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Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

Cab app Uber has agreed to pay $20m to settle charges that it exaggerated how much drivers using its software can earn and downplayed the cost of financing cars through the company. "Many consumers sign up to drive for Uber, but they shouldn't be taken for a ride about their earnings potential or the cost of financing a car …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jan 2017

Did somebody say object storage? 9 ways to tell if there's a point

Comment Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption. For the uninitiated, object stores are used to hold large volumes of unstructured data, where each "object" is essentially a file with no specific format (also called a binary file). Object …
Chris Evans, 18 Jan 2017
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Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

Microsoft's slow rollout of the full suite of Azure tools in the UK has taken another step forwards today, with Automation arriving in both of its UK regions. Redmond says Azure Automation offers users a way to, well, automate the more tedious manual tasks that need to be repeated when managing a cloud and enterprise …

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
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Nintendo pulls the Switch, fires Joy-con at Microsoft and Sony

Just over a decade after it challenged home gaming with the Wii, Nintendo has aimed a new weapon at Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox. Nintendo Switch Nintendo’s platform-challenging Switch, unveiled in October, will go on sale on March 3, priced at $299.99, £279.99 and ¥29,980, the firm said on Thursday. The Switch …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2017
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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away. Existing customers currently purchasing Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis through the MPSA will be allowed to continue …
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How do file store-and-share firms avoid that sinking syncing feeling?

Interview With the demise of Bitcasa, EMC selling off Syncplicity, and so forth, the enterprise file sync and share market might appear moribund. What’s happened is a trend of consolidation plus an addition of functionality for other content functions. EFSS on its own is no longer viable. That’s the underlying message we received from …
Chris Mellor, 11 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

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

Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

Analysis Kurt Chase, director of engineering services at Splunk, is effusive about Atlassian's Git-based Bitbucket but doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about jilted source control system Perforce. As it turns out, Perforce has a rather jaundiced view of Git as a way to manage software. But more on that later. Two years ago, …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Jan 2017

Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

Analysis Startup Datos IO is the Tesla of the backup industry, redesigning data protection for distributed apps and focussing on high-end customers with code to solve specific problems no one else can solve anywhere near as well. It now has ten paying customers for its RecoverX distributed database backup product, six months after its …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Vendors flash smartphone storage in Vegas

Toshiba and SanDisk are showing off Android phone backup and monster microSD/USB stick products at CES in Las Vegas, but they don’t want what happens in Vegas to stay in Vegas. Toshiba’s Canvio for Smartphone is a 500 GB 2.5-inch disk drive inside a flattish circular disk of a case with cable connection to an Android …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arrays are taking on that role and so the hybrids went …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

CES 2017 Intel has announced Optane memory products in M.2. format to ship in the second 2017 quarter. Optane is Intel’s brand for its 3D Xpoint memory, jointly developed with Micron, and a non-volatile memory that is faster than NAND but slower than DRAM. Intel says (PDF) “a hard disk drive coupled with Intel Optane memory affordably …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2017
Qualcomm

Qualcomm faces $853m fine for alleged antitrust violation

US chip giant Qualcomm is to face a fine of $853m (£696m) for alleged antitrust violations by South Korea's top regulator. The Korea Fair Trade Commission today reached the decision after a three-year probe of Qualcomm, finding that some of the company’s business practices have violated Korean competition law. The fine is the …
Kat Hall, 28 Dec 2016
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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

Name's BOND, JBOND: Igneous's ARM strap-on is for your drives only

Analysis You wait for a bus for ages, and then two come along at once. Two data-transfer buses. Something like that. Both OpenIO and Igneous have launched plug-on ARM server cards for storage drives: these single-board computers each snap onto a hard drive to form nano-servers that are organized into a grid of object storage nodes. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2016

Rift rift assists swift shift at crest of adrift Occulus

Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus is splitting in two, with one arm working on its Rift standalone high-end headset and the other focused on its Gear VR cellphone headset. As part of the shake-up, CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down to head up what sounds like product development of the Rift part of the business, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Dec 2016
Amazon Web Services

AWS launches managed-services-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it's getting in to the managed services business. The cloud colossus has operated a substantial consulting practice for some time, the better to help cloud migrants clamber aboard. But until now it's left the mucky bits of managing a cloud – patch management, backup, monitoring, …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

Microsoft's announced a new “Premium Assurance” plan for Windows Server and SQL Server. Redmond currently offers five years of Mainstream Support on the aforementioned products, during which new features are added and updates are made for reasons of security or just to fix things up. Next comes five years of extended support, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016

Reg readers vent their frustrations with AFA vendors

As part of a recent survey we asked Register readers to give us some thoughts on a hot area in the storage world but with a slightly provocative edge, namely: “What frustrates you the most about how storage vendors sell their products, and are there any specific irritations in relation to all-flash in particular?” You clearly …
Tony Lock, 08 Dec 2016

