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Got a cold flannel? Acer Q3 profits were bigger than cost of your lunch

2016 will forever be remembered for the Brexit vote, the Donald's presidential victory and maybe, just maybe, the year that Acer's bottom line recovery started in earnest. OK, the last one is a long shot. The Taiwanese notebook business has reported calendar Q3 results, and while the top line continued to slide on the prior …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2016
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Met Police issues £350m tender for future IT procurement framework

London's Metropolitan Police is set to copy the UK government's cockup-ridden digital services framework by developing its own, according to a contract published, for some reason, on the Welsh government website. The framework "is designed to enhance the MPS' current Solution Delivery supply chain," says the contract notice, …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Nov 2016

Six weeks after first ever profit warning Capita does what Capita does

Those caring souls at Capita have inevitably taken the knife to the business, cutting out an entire layer of management and slicing and dicing the divisional structure, six weeks after its first ever profit warning. The blundering integrator and outsourcing giant said it will fold the current units into six; private and public …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2016

Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

Forget the near-impossible product price comparison in Microsoft's revamped CRM licence, just lead with those extra features and functionality (F&F) and any resistance from customers will melt. This seems to be the message coming out of Microsoft HQ in Redmond, a week after the CRM Online suite was killed off and bundled into …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2016
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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

A second wave of double-digit price hikes are coming to a reseller or retailer near you from the start of next month, both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo have confirmed. Since the referendum, the UK's currency has fallen from $1.49 to £1 to $1.21, a drop of 18.7 per cent and many IT makers have reacted, from the cloud …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2016
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Fujitsu staffers strike over pay, job security and pensions

Three hundred unionised Fujitsu workers braved the bitter cold on Monday to attend the first of a two-day UK strike over pay, pensions and job security. The brothers downed tools for 24 hours last week in protest of work conditions, and turned out again today, leafleting current and prospective punters in Salford's media city …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2016
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What the Dell? NAND flash drought hits Texan monster – sources

Dell EMC doesn't have a magical NAND storage tap after all – the business, like its major rivals, has delayed shipping dates on certain drives by months after succumbing to shortages. Last week El Reg lifted the lid on supply chain woes caused by a flash chip drought that forced Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco to extend …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2016

Redcentric CFO quits after botched accounts discovered

The chief bean counter at managed services slinger Redcentric has left the business with “immediate effect” following the discovery of multi-year accounting misstatements that will cost a minimum of £10m to rectify. The London Stock Exchange-listed biz made the admission about fiscal errors to the City this morning, and the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2016
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Naughty UK Google cloud users can now be sued by Chocolate Factory in England

BT, Dropbox, Google and Mozy have promised not to screw over their British consumer cloud customers with dodgy terms and conditions, according to the Competition and Markets Authority. The promises are the latest result from the CMA's ongoing investigation into cloud service providers' contract terms, which the regulator says …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Nov 2016
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CSC shows first growth in two years... after ploughing half a billion into takeovers

Sales at outsourcing and integrator basket case CSC are growing again – all it took was hundreds of millions of pounds worth of acquisitions. The New York Stock Exchange-listed outfit reported revenue of $1.87bn for the three months ending 30 September – its Q2 of fiscal 2017. This was up 7.16 per cent on a year ago and the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2016

Software licencing gets easier in the cloud? Not if your name is Microsoft

The classic CRM Online suite is no more, it has ceased to be, is bereft of life and rests in pieces. Microsoft has overhauled its licence and for some the price has become a lot more expensive, trade customers have told us. Last week CRM Online covered the entire suite. Now the product has been split into apps with different …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2016

Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

Tech's big names have jumped into bed together to create an industry standard that's supposed to make products less prone to failure in the cloudy era. Founding members include HPE, Cisco, Brocade, HDS, Dell EMC, Fortinet, Juniper, NetApp, SAP, SUSE and integrator T-Systems. The plan is to work on a Zero Outage framework …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2016
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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

Android smartphones currently account for nine tenths of what analysts say is now strictly a two-brand market. Strategy Analytics estimates that over the third quarter of 2016, Android handsets claimed precisely 87.5 per cent of all shipments, the highest market share ever for the Google-backed operating system. Apple was …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2016

Barracuda: Outage caused by 'large number of inbound connections'

Outage-hit security firm Barracuda appears to have been struck down by a DDoS – though the firm says it's still investigating and refuses to confirm or deny it. This morning the company's status page said in an update posted at 0044 GMT: "Barracuda Networks is still continuing to see a large number of inbound connections from …
Gareth Corfield, 03 Nov 2016
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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

