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Paul Kunert is the editor of Channel Register
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Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3

Microsoft's Surface line leapfrogged Apple's iPad Pro as the detachable tablet of choice for tech distributors in Western Europe but that top spot definitely won't be sustained, or so IDC says. The box-counter estimated that "roughly" 316,000 Surface devices were shipped into wholesalers' warehouses in Q3, up around 40 per …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2018

Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock

Dell Technologies has upped the buy price for Class V stock to win support from shareholders that threatened to block the proposed transaction and hinder the company’s return to the US stock market. The final per share offer is for $120 in cash, subject to an aggregate $14bn cap, or to swap each unit for between 1.5043 and 1. …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2018
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EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK

The UK's comms watchdog claims to have slapped a £13.3m penalty on EE and Virgin Media for fleecing customers who wanted to exit their broadband or mobile phone contracts before they were due to expire. Ofcom today claimed both providers had ignored its customer protection rules that state agreements with consumers must make …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2018
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'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

Biz broadband comms provider – in name at least today – Gamma is suffering from web wobbles this morning, reportedly across the UK, as customers can't access its Horizon service. The woes for Horizon, which includes fixed and mobile telephony served up via Gamma's cloud PBX system, began just after 09:30 GMT, according to …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2018

Dell Corp UK makes 1.46% net profit margin on £1.556bn in sales – 'satisfactory' apparently

Dell Corporation's UK wing has reported a net profit of £22.77m on a turnover of £1.556bn, according to Profit and Loss accounts (PDF) for fiscal '18 filed with Companies House. Bizarrely, the business described this net profit margin of 1.46 per cent as "satisfactory". Could it be the result of some creative accounting or are …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2018
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Brit tech buys on ice, but CGI can't wait to get integrating all those post-Brexit systems

Systems integrator CGI has warned that British customers are starting to put their tech purchases on ice as the Brexit looms into view, but that doesn't mean it won't be able to exploit the situation. The Canadian-based outfit, which took over Logica CMG in a £1.7bn transaction in 2012, confirmed the shift in buying habits …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2018

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

El Reg's editorial team does not typically cheerlead any tech. We are dispassionate observers sat at the side of the industry's sales super highway. Or something like that. The latest offer from Dell, however, was too tempting to ignore. The Precision 5530 is Dell's "thinnest, lightest and smallest 15 inch mobile workstation …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2018
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Former Intel love rat Krzanich finds his calling, lands at biz that sells tech to car dealers

Former Intel boss Brian Krzanich who split from Chipzilla months ago – after a past fling with a fellow employee came to light – is to head up a business that sells tech to dealerships. CDK Global provides stuff – including an e-commerce platform – for 28,000 automotive, heavy truck, agriculture, marine, and construction …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2018
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Lucky, lucky, Westminster residents: Who better to look after your housing benefits than Capita?

People of the City of Westminster will continue to have their council tax collected and housing benefit managed by Capita for up to another decade, the outsourcing badass confirmed today. The long standing agreement first signed 24 years ago will run for at least seven more, starting this month, with an option to extend it to …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2018
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Lloyds Banking Group: We're firing 6,240 to hire 8,240

In a lurch towards “digitising” ops as part of the “transformation” scheme launched months ago, Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) today said it is creating 2,000 roles to beef up its “leading-edge digital banking” services. Files in manager's desk drawers: manila folder marked Redundancy Plan. Image via shutterstock Lloyds Banking …
Paul Kunert, 6 Nov 2018

Veracode Software gobbled by private equity house Thoma Bravo for $950m

Thoma Bravo – private equity owner of McAfee and Barracuda Networks – has slurped cloudy application security testing biz Veracode Software, a division of Broadcom, for $950m in cash. Veracode was only bought by CA Technologies in March last year, but clearly doesn't feature in the future plans of Broadcom – CA's new parent. …
Paul Kunert, 5 Nov 2018
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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

Fewer and fewer people want to fondle a new slab these days with just 36.4 million units shipped worldwide during Q3. This equated to 3.5 million fewer tablet devices sold versus the year-ago quarter, a drop of 8.7 per cent: traditional slates fell almost 8 per cent to 31.6 million and detachables were down 13.1 per cent to 4. …
Paul Kunert, 5 Nov 2018

Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

Webs will wobble and frequently fall down, but it is the way that cloud or hosting providers manage this that sets them apart. On this Monday morning, Heart Internet isn't distinguishing itself from the great and good in a positive way. Services from the web hosting biz, the fifth largest in the UK, fell over in the wee hours …
Paul Kunert, 5 Nov 2018

Tax me if you can: VMware UK tosses shrunken offering to HMRC

Trendy social media firms and ad slingers often come under attack for hiring beanies to minimise their tax contribution, something they see as sensible commercial practice. VMware UK may fall into that bracket too. Virtzilla's Brit ops paid an actual tax rate equivalent to 11.52 per cent or £1.997m on the £17.331m pre-tax …
Paul Kunert, 2 Nov 2018

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

BT has got Brexit licked, it told the stock market today – the former state telco said it has modelled for the worst outcome and is stockpiling products in case the UK exits with no trade deal in place and supply chains falter. Britain is due to split with the EU from 29 March and like the rest of the tech and comms industry, …
Paul Kunert, 1 Nov 2018
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Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins

Microsoft might be patting itself on the back prematurely for wrangling the technical gremlins that downed its Office 365 services for some users in the UK and the US. Reports on Twitter from disgruntled admins about an online productivity suite-shaped hole in their lives began on Friday as users struggled to log in, and then …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2018

Computacenter shares crash by a fifth as sales shrink... Nope, it's not Brexit

The wheels came off tech reselling in the UK for Computacenter in calendar Q3 according to a trading update released to the London Stock Exchange this morning, sending the firm’s share price crashing by a fifth. At group level, the services-based reseller said revenue for the three months fell by 3 per cent year-on-year to £ …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2018

Check this out: Radisson Hotel Group 'fesses up to 'security incident'

Radisson Hotel Group has told members of its loyalty scheme that their personal details were exposed in a data breach. The hotel chain and conference centre fave said it "identified" the security foul-up on 1 October, weeks after it happened on 11 September, but only emailed holders of the Radisson Rewards cards that are …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2018
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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

Microsoft's Office 365 has been giving some users cold sweats. No matter how hard they try to log in, they simply can't access the service and haven't been able to for hours – others say it has wobbled for days. Sporadic reports of unrest began to emerge on Down Detector on Friday (26 October) in the UK and across the pond, …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2018
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It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority has temporarily grounded DJI's Matrice 200 following reports of the commercially used drone suffering a complete loss of power mid-flight and crashing to Earth. Chinese firm DJI has admitted its engineers are "urgently" probing customer claims related to the waterproof quadcopter series, which …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2018
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IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat

Analysis IBM has spent a good long spell slumped at the bar in the last chance saloon for businesses figuring out how to make a mark in the public cloud arena. The proposed buy of Red Hat is supposed to change all that. The audacious $34bn bid for Red Hat last night equates to a $190 per share offer, a 63 per cent premium to the open- …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2018
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Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

Apple could be the “collateral damage” in the escalating trade war between Donald Trump’s US administration and China's government, a Wall Street analyst has warned. Ahead of Apple reporting Q4 fiscal ’19 financial results on 1 November, Bernstein briefed investors on what to expect for the trading period and beyond into the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2018

Microsoft to staff: We remain locked and loaded with US military – and will keep adding voice to AI ethics debate

Microsoft has responded to critics - some of them on the payroll - over its decision to keep selling tech to the US military, including its recent bid for a whopping $10bn cloud contract tendered by the Pentagon. There are three reasons why, president Brad Smith said in a blog, the company shouldn’t heed calls from some …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2018
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Fujitsu: Closes director's gate to Tait, 9 execs abdicate, and for German workers – a crap Weihnachtszeit

There's trouble at Fujitsu: it is removing EMEIA* boss Duncan Tait from the board – the first non-Japanese exec ever invited on to it – and wants to shutter its German manufacturing plant. Oh, and it's laying off half the number of executive officers that work across the group. First up, Tait. Fujitsu lied to El Reg. Weeks ago …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2018

'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes

The dial for biz tech spending growth in the UK will barely move for 2018 as businesses that are “losing patience” with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations cut their budgets, and GDP slows. stressed exec at warehouse Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit READ MORE This is the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2018

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