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Northamber: Windows 10 killed our sales momentum

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:55am
Plus: Chairman Philips moves to non-exec role amid search for new overlord

It is an end of an era for the tech channel as Northamber chairman David Philips – the godfather of distribution – confirmed he is stepping back from operations and is seeking a new leader of the company.…

GNOME 3.20 Release Schedule Published

Phoronix - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:52am
The release schedule for the GNOME 3.19/3.20 series has now been firmed up...

Hands-On With the Fairphone 2 Modular Android Smartphone

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:40am
An anonymous reader writes: In just a couple of months, the world's first consumer-ready modular smartphone will start shipping. It's called the Fairphone 2, and it will run Android 5.1. Ars Technica got hands-on time with the device, and they say it works surprisingly well. It's a bit thicker than most modern phones, but that's the trade-off for being able to swap out components. "The smartphone consists of seven major building blocks: the back cover, removable battery, display assembly, main chassis, receiver module, rear camera module, and speaker module. Positioned this way, the components that break most often, like the screen, are isolated for better repairability. In addition to swappable blocks, you can even change things inside the modules: for example, a mic or a speaker. They are press-fit, not glued, and can be extracted with simple tools." Assembly and disassembly is pretty straightforward, as well: "The modules are held together by Phillips screws marked with blue circles. All screws are the same, so you won't have to remember which one goes where. It's quite hard to make a mistake in the assembling process, however Fairphone promises to release additional manuals and video instructions in collaboration with iFixit." The company also thinks it's important to get the phone's materials and components from ethical sources.

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HMRC signs up Bain for £10.7bn Aspire migration

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:37am
Other suppliers have dodged a bullet there, says analyst

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has signed up global management biz Bain to migrate the department off its hefty £10.7bn Capgemini Aspire contract.…

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:23am
Well which is it?

Chaos reigns at TalkTalk as the telco appears to be claiming that a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack led to customer data being compromised – despite that being technically infeasible.…

European net neutrality threat needs urgent action, says US lawyer

L'Inq - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:07am

Won't someone think of the internet?

7 days in tech quiz: iOS 9, Windows 10, Oracle's security patch frenzy

L'Inq - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:00am

Have you been paying attention this week?

9 cuffed over £60 million banking scam targeting UK businesses

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:58am
Spoofed CLIs lead to rapidly shrinking balances

Nine people have been arrested in the UK over an alleged £60m fraud targeting business banking customers.…

Microsoft introduces Visual Studio beta bug bounty programme

L'Inq - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:50am

$15,000 on the table

Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:27am
Processed meat to join carcinogenic black list, shock report claims

In really, really bad news for bacon lovers, a shock report says the World Health Organisation (WHO) will next week add processed meat to its "carcinogenic to humans" list.…

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hands out shares to remaining staffers

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 9:57am
Now can you be more like Facebook?

Having recently put down his axe after hacking away 336 staff earlier this month, chief executive Jack Dorsey has now donned his Santa suit to hand out $200m (£130m) worth of stock to remaining employees.…

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with <i>El Reg</i>

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 9:34am
Yoga woman exercised readers' minds

Caption Competition  Wow, what bumper crop of captions this week, it seems that El Reg readers are pretty flexible when it comes to posting thoughts on gymnastic computer users.…