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TiVo: Yes we've axed staff, but we're NOT packing in hardware biz

TiVo is shuffling its playing cards as it prepares to shift its strategy somewhat towards the cloud - however the set-top maker has flatly denied claims that it is retreating from the hardware business. The company's chief flack, Steve Wymer, told The Verge that it was wrong to suggest that a number of recent layoffs at TiVo, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2014
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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits. IBM's total revenues for the quarter were $22.5bn, down four per cent on an annual basis and earnings-per-share are $2.54. This represented the eight consecutive quarter of declining …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

Outsourcing monster Atos has thrown out the overhaul of its own tech infrastructure to Kelway in a five-year deal valued at £150m in total. The London-based reseller giant will refresh the desktop and data centre hardware estates at Atos' managed services biz in the UK and Ireland, and provide associated services. The contract …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

In yet another washup from the Snowden revelations, the developers of FreeBSD have decided to take several steps backwards in their crypto work, to stop using hardware random number generators (RNGs). The two hardware RNGs singled out by the FreeBSD developers in this post are Intel's RDRAND (in Ivy Bridge processors), and VIA's …

HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed (paywall), citing emails and Deloitte audit reports. HP has accused Autonomy of "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure …
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RM begins redundancy talks with defenestrated hardware staff

Spare a thought for the poor souls at education supplier RM, which started its redundancy consultation period yesterday in the wake of the company's decision to shutter its PC production facility. RM confirmed last month that some 300 people in its Education Technology unit will be laid off as it tries to carve out a brighter …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2013

Suppliers given sight of '£6bn' hardware framework at last

A group of professional buyers for government have given hardware and software suppliers the heads-up on an overarching public sector procurement vehicle - and it estimates that to be worth up to £6bn. Details of the IT Products, Associated Services and Solutions (IT PASS), were leaked to us last month, but suppliers were …
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2013
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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IBM trudges onward despite hardware weight around its neck

IBM reported fourth-quarter earnings that were a mixed bag on Tuesday, with hardware remaining the chief thorn in Big Blue's side – as has been the case throughout its fiscal 2013. Total revenues shrank for both the quarter and the year, with Q4 sales down 5.5 per cent to $27.7bn and annual sales down 4.6 per cent to $99.8bn. …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014

Thought you could rely on ever-rising storage hardware sales? Think again

Tech market analyst IDC says that although storage software sales increased in the first 2013 quarter, traditionally strong storage hardware sales have started to shrink. Using its Quarterly Storage Tracker, the box-counter says that, compared to a year ago, first quarter storage hardware revenues declined 0.9 per cent to $5.1bn …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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Jolla entices hardware hackers with free device development kit

Upstart Finnish smartphone company Jolla has released a developer kit that enables independent tinkerers to create devices for The Other Half (TOH), Jolla's exclusive, snap-on peripheral system. TOH devices look like phone covers, and they snap onto the back of Jolla handsets like covers, but they contain electronics that allow …
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2014
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Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

Apple grandee Steve Wozniak has said a Chinese firm mockingly dubbed the "Apple of the Far East" could compete with the fruity firm on its home turf. The fruity firm's co-founder jetted over to China to give his backing to Xiaomi, a tech company which sells smartphones and consumer electronics based on its own flavour of Android …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jan 2014
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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

Facebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint. If you're a hardware nerd who loves fiddling with data centre gear, ripping out extraneous fluff, and generally cutting the cost of your infrastructure, then the lab is a wonderful place where your dreams are …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that its Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile platform will be both software and hardware compatible with Android. Sailfish OS will be able to run unmodified Android apps alongside native Sailfish ones, the company said in a press release on Monday. In addition, Sailfish will be …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the organisation that oversees the USB standard, has apparently sent the director of a small British electronics firm away with a flea in his ear for daring to suggest how it could make the lives of open-source hardware developers easier and cheaper. Arachnid Labs’ Nick Johnson decided that …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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EMC: 'Hardware? We stopped doing that YEARS ago'

Storage titan EMC doesn't really believe in hardware any more – the value is in the software. The company has been on a shift for the past decade to wean itself off of a dependency on proprietary gear, and has instead been pouring resources into developing clever software, EMC head honcho Joe Tucci told The Register at EMC World …
Jack Clark, 07 May 2013
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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

We are halfway through a promised week of announcements from games publisher Valve, and so far it's looking interesting. On Monday the company announced its own flavor of Linux and on Wednesday it confirmed rumors that it is getting into the console industry with its own hardware. "We have designed a high-performance prototype …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2013
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Gasp! Facebook's hardware king joins board of ARM server biz Calxeda

Facebook's head of hardware design and supply chain operations has joined the board of directors of Calxeda, a company that specializes in building servers out of ARM processors. The strategic appointment was announced on Thursday and will see the man in charge of one of the biggest buyers of modern chips, and leader of the " …
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013
IBM Quarterly Storage HW Revenues

