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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

Two directors of ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd have resigned as their attempt to stave off a five-figure legal costs bill for the company proved unsuccessful. CTO Janko Mrsic-Flogel and managing director Suzanne Martin were both recorded by Companies House as having stepped down on 17 August. The filings were …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Aug 2018
Raining cash from the clouds

All clouds rain into VMware's steadily swelling coffers

VMware keeps growing its sales like, depending on your opinion of the virtualization giant, weeds in an unkempt garden, or a lottery jackpot prize pool. For the second quarter of its fiscal 2019 – the three months to August 3 – services revenues rose to $1.27bn, up 11 per cent year-on-year. Along with $90m in licensing, up 15 …
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Uni credential-swiping hack campaign linked to Iranian government

US infosec biz Secureworks reckons it has uncovered a login credential-hoovering operation linked to Iran that targeted universities across a number of Western nations. Secureworks' Counter Threat Unit (CTU) found a mass credential-stealing campaign targeting over 70 universities in 14 countries, including Australia, Canada, …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Aug 2018

Hackers clock personal deets on 'two million' T-Mobile US subscribers

T-Mobile US systems were hacked this week, the cellular giant confirmed in a brief note on its website this week. The break-in was spotted on August 20 by the firm's cyber-security team, it said, and the miscreants booted out same day. "Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to let you know about an incident that we …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Aug 2018
IBM drone patent

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

IBM has filed a patent for mood-sensing coffee delivery drones, because what the world really needs is piping hot liquids flying around over everyone's noggins. Big Blue's plans for aerial hot beverage deliveries not only include deliveries of pre-ordered brews but also taxi-style flagging down of aerial drinks. The US Patent …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Aug 2018
50s schoolgirl listens to vintage radio

Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

Updated A village in former communications minister Ed Vaizey's Parliamentary constituency is suffering ongoing internet outages despite once being the darling of Britain's superfast broadband rollout. The "hard to reach" village of Fernham in Oxfordshire has been served by fibre broadband since 2015, as news site reported …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2018
Windows XP running on a Tesco self checkout

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

OK, so it's not quite Windows for Warships, but Tesco's point-of-sale terminals appear to still be running Windows XP more than two years after Microsoft ended support for the aged operating system. A hungry vulture looking for some luncheon snapped this Tesco PoS terminal which seemed to have crashed and rebooted, going via …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2018

Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

Microsoft has claimed it thwarted a Russian-backed phishing attack by seizing control of fake copies of right-leaning American think tanks' websites – including one led by a prominent Donald Trump critic. A US court order authorised Microsoft to apprehend six domains that the Windows maker said were linked to the APT28 hacking …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Aug 2018
London's Royal Courts of Justice

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

The directors of the company at the heart of the ZX Spectrum reboot scandal have been ordered to pay yet more legal costs as they keep trying to kick their financial woes into the long grass. At a hearing in London’s Royal Courts of Justice earlier today, David Levy, Suzanne Martin, Janko Mrsic-Flogel and Retro Computers Ltd ( …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Aug 2018
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC –

Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

The Home Office wants to dump all of Britain’s national-level police IT onto Amazon Web Services' public cloud. A contract note on’s Digital Marketplace revealed that the Home Office wants a "partner" to migrate coppers' computing "from a traditional on-premise data centre to Amazon Web Services". “The software and …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Aug 2018
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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

It’s that day again, the day when picture editors across the British news media drop everything to find fresh photos of teenagers suspended in mid-air. Yes, it’s A-level results day – and thousands more pupils are passing exams in computing rather than old school ICT. The number of kids sitting A-level ICT fell by no less than …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Aug 2018
Bank vault

Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is enforcing new rules that obligate banks to publicly reveal the number and frequency of online outages – including whether these were caused by malicious actors. Billed as part of consumer-friendly changes to the small print for online banking services, new rules from the FCA and the …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Aug 2018
customer service people take pain from firm's customers

