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Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

Apple's wristjob is preparing to speed past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC. The fruity firm sold a total of 3.6 million watches in the second quarter, having only released the phone-dependent wristable in April. Apple closed to within 0.8 million units of Fitbit, which has been pumping …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame. Worldwide PC shipments will now fall by 8.7 per cent by the end of the year and growth won’t return for another two years, the IDC said. The number cruncher had expected that the arrival of Windows 10 in July would …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

Scientists want to electronically tag the world’s honeybees in a bid to understand the mass death of entire populations. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has called for a global project fitting bees with micro-sized RFID chips to gather critical data. Data would be …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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Hortonworks bags US-gov inspired Big Data tech

Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed. The deal follows the Hadoop spinner’s purchase of SequenceIQ in April this year and XA Security in the Big Data security …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Microsoft’s first update to Windows 10 is bricking some users’ PCs. The cumulative update is rebooting after getting part way through the installation process on x64-based systems without completing set up. The update is KB3081424. The problem has been reported, here, on Microsoft's official forums. In the case of one user, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2015
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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

Interview Zurich Insurance, Europe’s third-largest insurer with $70bn in revenue and 55,000 staff, hinted last week that it might buy RSA Group. Yet six major acts of M&A have saddled RSA with 15 data centres, managed and run differently and propping up a creaking architecture. Worth £4.5bn and with 19,000 staff and 20 million customers …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2015

Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

Exclusive Oracle customers could soon be the beneficiaries of an unlimited, all-you-can-eat licence for its core database, with the giant understood to be readying a deal that would grant use of its database in perpetuity at a flat rate. Oracle’s prospective licence is being referred to as the Perpetual User License Agreement (PULA). …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 PCs are being force fed a diet of Windows 10, breaking a promise made by Microsoft. The problem is affecting domain-attached Windows 7 PCs not signed up to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patches and updates, but looking for a Microsoft update instead. The upshot is PCs, ranging from 10s to hundreds at a …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
The Child Catcher

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

Are you a Windows 10 converts responsible for young computer users? Be on your guard. Child-friendly Family Features from Windows 7 and 8 won’t be recognised or accepted in the new operating system. Rather, children using Windows 10 PCs are seen as standard users; no dedicated child-user account exists. That means any …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015
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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

Exclusive Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle. The Cabinet Office is understood to have formally contacted central agencies within the last month and asked them to look for ways to “get rid of Oracle". No. 10 is believed to be concerned about the amount civil …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015
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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit. Microsoft’s new desktop operating system has employed a torrent-style approach to sharing updates with your fellow Windows 10 users. The OS employs a system of sharing updates between users’ PCs and across their own networks rather than …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2015
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
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Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass. The company named Silicon Valley cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh as its CTO for platforms and solutions on Monday. His appointment comes as CTO and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015
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We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

The OpenStack Foundation’s executive director has defended the community project’s growing corporatisation following criticism from a former colleague and lead pioneer. Jonathan Bryce told The Reg big companies are critical to the success of OpenStack as they bring vital resources lacking at startups and among individuals. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2015
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MariaDB seeks home-grown CEO for Oracle bout

Exclusive MariaDB is going after Oracle in its own back yard with plans for a fresh CEO drawn locally in order to tap funding from A-lister venture capitalists. Patrik Sallner is stepping down as MariaDB Corp’s chief executive for a new job, with the firm’s management now interviewing replacements, The Reg has learned. There are a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2015
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Adobe names ex Microsoft and Oracle bod as cloudy pipe CTO

If you need some cloud plumbing, who you gonna call? Well, for Adobe, it's seemingly Abhay Parasnis. The US multinational software developer has picked Parasnis – a former Microsoft and Oracle exec who claims responsibility for critical infrastructure and activities floating those giants' public clouds – as its chief …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
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Dancing in the fluffy white stuff ain't helping SAP's bottom line

Rampant cloud growth struggled to offset falling profits for SAP, Europe’s largest software company, during the firm’s second quarter. Post-tax profits tumbled 16 per cent to 469m euro ($508.2m) while total revenue increased by a fifth, to 4.9bn euro ($5.3bn) for SAP’s three months to June 30, 2015. Earnings per share fell 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
Banksy_death

Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

Windows 10 isn't even out yet but already its creator Microsoft has foretold its death. Support for Redmond's Omega operating system will cease finally on October 14, 2025. That’s the date when fixes and patches in all their forms for the as-yet unreleased client operating system will finally be turned off by Microsoft. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2015

Oracle retreats on $210m Rimini Street 'value' damages

Rimini Street has struck back at Oracle after the database giant withdrew its claim for $210m damages against Rimini. Larry Ellison’s firm had claimed the amount based on fair market value of the copyright that it owned and that it claims Rimini Street has trampled. The figure was based on income lost based on a hypothetical …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2015
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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Comment Roll up, roll up for Windows 10, the greatest show on Earth! Forget everything you think you know or might have heard. THIS changes everything. Windows 7 and Windows 8? Pah. THIS is the one you want. Yes, the bandwagon on the Windows 10 hype machine is trundling along, and its online followers are hailing its game-changing …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2015

