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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register

HPE swallows cloud consultancy RedPixie

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has gobbled RedPixie, a Brit cloud consultancy and app developer, for an undisclosed sum. The US titan might have given up on selling its own public cloud but is using the Pointnext division – rebranded from Technology Services – to cuddle up to customers and give advice on a living hybrid cloudy …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2018
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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

A steamy romp in a sauna – like there's any other kind – has landed two alleged canoodlers in hot water. The unnamed duo were yesterday taken to court by the owners of spa complex Badewelt, based in, er, Sinsheim, south Germany, after they refused to cough a €600 fine for supposed fruity behaviour in the changing rooms, The …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2018
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'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

Brit supermarket giant Tesco is killing off the free email services offered to customers who bought its broadband package. "Your tesco.net email address is the one you got with your very first Tesco Broadband and Homephone package. After 27th June, it will no longer be in service," the company told users. The broadband …
Paul Kunert, 4 Apr 2018
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DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard

DXC Technologies has helped pack the bags of another HPE old-timer with global sales honcho Larry Stack said to be leaving of his own volition, although his role will not be replaced. Stack was previously a chief sales officer at HPE Services for four years until he transferred with the business to DXC in April 2017 – lest we …
Paul Kunert, 4 Apr 2018
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Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building

Lenovo is parachuting an EMEA exec into its North America computer division that has recorded year-on-year sales declines for the past six consecutive quarters. Pascal Bourguet, who joined Lenovo from HP Inc in 2015 and most recently headed PC ops for EMEA, is new chief category officer across the pond, an internal memo seen …
Paul Kunert, 3 Apr 2018
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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

Hewlett Packard Enterprises' legal and admin division – it is bigger than you might think – has issued guidance for staff presenting to colleagues, including some, er, dress code tips for male and female workers. Prep notes from the Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs run by John F Schultz have been seen by El Reg, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2018
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IBMers in TSS: How WILL we support customers after these latest job cuts?

IBM is to lay off more than one in 10 workers across the UK Technology Support Services (TSS) division, with insiders telling us that some areas will be hit so severely that clients will inevitably feel the pinch. The protracted redundancy process for TSS, a unit of Global Technology Services (GTS), began in late 2017 but has …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2018

PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

PwC’s Maplin Electronics’ administration team has laid off another bunch of hapless souls from head office as the protracted - and some might say doomed - search for a buyer to rescue the retailer runs on. Some 57 redundancies were made at HQ in London and nine in Rotherham, taking the total to 129 since Maplin was placed in …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2018
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UK tech whale Micro Focus: Share price halves as CEO quits, sales slide

The brief tenure of Micro Focus CEO Chris Hsu came to an abrupt end today when he quit following a sales slide and confirmation of execution missteps since the purchase of HPE’s Software division. Hsu only landed the top job at Micro Focus – a kind of shelter home for legacy software brands – in September when it merged with …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018
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Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud. As revealed by The Register on 14 March, Airbus will start shifting its …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2018
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Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

Interview Collaboration rather than cost is the reason Airbus has given Microsoft’s old-world Office app bundle the heave ho and is migrating 130,000 staff – the entire workforce – to Google’s G Suite. As exclusively revealed by The Register on Wednesday, Airbus – yes, the designer, builder and seller of civil and military aeronautical …
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2018
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Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google

Exclusive Airbus is to shift its entire workforce to Google’s cloudy productivity and collaboration tools, ditching Microsoft Office on-prem wares in the process. The “decision that will shape our company” was confirmed by Airbus CEO Tom Enders in a memo to staff – seen by The Register – who said the business is gearing up for the next …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2018
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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

Closing-down sale posters are being plastered over the shop windows of moribund Brit 'leccy tat emporium Maplin Electronics, but even now the discounted goods can still be bought more cheaply from rivals. The Maplin administration team at PwC, appointed on 28 February, has so far failed to strike a deal to sell the retailer’s …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2018
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Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

PwC has laid off a number of staff at Maplin Electronics as the future of the retail chain continues to look bleak with potential suitors unable to agree terms and a "controlled closure" process imminent. The gadget souk was put into the hands of PwC's administration team on 28 February following a string of financial losses …
Paul Kunert, 8 Mar 2018

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Ofcom is tightening the screws – sort of – on broadband providers that play fast and loose with speed promises by imposing a deadline to meet service obligations or allow customers to walk away without a penalty. Customers are able to exit a deal if velocity slips below a minimum guaranteed level and the provider can’t rectify …
Paul Kunert, 1 Mar 2018

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

Updated Maplin has slipped into administration after PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) failed to find a buyer for the hard-pressed gadget emporium. “I can confirm this morning that it has not been possible to secure a solvent sale of the business and as a result we now have no alternative but to enter administration,” said Maplin CEO …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2018
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Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals

A nightclub that spiritually stimulates dance zealots to peel off their clothes and shake their booty was branded a "breeding ground for broken souls" by a totally different sort of radical. Klubb Naket, based on the island of Södermalm near Stockholm, Sweden, hosted its first event on Saturday eve, clearly undeterred by the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2018
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If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

Updated For the second time of asking, Intel has issued microcode updates to computer makers that it prays says will mitigate the Spectre variant two design flaw impacting generations of x86 CPUs spewed out over previous decades. Yep, old Chipzilla has turned up at the scene of the metaphorical IT industry earthquake with a dustpan …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2018
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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Ailing gadget souk Maplin is locked in eleventh-hour talks with a potential buyer of the chain but the company may be placed into the hands of an administrator if an agreement cannot be reached. Private equity owner Rutland Partner, which bought Maplin for £85m in 2014, is understood to be negotiating with interested parties …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2018
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Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years. William Robert Howard, 45, ran the now liquidated Expeditors Ltd from 2004 until its ultimate demise in 2017 when HMRC made …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2018
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Trump's tax reforms lift DXC's profit

Tax reforms in the US helped shore up the bottom line of cost hurling Frankenfirm DXC Technologies, but the top line slid at the company for third straight quarter since it came into being. At $6.186bn, revenue for DXC’s Q3 ended 31 December was ahead of consensus estimates from analysts but represented a 5.9 per cent year-on- …
Paul Kunert, 9 Feb 2018
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Oh FNZ, Aviva! System back up, still trudging through queries backlog

Aviva's shiny new online pension system has had a very senior moment that caused difficulties with processing payments, running quotations, accessing valuations or accepting new applications. Customers contacted El Reg to talk about the web-based wobbles, and had more success reaching our editorial department than they've had …
Paul Kunert, 7 Feb 2018
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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

The UK's gummy-mouthed Advertising Standards Agency has given Poundland a gentle spank over a series of smutty tweets and posts on Facebook published over the Xmas period. The budget store positioned toy character Elfie at the centre of the double entendre laden #ElfBehavingBad* campaign, eliciting complaints from 85 people …
Paul Kunert, 7 Feb 2018

IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

IBM's latest redundancy programme for Global Technology Services staff in the UK and Ireland "descended into near farce" after it reopened the voluntary element and told those it had previously agreed to let leave that they now are not going anywhere. IS Delivery (ISD) and Technical Support Services (TSS) folk working under …
Paul Kunert, 6 Feb 2018
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AWS looks to tech old guard, hires EMEA boss

Exclusive Amazon Web Services has turned to an old-world IT exec, former Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig Andy Isherwood, to run its ops in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – and inject some enterprise tech experience into the cloud biz. Well-placed sources at AWS told The Register that an internal memo was dispatched to employees in …
Paul Kunert, 2 Feb 2018

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