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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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Game over for Xbox 360

Microsoft has halted production of its Xbox 360 games console just over 10 years after it launched in November 2005. "Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us," said Xbox boss Phil Spencer on …
Chris Williams, 20 Apr 2016

Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

Acer and Lenovo's PC sales tumbled during the first three months of 2016 as the EMEA market contracted by 10 per cent, according to Gartner. While everybody except Asus was down compared to 12 months ago, Acer was the single biggest loser. The ailing notebook maker shipped 26.4 per cent fewer PCs – 1.5m units – leaving it …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

Chinese national Daofu Zhang has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy top-end field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) stolen from a US Navy base and replacing the swiped silicon with counterfeit duds. Last Friday, in Connecticut's New Haven federal court, Zhang, 40, admitted offering to purchase military-spec chips from a US …
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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

Analysis Right now the Daily Mail Group is worth at most £2.5bn, and the few content assets that Yahoo! is supposed to be selling, are already worth way more than that. But the issues go deeper. DMG – parent both of the Daily Mail print newspaper and the massively successful online site Mail Online – has no magic answer to “How to …
Faultline, 18 Apr 2016
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FreeStor turns admins to precogs with predictive analytics

FalconStor has added predictive analytics to its FreeStor storage software. This software-only storage, sold independently of hardware, provides storage services by abstracting underlying heterogeneous storage products. It operates in the data path, like IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and virtualises the array hardware …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Critical VMware bug needs patching ASAP

Patch now, vAdmins: that's the message from VMware after it revealed a "critical security issue in the VMware Client Integration Plugin." Said plugin, VMware says, "does not handle session content in a safe way." "This may allow for a Man-in-the-Middle attack or Web session hijacking in case the user of the vSphere Web Client …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016

Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

Google sees little distinction between board rooms and bars, cubicles and coffee shops; all are untrusted under its perimeter-less security model detailed in a paper published this week. The "BeyondCorp model" under development for more than five years is a zero-trust network model where the user is king and log in location …
Darren Pauli, 06 Apr 2016
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Amazon plans drones with talking propellors

Amazon has filed a fascinating patent for automated aerial vehicle (AAV) technology. The invention has two aspects, the first of which is the use of multiple propellors rotating in different directions to reduce noise. Amazon imagines one propellor rotating in one direction to provide lift. “While the second propeller may …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2016

X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

Pics X-ray equipment, farm machinery, electricity generators. Security cameras, desktops with browsers logged into Facebook, stock inventory software. Sales registers, home alarm equipment ... the list goes on. All this and more on VNC Roulette: a website that popped up this week to remind us of the kinds of sensitive systems …
Chris Williams, 25 Mar 2016
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Troubled Acer is going to chop itself into three bite sized chunks

Management head-to-wall banging at Acer has seemingly inspired a novel idea to fix the things that are wrong the business - more restructuring. Well done, C-suite execs! Bonuses all round! The new design for Acer, if Digi Times is right, is to turn itself into a holding company to attract new investors and carve the business …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2016

HERE: We're still, er... HERE

HERE has provided the best, and some say only real mobile competition to Google Maps, but this week it dumped its biggest fans: people who own a Windows Phone. So we were keen to hear more about HERE’s strategy - to find out whether we have any part in its future thinking. HERE says Microsoft’s impending shift to Windows 10 …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2016
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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

Very few if any ever thought Windows 10 would truly reinvigorate the PC industry, and they were right - IDC has pulled down forecasts on traditional device sales for 2016. The analyst has clipped unit expectations by a couple of per cent, claiming global notebooks and desktops shipments into channels are now on course to …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2016
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Broker DP Data Systems calls time on selling grey imports

Manchester-based broker DP Data Systems will no longer trade in “grey” market tech, according to its boss. Of course, this will only be the case once a new home is found for existing inventory already in the warehouse. The company told us it has just “ceased” buying grey market kit, which IT vendors term as any product …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2016

