on Wine 2.0

Microsoft may have relinquished SQL Server's Windows monogamy and let Linux join the party, but still it refuses to yield Office. Open-sourcers, however, have stepped in where Redmond fears to tread. Wine 2.0 has been released following a year in development with support for Office 2013 among a list of 6,600 changes. Wine is …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2017
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Top UK judges rule: Government can't pull the Article 50 trigger alone

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to trigger formal talks for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March have been thrown into uncertainty. Judges sitting in the United Kingdom’s highest court have ruled her government cannot trigger Article 50, the process initiating the UK’s formal negotiations to leave the UK, without the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2017
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Resistence is futile: HPE must face Oracle over Solaris IP

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Oracle are heading back to court – this time over an alleged violation of IP rights on Solaris. A US judge has thrown out a motion by HPE to have Oracle's Solaris violation claim against it dismissed. Oracle had accused HPE, case 3:16-cv-01393-JST, of improperly partnering with Terix Computer to …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Bane of Silicon Valley patents sets its sights on Rackspace and NetApp

Cloud host Rackspace and storage vendor NetApp are fighting a patent holder who's targeted some of tech's biggest names in the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The duo are standing up to Realtime Data over the firm's claim they violated seven patents it owns, spanning compression and deduplication. Realtime has filed six …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

An alliance that dominated the PC industry is entering the world of fluffy white stuff and open source: Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud to include an Intel initiated and container-oriented Clear Linux OS. The Wintel union loosened with the rise of Linux - runing on x86 - and the fall of the PC as peoples' primary …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2017
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Oracle slurps enterprise cloud API wrangler Apiary

Oracle’s first financial splash of 2017 has seen it snap up Apiary, an enterprise API specialist. Founded in 2011, Apiary provides hosted tools to build, test and monitor APIs working with REST. It attracted three funding rounds in its short life, totaling £8.55m. The firm marries devops with workflow for enterprise services …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2017
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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain. The call from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) came as it emerged that European Union citizens have started to look to countries other than Britain to take up working positions. CBI deputy …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2017
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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

Peter Thiel, the only tech billionaire to back Donald Trump, is reported to be considering a run for governor of California. The PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor is reported by Politico to be considering the move, according to unnamed Republican Party sources. If the reports are true, Thiel would be the third …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2017
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Nintendo pulls the Switch, fires Joy-con at Microsoft and Sony

Just over a decade after it challenged home gaming with the Wii, Nintendo has aimed a new weapon at Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox. Nintendo Switch Nintendo’s platform-challenging Switch, unveiled in October, will go on sale on March 3, priced at $299.99, £279.99 and ¥29,980, the firm said on Thursday. The Switch …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2017