Articles about Benefit

Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling

IBMers that take voluntary redundancy ahead of a High Court ruling on the firm’s pension scheme will still benefit from any remedies set out should they leave, according to an internal document. Staffers who were refused salary increases because they railed against changes to pensions were told they are able to claim damages in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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IT industry to benefit from India's new government

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata political party will be good for Indian IT on two fronts, analysts say. Modi was elected two weeks ago after a marathon campaign and election at which over 800 million people were eligible to vote. The Bharatiya Janata political (BJP) secured over 171 million votes and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2014

NBN to be built even if cost-benefit analysis shows no ROI

In opposition, the current parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher and his boss, minister for communications Malcolm Turnbull, made much of the fact Australia's national broadband network (NBN) had been commenced without a cost-benefit study that would show whether or not the network will deliver positive return …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2014
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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

Boffins at Stanford University have invented a system which could banish the dreaded trouser fire to the annals of tech history. Regular readers of The Reg will know that the batteries used in mobile phones have a horrible tendency to blow up at inopportune moments. Whether it's an iPad Nano going kaboom in Japan, a Swiss woman …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Oct 2014

Bungled Hitachi SAN upgrade halts Oregon benefit payments

A bungled Hitachi storage area networking (SAN) upgrade has delayed the payout of over $18 million in benefits in Oregon. The SAN failure began Monday evening in the state capital of Salem, and was fixed by Tuesday morning, with various state agencies taking the day to work through a backlog of jobs that had built up. " …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013
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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

It might be time to bury the “J-curve” – not the hockey stick that confuses the climate debate, but one that booze-pimpers like – according to a study that just hit the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). The curve in question is the one that says “moderate drinking is the best”, based on studies purporting to show that …
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Snoopy Fujitsu tech KNOWS you'll click that link – before YOU do

The next time you hover over a suspicious link a little too long, or download from a questionable site, you might get a nudge from Fujitsu. The Japanese tech giant has, from the back of a 2000-head study, developed a tool capable of determining if a user was likely to be scammed and delivering a custom warning. Together with a …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

Microsoft and Getty Images have resolved a dispute by getting into bed together. The legal imbroglio between the two kicked off last September when Getty sued Microsoft for making it too easy to find its images with the Bing Image Search widget. Once it saw the sueball heading its way, Redmond shuttered the widget and the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2015
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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

The British Medical Journal has staged a debate on the topic “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?” The debate seems to your correspondent to be a draw. Iltifat Husain, editor, iMedicalApps.com, and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA, argued the “Yes” case …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015
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ZTE make benefit glorious world's tiniest 4G dongle

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has bolstered its credentials in the 4G space with the launch of what it claims to be the world’s smallest LTE data card. The Shenzhen-based rival to Huawei said the imaginatively named the MF823 is only 13mm thick, around a third the size of a first generation LTE equivalent and consumes a third …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
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UK.gov would pay to have benefit claimants' tattoos erased

The government has confirmed that it is prepared to pay for plastic surgery for tattoo-emblazened benefit claimants – if the inked-up individuals get a job offer first. The unemployment eraser plan was confirmed in a Commons answer yesterday. David Ruffley MP had asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions "what …
Joe Fay, 06 May 2011

UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

Tired of having to move your arm slightly and make a tedious grabbing action each and every time you pick up your iPhone? Apple has the answer: a wireless display that enables you to mount your device on your face, according to a recently discovered patent. Apple filed the patent for a "head-mounted display system" to "allow …
Kat Hall, 18 Feb 2015
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Apple, IBM jump into bed for health data love in

Apple has partnered with IBM to use Big Blue’s former Jeopardy contestant Watson to crunch cloudy data obtained from Cupertino's fruity and still hard-to-come-by watches. The move is part of IBM’s unveiling of its Watson Health Cloud, intended to provide a platform for health researchers to aggregate information collected from …
Kat Hall, 14 Apr 2015
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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

The long-time staple of sci-fi films to recreate prehistoric colossi could soon become a reality – with the woolly mammoth now a step closer to once again walking the earth. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, has inserted DNA from the frozen remains of a woolly mammoth into cells taken from a live …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015

Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

Insecure websites will be barred from using new hardware features and could have existing tools revoked, if Mozilla goes ahead with a push towards HTTPS. Webmasters that don't turn on HTTPS could be excluded from the new features list under a Mozilla initiative designed to rid the net of careless clear text gaffes, sending a " …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2015
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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

Future operators of train franchises in the UK will have to include free WiFi in their bids, Rail Minister Claire Perry announced on Wednesday. The bad news is that there are no new franchises up for grabs until 2017. The good news is that the Department of Transport has found £50 million "to ensure WiFi is available on selected …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2015

Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

Election 2015 Labour was the first major party to kick off the round of pre-election pledges this week, releasing its 2015 General Election manifesto. Amid the usual list of vague-sounding promises were a number of familiar platitudes about plans to "build on our strengths as a leader in digital technology". "Labour will ensure that all parts …
Kat Hall, 13 Apr 2015
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Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

