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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

Comcast Corp plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal priced at $45.2bn. The move will bring together the two biggest cable outfits in the US, if the takeover is waved through by regulators in the country. Comcast said it hoped to officially tie the knot with Time Warner Cable by the end of this year. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014
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98.8% of Overland shareclutchers say OMG, YES to Tandberg takeover

Overland Storage shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Tandberg Data takeover by Overland. There was a 98.8 per cent vote in favour of the takeover at a 16 January meeting. But, then, there was no other option on the table except the virtual certainty of an eventual Overland collapse and a total wipeout of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
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Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU

At last month's Consumer Electronics show, UK chip designer Imagination Technologies unveiled its new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue GPU architecture for SoCs. On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it released details of what it calls "the shining star of the PowerVR Series6XT," the PowerVR GX6650. Block diagram of …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014
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Quantum expects to see Q3 revenue hike, sheds 60 extra bodies

Quantum expects to report a seasonal third quarter revenue hike in its third 2014 fiscal quarter ended 31 December, with lower costs helped by manufacturing outsourcing and several additional redundancies. El Reg storage desk has received several emails about the latter and they were also confirmed by the company. Revenues for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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CA follows the Riverbed, hopes to find cloudy Amazon mainframe gold

In a smart bit of niche identification and gap-filling, stuffy old CA Technologies is getting mainframe backup data to Amazon's cloud by going through Riverbed. With such a nifty move anybody would think CA has new management. Guess what? It has, with new CEO Michael Gregoire spurring the company on to do better. Start out with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

Industry group blames 'outdated' kit for stock-market tech disasters

A US trade association for the stock market industry has called for an overhaul of the "outdated" technology systems that exchanges used for their share trading. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) also told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it was imperative that brokers, dealers …

PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he has spotted the "Second Industrial Revolution" – and it’s the Internet of Things. Speaking at the start of the CeBIT show in Hannover, Cameron foresaw British software and services companies working up with German engineering and manufacturing companies to turn IoT from a “slogan to a fact …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2014
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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

A tech lobbying group has written to the OECD to try and stop the G20's efforts to close loopholes that let international firms legally avoid some of their taxes. The Digital Economy Group's letter was published by the think-tank along with other documents both for and against reforms to international tax laws, ahead of a …
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Emulex throws exec chairman's scalp to activist investors

HBA and Ethernet analysis vendor Emulex has caved in to sustained activist investor pressure over its board makeup and financial discipline and given up the exec chairman’s scalp. The winning activist investors are: Elliott Management,which holds 9.8 per cent of Emulex's shares; Starboard Value; Altai Capital; The Vanguard Group …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Details of secret contracts that Google signs with phone manufacturers have become public for the first time, revealing the extent of the restrictions Google puts on Android smartphones. In an email in 2011, a Google Android program manager injudiciously described the OS as a "club" to make phone makers "do what we want". But …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2014
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Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

The UK's Sheffield-based Iceotope has grabbed $10m (£6.10m) in funding to help it push its liquid-cooling server tech into more data centres. The cash injection was announced on Monday, and should let the company double in size from 16 to more than 30 employees in the next year, Iceotope chief executive Peter Hopton told The …
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014

Imagination brings real-time hyper-realistic ray tracing to mobile kit

Imagination Technologies has launched its new PowerVR Wizard GPU series, complete with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and has also announced the first member of that new product family, the PowerVR GR6500. "This opens up the potential of highly photorealistic, computer generated imagery to a host of new real-time applications …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2014
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Ubuntu nails colours to the CloudFoundry mast with OpenStack PaaS

Ubuntu backer Canonical has announced two major new projects with EMC-and-VMware offshoot Pivotal designed to bring Platform as a Service capabilities to all OpenStack implementations. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth claimed in the opening keynote of OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong on Tuesday that despite the “healthy …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Nov 2013
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Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities

Australia's government has released an information paper titled “Investigation into optimising ERP Systems across the public service” that will consider how the nation's government can best procure, and wield, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The release of the information paper (regwalled PDF here should come as no …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2013

QLogic brandishes axe over staff, seeks $20m cost savings

Some of the reasons for QLogic's ousting of its CEO have become clearer after the company issued a restructuring statement. An undisclosed number of staff will be laid off; some engineering operations are going to be consolidated (presumably reducing overlap and costs); and the focus on product development is going to get " …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013
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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

AMD today rolled the dice on a risky proposition: enthusiasm for ARM-powered servers in the data center. The announcement fleshes out what the vendor outlined last June. It's an idea that looks high-risk from several angles: the number of server vendors in the word has just shrunk again with Big Blue exiting the x86 server …
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Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month. The British group said its service revenue, including joint ventures, for the quarter was £10.155bn, down 3.5 per cent year on year following a 4.2 per cent slip in the previous …

