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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

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 …

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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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
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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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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

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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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
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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
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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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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

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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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

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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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
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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

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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, has …
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Nekkid Tech: Pricey frocks, Duran Duran and VMware power users

Greg Knieriemen fought through a 1,000-strong crowd at the New England Area VMware User Group (VMUG) to bring El Reg readers a piping hot dose of Nekkid Tech. This week he chats to Chris Harney, Founder of the New England VMUG (@csharney), Taya Wyss from The Enterprise Strategy Group (@TayaWyss) and Erin Banks, vSpecialist with …
Team Register, 25 Jan 2012
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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
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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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Avnet Q4 sales, profit hit as resellers keep wallets shut

Avnet sales and profit in Q4 slumped across both its components and tech solutions businesses on the back of a summer slowdown in reseller spending and a blistering currency headwind. Turnover for the period ended 30 June fell 8.8 per cent to $6.3bn, operating profit dropped by just over a fifth to $213.4m and net profits sunk …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2012
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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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Mellanox pumps up channel for InfiniBand, Ethernet pushes

Switch and server adapter maker Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a shock with some cable issues and a big revenue shortfall in its most recent quarter and a projected one for the current quarter after one of its OEM customers bought more product in the latter part of 2012 than they could sell even into the first …
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Microsoft tosses Simpana Azure salad, feeds it to cloud punters

Microsoft is offering a CommVault Simpana data feed and access portal as an Azure cloud storage bundle. On its side CommVault is now offering its customers cloud compute and storage facilities using Redmond's Azure cloud. Simpana is CommVault's data protection and archiving software which supports block-level and app-aware …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2012
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Commentards, we salute the return of the long post

Recently, we limited the length of posts made by commentards to 2000 characters. We did this for no better reason than that the 2000 characters had always been our publicly announced limit, and we thought that we should do what we said on the tin. So we waited for the dust to settle. Not terribly popular ... and so 10,000 …
Drew Cullen, 02 Mar 2012
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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

During the launch of the revamped TomTom Go series of satnavs earlier this year, the company reeled off some interesting statistics that revealed a considerable chunk of motorists don’t bother with satnavs - 39 per cent, in fact. And of those 39 per cent, only 4 per cent were considering buying into the technology in the next 12 …
Bob Dormon, 20 Dec 2013

2012 in the channel: The year we sold EVERYTHING as a service

Few people would argue that this year has been one of very big highs and lows. From a personal perspective, 2012 will be remembered for the Olympics and Ryder Cup (great), weather (expletive deleted!) and the continued challenges of the economy, especially in the Eurozone. It’s been pretty interesting in the IT space too. We've …
Mike Rodwell, 17 Dec 2012
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The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds

Last year when Windows 8 Developer Preview shipped, a British techie found a few usability problems. Why not take it to top? This correspondence followed. Enjoy. From: D Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 8:45 AMTo: Steven Sinofsky Subject: Hi Steve,   Hello Steven,   I thought I better help. http://www.ghacks.net/2011/09/15/ …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2012
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Oracle biz-pusher Paul Young leaves Avnet TS

Avnet has commenced the search for a successor to Oracle business unit director Paul Young, who is moving to Hamilton Rentals as UK sales director. Young joined US enterprise distie Avnet in 2008 when it acquired independent Horizon Technology, formerly Clarity Technology, for €101.3m. John Toal veep and and country manager at …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2012
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BT Engage IT's big cheese shown the door

The chief operating officer at BT Engage IT has been handed his pink slip as part of the planned redundancies at the reseller giant, The Reg understands. The telco giant is integrating its three reseller businesses including BT Engage – comprising the Basilica and Lynx Technology acquisitions – the Business Direct brand (dabs. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2011
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Huawei Ascend Mate: The phondleslab for the skint

Whether you think VLPs (Very Large Phones™) are the ultimate evolution of the personal telecommunication device or the bastard offspring of smartphone and tablet, there’s no doubting the little – well, not so little really – buggers are racing out of the woodwork. Most are rather expensive but Huawei’s Ascend Mate, like the …
Alun Taylor, 29 Aug 2013
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Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime

Asus has not placed the Eee Pad Transformer Prime on the scrap-heap just yet, but availability has been so poor that channel folk can be forgiven for thinking it had been killed off, the vendor has admitted. Typically, non-iPad vendors have struggled to create the same level of hype around their tablets that Apple has mastered …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2012
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Computacenter bags Apple dealer

Computacenter's German tentacle is snapping up an Apple dealer, assuming regulators do not object. Computacenter GmbH is offering €4.9m for Apple integrator HSD Consult GmbH from the Gravis Group. There is an extra €0.5m available in earn-outs by the end of 2011 which depends on "the level of acquired skills". Britain's biggest …
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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CAE profit growth stalls but sales near £50m barrier

Hertfordshire-based reseller CAE Technology Services edged towards a £50m sales milestone in financial year 2011 against a bleak economic backdrop – but no such progress was made on the bottom line. The firm reported operating profits of £2m and net income of £1.38m, both largely unchanged on the previous fiscal year, but …
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2012
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Azlan hits pause in top table's musical chairs

Azlan has confirmed its revamped management line-up that will lead the business from the start of next month. The enterprise distie is overhauling the internal structure and making two senior managers redundant as it creates business units based on HP, IBM and Cisco rather than vertical technologies. As a result, Mark Wheeler …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2011