Hipster-chic anti-Facebook wannabe Ello is today $5.5m richer, apparently – and hopes to silence critics of its no-ads manifesto with a renewed vow to never sell adverts nor user data. The social network upstart has declared itself a public benefit corporation with a statement never to plonk ads on its site or flog private …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014

Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

Google has let it be known that as of 23 March, access to raunchy and pornographic blogs hosted on Blogger will be restricted. As of that date "... you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity", Google said. All data will be retained, but come 23 March any Blogger blogs …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report

Even before Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the National Security Agency's(NSA's) extensive surveillance programs, high-level US bureaucrats were considering spiking the program. So says The Associated Press, thanks to unnamed sources who told the wire service the mass surveillance was disappointing as a counter-terrorism …
Darren Pauli, 31 Mar 2015
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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

All the fun and excitement of Microsoft's wan clone of Apple Stores will soon be available beyond the United States for the first time, after the company announced it will open its first offshore store in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft's billing the store as a flagship not just for Australia but “a center piece of the Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015

Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

It's no secret that Silicon Valley is a workplace that favours youth. Not just because the young have new ideas and perspectives, but also because 20-something geeks who work with all their friends have no problem putting in 60 hours a week cracking out code. Now, it seems that some of the biggest names in the business are …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

The NSA has decided to let the public have a peek at what it's been up to, for a change, by promising to release some of its data analysis tools under an open-source license. On Tuesday, intelligence-gobbling agency said it hopes to make the code to NiFi – a project previously known internally as Niagarafiles – available as an …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2014

Like working at IBM? Let Big Blue do the matchmaking

IBM is running a dating service for staff in China in a bid to ensure employees stay with the company, according to reports. Corporate singles events co-hosted with other companies are already common practice at domestic IT firms such as search engine Baidu, reported the Financial Times. As if in some weird Bizarro World, IT …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2015
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Devs don't care about cloud-specific coding, right? Er, not so

Opinion Software developers don’t care about the guts of the backend systems that feed their apps, right? No, wrong. Programmers are aware of the data centre and the servers that power it, and probably refer to it all as the cloud. Even Microsoft is trying to shift people to Visual Studio Online to get developers using cloud-based …

Android gets biometric voice unlocking

Google is deploying what it calls Trusted Voice to allow Android users to unlock phones using their voice, according to reports. The feature is filed under the Choc Factory's Smart Unlock feature which sports easier unlock mechanisms like Trusted devices, places, and faces. Once activated, it would allow punters to unlock their …
Darren Pauli, 14 Apr 2015

Hedvig all set to Google-ise that enterprise storage

Start-up Hedvig aims to bring Google/Amazon cloud-style storage to enterprises, with a virtualised pool of storage aggregated from distributed silos. It’s just won seed and A-round funding to the tune of $12.5m and has a Distributed Storage Platform technology that early customers – like Intuit, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
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Obama administration ENDORSES Apple Pay during Tim Cook's White House LOVE-IN

U.S. President Barack Obama has backed Apple Pay – Cupertino's new payment system – after iThing chief Tim Cook was given a 15-minute-long ad spot at the White House on Friday. That endorsement means that the government will accept Apple Pay transactions for citzens who have federal-payment cards and are, for example, claiming …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2015

Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

The government's disastrous £700m Universal Credit programme could take up to 10 years to complete, Labour MP Stephen Timms informed El Reg on Thursday. "I've been reliably told by someone formerly working on the programme that it will take ten years to complete. Based on the evidence, I have no reason not to believe that time- …
Kat Hall, 13 Mar 2015
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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

One Education, a spin-off of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, has teased a design for a computer that can upgrade its major components forever while requiring little more skill than is necessary to connect LEGO bricks. The thinking behind the “XO-Infinity” (depicted above) is that one computer should last for a child's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2015
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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

Worstall on Wednesday The idea that the tech giants are simply going to waste the pots of cash with which they have been entrusted is certainly counter-intuitive, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they did. For that's pretty much the fate of all investment: to be wasted. It's an odd claim, because there do appear to be successful examples of …
Tim Worstall, 25 Feb 2015
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ARM wrestles analysts' guesses to floor after slurping IP Kool-Aid

The first three months of 2015 have been good to ARM, which saw revenues of $348.2m and pre-tax profits of $120.5m in the first quarter, with 3.8 billion ARM-based chips shipped - or more than 450 chips per second. That’s an increase of 14 per cent on revenue and 24 per cent on profit – well ahead of what analysts predicted, …
Simon Rockman, 21 Apr 2015

Bluetooth SIG launches dev studio to encourage development

A new software tool aimed at promoting Bluetooth development has been launched into Beta by the Bluetooth SIG. It spans a broad range of skill sets, from those people who’ve never used Bluetooth but want to incorporate it into their apps, to experts who want to generate and distribute plug-ins. With The Internet of Things (IoT) …
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2015
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Internet of Things? Pah! Biz bods, you're wasting your money

Mobile operators could be pissing away $46bn in their excitement over the Internet of Things and wearables. So says Syniverse, the company which forms the glue between mobile networks handling lots of interconnects and things like number portability. Of course being polite and American, it didn’t quite phrase the problem quite …
Simon Rockman, 03 Mar 2015

Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

The British developer behind the CrunchBang Linux distribution has called it quits. Philip Newborough, aka @corenominal, posted his decision to stop work on the distro last Friday. “I’m leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value, and whilst I could hold on to it for sentimental reasons, I don …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2015

Top US Democrats cry death to Comcast-Time Warner hyper-gobble

Six leading Democrats in the US have written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice (DoJ) asking them to reject the proposed $45.2bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast. Senators Franken, Sanders, Markey, Wyden, Warren, and Blumenthal, warn that allowing the deal to go through would …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2015
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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

A teardown of the Apple Watch has found that Sir Jony's arm candy costs a grand total of $83.70 to build, apparently. Research house IHS estimates that the total bill of materials for each California wristjob is about a fifth of the $399 starting retail price: the team found that the hardware in the latest iThing carries a cost …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2015
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'Watson AI, cloud, mobile', says payments firm, trousering £49m

Mobile payments company Monitise has raised £49m via partners Telefonica, Santander and MasterCard to invest in global payments tech. The company said it will use IBM's cognitive computing engine, Watson, to support its "cloud-based mobile commerce" applications, which it intends to flog to businesses across the world. Monitise …
Kat Hall, 27 Nov 2014
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EMC dives into Iron Mountain's cloudy backup lair

Backup, replication and DR services are being offered to EMC customers by backup bods Iron Mountain, thanks to it hosting Data Domain and Avamar replication targets in its data centres. Iron Mountain is a tape and paper archival storage service based in an old iron mine in Livingston, New York, used for growing mushrooms when …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
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FCC commish: We don't need no steenkin' net neutrality rules

There's no need to issue new network neutrality rules since they wouldn't necessarily have any benefit, and people don’t really care about network performance issues, according to US FCC commissioner Michael O’Reilly. The Republican commissioner made the comments in an op-ed piece for National Review, co-written with …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2014
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Google nabs Morgan Stanley CFO to replace Patrick Pichette

Google have announced that Ruth Porat, currently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will be joining the Mountain View management team as CFO. Current CFO Patrick Pichette announced his retirement to go backpacking earlier this month. Google stated that he would be staying on board to "ensure an orderly transition, which …
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Apple dealer CANCOM: We're RAKING IT IN

Apple dealer CANCOM has announced whopping third-quarter results, way in excess of the same period last year, citing that old favourite "solid business demand". The German firm has reported raking in €208.4m worth of sales revenue in the last quarter, compared with €142.3m during the same period in 2013. This all works out to …
Team Register, 30 Oct 2014
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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

An Australian man facing 25 hacking charges has fled to Europe ahead of a court hearing for his alleged involvement in an international hacking operation targeting Microsoft, Valve, Epic, and the US Army, according to reports. The 19 year-old Perth man, who cannot be named as he was arrested as a juvenile in May 2013, is alleged …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2015
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Gov.UK tells Londoners: You too can cash in on the 'sharing economy'

London residents will soon be able to enter the so-called "sharing economy", under changes to the law allowing them to use websites such as Airbnb without the fear of a £20,000 fine. In the rest of the country, residents are able to let out their homes for short periods. But in London, under Section 25 of the Greater London …
Kat Hall, 11 Feb 2015
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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

Red Hat has announced that its Enterprise Virtualization product now works on IBM's Power systems. The move's not a colossal surprise: last week Red Hat revealed a beta of Red Hat Linux 7.1 and it included a version running on IBM's recently-revealed POWER8 platform. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Power is a KVM-derived …
Darren Pauli, 17 Dec 2014

Five eyes spies good for us: Tony Abbott

While America has found itself apologising to the world at large – and to some allies, such as Germany – specifically, Australia's government has decided that the “Five Eyes” spook alliance is nothing to apologise for. On tour in Canada to line up investment and recruit allies against international climate change initiatives, …
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Uber XXXs itself out of South Korea

Taxi-disruptor Uber has earned the ire of incumbents around the world by starting up its uberX service without regard for local laws, but the company has now backed down in South Korea and suspended the service while it tries to reach a detente with local cabbies. In a blog post released last Thursday, the company said “ …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2015
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Virgin gives early adopters benefit of recent price cut

In a rare moment of magnanimity - for the consumer electronics boz - Virgin Media is apparently compensating early adopters for a subsequent price cut. When it began offering its 1TB hard drive-equipped, TiVo-based set-top box, Virgin charged punters £150 for the unit. Now, both existing Virgin customers and new ones pay £100 …
Hard Reg, 07 Jul 2011

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

It's Friday, so we invite those of you who are counting down the seconds until pub o'clock to spot the fatal concept error in the Alfah Mobile - "a small suction free attachment that attaches the back of your mobile device to your steering wheel or dashboard for convenience and hands free driving". This less-than-ingenious …
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2014
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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

A report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) warns that the government's rollout of smart meters “should be 'halted, altered or scrapped' to avoid a potentially catastrophic government IT disaster.” The report, entitled “Not too clever: will Smart Meters be the next Government IT disaster?” describes the £11bn scheme as “ …