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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
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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

Structural upheaval driven by technological change will cost British retailers nearly one million jobs by 2025, according to a trade body. There could be 900,000 fewer jobs in retail in nine years’ time as a result of accelerated store closures and shifting priorities in investment. That’s according to the British Retail …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Feb 2016
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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

An open-source browser capable of blocking annoying mobile ads is available for download from the Apple and Google stores. Called Brave, it’s the work of JavaScript daddy Brendan Eich and his new firm Brave Software. Brave hit Apple’s iPhones and iPads last week and is reported to have landed on Google’s Play for Android only …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2016
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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

Oracle has been telling a number of organisations running its database software that they are breaking the company's licensing rules – and therefore owe it millions of dollars in unpaid licence fees. The issue hit the headlines in January after US confectionery giant Mars took Oracle to court in the US over claims Mars had …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2016
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Is Facebook about to get a Virtual Reality check?

MWC16 “I’m incredibly bullish on virtual reality,” Facebook’s chief technology officer Mark Schroepfer tells The Reg. No surprise there, then. “But it’s a brand new platform that will start slow and take a while to develop,” he continued on a brief stop-over in London late last year. “Part of the thing we are trying to avoid that’s …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2016
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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

Three UK and Three Italia are to offer network-level ad-blocking software from startup Shine Technologies to their customers. The telcos have implemented Shine’s ads blocker in the UK and Italy with plans for rapid rollout in Three’s other markets. The carriers are owned by Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison Holdings, which has …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2016
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SAP buys 'all the pretty data' firm Roambi

SAP has bought a data presentation specialist to paint its data feeds in a shade more like Salesforce. The software giant this week bought “key assets” of Roambi, founded in 2008 and specialising in mobile BI and analytics. SAP announced the Roambi buy while saying its Predictive Analytics also now works with Spark – the open …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2016
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Red Hat in Google cloud Gluster chuck

Red Hat’s ramping up the pressure on Ubuntu by going deep on another cloud provider’s platform. The Linux spinner’s Gluster Storage shared-nothing, file storage system is now available on Google’s cloud platform. Red Hat hopes to boost its fortunes by making its Linux-based infrastructure code available as an option to those …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2016
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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

Voting for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has undergone its biggest overhaul in nearly 40 years. The Eurovision Song Contest final in May will for the first time record the votes of viewers – sent via SMS, phone and app – and judges separately. Before, votes from each country were combined to produce a total score. Now …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2016
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Growth comes with costs for cloud-support flinger Rackspace

Rackspace saw growth across most lines during its fourth quarter and year – alas, that also included costs, it has said. Management also warned Rackspace watchers over an impending re-organisation in sales that would allow disrupt its current, first-quarter sales. Worrying, too, is a slow-down in Rackspace’s native OpenStack …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2016
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Adobe issues patch to nix its Mac-killing Creative Cloud update

Adobe has re-issued a software a Creative Cloud update that had gobbled users' storage data. The firm Monday said it had removed the Creative Cloud Desktop update, which it admitted “incorrectly removed” files from the Mac’s system root directory. “We have removed the update from distribution, and are in the process of …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2016
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HMRC is to tax OpenStack cloud with UK citizens' data

Britain’s taxman has embraced OpenStack for a fledgling cross-channel digital tax service. HMRC is rolling out its vaunted multi-channel digital tax platform (MDTP) on OpenStack from relatively unknown cloud start up DataCentred. That means what was once billed as a Linux for the cloud has become the web and data centre …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2016
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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

Canonical is courting Google’s Android partners in the hope they'll break ranks with the Chocolate Factory and deliver devices powered by Ubuntu. The Linux shop has received commitments from Android smartphone and tablet makers to ship devices using its Linux with devices “later this year.” Chief executive Jane Silber told …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2016
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RSA awards 7-year infrastructure overhaul deal to Wipro

RSA, one of Britain's oldest insurance firms, has awarded a seven-year IT infrastructure transformation deal to software company Wipro. Wipro will assume responsibility for RSA’s data centres, cloud, and end-user services, plus a multi-lingual service desk in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. The value of the deal was not …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2016
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Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

Do you baulk at the size of Microsoft’s mega Surface Hub whiteboard, and want something a little more Apple-tastic for your wall? Fear not. Cupertino has filed a patent raising the prospect of interacting with your iOS device without touching the screen. US Patent 9,250,734, awarded to Apple on February 2, will: Use one or …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2016
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Former Oracle man Block fills Salesforce's COO slot

Oracle's former US sales chief Keith Block has been handed the keys to Salesforce by his boss Marc Benioff. Block has been named chief operating officer but will continue to lead global sales in addition to alliances and channels, industry strategy, and consulting. He was lifted from Oracle in 2013, where Block was executive …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2016

SAP pays $3.9m to settle Panama government bribery case

SAP will pay nearly $3.9m after a senior executive was found to have bribed officials in the government of Panama to land lucrative deals. The software giant has agreed to pay $3.7m in profit plus an extra $188,896 in interest. SAP did so without admitting or denying the findings of the regulator that brought the bribery case …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2016