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Layar gets a Vision, and a revenue stream

Augmented reality poster child Layar has found a way to make money, by recognising 3D objects and linking them to content which can be dropped into its altered version of reality. Layar has launched Vision, an enhancement which can recognise 3D, or 2D, objects and offer the user an interactive experience when they're spotted. …
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2011
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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

Back in February, Apple made the odd-looking decision to resurrect the iPhone 4 in India alone, in order to bring a cheaper offering to the country. Now the Times of India reports that Cupertino has decided enough is enough and pulled the handset from sale on the sub-continent after four months. More confounding still, the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2014
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VMware wants IM clients to hookup with calendars and databases

Not content with building a chatbot that lets servers tell you what ails them over instant messaging applications, VMware is also seeking a patent to let messaging tools rummage around in your calendar and suck down data from Google. The newly-published patent application, numbered 20140195621 and titled “Intelligent Chat System …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2014
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VMware: More revenue now from services than software

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware wasn't resting on its hypervisor laurels in the second quarter, but it certainly did benefit on the uptake and renewal of services on already installed sales to meet its revenue growth targets. Last week, VMware pre-announced rudimentary results for the quarter ended in June during its …

What's Android Silver? Samsung preps Tizen mobes 'for Russia, India'

Samsung will reportedly launch a Tizen-powered smartphone in Russia and India. The Wall Street Journal has chatted to its usual “people familiar with the matter” and reports that an all-singing, all-dancing launch event can be expected in early June in the two target nations. Lots of noise can also be expected at the Tizen …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014

Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

The Mozilla Corporation has announced that it will soon offer the chance to run advertising in its browser. Ads will appear in what the foundation is calling “Directory Tiles” that appear when users summon a new Tab into existence. Explained as something “designed to improve the first-time-with-Firefox experience”, nine …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014

Apple fanbois to talk at the iWatch, INSPECTOR GADGET style – report

The next generation of fanbois will walk down the street speaking into their wristwatches, Tim Cook has suggested. Speaking to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, Cook hinted at Apple's interest in voice messages. In a note sent to clients that was seen by Fortune magazine, Milunovich recalled: “When we visited with Tim Cook, he …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2014
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Vodafone txt loses revenue crown to data

Vodafone ended 2010 on a high note, with an end-of-year profit prediction pushed to £12bn by growth in India and Turkey. This is only an interim statement, covering the last three months of 2010, but shows that Vodafone is holding its own in Europe (where revenues dropped very slightly, though the company blames exchange rates) …
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2011

Amazon, Twitter, launch #AmazonCart tweet-to-shop service

Amazon.com and Twitter have teamed up to allow shopping by tweet. The system works like this: if a tweet includes a link to a product you fancy at Jeff's B's Big Web Bazaar, simply reply to that tweet and add the hashtag "#AmazonCart". Jeff B's cunning software will then put the item into your Amazon.com cart. You'll need to …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

Fewer than one in ten thousand mobile apps are actually going to make any money for their developers in the next couple of years, beancounters at Gartner have warned. Both Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store have over a million apps and games available to download, forcing people to look at recommendations, social networks …
racks of Fujistu lettuce

Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

Fujitsu’s foray into growing lettuce is not meant to be a revenue stream, but rather a necessary step in convincing farmers to start utilising ICT, the tech giant’s boss has told us. Which is just as well, as the clean-room grown lettuce the IT giant unveiled last week will produce revenues of $3.8m this year, according to our …
Joe Fay, 22 May 2014

Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

A US Appeals Court has rejected a patent case brought by French digital security biz Gemalto against Google's Android operating system. The court upheld [PDF] the decision of the lower courts that the Android platform did not infringe three Gemalto patents that cover technology in the firm's smartcards. The three patents in …
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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

If the theory of disruptive innovation is wrong then why do companies act as if it's true? Proof is rather in the pudding after all..... The latest topical shouting match in my corner of the economics-meets-tech world is an essay by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker. All this talk of “disruptive innovation” is just that – talk – …
Tim Worstall, 02 Jul 2014

Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

The rumours are true: Google is working on a new brand called Silver to seize back control of the Android platform. Details of the thing have been corroborated by multiple sources – and it looks like a declaration of war on Samsung and wannabe top-tier gadget manufacturers. Along the same lines as its Nexus range, Google will …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2014
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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Pictures and specs of a new "3D" smartphone expected to be unveiled by Amazon on 18 June have already leaked online. And just this morning we see reports that giant US carrier AT&T has inked a deal to lock the phone to its network.* But what can we really expect? Judging by the unofficial snaps, the rumoured mobe looks like …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014

Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe. “Look out SAP,” Rimini Street chief executive Seth Ravin warned the giant in a recent interview with The Reg. “We are going to fight them tooth and …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2014

Red Hat kicks Piston out of Red Hat Summit, then performs $13,000 U-turn

In the past two hours, Red Hat has booted cloud upstart Piston out of the upcoming Red Hat Summit, changed its mind minutes after The Register started asking questions – and has now waived Piston's $13,000 summit sponsorship bill. Documents seen by The Register indicate this kicked off after Red Hat lost out on a valuable …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
A shiny new cash point

Internet of Thingies bods: Forget 3G, let's go straight to 4G

The M2M (machine to machine) industry is restyling itself as The Internet of Things, and in keeping with the new trendy name, it doesn’t want any of that old-fashioned 3G. Macario Namie, marketing veep at M2M stalwart Jasper Wireless, told The Register that while the names change, the problems don’t. He says his company is …
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2014
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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Smartphone owners should pay hundreds of dollars to the music industry, wrinkly French synth twiddler Jean Michel Jarre has said. Without the ability to play music, Jarre argued, the gadget wouldn't be worth as much as it currently is. “We should never forget that in the smartphone, the smart part is us creators,” Jarre told …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
Our hire car beside the Stuart Highway

IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Earnings from SAP and IBM – two giants in enterprise IT - proved that both companies are struggling to cope with the move to the cloud and show that success in hosted computing is receding for them. While it's true that the big growth for SAP was in its cloud-related business – up 66 per cent for the fourth quarter and 158 per …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014
Farmville on the iPhone

Zynga ABANDONS ALL HOPE of opening US gambling operation

Zynga has decided to give up on trying to get a gambling licence in the US, the new revenue stream many investors were banking on to lift the gaming firm's fortunes. The makers of "Farmville" and "Words with Friends", which recently hired former Xbox boss Don Mattrick to replace founder Mark Pincus as CEO, said it now believed …
The Register breaking news

Amazon reaping $600 MEELLLION a year in ad sales

Amazon made more than $600m from advertising last year and is on track to make $835m in 2013, thanks to knowing what we buy and not having to share the wealth. The numbers come from eMarketer and are only educated guesses as Amazon doesn't publicly share its figures. The logic is sound, though, and if the trend continues then …
Bill Ray, 06 Jun 2013
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IT'S ALIVE: Groupon stock up, spreadsheets still soaked in red

Groupon shares rallied in after-hours trading last night, jumping at least 10 per cent - after the daily deals site announced a better-than-expected rise in revenue. The voucher bazaar is still making a loss, however. Investors have been more optimistic about the site's stocks since co-founder and chief Andrew Mason was ousted …

EU digital tsar 'Steelie' Neelie Kroes: Telcos must adapt to losing roaming cash

Europe's digital tsar Neelie Kroes has been defending her call for greater integration of telcos across Europe, and appears to be arguing that what she described as "artificial" lowered roaming revenues should not hinder the telcos' greater investment in European infrastructure. Neelie's plan is to get rid roaming charges across …
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2013
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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

Anyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use" is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision, and that is a completely different thing. In order to move away from the model that pretty much every existing application uses – one where you provision the peak amount of resources required …
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2014
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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Microsoft is finding out that it doesn't always pay to play nasty with large government customers: NHS procurement bosses are telling authorities and bodies to hold firm against a wave of licensing compliance threats. As exclusively revealed by The Channel last week, Microsoft wrote to all 160 healthcare bodies across England in …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014
Fatal Attraction: my these late night coding sessions do strange things to your hair

Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

What do all ailing enterprise IT companies have in common? Trouble in their core businesses due to the rise of cloud computing. The repercussions that the technology is having on the IT business are all around us, and its effects on the industry are as inevitable as gravity on a dropped bowling ball. Cloud computing's rise …
Jack Clark, 17 May 2014

Google rolls out fibre to 3 million Ugandans: Ni marungi*, nyan cat

Ad kingpin Google is flashing its talons in Kampala, Uganda, where it has built - in its own words - "a super-fast, high-capacity fibre network to enable any local mobile operator or ISP to connect more people" in the African city. It makes altruistic claims about supporting a "new crop of entrepreneurs and innovators", as well …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Nov 2013

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

Apple's annual investor meetings are tightly scripted, dull-as-dishwater affairs crammed with performance metrics and vague allusions to future glories, so perhaps CEO Tim Cook thought it wise to channel his inner funnyman and add a wee bit of wackiness to Friday's proceedings. In his prepared remarks, he told attendees that his …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2014

The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

Nokia might well boost Microsoft’s smartphone market share, but it won’t derail Android on mobile or thwart Google’s search and ads money machine. Separate surveys say Nokia will consolidate Microsoft’s third-place status in smartphones while Google, helped by YouTube, will continue to dominate the cash haul from net searches …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2013
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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

Object storage supplier Exablox has provided a file interface to its OneBlox object store, which is basically a Drobo-style BYOD store - Bring Your Own Disks. El Storage asked Sean Derrington, senior director of products at Exablox, some questions about the company. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity. El Storage: …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Groupon's retail chief heads for the door... after just 1 year

Groupon's head of retail is leaving the beleaguered voucher bazaar after just one year in the job. Faisal Masud, who joined Groupon from eBay to run its Goods division, will be leaving at the end of this month to develop ecommerce at office supplies firm Staples. Groupon Goods is the daily deals site's alternative revenue …

Legal bruiser Reback joins Google battle in Europe

The famous American legal bruiser Gary Reback has once again waded into the battle against Google in Europe again. The search giant is currently thrashing out a behind-closed-doors remedy with the European Commission in order to fend off a full Statement of Objections. But the deal's critics say Google’s proposed remedy merely …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Dec 2013

Nvidia CEO: Android 'the most disruptive operating system in decades'

Nvidia cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a big, big fan of the Android operating system – a fact that he made abundantly clear when speaking with analysts and reporters after announcing his company's financial results for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year on Thursday. "Android is the most disruptive …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014

MEP: Google's SECRET deal will cause crisis of trust for Europe

Google's secret backroom deal with the EU's competition chief can only worsen the crisis of trust in the European institutions, one MEP tells us. This week the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia said he would advise the Commission to reject complaints made about Google's business practices, thus allowing the search giant …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2014
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Twitter spends $70m to juice your tweets, tell biz what you want - report

Twitter has reportedly spent big on acquiring social media analytics startup BlueFin Labs. Twitter is shelling out $70m for the firm, reports All Things D. If it's true - we've asked Twitter, but it has yet to reply - it would overshadow the site's biggest buy to date: Tweetdeck, for $40m. BlueFin Labs' speciality is "social TV …
Anna Leach, 05 Feb 2013
John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

Interim BlackBerry CEO John Chen says critics should quit dwelling on the snakebit smartphone vendor's past missteps and look instead to what the company plans to do tomorrow. In an editorial published by CNBC on Monday, Chen said that he has crafted a new strategy for the Canadian firm that leaves it "well-positioned for the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013
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Novell misses Q3 revenue and profit targets

