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Push mail outfit Good Tech wins CC cert

Good Technology is trumpeting a newly-inked EAL4+ Common Criteria certification awarded to the its Good For Enterprise MDM and data protection platform. The company's local VP and GM Gavin Jones told Vulture South the certification relieves the need for the company to work through certifications on a country-by-country basis, at …
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Google dumps all 11+ million .co.cc sites from its results

Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from its search engine results pages on the basis that most of them are far too "spammy". google-co-cc The .co.cc space is not an officially authorised second-level domain like .co.uk or .com.au. Rather, it's offered independently by a Korean company (http://co.cc/) that just …
Kevin Murphy, 06 Jul 2011

UK enterprises are SPENDING again, bellows Computacenter

A double-digit hike in Q4 hardware and software sales to large enterprise customers in Blighty helped Computacenter (CC) end calendar '13 on a high note, despite a more mixed performance across continental Europe. In a trading update - full results are due in March - the CC Group posted a three per cent revenue gain in constant …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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Put down that airbrush, now you can touch up hot models in REAL LIFE

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) so that users can output their designs to 3D printers. The company hopes the upgrade will simplify the process of refining and fabricating stuff using the trendy gear: models, created using Adobe's software or imported from third-party tools, and built as three-dimensional …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2014

Rebounding Brit IT market beefs up Computacenter top line

Computacenter vaulted the £3bn barrier for the first time in its history during 2013 after bagging some meaty services and product deals in Blighty, but one-off charges in continental subsidiaries weighed heavy on the bottom line. Group revenues for one of Europe's largest resellers bounced 2.5 per cent year-on-year in constant …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

Computacenter cashes in on support doom, helps corporates flee Win XP

Revenue-boosting projects to help customers flee the Windows XP OS en mass helped Computacenter record near double-digit sales growth in calendar Q3, according to a trading update by Blighty's largest reseller. Turnover at group level for the quarter ended 30 September was up eight per cent in constant currency to £730m, with …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013
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Computacenter's pockets still empty – despite shiny UK biz

Computacenter (CC) has swung to a half-year loss despite reporting "excellent momentum" in the UK biz, as troublesome tech services contracts in Germany and woes in France hurt the bottom line. The services-based reseller saw sales in the first six months of 2013 edge up 0.7 per cent year-on-year to £1.43bn, and after …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013
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Good news: Brits can still afford IT services - Computacenter

IT services reseller Computacenter has pulled back the curtains on its operations for the first half of calendar '13 and clearly hasn't been affected by any unexpected dramas. But while its UK business is progressing, trade on the continent remains mixed. One of Europe's largest resellers said today that its revenues to the end …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2013
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Greens Senator Scott Ludlum says IT pros changing vote because of FTTN NBN

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has unloaded on the government, offering the following observations about its technology-related policies. "As for the premeditated destruction of the NBN and Attorney-General George Brandis's degrading capitulation to the surveillance state when confronted with the unlawful actions of the US NSA— …

VMware wanted to keep its VSAN pricing secret – now it's all over the web

VMware launched its VSAN virtual storage array today, and the feedback was generally positive – with one sticking point: VMware's decision to withhold pricing information until "the week of March 10." The lack of official pricing is causing more than just snarky comments among IT buyers: many competing server SAN providers are …
Trevor Pott, 06 Mar 2014
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Frenchies and Germans are holding us back, moans Computacenter

Tech resell monster Computacenter (CC) today warned investors that troubled services contracts and economic woes in its mainland Euro ops will dampen group growth for 2013. London-based CC provided the guidance as it rolled out an interim management statement reporting sales of £659.4m, flat relative to Q1 a year ago, with a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2013

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014
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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released patches for critical security vulnerabilities in Word and Internet Explorer on what is to be the final Patch Tuesday update for Windows XP systems. The April edition of the monthly security update contains four bulletins that address a total of 11 vulnerabilities in various Microsoft products. Two of the …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014
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Brace for extra patches, Oracle tells Australian users

Oracle has warned its Australian customers to brace for extra patches. Before you imagine some exclusively antipodean security SNAFU is behind the bulletin advising Australian users of their fate, consider that the nation offers software-makers one federal and eight State and Territory jurisdictions. Each of those nine …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2014

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

The days of 2014 haven’t even clocked up double figures yet and already the iPhone 6 rumour mill is grinding out more purported sightings of Apple’s next iOS handset design. This time we get to gaze upon blurry metal chassis images, apparently courtesy of Chinese site CTech, (C科技). Yet following this supposed leak, all and …
Bob Dormon, 09 Jan 2014
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Computacenter networking boss Gooding walks... to TalkTalk

Computacenter (CC) director of networking Duncan Gooding has left the reseller giant to join TalkTalk as sales director, The Channel can reveal. Gooding pitched up at services-based reseller CC from Logicalis in January 2011 to oversee sales of kit from Cisco and other network giants. The networking unit is one of CC's three …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2012
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Computacenter UK beats its German biz to the pool for 2013

