Articles about Sainsbury

300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

The splash story on one Sunday newspaper breezily informed us Brits used six billion fewer plastic bags this year than last, and that these weighed the same as “three million pelicans” – a grave naughtiness committed before El Reg's Standards Soviet. Last Saturday's edition of the Daily Mail featured the screaming splash …
Gareth Corfield, 02 Aug 2016
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When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

“Graze is doing the reverse of most companies,” co-founder and chief technology officer Edd Read tells me. “We started online and we are going offline. We started with bespoke home-made technology and we are beginning to adopt the opposite.” Started in 2008, Graze has done everything considered “normal” in today’s startup …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2016
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Sainsbury’s Bank insurance spam scam causes confusion

Numerous UK surfers were left confused on Monday after receiving email confirmations for insurance products with Sainsbury’s Bank that they never bought. People are receiving emails claiming they have started new policies for travel, home and car insurance from the UK supermarket giant’s banking business. El Reg learnt of the …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016

Going on a thin client diet

We may not be in the post-PC age, but we’re definitely in the ‘plus everything else’ era. A gaggle of new mobile devices has gathered to join the PC, and it’s making things more complex for IT administrators. Smart phones were already heavily in the enterprise, and now, tablets are gaining traction too. How can they cut through …
Robin Birtstone, 08 Mar 2016
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No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out

Barnes & Noble's Nook business in the US is faltering, but that's nothing compared to the UK, where it's exiting and handing operations to Sainsbury's. The company has posted this announcement on its UK site. Effective from March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The NOOK Store on NOOK …
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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

Update Sainsbury's Bank website still relies on insecure cryptography protocols that more security conscious organisations have abandoned as obsolete. The UK supermarket-owned bank’s "secure" site rates an “F” in tests using the industry standard Qualys’ SSL Labs service – chiefly because of the support for protocols security experts …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2016
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Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

Analysis Heat has traditionally been the sysadmin's enemy. We may have turned technology to our advantage and chipped away at heat's wasteful nature over the years, but our old foe has remained. From turning data centers into walk-in fridges, and hot/cold aisle separation to cold aisle containment and positive pressure, we've tried …
Tom Baines, 19 Oct 2015
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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

Britain's biggest high street banks are launching their own digital payment services to fight off Apple's invasive Pay system. Cupertino's steady conversion of its eToy market dominance into the active, omnipresent control of the entire universe has found an opponent in yesteryear's foremost public enemies: the good old high …

Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse taunted with sausage sarnie snap

The El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse's Live Below the Line challenge got off to a provocative start today, as Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Paul "Lord Shax" Shackleton sent over a snap of what we certainly weren't getting our laughing gear round this morning. Paul Shackleton's sausage sarnie Careful not …
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2015
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Target, Home Depot and UPS attacks: Dude, you need to rethink point-of-sale security

A new report on point-of-sale malware presents the most detailed examination of the malicious code behind high-profile attacks against US retailers to date. Cyphort Labs’ in-depth look focuses on Target, Home Depot and UPS breaches and involved an analysis of BlackPOS, FrameworkPOS and Backoff malware samples. The researchers …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 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
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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

IBM's System 360 mainframe, celebrating its 50th anniversary on Monday, was more than a just another computer. The S/360 changed IBM just as it changed computing and the technology industry. The digital computers that were to become known as mainframes were already being sold by companies during the 1950s and 1960s - so the S …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2014

Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

A team of British researchers has announced the results of test cultivation of a blight-resistant potato - a transgenic creation featuring a "gene isolated from a wild relative of potato, Solanum venturii, and introduced by GM methods into the potato variety Desiree". For three growing seasons from 2010-12, scientists from the …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2014

How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

Feature The chip designers at ARM Holdings have turned the computing world upside down, shaken Intel to its core, pulled AMD into its orbit, and broadened its range beyond mobile into every nook and cranny of the digital world, from toys to servers. But where did this UK wonder company come from? How does it earn its living? And how …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Nov 2013
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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Cue the traditional fanfare of trumpets and thunderous drumroll as we reveal today the winner of our ultimate cuppa showdown. Mug with our Vulture logo This cha-tastic adventure – the aim of which was "not to examine the hundreds of possible tea type/brewing permutations, but rather establish a set of basic rules which can …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2013
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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Struggling bookshop Barnes & Noble has been taken to task by the UK's advertising watchdog for running out of stocks of its ebook reader, the Nook, just a few days after slashing prices down to £29 in a nationwide campaign. B&N started an ad campaign on 24 April that touted the whopping discount from £79 to £29 for the ereader …

ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

We're one step closer today to deciding the ultimate cuppa with the announcement of the 12 contenders which will go mug-to-mug in the pursuit of tea perfection. Our crack team of shopping experts has braved multiple supermarkets in search of your nominations, and we're set to turn the matter over to our panel of tasting …
Lester Haines, 09 Aug 2013

Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

Pics In a pop-up shop in Shoreditch, two rubber-clad hotties are snogging in front of a small audience of pretty PR people. It might sound like an average Saturday night for the racier denizens of this uber-hip part of London but it is, in fact, a tenuous marketing ploy for the Huawei Ascend P2, a flash new smartphone from the world' …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jul 2013
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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points. The service will launch in a month or two, so we don't have critical factors like pricing or a detailed breakdown …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2013
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INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry

Geek's Guide to Britain For staff at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, there’s an air of Fight Club about the place. The first rule about GCHQ is you don’t talk about GCHQ. It’s a well observed tradition, even though there are road signs and a bus route directing you to this highly secret establishment, the nerve centre …
Bob Dormon, 24 May 2013

IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

Most people can't bear to use automated call centre phone lines for even a few minutes. But one former IT manager has spent seven years on the phone in a bid to produce a map of Britain's phone menus. Nigel Clarke, a self-confessed "call centre menu enthusiast", released details of his project today on a site called www. …
Jasper Hamill, 17 May 2013
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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

Analysis Ever wondered what a British coup d’état might look like? You’ll have to bring your own visuals, but the soundtrack would probably go like this ... “Other than an Index of Censorship press release, where is your evidence for '300 years' of freedom?” demands one Reg comment-poster after your correspondent suggested MPs had …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2013
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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

With a £64bn turnover and £3.9bn operating profit, Tesco was always going to make a big splash when it dived into the online media delivery market. We're just going to have to wait a bit longer to find out what it will be doing. The supermarket announced some new appointments and its new branding - but much remains under wraps …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2013
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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

Companies are paying £61 a month for every device their workers bring into the office, but less than half of IT departments have any say in mobile strategy these days. The numbers come from biz Wi-Fi flogger iPass, which discovered that only 48 per cent of IT departments are still in control of the spending on mobile devices, …
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2013
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Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

Everyone's been waiting for a game-changing Apple TV product to come riding over the hill, but it could be Microsoft that captures the internet TV market first. In the Xbox, Microsoft already has a popular internet box that people plug into the sitting room TV. Now Microsoft is ramping up the TV and video content available on …
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012
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Nook pulls on backpack, heads for Europe and flings with foreigners

There are a lot of Nooks in the US, maybe 10 million, maybe more, no one is quite certain as the company only releases revenues, which are up at around $192m a quarter for the Nook, not unit numbers. But at an average purchase price of $200 including media, that‘s about 4 million devices a year, since in first launched. But all …
Faultline, 01 Oct 2012
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BYOD: The great small biz security headache

After surveying more than 1600 IT professionals late last year, the analyst firm Freeform Dynamics concluded that the consumerisation of IT is a real thing, and it is not just down to those pesky young people and their shiny iPads. Company founder Dale Vile says the trend is driven not just by the so-called digital natives, …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jun 2012
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Sainsbury's pays £1 entrance, heads into ebook club

British grocery chain Sainsbury's has entered the ebook market by snapping up HMV's stake in Anobii for a nominal £1. The retailing group said that slurping HMV Group's share and investing in the business would mean it ends up with a 64 per cent stake in Anobii, which is styled as a social network for book readers as well as …
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Ten... gaming mice

Product round-up The three qualities I look for in a gaming mouse are: comfort, aesthetics and accuracy. And considering the imminent financial meltdown of the entire world, I'd like to think that I can get these three qualities for less than a week's shopping at Sainsbury's. Compared to last year prices, what's on offer seems to be slightly …
Lucy Orr, 03 Mar 2012
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More Brits desert high streets to spend £50bn online

Evidence of the agonising demise of Blighty's high streets piled up today as comparison website Kelkoo announced that UK e-sales jumped 14 per cent to nearly £50bn last year. The average Brit web shopper spent about £1,400 online, picking out 39 items, in 2011 - and Kelkoo is predicting that's going to rise again this year. …
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Online Christmas orders from retailers go titsup

Looks like Christmas won't be delivered for hundreds of families this weekend who've shopped online at Sainsbury's and Fortnum & Mason, thanks to IT problems. Fortnum & Mason has blamed "severe" IT problems for its failure to deliver its famous luxury hampers in time for the big day. The high-end retailer is now no longer …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2011
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Fifa 12 kicks off with £2 HMV deal

With this season of the FA Premier League long underway, the annual refresh of football-related videogames is now upon us. EA returns today with its kick-about Fifa 12, which can be picked up for a generous £1.99 at HMV. Of course there are strings attached: in order to get the game at such a low cost, customers must trade in …
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Sky makes iPad trolley for square-eyed shoppers

No, despite Sky's effulgent press release, you are not going to be able to watch Sky while you wheel a trolley round Sainsbury's - thank the beardy bloke up there - for some time, if ever. Sky today pitched the notion - a supermarket trolley with a bolted on iPad 2 running the satellite broadcaster's Sky Go app - as a means by …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2011
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Shoden Data CEO dies suddenly

Obituary Shoden Systems UK has lost its CEO: John Taffinder passed away at home on Monday, 25 April. He was a terrific guy and will be sorely missed. His IT life started with COBOL, writing code for British Steel in Port Talbot after graduating as an accountant. He then headed east across the Severn Bridge and climbed IT's career …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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Where are the cheapest 3DS deals?

