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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so. A report (PDF) from The Software Alliance claims that during 2013, 43 per cent of all software in the world was installed without a licence, up from 42 per cent in the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2014
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New-wave offshorers present exotic new risks

A need to drive down costs is forcing many multinationals to look at emerging Asian offshore locations such as Indonesia and Vietnam, but IP security and privacy concerns continue to hold them back, according to a new report. Gartner’s Leading Locations for Offshore Services in Asia/Pacific 2014 report, paints a mixed picture. …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014

Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

Execs at Chinese hardware maker Huawei are laughing all the way to the bank after reporting a healthy bounce in revenues and margins, despite being effectively blockaded by some governments in the West. The maker of telco kit, smartphones and enterprise networking gear today said that turnover for the first half of calendar '14 …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014

Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

The British creators of a smart-typing app called SwiftKey have denied the decision to give it away for free was inspired by Apple's announcement of its own keyboard software. London-based SwiftKey has cut the cost of its app from £1.49 to nothing, relying on a freemium model to help bring home the bacon. Apple recently threw …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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Huawei exec: 'Word of mouth' will beat Apple and Samsung in Europe

Huawei insists its won’t splash the cash to compete with Samsung and Apple in Europe’s overcrowded consumer market. Late last year, Huawei became the world’s No 3 phone maker* from a standing start: it only began selling branded phones three years ago. Although Huawei itself is now gigantic with 150,000 employees – and a mind- …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2014
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What have Cherie Blair, Jonathan Porritt and El Reg's mobile desk got in common?

For all the trumpeting of Silicon Roundabout with its app companies and ecosystem start-ups, or northern California with improved user experiences and social media, the real work in mobile gets done here in old Blighty: specifically, on the silicon fens of Cambridge. Cambridge, as all the world knows, is the home of ARM and CSR …
Simon Rockman, 19 Mar 2014
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Qualcomm looks to emerging markets to up Brew

Qualcomm's Brew content platform has enjoyed something of a revival lately, moving beyond its CDMA base into the growing market for affordable mobile web devices. AT&T has adopted the system, and so Qualcomm is holding its annual Brew conference, now renamed Uplinq, with a new sense of confidence. CEO Paul Jacobs will kick off …
Wireless Watch, 29 Jun 2010
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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

It’s that time of year again, when Apple’s annual iPhone launch is looming and the mobile chattersphere becomes entirely dominated again by one handset maker. In 2007 and 2008, that was completely justified. Since then, there have been progressively fewer reasons to define the whole smartphone sector by Apple. New models have …
Wireless Watch, 25 Aug 2014

Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended his company's strategy of sticking to the high end of the device market – read "expensive" – rather than competing at the low-cost, low-margin low end. "There's always a large junk part of the market," Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek in a wide-ranging interview on Thursday. "We're not in the junk …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Sep 2013

Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

Networking giant Cisco looks set to be one of the first major Western tech firms to establish a presence in once-isolated Myanmar, after announcing two networking academies designed to train up locals for work in the country’s burgeoning IT sector. The collaborative project with the US Agency for International Development (USAID …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Mar 2013
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Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

Year-on-year sales of recorded music have risen for the first time since 1999, albeit by a smidgen, according to industry stats. The business of selling and licensing sound recordings is now 40 per cent smaller than it was pre-Y2K, but in 2012 revenues increased by 0.3 per cent - and that hasn't happened before in this …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Feb 2013
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How Apple won the West (and lost the world)

The spread of high-end smart phones throughout the rich, developed world is largely made possible by expensive data plans. Such plans enable carriers to subsidise expensive iPhones and Android devices, to the point that even a big swath of teenagers in the Western world can realistically plan to buy iPhones and iPads. Small …
Matt Asay, 03 Jan 2012
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Romanian dragon-wolves aim for virtualised security

BitDefender is focusing on providing better security for virtualised environments and says expansion into emerging markets is key to its plans for growth. The Romanian firm wants to help firms implementing server consolidation projects to improve their security with a virtual appliance so that companies do not have to run anti- …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2011
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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