Data centre OS upstart Mesosphere flutters eyelashes at devs

Data centre operating system hopeful Mesophere has rolled out programs and tools targeting developers and prospective partners. The VC-funded startup announced the Mesosphere software developer program and SDK on Wednesday. Included for code-slingers is documentation, reference libraries and support that Mesosphere reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2015
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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Microsoft’s closed the tap on fresh builds of Windows 10 in preparation for final launch. Windows 10 preview builds 10162 and 10166 are no longer being rolled out through the Windows Update service. Also, if you look for anything new the current build you’re on will be shown as “up to date". ISOs for build 10162 are also …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2015
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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

Geek's Guide to Britain Last time London flooded was 1953. Three hundred lives were lost, 30,000 evacuated and the damage totalled a considerable £5bn in today’s money. Given how London has expanded since then, the record-breaking wet winter of 2014 would have been worse had it not been for the presence of 51,000 tonnes of metal and 210,000 cubic …
Gavin Clarke, 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 …

Oracle and Xamarin flutter eyelashes at suits with native app deal

Oracle is tapping into the power of native apps and cloud delivery under a development deal with mobile app firm Xamarin. The pair unveiled the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service on Thursday, to build apps for iOS, Android and Windows. Xamarin’s tools let you build native apps for the different mobile flavours using …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jul 2015

Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

Microsoft will carry out one of its largest rounds of job cuts and a record book writedown in a restructuring plan that calls time on its ill-fated Nokia acquisition. The Windows goliath confirmed on Wednesday (July 8) that 7,800 staff will go, primarily from its phone hardware business – the Nokia devices and services unit it …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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NHS trust's crack IT squad claims its first digital upgrade hits

An NHS trust is claiming the first fruits of success from a new unit created to modernize its dated IT infrastructure. The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust created an IT solutions unit of 12 new and existing staff to modernize its infrastructure in February 2014. The unit has been handling IT change requests across 5, …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Bloodthirsty Microsoft prepares for imminent 'major' job cuts

Microsoft is sharpening the axe for a "major" round of job cuts, according to a report. The New York Times reckons on a fresh round of layoffs on Wednesday (July 8) but there were no more details. Microsoft is reported to have not commented. Any cuts would come on top of the 18,000 already drawn up. Cuts are expected to fall …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Bing Maps seen wearing creepy mask that makes it look a bit like ...

Microsoft’s Bing, still lagging Google by a country mile even with Yahoo!, has unveiled some suspiciously Google-like updates. Destinations on Bing Maps now come with results cards, giving relevant information. That means if you’re looking for a shop or restaurant, you get hours of operation and nearby services. Bing Maps' …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jul 2015
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World's (possibly) first HoloLens startup promises mixed realities

A mobile upstart has claimed dibs on title of first HoloLens company. Object Theory launched Tuesday under the leadership of ex-Microsoft HoloLens Studio member Michael Hoffman and apps entrepreneur Raven Zachary. The pair claim they will help companies create, develop and launch “mixed reality” applications for Microsoft’s 3D …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jul 2015
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Japan's NTT whips out OpenStack cannon at cloud Godzilla AWS

Tokyo-headquartered NTT Communications has ruled out a head-to-head public-cloud fight with Amazon Web Services – despite NTT expanding its cloud systems globally. NTT execs said Thursday in London that the $112bn telecom and data giant would compete by offering public and private cloud, management, and data center services. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2015
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Red Hat rolls elastic Linux under SAP's HANA

Having put SAP’s HANA in-memory database on its Linux, Red Hat has gone off-premise with Amazon. The Linux shop has announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is now available minus the inconvenience of owning the tin, as a service on AWS. Red Hat announced RHEL for HANA a year ago and said putting things on AWS offered …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2015

Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

The leap second did not break the internet, it wasn’t the second coming of the Y2K bug and nor did it challenge the world’s financial markets or make the Greek situation any worse. Neither did it kick Amazon.com, Netflix, Instagram or Pinterest offline. At most, the addition of a leap second to Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2015
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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

More than half of companies are now expected to miss the deadline to quit Windows Server 2003 before Microsoft’s 14 July end-of-extended-support cut-off point. Many will seek security cover through Microsoft Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) charged at $600 per server, or reckon on having in place their own plans for coping. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Scientists are trying to raise awareness about planet-killing chunks of flying space rock with today's Asteroid Day. Among them are ex-Queen guitar man and astrophysicist Brian May and meedja celeb Brian Cox. Asteroid Day accompanies a call for a 100-fold increase in the detection and monitoring of asteroids, called the 100x …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

