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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

BT is to hike its broadband and TV prices in an inflation-busting increase that will come into force this April. All basic broadband packages will increase by £2 per month, while BT Infinity fibre customers will be stung by a rise of £2.50 per month. The basic broadband package starts at £9.95 per month, while Infinity starts …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2017
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Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end the exclusivity deal that gave Audible sole access to the iBooks store. The European Commission said on Thursday the two tech giants have agreed to open up the iOS book service to audiobooks distributed by other publishers. According to the EU, Amazon has had the exclusive rights to provide …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2017

Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

Analysis America’s competition commissioners didn’t want to prosecute Google, which operates a monopoly in over a dozen markets, so why are they complaining about Qualcomm? Yesterday, the FTC filed a complaint against the San Diego chip giant following a South Korean indictment, and two EU probes into Qualcomm’s practices. Qualcomm …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2017

You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

Intel promises to provide real-world retailers with the same analytics as online stores, with the release of a new internet-of-things retail platform. CEO Brian Krzanich announced Intel's Responsive Retail Platform (RRP) at the annual National Retail Federation conference in New York – with his organization also flagging the …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jan 2017
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Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive

It's back to the future for the latest Seagate large form factor disk with a low capacity. The company has introduced a 3.5-inch 1TB and 2TB disk drive spinning at 7,200rpm with a slow 6Gbps SATA interface, and called it an Enterprise Capacity drive. Remarkably, other 3.5-inch Enterprise Capacity drives of Seagate's go up to …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2017
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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Apple has confirmed to developers it is raising app store prices by up to a third, more than countering any downward currency swing in the British pound since the Brexit vote in June. The changes (PDF) will happen in seven days and will see the cheapest app go from 79 pence to £0.99 - in the US the entry level price is $0.99 …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2017

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

Canada's Competition Bureau has administered what it thinks is a stinging fine for Amazon, but it's unlikely that CEO Jeff Bezos will be losing much sleep over it. The bureau ruled that Amazon was misleading Canucks by comparing its prices with a so-called list price to illustrate what savings could be had. But the list price …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2017

Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

A US Court of Appeals has resurrected a class-action lawsuit accusing Apple of monopoly behavior with its iOS App Store. The case, Pepper et al v Apple, was sparked by Cupertino customers Robert Pepper, Stephen Schwartz, Edward Hayter and Eric Terrell, who were upset at Apple's stranglehold on software for their iThings. …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2017

FCC slams Verizon, AT&T over zero rating, gives T-Mobile US a hug

US comms watchdog the FCC has issued new guidelines on the controversial practice of "zero rating" and whether it is illegal or not. The upshot is that it has given T‑Mobile US's Binge On service a green light, but comes down on AT&T's Sponsored Data service and Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 as illegal. We already knew from …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2017
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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

Life is about to get more expensive for anyone in Britain that favours a French Fancy, an Angel Slice or indeed any other “exceedingly good” cake from a certain baker. The sad (for some) news reaches El Reg that Premier Foods, the parent of Mr Kipling, is poised to hike prices to retailers. “The situation on pricing differs …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jan 2017
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Oz regulator trims broadband prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday suggested trimming the price of wholesale broadband connections. The ACCC issued two draft determinations yesterday: the “superfast broadband access service” (SBAS), and the “local bitstream access service” (LBAS) – wholesale services that run at 25 Mbps or better. …

UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

British-based infrastructure services-slinger UKCloud says it is “fighting back” against the giants of industry by slashing the price of online storage. Customers looking for cheap online storage with data volumes above 1,000 TB will pay 1.46 pence per GB per month, down 66 per cent, and importantly there are no additional …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2017
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WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

WD has added an SSD card to its previously all-disk Black range. The Black PCIe SSD comes in 256GB asnd 512GB capacities and features an M.2 2280 format with an NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 host connection. It is WD's third flash product using branding previously reserved for disk drives, joining the Blue and Green 2.5-inch SARA SSDs. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2017
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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Switzerland is the latest country to decide that in spite of its protestations otherwise, Uber is an employer – at least in public liability terms. It's only a single case, but public liability insurer The Suva has decided that a driver is an Uber employee rather than an independent contractor. The Suva is responsible for …
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Google's big Spanner in the works for price war against AWS

The cloud wars won't be won on price – but customers are waking up to the costs, according to Google. "It's not a zero-sum game," Brian Stevens, Google's vice president for Cloud Platform and former Red Hat chief technology officer, told The Reg in a recent interview. "We don't think you just win on cost alone, but we do …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2017
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San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords

San Francisco has become the first major US city to bar building owners from restricting their tenants to specific ISPs. A city law, set to take effect later this month, calls for the owners of commercial and multi-tenant (that's four units or more) buildings to allow any state-licensed internet provider to install lines to …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2017
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Lenovo shows off 'Microsoft-friendly' VR cosplay at CES

