TechTarget News - Week of Jun 30, 2013

Seven Saudi social media activists jailed

Seven men have been jailed in Saudi Arabia for using Facebook and other social media to encourage anti-government protests

James Martin: Obituary

James Martin – British computing pioneer, entrepreneur, visionary and guru of the information age – has died, aged 79

PC market woes continue through Q2

The latest PC tracker numbers from IDC indicate that the market it yet to take off so far this year

Scottish police outsource system to Accenture

Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland have chosen Accenture to maintain its i6 administration system after two-year tendering process

Losses widen at big data specialist 1Spatial

Firm formed in reverse takeover by Avisen in 2011 falls to £4.4m loss but insists it is now on track for growth

Dell gives the BSA its backing

Dell has signed up to the Business Software Alliance adding its support for the group's fight against piracy

CA adds Linux backup to ARCserve D2D

CA Technologies expands its ARCserve D2D image-based backup product to support Linux backups, three years after launching the application for Windows.

Senior MPs flout EU cookie law

Two years after the EU cookie regulation and UK law came into force, not all UK websites are compliant, including the sites of 13 senior MPs

SME credit levels drop again

The latest figures from the Bank of England have highlighted how the ongoing efforts to get credit to SMEs are failing to make a difference

IT job roles in flux thanks to consumerization

In the coming years, consumerization could bring serious changes to traditional IT job roles and IT department structures.

FAST warns against cracked software

FAST has warned firms to be on the lookout for staff that might be using key generators to use cracked software

Gartner revises IT spend forecast down

Slumping PC sales partly account for the downward revision in Gartner’s growth predictions for overall IT spending in 2013, but growth is on the horizon for 2014

Icahn wants to show Dell the money

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has requested a meeting with Dell as he looks to fend off worries the vendor has that he will not be able to fund a takeover bid

NHS IT to embrace open source

A new report from NHS England promises open source will be at the heart of the plans to digitise the health service

OFT investigates public sector IT outsourcing

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) calls on public sector IT services suppliers and buyers to relate their experiences

Yahoo acquires short movie app maker Qwiki

Yahoo has made another acquisition aimed at bolstering its position in the mobile space as part of efforts to regain lost market share

Cloud costs worry customers

Compuware research has revealed that fears over hidden cloud costs and performance are worrying CIOs

Middlesex University digitises snail mail

Middlesex University has digitised paper mail delivery with a digital mail service provided through a managed service from Canon partner, CDS

Microsoft unveils prototype 3D touchcreen

Microsoft is working on a 3D touchscreen that enables users to 'feel' through tactile feedback and manipulate images

Microsoft reaches 100,000 app milestone

Microsoft has hit the 100k app milestone but still lags a long way behind Apple and Google in getting developers to provide additional content for users

Ofcom proposes cut to minimum broadband contracts

Telecoms regulator Ofcom wants to make it easier for customers to switch broadband providers by lowering the cost of the move and cutting the length of minimum contracts

Desktop management software begins to go mobile

Mobile device and desktop management software have traditionally been separate, but some vendors have started to combine them.

EE confirms July date for doubling 4G speeds

Mobile operator EE will double the speeds of its 4G network in 12 UK cities from 4 July 2013, giving customers bandwidth of up to 150Mbps

Podcast: Virtual server backup fundamentals

Virtual server backup is different to traditional backup. This podcast looks at the differences and examines key choices in selecting backup products

Yahoo acquires smart email service Xobni

Yahoo buys smart email service Xobni, hot on the heels of another multimillion dollar deal for Qwiki, maker of an iPhone short movie app

Dell coming under pressure to improve offer

Michael Dell is coming under pressure to improve the offer for the firm he founded with just a couple of weeks left before shareholders vote on the future of the vendor

Avangate readies second wave of EMEA assault

After a slow start and a period of retrenchment in Europe, channel management and e-commerce software specialist says it is now in a position to mount a serious challenge

Rangers FC get Wi-Fi from Huawei

Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers kits out its Ibrox stadium with Huawei technology to bring Wi-Fi to fans and visitors

Northamber plans switch to AIM

Distributor Northamber is planning to move off the main Stock Market to AIM as it looks for an environment that better reflects its current size

The 25 most influential women in UK IT 2013

Computer Weekly recently held an event to recognise the most influential women in IT. Find out the results of our Women in Technology Awards.

Channel recommends OFT widens G-Cloud model

With the OFT considering launching an investigation over competition in government ICT contracts the channel has recommended it looks at the G-Cloud model

HP and BT back MoD cyber security efforts

HP and BT are two of nine companies that have joined a MoD partnership to improve the defences against cyber security attacks

Slow storage market hits Brocade revenues

Networking firm Brocade blames SAN sales not meeting expectations for a revenue slide of 8% in its second quarter

Samsung forecasts worry investors

Samsung might be forecasting record profits but it is still not enough to calm worries that its growth is slowing

TFM inks joint network deal with Coms

Agreement brings TFM added voice over IP capacity, while Coms picks up broadband network expertise

Apple phishing attacks up, warns Kaspersky Lab

Spam emails with links to fraudulent websites are increasing as the theft of Apple IDs and credit card information escalates