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Honeywell's UK staff mull strike action

UK employees of multinational Honeywell are considering strike action over the closure of their final salary pension scheme. The Unite union has started balloting its 1,100 members across the UK today in a consultative ballot for industrial action. The ballot closes on Monday October 31. Honeywell has more than 50 sites …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2016
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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty. Communications regulator Ofcom said it received 300 complaints a day for mobile, broadband, phone and Pay TV. The report for the three months to June published today, deals with Blighty's biggest providers. …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Sales at Vodafone in the UK dropped 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year to €1.84bn (£1.5bn) - with the biz pointing to issues with its new billing system. Overall revenue dropped by 4.5 per cent to €13.37bn (£11.2bn), with sales in Europe also dipping by 3.5 per cent to €8.7bn (£7.3bn). The biz blamed its …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016

EE grows network by one-third, promises to build 750 new sites

EE has is expanding its 4G network by one-third to cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2020 – following its mega contract with the Home Office to provide emergency services coverage across the country. Under the plan the operator is building 750 new sites across the country in a bid to eradicate "notspots". It is the first major …
Kat Hall, 25 Apr 2016
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Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

Vodafone has once again come under fire for poor customer service, this time for its handling of a computer glitch that led to customers being overcharged. A spokeswoman admitted the company experienced problems last year when it migrated records onto a new billing system. "Unfortunately, there were some problems during the …
Kat Hall, 06 Apr 2016

Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

Comment Long before its customer service rep Talia Jane wrote a blog post about how her monthly wage wasn't enough to live on, Yelp has enjoyed a reputation for unethical behavior. The publicly listed ratings company is reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on average every two days, typically by small business owners who see …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2016

Is domain overlord ICANN the FIFA of the internet? We'll know this weekend

Special report When comedian John Oliver dedicated the bulk of his weekly show a year ago to soccer organization FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), he noted that most Americans had never heard of the organization. Over ten minutes, Oliver eviscerated the "comically grotesque organization," highlighting how it creates …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2015

Malvertising set to wreak one BEELLION dollars in damage this year

Records have fallen as malvertising clocked its most prolific month in history, making it one of the biggest threats to endpoint security. If the scourge continues, criminals will have inflicted a billion dollars in damages by the end of the year from a paltry US$12,000 investment, according to researchers at security firm …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2015
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All change at NetApp: One veep joins as another goes fishing

Five sales people have left NetApp simultaneously, including VP Americas channels sales Regina Kunkle. What gives? The background is one of exec changes. Bill Lipsin became NetApp's VP for worldwide channels in May this year, coming to NetApp from Brocade where he was VP for global channels and system integrators from August …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
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Server market grew at its fastest rate since 2010, say Gartner's mystics

Hard-pressed server slingers have finally got some news they want to report – sales are growing at the fastest rate since 2010 and the value of them is up by double digits too. Has the world gone mad? The worldwide market expanded by almost 18 per cent in calendar Q1 to $13.39bn, as unit shipments bounced 13 per cent to 2.66 …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

Figures on the number of new dot-word domain names renewed after their first time have emerged – and they are not absolutely stellar. More than one in 10 of the listed dot-thing domain names were not renewed. Registry giant Donuts has released two sets of data for the first batch of gTLD addresses it put on sale this time last …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015

Fujitsu boss: UK's 2015 elections won't make any difference to us

Interview The UK government is unlikely to make any drastic changes to its IT acquisition strategy no matter who scrambles into Number 10 next May, the European boss of public sector IT giant Fujitsu predicts. Yet the Japanese-owned firm is still striving to ramp up its private sector business as part of its worldwide restructure put in …
Joe Fay, 10 Dec 2014

Shoppers shun slabs to give Gartner's Q3 PC numbers a rosy glow

PC-shifters that hung tough in the hope the market would return to growth may have reasons to be cheerful – in certain parts of the world, anyway. Q3 shipment data from Gartner - or at least preliminary numbers that count sales into retailers and distributors, rather than to end-users - climbed 9.6 per cent in EMEA, jumped 4.2 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014
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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

