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Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters

Britons spend one in every 12 waking minutes on the internet, causing advertisers to splurge great wads of cash on online marketing, according to an internet advertisers' trade body. UK internet use minute by minute UK internet use minute by minute. Source: UKOM, July 2013 According to a report from the Internet Advertising …
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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

It looks like Satya Nadella's honeymoon as Microsoft CEO is over, and it happened during what's already being called "Cortana-gate" by Redmond's own commentards. Smart and decisive, Nadella has enjoyed good press and huge support within Microsoft. But his instant response to the many strategic issues bedevilling Microsoft - …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014
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E-tailers can't claim on returned goods

Online retailers cannot reclaim some of the purchase price of goods even if they are returned after a long time and have given the user some benefit, an advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Buyers can return goods and get a full refund in the first one to two weeks of ownership of goods, said …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Feb 2009
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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

Google Glass is wrapped around the faces of only a few thousand people right now. The company says the device is in very early beta mode. And yet lawmakers in the US have already pounced on the company demanding answers about how the privacy of netizens using the gizmo will be protected. But it would seem that Congress has …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2013
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Science fiction titan Frederik Pohl dies, aged 93

Science fiction Grand Master Frederik Pohl has died, aged 93. Pohl was one of last survivors of Science Fiction's “golden age” of the late 1930s and early 1940s, a time when he contributed to and edited pulp fiction magazines. He was also an important figure in the emergence of fandom, founding the “Futurians”. A contemporary …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2013
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UK ad-slingers spent TWICE as much smearing sales-bluster on mobes in 2012

The amount of cash splurged on mobile advertising in Blighty more than doubled last year to £526m, as the global recession continues to have little effect on the eagerness of marketers to fill folks' every screen with ads. According to beancounters at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, who totted up the numbers for the Internet Advertising …
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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

Rotund nutjob communist dictator Kim Jong-un has been handing copies of Hitler's autobiography to his generals and ordering them to study it “in depth”, according to a North Korean dissident website. Although nominally banned in the ultra-hardline communist state, Mein Kampf is a firm favourite of the chubby megalomaniac - or so …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Jun 2013
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Texas Instruments: Screw smartphones, put our chips in the dishwasher

Apple and Samsung are squeezing smaller chip manufacturers out of the market by only using their own chips, said a VP at chipmakers Texas Instruments. Greg Delagi senior vice president for embedded processing at Texas Instruments announced that his company was winding down its investment in smartphone and tab chips, and instead …
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2012
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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

Enterprise IT departments have been reduced to personal shoppers at best and checkout clerks at worst. You want extra lock-in on those chips, sir? I say this because IT departments just don’t make anything anymore. When was the last time you were required to actually make a new thing as part of an IT project? As the …
Warren Burns, 28 Feb 2014
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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

Salary hikes of up to 40 per cent could be on offer for IT pros in China this year as the surging demand for specialised skills offers certain ex-pat professionals some new opportunities for a change of scene in 2013. International recruiter Michael Page’s annual Salary & Employment Forecast (PDF) for China reveals a booming …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2013
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Rackspace spends big bucks to peddle its cloud vision

Rackspace Hosting may be growing its cloud business much faster than its overall business, but the company's rate of sales growth is declining and its profits are also getting pinched. It is tough not to root for Rackspace, one of the founders of the OpenStack cloud controller project and a big hoster that is transforming itself …
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Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions

Nine out of 10 execs think Big Data - the hoarding of information from server logs to social networking posts - is the fourth most important input to a business. The execs questioned in a survey published yesterday described data sets as the fourth factor of production after land, labour and capital. The research by the …
Anna Leach, 13 Jun 2012
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EC to overhaul consumer law to boost e-commerce

The European Commission will overhaul European contract law to make internet selling easier, more reliable and more efficient. The commission has opened consultation on proposed changes that will affect eight EU Directives. Recognising that e-commerce is hampered by a mass of conflicting national laws, the commission has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007
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Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

