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  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Apple success shows the importance of making IT invisible

    It's been impossible to ignore the biggest technology headline of the week - especially as it became the biggest business headline in many places too. Apple declared the largest quarterly profit in corporate history - not bad for a company dismissed as a failure 15 years ago and derided as behind the times...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Should everybody be on video?

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  • Quocirca Insights

    DevOps and the IT platform

    Historically, the development team has had a bit of a two-edged sword when it comes to their development environment.  It has tended to be separate to the production environment, so they can do whatever they want without any risk to operational systems.  The network tends to have been pretty self...

  • CW Developer Network

    F5 framework targets slipshod IT delivery

    Fragmentation is everywhere. Applications are fragmenting into cloud-based services, the Internet of Things is fragmenting (some would say 'cracking up') around a dispirited set disconnected systems with no clear base of standards and then mobile is fragmenting around the constant battle for market shipmen...

  • The Full Spectrum

    FCC showing its teeth on broadband speed. Time for Ofcom to grow a pair

    News reaches the Full Spectrum that later this week the FCC, the US Ofcom, is to vote to change what is defined as, and possibly what can be sold as broadband.The FCC wants to change the actual definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, which would leave millions of Americans who thought they had broadb...

  • Read all about IT!

    The Lizard Squad. Serious hackers or random gamers ?

    A guest blog post from Kevin CahillThe Lizard Squad are as mysterious as their logo; a large bow tied frog, monocled, smoking a pipe and sporting a Santa hat. They are accused of having brought down Facebook, Microsoft, Sony and most recently, the Malaysia Airlines web site.Members of the Lizard Squad mak...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Logitech ConferenceCam Connect - why communication has changed

    Logitech this week launched its new conference camera, the ConferenceCam Connect, aimed at small conference rooms catering up to around five people. According to Logitech representatives, 21 million "huddle rooms" exist globally designed for small groups of people to have meetings or conferences, but only ...

  • Downtime

    Quick! Call 911, Facebook is offline!

    This week the two social networking giants Facebook and Instagram went offline. Facebook is blaming an internal fault caused by engineers, while others are blaming a DDos attack. Whatever the cause, the fact is they were offline for less than an hour. But it seems those 60 precious minutes of life without ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Will Companies' House liability for damages help trigger a more realistic approach to identity governance?

    We have much debate about information security and data protection but far more harm is caused because accurate information is not available when and where it is needed. The Cabinet Office "liability avoidance" approach to identity and authorisation policy has long been driven by the need to address long s...

  • CW Developer Network

    Rackspace #PowerOfSearch: defragging the data supply chain with contextual intelligence

    As you will know, journalists love nothing better than a really early start -- as such, the global PR industry is fond of staging what are known as 'power breakfasts' now and again. So it came to pass this week that Rackspace hosted another in its series of coffee- and croissant-fuelled get together(s). Ra...

  • Open Source Insider

    Union of the state (application)

    Pentaho CTO James Dixon has been more than vocal on the subject of data lakes in recent times and has strived to try and put plug (ouch! sorry) this topic before it drains away (double ouch!). Dixon himself coined the term 'Data Lake' to describe a vessel for holding data from a single source and you can r...

  • CW Developer Network

    Gut instinct drives more firms than big data analytics

    Big data is great, isn't it? The rise of advanced analytics exerted upon big data stores and the opportunities for software application developers to engineer new 'insight-empowered' applications (and embedded application sub-elements) is taking the IT industry by storm. This of course means that firms up ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft: more open (kinda commercial) sourcery

    Microsoft's open technology credentials appear to look better ever day. Are we all okay with this statement? Redmond has this month has spoken openly about its agreement to acquire open-source software company Revolution Analytics. The firm is the leading 'commercial provider' of software and services for ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Purism Librem: 100% open source crowdsourced 'high-end' laptop

    The Purism Librem 15 claims to be the first laptop in the world that ships without 'mystery software' in the kernel, operating system or any software applications. This is because, the Librem runs 100% on open source. Purism promises that it will: • Only use free/libre software for the kernel, OS and all ...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Predictions for 2015

    The last two years have been an eye-opener for business, governments and citizens. They should now be aware of the vulnerability of information systems to penetration by spies, hackers and criminals. But do they care? Not that much it seems, as they clearly continue to trust service providers with their da...

