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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which …
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‘Hyperspectral’ camera surprises aurora researchers

Astronomers from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory at Svalbard have released the first images from the NORUSCA II camera, showing the Northern Lights captured across 41 spectral bands. NORUSCA II is designed to switch between all of its optical bands “in a matter of microseconds”, explains this announcement. A standard camera with …
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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

El Reg's avid bookworm Mark Diston chews his way through some of the latest releases from the publishing world. The Zone of Interest Martin Amis is now 66 years old and has a literary career stretching back more than four decades, yet somehow the reputation of enfant terrible still clings to him. There must be many like myself …
Mark Diston, 24 Aug 2014
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Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief

This month we tackle to games at polar opposites of the ends of the subtlety spectrum. First up is Infamous: Second Son, a game that pitches a super-charged hero (or villain) into the midst of Seattle and begs him to explode things. Then there’s the shadowy stealth of Thief, as Garrett once more gets to grips with robbing from …
Mike Plant, 27 Mar 2014

Juniper Network pushes button, exits two distributors

Juniper Networks has given Computerlinks and Azlan their marching orders following a review of the UK distributor line-up, leaving it with Arrow ECS, Avnet TS and Westcon. The review began in May when Juniper named Will Hamber to manage its fragmented network of 30 wholesalers across EMEA. Former HP and Edge-Core Networks …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2012

ZeuS KICKS that SaaS: Trojan raids Salesforce.com accounts

Miscreants have forged a variant of the infamous ZeuS banking Trojan that targets enterprise data held by clients of CRM giant Salesforce.com. The ZeuS variant does not exploit a vulnerability in the Salesforce.com platform itself but rather penetrates the insecure devices of corporate workers accessing Salesforce.com. The …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2014
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So, rocket boffin Dr Adam Baker: Will we live long and prosper in SPACE?

Recently, El Reg gave you a rundown of the key players in the new commercial space race: companies like Armadillo, Bigelow, Mars One and Virgin Galactic, which are chasing the space-tourist dollar, and the likes of Excalibur Almaz, Masten Space Systems, Reaction Engines and SpaceX, which have more serious applications in mind. …
Shaun Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
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EMC hands disties licence to assemble VSPEX

EMC is opening up integration services to disties of the VSPEX line-up and plans to have training and accreditation sorted by next month. European distie Magirus got a six week head start on other EMC wholesalers in the region, Arrow ECS and Avnet but EMC expects both of them to clamber on board too. VSPEX is a converged …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2012
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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

After a stellar start to the World Solar Challenge, the fancied Nuon team from Delft has had to cop a ten minute penalty for breaking speed limits, while Japan's Tokai University entrant has been given a more serious 30 minute penalty. The penalties will probably put Solar Team Twente (also from The Netherlands) in the lead at …
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Sysadmins! Microsoft now offers $100k for tales of your horrible infections

It may have been a latecomer to the practice of offering cash rewards for reporting code flaws, but Microsoft is making up for lost time with an expansion of its security bug bounty program. The Windows 8 giant started paying for vulnerability reports in June having ring-fenced a $100,000 prize pot just for security researchers …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2013
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Nuon on the brink of another World Solar Challenge win

The “Dutch oven”, Nuon Solar Team, is tantalisingly close to claiming Challenger-class line honours from its shadow since Darwin, Team Tokai from Japan. Passing the Atfinish of timing of the World Solar Challenge at 10:03 am Darwin time, at Angel Vale in Adelaide's suburban north, Nuon maintained its lead over Tokai. The …
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DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September. Turnover was up by a little more than a fifth to €922.2m (£738.91m) compared to €766.9m in the same period a year earlier, as …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2012
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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

At the BCS CMSG conference in London earlier this year, Unisys CM manager Michel Delran spoke about how to design and implement a successful configuration management process and how a configuration management database can save you millions. He began with the real-life cautionary tale of a phone company which lost millions as a …
Eira Hayward, 03 Sep 2013
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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

