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Azlan crowns Tomlin

Notorious self-licker Rob Tomlin has got even more reason to be pleased with himself after bagging the top job at Azlan UK, the enterprise distribution arm of Tech Data. The remit handed to Azlan’s former biz development director is to make more of IT security, the emerging software defined infrastructure space, and cloud …
Paul Kunert, 02 Feb 2016
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Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The pair previously came within touching distance of signing a European partnership in 2011, but at the eleventh hour pressure from Cisco — one of Huawei's main rivals — saw US management at parent Tech Data …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014

Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

Samsung has launched a campaign to remind arch-rival Apple that it wasn't the first tech firm to release a golden bling-horror phone. The South Korean giant has gone to the effort of designing a special web page dedicated to showing off the garish champagne-coloured phones it has inflicted on the human population over the years …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Oct 2013

McDonalds-card-toting Softcat boss: I couldn't tell you how a computer works

Feature The much-lauded CEO of software reseller Softcat has carved out a high-flying career selling tech - but paradoxically Martin Hellawell can't explain how a computer computes nor the inner workings of a mainframe. Still wet behind the ears and straight out of uni in 1988, Hellawell made an inauspicious entry into the world of …
Paul Kunert, 09 Apr 2013
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SCH Group prepares for life after distribution

Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March. This is the last set of full year results the group, which houses reseller-cum-integrator SCC and wholesaling biz Specialist Distribution …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012

IT distribution titan Tech Data to gobble UK's SDG for $350m

Technology products distributor Tech Data (TD) has swallowed Specialist Distribution Group (SDG) for $350m (£220.3m) in a deal that is subject to regulatory approval from the EU's competition authorities. As revealed by The Channel some months back, UK Midlands-based Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH), SDG's parent, was …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources

Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel. People familiar with the negotiations say a deal is edging closer which would bulk out Ingram's mid-market infrastructure operation. SDG is an EMEA-wide …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012

Hefty Euro reseller: 'We laugh in the face of recession. Ha ha'

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) tweaked the nose of the recession to record double-digit sales and profit rises in fiscal 2012 ended March. According to unaudited numbers seen by El Reg, the Midlands-based parent of reseller SCC and distie group SDG grew turnover 10 per cent to more than £2.75bn and operating profits by 50 …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2012
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Channel giant SCH sales up, profit down

Specialist Computer Holdings – parent of reseller SCC and distributor SDG – pushed up sales in the year ended 31 March 2011, but the biting economy and the payment of a disputed tax bill dampened profits. Group sales at the channel behemoth went up 11 per cent to £2.48bn but operating profits fell 2.1 per cent to £22.9m, while …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2011
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011
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Optical zoom arrives on 12Mp cameraphone

Samsung has followed up its recent launch of the 12Mp Pixon cameraphone by unveiling the world’s first 12Mp cameraphone that has an optical zoom. Samsung_W880_02 Samsung's W880: supports optical zooming for - hopefully - better stills Digital zooms, as most gadget fans know, don’t result in particularly good quality long- …
James Sherwood, 29 Sep 2009
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SCH buys majority market share

SCH Distribution is buying IQ Sys Limited - the UK's leading Citrix distie. The deal will give the combined entity 60 per cent of UK Citrix sales. Sir Peter Rigby's SCH claims to be Europe's largest private technology group - it turns over almost £1bn a year. SCH will maintain IQ's Sys Identity product as a separate brand. …
John Oates, 22 Jul 2009
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Nokia prepping 12Mp cameraphone with optical zoom?

Nokia is secretly working on a device that could propel it to the forefront of cameraphone technology: 12Mp phones with an optical zoom. Sources inside both Nokia and optics firm Carl Zeiss revealed the Finnish phone giant’s plans for the high-end cameraphone, according to a story by website Phone Report, and hinted that the …
James Sherwood, 30 Jun 2009
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Link-spamming spreads to NHS, police

Hot on the heels of spam-linked local government and pwned parish Council sites, El Reg has discovered that central government is not immune to infiltration by spammers. To schools we must now add NHS, Police and Fire Brigade. If Altavista is to be believed, not only have the Home Office crime reduction pages been encouraging a …
Jane Fae , 09 Feb 2009
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Computacenter ditches PC distribution