Services-based reseller Computacenter (CC) says it exited 2012 in "good shape": its UK operation is firing all cylinders again, although some work lies ahead in resolving service contract challenges in Germany. During the final three months of the year, the London Stock Exchange-listed firm's turnover from IT services rose 6 per …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2013
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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

Australia's Department of Human Services (DoHS) is working to re-instate redirects from some of its legacy websites. The DoHS is the umbrella agency for delivery of the Australian government's health insurance, income support and child support services. The Department's site offers access to all of those services, but many users …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
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Oz government expanding data centre footprint

The Australian government is continuing its cloud rollout with a new tender for data centre services. In line with a policy that's attracted criticism from international providers, the government is sticking with its requirement that Australian government data is kept onshore. The tender, posted on August 30, is looking for …
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Australian government websites in "compulsory mod" mode during election campaign

Australian federal government websites – everything in the gov.au domain that's managed at the federal level – are frantically putting moderators onto anything that resembles online engagement. From the time that the Prime Minister visited the Governor-General in Yarralumla to request that she dissolve the parliament, “caretaker …
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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

Australia's second-most feared spider, the Red-Back (a member of same family that includes America's Black Widow), is probably less venomous than we think, considering that new research shows the anti-venom Australia has used for decades doesn't do anything. Of course, since nobody's actually died of a Red-Back spider bite in …
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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

Phil Collins' actress daughter is the celebrity most likely to give your equipment a nasty virus, security firm McAfee has warned. Its annual McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study warned clicking on search links after Googling Lily Collins could flood your system with malware. The second most infectious celeb is Sk8r Boi …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Sep 2013
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Australia's opposition cuts funds to IT research outfit

National ICT Australia (NICTA), the IT research organisation established by a Liberal/National coalition government in 2002 may not survive the next government of that political persuasion, after the body that funds it was earmarked to have its funding cut. Australia goes to the polls on Saturday, with the right-leaning Liberal/ …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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British computing biz going stronger than Continent - Computacenter

Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was the group's major growth engine in Q3 fuelled by the realisation of infrastructure services contracts and to a lesser extent product sales. This performance just about offset the challenges elsewhere in the organisation - difficulties in Germany and currency headwinds across the continent - that …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2012

Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

Apple's long-rumored iWatch will be released in October 2014, and will come equipped with a magnetic-resonance wireless charging system that will allow the wristable iDevice to be charged from as far as one metre away. This latest rumor comes from G 4 Games, which spotted a report (Google Translate) in the Chinese-language …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Dec 2013
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Australian politicians 'resisted' debate on new spook powers

Australian politicians from left, right and centre took little interest in new laws designed to help the nation's security forces, according to the nation's former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon. Roxon's steady term as the nation's pre-eminent law officer sailed into stormy waters when she suggested data retention laws for …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2013
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Are things looking up in biz? Rosier prospects for Computacenter

Computacenter's UK ops have begun to shine again, driven by IT services wins, following something of a stagger in the opening three months of the year. In a trading update, CC said group sales were up eight per cent in constant currency for H1, the six months ended 30 June, with services and products revenues up 15 per cent and …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2012
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Ex-Computacenter bigwig O'Hara now Colt big gun

Former Computacenter big hitter Julie O'Hara has been lured to Colt as veep for services and solutions. She left London-based CC in February after 15 years at the firm, most recently as director for the unit managing financial services and retail customers. Her exit resulted in a rejig of the UK sales floor. The move is hardly …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012
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Adobe moving its users into the Cloud: Wants middlemen to help

Adobe says its direct sales force will be competing with resellers when its Creative Cloud (CC) suite reaches enterprise punters. The software maker has reported sales for Q3 ended 31 August of $1.08bn, down from $1.13bn a year ago with 52 per cent of revenues coming from the US, 27 per cent in Europe and 21 per cent in Asia. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2012
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Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

Anyone in the bulk email business should know never to mix up cc: ("carbon copy") and bcc: ("blind carbon copy") – especially if the materials you're sending out are Taliban press releases. That was exactly the rookie mistake made by Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi last week, ABC News reports, which resulted in Ahmedi …
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012
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Computacenter to hire 700 new bods to meet bulging service needs

Computacenter (CC) is splashing £7m on hiring hundreds of personnel and investing in systems to underpin faster than expected growth in services, the London-based reseller giant confirmed this morning. But surprises for investors didn't stop there: CC also warned that should the depreciation of the Euro against sterling remain …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
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Computacenter UK biz hit by spending 'freeze' in banks

Computacenter's UK profits and kit sales were dampened by a capital expenditure "freeze" among banking customers, but this was more than offset at group level by a stronger turnout in Europe. In a trading update to the LSE, Computacenter (CC) said group revenues for the first calendar quarter were up 9 per cent year-on-year, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
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Think tank wants dedicated infosec minister, 'modern' data retention

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has issued an “Agenda for Change” (PDF) that suggests data retention is a necessary centrepiece of Australia's future homeland security needs. The document's introduction, penned by ASPI Chair Stephen Loosley, says “Cyber espionage is the newest and most serious challenge to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013
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Computacenter buys £5.4m-worth of DAMAX

