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Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late. The general PC market has been in continual decline since the second half of 2010 and austerity measures brought in by the coalition …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013
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Stone Group: Beancounter Harbridge to replace flown Bird as CEO

Stone Group has named its chief bean counter Simon Harbridge as CEO to try to fill the hole left by predecessor James Bird. Bird flew the coop back in October over a disagreement with VC backers RJD Partners, believed to hinge upon the timing of an exit strategy - he wanted out sooner than they did. In a statement issued today …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2012
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Stone's veteran CEO Bird flies the nest

Stone Computers has confirmed that longstanding chief exec James Bird has left the building. The search for a successor is well underway but these are big boots to fill - Bird founded Stone in 1991 and has been pretty much at the helm ever since, save a year's absence in 2005. That was the year Bird sold the business to the …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2012
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Stone shatters kid Rock: Gamers not as flush as they used to be

Stone Group has killed off the Rock Group operation, which built hefty gaming laptops and notebooks, claiming it saw "no potential" in its future. Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone bought the assets of Rock Group in late May 2008 after the firm was placed into administration by Nick Boardman, who founded the business some 16 …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2012
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Stone Group CEO Bird flies the coop in dispute

PC supplier Stone Group's founder and long-standing CEO James Bird is leaving the organisation, The Channel understands. Sources in the sector claim Bird informed private equity backers RJD Partners of his plans to exit the organisation some months ago and is currently working a notice period that is believed to end in November …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012
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Stone Computers sales catch cold as public sector keeps sneezing

Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone Computers ground out a profit in calendar 2011 as it chopped admin expenses to offset the general market decline in public sector IT spending. One of the last bastions of the once mighty Brit community of PC makers, Stone saw sales slide to £65.5m from £69.7m in 2010 and operating profits …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2012
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Boffins: Proto-humans had stone spears HALF a MILLION YEARS BC

An international team of boffins has shown that early proto-humans were using stone spearpoints much earlier than had been believed. Special crossbow used to shoot stone-tipped spears into a dead springbok This was achieved by demonstrating that stone points found in South Africa decades ago had been used as spear heads. " …
Lewis Page, 16 Nov 2012
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Sharon Stone greets returning US troops ... with a web vid

A wave of frenzy failed to greet Hollywood star Sharon Stone when she officially welcomed home US troops from serving duty in Iraq and Afghanistan today - with a video posted on Facebook. It would seem that these days a sleb need only offer such a heart-warming message via a social network. In 1954 it was very different when …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2011
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Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a search app dubbed Jelly on Tuesday that he hopes will conquer the already packed-like-sardines online Q&A market. The concept behind the app appears to rely on Facebook and Twitter hive minds. Stone stopped short of calling it that, however, preferring instead to say that "Jelly is …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
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Appeals court cracks open Google AdWords v Rosetta Stone case

Google may be liable for direct and contributory trade mark infringement as well as trade mark dilution because of the way it allowed a language learning software company's trademarks to be bought as "keyword advertising" terms by others, a US court has ruled. The US Court of Appeals overturned (47-page/122KB PDF) a district …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Apr 2012

You thought it was dead – but Flappy Bird may return: Millions prepare to poke own eyes out

Dong Nguyen, creator of cult game Flappy Bird, has told Rolling Stone he's got three more games in the works. The magazine travelled to Vietnam to meet Nguyen, who tells the story of Flappy Bird's rise and how he found it hard to appreciate its success. Nguyen also told the magazine he's working on three new games. One is “an …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Mar 2014
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Jabra Stone 2 Bluetooth headset

I've never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets, but Jabra's Stone 2 is one of the first I've tried that I'd consider using regularly. Jabra Stone 2 Jabra's Stone 2: the design is 'boomless'... For one thing, it's more discreet than many of its ilk. There's no big black block poking out of your ear, blue light flashing for all to …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011

Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

An ancient stone carving in modern-day Turkey is sensationally challenging the theory that the origins of Vulture Central lie in France. In 2012, we reported that a Paleolithic artist in the eastern French Pyrenees paid homage to the mighty vultures soaring above the gorges hemming the river Jonte, in the process creating the El …
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2014

None of your Bezos: Jeff's wife gives one star to journo's Amazon tome

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' wife has stuck up for him on the site, claiming in a review that a book about the business and Jeff is a "lopsided and misleading portrait". Mackenzie Bezos gave The Everything Store one star in a review that blasted its author, technology journalist Brad Stone. She wrote: "Everywhere I can fact check …
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Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

UK mobile network O2's Wallet was supposed to be the start of its move into the banking biz, with your mobile phone playing the role of bank card. The service grew out of the 2007 trial of NFC which found that if you give people free money they enjoy spending it. But it turns out that people aren't that keen when it is their …
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014
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Are your landlines buried in the stone age?

The last few years have seen significant changes in end-user computing. In this workshop we have looked at how there has been a shift from desktop PCs towards notebooks, smartphones have become well established and tablets are on the rise. This has caused some quite fundamental changes in how and where people are able to work. …
Andrew Buss, 21 Dec 2012
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007 Blood Stone

According to Matt Damon, there's very little to admire about James Bond, whom he once described as “an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling Martinis and killing people". 007 Blood Stone It's rude to point Of course, were James Bond real and able to reply, he'd probably do so by licking …
Andrew Bailey, 05 Nov 2010

Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

The reluctant app mogul behind the viral hit Flappy Bird has given a clear "yes" to bringing the infuriating game back from the dead. In a tweet posted this week, developer Dong Nguyen said his game will be returning to Apple's App Store, albeit not right now. @painfullpacman Yes. But not soon. — Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) March …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2014
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Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

Intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has bored into its second stone on the surface of the Red Planet, taking a sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland". Second stone drilled by Curiosity The Martian nuclear truck drilled into Cumberland on Sunday, making an impression 1.6cm in diameter and 6.6cm deep, and is expected …
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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

Twitter has patented a messaging service in which users follow each other and send messages that don't have specific recipients - or in other words, Twitter. The approved patent, originally filed in 2007 but published this week, describes pretty much how Twitter and tweeting work, and lists Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Biz …
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'Occupy' affiliate claims Intel bakes SECRET 3G radio into vPro CPUs

Intel has apparently turned up one of the holiest of holy grails in the tech sector, accidentally creating an zero-power-consumption on-chip 3G communications platform as an NSA backdoor. The scoop comes courtesy of tinfoil socialist site Popular Resistance, in this piece written by freelance truther Jim Stone, who has just …
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Nimble set to conquer Japan after sealing Toshiba distie deal

Hybrid flash/disk drive array flogger Nimble Storage has won Toshiba as its master distie for Japan, virtually assuring it of success there. Toshiba Cloud and Solutions Company has a group of distributors and resellers across Japan that will pump the Nimble gear out to their customers, with Toshiba IT Services Corporation …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014

Compusys founder Sam Kazerounian returns to channel

Channel veteran Sam Kazerounian has climbed back on the daily treadmill after breaking his self imposed employment exile to become MD at Centreprise. Kazerounian sold Compusys to Stone Group back in 2006 to create a £100m turnover biz and then hung up his boots when the business was integrated. Well practically. He set up Ziboo …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2013
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Bad timing: New HTML5 trickery lets hackers silently spy on browsers

New time-measuring features in HTML5 can be exploited by malicious websites to illicitly peek at pages open on a victim's browser, it is claimed. Security researchers at Context Information Security have figured out how to precisely observe the speed at which CSS and SVG graphics are drawn on screen to extract sensitive data …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2013
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Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