IT sector needs to keep getting greener: Alcatel-Lucent study

The IT industry needs to work on efficiency to curb its unrelenting demand for electricity – and even if it does, by 2020 it will be responsible for four per cent of the world's greenhouse gas output, according to an Alcatel-Lucent-funded study. The assessment, conducted by BIO Intelligence Services, suggests that the four per …
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Avnet welds services tentacles into one mighty arm

Distributor goliath Avnet Technology Solutions has rounded up its disparate portfolio of acquired service providers into one unit as traditional product sales continue to wane. The Avnet Services team was created to "increase operational efficiencies" by merging the firm's software, lifecycle and training services operations. " …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

According to former US vice president and climate activist Al Gore, the world faces "a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions," and the data center industry can – and should – make a tremendous contribution towards averting climate-change disaster. Speaking at Google's "How Green Is the Internet? Summit" at the company's …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2013
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ScanSource will axe Euro staffers to save itself $3.1m a year

Distie ScanSource is slashing jobs in Europe in a bid to shed $3.1m in costs a year. The US wholesaler of point-of-sale kit, barcode scanners, comms stuff and security has elevated senior director of merchandising Rudy Meirsman to a newly created role as MD for Europe. This will "provide focused leadership and operational …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

EU sets ball rolling on ominous telly spectrum review

The Electronic Communications Committee, Europe’s continent-wide guardian of radio, has kicked off a "major study" of the TV broadcast bands with a view to presenting its findings at the World Radio Conference in 2015. A new Task Group will look carefully at the band, which runs from 470-694MHz and is earmarked for broadcast TV …
Bill Ray, 28 Jun 2013

Systemax turnaround plan off the rails as losses widen

It could be a case of returning to the drawing board for the Systemax execs who drafted the 2013 turnaround blueprint: the company's Q2 financial results are steeped in red ink amid sliding sales. The misfiring dealer drew up an operational review last year that it put in place during the autumn. Yet the benefits didn't show up …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Backup software bods tempt users with hot new (pricing) model

Canadian backup software provider Asigra has introduced the first backup pricing model with a pay-for-recovery element, effectively - so it says - introducing a price cut. Asigra says its new pricing model is intended to push customers into paying less for the backup capacity licence and more for the recovery part of the data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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EMC, VMware dangle axe over 1,804 workers around the planet

In the week of EMC's self-congratulatory EMC World extravaganza in Las Vegas, the storage giant revealed it will slash 1,004 jobs. The cuts will be felt worldwide in the company's Information Storage, RSA Information Security and Information Intelligence divisions, according to EMC. The redundancies will cost the biz $80m. This …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2013
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Destination Korea: an emerging market for IT services

South Korea is being touted as the latest outsourcing market for global IT services firms to target, and could even emerge as an offshoring destination in its own right in the future, according to analyst outfit Ovum. The IT analyst’s latest Emerging Outsourcing Opportunities reportclaims the South Korean IT services market is …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jun 2013
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Cisco to acquire services management firm SolveDirect

Cisco has announced plans to acquire SolveDirect as the company looks at adding more management tools to make it easier for businesses to manage multiple IT systems. The acquisition was announced by Cisco on Monday, and will see SolveDirect's executive team join the networking company's services division. The privately-held …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Cellular architectures not great for TV: study

A study by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has found that cell-based distribution of broadcast TV content can be a glutton for spectrum. Around the world, mobile network owners have their eyes on spectrum being vacated by the move to digital TV, and the received wisdom is that video is going to keep driving huge …

Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

If you're looking for your next career move, one that will guarantee you job security with a company that's dying to hire you, ARM's CEO has three words for you: "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things – or the IoT as chief exec Simon Segars referred to it during his keynote at the ARM TechCon geek-fest in Santa Clara, …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Oct 2013
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Red Hat revenues rise but not enough for Wall Street

Red Hat is growing like a weed, and thinks that in a few years open source cloud computing could be worth more to it than the entire Linux market. The open source firm reported revenues of $348m on Wednesday for its fiscal Q4 2013, up 17 per cent year over year. Though the earnings saw big increases year-over-year, they were …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Ditching dodgy software can rescue not just the UK from its financial worries, but the entire world, or so says the latest study from the Business Software Alliance. The BSA, comprising vendors including Microsoft, CA, Adobe, Apple and others, commissioned biz school INSEAD (once known as the Institut Européen d'Administration …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013

How to shop wisely for the IT department of the future

If your IT department is inefficient it is entirely possible that the responsibility does not properly belong with the nerds who run it. It is human nature to cast about for blame, but chances are the problem of IT cost overruns and project delays lies with the business. An inability to reach the promised "agile" nirvana so …
Trevor Pott, 11 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Whitehall's ball-breaking efficiency tsar quits for a quiet life in Oz

A high-flying Australian apparatchik who was parachuted in to save the coalition government's crisis-hit Universal Credit benefits system has quit the British civil service. David Pitchford, head of the Major Projects Authority, had a formidable reputation as a Whitehall fixer-upper, tasked with troubleshooting big ticket …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013
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Hitachi calls time on chip production