The reduction in how much mobile networks receive for handling incoming calls has hit both Vodafone and EE so hard that they have both separated out the charges in interim financial reports. Brit multinational Vodafone announced a global drop in its revenue of 4.2 per cent for the quarter while UK mobile firm EE's financials …
Simon Rockman, 25 Jul 2014

BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

BT was the most complained about ISP in the final three months of 2013, communications watchdog Ofcom said today. The one-time national telco raked up the most gripes from broadband subscribers, according to the regulator's latest quarterly report on complaint figures. Ofcom said: For the first time, BT generated the most …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2014
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X-IO to heat up ISE storage bricks with iSCSI access

Sealed disk/flash array supplier X-IO is growing at 30 per cent a year and intending to widen its market by adding iSCSI later this year to the existing Fibre Channel access. ISE and Hyper ISE products are 3U sealed rack enclosures requiring no maintenance access for five years as the smart software inside copes with any …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

Some observers have said that the high-profit party is over for Apple's iPhone now that the global smartphone market is becoming saturated, but the market researchers at IDC would beg to disagree. IDC projections of smartphone average selling prices through 2018 – graph There are low-cost Android phones and expensive ones – …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2014
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Bad for Bezos: Amazon's German workers threaten pre-Christmas strike

Mega etailer Amazon may run into problems over Christmas in Germany, as services union Verdi threatens to strike when it will hurt the company most. "I would not rely on Amazon's site to be able to meet all customer promises before Christmas," Verdi's secretary Heiner Reimann told Der Spiegel. (Google Translate version here …
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CANNIBAL CLOUD found devouring enterprise bit barns – report

Data center providers are expanding as enterprise facilities experience budget cutbacks, according to the bit-barn experts at the Uptime Institute. In the Institute's annual data center census, which surveyed 1,000 providers across the world, 63 per cent of third-party data centers – cloud, hosts, co-location facilities, and so …
Jack Clark, 09 Aug 2013
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T-Mobile to let US customers swap phones twice a year

In its latest challenge to the two-year contracts of its competitors, US wireless carrier T-Mobile has announced a new plan that allows customers to upgrade their handsets to new models as often as twice a year. "At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2013
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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

Analysis Are legal music streaming services just Kim Dotcom on a diet, with a lawyer? The debate has raged amongst musicians for years now, and really ignited when Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery took issue with the “new music economy” two years ago. In what became known as the “Letter to Emily” storm last year, …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2013

Facebook launches data center ticker tape

Facebook has heaped pressure on major data center operators to be more transparent, publishing a dashboard that gives up-to-the-minute figures on the efficiency of the social network's gigantic bit barns. The dashboards for the company's Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina, datacenters were made available on …
Jack Clark, 18 Apr 2013

Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8

German independent security firm AV-Test has released evaluations of security software for Windows 8 for the first time, and – not entirely surprisingly – it once again found Microsoft's own products were among the weaker performers. The firm tested its usual batch of 25 antivirus products for consumers, plus eight aimed at …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013
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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

Orange is once again the most whinged about telco in the UK, the communications watchdog Ofcom confirmed today. The ISP provoked a barrage of gripes from bellyaching customers when it yanked its free broadband service away from punters who refused to pay line rental to the company. Ofcom, which has compiled and published its …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2013
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Pan-eurozone distie Exclusive Group sets eyes on €1bn prize

Exclusive Networks, a pan-European IT distie, has announced fat revenue growth of 30 percent in its annual report for 2012. The French company said its revenue of €279m (£240m) for the year gone beat expectations, and claimed it was up a third on 2011's revenue of €214m (£184m). Yearly profits were said to be up by 22 percent …
Anna Leach, 13 Feb 2013
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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

Even Ofcom was surprised to report today that TalkTalk is no longer the UK's number one most bitched about broadband provider. In a sign that the world may actually end this Friday, TalkTalk was ingloriously pushed into second place by Orange. TalkTalk, headed up by one-time jockey Dido Harding, saw its horse finish second in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2012
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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s free antivirus tool for home users and business with up to ten PCs, can detect just 64 per cent of zero-day threats when running under Windows 7. That low detection rate has cost it the AV-TEST Institute’s seal of approval, a certification it hands out to products that meet 11 of 18 …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012