Seminal seventies science fiction show The Tomorrow People is jaunting back to television. The premise of The Tomorrow People was simple: living among us are young people who have already achieved the next stage of evolution, acquiring abilities like telepathy and teleportation (referred to as "jaunting" along the way. Less- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2013
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Arrow to shut UK warehouses

Arrow Electronics is going pan-European on the distribution front, shutting down two UK warehouses in the process. The move which will see distribution centralised in the Netherlands, is expected to save $5m a year. The number of staff affected has not been published. Arrow is also taking flight from PC component distribution …
Drew Cullen, 28 Jul 2003

Human error blamed for toxic Russian rocket explosion

Russia's latest rocket mishap, which saw three of the Glonass satellites needed to upgrade the country's global positioning system destroyed in a fiery inferno, is reported to have been the fault of a technician not knowing which way is up. After sorting through the wreckage, the investigating team has found a flight control …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2013
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Annus Horribilis for Avnet Inc

Enterprise tech distie Avnet closed off fiscal '13 on a relative high - well sort of - but the single digit sales hike came too late in the day for management to characterise the year as one of progress. The sector bellwether posted Q4 numbers for the three months ended 29 June showing a 4.5 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Administrator: 2e2 owed £412m to creditors when it went titsup

2e2 Ltd crashed out of business owing creditors a little over £412m, the firm's administrator FTI Consulting has confirmed in its statement of affairs. The document, seen by The Channel, revealed debts secured by floating charges of £161.5m pertaining to the integrator's banking syndicate, and unsecured non-preferential claims …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2013
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Profit warning – Arrow's turn

Arrow Electronics, the world's biggest electronics components distie, is the latest tech firm to issue a profits warning. The company says that Q3 sales will be approx. $2.2bn, 13 per cent down on Q3, and 35 per cent down on the same period last year. The company will record a net loss of between $.15 and $.20 per share. It …
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2001
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Arrow, Avnet hit profit skids

Arrow Electronics and Avnet, the world's two biggest electronics components disties, have issued profits warnings. Both companies have substantial computer parts wholesaling arms too. Arrow today said Q2 earnings would fall more than anticipated because of falling demand in North America, Europe and Asia. It now expects to …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jun 2001

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …
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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Malware has infected a Russian police computer network, knackering speed cameras in and around Moscow, according to reports. Broadsheet daily Izvestia reckons a server operated by the Office of Traffic Police was infiltrated by an unidentified Trojan. The infection disabled parts of the cops' Arrow-ST system used to monitor key …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2013

World+dog left counting costs: Still can't bury corpse of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2

The administrator of deceased 2e2 appears to have made slow progress in collecting book debts, with tens of millions still outstanding months after the integrator-cum-reseller failed. The latest progress report filed at Companies House today revealed that JP Associates (JPA), previously hired by 2e2 administrator FTI Consulting …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013
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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

FAVI has brought out an Android stick that turns "any TV into a Smart TV", that's the pitch, and it's not far wrong as long as your TV has HDMI, you have a nearby port where you can juice up the dongle via mini-USB - and if you don't mind pushing an arrow around the screen every now and then. The FAVI SmartStick is an Android PC …
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2013
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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

"You'll go blind!" many a parent have barked at their sons and daughters for playing video games all day. But military-funded scientists have proved quite the opposite is true. Eggheads at Duke School of Medicine have claimed that gamers are better at processing visual information due to the quick reactions they've built up from …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2013
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EC happy for Avnet to gobble down Magirus

The European Commission has given the green light to Avnet's proposed acquisition of Germany-based pan-European distributor Magirus. The bid, for an undisclosed sum, was tabled in July but the regulators wanted to cast an eye over the deal to ascertain whether it would strangle competition. The EC said it had examined data …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2012

