Amazon.com has been ranked the "financially healthiest" retailer in the US for the second year in a row by an investment advice firm. Its strong online presence was the main factor in beating some 160 retailers.
Internet accelerator Akamai has set up a monitoring tool for the Football World Cup now underway in South Africa.
BCS vice president Ken Olisa is pressing for an apology after BCS members supporting an Extraordinary...
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The increasing density of users with high capacity smart phones could cause a hundred-fold increase in data traffic, putting pressure on next generation...
Throughout the 2010 World Cup, Kaspersky...
Software as a service (SaaS) will have a role in the future of IT, but not the dominant future that was first thought, according to research firm Gartner.
Taxpayers are paying up to £6bn a year more than necessary for IT outsourcing services, says Compass, a consultancy that benchmarks the cost of IT in major government departments.
E-skills UK has announced Tony Read to lead its new academy
Teeside University's Institute of Digital Innovation has spun off its 100th firm, a gold extraction firm that promises to deliver 99.9% pure gold suitable for medical research uses.
The British government may have exaggerated the charges against Gary McKinnon and distorted a High Court judgment, making it appear the hacker's extradition was irrefutable when it was not, according to evidence presented to courts as part of his extradition process.
Westminster City Council has developed a Children's Hub that replaces a lot of what the cancelled child database Contactpoint would have done.
The National Museum of Computing is to hold the first UK vintage computing exhibition on 19 and 20 June at Bletchley Park.
Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at BT have rejected a revised pay offer from the telco. A massive 50,000 workers could go on strike soon. This will be the first strike of this kind for more than 20 years.
Alberto Soto, the former vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve networking division - now HP Networking - has joined storage and infrastructure vendor Brocade to head up its EMEA sales team. Soto replaces Ulrich Plechschmidt, who is moving to the US to take up a global
Hosted software will play a major role in the future but not the dominant that some market watchers expected it could have. The dose of realism about the prospects for SaaS has come from Gartner which has noted that the overwhelming majority of users are not opting to embrace pay-as-you-go billing
Security firm Sophos has launched an iPhone application designed to enable users to stay on top of the latest threats, news and malware information.
UK internet traffic is expected to be almost 50% higher than normal on 23 June, when England plays its final group qualifying match in the 2010 World Cup.
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has stepped up its fight against software pirates working with Trading Standards to target those businesses that are using illegal software. The two organisations have a history of cooperation on the piracy fight that spreads back quite a few years with
The new National Fraud Intelligence Bureau opens this month at the City of London Police to help police country-wide tackle an annual fraud bill estimated at more than £30bn.
ITV.com's dedicated World Cup website, ITV Live, left football fans unable to watch the opening game of the tournament online following a technical error....
The Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours list has recognised internet safety expert John Carr for his services to online child protection.
Dell has taken a charge of $100m on its recently filed fiscal Q1 profits to establish a reserve for the potential settlement of a five-year Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. The agreement, which includes the liability payment and a civil injunctive action against Dell, is the culmina
Three buyers at online reseller eBuyer have been suspended on suspicion of taking backhanders from suppliers. The whistle was blown by a member of staff who discovered that the buyers were receiving fixed payments based on the percentage of orders placed with numerous suppliers. Armando Sanchez, ma
Oracle's key sales pitch for its Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g updates is "integration," but according to some, there’s still room for more of it.
Text analytics tools help firms get a handle on unstructured content, respond to customer needs and save money on marketing campaigns. These five tips will help show how.
IBM announced it is acquiring Web analytics vendor Coremetrics, the latest in a series of moves by Big Blue to capitalize on the growing business analytics market.
Memcached is a distributed cache, implemented initially by LiveJournal. It is interacted with over TCP sockets, providing a set of sixteen commands - mostly variants of read/write operations, including some asynchronous write operations, which can be tangibly faster.
The Twitter service continued to be patchy hours after the firm said it would be down last night due to a failed upgrade.
Market entrants are having to create complex systems to compete for UK retail bank customers. One of the highest-profile new ventures in the sector is Tesco Bank. Its parent posted an upbeat interim management statement today and said ongoing IT work at its financial services arm was making "good progress".
Business Link Northwest has rolled out full disc encryption and media encryption systems to secure confidential data on all its office and mobile computers.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found two more NHS organisations in breach of the Data Protection Act.
Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year, a report reveals. The 2010 edition of the UK Online Fraud Report, commissioned by CyberSource, shows that merchants expect to lose 1.8% of online revenues to payment fraud, but 48% expect to lose less than 1%.
AVG has added security software for Apple's Mac operating system to its range of products for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix-based FreeBSD.
A government-commissioned report into a key element of the NHS IT programme is expected to be highly critical of the Summary Care Records project, Computer Weekly has learned.
Networking vendor D-Link has relaunched its reseller programme pledging to increase upfront discount levels to partners and introduce a note of flexibility to proceedings. "2010 has seen us take a big step into new areas of IP, cameras and storage," explained UK and Ireland general man
The Pacific nation of Niue is upgrading its national broadband network, but asks would-be suppliers to keep their proposals under two megabytes as the island only has satellite internet access.