Hitchhacker's Guide to RSA clones conference badge with a towel

RSA 2016 Security analyst Jerry Gamblin has turned a hotel towel into a pass for RSA's San Francisco conference. Gamblin says hotel towels often include RFID chips for inventory control and that hitchhackers can use a Proxmark to easily copy and paste the unique identification number stored in their RSA entry pass' NFC chip and embed …
Darren Pauli, 02 Mar 2016
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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

Exclusive Scandal-hit Toshiba is slashing jobs across Europe as it beats a retreat from the region’s consumer PC market. Retailers are honouring existing orders for the first quarter of this year but are not placing any further ones, sources told us. Staff have been notified of the planned redundancies and a number put at risk. “We are …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2016
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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

HP Ink – the PC and printers half of the Hewlett-Packard split – has blamed Windows 10 for a ho-hum quarter of declining sales. "Windows 10 is a tremendous operating system platform," HP Ink CEO Dion Weisler told analysts and investors on a conference call on Wednesday afternoon. "But we have not yet seen the anticipated Win10 …
Chris Williams, 25 Feb 2016

Patient monitors altered, drug dispensary popped in colossal hospital hack

Security researchers have exploited notoriously porous hospital networks to gain access to, and tamper with, critical medical equipment in attacks they say could put lives in danger. In tests, hospital hackers from the Independent Security Evaluators research team popped patient monitors, making them display false readings …
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2016
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Lenovo set to hire fresh top bod to run UK biz

Lenovo is tipped to make John Harber its next UK managing director, according to well placed industry sources. Harber is presently veep of global sales at wearables and peripherals vendor Jawbone but has agreed to join the Chinese biz and is understood to be working out his notice at his current employer. A change at the top …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2016
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Data centre inventory tools have come around again? Yup, they have

BMC's betting that despite decades of lecturing about the importance of accurate inventories of your servers and networks, you haven't learned the lesson and are still losing tin and VMs in your bit barns. This time around the company feels it's not entirely your fault: now that we're all doing automation and spinning up …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2016
Pie chart inventor and scoundrel William Playfair could easily take his place at a cereal bar in Shoreditch

Meet the original Big Data, TED Talk, Thought Shower Futurist

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled: “Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?”, and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It’s now online as a video and podcast. Two avenues looked promising, and today I will give you an excerpt from …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2016
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Anova takes small slice of failing AOptix

Free-space optics vendor AOptix is reportedly on skid row, with Anova Technologies catching part of the company on the way down. The company's ULL3000 "ultra-low latency division" will become part of Anova, and in a media release the buyer says it will retain "core employees" at AOptix's Silicon Valley campus. AOptix is one …
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The fracking oil price drop whacked Panasas – who's next in energy IT?

NAS appliance maker Panasas was forced to restructure after falling oil prices caused its customers in the energy sector to spend less on its technology. That's why executives fled the building, and why other staff have been let go. CEO Faye Pairman said Panasas has a long-standing strategy of diversifying into vertical …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016
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Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio may be about to merge laptop ops

From Taiwan, an advance on a tantalising rumour: Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio look to be seriously considering a merger of their laptop-making operations. Vaio, the laptop spin-off from Sony, publicly floated the idea in late 2015. At that time it was thought that Toshiba would probably like the idea, as relieving itself of its …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2016
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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

By the early 22nd century, Mega-City One will stretch down the eastern seaboard from Montreal to Georgia. It will be home to some 400 million citizens. Almost all of them will be unemployed. Judge Dredd’s vast satirical dystopian backdrop in the pages of 2000 AD is one of the comic’s most colourful settings. A predominant …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Jan 2016
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Stop everything! PC sales did increase in the UK over Christmas

Finally some PC shipments have arrived on our desk that reveal the products customers are actually buying – and the real picture is far less negative than most other analysts’ stats state. Both IDC and Gartner track shipments into distributors and retailers, not actual sales to punters, and after a sustained period of channel …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2016