Computacenter (CC) has expanded its European footprint by splashing out £5.4m for a majority stake in Swiss IT service provider DAMAX AG. Under the terms of the deal, services-based reseller CC has snapped up 80 per cent of the firm, which includes over 2m CHF net cash on the balance sheet. London-based CC said this morning in …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Twitter snaps up ex-banker IPO expert - CAN'T THINK WHY

Twitter has hired an ex-banker with experience in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions to head up its corporate development team, sparking rumours of an upcoming market debut. The microblogging site is one of the next tech firm public offerings for investors to get overly excited about. Which they probably will, …
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Oz government-in-waiting releases new online child protection policy

Australia's Liberal/National coalition, the right-of-centre political bloc likely to take power after Saturday's general election, has released its second "Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children" in 24 hours, and this time it has omitted a proposed national smut filter that would have applied to every new mobile phone and …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013
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Computacenter networking boss Godwin heads to Avnet

Avnet Technology Solutions has plucked Computacenter's (CC) data centre and networking boss Henry Godwin from the UK to run its Middle East and Africa operation. For Godwin this represents a return to his roots, as he previously did time in distribution before moving to services-based-reseller CC. Godwin was the HP and Symantec …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2011

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

"Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced." Even after several thousand years of civilisation and organised commerce, it seems humans still don’t understand basic economics. Demand, not cost of manufacture, determines the …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2014
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Computacenter squeezed by drop in demand

Computacenter's (CC) UK biz was squeezed in calendar Q3 by falling demand for bulky professional services deals and a continued drop in product sales. Revenues fell 15 per cent to £234m for the three months ended 30 September, but at group level sales grew 5 per cent to £652m as CC's German arm and acquisitions in France offset …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011
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Cumbria County Council: We'll sort our own ICT support, thanks

Cumbria County Council has opted to run its ICT services in-house after failing to agree terms with a third-party provider. The previous seven-year contract with Agilisys, which covered ongoing ICT and business consultancy services, had been due to expire on 1 April. Following a tender process, Computacenter (CC) was confirmed …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2012
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Microsoft UK bigwig leaps into bed with Bucks biz

Software and services supplier Softcat is bringing Microsoft UK services boss Colin Brown on board as deputy MD, The Channel can reveal. Current MD Martin Hellawell, who pitched up at the reseller-cum-integrator in March 2006, confirmed the recruitment. "There will be a bedding-in process for three to six months, and if it …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2012
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Victorian Taxi Directorate exposes 400+ email addresses

The Victorian Taxi Directorate has earned the ire of people it was trying to placate, after it put more than 400 email addresses in the “To:” field of an email it sent to ask about its complaints resolution process. The email, sent yesterday, said “The Victorian Taxi Directorate (VTD) is committed to continually improving its …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2012
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TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer sent home with £20,000 fine

Richard O'Dwyer, the Briton who ran one of the world's most popular download links websites, must cough up £20,000 after avoiding extradition in a bargain with US authorities. The GP's son will pay the sum under a "deferred prosecution agreement". He voluntarily flew out to New York from Blighty for his court hearing yesterday …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2012
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Apple's iOS 7 has come some way since its initial preview release and public unveiling back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Back then the focus was inevitably on the operating system’s new visual styling, and Apple does seem to have taken on board the early criticism of the new look. The ultra-spindly font …
Tony Smith, 19 Sep 2013
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Turnbull floats e-vote, compulsory ID

Incoming communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered up his first post-election policy thought-bubble, suggesting that Australia should adopt electronic voting kiosks and compulsory identification for voters. Speaking to ABC TV, Turnbull said the high level of informal (that is, invalid or incorrectly-cast) votes is so …
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Fact check clears Czech in botnet case

Microsoft has announced that it’s dropped dotFREE from its ongoing lawsuit over the Kelihos botnet. In a blog post dated October 26, senior attorney of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit Richard Boscovich says neither dotFREE nor its owner, Dominique Alexander Piatti, were involved in Kelihos. Piatti’s case was unusual, in that …

McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works

The much-lauded chairman of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe. Still wet behind the ears and straight out of uni in 1988, Hellawell made an inauspicious entry into the world of …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013
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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

Computacenter chief exec Mike Norris says the reseller giant stepped out of an ICT services contract with Cumbria County Council (CC) before kick-off because it was "confident" the deal would be loss-making. The council in January, apparently prematurely, confirmed Computacenter as the preferred bidder for a five-year contract …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2012
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Computacenter Germany pips UK operation in growth stakes

Computacenter's (CC) UK operation fell under the shadow of its German counterpart – for the first time in history – during H1 following steep declines in product reselling. The services-based reseller today issued a trading statement for H1, showing that group revenues were up 6 per cent year-on-year. In constant currency and …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011
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Computacenter bigwig dethrones older brother to head up Camwood

Fresh from its MBO, application portfolio management firm Camwood has lured Computacenter (CC) alliances director Adrian Foxall to move across as CEO. The board of the London-based Camwood bought out backers Matrix Partners and Foresight in April, some nine years after the venture capitalists first invested in the business. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012