Aereo streaming TV now bargaining chip in Time Warner Cable, CBS tiff

Locked in an acrimonious retransmission-fee battle with CBS Corporation, Time Warner Cable has slipped a new arrow into its negotiation quiver, saying that if CBS blacks out its content from Time Warner's service in New York, the cable company will recommend that its subscribers sign up with the internet-streaming service Aereo …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jul 2013
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Boffins spin up working Qubit in silicon

The University of New South Wales' School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications has created what it says is the world's first working qubit based on a single atom. Detailed in a new Nature paper, A single-atom electron spin qubit in silicon, the qubit relies on the ability to impart “spin” to an electron bound to a …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2012
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UK server market lifeless: Customers just want fresh, young models

The UK server market was like the surface of the Moon in Q3 - there were no signs of life. The value of the sector plummeted 10 per cent to $430m in the three months, led by declining legacy non-x86 systems - down 22 per cent to $100m. Even x86 systems experienced a 5 per cent decline - to $330m. Giorgio Nebuloni, IT market …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2012
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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

I would like to think my gaming skills make me invincible but if I ever do get pwned it’s always easiest to blame the hardware. In the case of the keyboards and mice I’m reviewing, it might be difficult to put forward a convincing argument that they are to blame, as they are all developed to make the very best of my gaming …
Lucy Orr, 26 Aug 2014
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Arrow backs Virtual Chip Exchange worldwide

Arrow Electronics has taken an equity stake in the Virtual Chip Exchange, as the service launches worldwide. No details of the amount of equity was given, but it is a minority investment. Stephen Kaufman, Arrow's CEO, said: "We recognise the potential of the Interent in facilitating the resale of excess inventories...traditional …
Mike Magee, 09 Jul 1999
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Arrow UK to bring different businesses under same roof

Arrow UK said that it will unify its different businesses in the UK under the name of Microtronica. It operated under the names of MMD PC, Microtronica and Multichip. That follows a re-branding exercise in its business across Northern Europe, under the same name. A representative for the company said there were no layoffs …
Mike Magee, 22 Aug 1998

Nokia's WinPho 8 double date announced

Nokia will unveil Windows 8 phones during its joint event with Microsoft this September, sources stating the bleedin' obvious revealed. The two handsets – codenamed Arrow and Phi – will form part of the firm's Lumia range, with the former joining the mid-range party and the latter succeeding the Lumia 800 and 900 as its flagship …
Caleb Cox, 24 Aug 2012
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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

Life is a game. This is what I learnt from the swishy-haired man on the TV in the early hours over Christmas. Society has become so saturated with computer gaming conventions that everyday existence is played out across social media apps like so many levels of Pong. Charlie Brooker, for it was he, was delivering the closing …
Alistair Dabbs, 10 Jan 2014
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World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

Ingram Micro's European operation is likely to continue to be the group's metaphorical fly in the ointment for 2013 with "no significant growth" forecasted by senior execs. The world's largest IT distie last night reported calendar Q4 numbers showing a 14 per cent rise in turnover to $11.38bn, including $1bn and $75m of sales …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2013
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Arrow Electronics to axe 1,000 staff

Arrow Electronics has added its own job cuts warning to the day's casualties. The PC components distributor warned it would axe another 1,000 jobs during the third quarter after it reported a Q2 profit nose-dive of 92 per cent. The New York-based company posted net income of $7 million for the second quarter. Sales fell 21 per …
Linda Harrison, 24 Jul 2001
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Viglen veteran Rolfe heads to Lenovo

Viglen old-timer Ashley Rolfe, right-hand man to chief exec Bordan Tkachuk, has pitched up at Lenovo as a tech evangelist. Rolfe left the role as product development director last week, ending a near 18-year tenure with Lord Shuggie's only remaining IT company of any size. Hertfordshire-based public sector specialist Viglen …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012

Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Nokia launched the most important Windows Phone of 2014 last week - along with an impressive new flagship. But both launches were rather eclipsed by the massive update to the Windows Phone OS itself - an overdue pregnancy if ever there was one - and the historic news Microsoft is scrapping royalties. Phones and smaller tablets …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2014
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NT daddy turns his hand to Xbox