Computacenter has finished a strategic review which means it is pulling out of trade distribution of PCs and printers to focus on servers and storage products. At the start of last year Computacenter Distribution hired Phil King from SCH in order to increase revenues from virtualisation and business continuity. The move is …
John Oates, 13 Jan 2009
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Westcoast rings up Avenir for convergence emergence

Westcoast is teaming up with a b2b telecoms distie called Avenir Telecom, so that it can offer IT resellers the full mobile data shilling. Avenir describes itself as one of the UK's biggest independent mobile distributors, with annual turnover of £50m. Its French parent company operates in seven European countries. Here, Avenir …
Team Register, 01 Aug 2008
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SCC scoops up bit of French reseller

SCC has bought up a bit of a loss-making French IT reseller. The bit is described as the "principal region – Île de France" - of Arés, along with 130 techies. SCC is integrating the business into SCC in France immediately. The firm claims revenues of €1.1bn in France and employs 2000 people in 24 locations. Terms of the …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2008
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SCH scoops up Fayrewood leftovers for £2m

Specialist Computer Holdings has bought the last two trading subsidiaries of Fayrewood for a knockdown £2m. The subs are Interface Solutions International Limited, a well known UK distie, and System Loans Services Limited, a minuscule company that dresses up IBM X servers for sale. Fayrewood's board said the disposals vindicate …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2008

Samsung fêtes 'first' HSUPA phone

Samsung has shown off one of the first phones to support 2Mb/s HSUPA 3G upload acceleration technology. Samsung SCH-M470 Samsung's SCH-M470: first HSUPA phone? The SCH-M470 is destined - initially at least - for South Korea Telecom's HSUPA network. In addition to the ability to upload data at a rate of up to 2Mb/s, the …
Tony Smith, 21 Apr 2008

'Diamondville' to shine as Intel's next Atom

IDF Having launched the first batch of 45nm Atom-brand processors yesterday, Intel today began touting the next set, these ones aimed at sub-laptops and small form-factor desktops rather than Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Intel Centrino Atom Codename watchers will be wondering where 'Diamondville' fits into Intel's Atom family …
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008

Intel reveals Atom CPU speeds and feeds

IDF Intel announced its 'Silverthorne' processor's brand, Atom, last month and today it completed the picture with speeds and feeds details of what is physically smallest CPU the company's ever made. The Atom line-up comprises five CPUs all with 512KB of on-die L2 cache. The 800MHz Z500 and 1.1GHz Z510 both sit on a 400MHz …
Tony Smith, 02 Apr 2008
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Samsung shifts 22-vibrate-mode handset

Samsung has taken touchscreen vibration feedback technology, dubbed Haptic Touch, one step further, by unveiling a phone with no less than 22 different types of vibration. Samsung_Anycall_Haptic Samsung's AnyCall Haptic SCH-W420 has 22 vibration styles The AnyCall Haptic SCH-W420 gives off different kinds of vibration …
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2008
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Computacenter launches software distie division

Computacenter Distribution (CCD) has poached Phil King from rival SCH to run its new software division. The firm's biz unit director Lee Perkins told The Register that CCD decided to step into the burgeoning software marketplace following demands from its customers. He said CCD hoped to plump up market share in virtualisation …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2008
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'Swiss DMCA' fears overblown, says copyright authority

A petition to repeal Switzerland's new copyright law, described as "brutal" by BoingBoing.net and hotly debated on Slashdot, was dismissed yesterday as groundless and misguided by the Swiss copyright collecting authority, SUISA. The petition's submitter, however, claims a rewrite is needed to clarify the law's true scope. …
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Vibro satnav to shake up GPS market

Tactile feedback firm Immersion could be on shaky ground with its latest development, the world’s first portable navigation devices (PNDs) with vibrating touchscreens. Immersion_PND_CSN7040 Immersion's CSN-7040: got the vibe The two devices, the CSN-7040 and the CIN-7000, use the company’s TouchSense technology to make their …
James Sherwood, 25 Oct 2007

Samsung 'world's thinnest' phone goes on sale

Samsung has been showing off its ultra-slim Ultra Edition 5.9 phone at every opportunity it gets, but the 5.9mm-thick - don't ever put it your back pocket - handset has finally gone on sale, in the firm's native Korea. Samsing Ultra Edition 5.9 Samsung reckons the phone, more prosaically known as the SCH-C210 in Korea, is …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2007
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Samsung adds picture-in-picture to DMB phone