Microsoft roared onto the mobile scene last week with the unveiling of its Surface tablet, but Acer is probably right to question why Microsoft would fight premium iPads with a premium Surface. After all, the next 10 million apps, and the next billion users, are not going to come from the developed, saturated markets of North …
Matt Asay, 26 Jun 2012
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Attention, CIOs: Stop outsourcing or YOU will never retire

Walk down the hall. Look into the IT room. How old are the people in there? How are they getting on? Or are they just getting on? Would you trust them to keep the server lights on in a couple of years? Is there anybody actually in there at all? If there isn’t, your company may be part of the problem that’s keeping John Harris …
Joe Fay, 14 Mar 2013
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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

After years of lawsuits and fearmongering by the music industry, one thing is clear about piracy: the industry has been suing the wrong people. According to new research, file-sharing is rather limited in North America and the European Union, though running relatively rampant throughout Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the …
Matt Asay, 23 Aug 2011
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ICT classes in school should be binned – IT biz body

Schools should stop teaching ICT lessons in their current form as the subject is failing both pupils and employers, according to trade bod Intellect. "We believe that ICT in its current form should not be a statutory programme of study," says John Hoggard, Intellect education honcho. "Takeup of ICT courses is falling – GCSE …
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2011
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Chip makers thrive on tablets, e-readers, cars

The PC market might be cooling a bit, but the world's appetite for tablets and e-readers and cars with all kinds of electronic gadgetry is helping prop up the semiconductor industry just the same. That's the current prognosis from the Semiconductor Industry Association, which reckons that chip makers raked in a little over $25bn …
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IP law probe MPs hunt for smoking gun, find plenty of smoke

There’s an elephant in the room as Parliament’s informal inquiry into intellectual property policy rolls on. In the foreground, there’s the role of the officials who are supposed to support it. In the background, there’s something more troubling. Within the past two years - and without a hint, let alone a fanfare - the UK’s …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2012
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IT sales beat expectations in 2010

The market for computing and telecom hardware, software, and services had better sales in 2010 than research outfit Gartner originally predicted. And the prognosis for 2011 is perhaps better than many now expect. If you are trying to be optimistic about the state of the economy, then the news that Gartner is now projecting that …
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Tablets in, netbooks out, forecasts analyst

Apple will have shipped 4.2m iPads during Q3, rising to 5m in Q4, market watcher DisplaySearch has forecast. In all, the Mac maker will sell around 13.2m of the tablets in 2010, DisplaySearch's numbers show, before almost doubling that total to 24.8m in 2011. That's not to say, that Apple's rivals, like Samsung, LG, Motorola, …
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Crystal ball sees tepid IT growth to 2014

If you were expecting the IT market to suddenly start expanding again like it was 1999, you are in for a splash of cold water in the face to wake you from that dream. According to the prognosticators at Gartner, IT spending is on track to hit $2.4 trillion in 2010, up 2.4 per cent compared to last year. This may not sound like a …
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Google Wallet and PayPal in electro-purse war

Google went live with its hotly anticipated Wallet application on Tuesday, though it will hardly hit the mass market yet – it runs only in the US, on the Sprint network, and on its own handset, the Nexus S. And eBay‘s PayPal – the firm which sued Google when it first unveiled Wallet in June – may be the more important player to …
Faultline, 24 Sep 2011
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Nokia cuts own market share forecast to 34%

Forecasts and market share estimates in the handset industry are increasingly skewed by the rising importance of counterfeit and grey market devices. Such products find their main markets in emerging economies, which are accounting for an increasing proportion of total shipments. Now Nokia has broken the conspiracy of silence …
Wireless Watch, 15 Mar 2010
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Juniper profits pinched by economy, product transitions

The choppiness in the network equipment racket continues, with Juniper Networks barely hitting the low end of its profit guidance for the second quarter of 2011. The Silicon Valley networker also lowered its revenue and profit expectations for the full year, thanks to a slowdown in service-provider spending and jumpiness on the …
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Android's on top – will Nokia and RIM let it in?