Laugh all you want at 'the cloud' - it'll be worth '$100bn by 2016'

Some $100bn will be slurped up by public IT cloud services by 2016, according to the crystal-ball gazers at IDC. Spending is set to peak at $40bn this year but is forecast to expand more than 26 per cent on a compound annual growth basis over the next four years – five times faster than the total industry average. "The IT …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2012

Lenovo's on fire - and this time in a good way

Lenovo set its sights on emerging and "PC+" markets as it seeks to build on what it describes as a record year. However, it also needs how to make those markets pay as neither contributed to the firm's bottom line in its most recent set of results. The Chinese PC giant turned in consolidated sales of $7.5bn for the fourth …
Joe Fay, 23 May 2012
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Devs spanked for touching vulnerable open-source packages

Developers are sucking buggy open-source programming frameworks off the web unaware that newer fixed versions exist, according to a new report. Packages of the Google Web Toolkit, the Spring Model View Controller, and Apache's Struts and Xerces have been downloaded millions of times despite the fact they contain known …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2012
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Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

As expected, Facebook has announced the terms of its initial public offering and is looking to raise $5bn. In the firm’s SEC S1 filing the company reported revenues of this year of $3.7bn, up from $2bn in 2011, while income has just hit $1bn, from $606m last year. The site reported 845 million monthly active users and 483 …
Iain Thomson, 01 Feb 2012
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UK smartphone market growth stalls

Persuading punters to upgrade from ordinary handsets to smartphone is seen as the next big opportunity for phone makers and network operators. The bad news, according to UK pollster YouGov, is that there's no well marked interest in doing so. In Q2 2011, UK smartphone ownership reached 35 per cent of adults with phones, what …
Hard Reg, 13 Jul 2011
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Oracle buying Ellison-backed Pillar Data

Oracle is buying CEO Larry Ellison's privately-funded Pillar Data Systems storage company. Pillar was founded in 2001 by Mike Workman, its CEO, and funded by Ellison's own investment vehicle, Tako Ventures. It has devised, built and is selling its Axiom storage arrays, ones using a 3-box design, with storage Bricks, up to 8 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2011
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Facebook 'open sources' custom server and data center designs

Facebook has "open sourced" the specifications and design documents for the custom-built servers, racks, and other equipment used in its new Prineville, Oregon data center, the first data center designed, built, and owned by the company itself. On Thursday morning, at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, the social- …
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2011
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Apple rips mobile PC crown from HP

Apple has vaulted to number one in worldwide mobile-computing market share in the fourth quarter of 2010 – leapfrogging both HP and Acer – thanks to the surging popularity of its "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab, the iPad. At least that's the word from one research outfit. "While we anticipate increased competition in …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2011
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Android kernel leaks like a colander

Security analysts at Coverity reckon the Android kernel is riddled with security holes, though they still rate it as twice as good as most open-source projects. Taking the source code from the HTC Incredible, Coverity found .47 defects per 1,000 lines of code, compared with an industry average of 1 per 1,000. That totalled 359 …
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2010
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Samsung heading DRAMurai charge

Goliath just got bigger; Samsung expanded its lead at the top of the DRAM market last quarter, shipping more memory than anyone else and at prices above the industry average. Analyst house iSuppli characterised the quarter as one of explosive DRAM growth and said it was the best second quarter for fifteen years. The overall …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Lenovo celebrates 5th quarter of growth

Lenovo's financial results for its first quarter ended 30 June 2010 show it has grown faster than any of the other top manufacturers. The company's PC sales grew 48.1 per cent compared to the industry average of 20.9 per cent. Lenovo now claims 10.2 per cent of the world PC market. Lenovo made sales of $5.1bn and a pre-tax …
John Oates, 19 Aug 2010
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Happy with your mobile provider?