Not content with enabling South Koreans to watch TV anywhere, Samsung has decided its punters might want to check out what's on the other channel without missing a moment with picture-in-picture technology. The SCH-B710 features a rotating screen to display video in a proper ratio, and receives video broadcast over its DMB ( …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2007
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Samsung ships 10Mp camera phone to Korea

samsung sch-b600 10Mp camera phone and friends Samsung announced the SCH-B600 ten megapixel camera-phone way back in March this year, but this week launched the device to consumers in its native South Korea. The camera's equipped with a 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, auto-focus and a flash, but if photography's not your …
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Rigby sets stage for SCH dynasty

Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) boss Sir Peter Rigby has put his eldest son James in charge of the British business, fueling speculation that he is being lined up for the top job when his dad retires. The UK arm turns over €1.3bn and employs 3,000 people, according to the FT. James Rigby told the paper that part of his …
John Oates, 05 Oct 2006

Samsung serves up six-channel media phone

Samsung has announced a 1.9cm thick slider handset that not only packs in phone and PDA functionality, but also manages to squeeze in Wi-Fi, digital TV reception and 5.1-channel audio. Samsung's calling the handset the FX, though it also goes by the model numbers SPH-M4500 and SCH-M450, depending on which South Korean carrier …
Hard Reg, 28 Sep 2006

Samsung touts CDMA, GSM, JCDMA 'world phone'

Not for Samsung the simplicity of offering a phone with quad-band GSM support to allow the handset to be used all around the world. The South Korean giant today unveiled a device capable of connecting not only to GSM but also to CDMA and JCDMA networks. samsung sch-v920 world phone The SCH-V920 - also known as the World …
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2006

Samsung previews updated credit-card phone

IFA 06 Samsung's credit card-sized phone, the P300, is to be updated, Samsung revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show last week. The new version, the P310, ditches its predecessor's pocket-calculator look and boosts the on-board camera to two megapixels. samsung sgh-p310 Samsung's SGH-P310... The SGH-P310 - to give it its …
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2006

Samsung pitches 8GB HDD phone at... golfers

Samsung yesterday unveiled its latest hard drive-equipped music and... er... golf phone. For MP3 fans, the SCH-B570 is fitted with 8GB of storage, and for golfers there's all the information you need to successfully play South Korea's most demanding courses. samsung sch-b570 8gb golf phone The handset incorporates a GPS …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Samsung brings slimline 'super 3G' clamshell to Europe

samsung sch-z560 hsdpa clamshell phone Samsung today rolled out its SGH-Z560 HSDPA-compatible clamshell phone in France and Germany ahead of the handset's appearance in other European countries. The 16.3mm-thick, 98g phone has a two megapixel camera with autofocus and sports a 2.3in, 240 x 320, 262,144-colour main display. It …
Hard Reg, 02 Aug 2006

Samsung touts 13.5mm-thick digital TV slider phone

Another day, another Samsung slimline slider phone. This one - it's just 1.4cm thick - also extends the company's long line of handsets capable of picking up satellite-sent Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) television pictures. samsung sch-b500 slimline dmb slider phone The SCH-B500 packs in a two megapixel camera, …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

Samsung demos two-way folder phone for games

Samsung yesterday showed off what it calls a "free folder" phone - a handset that can not only open up vertically, clamshell-fashion but can fold out horizontally the way devices like Nokia's Communicator do. The SGH-B450 is being pitched at phone owners keen to put some multimedia glitz into their mobile lives. The handset not …
Hard Reg, 21 Jul 2006

LG shows slimline 2.2Mp camera phone

LG today touted its latest attempt to claim the crown for the world's thinnest mobile phone handset. The KG320, announced earlier this year, is just 9.9mm thick - only 0.9mm thicker than Samsung's SCH-V870 credit card-shaped handset. lg kg320 slimline phone LG's offering is lighter - 73g to 81g - and packs in 128MB of on- …
'ard Reg, 22 May 2006

Samsung ships first HSDPA phone you can buy

Samsung has claimed to have shipped the world's first handset to support the HSDPA 'Super 3G' speed-boost technology, though for now the phone's only available in South Korea, where SK Telecom has just upgraded its CMDA2000 3G network to the new spec. In addition to allowing data to be downloaded at up to 1.8Mbps, the SCH- …
Tony Smith, 17 May 2006
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Samsung phone sported Mac OS X graphics