If you're off to buy a Nintendo 3DS today but don't know where the cheapest place to get one from is, here's a quick run through of the best deals. It appears supermarket chains are ahead of the pack with pricing, with Tesco offering the lowest - £175 - but only if you buy a game with it. Morrisons has the handheld priced at …
Caleb Cox, 25 Mar 2011
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Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam

An IT manager at Sainsbury's has been jailed for fraud offences connected to the supermarket's Nectar loyalty card scheme. James Stevenson, 45, from Muswell Hill, London, transferred millions of Nectar loyalty points to accounts which he controlled. Stevenson ran the scheme for years and was caught with points with a …
John Oates, 14 Jan 2011
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Sainsbury's is abandoning tape

UK retailing giant and mainframe user Sainsbury's is migrating away from tape to Shoden-supplied Data Domain disk backup systems. It has rejected a move to Oracle's current StreamLine automated tape library and is moving to disk instead. Shoden is the UK division of a South African systems integrator which resells Hitachi …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2011
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Microsoft to hire 4,000 in UK

Microsoft has pledged to create 4,000 new jobs in the UK, with the bulk of them to be reached through apprenticeships. "In 2011, Microsoft expects its Britain Works programme to generate 4,000 new jobs, in addition to the 9,000 new jobs created since launch in 2009," said Microsoft UK's managing director Gordon Frazer in a …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jan 2011
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Supermarket techie in mega loyalty-point blag

A London IT worker has been found guilty of fraud offences related to scamming supermarket Sainsbury's out of loyalty points worth £70,000. James Stevenson, 45, of Muswell Hill, was a lead analyst programmer for Sainsbury's and used his position to set up several different accounts to collect the Nectar reward points. …
John Oates, 03 Dec 2010
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Shops drop cost of CoD: Black Ops

With gamers eager for next week's release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, the stores have begun to announce eye-catching deals. HMV appear to have the cheapest offer. Trade in EA's Medal of Honour and get the game for just £8. With Black Ops' official launch price £55, that's a whopping £47 discount. The deal will only run from 9 …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2010
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Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

Surrey police are exploring the theory that a gang of car thieves are jamming central locking systems to make it easier to steal goods from cars. The theory arose after one a witness reported that a man used an electronic device to prevent doors from locking when he parked his Lexus at a local Sainsbury's. Apparently the …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2010
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Datz all, folks

Updated Datz Music Lounge, the all you can eat music service where you paid £99 upfront for a year's unlimited music, has closed. The service launched last year, offering DRM-free downloads with extensive back catalogues from EMI and Warner Music. Since September 1 the site has displayed the messaged "Datz Music Lounge is currently …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2009
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SpinVox: Veni, vidi, descripsi

Yesterday's technology demonstration by SpinVox at its Marlow HQ reminded everyone just how hard it is to do voice to text machine translation, and how far away anyone is from automating the bulk of the voicemail translation in the real world. All of the messages supplied by our small group of visitors tripped through to a …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Aug 2009
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London's e-van drivers club together

Leccy Tech London’s leccy van users have locked arms in the hope of persuading the city’s petrol and diesel van drivers to support Mayor Boris Johnson's initiative to make London the world’s e-vehicle capital. Sainsburys_Online_Edison_SM Sainsbury's already uses e-vans and plans to support the project The plan is that all of the …
Alun Taylor, 10 Jun 2009
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Carphone Warehouse blocks union website

Carphone Warehouse employees at the Irlam site were unable to get to their union website yesterday, as Carphoneworker.co.uk found itself on the list of unapproved sites for publishing information about forthcoming shift changes. Only workers at the Irlam site were denied access to the site - the rest of the company could …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2009
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Clouds mass over data warehousing

Comment Suddenly the data warehousing sector seems to be hotting up. There's EMC's new competency centre and now Kognitio's in-memory data warehouse which threatens to brush server vendors aside if the idea gets adopted big time. How does that one work? The story goes like this: Cluster lots of servers together in a shared-nothing …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2008
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Interflora sues M&S over Google keywords

The world's largest flower delivery firm has sued Marks and Spencer at the High Court in London for sponsoring the word 'Interflora' as a search engine keyword. The case could be an important test of how UK trade mark laws apply to keyword advertising. Michigan-based Interflora and its UK trading arm are seeking an unspecified …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Dec 2008
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Victoria & Albert overwhelms museum SAN

London's Victoria & Albert museum has overwhelmed its original SAN with digitised images of its collection and is moving to a new one with room to grow more than 50 times larger. The V&A has found that by becoming a museum without walls on the Internet, it has found there is a huge demand for on-screen access to its collection …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2008
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Sainsbury's to sell £99 DRM-free unlimited music

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is amongst the retailers who'll be offering you a £99 a year unlimited music service that lets you keep the DRM-free songs you download. Datz's "Music Lounge" is a riposte to Nokia's Comes With Music bundle, and has several advantages: it's DRM free, and you don't need to buy a Nokia phone. Majors …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2008