With sales shrinking in every corner of the portfolio and staff losing their jobs, Lenovo said Thursday it has hired some of the industry's "top minds" – presumably to help it figure a way out of its perfect storm. The Chinese giant has reported an 8 per cent year-on-year drop in Q2 revenue to $11.2bn, though this was up 12 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2016
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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

The British government has lost a legal challenge against invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would be the first step towards Great Britain leaving the European Union. The judgment in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU was handed down at the High Court on Thursday morning, sending shockwaves …
Gareth Corfield, 03 Nov 2016

Amazon's very own Linux now available for download

Amazon Web Services is letting customers download its own artisanal Linux. The company has loosed its Linux Container Image to assist those planning a move into its cloud can test their software and workloads on-premises. Previously the image was only accessible on-cloud, for customers running virtual machine instances on AWS …

Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

Microsoft has created Teams, an Office 365 chat app that is a direct competitor to Slack in the messaging sphere. Teams sits on top of Office 365 Business and Enterprise editions and allows users to create private or public online chat groups, communicate via Skype for videoconferencing, and link in Office apps and third-party …
Iain Thomson, 02 Nov 2016

Barracuda email security scanning services in worldwide TITSUP

Security biz Barracuda is suffering an apparent failure of its email security service, according to angry customers who got in contact with El Reg. The outage began at about 1430 GMT. While the official Barracuda status webpage confessed to "degraded performance" for inbound email delivery and the web interface, sources told …
Gareth Corfield, 02 Nov 2016

Broadcom snaps up Brocade for $5.9bn

As rumoured storage network switch, Ethernet switch and wireless vendor Brocade is being bought by Broadcom for $5.9bn in an all-cash transaction. The price is for $12.75 per share, valued at approximately $5.5bn, plus $0.4bn of net debt. The cash will come from new debt financing and cash available on Broadcom's balance sheet …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2016

NetApp gives Data Fabric a little nip, tuck and some filler

NetApp has added a few more capabilities and buffed up some products to make sure customers using its hybrid on-premises-public cloud facilities have a smoother ride. There's nothing dramatic here but rough edges have been sanded and partners can provide NetApp Private Storage as a service. Under the Data Fabric umbrella there …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2016

Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

Infamous IT bungler Capita still hasn't delivered usable ICT systems for British Army recruitment, despite signing the contract to do so five years ago, it emerged in Parliament on Tuesday. Crapita Capita has a contract with the Ministry of Defence, the Recruitment Partnering Project, which was signed for £1.3bn in 2012 to …
Gareth Corfield, 02 Nov 2016

Delayed Ingram Micro sale to Tianjin Tianhai gets green light from US regs

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the $6bn takeover of Ingram Micro, the world’s largest tech distie, by Chinese shipping magnate Tianjin Tianhai. The proposed buyout hit the rails earlier this summer when the Shanghai Stock Exchange fired a bunch of financial questions to Tianjin, …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2016
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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

Microsoft Future Decoded Britons lack skills essential for tech bosses, overseas students are facing a clampdown on UK study, and Blighty lags behind international R&D spend. But Brexit! What an opportunity for Britain to lead the world! Chancellor Philip Hammond affixed the standard ministerial stiff upper lip to address the topic of Brexit Tuesday …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2016
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ESMA urges companies to disclose potential Brexit impact

Listed companies should disclose the potential impact of Brexit in their financial statements, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has said. In its annual statement on European common enforcement priorities, which identifies enforcement priorities for listed companies’ financial statements, ESMA "urges issuers …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Nov 2016
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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

Windows 10's market share has stalled, according to all three of the traffic-measurement tools The Register tracks at the start of each month. Our three sources are Netmarketshare, StatCounter and analytics.usa.gov. All three investigate web traffic to determine operating system prevalence, with the third source only …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2016

Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

A biting shortage of NAND flash has upended the storage chip supply chain, forcing vendors to quote customers elongated lead times – in some extreme cases by more than four months. Semiconductor marketplace DRAMeXchange warned weeks ago the component shortfall that surfaced in 2016's third quarter was likely to worsen in the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2016
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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

If you can get Dell, HP Inc, Lenovo or any other PC-maker to sell you a PC running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1, please let us know how you did it because Microsoft no longer sells the operating system to OEMs. Redmond's Windows lifecycle webpage has long-since flagged October 31, 2016 as the date on which Windows 7 …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2016