Time could be up for leap seconds later this year, if Tuesday night's addition of one second to the world's time proves to be a success. International weights and measures standards-keepers at the Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) near Paris want an end to leap seconds and favour a single, consistent time standard. BIPM has …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

There’s nothing like sweetening the bad news medicine, and that’s what Microsoft’s tried with its latest internal staff memo. It wasn't until the penultimate para of Satya Nadella’s saccharine, 20-paragraph ramble about magical things that Microsoft's CEO delivered the bad-tasting medicine. “Tough choices” are coming in …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2015
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Dell cooks up cloud recipes with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack

Dell is doubling down on its policy of selling infrastructure, after retreating from its public cloud service provider plan. The firm, which has carved out a big niche in web-scale server centres, will release plans in the next six months to guide others building their own clouds. Blueprints will be for Microsoft’s Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015

Bank of England CIO: ‘Beware of the cloud, beware of vendors’

The Bank of England is loosening up on IT delivery and recruitment, but not its resistance to public cloud. John Finch, CIO of the UK's central bank since September 2013, Wednesday ruled out the use of any public cloud by the bank for the foreseeable future. Cloud has however crept into the Bank’s IT margins, where it’s been …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015
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Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

SQL Server, with Windows and Office, helped make Microsoft. The database sits in a $13bn business unit and while Microsoft’s server products grew 11 per cent – $1.7bn last year – that was driven primarily by sales of SQL Server. The man who paved the path was Bob Muglia. A 24-year Redmond veteran, he was SQL Server’s first …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2015
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Former Cisco money chief cash-lands at Red Hat

Cisco’s departed financial chief Frank Calderoni has landed as CFO and operations chief at Linux distro kingpin Red Hat. Calderoni was the network giant’s CFO for seven years and managed the company through growth, acquisitions, layoffs and restructuring. He replaces Red Hat’s CFO Charlie Peters, who is retiring. During his …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

Oracle technology chief Larry Ellison is embarking on a journey Microsoft couldn’t complete: beating Amazon’s cloud services on price. Oracle’s former CEO is reported to have kicked off a price war by committing his database firm to undercutting AWS on storage. “We are prepared to compete with Amazon.com on price,” Ellison said …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015
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Joyent and Umbongo union jilts VM at cloud altar

Canonical has partnered with Joyent to spin up Ubuntu clouds minus the virtualisation. The firms are today expected to announce a version of Ubuntu certified to run with Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure. Triton, released this week, lets you run software built specifically for containers like Docker where Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jun 2015
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Microsoft unzips $120,000 in FREE gizzits for cloudy upstarts

Microsoft is trying to top Amazon and Google's cloud giveaways by stuffing $120,000 in credits to startups committing to its cloud. Redmond said on Wednesday that “qualifying” startups would receive an annual allowance of $120,000 in credits for Microsoft Azure from July 1. For the numerically challenged, that means $10,000- …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2015
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Dynatrace and Keynote are Borging into a super-APM outfit

Six months after being split from Compuware by private equity surgeons, Dynatrace is working to get under the noses of devs in suits. Dynatrace is today expected to announce it’s merged with Keynote Systems, a specialist in application performance monitoring. While Dynatrace also provides application performance management …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2015
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MapR and Typesafe put Apache's Spark to work on big data

Big data and developer advocates are joining IBM promoting Apache’s cluster computing framework as a safe and consumable platform for business. MapR is bowling out Spark offerings tailored to three scenarios with its implementation of the Hadoop batch-crunching framework. MapR has announced the Real-time Security Log Analytics …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2015
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How OpenStack became the big dogs' game – and why it's still for you

If you did have any doubts, recent events should have assuaged them, the division between the public and private cloud is here – and widening. In what might seem to be the industry’s quickest act of consolidation and M&A in less than five years, almost all the originators of OpenStack and the early entrants are gone – snapped …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Salesforce's $20 billion challenge: to go deep, deep, deep

Salesforce last month announced another quarter of growth, up 23 per cent, year on year. Only this time, there was also profit — the first in 18 quarters. Thirty per cent of “top” deals for the quarter were new customers – Bank of America, John Deere, Western Union and Zurich Insurance, the toast of Wall St. Not just that, but …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Brace yourselves: Facebook plans MORE PHP jiggery pokery

Facebook isn’t done fiddling with PHP – far from it. Team Zuckerberg are cooking up fresh changes to streamline further this veteran server horse for mobile, set to be released under open source. It’s the latest chapter in a rebooted community source strategy that’s chalked up Hip Hop, which then evolved to became Hip Hop …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2015
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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

Facebook has ruled out a return to platform-neutral HTML5 for mobile, dedicating itself to a future of React Native – its own JavaScript framework. The social networking giant told journalists in London this week that it won’t be writing future mobile apps in HTML and vanilla JS. Asked about whether it might reexamine HTML5, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2015