  • CW Developer Network

    Synthetic DevOps: IT operations with bendiness

    The new DevOps is more synthetic. In terms of real world workflows, the new approach to developer-operations intersections comes from a world that is more malleable, more pliable and altogether more bendy by far. DevOps: we have a problem Rob Markovich is a networking technology executive at IT operations ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Windows 10 proves this is a different Microsoft - but is it different enough?

    The software company with 14% share of the global operating systems market announced the latest version of its flagship product this week. It's called Windows - you might have heard of it. It's not that long ago - barely six or seven years - that Microsoft could claim that Windows ran on more than 90% of a...

  • Downtime

    Mobile phones a waste of time

    While many people are obsessed with their mobile phones and never put them down for a minute, research shows that for many others they are just a waste of time.In fact, the average Brit will spend more than three weeks of their life looking for lost mobile phones, according to a study by moneysaving site P...

  • Downtime

    Data thieves face the music

    We found out this week that the younger generation are pretty lazy when it comes to protecting their payment data, with 20% of 16 to 24-year-olds having shared their PIN with a third party. With lazy consumers such as this, you wouldn't think it would be too hard to take them for all they have. In a half-h...

  • CW Developer Network

    Open Norse: what to expect from Monki Gras

    No not Las Vegas, but Shoreditch instead. Developer-focused analyst house Red Monk stages Monki Gras in London on January 29-30 2015. Nordic scalability This year's event is themed around Nordic craft and culture, that zippy zeitgeist cornerstone of software application development. We jest, there's a reas...

  • Open Source Insider

    Has IBM made (hard) Hadoop easier?

    It has been said that Hadoop is hard. More specifically, it has been said that the Hadoop framework for distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models is tough to get to grips with because: Hadoop is not a database Hadoop is not an analytics environme...

  • Public Sector IT

    Universal Credit bodged its bodge

    Iain Duncan Smith looked like a fall guy when he started work on Universal Credit. He humbled forward to take the stage for his grand social project, with a little shove from his superiors. He looked so earnest, with his army officer poise. They waved him on: yeah you go for it, Iain.Yet Universal Credit w...

  • Management Matters

    How one tech startup benefitted from Cameron's trip to Washington DC

    Last week a number of technology startups joined Prime Minister David Cameron in Washington DC to raise awareness of the growing threat of cyber security. The visit saw our PM meeting President Obama to solidify a partnership to tackle cyber security. Unfortunately the dozen or so UK startups didn't get to...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Smart Kapp - An image capture dry-wipe whiteboard

    SMART technologies, the company which brought interactive whiteboards into our classrooms, has developed a new dry-erase whiteboard capable of sending images to your smartphone.    The digital capture white board is designed to replace the paper flip-chart often seen in meetings and con...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    29 thoughts I had while trying to set up a new Windows 8.1 machine

    Everyone has their Achilles heel of technology, and although I've been very familiar with the Windows operating system until now, Windows 8 machines are far too stressful for me to get my head around. Here are 29 thoughts I had during my most recent attempt at setting up a new Windows 8.1 machine: 1. ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Domesday computer to make equality automatic

    Fire a few kalashnikov rounds into the air over a crowded square when Universal Credit is completed in 2019. Perhaps rattle a few volleys from the windows of cars on roundabouts. At the very least, throw some confetti.Because the Universal Credit social security system will give government power to deliver...

  • Open Source Insider

    007 DevOps: Ansible's secret agentless route to IT automation

    No not runcible, this is Ansible. What is Ansible? An ansible (lower case) is a fictitious machine capable of instantaneous or superluminal (faster than light) communication. ... on the other hand Ansible Inc (upper case) is a company that makes "agentless" orchestration and configuration management tools ...

  • StorageBuzz

    Hybrid flash horse is a winner, but did Dell mean to back it?

    When reflecting on the rise of flash storage over the last couple of years it's easy to come to the conclusion that some storage vendors have been more active, more free-spending, more progressive in the marketplace. I have in mind the likes of EMC and IBM, with their big ticket flash startup acquisitions ...

  • Open Source Insider

    What is a software forge?

    As we know, use of the term "infographic" generally causes involuntary gagging and may result in unwelcome skin irritation. Paradoxically, open source licensing and vulnerability management solutions company Protecode (pron: pro-ta-code) appears to be using the "information graphic" (to use the old school ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    How managed print services accelerates business process digitisation

    Despite the transition to a digitisation of paper workflows, many organisations are struggling to integrate paper and digital information. A recent Quocirca study amongst 210 organisations revealed that 40% of organisations plan to increase their spending on workflow automation, but that there is also much...