TSB takes on 250 complaint-wranglers to absorb £200m outage fallout

British bank TSB is reportedly hiring an extra 250 customer service bods to help it cope with an avalanche of customer complaints after its IT meltdown earlier this year. The Press Association reported the sudden hiring surge at the bank, which suffered a week-long outage in April, caused by a botched systems upgrade and data …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
man in a catapult prepares to launch himself

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time. “With the expanded footprint, customers outside China will now have access to the real-time search, ingestion, analytical capabilities and …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018

IoT shouters Chirp get themselves added to Microsoft Azure IoT

Audio IoT networking firm Chirp has convinced Microsoft to integrate its tech into the Azure IoT platform. Chirp’s hookup with Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform comes a few weeks after it rolled out a free tier for SDK access. CTO James Nesfield told us: “We’re able to add a really elegant onboarding capability without adding to …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
Amazon Video

Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

Amazon Prime’s next-day-delivery advertising strapline has been branded misleading by a British advertising watchdog. No fewer than 280 people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority, a private company based in London, that Amazon’s “one-day delivery” promise – including its “one-day delivery for Christmas” promotion …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Aug 2018
Man stroking his chin deep in thought

Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

Updated Swedish flat-pack furniture folk Ikea’s UK tentacle appears to be suffering a rather lengthy website backend outage stopping some customers from placing online orders. The website is currently greeting visitors with the message: "Oops! We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties and you may experience issues when …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Aug 2018
People whispering

Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

The director of whistleblower support outfit the Courage Foundation has quit after being told to pull support from Barrett Brown following some barbed comments he made about Julian Assange. Naomi Colvin walked out of the foundation after “three of Courage’s trustees wrote to me demanding that I inform Barrett Brown that he …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Aug 2018
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

IBM's Watson 'n' cloud head honcho targeted by WPP – reports

IBM’s top cloud and Watson AI man has reportedly been tapped up about moving to scandal-hit ad company WPP Group as chief executive. David Kenny, veep of Big Blue’s Watson and Cloud Platform division, was reportedly interviewed by top WPPers who were hoping to tempt him across from Watson. WPP, a maker of supermarket shopping …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Aug 2018
freak out

Extreme Networks? Extreme Share Price Crash, more like

Extreme Networks’ share price almost halved after its Q4 financials hit the wires on Wednesday, in spite of the US network infrastrucutre kit-maker reporting a double-digit bounce in turnover. It serves as a timely reminder that tech companies miss Wall Street forecasts at their peril. While revenues rose 56 per cent to $278. …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Aug 2018
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Four-year switch: Two Cisco veeps pack bags and go for a wander

A former Brocade marketer turned Cisco veep is leaving the networking kinpin, along with another veep who ran the service provider division. The two senior bods - Christine Heckart and Yvette Kanouff - are both set to be replaced, according to the firm. Kanouff, general manager of the Service Provider Business, told employees …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Aug 2018
tired businessman

Ex-VMware veep loses attempt to throw out his own $1.5m legal win

A former VMware veep who claimed tens of millions of dollars from the virtualization company over whistleblower victimisation has lost his legal attempt (PDF) to throw out a $1.5m arbitration award made in his favour. Dane Smith, a one-time vice president of the Americas at VMware, blew the whistle some years ago on a secret …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Aug 2018
IBM z14 ZR1 mainframe

Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

IBM has scored itself a AU$481m ($357m, £277m) mainframe contract with the Australian Department of Human Services. The revelation that half of a larger mega-deal rests solely on mainframes sheds more light on what's holding up Big Blue's financial position. angry employee IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, …

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

Virgin Media's operating income slid 17 per cent over the past year despite the Brit telco growing its Q2 2018 revenues to £1.275bn, creating interesting conditions for its newly acquired chief operating officer. Of the total quarterly revenue, £903.9m came from residential cable subscribers. Business subscription revenue …
A ZX Spectrum Vega Plus V2 by Retro Computers Ltd

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

Review The ZX Spectrum Vega+ is running open-source Spectrum emulator software FUSE, The Register has confirmed while carrying out a hands-on review of the handheld console. As regular readers know, the Vega+ is the flagship product of Retro Computers Ltd, the company which took £513,000 in crowdfunded cash from members of the public …

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