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DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical

Exclusive The boss of DXC Americas has been elbowed out of the door, an internal memo seen by The Register can confirm. The reason for his exit is believed to be a double-digit drop in the region's sales. Man throws briefcase in the air happily on the beach. Photo by Shutterstock DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard READ …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2018
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RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74

Charles Wang, the cofounder of Computer Associates – latterly CA Technologies – has died of lung cancer at the age of 74, an attorney representing his family has confirmed. The Chinese-born software baron died at his mansion in Oyster Bay, New York on Sunday 21 October, legal aide John McEntee said via email. In the missive, …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2018
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Two weeks before Chrimbo? When Dell V-Class shareholders get to vote on THAT deal

A fortnight before Christmas, investors in Dell Technologies tracking stock will finally get the opportunity to vote on whether to cash them in or swap them for a piece of the company when it goes public again. The date for the vote is set for 0800 Central US Time on 11 December (1400 UTC), though Dell Technologies has plenty …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2018
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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

An unspecified and “unexpected load” on its infrastructure broke the Smart Living Home app for a day, an apologetic Yale Security UK confirmed to customers yesterday - however the smell of failure still lingers today. A broken front door Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2018

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

The European Commission has decided to withdraw court action against Ireland over the delayed recovery of €14.3bn worth of back taxes that were ruled as illegal state aid, it has confirmed. Back in August 2016, competition commish Margarethe Vestager told Apple to cough $13.1bn in taxes it had swerved due to an arrangement …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2018
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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

Given the track record of project failures in NHS IT, some might say that Matt Hancock - former Minister for Fun who now runs the Department of Health - is marching with ill-founded confidence towards what he describes as a “tech revolution”. NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock It is 2018 and the NHS is still …
Paul Kunert, 18 Oct 2018

Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

Though the wheels keep rolling at unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat, fuelled by a Windows 10 refresh and returning demand for servers, the CEO has voiced caution about the potential implications of Brexit. Sales for fiscal ’18 ended 31 July came in at £1.08bn, up 29.9 per cent on the year ago period, with software up 35. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2018
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Dell Tech: We'll let shareholders vote on VMware deal in Q4

Dell Technologies will ask shareholders to vote in calendar Q4 on the proposed changes in its relationship with VMware. The company wants to re-list on an Exchange, and has toyed with all sorts of mechanisms to do so, including a reverse merger with Virtzilla that proved unpopular with investors. Under the current plan, Dell …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2018
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Get your popcorn ready: IBM's Q3 financial scoreboard is out tonight

IBM might be pinning its ambitions on emerging tech, but some corners of Wall Street will be looking closely at legacy hardware sales when Big Blue reports its third-quarter results later today. "We expect a largely in-line Q3 '18 for IBM," said Bernstein partner Toni Sacconaghi. "A key determinant of quarterly results will be …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2018
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Fujitsu: We love Microsoft Azure, we're training 10,000 bods on it

Fujitsu may have given up the ghost on its own K5 cloud, but it is promising to throw a ton of human resources at selling and managing Microsoft Azure – its public cloud service of choice. As revealed yesterday, Fujitsu decided to kill the platform in all regions outside of Japan with immediate effect: K5 was sold and deployed …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2018
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Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this DVMT offer

Michael Dell could be about to lock horns again with Carl Icahn - the activist investor is opposed to Dell Technologies offer to buy DVMT tracker stock at a price he claims will rip off existing shareholders. Half a decade or so ago, Icahn challenged Dell the man over his plans to take Dell private, arguing it undervalued the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2018
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Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

Fujitsu has taken the K5 platform for a long walk off a short pier, sending the hybrid cloud service to a watery grave - to stretch the metaphor - just a year and a half after its UK launch. K5 came in various flavours: it was sold and deployed as public, private virtual or private hosted service in a data centre operated by …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2018
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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Pity the poor resellers, because Jeff Bezos and his Amazon Business business is coming for their business, and they'll play ball with him at their own peril, so an analyst claims. Currently, the division operates in 21 countries, eight of which are in Europe, including Germany, France, Poland and the UK, but is expected to …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2018
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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Microsoft is still going to ditch or spin off the Surface line in 2019, insists the analyst who first made the prediction a year ago, despite the line-up's annual refresh this month. 2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware READ MORE "I stand by the fact that it doesn't make sense" for Microsoft to continue …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2018
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HP Ink CEO: That $550m Apogee buy was to stop rivals slurping it