Samsung has admitted it made "a few mistakes" when it shipped a mobile phone into the Korean market with a graphical user interface that contained Mac OS X desktop wallpapers and icons for applications like TextEdit, Sherlock, and Stickies. Microsoft's MSN Messenger icon was used too. According to a Korea Times report, the …
Tony Smith, 08 May 2006

Samsung unveils Korean card phone

Samsung has shown off a mobile phone that's little bigger than a credit card. The ultra-slim handset - dubbed the Platinum Cardphone but more labelled with the more prosaic model number SCH-V870 - measures just 8.7 x 5.4 x 0.9cm and weighs 81g. The handset still manages to squeeze in a 1.3 megapixel camera. We're not sure …
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2006
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From JAWS to Dolphins: IT for Nairobi's blind students

Case study Lawrence Momanyji, at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya Lawrence Momanyji, 10 sits at the front of class with a Brailler at his desk. Lawrence is a bright boy – he came fifth out of 52 in the recent class exams. He is a pupil at Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, one of 32 blind and visually impaired children on …
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2006
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Grey marketing rubbed out at SCC

Specialist Computer Holdings has closed its grey market broker, Global Distribution, to keep HP sweet. The official word from SCC is as much a sign of how the times have changed as is the closure of Global Dis. "The Group has made a strategic decision to focus on its vendor relationships through its core businesses. This means …
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2006

Samsung readies 10mp, satellite TV phone

CeBIT Samsung today unveiled its first ten megapixel camera phone, pledging to ship the handset in Q2 - in plenty of time to pick up World Cup broadcasts on the device's built-in digital satellite TV tuner. The SCH-B600's hi-res camera is augmented with 3x optical zoom and a flash - a spec akin to many compact digital cameras. …
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2006
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Orange all a-quiver over 'vibro-tactile' mobile phone

In a bid to put the buzz back into the mobile phone market, Orange UK has launched a version of Samsung's E770 handset that sports what inventor Immersion calls "vibro-tactile sensations". Yes, rather than merely vibrate when a call comes through or you achieve a high score in one of the phone's bundled games, the VibeTonz- …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2006
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TV on the move

The European Telecommunications Standard Institute ETSI has approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standards for the delivery of multimedia content and services "on the move". France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the UK are all preparing to conduct DMB trials to enable the integration of audio, …
Jan Libbenga, 25 Jul 2005
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Samsung unveils 3GB HDD smart phone

CeBIT 2005 Samsung today announced what it claims is the world's first phone with a seven megapixel digital camera built in. And it's not your average phone camera at that. The SCH-V770 provides a 3x optical zoom - and a 5x digital zoom - autofocus facility, flash, full manual mode, 1/2000th of a second shutter speed, and scope to add …
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2005
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Wireless in the spotlight at CeBIT

CeBIT logo Visitors to this year's CeBIT trade fair have been greeted by an array of technological marvels, and wireless firms seem be generating the greatest buzz. The annual week-long event in Hanover, Germany, which this year is expected to draw some 500,000 attendees, has been dominated by cutting-edge wireless …
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Abbey axes 335

Abbey National is laying off 335 IT staff as a result of its merger with Santander Central Hispano. The firm will cut 200 jobs from its Milton Keynes office, 85 in Belfast and 50 in Glasgow. Another 240 staff from business banking and Abbey's online bank Cahoot are being offered transfers to Isban - the SCH subsidiary which is …
John Oates, 16 Feb 2005
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SCH profits grow a little

Specialist Computer Holdings saw turnover increase 8.3 per cent to £1.88bn for the year ended 31 March 2004. Operating profit for the year - before exceptional items - was £30.7m, up slightly from £30.6m for 2003. More than half of total turnover, 56 per cent, came from outside the UK. Continental European turnover was £1, 056m …
John Oates, 15 Nov 2004
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Compel trims losses

Compel's outlook is better than it has been "for several years. Two acquisitions, Syscap and Sysao have improved the IT services firm's position in short term IT rentals. Sir Michael Bett, chairman, said: "The general decline in our clients' and potential clients' expenditure levels drew to a halt during the period and, in some …
John Oates, 14 Sep 2004