Shocker: Clearing 2015's vast PC backlog was 'costly' for vendors

Stuffing European retailers and distributors’ shelves with PCs proved to be a pricey gamble that didn’t pay off for major suppliers: it took eleven months of last year and hefty price cuts to clear. Some 76.3 million computers were shipped into EMEA channels in 2015, down 18.2 per cent year-on-year, according to numbers from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016
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Trojan-filled Chrome extensions for Steam boil off gamers' assets

Miscreants are slinging fraudulent Chrome extension trojans at gamers that, if installed, will empty victims’ Steam inventory. Security researcher Bart Blaze warned that supposedly "helpful" Chrome extensions for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) are actually scamware. “Instead of being able to change your CS:GO Double …
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2016
AMD bloodbath

Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

Analysis AMD claims there is light at the end of its tunnel, but the beleaguered chip maker is having a hard time pointing it out. The Intel rival's share price was down 6.15 per cent to US$1.83 in after-hours trading on Tuesday; investors quickly moved after AMD published the financial figures for its final quarter of 2015, and for …
Chris Williams, 20 Jan 2016
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Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

Microsoft is initiating a global voluntary recall of Surface Pro power cords amid concerns of over-heating. According to sources in Microsoft's Authorized Device Reseller (ADR) channel, Pro machines built before 15 July last year will qualify to be swapped out as part of an exchange program. A spokesman at Microsoft sent us a …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016
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IBM introduces fleecing-you-as-a-service for retailers

IBM has introduced a new cloud service it calls “dynamic pricing” that says a lot about where online retailing, IBM and its relationship with partners is going. Dynamic pricing is conceptually simple: if you run a web store, IBM will now scour rivals price lists for you and offer recommendations about what you should charge. …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2016

Intel Skylake delays, Win10 and stock glut blamed for Q4 PC sales shrinkage

PC sales into the EMEA channel bombed in Q4 - it was partly the fault of Microsoft for releasing a free upgrade to Win10 but mostly due to high stocks levels that continued to plague retailers and disties. The mages at Gartner estimated that 22.5 million boxes were shipped into third party sellers in the final quarter of 2015 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2016

Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

Updated Troubled gadget retailer Dick Smith Electronics is teetering on the brink, with banks sending in receivers after the company requested a trading halt. The company has appointed McGrath Nicol as its voluntary administrator, and lenders HSBC and NAB have sent in Ferrier Hodgson's James Stewart as receiver. Dick Smith …
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SAP business apps rolled as Hitachi cloud service

SAP’s software is to be offered as a private cloud service, says Hitachi Consulting, the services wing of the Japanese tech giant. Hitachi has announced the rollout of its Consulting Enterprise Cloud for SAP for industrial machinery and components. The Hitachi subsidiary promised this would be an “affordable, ready-to-use, …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Dec 2015
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Microsoft releases major PowerShell update after long preview

Microsoft has released Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0, a major update to its PowerShell scripting and automation platform. WMF 5.0 was first announced in April 2014. Windows architect and PowerShell inventor Jeffrey Snover highlighted features such as OneGet, now also called PackageManagement, which lets you install …
Tim Anderson, 23 Dec 2015
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How to feed and raise a Wikipedia robo-editor

Wikipedia is to put artificial intelligence to the enormous task of keeping the free, editable online encyclopaedia up-to-date, spam-free and legal. The Objective Revision Evaluation Service uses text-processing AI algorithms to scan recent edits for signs that they may be spam, an effort at trolling, part of a revert war ( …
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Browsium serves stats to demystify cloud consumption

Browsium has expanded its remit with real-time tools for getting a grip on the size and scale of cloudy corporate software estates. On Monday the firm unveiled Browsium Proton, providing what it called "easy-to-use web application inventory and analytics". The idea is to use Proton to monitor traffic and use of applications …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2015
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Sales, share price sink for HP Inc – but it's relative glee for HPE

It was an inauspicious start to life as a standalone entity for HP Inc - the breakaway computer and printing business - as it forecast lower than expected profits, based on depressed market demand. The organisation, which undocked from the HP mothership at the start of this month, as did Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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Video malvertising campaign lasted 12 hours? Try two months