CES 2017 The PC market may be flaccid but Lenovo is taking a punt on virtual reality headsets with Microsoft. Lenovo used CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, to show off prototype headgear that'll supposedly work with Microsoft's Holographic platform. We say "supposedly" – gadget-press reports say Lenovo's device isn't actually working yet. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2017

Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

Tesla Motors is bumping up its vehicles' prices in the UK by five per cent, purportedly because of currency effects post-Brexit. According to the business, that change will arrive as soon as 2017 does, because of "currency fluctuations". These fluctuations have seen the sterling drop in value against the dollar. Today, £1 is …
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NAND, fab-ulous NAND, price rises make DRAM a cash cow

Happy days for Micron, it seems. Its first fiscal 2017 quarter results were lifted by high demand and price rises driven by supply constraints. The market wanted more DRAM and NAND bits than the firm's fabs could ship and DRAM prices went up. Revenues of $3.97bn were 18.5 per cent higher than a year ago and 23 per cent upon …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016

Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

End-of-Year Round Up The mobile landscape this year was dominated by an air war of far greater importance taking place over the players’ heads. Giant telcos went shopping for giant media companies, while Silicon Valley continued to work to destroy the value of both pipes and content, mostly by trying to queer the regulatory pitch. Down below, back …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2016

Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

Hands-on It may seem reckless for a manufacturer to replace its flagship after only five months with one that’s more expensive, but few buyers of the new OnePlus 3T will care very much. At £399, this phone scoops the prize for the best value top-end Android. And it’s even more ludicrously good value at £429 for a 128GB model. Consider …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2016
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Fox's meal Sky ready to smother Europe with foreign language OTT content

The OnPrime service – which emerged this week from Sky in the UK and Germany, offering a number of foreign language packages for visitors - seems to be built around the end to end over-the-top* (OTT) service which Sky has been investing in for years from US firm 1Mainstream. It put $2m into the company in 2013 and another $5m …
Faultline, 16 Dec 2016
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Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations

Amazon's flicked the switch on the global rollout of its Prime Video service, making it available in 200 nations around the world.. The streaming service will cost nothing if you live in a nation where Amazon Prime is available and you have already signed up for that service. Elsewhere in the world it will cost either US$5.99 …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2016

Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

It seems that there is something that Google can't buy, beg or steal: a small piece of land right in the heart of its Silicon Valley campus. Like real-life versions of Up's Carl Fredricksen, the Martinelli family refuse to sell their one-acre lot even though the tech giant has offered $7m for it in order to expand its …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2016
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Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

A spectre is haunting Dixons Carphone - the spectre of Brexit. Despite posting a 19 per cent jump in half-year profits to £144m, the reailer is warning of stormy times ahead. Sales in UK and Ireland rose 4 per cent to £3bn for the six months to 29 October, as group turnover increased by 11 per cent to £4.9bn, the electronics …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2016
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EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

The great battery scam has reached a milestone in Europe. The European Commission this week imposed a settlement fine of €166m on a trio of Japanese manufacturers for operating the price-fixing cartel. Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo used an increase in the price of cobalt as a pretext to collude to fix prices, Competition …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Dec 2016

Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

One of the UK’s biggest slingers of print services has warned customers it can no longer afford to fully soak up rising prices from printer hardware makers, which jumped after the EU referendum and now look like permanent mark-ups. Danwood has written to clients that have a service or print services agreement to inform them of …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2016
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Brexflation hits Lenovo's Phab2

Any prospective buyers in Britain wanting to slip a Lenovo Phab2 Pro into a loved one’s stocking this Chrimbo will have to dig deeper than folk in the US or mainland Europe, much deeper. The smartphone and phablet family, which includes Tango, a new tech from Google that runs augmented reality gaming and utilities, was put on …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2016
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Shrinkage!? But it's sooo big! More data won't leave storage biz proud

Analysis The enterprise storage market is in a period of data growth according to IDC-forcasted zettabyte heaven, right? Er, no, because it's it entered a recessionary period, with negative growth. Says IDC. Total factory revenue of $8.8bn was reported for the quarter, down 3.2 per cent down on the year while the number of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2016

Brocade ships switches but makes most noise about DevOps

There's a few shiny boxes in the announcement, but Broadcom-bound Brocade hopes punters will find its automation software and DevOps story even more sparkly than its new kit. Alongside three additions to its SLX switch line – the 9140, 9240, and 9540 – the company's announced an automation suite called the Brocade Workflow …

Algorithm advance alleviates AI amnesia

Analysis Google-stablemate DeepMind thinks it is one step closer to cracking artificial general intelligence with an algorithm that helps machines overcome memory loss. AI is the hottest trend in technology right now – it’s on its way to reaching the peak of the hype cycle. There's a lot of ballyhoo behind all those headlines you've …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Dec 2016
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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market. There are three models and they all use TLC (3bits/cell) 3D flash and have a 6Gbps SATA interface: 5100 ECO – 480GB, 960GB, 1.9TB, 3.84TB and (coming) 7.86TB 5100 PRO – 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week. But the price of that “democratizing force” is about to go up, with Britons uniquely singled out. Microsoft has reiterated to Azure customers …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016
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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

