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£450/year/seat Lync SaaS deal boosts Outsourcery's coffers

G-Cloud can help public sector buyers dodge the bureaucracy of a European tender process – but there is no centralised coalition-led push to get more agencies and departments using it.…


Love-in will bring Office to corporate mobes

MWC 2015  The man behind Samsung Knox, Dr Injong Rhee, says a deal with Microsoft will see Office 365 bundled with the Knox secure enterprise workspace.…


Job security in tech? Maybe try another industry

Such is the lack of job security at IBM that staff in certain departments could be at risk of redundancy on more than one occasion during this year, The Channel can reveal.…


IJN Musashi's final resting place revealed

Pics  A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has located the final resting place of monster Japanese battleship Musashi, some 70 years after she was consigned to the depths off the Philippines during the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf.…


Wait 'til you see the niche in the market

Comment  With SanDisk joining the ranks of all-flash array vendors, that makes 15 AFA suppliers I know of: far, far too many for industry stability.…


HP swipes right for Aruba hookup


Shows Koreans where to stick the memory

MWC 2015  At a pre-MWC preview, Utah-based Saygus showed off its V2 Android phone, which turns up a notch all the specs.…


They were digging in the RIGHT place

In a scene straight from Raiders of the Lost Ark, archaeologists believe they have found the fabled lost White City of the Monkey God in Honduras.…


Brothers get five and six years of stripey suntan time

Shamed former Systemax execs Gilbert and Carl Fiorentino were last night sentenced to five and six years in the slammer respectively for masterminding a $27m fraud when employed at the company.…


But hey, we're gonna blab about our lovely UK plumage

A fretful Twitter has told investors that it may be forced to shell out cash on IT infrastructure in Europe if the Safe Harbor pact between the EU and the US collapses.…


Tech has made us richer and freer, you fool

Worstall on Wednesday  I often find myself mystified by Evgeny Morozov and his writings. I find it terribly difficult to work out what he's actually for, or what worldview it is that he thinks he's propagating.…


Step by step guide

Not so long ago I worked with a company that had more than a dozen offices around the world. Each had its own phone system – a total of five different makes – of which only two could handle IP telephony.…


We don't think that's why Gov.uk is not cloudified...

Security and privacy issues are holding back "the cloudification of governmental services" in the EU, according to a new report.…


JDK 8 Update 40 improves memory handling, JavaScript support

Oracle's latest update to the Java Development Kit doesn't add any new language features or change any APIs, but it still includes a number of enhancements that should please Java developers and users.…


Latest leaked draft demolishes original text

Activists have leaked the latest draft of Europe’s planned data protection law – which is supposed to safeguard Europeans' personal information when in the hands of businesses and governments.…


Amnesia strikes as hacker discloses remote code exec flaws

Domestic router Daddy D-Link is patching dangerous remote access flaws in several models of its networking gear.…


Triggertrap cans product, offers furious backers 20% refund

Backers of a Kickstarter campaign which raised a whopping £290k for the development of the Triggertrap Ada modular camera trigger have been left furious and seriously out of pocket after the company behind the product announced it couldn't deliver and would refund just 20 per cent of punters' cash.…


First commercial 30cm resolution space snaps now on sale

Last March the USA noticed a market disparity: French companies could sell higher-resolution satellite images than American companies. By June of the same year bans on US companies selling sharper space snaps were lifted. And last week the US company agitating for that change, DigitalGlobe, started to sell 30cm-resolution snaps to anyone who wants them.…


The phoney phone standards chat is over and the real work has begun

MWC2015  The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) carriers' club has sorted out its ideas of what 5G's future, and set forth a blueprint of its preferred vision of a post-4G world.…


V4.1 has three shortcuts to get clusters up and running faster

Comment  The pace of Hadoop development is relentless. Hortonworks recently has had its IPO. Distribution owners strive to get their version deployed faster. Alliances are forming fast. MapR is extending its own reach by adding features so the software can be adopted more easily.…


Social networks on notice: take complaints seriously, take down rubbish and be responsive

The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 has passed Australia's Senate, meaning the nation now has a regime for compelling social networks to remove material deemed to represent bullying of children.…


OpenPower pals Tyan and Mellanox slotting in the gear behind the scenes

In brief  If you're dying to boot up bare-metal Power8-powered servers hosted in the cloud, today's your lucky day, and not in a I've-got-a-winning-lottery-ticket-outta-here sorta way.…


TIO chases retailers, who chase NBN Co, which does ... very little we can see

Australia's Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Simon Cohen says the agency can do little to help subscribers dealing with broken National Broadband Network (NBN) installations.…


Router, firewall and orchestrator playing nice

Juniper Networks has placed both feet under the Network Function Virtualisation, using Mobile World Congress as the venue to demonstrate virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE).…


Cloud OS at the bottom, server in the middle and a dedicated client on top

Microsoft's plans to decompose Windows Server into a far lighter and leaner beast are real. On Monday we reported on the emergence of a Microsoft slide deck outlining a "Nano" version of Windows Server aimed at the cloud.…


So long '.tp'. But welcome Timor-Leste and '.tl'

The country of East Timor was officially removed from the internet this week, with the '.tp' registry and all domains under it deleted from the "root zone".…


Ad giant to old OS users: Move on already!