Responsibility for buying IT in government has moved from the Treasury to the Cabinet Office as the government embarks on its massive cost-cutting strategy. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the public sector procurement agency, Buying Solutions, will move to the Cabinet Office where they will form part of the Efficiency and Reform Group.
Cleveland Police Authority has become the first customer of Steria's shared services offering that is targeted at UK police forces.
The former director of BT Engage IT's Red and Blue recruitment operation is back in the channel after launching a contract arm at executive IT search firm Freshfield Services. After ten years at Red and Blue, Simon Hunt left earlier this year when BT closed the business and has set up a Technical Se
Technology is playing a fundamental role helping firms climb out of the recession as the long heralded arrival of using IT in a strategic sense is embraced by boardrooms up and down the country. Throughout the last few years, well before the bank meltdown and the subsequent collapse in the global e
The senior management team at telecoms distributor Nimans has a 2005 feel to it as Richard Carter rejoins the business after a recent stint at Rocom. Carter worked at Nimans until 2005 and then headed to Rocom as new b usiness development director before rising to managing director but left the bus
Online fraud cost UK businesses an average of £400,000 last year with more than half of UK firms identifying criminal activity as one of the main threats to their livelihoods. The 2010 edition of the UK Online Fraud Report, commissioned by CyberSource, shows that merchants expect to lose 1.8%
The channel has been warned to lookout for suspicious orders following a spate of costly long term frauds perpetrated against resellers. In recent weeks three resellers have delivered £20,000 worth of laptops to fraudsters that ordered the kit via a company called Media Buying Solutions (MBS).
SharePoint is Microsoft's fastest growing server software, but IT managers still grouse about its lack of acceptance and the difficulties in supporting this increasingly common collaboration platform.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has reported growth of just under 20% in its online grocery operation during the first quarter of its fiscal year.
The launch inventory of Apple's iPhone 4 sold out in less than 24 hours after pre-orders opened yesterday.
The latest version of the Mac OS X operating system includes Adobe's Flash Player, but it is not the latest patched version. Mac users who update to...
Clickjacking worms are becoming an increasing problem on Facebook, and most people believe the firm is not doing enough to combat the problem, a poll by security firm Sophos has revealed.
Within days of researchers from Goatse Security finding a flaw in AT&T's website that exposed the e-mail addresses of over 100,000 iPad users, AT&T account information is being leaked.
Disaster recovery tops the list of hospital IT spending priorities this year, according to a global survey.
The 2010 edition of the Data Management...
Small UK computer manufacturers and distributors are becoming more vulnerable to takeovers by larger rivals, according to research.
The report by Plimsoll...
The Metropolitan Police Authority wants to implement a system that will allow staff to track the location of officers and keep tabs on what they are doing...
Veracode, a company which specialises in tracking bugs in applications, has unveiled the latest version of its Securetest service, which offers developers cloud-based code verification.
The managing director of TalkTalk's b-2-b division Opal, Paul Lawton, has called for the new government to assess the direction of the Digital Britain project and make strategic changes to it, saying it could become a key element of the fragile economic recovery. "We're looking forward to a Dig
The wish list for next week's emergency budget is growing with calls for less of a tax burden for small firms and a commitment to maintaining investment in technology. The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his emergency budget next week with a focus on cutting costs to try and bring the public
Apple is squeezing Nokia, which remains the world's largest mobile phone maker, but has experienced a tough second quarter.
As it reported its Q2...
Businesses running Windows XP SP2 have been hit by a double-whammy this week.
Not only has Tavis Ormandy, a security engineer at Google, found a security...
Ingram Micro president and chief operating officer Alain Monie is to stand down in August to take hold of the reins at a multi-national corporate based in Asia. Monie joined the broadline distributor in 2003 as executive vice president and a year later became the boss of the Asia Pacific region. He
The combination of higher than expected operational costs and inconsistent consumer demand meant Best Buy's fiscal Q1 profits fell short of expectations. The largest retailer in the US pushed up sales 7% to $10.8bn as the bottom line increased marginally from $153m to $155m. Best Buy CEO Brian Dun
The trading of Morse shares will be suspended on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) tomorrow as it takes a step closer to finalising its acquisition by 2e2. In a statement made to the market today, services-based reseller Morse confirmed that the agreement between the company and its shareholders was
The telco market has been one of the most active on the acquisition front during the recession with the likes of Daisy and GCI expanding their operations by opening their wallets. The result of the activity has been to create a few large entities that are aiming to provide a complete infrastructure
The federal government says Oracle failed to disclose deep discounts it gave to commercial customers. The cost? Perhaps more than $100 million.
Colt (formerly Colt Telecom) is using the hype around cloud computing to boost its claim to a greater share of the hosted infrastructure and services market.
Twitter's outages at the start of the week ...
Iceland will become a haven for whistleblowers' leaked information following a unanimous vote in the Icelandic parliament to accept a Wikileaks idea to build an international "new media haven" on the island.
Global spam exploiting Father's Day is increasing rapidly in the run up to the 20 June celebration in 52 countries, according to the Symantec Response team.