Android has overtaken Symbian to become the number one mobile operating system – a feat never achieved by Apple iOS – and now the new Honeycomb release should enable Google's platform to eat into the iPad's tablet market share too. With Nokia reportedly mulling a change in OS strategy ahead of its analyst day next week, and RIM …
Wireless Watch, 06 Feb 2011
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Developing world buoys up software pirates

Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007. A survey conducted by analyst firm IDC on behalf of The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has shown that, despite huge efforts from the likes of Microsoft and …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008
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Microsoft expects to flog 300m 270m copies of Windows 7 in 2010

Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, claimed yesterday that the software vendor would sell 300 million 270 million copies of Windows 7 this year, even though he expects businesses to keep their budgets tight. Earlier this week the company said it had already flogged 90 million copies of its latest operating system …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2010
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Gartner: IT spending growth next year

The final quarter of 2009 is just getting under way, and Gartner's analysts have assembled to give 2009, the IT industry's "worst year ever", a happy send off. Well, more like a mumbled good riddance as it welcomes the prospect of a better 2010. Gartner is hosting its Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida this week, and says that …
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Read-only nation: can Open Source change the British way?

We asked if open-source software had a part to play in increasing technological innovation in the UK. It seems that for a nation with such a great engineering heritage, we have too easily passed the tech leadership flag over to the US and to the emerging economies. Steve George from Canonical speculated that open-source software …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 May 2011
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Chips sales took dip in February

Global chip sales took a 1.3 percent sequential dip to $22bn in February, according to the latest estimates form the Semiconductor Industry Association. While the February numbers were a bit off the $22.3bn in worldwide semiconductor sales in January, they were up 56.2 per cent compared to a truly awful February 2009, when only …

Sub-prime 'woes' infect world’s laptop market

The world’s economy may be going down the pan, but PC sales are holding up pretty well. In Q2, demand from BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China - held firm, while fire sales in the US fuelled big shipments. Everywhere, people want laptops. Especially Small Cheap Computers. How long can this last? The big Taiwanese laptop maker …
Team Register, 29 Jul 2008
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Nokia’s new CEO needs to change the message

Nokia held its annual Nokia World event in London this week, with the usual series of handset launches, developer love-ins and promises to address its weaknesses in high end smartphones and north America. But all this was overshadowed by the ousting, just the week before, of CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, quickly followed by his …
Wireless Watch, 19 Sep 2010
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Business getting clever about IP?

In the West, litigation is so last century. These days, intellectual property is all about the value and the strategy. So says a new report from consultants at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). But in the emerging economies, protecting intellectual property is a battle on the most basic levels: warehouses are being raided to …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jun 2007

Dell turns to Linux, Atom for budget biz boxes

Dell still hasn't formally announced its Eee PC rival but it did at least unveil some cheap Linux machines today based on Intel's Atom processor - the forecast revamp to its Vostro budget business box line-up. Dell Vostro A860 Dell's Vostro A860 Centre-stage were two new notebooks: the 15.6in A860 and the 14.1in A840, both …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2008
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Intel's Barrett goes for Washington on education, innovation

Intel chairman Craig Barrett got political at the opening of the Intel Developer Forum this morning, taking aim at the US’ records on education, healthcare and investment in R&D. Intel billed Barrett as the world’s ambassador for IT, but he was decidedly un-diplomatic in his opening keynote, excoriating the US government for …
Joe Fay, 19 Aug 2008
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Nortel patent sale fuels uncertainty over LTE intellectual property

Apple, Nokia and Google are all expected to bid for Nortel’s huge patents hoard. The winner could help decide the licensing structures for LTE. LTE deployments and trials may be stacking up, but one significant aspect remains fraught with uncertainty – the patent position. In previous generations of mobile technology, …
Wireless Watch, 29 Dec 2010
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Google revives ‘network computer’ with dual-OS assault on MS

One of the great ironies of this year is that Google and Oracle – now owner of Sun and Java – are locked in legal combat. The irony stems from the fact that, even as they bicker, the concept they did more than anyone else to create is back in the limelight. This is what we used to call the thin client, which then morphed into …
Wireless Watch, 13 Dec 2010
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Soothsayers slash IT spending forecasts

None of us want to hear about a decline in IT spending, but that is tough. This is an economic meltdown, and IT spending seems hell bent on declining this year, despite projection after projection showing spending would stay above that negative territory. We had better get used to the word "decline" for a while. The analysts at …
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Chrome OS: Windows killer?

