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HMRC snatches back £200m in Aspire outsource rejig

HM Revenue and Customs will save more than £200m by 2017 after renegotiating its Aspire outsourcing contract with Capgemini, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. The Aspire deal covers IT services including desktops, laptops and a number of tax and credit systems such as online VAT filing. The contract, which is …
Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook

Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

Acer's recent tablet bash in London not only showcased its latest A1 Iconia Android fondleslab but also on display was its forthcoming Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate. This model exists in the convertible-cum-tablet twilight zone, as it comes with a keyboard cover as standard. Yet Acer really wants you to forget it's a tablet and …
Bob Dormon, 07 Jun 2013
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

It seems safe to say that Ultrabooks haven’t given the PC market the shot in the arm that Intel was hoping for. The high prices haven’t helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small 13in screens that dominate the Ultrabook category. Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra …
Cliff Joseph, 13 Aug 2012
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Hands on with Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook

IFA 2011 It's almost impossible to view Acer's Aspire S3 - the company's first laptop built to Intel's Ultrabook spec - and not think of the MacBook Air. Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Acer's S3: shades of the MacBook Air? There's the metallic look, the sunken keyboard, the sparse port array, the - a first time for a Windows machine? - …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2011
Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

Acer Aspire 5749 budget 15in laptop

Review Acer’s Aspire line has become synonymous with affordable computing power, providing an air of quality even towards the lowest end of the pricing scale. With an asking price of £399, the 15.6in Aspire 5749 isn’t going to break the bank and it certainly won’t be shattering records, but can so little money buy reasonable …
Shaun Dormon, 08 Dec 2011

Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

In yet another example of a sprawling government contract gone monumentally wrong – the second of the day – HMRC has splashed £7.9bn on an IT outsourcing deal that is looking very tough to justify. Capgemini and Fujitsu won the ten-year Aspire deal – a merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise contract – way back in 2004, and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

Acer upgrades Aspire One netbook

Acer has added Intel's new dual-core netbook processor, the 1.5GHz Atom N550, to its Aspire One D250 mini-laptop and re-released it as the D255. The 10in machine includes 1GB of 667MHz DDR 3 memory and relies on the GMA 3150 graphics engine built into the CPU to drive its glossy 1024 x 600 display. Acer Aspire One D255 The …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2010
Acer Aspire 5741

Acer Aspire 5741

Review The Aspire 5741 follows Acer's tried and true formula of extracting the maximum value from the core hardware without wasting money by adding extra features. The fact of the matter is that the Intel Core i3's combination of CPU and graphics isn't especially exciting but it does a very fair job of work and offers good value for …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Acer Aspire 5755G

Acer Aspire 5755G 15in Core i7 laptop

Review The Aspire 5755G is a fairly winsome system, combining sober, executive-class slate grey with a glossy black lid adding a touch of glamour. When it’s closed it’s a good looking slice of plastic, measuring just 35mm thick. Acer Aspire 5755G Acer's Aspire 5755G: widescreen but, alas, not quite full HD The 16:9, 15.6in screen …
Dave Stevenson, 16 Aug 2011
Acer Aspire One D260

Acer Aspire One D260

Review Acer has churned out some impressive models in its Aspire One series, and the D260 is its latest creation. At 1.21kg, it’s one of the lightest 10.1in netbooks available, and throughout testing it remained impressively cool with no significant hotspots on the keyboard or wrist rest. Acer Aspire One D260 The keyboard is of the …
Will Stapley, 01 Sep 2010
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook

Review The Acer Aspire S3 is a major new entrant to the emerging market for ‘ultraportables’ – ultra-thin but powerful notebook PCs with reduced components to keep the space and weight to a minimum. It won’t suit everyone, but if you like the idea of a portable Windows computer than can be carried in one hand or tucked under your …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Nov 2011
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HMRC spent £765m through Aspire last year

HM Revenue and Customs spent 44 per cent of its 2009-10 supplier budget through its IT outsourcing deal led by Capgemini. New figures released to Kable by the tax-collection agency through Freedom of Information show that its spending was dominated by two outsourced deals – Aspire for IT and Mapeley Steps. Mapeley Steps is a PFI …
Kable, 09 Nov 2010
Acer Aspire X5900

Acer Aspire X5900

Review Acer classifies its Aspire X5900 as a prestige PC and I have to confess that I was bowled over by the looks of this sleek micro-tower. The power button is brightly lit with a white LED, while the hard drive activity light is positioned on the top of the case along with the DVD eject button. It’s all very neat. Acer Aspire X5900 …
Leo Waldock, 29 Apr 2010
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We're not, er, 'cut-throat' capitalists – VC formerly known as ISIS