Nearly two-thirds of the UK's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will invest in their businesses again this year after most froze spending last year. However,...
The recent attacks on Google have pushed the issue of targeted internet security breaches up the agenda for the public sector
The Brazilian IT industry aspires to claim a substantial slice of the outsourcing pie that India and China currently enjoy over the next few years. It is a tall order, but the country has some ambitious plans to reach that goal.
The benefits of the Summary Care Record (SCR) scheme, introduced as part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), appear more modest than anticipated, according...
Technology, media and financial services conglomerate General Electric (GE) will seek to diversify its IT sourcing strategy worldwide in a move that may...
The economic downturn and looming government cuts are likely to spur radical innovations in information technology across the public sector, a senior government...
Social media has gone from consumer networking tool to business necessity in a short space of time, but tools such as Twitter and Facebook are not deemed appropriate by many enterprises.
Daisy Group has offloaded its peripheral WiMAX spectrum licenses to UK Broadband for £12.5m. The WiMAX licenses were held within a sub-group of Freedom4 Ltd, which Daisy reversed into last year and had been earmarked for disposal after making a loss of £2.4m in the first nine months of
Despite voice and broadband suppliers BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media believing their early contract termination charges were fair, they have nevertheless...
Oracle's decision to go live with an untested system that calculates Sun hardware freight charges has been criticised by resellers who have complained about discrepencies in shipping costs. With just four days notice Oracle overhauled the system at the tail end of last week without undertaking any
AVG is hoping that greater awareness of the universal nature of web-based threats will attract Mac users as it targets that operating system for the first time. Traditionally Mac has been perceived as a secure platform with the virus threats being aimed at Microsoft platforms. But with the web bein
The supply chain software market has been hit by the recession with a drop in worldwide revenues for the sector that includes players like Oracle and SAP. At first glance the figures from Gartner that reveal there was a drop in worldwide revenue by 0.7% to $6.2bn last year might not seem worrying b
A review by advertising chiefs could put an end to the word "unlimited" being applied to broadband offers that are anything but. The timing of a review of the way ISPs promote their offers is timely with both O2 and Orange announcing plans to scrap unlimited data on smart phones but leavi
The financial pressure on cash strapped SMEs is set to intensify with HMRC adopting a more aggressive policy on debt collection and the Government potentially ending the 'Time to Pay' tax deferral scheme next week. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned that thousands of SMEs may be forced
Microsoft Australia has made a plea to its users: please, please use more of our free security stuff, even if it means they’ll waste time on social networks
Companies that don’t get a handle on spreadsheet management risk dooming their BI and CPM projects that rely on Excel.
Three US states and France are considering action against Google over the company's interception of private Wi-Fi data by its Street View vehicles as they collected images in 30 countries.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to move toward giving itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband internet service.
Microsoft said it is making several key investments in the enterprise handheld device market, at at the launch of Motorola's ES400 enterprise digital assistant in New York.
Co-operative Bank is the UK retail bank with the best content and functionality on its website, according to independent research firm, Forrester Research. The...
Ballot papers are being sent to over 50,000 BT workers today as the Communication Workers Union (CWU) asks them to vote for strike action.
Banks see cable TV companies as better bets than telecommunications companies in the race to deliver national high-speed broadband, it emerged last night.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found Kent Police in breach of the Data Protection Act.
Documents containing confidential personal...
Microsoft, eBay, PayPal, Citizens Bank and several US regulators, consumer organisations and security groups have set up an online...
Business has traditionally tackled the problem of data security by spending money on technology, but a growing number of security experts say this approach is misguided.
Chief information officers will have to become "political animals" with strong advocacy and negotiation skills, according to Rose Crozier, CIO at Belfast City Council and non-executive director of Socitm.
About 90% of web attacks take place through legitimate, compromised websites, up from 80% in 2009, according to Symantec Hosted Services (SHS).
BT staff are being balloted by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) as the first national strike in more than two decades moves even closer. With BT staff up in arms over a 2% base pay settlement the various attempts to head the strike off before it got to the stage where members were balloted fai
The Worshipful Company of IT, the City of London's 100th livery company, celebrated its receipt of a Royal Charter at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral last night.
The team in charge of central government IT has been announced by the Cabinet...
Learn about WiFi sniffers, how they operate, how they can help to manage your WLANs and why Google is far from alone in its use of the technology.
It has been a while since the name Demon was heard in connection with broadband provision but the brand is being brought back into the daylight with a plan to target SME users. Demon, now part of Cable & Wireless after it was acquired as part of the THUS business back in 2008, is being brought
The UK channel outshone many of its European counterparts in April in spite of the disruptive volcanic ash cloud and the looming prospect of the General Election. Figures from the bean counters at Context showed that UK revenues derived from PCs, Workstations and x86 servers grew nearly 25% to &pou
The public sector oiled the wheels of commerce for many resellers during the recession but those that are too reliant on the sector face choppier times ahead, according to analysts Canalys. In acknowledgment of the sweeping cuts to Government budgets across Europe, 100 resellers polled by the analy