A malvertising campaign exploiting online videos to fling poison at netizens actually lasted for two months rather than the 12 hours previously reported, according to new research which suggested the previously unfavoured medium may be ripe for exploitation. Contrary to The Media Trust's report that a video malvertising …
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Lenovo grabs HP Inc exec to run EMEA product and channel teams

Lenovo has scored a small win in its battle against big rival HP Inc by poaching an exec to run the product and channel teams across EMEA. Pascal Bourguet has left his HP post as veep for consumer PCs and mobility and will get his feet under his new desk from 1 March, Lenovo confirmed. The newbie will report to regional chief …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

Systemax: Shuttering our North America Tech Group may cost $55m

Systemax has gone public with the cost of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in the closure of its remaining North America Technology Group (NATG), and it's going to be pricey. Very pricey. The ailing reseller revealed last week that US dealer PCM has offered $14m to pick up certain assets, including the right to hire roughly …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay

Feature The exploitation of online advertising networks by malware-flingers is expected to cause up to $1bn in damages by the end of this year, but despite ongoing regulatory efforts, it is not clear to whom the liability for these enormous losses will fall. The increasingly sophistication with which online advertisers profile users …
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Lenovo loses $784m in Q2. But actually things are OK

Restructuring costs downed Lenovo’s profits for a second consecutive quarter caused by the ingestion of acquired businesses and previously confirmed job cuts. Operating expenses swelled in the company’s Q2 of fiscal year 2016 to $2.36bn from $1.09bn a year ago, paving the way to an operating loss of $784m, compared to an …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015
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Simpler ERP for all! Well, if you're a SAP S/4HANA customer

SAP is updating its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP S/4HANA. But is it enough to get the company’s huge installed SAP V3 base to bet the farm on an entirely new code base? The company took the floor at its annual shindig TechED in Barcelona this week to introduce several “key simplifications and …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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Acer: Our sales promos left us nursing operating losses

Acer is back to its operationally loss-making ways again after pumping cash into promos to get the products flying out the door - but it didn’t work, as sales fell through the floor. The PC maker today reported revenue of NT$67.24bn (£1.35bn) for calendar Q3 ended September, this was down 21.5 per cent year-on-year but up on …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2015
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Signups start at 'Windows Store for Business'

Microsoft's wanted an enterprise app store for ages, but hasn't been able to get one going because one the many messes in Windows 8.x was “side-loading”, a strange Microsoft's method for allowing businesses to install Windows apps en masse to their PC fleets. Now it looks like Redmond's revving a replacement, as a new Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2015
Internet Meme: text says Integrate all the Things

Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

As the internet of things (IoT) gets closer to commercial reality, the solutions flooding into the market are increasingly targeted at a real world use case. Some of these are extremely specific – smart meters and smart streetlights are commonplace now, but startup Helium Systems says its initial focus is on smart refrigeration …
Wireless Watch, 02 Nov 2015

Extra week of sales in Avnet's Q1? That's good, says CEO

An extra seven days of sales in Avnet Technology Solutions' latest full quarterly numbers added some much needed top line meat, cut from demand for networking, storage, security and services. In the enterprise distie's Q1 of fiscal '16, for the 53 weeks ended 3 October, revenue went up 1.3 per cent to $2.498bn, including $225m …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015

What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

Global shipments of tablets have fallen for the fourth successive quarter, according to data from analyst house IDC. In the third quarter of 2015, manufacturers shipped 48.7 million fondleslabs worldwide, down 12.6 per cent year on year. IDC estimates that there are 581.9 million tablets in the world, but that sales growth is …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2015
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Pure Storage is giving away FREE flash arrays – but there's a catch

Pure Storage is offering a free flash array to new customers who take out a support contract. Pure_Offer_2 Channel e-mail from Pure According to a channel e-mail The Register has seen (above), this special offer ends on October 30th. We asked Pure whether this was true and International PR manager Julie André said: "We …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2015