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip. The mobile chip designer, based in San Diego, California, has recruited engineers from AMD, Intel and Broadcom, as well as tapped its internal pool of techies, to work on the …
Chris Williams, 07 Dec 2016
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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Microsoft is cutting deals for CRM Online customers in the UK stunned by the price hike when moving on to Dynamics 365. CRM Online users will be offered transitional deals as their existing contracts come to an end. But don't expect something off the shelf or clear to understand – what you pay will be determined by what you' …
Gavin Clarke, 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
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Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb. Viu has every chance of surpassing the …
Faultline, 05 Dec 2016
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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

The Government in its Autumn statement promised to invest £1bn on "digital infrastructure", an extra £2bn annually on UK R&D, and at least £400m on new venture capital funds through the British Business Bank, which it hopes will unlock a further £1bn in private finance for growing firms. The National Productivity Investment …
Marcus Gibson, 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

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

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem. In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 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
Cloud desktop

Liquidware gets the job of managing Amazon's cloud desktops

Amazon Web Services has all-but-enlisted desktop virtualisation specialist Liquidware Labs to help manage its cloudy desktops-a-a-service. Liquidware's schtick is monitoring desktop performance, either for the sheer joy of wallowing in action-suggesting metrics or to advance understanding of how to virtualise said desktops and …
Simon Sharwood, 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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HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array. We understand this 60 x 2.5-inch slotter is an OEM’d version of a Raid Inc. box which has 30 side-mounted drives either side of a 2U tray. There are six rows of five stacked SSDs per side. Nimbus Data also uses the hardware in its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "That member is the wrong way around," confides the gym receptionist in hushed tones, nodding towards a middle-aged fellow ambling into the cardio room. I stare after him, trying to guess how his member might be incorrectly attached. Dressed unfashionably and, I suspect, quite accidentally in a sleeveless side-boob vest, split …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Nov 2016
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Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on. We need to provide a few numbers to show this, and the ones for the recent quarter come from Nimble's shareholder letter (PDF). …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image …
Tim Anderson, 24 Nov 2016
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HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says. A look at the numbers and the earnings call from the servers and storage points of view shows a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
Sharon White, new head of Ofcom, former Second Perm Sec at the Treasury

Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

BT is the only player to offer its services for universal coverage of 10Mbps by 2020, but has also placed a number of conditions on doing so, head of comms regulator Ofcom Sharon White has said. Speaking at the Culture, Media and Sports Committee hearing, White said BT has expressed interest in delivering the government's …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016

HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good. Profits fell 63 per cent, revenue was down 6 per cent, and its earnings per share were down over a quarter. It had been a difficult year, CEO Dion Weisler acknowledged during Tuesday's earnings call, but the company is now planning to …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016

Talend CEO: Profit? We're a few years off... But we're cash-flow positive

Interview Founded in France in 2005, Talend made its initial public offering on the NASDAQ in July, listing as a French company although it's now headquartered in Redwood City, south of San Francisco. It was only the fifth technology IPO of the year, raising questions as to how fruitful the listing might be. But Talend raised $94m, and …

Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

Google hasn't yet released its Wi-Fi mesh router, but the company is already claiming to have bested the competition. Google paid testing services company Allion USA to evaluate how its forthcoming "Wifi" compares to mesh routers from Eero and Luma. Eero and Luma have both received significant venture funding this year, based …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2016
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The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

Radbot Previously, you made it clear that most of you think that test harnesses are a GoodThingTM. Ready for launch: zarro boogs found Getting ready to crowdfund a product is not quite like shipping or releasing a normal product. We did find and kill at least the most critical of the bugs that I agonised over last week (hurrah) …
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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

'G' is for 'Google' and 'GPU' and 'gaining on other clouds'

Google's followed its cloudy rivals into the servers-plus-GPUs caper, announcing that “Early in 2017, Google Cloud Platform will offer GPUs worldwide for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users.” The Alphabet subsidiary will offer AMD's FirePro S9300 x2 to power remote workstations. If you wonder why we' …
Simon Sharwood, 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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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

WD has announced an ActiveScale P100 system for storing object data, scaling from 720TB to 19PB (raw), and forming an entry-level archive product tier well below the 672TB to 35PB Active Archive system. WD now has a Data Centre Systems business unit, DCS, which includes the SanDisk InfiniFlash and HGST Active Archive System …
Chris Mellor, 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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Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

The early days of the internet provided ways to chat, bicker and "collaborate" with others in the world, and decades later we're still working on making that experience better. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) ruled the roost for many years but never really found a place in the enterprise world. It isn't complicated to use yet …
Adam Fowler, 11 Nov 2016