The uncertainty over the future of Novell continued to weigh on the company as it reported disappointing financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended July 31. Novell, the maker of the venerable NetWare operating system and GroupWise collaboration software, has bought its way into many adjacent markets, including …
Doctor Who: Empty Child

Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

The implementation of network-level filters by all of the UK's biggest ISPs has contributed to a worrying side effect: it appears to be forcing peddlers of child sexual abuse images to seek different ways of distributing the illegal material. Apparently these increasingly include hacks into the websites of businesses whose …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2014
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Tacky mobile ad networks could kill publishing, survey shows

As if they haven't got enough to worry about: magazines and newspapers are seeing audiences migrate to mobile, but the advertising revenues they need to keep their publications running just aren't following. Traditionally, advertising eventually catches up with where the audience is – but on mobile, it hasn't. The anxiety is …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2012
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Twitter buys music firm We Are Hunted, preps soundtrack for 200m twits

Twitter is set to finally make some noise as it prepares to launch a new music service. The microblogging behemoth has snapped up a music-search service called We Are Hunted which scours the internet to identify what people are listening to and then makes recommendations based upon its findings. We Are Hunted confirmed the deal …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2013

Microsoft to kill Select Agreement rebates, rain cash on cloud deals

From tomorrow, Microsoft will put a bullet in Select Agreement rebates handed to UK business partners as part of a wider shake-up of the overall fees structure. Licensing Solutions Partners (LSPs) were making 2.5 per cent in back-end margin based on a deal's revenues and used this to offer discounts to customers to get them to …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2013
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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

Ads will be creeping into Twitter clients as the social network has opened up an advertising API allowing advertisers to create more complex, targeted advertising using Promoted Tweets and Promoted Account campaigns on the social network. Along with the API, Twitter has named five partners as the first to sign up: Adobe, …
Anna Leach, 21 Feb 2013

Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

Microsoft had better hope departing board member Reed Hastings is wrong about Windows. In some parting comments to a group of Dow Jones reporters, Hastings called Microsoft's Surface tablet a "tactic to spur people on, to get Windows 8 really successful." In other words, according to Hastings, Surface is just a means to get …
Matt Asay, 22 Nov 2012

Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

Apple has filed an unusually detailed, 63-page patent application for the ability to "gift" – and yes, our dictionary recognizes that word as a verb – digital content via near field communication (NFC). Application number 20130211971, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office just this March, published on Thursday …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013
Adobe's Creative Cloud replaces Creative Suite

Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

So, Adobe: can it justify shifting its Creative Suite to a contentious new licensing model? Some say it is making life more difficult and expensive for those users who'd prefer to simply purchase the software outright, while others say it's just a decent business trying to do right by everybody. I refer, of course, to the …
Tim Worstall, 13 May 2013
IDC object storage marketscape

IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

Analyst IDC has ranked object storage suppliers in a pretty 3D marketscape chart, and Cleversafe leads the pack. A marketscape chart, apparently, is a four-box diagram with wavy edges and overlapping boxes, labelled Participants, Contenders, Major Players and Leaders. It positions vendors on two axes; the upright one is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
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Profitless internet biz Pinterest seeks $2.5 BILLION valuation

Online scrap repository Pinterest is trying to raise a new round of funding that would value the as-yet-profitless firm at $2bn to $2.5bn. Undeterred by the lack of an actual business model, the cupcake and kitten scrapbook firm reckons that existing backers like venture firms Andreessen Horowitz and Bessemer Venture Partners, …
VMware's monster VM

VMware taps ex-Ciscoer as channel chief

Just ahead of the formal launch of VMware's "Project Zephyr" vCloud Hybrid Service public cloud on Tuesday, the company has appointed a new channel chief. And the timing is not accidental, with VMware's channel being a key component of its hybrid cloud strategy. It's easy to see why VMware wants to build its own public cloud …