Intel and SGI have built a new supercomputer using an advanced coolant from 3M flowing directly over the hardware to slash the running costs of such systems, and possibly to boost performance. SGI supercomputer with liquid cooling Don't try this with water The SGI ICE X system uses Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors for grunt, and …
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014
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Alien antique show: Egyptians wore JEWELRY FROM SPAAAACE

Archaeologists have discovered that ancient Egyptians fashioned their bling from rocks from outer space, not from iron ore. Three of the nine ancient beads from Gerzeh, Egypt Just bead it, bead it ... Three of the nine ancient beads from Gerzeh, Egypt We're told beads kept at UCL's Petrie Museum in London predate the …
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Google kicks 'bucket-list' service

Google Schemer users – both of you – have a new activity to add to your recommendation list: “download and save my data before it's deleted”. The Chocolate Factory has decided that the service, which since December 2011 has allowed users to create what amounts to a shared “bucket-list”, is to be discontinued on February 7. It …
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Rosetta Stone rocks Google with trademark lawsuit

Rosetta Stone, maker of language-learning software, is joining a growing crowd of companies suing Google for letting third-parties buy permission to use other people's trademarks on AdWords. Rosetta filed the lawsuit today in US District Court in Virginia, where the company is headquartered. The complaint fingers Google's recent …
Austin Modine, 10 Jul 2009
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Granite becomes Steel: Riverbed rebrands its ROBO gear

Granite is an unchanging rock. The ROBO product of that name, however, has just been rebranded by Riverbed as SteelFusion, nominally tying it into Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimiser products. The Granite product was pitched at removing servers from remote and branch offices and replacing them with a fast pipe to a central office …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

Microsoft was “willing” to buy WhatsApp, Bill Gates has told Rolling Stone. The magazine's interview with Gates ranges widely, revealing his recent dinner with Charles Koch and their discussion about climate change (the problem is urgent, action is needed but the US can't be expected to lead and renewable energy has big problems …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2014

NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

NASA would receive $17.46bn as its share of the Obama administration proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday, down from the $17.65bn it's receiving this year, but healthily up from the $16.87bn it managed to scratch out in sequester-squeezed 2013. That is, if NASA can convince members of Congress that it would be in …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2014

Oz government science funding to rise...

The federal government is sending mixed signals to the science community, with key science funding legislation offering an upwards blip to the Australian Research Council, followed by a sharp fall. Shortly after it emerged that the CSIRO was going to have to reduce its headcount, the rejigged funding to the Australian Research …

Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

Google could soon be building customized Glass headsets for those with prescription eyewear. The Wall Street Journal reported that the advertising giant is in talks with eyewear provider VSP Global on a deal to allow VSP to manufacture Google Glass headsets that can have corrective lenses fitted. The companies have made no …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2013
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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

Telefonica's freebie VoIP platform Tu Me will be shuttered next month as the mobile network pushes customers towards, er, Tu Go. Tu Me came out of Jajah, the internet voice-call outfit Telefonica bought in 2009, but it was never intended to be more than a stepping stone towards a brave new future of telephony as a service. That …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2013
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Creative rocks on with Zen Stone... Plus

Coinciding product launches with significant dates is nothing new, but Creative's Zen Stone Plus launch today comes on what is - apparently - European Music Day. The Zen Stone Plus now sits as the follow on to the Zen Stone. The main difference is the Plus' circular OLED screen, which should help it attract slightly more …
James Sherwood, 21 Jun 2007
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Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

Not content with taking over the internet, your mind, science, and potentially, your wallet, cats will soon no longer require the aid of their human chattel to film them. It's perhaps more accurate to say Felis catus has found a human amanuensis to facilitate its entry into the world of film-making in the form of Sydney artist …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2013
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Stone catches fallen Rock

Stone Group, reseller to the public sector, has bought high-end laptop maker Rock Group which went into administration earlier this month. Staffs-based Stone will keep the Rock brand and its focus on high-end laptops and games machines. Stone will hope to sell more of these machines to its traditional public sector customers. …
John Oates, 21 May 2008
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Tech war latest: Today's leather tools 'invented by NEANDERTHALS'