Reg man crunches IBM's storage hardware revenues

IBM's under-performing storage hardware business can be understood better if we look at the quarterly revenue numbers. For that to be made possible someone has to dive into IBM's results over the past few quarters and work out the storage hardware revenue numbers, seeing as IBM doesn't present them on a plate. That's what El Reg …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013

IBM furloughs hardware workers for a week to cut costs

New IBM System and Technology Group chief Tom Rosamilia and his boss, CEO Ginni Rometty, are tightening the belts of Big Blue's hardware business so that it can make its numbers in the current or future quarter. Rumors were going around that IBM was going to put employees working in the Systems and Technology Group on furlough …

Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

The internet archive charity behind the Wayback Machine has launched an emergency funding drive following a fire which wrecked more half a million dollars worth of equipment. A fire ripped through the Internet Archive’s (IA) San Francisco scanning centre at 3.30 am last night. Although fireman were on the scene in minutes and no …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

Sony’s biggest shareholder wants to break up the firm, spinning off its highly profitable entertainment division to generate more cash to plough into its misfiring hardware biz. Activist investor Daniel Loeb and his hedge fund Third Point has a 6.5 per cent stake in the venerable electronics giant, amounting to a whopping $1.1bn …
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2013
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Facebook plans globe-spanning hardware deployment

Facebook plans to deploy sophisticated gear at the very edge of its network to cut the time it takes for denizens of the social network to interact with the site. The plans – which are still in a very early stage – were revealed to The Register by Facebook at a briefing at Interop in Las Vegas this week. They will see the social …
Jack Clark, 10 May 2013
vSAN is that converged storage layer in the storage scheme VMware has cooked up

REVEALED: What you'll pay for VSAN software and hardware

VMware has officially shunted its VSAN virtual storage area network out the door at $2,495 per CPU. The company has also released VMware Virtual SAN for Desktop at $50 per desktop. You can buy one without the other, if you please. Virtzilla's Compatibility Guide also offers some insights into the cost of a server tricked out to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
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Valve reiterates games hardware gambit

Valve has once more underlined its desire to enter the hardware market, "jumping in" to deal with a "lack of innovation" in the space. The company's plans were revealed through a job posting for an industrial designer, set to join the team to "create compelling user experiences" currently overlooked. "Valve is traditionally a …
Caleb Cox, 04 Sep 2012
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Oracle's hardware wing keeps on bleeding

Oracle's shares dropped 7 per cent in after-hours trading in response to an quarterly earnings report that showed muted adoption for its latest software offerings and a continued shrinkage in its troubled hardware division. The database giant reported on Wednesday third quarter earnings of $2.504bn on revenues of $8.958bn – down …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

Should GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
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Valve seeks geek to design 'platform hardware'

Valve has hinted it is building its own hardware platform, possibly to tie in with its Steam online games service, after reaching out for an experienced electronics engineer to help with the project. "We’re developing hardware to enhance [gaming] experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen," reads a post on …
Caleb Cox, 13 Apr 2012
Henrik Rosendahl, senior VP Cloud Solutions, Quantum

Quizzed Quantum veep quashes hardware quit rumours

Is big data and big storage biz Quantum finally moving away from its hardware business to the cloud? This question was raised by a statement from Henrik Rosendahl, Quantum's Cloud Solutions SVP: Quantum is transitioning its business from being a predominantly hardware-based, on-premise data protection provider to turning into a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

Steve Ballmer has re-iterated Microsoft’s commitment to making more hardware. Promoting Windows 8 ahead of today's launch in New York, Microsoft’s chief executive has repeated the undertaking he gave shareholders in October. Asked the obvious by enquiring technology minds at the BBC – whether his software giant would make more …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012
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Integrated storage hardware is DEAD, software firm says

Nexenta, the ZFS-based storage software company, is successfully avoiding becoming a storage hardware supplier - although that could make life easier. But it believes hardware storage companies are doomed in the long run. The future is open storage software running in servers that abstracts and commoditises storage hardware. The …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012
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How to break out of the storage hardware zoo

With enterprise storage now costing significantly more to run than it does to buy according to many estimates, the need to cut those operational costs – or at least to slow their rise – is paramount. The result is a growing desire to move away from the siloed and application-specific nature of much of today's storage market. " …
Bryan Betts, 30 Sep 2013
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WIN an HTC One X with Reg Hardware

Reg Hardware has buddied up with HTC to offer you the chance to bag one of its flagship new phones, the HTC One X, a handset we called "a quad-core corker" in our review of the beast. Packing a 1.5GHz penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3, a massive Gorilla glass screen and big beats from the Dr himself its unquestionably the must have …

Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

Apple is planning to work with new manufacturers in China to beef up its supply chain and meet growing demand for the iPhone 5S. The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources who claimed the Taiwanese firm Wistron will soon join Pegatron and Hon Hai as a manufacturer of the 5S. The Taipei-based smartphone and computer …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
The history of HP server innovation according to Enterprise Group GM Dave Donatelli

HP taps software hot-shot to run enterprise hardware

Hewlett-Packard has had IBM envy for years now, and CEO Meg Whitman is following in the footsteps of Big Blue once again by putting a seasoned software executive in charge of hardware. Concurrent with the announcement of its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, HP announced that Dave Donatelli, who came to …

Ellison: Oracle will grow hardware biz soon

It is hard to watch the continuing decline in the Oracle systems business and not be concerned, but that is precisely what Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison wants you to do. Oracle is focusing on making the Sun businesses it has pruned (as distinct from the ones it has culled) profitable, and will worry about growth later …
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Oracle plans to join Java hardware speed party

Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and Apple, Oracle is now turning to hardware acceleration to speed up Java by harnessing the emerging potential of the GPU. The OpenJDK project’s Hotspot group has said it will explore ways of speeding Java with a native Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that taps hardware …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2012
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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

Most fans of old-skool videogame hardware rely on emulators for their retro gaming kicks. But not some fellow going by the handle Bacteria. Three years ago, he decided he needed 15 original games consoles in his living room and that he wanted them all in a single box. Project Unity Game cube: the console offering a feast of …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013
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Reg Hardware revamps YouTube channel

Reg Hardware's YouTube channel has been given an overhaul, complete with a swank new look. Reg Hardware YouTube Reg Hardware TV packs in all our existing content - from classics like the first steps up steps of Honda's Asimo robot and Samsung's cutting-edge see-through OLED screen to our hands-on pre-launch demo of Apple's …

Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

Almost 17,000 votes were cast by Reg readers when we asked you all to name the best - and the worst - tech products of 2012. We asked you to tell us which kit you though most warranted a Reg Hardware Award from shortlists in a variety of categories: laptop, tablet, e-reader, home entertainment device and smartphone, but we also …
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Hardware failure melts down Chocolate Factory

Google users in Southeast Asia had an outage last night after an Indonesian ISP had a bit of a meltdown. Engineers at content-delivery provider CloudFlare noticed the outage at around 2:24 UTC on Tuesday after their own Google Apps services went offline. The outage was primarily an Asian problem and the company estimates between …
Iain Thomson, 06 Nov 2012
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Navman outsources satnav hardware to US vendor

US based wireless gear provider CalAmp will establish an R&D center in Auckland, New Zealand, following a US$25 million supply deal with Navman Wireless. The five-year supply agreement will see CalAmp provide the New Zealand company with around $25 million of fleet tracking products. Under the deal, CalAmp also acquired $6 …
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Analysts see no Oracle hardware-biz recovery on horizon

The road ahead for Oracle's plucky band of hardware resellers in not certain say analysts. The admonition comes in the wake of Oracle's latest numbers which show that software licensing and support revenues rose in its third quarter but hardware and systems support fell 16 per cent and and four per cent respectively. Commenting …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2012
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Gov IT buying body: Mega hardware gig to save £6.5m in 2013

The forthcoming mega IT Hardware & Services public sector framework is expected to yield savings of £6.5m this year, according to Government Procurement Services (GPS). As exclusively revealed by The Channel weeks ago, 17 firms made the cut to bag a place on the provisional list of suppliers across the 12 lots – which include …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2012
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Hardware hacker knocks up own Google AR glasses

Google may have a pair of augmented reality goggles in the works but without an ETA, hardware hackers are already growing inpatient. One AR enthusiast has refused to wait and put together his own impressive DIY version of the hi-tech specs. DIY Project Glass by Will Powell Designer Will Powell created his own take on the …
Caleb Cox, 11 Apr 2012

SPEC puts forward benchmark for accelerated supers

SPEC – the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation – is pimping a new set of benchmarks it says will help HPC users get the most out of their hardware-accelerated systems. The “new benchmark suite that measures the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software”, SPEC ACCEL 1.0, comprises …
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Reg Hardware Awards 2011 declared OPEN

Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of the year again. The annual Reg Hardware Awards are here and, once again, we need your help finding the best - and the worst - consumer electronics and infotech products of 2011. Over the coming weeks, we'll be asking you to name your favourite kit from among this year's releases. We've …
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Reg Hardware Retro Week Complete Coverage

Reg Hardware Retro Week Logo Thirty years ago today, a pre-knighthood Sir Clive Sinclair launched his first colour computer, the ZX Spectrum, and the early 1980s home computing revolution got a good a shove forward like no other before it. Many a Reg reader can trace his or her engagement with information technology back to …
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So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?

EMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours. So far neither the parent company nor virtualisation juggernaut VMware has substantiated reports by CRN on "Project Mystic", supposedly a more converged appliance than …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014