Not wanting to be confused with the vicious band of Middle Eastern warmongerers, ISIS Equity Partners has killed off its old brand, and is now answering the phones as Living Bridge. The name change was for fairly obvious reasons, as the venture capitalist doesn’t want to be associated with, er, blood-thirty, medieval cut-throats …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2014
Acer Aspire 8942G

Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook

Review If you’re after a well-crafted machine, adorned with a range of features from a media controlling touch panel to the old favourites eSATA and ExpressCard/54, then Acer’s Aspire 5940G could well fit the bill. There’s even a fingerprint reader, a 4-pin FireWire 400 port and a whopping sub-woofer. Aspire 5940G Home entertainer: …
Shaun Dormon, 30 Sep 2010
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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

Google supremo Eric Schmidt has claimed that Steve Jobs was his "hero" and said that we should all endeavour to "be a small percentage" of the Apple godhead. This might sound like he's encouraging time-travel cannibalism, but it's really just a call for everyone to do their bit to change the world. He doesn't mean properly …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Oct 2014
Acer Aspire One 751

Acer extends Aspire One netbook line with 11.6in model

Acer has ramped up its Aspire One netbook family - arguably pushing the range out of netbook territory with a 11.6in model. Acer Aspire One 751 Acer's Aspire One 751: 11.6in screen Said machine, described simply as the "11.6in Aspire One" will be equipped with an Intel Atom processor Acer wouldn't name but - given the use of …
Tony Smith, 08 Apr 2009

Acer Aspire One gets official WinXP update pack

Acer has posted Windows XP drivers for its Aspire One mini laptop, allowing punters put off by the cheapest model's Linpus Lite Linux to switch to the more mainstream OS. Acer Aspire One Acer's Aspire One: now officially XP-compatible You'll need your own copy of Windows of course, but a trip to Asus' support site will now …
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2008
Acer Aspire 1825PT

Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in touchscreen notebook

Review Some years ago, I made a fool of myself by describing Microsoft's ultimately doomed Tablet PC concept as a good idea. My saving grace was that I wasn't as dim as all the Tablet PC manufacturers, who chose to overprice their own products out of existence. Acer Aspire 1825PT Acer's Aspire 1825PT: if only Tablet PCs had always …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Jul 2010
Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

Review Stylish and powerful, the new 18.4in Aspire Ethos 8943G will appeal to those looking for a desktop replacement that doesn’t hold back on performance. Each of the four cores on the Core i7-720QM purr along at 1.6GHz, while ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is on hand should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Throw in a Blu-ray …
Will Stapley, 29 Jul 2010

Acer to phase out 8.9in Aspire One netbook?

Prefer Acer's 8.9in Aspire One netbook to the upcoming 10in version? Then if you don't already own one, now's the time to buy - it could have been killed by the time the bigger model has arrived. Acer, we should say, hasn't commented on the claim, but if unnamed "notebook industry insiders" cited by DigiTimes are to be believed …
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2009

Acer to look past Atom for Aspire One stablemate?

A sign of ongoing weak supplies of Intel's Atom - or a signal to the chip giant that it needs to pull its fabrication finger out. Whatever, Acer has hinted it may look elsewhere for its next netbook processor. According to OEM sources cited by DigiTimes, Acer might go for an AMD CPU, or it might turn to VIA for the the machine's …
Tony Smith, 10 Nov 2008

Acer's 10in Aspire One spied on web

Acer's eagerly anticipated 10in version of the popular Aspire One netbook has popped up in pictures on the web. Acer AA1 10in Acer's 10in AA1: clear improvements over original Images courtesy AspireOneUser.com The shots will come as some relief to owners of 8.9in AA1s who've struggled to upgrade the mini-laptop's internals …
Tony Smith, 20 Jan 2009

Acer intros 10in Aspire One netbook

Updated Acer has formally unwrapped the 10in Aspire One, which it said it'll equip with a six-cell battery for a claimed seven-hour runtime. Acer 10in AA1 Acer's new Aspire One: now with 10in screen The new AA1 packs in the customary 1024 x 600 display, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Intel Atom processor. Acer didn't detail the CPU specs, but it …
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2009

Hardware hacker's surgery heals slow Acer Aspire One SSD

Acer's Aspire One is coming under fire from early buyers for the sluggishness of its solid-state drive, so one intrepid hardware hacker has figured out how to replace it. It's not an easy job. A poster over at JKKMobile reports that the One's 8GB SSD is tucker under the motherboard - reaching it involves completely disassembling …
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008