HP Enterprise, Mirantis sack couple of hundred OpenStack engineers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Mirantis have laid off roughly 200 OpenStack developers in recent weeks, calling into question the appeal of OpenStack, the open source project for cloud computing infrastructure. HPE spokesperson Meghan Fintland in an email confirmed the layoffs, noting HPE does not provide details about the …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Nov 2016
'The cake is a lie'

Quest celebrates first day of independence from Dell with layoffs

Exclusive Quest, the newly liberated Dell software division, rang in its first day as a standalone company by announcing a restructuring that included significant layoffs. The Register has now heard from multiple sources that Quest has pink-slipped employees, with top management staff shown the door and deep cuts made to marketing and …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Nov 2016
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HPE: Wanna revive that support deal for your software? Ha ha ha, har

Organizations running software from Hewlett Packard Enterprise would be wise to read up on their support contracts – there's a new policy in town. Under revised terms effective today, HPE software support contracts that expired more than a year ago can no longer be renewed, meaning customers who wish to revive their old …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Nov 2016
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SonicWall goes it alone as Elliott and pal swallow Dell/Quest Software

Dell-owned infosec outfit SonicWall is to stand on its own two feet as Elliott Management and Francisco Partners slurp the remains of the artists formerly known as Dell Software Group. The rumours of Dell Software’s sale were confirmed back in June, with the deal being thought to be worth around $2bn. SonicWall, formerly a …
Gareth Corfield, 01 Nov 2016
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UK.gov's pricey Five Year Plan to see off cyber thugs still in place

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to reaffirm a pledge to spend £1.9bn up until the end of 2020 to bolster the UK’s cyber security strategy in a speech early this afternoon. The updated strategy [84-page PDF] - which doesn’t include any new spending pledges1 - is expected to include an increase in focus on investment in …
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2016

A sorry Brexcuse! Systemax blames Brexit for car crash Q3 results

Sickly supplier Systemax has blamed Brexit for its latest car crash financials as losses in the UK mounted in the wake of the EU referendum. The once mighty reseller reported falling year-on-year sales at its European Technology Group (ETG) for Q3 ended September, down 6.3 per cent to $226.5m. Trading output across the region …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2016
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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

The IT system that was to underpin Blighty's smart meter rollout remains unfinished as another yet another deadline whooshes by. The last time it missed a smart meter deadline, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) promised that “the new infrastructure is planned to go live at the end of …
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Broadcom would certainly be broader with Brocade on board

Analysis And so a storage networking era comes to a close, and we have been here before. Brocade is reportedly up for sale, as it has been three times before. The premier Fibre Channel SAN director and switch vendor has consistently tried to use its revenues to buy other companies and diversify, because it knew the market was …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2016
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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

It sounds like a big number, but the 43 million tablets that shipped in Q3 2016 are a disaster for vendors, according to prognosticator IDC. The overall market declined 14.3 per cent year-on-year, the analyst house says, dragged down by poor sales at the top end of the market, with consumers switching to cheapies. There's a …

America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

In one month, an obscure procedural rule tweak will come into effect allowing US cops and federal agents to potentially hack any computer in the world using a single warrant issued anywhere in America. No one in Congress has voted on this legal update. It means a warrant granted somewhere within the US can be executed on the …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2016
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A successor to Mirai? Newly discovered malware aims to create fresh IoT botnet

Miscreants have put together a new strain of malware designed to turn insecure IoT devices into a DDoS attack platform. The new nasty, Linux/IRCTelnet discovered by security researchers at MalwareMustDie.org, like the infamous Mirai botnet before it relies on default hard-coded credentials to spread across vulnerable devices. …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2016
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Violin switches stock exchanges fast

In an astoundingly fast piece of work Violin Memory shares were listed and trading on the OTCQX market a day after the New York Stock Exchange said it was halting trading in Violin’s shares. The October 27 NYSE halt was due to Violin’s average market capitalisation dropping below $15mn for a 30-day period (background here.) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
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C'mon, it's the current year! Report finds UK gov could save £2bn by modernising IT

The UK government could save £2bn by 2020 by overhauling its clunky technology and legacy contracts and shifting citizens to digital services, according to the Institute for Government. The independent charity's report claims that savings through digital have so far been minimal. Far more could be saved with a proper focus on …
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2016

Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

Apple has taken advantage of a more competitive sterling exchange rate to hike its computer prices – by far more than sterling fell. Cupertino raised some UK prices by as much as £500. Apple had already raised the prices of its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch products. Sterling has fallen some 15 per cent from its 1H 2016 …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2016

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