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has decided to stop in-house production of processors by 2014 as part of efforts to boost its competitiveness on the world stage. The Tokyo-headquartered conglomerate, which produces everything from nuclear and wind power plants to dump trucks and fridges, said the Micro Device Division of its …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2012
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Machine learning climbs atop Hadoop

Hadoop whisperer Concurrent has released a free tool for porting machine-learning models over to Hadoop. The Pattern tool lets you run machine-learning models on top of the Hadoop compute and storage framework via either exported Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) files or a Pattern Java API. Designing machine-learning …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2013

Reseller giant Systemax bleeds red ink in Q1 of 'turnaround year'

Misfiring reseller big gun Systemax has seen poor results in the first quarter of calendar 2013 - which is supposed to be its turnaround year. In its efforts to recover, the business has slashed European jobs, shuttered US PC factories and axed retail brands. The ailing firm, branded as Misco in Europe, saw sales decline 3.6 per …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013

Green supercomputer benchmarks make boffins see red, check blueprints

The biannual Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers has broken new ground in two important ways: for the first time an HPC system broke the 4 gigaflops per watt barrier, and also for the first time all the top 10 systems benefitted from GPU acceleration. Then there's a third bit of note: the benchmarks are …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013

Intel loves the 'internet of things' – if the 'things' have Quarks and Atoms in them, anyway

Still licking its wounds from the beating it took in the mobile market, Intel is bound and determined to not get mugged when the next computing big boy comes tromping into town – the Internet of Things, or "IoT" to the digiscenti – and has introduced two chip lines and one interoperability effort to shore up its defenses. "I'll …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013
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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

As George Osborne hacked away at what he saw as money-wasting thickets in Britain's welfare system during his spending review on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer - at the same time - upped the budget for the country's security services. Spooks at GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 will see a "real terms increase in funding ... to …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2013

Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

Not content with shaking up storage and servers, Facebook is creating an open source switch to help it save money on networking equipment and stop it being dependent on technologies pioneered by any single company. The switch was announced by Facebook's infrastructure czar Frank Frankovsky in a keynote speech at Interop on …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2013
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Two-faced about flash? Not us, say Google Janus researchers

A research project has found an algorithm for getting the best use out of cloud-scale data centre server flash caches and identifying workloads best placed completely in flash. Yesterday's USENIX conference audience had a presentation about this called "Janus: Optimal Flash Provisioning for Cloud Storage Workloads" In Roman …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

DOJ gives T-Mobile - MetroPCS merger the nod

The proposed merger of Deutsche Telekom's US subsidiary T-Mobile and regional carrier MetroPCS looks likely to go ahead, after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed its waiting period for objections to pass without making a comment. The deal isn't done yet, however. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can still …
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2013
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Let's talk about the RBS IT cock-up

One month ago a rookie IT mistake crippled the banking network of the RBS Group. Sixteen million customers – individuals and companies - of RBS, NatWest and the Bank of Ulster were locked out of accounts, unable to withdraw cash or pay into accounts for days. The cause? An “inexperienced operative” pressing the wrong button on …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2012
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Google's Schmidt calls climate-change deniers 'liars'

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has a low opinion of climate-change skeptics and global-warming deniers. "You can hold back knowledge, but you cannot prevent it from spreading," Schmidt told his audience at his company's "How Green Is the Internet? Summit" in Mountain View on Thursday. "You can lie about the effects of climate …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jun 2013
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Mining boom sparks IT jobs rush

Australia’s mining and resources boom is driving demand for IT workers, as new, lucrative tenders see vendors and miners alike start work on new projects. Kordia Solutions Australia snared a flagship coal seam gas tender this week with the AUD$90 million communications services contract from Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), after …

UK.gov told to get a brain in wake of £1bn IT deals collapse

IT suppliers who wasted thousands of pounds bidding for public-sector work that never materialised have urged the government to rethink the way it tenders technology contracts. Firms were left with a financial hangover when the website for the the Application Development Delivery Support Services (ADDSS) framework collapsed …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jan 2013

Mem-giant Micron laments a doleful year despite cutting costs

Memory and flash fab operator Micron has reported disappointing results for its fourth fiscal 2012 quarter and the full year. The basic revenue stats are quarterly revenues of a straight $2 billion, $172 million down on the previous quarter and $140 million down on the year ago quarter. Micron, headquartered in Boise, made a net …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2012
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IT boom driving candidate hungry Honkers

Ex-pat IT professionals looking to kick start the new year with a new career in a far-flung destination could do worse than Hong Kong or Singapore, where the tech sector is short of job candidates and is snapping up new recruits, according to international agency Hudson. The recruiter‘s Employment Trends report for Q1 2013 …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jan 2013
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China's robot population to lead world by 2014

China is poised to take over from arch rival Japan as the biggest robotics market in the world in the next few years, as manufacturers struggle with rising labour costs and demand greater efficiencies. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said back in August that China had quadrupled its annual supply of industrial …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Nov 2012