The European Brand Institute's annual brand-value survey is out, and Europe has little to boast about: not one European brand made it into the top ten. In fact, each of the world's ten most valuable brands identified by the Eurobrand2011 survey are from the good ol' US of A, with Apple standing on top of the pack. Four of the …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Oct 2011
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On inertia, garages and the future of ERP

Success has a by-product. The more success we experience as a result of doing something, the more of it we do. Even once the success rate slows, we keep doing the same thing in the hope the change is a blip and that if we keep doing what worked before good things will happen any minute now if we persevere. This happens with …
Warren Burns, 08 May 2013
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Sony and Nokia still a hit with Asian consumers

Nokia and Sony remain two of the most powerful brands in Asia despite high profile problems affecting both companies which have sent their market share, revenues and global reputation plummeting in recent months, according to a new piece of research. Market consultancy Nikkei BP Consulting evaluated 60 global brands in eight …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2012
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Slab-fondling e-shoppers spend more

The Wall Street Journal has found proof that e-shoppers on tablets are more likely to buy the things they see on their shiny touch screens than people looking at the same sites on traditional computers. On desktops or laptops 3 to 4 per cent of browsers viewing a shop website go on to make a purchase, but for tablets the …
Anna Leach, 29 Sep 2011
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Cost of goods online increases

The cost of shopping online increased 3.2 per cent in the six months to June - the eighth consecutive monthly price rise in a row. However, while the figures compiled by the Goldfish e-Tail Price Index (ePI) might be bad news for consumers, analysts believe it's a sign that etailers are becoming more commercially viable and …
Tim Richardson, 23 Jul 2001

'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

Analyst house IDC predicts that the traditional embedded-systems market is reaching an inflection point where a new breed of intelligent devices will take over the market and drive the current fashionable terms de jour: Big Data and "the internet of things". IDC defines intelligent systems as those that use a high-level …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2012
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StorSimple in swerve towards biz data

Cloud storage gateway appliance StorSimple has changed direction, replaced its marketing head, and refreshed its product line. Originally StorSimple targeted specific applications such as SharePoint and Exchange for its iSCSI-accessed 5010 and 7010 appliances. They stored the app's working set in a combined SLC flash and 10K SAS …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012
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Microsoft issues first upgrade to Office 365

Microsoft has issued its first update to the Office 365 cloud portfolio, adding support for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango release and Apple’s OS X Lion operating system, and updating storage and sharing services. The update contains over 30 new features (although some of these stretch the term "new"), including major revisions to …
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2011
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Consumer bulk buying to rattle channel’s cage

The dealer channel is under fire from a US company planning to use consumers’ combined demand to win big discounts from manufacturers. Called Accompany, the idea behind the initiative is simple and can be effective. Customers will be invited to register at a Web site and use the power of bulk purchasing to go direct to the …
Team Register, 23 Mar 1999
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Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping

It has been five years since Apple unveiled its TV tuner – and it increasingly looks like Cupertino missed the boat. Sky this week added on-demand movies to its Sky Go service, which means anyone already on the platform can view shows from the couch on a mobile or a tablet. Sky’s 11 live linear channels are also available for …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2011
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Ubuntu penguins build Linux TV challenge

Open-sourcers are taking Ubuntu Linux in the direction of Google TV and Microsoft's Xbox 360. A list of priorities for something called Ubuntu TV have been thrashed out by Ubuntu developers with the blessing of Mark Shuttleworth. The Ubuntu daddy has corralled the points here. "Good to see the level of interest in a TV …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2011
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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

This is almost getting boring to report each year - but here we are again. Twelve years after sales peaked the music CD format is stubbornly refusing to die. You can shutter the dedicated record shops, hide the CDs behind fondleslabs and video games in the megastores, offer the public instant access to cheaper legal alternatives …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2012
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CIOs: Are you your CEO's business partner or their gimp?

