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Cisco Cius: the businessman's iPad

Cisco Cius sees us no more

Cisco Cius: the businessman's iPad Cius tablet Cisco is pulling back from its Cius tablet computer and all but abandoning it. OJ Winge, the SVP of TelePresence Technology at Cisco, has blogged that the Android-powered Cius is heading towards the exit because employees of its business customers are bringing their own, consumer …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2012
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Patch often: Cyber-crim toolkits love stinky old gaping holes

More than two in three exploits kits that attempt to inject malware into web surfers' computers were developed in Russia - and at least one in two exploit rather old vulnerabilities. Blackhole 2.0 is the most often used hacking toolkit - installed on websites to attack and take over visitors' computers - but it targets fewer …
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2013
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Google App Engine update eases cloudy mobile app development

Google has updated its platform-as-a-service to ease mobile app development in the cloud. The "Cloud Endpoints" feature was pushed out in its preview form by Google on Thursday, along with support for the Java 7 runtime on its App Engine platform-as-a-service. "Cloud Endpoints gets rid of all the plumbing code associated with …
Jack Clark, 22 Feb 2013

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

Cisco has found a buyer for its unwanted and unstrategic Linksys low-end networking brand, in the form of accessories and small networks player Belkin. Both companies have issued gushing notifications of the deal, but haven't let it be known how much cash or other fungible instruments will change hands to make it happen. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
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Symantec reaches endpoint with $830m Altiris

Symantec announced today it would cough up $830m for infrastructure management software firm Altiris. Altiris's software is designed to keep tabs on corporate IT assets such as laptops, PDAs, desktops, and servers. The Utah-based firm was founded in 1998 by Jan Newman and went public in May 2002. Symantec's offer breaks down …

Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

As we age, our brains' cognitive abilities decrease. No surprise there. But one team of researches has experimental proof of a therapeutic technique that can reverse that decline: video games. What's more, they've devised a way to directly stimulate your brain to improve its cognitive abilities, and created a 3D digital model, …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2014

These mobile devices just aren't going away. What'll we do, Trevor?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) has become an important sector of the IT industry, but is also something of a moving target. Companies from the level of my own three man shop to the largest enterprises are weighing their options for securing mobile devices. For many, Microsoft's System Center 2012 is the barometer by which all …
Trevor Pott, 14 Mar 2013
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

It took a bit of persuading to be convinced that Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ drive should end up on the test bench for review. The company had released the, er, "non-plussed" version a couple of years ago and it didn’t quite set the world on fire. Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ now has the addition of USB 3 …
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014
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The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012: A short extract

Two weeks ago, we published the The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012 as a free ebook. (You can get it here via our ebooks page.) To date there has been about 6,000 downloads, which is cool. To give you a flavour of the book, co-written by Trevor Pott and Liam Proven, we are republishing two extracts - but to read it all you …
David Gordon, 25 Feb 2013
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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

Antivirus tests that assess the effectiveness of security products from the moment users visit infected websites have exposed widely differing performances among the various anti-malware products. The unsponsored tests by Dennis Technology Labs, which were run over a three-month period, revealed that the efficacy of paid-for …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012

Firms 'coughed $39 BEEELLION' for system software in 2012

The system infrastructure software racket is a steady business and a profit center for the IT industry, and according to projections from IDC, this space is on track to grow steadily over the next few years. IDC just finished taking a snapshot of this hairball segment of the IT racket, examining the sales of 220 vendors across …
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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

Most enterprise networks are riddled with vulnerable Java installations, according to a new study whose release coincides with the discovery of another 0-day Java flaw. Less than one per cent of organisations are running the latest version of Java, according to a study by security software firm Bit9. The most frequently …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2013
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'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'

A six-figure fine levelled against police for losing a USB stick of drug probe suspects' details should be spent on training cops to take better care of sensitive data. That's the view of a candidate standing in today's police commissioner election in Greater Manchester. Last month the county's police force was fined £120,000 …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012

Earth's anemic IT budgets to bounce back in 2013 - Gartner

Now that the US Congress has avoided going over the fiscal cliff, at least for now, the prognosticators at Gartner are ready to talk about IT spending last year and make some projections for the next two years. Worldwide IT spending increases were pretty anemic as IT and telecom services spending were seriously curtailed last …

Symantec releases software as Amazon Machine Image

Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine. AMIs are virtual machines that are listed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace and can be deployed to AWS' EC2 cloud computing …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2012
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …
Pano Logic's Pano Device "zero client" - front

I can't wait for Pano to thrust some hard 3D love into size-zero models

Around this time last year I reviewed Pano Logic's Zero Client Solution, a sort of super-thin-client set of kit. I was test-driving the company's first-generation hardware and a software suite two versions behind the latest release. I've now had a chance to review the second-generation hardware with its latest software, and I …
Trevor Pott, 08 Oct 2012
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Sales deflate and Mellanox swings to a small loss in Q2

InfiniBand and Ethernet chip, adapter, and switch maker Mellanox Technologies sure could have used a massive server bump in its second quarter like it got last year thanks to the rollout of Intel's "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors. But instead Mellanox swung to a loss on a pretty significant revenue hit in the quarter ended in …
A taller iPhone

WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

In the wake of Microsoft announcing that it's acquiring Nokia, and BlackBerry announcing that it's buying itself out of the public market with Fairfax’s help, I can’t help but come to a single conclusion: Microsoft has missed what could possibly have been the single greatest acquisition in its company’s history. As you’ll know …
Aaron Milne, 30 Sep 2013

GE puts new Nvidia tech through its paces, ponders HPC future

A top General Electric techie gave a presentation at the GPU Technology Conference this week in San José, California, and discussed the benefits of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for InfiniBand and its companion GPUDirect method of linking GPU memories to each other across InfiniBand networks. And just for fun, the GE tech …
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Online bank punters tricked into approving theft of their OWN CASH

Security researchers have discovered a malware-based attack against the chipTAN system used by bank customers in Germany to authorise transactions online. The chipTAN system involves the use of a card reader into which a chip-n-PIN bank card is inserted, which generates a transaction authentication number (TAN) used to green- …
John Leyden, 06 Sep 2012
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Kaspersky DLP spin-off buys German security firm

Russian data loss prevention firm InfoWatch has bought German software firm cynapspro. InfoWatch, a spin-off of Kaspersky Lab, said the deal will help to sell its technology to more customers in western Europe, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. cynapspro offers a range of enterprise security products including …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Cisco warns of major vulnerabilities in TelePresence kit

Cisco slipped out four security advisories on Friday warning of serious vulnerabilities in its high-end videoconferencing system – or TelePresence, as it prefers to call it. The flaws affect versions of Cisco TelePresence Manager, Recording Server, Immersive Endpoint System, and Multipoint Switch, and would variously allow an …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2012
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AV-Test boss dismisses Microsoft criticism of malware test results

A war of words has broken out over security testing, with Microsoft and the AV-Test Institute going head-to-head over Redmond's failure to qualify for the last round of certification from the German testers. On Tuesday, AV-Test announced its December round of security software evaluations, and both Microsoft's Security …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2013

Phishing up, malware down, says Google

Google has revealed a new analysis of five years’ worth of data gathered by its Safe Browsing service. The analysis, as any discussion of online security seems obliged to, includes lots of Scary Big NumbersTM, such as the 9500 malware-infected sites the Chocolate Factory says it finds every day or the 12-14 million warnings it …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2012
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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

Unlike the video editing or CAD workstation beasts that are still utterly reliant on Windows, Android is slowly evolving into a workable platform for basic productivity. Browsers are becoming passable. Onboard applications are decent and there are an ever-growing number of applications designed for both touch input and mouse. …
Trevor Pott, 20 Sep 2013
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VMware sells off Shavlik patch management tools to LANDesk

With new sheriff Pat Gelsinger now running the company for the past six months, VMware is getting more focused on its software-defined data center product line, extending up from basic server virtualization to the heavens, and is spinning off anything that is not directly supportive of its goals for virtualized data center and …
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Sophos slips Junk into gap left by departing EMEA veep

Sophos veep for northern Europe, Middle East and Africa Ciaran Rafferty has quietly left the organisation, The Channel can reveal. Rafferty joined Sophos as UK and Ireland country manager a little over three years ago and was handed a wider remit in August 2010. "After three years of significant contributions to Sophos, Ciaran …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2012

Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

Dell has updated its Windows 8 tablet line, and in doing so has juiced the industry's increasing realization that fondleslabs are here to stay, belong in the enterprise, require enterprise-level security features, and are not just for playing Angry Birds. "At Dell, we have – unequivocally – the most secure, most manageable, and …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2013

NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old fugitive who revealed the NSA's PRISM system, has told the technology companies involved in surveillance to stand up for users' rights and demand a change in the current law. "If for example Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple refused to provide this cooperation with the Intelligence Community …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2013

Dell bucks PC market tumble with Haswell business systems

PC sales may be tanking around the world, but that hasn't stopped Dell from refreshing its business-class desktop, all-in-one, and laptop lines. "We have taken outstanding products and made them even better with improved performance, sleek design and state-of-the-art security and management capabilities,” Dell's VP for PCs Kirk …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2013

Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

Eugene Kaspersky is “a little bit disappointed … Apple won’t let us” develop antivirus software for iOS devices, as he feels it is only a matter of time before criminals target the operating system. “We as a security company are not able to develop true endpoint security for iOS,” Kaspersky told The Register in Sydney today. “ …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2012

Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter

We have all come across the traditional corporate network with three distinct layers: the core layer dealing with heavy-duty switching and routing, which runs on socking big switches and routers; the distribution layer dealing with lighter (but still intelligent) tasks such as packet filtering and some routing; and the access …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Apr 2013
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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

It was a year where Apple slurped down enormous profits but lost some of its bleeding-edge-tech street cred, while Samsung marched inexorably on. But behind the scenes there was much more going on. Here are the year's trends put through the blender. Apple Apple's strategy is quite simple: instead of making products the …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Dec 2013

Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

Virtualisation can have a role in the home computing environment. Personal computers are kind of crap at migrating (or duplicating) your settings, applications and data from one system to another. Virtualisation can remove some of this grief. In the consumer space, Windows PCs come preloaded with crapware. The shiny new notebook …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jan 2012
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The keys to security compliances

Social networks, local admins, unlatched software, missing USBs: the causes of security problems in your business are often not just the big stuff that tries to get inside the firewall, it's the little problems that are already on the inside. Today at 16:00 BST/11:00 EDT,our latest live Regcast takes a closer look at the dynamic …
Miatta Momoh, 13 Oct 2011
Some network cables

Soz, switch-fondlers: Doesn't look like 2013 is 10Gb Ethernet's year

It is becoming increasingly unlikely that 2013 will be the year that sees widespread adoption of 10 gigabit Ethernet. Of course we'll be told it will be, just as we have been told for years that wholesale shift is right on the horizon. The reason? It's not a question of technological capability – the technology for 10GbE has …
Trevor Pott, 03 Jan 2013

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot". Shwed, 44, is the co-founder, chief exec and chairman of Check Point, whose FireWall-1 software, according to the firm, is installed at every Fortune 100 company …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Google squishes login-bypass bug that opened door to hijackers

Google has patched a flaw that allowed attackers to circumvent the web giant's two-factor login system and hijack victims' accounts. Researchers at Duo Security said anyone could bypass a Google account's two-step verification system, reset its master password and gain full control of the profile simply by capturing one of the …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2013

Symantec: We 'stubbed our toe' on Backup Exec, but we'll be fine

Symantec's new broom CEO has presided over record final quarter - at least for revenues - and full year 2013 results. This is despite the company being in the middle of a management clear-out, profits droop and wholesale sales operation revamp. Revenues for the fourth quarter, which finished on 29 March, were $1.75bn, a record …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013
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Sophos antivirus classifies its own update kit as malware

Sophos users woke up to mayhem on Thursday after the business-focussed antivirus firm released an update that classified itself and any other update utility as a virus. As a result enterprise PCs running the application went haywire, generating false positives reporting SSH/Updater-B malware. Sysadmins were bombarded with …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2012
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Intel goes virtual to root out rootkits

Intel bought McAfee so it could bring antivirus and intrusion detection closer to the chip, and with DeepSafe – a technology that CEO Paul Otellini previewed at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week – the company will be making good on that promise. DeepSafe will put some of the antivirus code underneath the operating …
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Windows System Center 2012: The review

Microsoft's System Center suite of products is not easy to categorize as a group. The breadth of the offerings falling under the System Center moniker makes being asked to review all of System Center in a single article somewhat intimidating. Microsoft System Center logo System Center 2012 has already seen production …
Trevor Pott, 01 Oct 2012
Victorinox Swisstool Spirit plus

Sick of juggling apps on biz PCs? This install tool will save your sanity

I've spent most of the past week in the San Francisco bay area. I've visited Nerd Mecca (Xerox PARC), various universities and Big Tech campuses. I've seen the Golden Gate Bridge, cursed San Francisco drivers, and discovered why Americans loathe AT&T. I've had a fantastic time down here, but the highlight of the trip has been …
Trevor Pott, 10 Aug 2012
A Bearded Dragon on an Alienware MX18

Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

Packing for a week-and-a-half road trip to Silicon Valley and back triggered a moment of introspection over the impending end of netbook production. I had some devices to choose from for my journey. I could have taken my Alienware MX18, my first-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab, my Asus Transformer, my Samsung NF210 Netbook, my …
Trevor Pott, 01 Feb 2013
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Mobile devices bring back that old client-server feeling

If you see the phrase “any time, any place, anywhere” in relation to mobile access, and are tempted to point out the language redundancy (any place, anywhere), then you are probably not old enough to remember the birth of client-server in the late '80s and early '90s. If, however, cheesy music from a Martini ad is now running …
Dale Vile, 17 Dec 2012
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Microsoft goes global with System Center 2012 at MMC

Microsoft announced the global release of System Center 2012 at its 10th annual Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas this morning, and has confirmed that the server version of Windows 8 will be released as Windows Server 2012. As with the beta, the new System Center 2012 is now available globally in standard and data center …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2012
Intel Centerton in a Supermicro Chassis

Intel Centerton server-class Atoms: How low can you go?

In late 2012 Intel launched Centerton: the first in its new line of Atom-based server processors. Hoping to cut ARM's invasion of the data centre off at the pass, these low-power CPUs are targeted at an emerging "Metal as a Service" movement that sees a return of unique workloads to individual processors. I've finally gotten my …
Trevor Pott, 14 May 2013
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Symantec says get HEP to the cloud

Symantec is telling small and medium enterprises to remove their security servers and let its HEP cloud service do the job instead. SMEs will often have dedicated hardware or a server to look after site IT security. They could run Symantec's Endpoint Protection product in such a server to protect their notebooks, desktops, and …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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Microsoft updates Intune to patch cloud pitch

Microsoft has updated its Intune management suite, adding support for third party application patches and better hardware-management capabilities. Launched seven months ago, the updated version of Intune allows IT managers to remotely install and update .EXE, .MSI, and .MSP files, with trial users getting 2GB of Azure cloud …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2011