Sky had a few surprises when it unveiled its new mobile network this week. Rather than half-heartedly selling its network as a second-class bolt-on to Sky's 11 million existing TV and broadband customers, Sky Mobile is going to be a feisty, consumer-friendly MVNO in its own right. Features of Sky Mobile will include rolling …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

The Council of Ministers has agreed on draft regulation to ban unjustified geoblocking in an attempt to remove barriers to e-commerce across the European Union. Geoblocking is the practice of preventing consumers in one country from accessing products and services via a website based in another country. The draft regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Dec 2016
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Channel partner programmes: Sure you're getting good deal?

Sponsored Recent history is littered with reseller liquidations and relationship break-ups, the sort that make the Brangelina divorce look like a kids’ party. Resellers have had to adapt to commoditisation, internet-based competition, mixed direct and indirect models, the emergence of cloud-based services and the complex demands of an …
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2016

Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Analysis When the first fixed-line phone systems were installed, you paid for everything, but particularly for each minute of each call. Later they had broadband added to the copper and a flat rate began to become the order of the day. As phone calls went to IP, the same applied to calls for the most part. While there are upper limits …
Faultline, 25 Nov 2016
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Enterprise vendors offering big Black Friday discounts

Black Friday and the Cyber Monday that follows have become big discount shopping days for consumers, but enterprise vendors are getting in on the act too with hefty discounts on training and some kit. Cisco Press is running a Buy 2+, Save 55% or Buy 1, Save 35% sale until November 26th, so the CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2016
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

Transport for London is to start a four week trial of reading Wi-Fi connection request data from London Underground passengers’ mobile phones. The trial, which will last four weeks from 21 November, “will help give TfL a more accurate understanding of how people move through stations, interchange between services and how …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2016
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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

VMware will become the latest American software company to bump up UK prices for customers by double digit percentage points from the start of next year, not that Virtzilla wanted to be drawn on the plans. Instead, Softcat - a reseller dripping in VMware sales silverware - confirmed that from 1 January next year the cost of …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2016

Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

Review It was only a few years ago that everyone was scoffing at futurists who claimed that we would all be streaming our music rather than buying digital or physical copies. But I want to own my music, bellowed many. I want physical CDs, not computer files. When digital files became more useful and usable, there were more reasons …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2016

Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

Sysadmin Blog I've always hated the "razor and blades" business model. It pops up everywhere in our society, and is becoming ever more popular in IT. There is enough crossover with subscription models that it's hard to tell where one business model stops and the other begins. Regardless of the nuances, "razor and blades" is nothing but a tax …
Trevor Pott, 16 Nov 2016
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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

A low-end notebook drought is likely coming to a town near you, multiple analysts and tech distributors have told The Reg. NAND flash is one component that has been in short supply in recent months, and glass panel manufacturers are shifting priority to higher margin areas including TVs, sources told us. Tim Coulling, senior …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2016
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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

Amazon has rolled out yet another cut to prices for Amazon Web Services server instances. The cloud backbone and Bezos cash cow says the price drop will cover multiple regions and will include the pay-per-hour on-demand instances, the pre-paid reserved plans, and full-machine dedicated host instances in Elastic Compute Cloud ( …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2016
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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

Google has responded to the European Commission's complaint that it is abusing its market power with the Android mobile phone operating system by griping that Microsoft and Apple are worse. The ad and search giant points out in a neat animated GIF that of the 39 bundled apps on an iPhone, all 39 of them stem from Apple; on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2016
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Even if IoT hits 20bn devices by 2020 mobile operators still won't care

LPWAN Forum Cloudy data-crunchers and mobile operators will take over the Internet of Things by 2020 even though there's comparatively little money in it. So said Nick Hunn of independent consultancy Wifore at LPWan Forum London on Thursday. By following the money and taking a broad view of the terms "IoT" and "value", Hunn painted a …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Nov 2016

Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

Forget the near-impossible product price comparison in Microsoft's revamped CRM licence, just lead with those extra features and functionality (F&F) and any resistance from customers will melt. This seems to be the message coming out of Microsoft HQ in Redmond, a week after the CRM Online suite was killed off and bundled into …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2016
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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

The biggest question facing millions of Americans this Wednesday is: just how much of what Donald Trump said on the campaign does he intend to actually try to make happen. And in that respect, few are more fearful than Silicon Valley. As we've already noted, Trump has backed a number of positions that go directly against the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Nov 2016
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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

Comment It's tempting and all too easy to sneer at Silicon Valley for being out of touch with not just the world but the US as well. Huge salaries, a high concentration of a single industry and a self-referential culture oblivious to how its ideas could do anything but change mankind don't help either. The sight of tech's leaders …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2016