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Spending $550m on Apogee was as much a defensive measure to stop rivals buying the print services dealer as it was to beef up its place in the copier market, HP Inc chief Dion Weisler has said. HP Ink splashes out on Brit print provider Apogee READ MORE The transaction in August added a chunk of revenues and 824 new members …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2018
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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Product shortages, additional price hikes and a recession could become a reality if the UK crashes out of the European Union without any sort of trade agreement in place. This was the message that came loud and clear at this week's Canalys Channels Forum in Barcelona. Some people in the industry are getting jittery and it is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2018

Phew! Digital ad revenues to save Amazon's business model – analyst

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 The billions of dollars in ad revenue that Amazon is turning over each quarter will bankroll the capital expenditure of new data centre builds at AWS for years to come, sustaining the business model. So said Steve Brazier, CEO at respected industry-watcher Canalys, at its Barcelona conference today. Until now, Brazier had …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2018
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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 As Intel battles to get on top of CPU shortages that have plagued its business in recent times, the world's largest computer makers are hunkering down for six months of tight supply. A surge in Windows 10 PC refreshes, demand from cloud infrastructure builders and Apple, coupled with struggles to produce 10nm silicon has …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2018

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the UK's data watchdog for the loss of an unencrypted USB memory stick reportedly containing airport security data. The device misplaced by a HAL employee, as reported by El Reg, was said to house a trove of documents including routes and timings of airport security …
Paul Kunert, 8 Oct 2018
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Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

The ripple effect of explosive claims that Chinese government agents slipped snooper chips into Super Micro servers used by Apple and Amazon today dented the share price of the Middle Kingdom's tech titans. Bloomberg yesterday alleged that chips built to look like signal conditioning couplers were included in the data centre …
Paul Kunert, 5 Oct 2018
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The only way is up, baby: IBM UK sales down, profit down, headcount down

IBM UK split with more than 1,000 employees in 2017 but the reduction in overheads only went so far: the bottom line was bashed mostly by an impairment of investment charge and falling services sales. For the calendar year (PDF), Big Blue pulled in £3.713bn in revenues, down 4.76 per cent on the prior 12 months. Broken by …
Paul Kunert, 5 Oct 2018

Financial Conduct Authority fines Tesco Bank £16.4m over 2016 security breach

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has slapped a £16.4m fine on Tesco Bank for the security vulnerabilities that led to millions of pounds being pilfered from thousands of customers’ online accounts two years ago. As revealed by us at the time, Tesco called on the National Cyber Security Centre to probe the 5 November 2016 …
Paul Kunert, 1 Oct 2018
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Euro reseller giant Computacenter gobbles US-based FusionStorm

Computacenter has flipped on its head the old phrase about Americans being oversexed, overpaid and over here. Well the last bit of it anyway. The reseller has bought US dealer biz FusionStorm. The transaction will see London Stock Exchange-listed Computacenter, one of Europe’s largest resellers, spend an initial $70m in cash …
Paul Kunert, 1 Oct 2018
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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

Exclusive Sopra Steria's UK head of the Government division has delivered a motivational speech to his staff in which he, er, blames them for a multimillion-pound shortfall in forecast profit for 2018 and demands instant results. "The Government Sector is in an extremely difficult position with respect to our ability to meet our full …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2018
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Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

A rare Apple-1 computer was yesterday sold to an unknown bidder for $350,000, fetching $50,000 more than seller RR Auction first anticipated. fully functional apple-1 computer sold for $375,000 according to boston-based rr auction photo credit: rr auction Click to enlarge The unit included a set of originals: a mod-free …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2018

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