Acer US prunes Aspire One mini laptop prices

Acer has cut the price of the Aspire One, making its Small, Cheap Computer even cheaper. In the US, at any rate. Stateside, the AA1 with an 8GB SSD, 512MB of memory and Linux pre-loaded will now cost $329 (£175/€221), down from $379 (£202/€255). The AA1 with a 120GB HDD, 1GB of DDR 2 and Windows XP is now priced at $349 (£186/€ …
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008
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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

China has taken revenge on the USA for its Huawei ban and router-ratting actions alleged by Edward Snowden, by announcing a new “vetting” process for foreign technology providers. The news emerged in Xinhua, a party-controlled Chinese news organ that reports State Internet Information Office spokesperson Jiang Jun as saying “For …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2014
Acer Aspire R7

Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer has made a bold bid to claw back some of the market share it’s been hemorraghing over the past few months, taking the wraps off the Aspire R7 – a tablet/notebook/desktop hybrid device complete with “floating” touchscreen. The R7’s main talking point is what Acer has dubbed the “Ezel hinge”, which …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2013

It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

Steve Bong is a role model for British parents, who – according to a back-of-the-beermat poll – think a career as a tech entrepreneur would be much more beneficial to their offspring than becoming a vet or a banker, or joining the police. A survey of 2,000 mums and dads with kids under the age of 18, which was commissioned by …
Team Register, 02 Sep 2014
Acer Aspire One 532

Acer Aspire One 532

Review If you thought the netbook market was already flooded, Intel’s recently-launched 'Pine Trail' platform means you can expect another new batch to come through. We’ve already seen Asus’ take on Pine Trail with the Eee PC 1005PE - reviewed here. Now we have Acer’s Aspire One 532h. Acer Aspire One 532 Acer's Aspire One 532: 'Pine …
Will Stapley, 22 Mar 2010

Acer pitches Aspire One at Euro cellcos

Acer is said to be talking to T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange in a bid to persuade them to bundle its Aspire One Small, Cheap Computer with a USB 3G modem and subsidise the price through airtime subscription. So claims an unnamed Acer representative cited by IDG. The talks appear preliminary and exploratory, so it would be …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2008

Thailand to get Acer Aspire One first?

With still no official word from Acer on the Aspire One Eee PC rival's release date over here, we're left looking oversees for hints. Specifically to Thailand, where the Small, Cheap Computer is due to go on sale at the start of July. So claims French-language site Blogeee.net, which has Thai flyer for the product on show. The …
Tony Smith, 25 Jun 2008

Acer: Aspire One HSDPA support is imminent

IFA Owners of Acer's Aspire One mini laptop will soon get the USB 3G modem support so many of them have been crying out for - and that's without having to replace Linux with Windows XP. Robert Perenz, Acer Europe's product manager for the AA1, confirmed that the machine has the ability to support HSDPA dongles, but admitted the …
Tony Smith, 29 Aug 2008
Acer Aspire 5738PG Touch

Acer Aspire 5738PG Touch

Review Plenty of notebooks supporting Windows 7 multi-touch features have already been announced, but the Aspire 5738PG Touch is one of the earliest to actually hit the shelves. Acer has entered into the spirit of the touch revolution by implementing the technology on-screen as well as on the trackpad, but more on that later. Acer …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Dec 2009
IBM 'through-silicon via' stacked chips

Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

Computex ARM vendor Cavium has revealed 48-core silicon it reckons will pitch it into high-end data centre and server apps. Cavium has hired Larry Wikelius, co-founder of failed ARM server silicon vendor Calxeda, and his former colleague Gopal Hegde (who played a part in creating Cisco's UCS servers). Both are insistent that now is the …
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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

Hey ladies! Did you know it's cool to work in tech? EU commish Neelie Kroes is here to tell you all about it, after a study claimed that the lack of women in ICT roles was costing the European Union billions of euros. Happy woman at a computer HURRAY! Now that I work in IT, I'm so fun and cool and in the future! (I really must …

Acer turns to nature to inspire Aspire

Acer yesterday parted the seas to reveal the first of a new line of "nature inspired" consumer-friendly laptops, the Aspire 5920 with its "gemstone" design, a curvy casing with a pebble-like shine. Acer Aspire 5920 Under the hood, the 5920 range packs in Intel's 'Santa Rosa' Centrino Duo platform. The series includes a …
Tony Smith, 15 May 2007

Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

Google could soon be building customized Glass headsets for those with prescription eyewear. The Wall Street Journal reported that the advertising giant is in talks with eyewear provider VSP Global on a deal to allow VSP to manufacture Google Glass headsets that can have corrective lenses fitted. The companies have made no …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2013
Acer Liquid Z2 and E1 Android smartphones

Acer aims low, gets into BT's trousers

Pics At BT Tower in London this week, Acer was all smiles having secured positions for two of its recent smartphones on the BT Business mobiles roster. The Acer Liquid E1 and Z2 are both Android handsets running Jellybean and are pitched at BT biz customers whose pockets are not so deep. The Liquid E1 features a 4.5in 540 x 960-pixel …
Bob Dormon, 28 Jun 2013
Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ

Acer Aspire 1810TZ

Review So you want a small notebook, but you're put off by the average netbook's puny graphics, relatively low res screen and limited-horsepower Atom processor. What do you do? Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810TZ: big name, small notebook We think you could do a lot worse than Acer's Aspire 1810TZ. Sony's …
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2009
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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

+Comment A drop in the solar wind of a kind never yet seen in the space age has made travel beyond Earth orbit a lot more dangerous, according to boffins – so much so that a manned mission to Mars may not be feasible for many decades. "The behavior of the sun has recently changed and is now in a state not observed for almost 100 years," …
Lewis Page, 22 Oct 2014
Acer Aspire 5935

Acer Aspire 5935 15.6in Blu-ray notebook

Review The Acer Aspire 5935 is aimed at those folk who don't just want a laptop that's all work and no play. In addition to packing enough grunt to chew through productivity applications, it's also equipped to keep you happily entertained when you've finished working for the day. Acer Aspire 5935 Acer's Aspire 5935: one 720p screen, …
Will Head, 14 Sep 2009
Acer Aspire One D250

Acer Aspire One D250

Review Acer made a significant impact on the netbook market last year with its hugely popular Aspire One A110. It recently released a selection of new netbooks in its Aspire One range, and the D250 we have here is bizarrely similar to the D150, which was only launched a couple of months ago. Acer Aspire One D250 Acer's Aspire One D250 …
Will Stapley, 04 Jun 2009
Acer Aspire One 751

Acer Aspire One 751

Review The new Acer Aspire One 751 has a screen that measures 11.6in on the diagonal with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and that’s mighty big for a netbook. As it happens, we were told a few months back that Intel has strict rules about the sale of Atom N-series processors to avoid cannibalising the sales of Core 2 and Centrino products …
Leo Waldock, 08 May 2009
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HMRC extends Aspire deal to 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has decided to restructure its IT outsourcing contract. The move comes in response to HMRC's aim to cut its IT running costs by about 10 per cent by 2010-11. The Aspire contract with Capgemini and other IT service suppliers was originally signed in 2003-04 and was due to run for 10 years. It will …
Kablenet, 08 Nov 2007
The Register breaking news

Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

Dean Kamen, the serial inventor best known for bringing us the Segway Personal Transporter in 2001, has come up with a new electronic transport system, this time designed to move predigested food out of your stomach to help you lose weight. As reported by The Independent, the technique is known as Aspiration Therapy, and Kamen …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2013
Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Acer Aspire One D250 with Android

Review Installing a second operating system on a PC is nothing new. Plenty of manufacturers have done so before, building a slimline Linux distro into their machines to provide a much more rapid start-up than Windows can manage: full access to the internet within seconds of pressing on power key. Acer Aspire One D250 with Android Acer …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2009

Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

Fortune has published its list of the worthies they deem to be the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders", and the tech world is represented in the top 10 not by a Zuckerberg, Page, Ellison, or Brin, but by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, whom Fortune describes as "an extremely rare combination of visionary and master builder." Jeff Bezos Top tech …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Mar 2014
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra laptop

Acer intros skinny 15in notebook

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week We can't call Acer's newly announced slimline 14in and 15in Aspire Timeline Ultra laptops 'Ultrabooks' - that's an Intel trademark for a well-defined class of machine. So how about 'skinnybook'? Acer didn't specify the either Timeline Ultra's thickness, but they'll be impressively slim if the pics are anything …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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Acer crosses Ivy Bridge with latest laptops

Acer has revealed a pair of Ivy Bridgers through a new addition to its TravelMate laptop range and another Aspire M-series Ultrabook with dedicated graphics and an optical drive. The Acer Aspire M5 comes in both 14in and 15in models with screen resolutions of 1366 x 768 pixels. As with the Aspire M3 - launched earlier this year …
Caleb Cox, 21 May 2012