The title CIO is often suggested, mostly as satire, to stand for Career Is Over, usually by bitter people who applied for the job but didn’t get it. The joke isn't true but nor is it totally without foundation, because the days of the career CIO seem to be coming to an end. These days CIO is often a position taken by someone on …
Warren Burns, 14 Apr 2013
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Big Brother man: TV viewers will swap privacy for content

The man who brought Big Brother to the UK this week painted a nightmare vision of the future where people trade their personal information for the chance to watch TV programmes. Peter Bazalgette, former chief creative officer of Endemol turned digital media investor, said old advertising models could not much longer support TV …
Joe Fay, 20 May 2011
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Law Commissions want to keep UK consumers' refund rights

UK consumers should be able to demand refunds for faulty goods despite attempts by the European Commission to undermine that right, the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have said. The Commissions have been asked by Government to undertake a consultation on consumers' rights when goods are faulty, and they have said …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Nov 2008
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Manufacturers notch up weakest output since 1980

UK manufacturers expect to slash factory output in the coming months as orders for March fell at their sharpest rate in 17 years. Business group the Confederation of British Industry issued a dire forecast today in which it said that output levels were likely to mark the weakest demand for UK manufactured goods since the last …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2009
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Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

Microsoft hopes to sell 14 million copies of Windows 7 to UK consumers next year. The software vendor has set itself an ambitious target with its latest operating system, which will hit stores in a few hours from now. Blighty's population is roughly 60 million. Microsoft said it had been buoyed by the response from its 15 …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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EU wants to add another notch to ITA belt

The European Union will today call on members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to consider its proposal to update and expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which governs tech-related trade. The European Commission - the executive arm of the EU - wants a prompt response to its plans to update the ITA, which was …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Sep 2008
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HP hires headhunter to replace Hurd

Flummoxed IT giant Hewlett-Packard has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to help it quickly and quietly find a new chief executive officer, after Mark Hurd resigned amid a sex and expense reporting scandal on 6 August. The headhunting firm was established in 1956 and is a privately held partnership with expertise in …
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Stats office updates shopping basket

DAB radios, satnav systems, and flat-panel tellies are being added to the basket of typical shopping checked by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS creates a list of goods which it then uses to create the Consumer Price and Retail Price Indexes. It checks the prices of these goods every month to create the indexes …
John Oates, 20 Mar 2007
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PC World, Currys staff to be dumped in DSGi rescue plan?

Hundreds of PC World and Currys staff could see the job axe swing on Thursday (15 May) when the stores’ owner DSG International (DSGi) announces its latest trading statement and strategy review. DSGi is understood to be closing 200 of its 700 stores as well as considering switching its outlets to a new superstore format, …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2008
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Linux patch sidesteps Microsoft's TomTom patent

A Linux patch has been released to circumvent a Microsoft patent that landed Linux user TomTom in hot water. The patch avoids the need to create both short - 8.3 - and long filenames, the crux of Microsoft's patent dispute with TomTom. Instead, you create one or the other. Microsoft holds the patent on the Virtual File …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jul 2009
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Dell snakes Motorola's mobile man

Dell has done some Zandr poaching, grabbing Motorola's handset chief to run its consumer products unit. Ron Garriques worked at Motorola for nearly ten years, most recently as SVP and president of mobile devices. Now he'll report straight to Michael Dell as head of Dell's consumer goods. The latest executive move keeps Dell's …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Feb 2007
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Erotica 2010: One big Teese, and a bit of a flop

Whether it was the cold or the recession, Erotica 2010 – the 15th year of the international sex exposition – appears to have ever so slightly wilted. It is not exactly shrivelled, but is a little smaller; not the proud, thrusting standard-bearer of the UK’s adult erotic industry it once was. A quick totting up through the …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 22 Nov 2010
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Tracking inflation by the mega-pixel

Digital cameras have officially arrived. They have been added to the Consumer Price Index shopping basket - the selection of consumer goods used to track inflation in the UK. Mini-disc players, however, have been dropped from the basket, a sign of fading popularity. The CPI shopping basket is tracked month by month by the …
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Mar 2004
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Irish distie DCC trims profit forecast