Google’s announcement last week concerning its plans to bring out a fully fledged operating system was inevitably going to put the cat amongst the twitterati. “Let’s see,” asked the pundits, “who else makes operating systems?” Of course the intention was to have the Microsoft marketing monster shaking in its boots, not least to …
Jon Collins, 15 Jul 2009
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Nokia restructuring from strength for mobile internet

Three years after its last major reorganization, Nokia has announced another one, as new CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo seeks to stamp his mark further on the firm and accelerate the push towards being a mobile internet company, his stated objective. This time, Nokia is to recombine all its handset activities into one unit, called …
Faultline, 28 Jun 2007
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IBM promises $6bn for India

IBM is spending $6bn in the next three years to extend and improve its operations in India. This is triple the $2bn IBM has spent in India over the last three years. IBM chief executive and chairman Sam Palmisano, speaking in Bangalore, said: "India and other emerging economies are increasingly (becoming) important part of IBM …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2006
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UK's future depends on science and technology

Lord Sainsbury has called for an overhaul of the way science and technology is taught in Britain, saying that without a new approach we risk losing our place in the global economy. He says more specialist science teachers must be trained or recruited, and that science students must be given better careers advice. The report, …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Oct 2007
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World's tigers on 'catastrophic' road to extinction

The world's tigers face "ecological extinction" due to a combination of "increased poaching, habitat destruction, and poor conservation efforts by governments", Reuters reports. That's according to a report entitled "The Fate of Wild Tigers" in the June issue of BioScience. The gloomy reading notes that loss of habitat and " …
Lester Haines, 08 Jun 2007

IBM ignores foundering economy with top notch Q4

IBM did its best to calm fears of an imploding economy by posting strong fourth quarter results and issuing an optimistic take on the months to come. The computing giant enjoyed a 10 per cent (4 per cent in constant currency) gain in revenue to $28.9bn. IBM also saw income rise 14 per cent year-on-year to $4bn. Most of IBM's …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jan 2008
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MS launches 'unlimited potential' campaign

Microsoft has announced its Unlimited Potential campaign - with a sub headline of "The Next Five Billion". This number points to the number of people as yet untouched by general computer technology, with only around 1.2 billion people on the planet currently having such technology available to them. With multiple offerings …
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IBM goes open with office suite

IBM is adopting OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the first generally available release of its network-based collaboration and office productivity suite. IBM said Sunday its Workplace Managed Client 2.6, due in early 2006, would adopt ODF so users could easily share files and information. The Workplace Managed Client is currently …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Dec 2005
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Hitachi takes losses, chops jobs

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi reported its financial results for its 2008 fiscal third quarter today and swapped some execs in its Americas unit and disk array and disk drive businesses. Because Hitachi's shares are traded on Wall Street, the company reports its financials in both Japanese yen and U.S. dollars. Sales across the …
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Court smack down for Russian piracy epic

A tiny Russian software piracy case that ended up pitting Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin against Bill Gates has been thrown out of court. The judge in Perm, one of Russia's larger cities, dismissed the case against schoolteacher Alexander Ponosov as "trivial". Ponosov, who told AP he was going to celebrate the dismissal …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2007
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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

And so to Budapest last month for Acer’s annual global press conference. What did I learn? That Acer in recent years rose without trace to become easily the world’s third biggest PC vendor. That in the first half of this year, the company supplanted Dell to become the world’s second biggest laptop supplier. And that the Acer …
Drew Cullen, 06 Oct 2008