Neanderthals were just as good at working leather as modern humans - and used the same tools still employed by leather-workers today - a new study has found. Four views of the most complete lissoir found during excavations at the Neandertal site of Abri Peyrony Four views of the most complete lissoir found during excavations at …
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Ecuador: All right, Julian, you CAN stay on our sofa - it's your human right

Julian Assange is in "good spirits" despite being stuck in Ecuador's London embassy for the past year, said the South American country's foreign minister. Ricardo Patino met the Wikileaks website founder over the weekend and appeared on the balcony of the Knightsbridge apartment for a few comments with the press. The minister …
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OCZ goes titsup, flogs own corpse to Toshiba

Solid state disk maker OCZ Technology Group has gone titsup and filed for bankruptcy. The company has been in a mess for years, having recently 'fessed up to all manner of balance sheet borkedness and corrected its last four years' worth of financial emissions. Other efforts to right the ship included a big restructure that now …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Moore, and a second man called Charles "Gary" Evens, were both nabbed in California: Moore will now appear this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014
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ROCK FROM MARS FOUND in Africa, reveals Red Planet's SECRETS

Boffins have dated a piece of Martian meteorite they reckon is the oldest bit of the planet ever collected. Martian meteorite NWA7533 Radioactive analysis of the zircons in NWA7533, a meteorite found in Northwest Africa, have revealed that the rock is around 4.4 billion years old - so it was formed just 100 million years …
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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

IBM has revealed a radical new user interface for email at its Connect 2014 conference in the USA. Dubbed Mail Next, the new interface is inspired by social media and billed as a quantum leap beyond the likes of Outlook. There's a lengthy explanation of the approach in this video of a Connect keynote. We've asked IBM for high- …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

A BBC FTP server ftp.bbc.co.uk was compromised by a Russian hacker and access to it touted online, say computer security researchers. The miscreant behind the attack on the internet-facing file store tried to sell access to the infiltrated system to other crims on Christmas Day, we're told. Hold Security – which this year has …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2013

Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

Crown Commercial Services is turning the screws on suppliers operating on the Commodity IT Hardware & Software framework by cutting margins and ruling that all orders over £250k will require special approval. These new terms come into effect on 1 March and run for eight months, following CCS's decision to extend the agreement, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE

A profit-starved Twitter saw its shares debut on the New York Stock Exchange today with a price tag $45.10. The micro-blogging site, which earlier this week issued an explanation to would-be investors about what its service actually offers, set its initial public offering price at $26 last night. First indications from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2013
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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

Not content with one high-profile IPO, Jack Dorsey is trying to get his other startup, payments firm Square, onto the market in 2014, according to recent reports. Dorsey, who founded both Square and Twitter, has held discussions with banks about getting the company that lets you make payments with your mobe or fondleslab ready …

Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

Good news for British techies. A wide-ranging innovation study recommends that firms should hire more staff who can solve complex technical problems, even if they’re not tech companies or the techies aren’t employed in a narrowly technical function. So says a report on Innovation and Growth prepared for the Department of …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2014
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iSpy with my little eye: Apple wants to track your every move

Apple is planning to use a hidden feature of its iPhone software to track customers as they wander around its stores, according to reports. Mac rumours website 9to5Mac claims that Apple is planning to install tracking devices around all its US shops. These iSpies will use a feature of iOS 7 called iBeacon to judge a shopper's …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Nov 2013
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'Hmm, which is more important: connectivity or malaria vaccine?'

This was the week when Bill Gates said that Mark Zuckerberg's attempts at benevolent billionaire philanthropy were rubbish. The ex-Microsoftie belittled Zuck's attempts to better mankind by getting everyone online, saying that should be pretty far down on the list of things humanity needs to have fixed. The Facebook founder …