DCC Plc today scaled back its operating profit growth expectations for the year ended 31 March 2008, saying it had been hampered by weaker sterling. The Irish business services group said in an interim trading statement that its sterling profits had suffered against the euro towards the end of the third quarter. It added that …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2008

HP launches 'virtual beauty consultant'

HP Labs is launching new technology aimed at helping women find the right shade of make up to suit their skin tone. The firm, which is better known for more conventional IT applications, has developed colour matching technology that could potentially change the way women buy cosmetics. Using a digital camera, such as one found …
Emmet Ryan, 13 Jul 2007
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Jobs market bleak for grads as banking weakens

Graduates being spat out by the UK's sprawling Higher Education sector this year will face the first fall in the number of grad job vacancies since 2003. There has been a 5.4 per cent fall in jobs for graduates since last year. Graduates who do find jobs will find starting salaries have not increased from last year's average of …
John Oates, 11 Feb 2009
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Obesity witchhunt is a 'moral panic' - sense out of Texas

A lone researcher has dared to speak up against the obesity health insanity outbreak, one of several sweeping the western world as medical professionals attempt to shift blame for rocketing healthcare costs onto their customers. Samantha Kwan of Houston Uni says that the current obesity brouhaha - with its talk of chocolate …
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2009
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A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo

It was a confident - some might say complacent - Microsoft that entered the decade. Microsoft was the PC. Such was its grip on the desktop and laptop ecosystem that it could force OEMs to ship its browser by threatening to cut off access to its operating system. In quick succession between 2000 and 2001, Microsoft shipped …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Dec 2009
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VeriSign snags RFID tag deal

VeriSign has snagged the tag contract, to manage a key component of a Net trading systems for consumer products identified by radio-frequency identification tags. Standards organization EPCglobal has asked VeriSign to manage the root directory for its EPCglobal trading network. The EPCglobal network will use Radio Frequency …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2004
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IBM opens RFID test centre

IBM has opened up the doors on a new European test and interoperability laboratory for piloting and proving radio frequency identification technologies. The adoption of RFID will not only help retailers and consumer goods manufacturers better manage their stocks, it will also offer a potential windfall for the likes of IBM …
Datamonitor, 05 Jul 2004
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Blue Note label to offer downloads'n'social on web

Jazz and blues record label Blue Note plans to revamp its website from later this month, transforming it from a regular corporate front window to a combined social network and music download shop. The move could be seen as flying in the face of conventional marketing wisdom. Jazz fanciers are assumed to spend their music-buying …
Lewis Page, 13 Aug 2007
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Watching us through the Sorting Door

A former CIA intelligence analyst and researchers from SAP plan to study how RFID tags might be used to profile and track individuals and consumer goods. "I believe that tags will be readily used for surveillance, given the interests of various parties able to deploy readers," said Ross Stapleton-Gray, former CIA analyst and …
Mark Baard, 12 Jul 2005
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Start-up aims nanotube memory at iPods, phones and servers

The thought of introducing filthy carbon nanotubes into an ultra-sensitive fab has blocked the rise of so-called NRAM or Nano Random Access Memory. Thanks, however, to a refined cleansing process and relentless browbeating start-up Nantero thinks it has mainstream semiconductor players close to giving NRAM a try. In fact, the …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Nov 2007
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Dell stuns investors with rare revenue miss

A pair of computer glitches have eaten into Dell's third quarter with the company today lowering revenue guidance for the period. Dell now expects third quarter revenue to come in at $13.9bn - well below a previous revenue range of between $14.1b and $14.5bn. Weak sales of consumer goods in the US and business products in the …
Ashlee Vance, 31 Oct 2005
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Wal-Mart attracts more RFID flak

Grass-roots consumer group Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), which is fighting retail surveillance schemes, says that Wal-Mart's decision to tag individual items on its store floor using radio frequency identification or RFID violates a call for a moratorium issued last November by 40 …
Jan Libbenga, 12 May 2004