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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 4:00pm
No benchmarks available from 2D launch of 3D XPoint memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory.…

Northamber's Phillips ponders non-exec role after nearly four decades

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:50pm
Profitability? Not just yet...

Northamber chairman David Phillip signalled his intention to take more of a backseat as he announced interim results that suggested profitability remains just tantalisingly out of reach for the veteran distie for now.…

DevOps brings your teams to delivery faster and with better quality

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:42pm
Start with DevOps today across all platforms, tools, and methodologies used

Promo  DevOps is a fast-growing market trend, but one that is still not universally understood. Specialist software vendor Clarive has produced an essential eBook guide for organisations interested in DevOps projects but unsure of how to approach them.…

Micron making mucho memory moolah

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:01pm
Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…

UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:00pm
Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…

HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:42pm
Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…

iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:18pm
Growing mobile threats affect iOS

Mobile malware is at the highest level yet recorded, infecting 1.35 per cent of all mobile devices in October, according to a study by Nokia out today. The high water mark in October compares to figures of 1.06 per cent in April 2016.…

Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 11:44am
We for one, welcome your advances – investors

A Singaporean activist investor has sunk its teeth into Toshiba, and the financial community appears to be seeing it as a vote of confidence instead of a disruptive force.…

Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 11:21am
Actual fluffy things in the sky found by digicam-wielding masses, but hosted in AWS

The World Meteorological Organisation has published the first new edition of its Cloud Atlas since 1986 and in so doing named eleven new types of cloud, some identified by digital-camera-wielding citizen cloud wonks.… departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 11:02am
Confusion reigns as some departments apply massive crackdown

Government departments have been accused of applying a blanket approach to tax changes under IR35, meaning the majority of contractors are being found within the scope of the legislation by default.…

Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 10:33am
Access to both the single market and the customs union 'key', says EEF

The representative group for manufacturers is calling on the government to reject a "no deal is better than a bad deal" approach to Brexit, warning the UK’s manufacturing sector would bear the brunt.…

How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 10:00am
Owning the smartphone-dashboard interface

Detroit and Silicon Valley aren't just 2,000 miles apart – they're on different planets, culturally speaking. One is the home of America's automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services, acting first and begging forgiveness later. They are also in competition to own what some are calling the next personal computing platform: the car.…

Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:43am
We live in 'cloud time' too, says jet-lagged author in speech

A jet-lagged Douglas Coupland, recently departed from "The Lab" in Paris where he was "artist-in-residence" at that mysterious wing of the Google Cultural Institute, whatever that is, declared in a pre-written speech that "the future is already here".…

The 'data driven enterprise' is actually just the enterprise

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:21am
Making the qualitative quantitative

Many, many moons ago – OK, more than 25 years ago – I studied computing science at university. Yet there are still many instances in my modern life where I find myself thinking back to something I was taught in the 1980s. One recent example was a flurry of conversations and articles about the “data driven” enterprise.…

USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:55am
So guess what spoofers are doing with the fake site? Yup – getting dupes to log in is supposed to be one of the United States' defences against online criminals. But the FBI-led service is currently the subject of a typosquatting and email attack that could see organisations seeking protection instead send their personal data straight to parties unknown.…

BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:26am
Will fork out estimated £300m to rivals who leased unfixed lines

Updated  BT has been smacked with a £42m penalty for its failure via Openreach to compensate other telecoms providers for delays to fixing leased line "Ethernet" services, in a decision from Ofcom today.…

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:02am
AI isn't ready to find planet beyond Kuiper Belt. So you - yes you - have the chance to scour thousands of images

The Australian National University (ANU) is recruiting citizens to look at hundreds of thousands of images, in case they can find the mooted-but-not-yet-discovered “Planet 9”.…

Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 6:01am
The space boom is lifting off and there's only so many places close to the equator with heavy industry and stable government

At some point over the last fortnight, watching the second launch countdown in as many weeks via YouTube livestream, it became clear the Second Space Age - as promised by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson - had become entirely real. The promised land of cheap(er) commercial payload launches has come to pass.…

Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 5:01am
Autonomous car was not at fault, apparently

Uber's taken its nascent fleet of self-driving cars off the road after one rolled in an accident.…

Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:58am
Westinghouse Electric seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Toshiba has decided to press the big red button in its attempts to reorganise its nuclear power business, seeking Chapter 11 protection for troubled Westinghouse Electric.…