Google says Chrome 42 will be the last version for phones, tabs and other things running Android 4.0 to 4.0.4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).…


Life lesson: don't be a web loudmouth unless you want to be banned IRL

A former star of Major League Baseball hit a pair of alleged Twitter trolls out of the ballpark this week – by naming and shaming them on his blog, causing one to be fired and the other suspended from school.…


Enlighten 3 lobs more lighting effects and new tool at games, movies etc

GDC 2015  Brit processor designer ARM and its gobbled subsidiary Geomerics want to shed some more light on gaming graphics – literally, with an update to Enlighten.…


Object storage is no object

HGST is buying its way into object storage by acquiring Amplidata, a start-up whose technology is OEM’d by Quantum as its Lattus product and included in StorNext.…


6 steps to a saner patching regime

Patching is a necessary evil for network administrators. Unfortunately, an awful lot of them have been burning not only the midnight oil, but also the weekend oil to keep up with patches such as – but not limited to – Heartbleed and Shellshock.…


Mars nuclear space tank parks after trouble strikes while retrieving sample

Humanity's Mars-resident nuclear-powered, laser-packing space tank Curiosity has a broken arm.…


Vulture South scrambles to source replacement marsupial pouch

We're shaken to report that El Reg big cheese Linus "Fish Fingers"* Birtles yesterday suffered a traumatic beernami which left the contents of his executive leather case "totally f@@k€d".…


No more uphill... literally

MWC 2015  Ford is looking at electric bicycles as part of an intelligent, integrated future for mobility.…


Get your Gaz-on

Spoofed Amazon vouchers are being used to spearhead a campaign to contaminate Android mobiles with malware, messaging security firm AdaptiveMobile warns.…


OpenSSL, iOS and OS X tricked into using weak 1990s-grade encryption keys

Security researchers are warning of a flaw in OpenSSL and Apple's SecureTransport - a hangover from the days when the US government was twitchy and clueless about encryption technology.…


Issues surround the 'Up and Coming' description

Privately object storage seller Cleversafe has got itself in a tizzy after being classified as Up and Coming in a recent Neuralytix report (seen by El Reg), based on an apparent lack of third-party integration.…


Vendors did the server jig and more cash poured from the clouds (oh and hyperscale)

It looks like execs behind the biggest server-makers can dust off those dancing boots and get jiggy with it again – the market is expanding in both box shipments and the value of them.…


Optus' me-too on uncapped movies; might Telstra follow?

Australia's second-largest ISP Optus has followed the third-largest, iiNet, by announcing Australians will be able to watch Netflix without the downloads counting towards their monthly data cap.…


Latest game dev tools feature built-in WebGL exporter

GDC 2015  The latest version of the Unity cross-platform game development toolkit is helping to bring advanced 3D graphics and gaming to the web, albeit in baby steps.…


New phone-snooping code for naughty players illustrates state surveillance

Australian politicians and activists frustrated at their fellows' apparent indifference to the metadata data retention debate have cause to thank the National Rugby League (NRL).…


Support for Amazon-lookalike clouds is back in HP's IaaS

HP has restored Amazon Web Services compatibility to its Helion cloud product line, just over a year after it dropped support in favor of focusing on a mix of OpenStack and its own, in-house technology.…


Edgy? Well, it has a lot of potential

Review  Edge. Get used to the word. From here on in, if the scuttlebut is to be believed, several flagship Samsung devices will be available with an Edge variant.  An Edgy version of the Galaxy S6 has already been confirmed.  A what? In simple terms with a bit of extra screen that curves around the right hand edge of the device.…


Fella's hot Valentine's Day action ends in clothes ripped off, 3rd-degree burns

A bloke on Long Island, New York, claims an iPhone 5C exploded in his pants, putting him in hospital for 10 days with second and third-degree burns.…


Microsoft founder back on Forbes rich list

Despite Bill Gates' best efforts to offload his massive pile of cash, it seems there's literally nothing the Microsoft founder can do to avoid being the richest man in the world.…


General will avoid the clink for handing over secrets – unlike Chelsea Manning

The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement with General David Petraeus allowing the former military leader and ex-head of the CIA to avoid prison for handing over classified information to his lover.…


Lax security controls fingered

Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear.…


But only if he’s promised a 'legal and impartial trial'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is ready to return home to the US, according to his Russian lawyer.…


Oetti: Will need rest of world's cooperation too, though

MWC 2015  Europe’s digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger wants China’s help in deploying 5G.…


And it reckons you'll pay just $2/GB for this one

SanDisk has announced its InfiniFlash all-flash array for Big Data, a 3U box holding up to 512TB of data, 10 times more than the ION Accelerator appliance, and capable of running the same software stack – or Ceph.…