Workshop It seems that mobile operators are doing something right. According to the results from our recent mobile poll, a pretty convincing majority - close on 80% of you - have told us that you would be happy to recommend your provider. And it would seem that when it is good, it can be very good. Quotes such as the one from this Reg …
Josie Sephton, 30 Jun 2010
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Indie music mogul: The net's great for us

Interview Beggars Group office in a suburban street in Wandsworth doesn't look much like a media corporation. There's no chocolate ice sculpture in reception, and no giant video screens or inspirational slogans. It does look a lot like you'd expect a real independent record company to look, though: behind the receptionist's desk is the …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2010
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1 in 3 users reviewed Facebook privacy roll-back

One in three Facebook users changed their privacy settings in Facebook after the social networking site applied a controversial privacy roll-back and encouraged users to review how much they shared online back in December. Facebook Director of Public Policy Tim Sparapani said that 35 per cent of Facebook users actually reviewed …
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2010
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Pillar Data - Larry Ellison's other storage company

Analysis Oracle buying Sun Microsystems has caused people to wonder about the future of Pillar Data, Larry's other storage company. Pillar Data is backed by Larry Ellison's personal investment vehicle, Tako Ventures, possibly to the tune of half a billion dollars. Founded in 2001 the Silicon Valley-based firm has developed the Axiom …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2009
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Netbook demand dropped 26% in Q1

Demand for netbooks was indeed down in Q1 - as yesterday's Atom processor shipment figures suggested - but by the industry average, figures form market watcher DisplaySearch show. According to the researcher, 5.9m netbooks were shipped worldwide in Q1, down 26 per cent from the 8m shipped in Q4 2008. In Q1, netbooks accounted …
Tony Smith, 13 May 2009
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Lenovo splits to cover domestic, emerging markets

Lenovo has divided its business into new units to allow China’s largest computer vendor to slice and dice its products for developed countries and emerging markets. The firm said in a statement yesterday that it made the internal rejig to replace its current regional breakdown to allow Lenovo’s two new divisions to pitch …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Lenovo cuts 550 jobs across Europe

Lenovo has begun making about 550 job cuts across Europe, after the Beijing-based PC vendor's latest earnings showed its shipment numbers dropped faster than the industry average in every market except China. Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman confirmed the layoffs, saying the European action is in line with its worldwide …
Austin Modine, 12 Feb 2009
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Old guard storms boardroom at ailing Lenovo

Lenovo's old guard Chinese management parachuted back into the boardroom yesterday as it released third quarter numbers that showed its shipments dropping faster than the industry average in every market except China. Sales at the Beijing-based PC vendor slipped 20.1 per cent to $3.6bn in the quarter ending December 31, while …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2009
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Big UK resellers confident despite world's gloom

Customer demand for virtualisation, security and unified communication technologies has helped large UK resellers outgrow the European IT market over the past year. Consolidation has also helped drive growth, with the top 250 resellers’ revenues climbing 24.6 per cent to $43.7bn, well above the industry average growth rate for …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2008

Apple tops customer satisfaction poll as rivals' ratings slide

Apple has been named the computer maker that most satisfies its customers after it scored a personal best of 85 out of 100 - ten points above its nearest rival, Dell - in a key US customer satisfaction index. The figures comes from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a survey that's been run by the University of …
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2008

Vista woes fuel Mac sales surge - analyst

The 3G iPhone may be getting all the attention this week, but let's not forget Apple's other product line, the Mac family, which is enjoying new-found success thanks to... Microsoft. According to US investment house BMO Capital Markets, cited by AppleInsider, Apple will have shipped up to 2.5m Macs between April and June …
Tony Smith, 09 Jul 2008
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US crunch hits India

The US slowdown rolled into India this week with outsourcer Satyam forecasting that revenue growth in 2009 will be well down on the 40 per cent plus rates it has become accustomed to. The company today forecast full year 2009 revenues of $2.65bn to $2.69bn, a rise of 24 to 26 per cent on the previous year. After seeing annual …
Joe Fay, 21 Apr 2008