Ex-DEC VMS code king Dave Cutler, who moved to Microsoft to drive the development of Windows NT and later focus on Azure, is working to evolve the Xbox into a "complete home entertainment device". Dave Cutler Microsoft Fellow Dave Cutler Cutler's NT code is at the heart of all Windows builds today. He is a Senior Technical …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
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WD to research flash in Taiwan

Disk drive supplier Western Digital is planning a solid state drive (SSD) research and development centre in Taiwan. Digitimes reports it could be located in Hsinchu and employ some 50 local technicians. It would focus on enterprise SSD applications, and would complement WD's existing R&D centre at its headquarter offices, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2011
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EU copyright database could help reform the laws on orphan works

A project designed to identify the copyright status of European works will be extended to cover multimedia material and could become a vital tool in the reform of the law surrounding orphan works, European commissioner Neelie Kroes has said. The ARROW project was established in 2008 to co-ordinate the activities of libraries and …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Mar 2011
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Juniper Networks eyes up EMEA distributors, axe in hand

Juniper Network's recently installed EMEA distribution boss admitted he has a "big job of work" to untangle its web of wholesalers across the region and determine which it wants to keep on board and which will be jettisoned. Industry vet Will Hamber was confirmed as the networking firm's distie bigwig last month after joining …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2012
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Arrow, Avnet carve up Veba

The world's two biggest electronics and computer component distributors are ganging up to buy the number three. Schroder Ventures is joining in the fun too, teaming up with Arrow Electronics and Avnet to buy German distie Veba Electronics Group from holding company E.ON for $2.35 billion (E2.6 billion) in cash, including debt. …
Drew Cullen, 07 Aug 2000
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Sage leads bidding for Mind Your Own Business

Sage has been declared preferred bidder for Aussie small biz and accounts firm MYOB. The Geordie firm is bidding A$1.3bn (£823m), which tops offers from Bain Capital and Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts and Co. The two private equity/asset stripper firms were stymied by the downturn in debt markets in recent weeks. The offer is a …
John Oates, 18 Aug 2011
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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Windows 8.1 adds a layer of polish to the previous release, Windows 8, and fixes various annoyances. But has Microsoft done enough to rescue its OS against a background of plummeting PC sales and unimpressed customers who want Windows 7 back? Discussion of Windows 8.1 tends to focus on the Start screen and revived Start button. …
Tim Anderson, 18 Oct 2013
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Optus to shed around 700 staff

Optus is poised to shed up to 700 jobs as part of a company wide restructure, according to reports. Optus officials confirmed that there would be job erosion but would not confirm the number, claiming the figure of 700 was “pure speculation.” "Over the past few months we have been undertaking a review of our business aimed at …
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Banks bung hard-up Acer £315m loan

Troubled Acer has penned a new financing deal to cover working capital requirements and pay off a previous loan it took out to acquire Gateway. The firm has gone through a major reshuffle of management following a loss-making year in which sluggish consumer demand caught it by surprise and resulted in an inventory pile-up. The …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2011

One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

“Sam, I need you in the Heathrow office early tomorrow morning,” read the panicked text from my line manager on a Sunday night. The UK subs of 2e2 Group entered administration a year ago. I had a unique vantage point from where I sat within the crumbling company through the brutal process of administration and seeing the …
Sam Simpson, 20 Feb 2014
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Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows

The Catalan authorities have raised a few eyebrows with a plan to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows. The powers that insist that the boars in the Parque Natural de Collserola have become a serious headache, with a burgeoning population increasingly making forays into neighbouring Barcelona.* The problem is that the park is a …
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2011
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Channel Survey: Last call to all resellers and integrators

Channel Register was flooded with responses from resellers eager to share their experiences in the market this year - but the deadline to fill in our survey is looming for anyone else wanting to voice an opinion anonymously. So what impact is the tough trading environment wielding on your business? Which parts of the market are …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2011