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  • Public Sector IT

    UK drone net got torture-grade CIA comms

    A computer network that the US Central Intelligence Agency began using a decade ago to conduct the kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects has become an integral part of the system now operating drone strikes in the Middle East and Africa.The means to send 'above top secret' intelligence communications ar...

  • Open Source Insider

    Spiceworks free Network Monitor system health check

    Spiceworks is offering its "free" (no, it actually is) Network Monitor software as 'now available' for download. The application claims to allow IT professionals to monitor and manage server and network devices in real-time. GEEK NOTE: All time (as we know) is relative and, as we also know, the concept of ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Many attacks may still be random, security should not be

    With all the talk of targeted attacks, it easy to lose sight of the fact that for the majority of us, especially in our lives as consumers, random malware is still the greatest danger. Random malware is distributed en masse, by whatever means, in the hope it will find its way onto the most vulnerable of de...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Introducing the Devereux-Hodge shambolicness scale for rating progress of Universal Credit

    If Universal Credit were made into a Hollywood rom-com, you just know that Margaret Hodge and Robert Devereux would be the central characters.Thrust into repeated opposition on different sides of a heated Public Accounts Committee (PAC) table, the two star-crossed combatants would bicker and argue in ever-...

  • Open Source Insider

    National Geographic takes Raspberry Pi to Botswana

    Newswires this week suggest that a team National Geographic explorers have taken open source technology into the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa. The team of African wilderness specialists will use a Raspberry Pi and a selection of 'other' open source software and hardware to complete their studies of t...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    How to assess your tech needs according to Intel Services

    In this guest blog Joel Reid, new business sales leader at Intel Services, explains what brands and retailers need to know when specifying technology in an ever evolving world.Weighing up the options: how brands can assess their technology needsBy Joel Reid"In the latest Gartner CMO Spend Survey Report 201...

  • CW Developer Network

    7 reasons to love the BlackBerry Passport

    Okay so hands up, guilty as charged, I didn't think I would be writing this post. As a lifelong BlackBerry user I never 'rubbished' the Alicia Keys reinvention years and the decline of the brand, but I did turn away from an old friend and adopt the use of an Android and Windows Phone with gusto as I joined...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft plays more open games

    The all-new "we love Linux" Microsoft company has continued its sluggish crusade into openness by talking up plans to open source Project Orleans. Project Orleans has been used by software application development pros to build the type of essentially distributed (but highly connected) cloud-based services ...

  • WITsend

    Calling for a tech startup overhaul

    This is a guest blog by Trilby Rajna, Editor at Approved Index .     Recent research from Approved Index shows female representation on tech start-up boards is appallingly low. What's worse is it seems to be continuing in a downward trajectory hitting a dismal 8% representation in 2014...

  • ITWorks

    Inspiring the next generation of STEM talent

    This is a guest blog by Phil Dunmore, vice president of Cognizant Business Consulting. The issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills - or lack thereof - among the next generation is never far from the news agenda. It has been suggested by many organisations, including the Confedera...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    A Christmas Message for the Digerati on the practical meaning of social inclusion

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A Christmas Message for the Digerati on why we need to give priority to social inclusion not to "digital by default".  : Luke 2.7 "... because there was no room for them in the inn".   Joseph to Innkeeper: "But I can show ...

  • Open Source Insider

    VMware is nuts for clusters (and containers)

    VMware has announced a batch of integrations with a number of technology entities as it strives to create a common platform for building and operating applications at scale. VMware VP Kit Colbert has said that the firm seeks to minimise the integration costs, time and effort to securely run and manage cont...

  • Open Source Insider

    How do you solve a web-scale deployment problem with MariaDB?

    MariaDB Corporation (the artist formerly known as SkySQL) is polishing up its open source database products this month. A new version of MariaDB Enterprise has arrived, but so what? Luminescent luminaries Well part of the "so what" factor is that MariaDB was built by an "engineer-led team of luminaries" be...

  • Management Matters

    Huddle secures $51m series D funding

    This week saw the cloud-based collaboration platform secure $51m in series D funding. Is it close to IPO? It's too soon to tell, but the company has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years; from London-based startup in 2006 to opening offices in San Francisco, New York and DC. < The mo...

  • WITsend

    Becoming a public company board member: A roadmap for the emerging director

    This is a guest blog from Tracy Houston president of Board Resources Services, LLC We are living in unprecedented times of uncertainty and challenge. Never has it been more critical for directors and officers to be capable of leading in the boardroom. In light of increased regulatory changes and reduced pu...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The Chancellor's Christmas present for employers who take skills seriously: Cost of apprentices cut by 20% + 50% towards update modules. Will this break the log jam?

    For nearly forty years most  IT employers have declined to take on trainees or retrain older staff but  have queued up to employ those with two years of more of supposed experience. Only the skills in demand have changed. There is no shortage of talent, only of employers who will work with local ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Yesterday I learned why our forecasts of broadband demand are so wrong

    Yesterday I attended the excellent INCA Super Connected Cities seminar in Birmingham at which two contrasting examples of the effect of providing fibre services to commercial centres and business parks were presented. A light switched on in my head. Neither analysis has yet been published and I plan to blo...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    The key themes from this year's UKtech50: digital, recruitment, and out-of-touch suppliers

    Soon after Computer Weekly launched our UKtech50 programme to identify the most influential people in UK IT, over four years ago, we were approached by a couple of the female IT leaders that made the list at that time. They were in a clear minority - only eight or nine women on the list, even if that was r...

  • WITsend

    Emily Brook CEO of Blaze wins everywoman Iris Award for cyclists left turn solution

    The founder and CEO of Blaze, Emily Brooke, has been crowned winner of the everywoman Iris Award 2014. Now in its 12th year, the NatWest everywoman Awards, features the Iris Award category - sponsored by IBM - which aims to shine a light on a female who runs a business that sees technology in an innovative...

  • WITsend

    20% discount code for everywoman Forum 2015

    Computer Weekly and WITsend readers are being treated to a 20% discount for the everywoman Forum 2015. The 'Advancing women in Technology' forum is set to bring together 600 women to enable them to find new roles and mentors and to hear advice to help shape their own career paths. Taking place on Tuesday 1...

  • Downtime

    Goodbye Clip Art, goodbye memories of my youth

    First it was MSN Messenger, now it's Clip Art. Clearly the powers-that-be at Microsoft have no soul. And no memory of what it was like to be a teenager in the noughties. If they did, they wouldn't keep destroying all the memories that we desperately try to cling onto while hurtling through this fast-techno...

  • Downtime

    Mum's (not) the word

    Organisers of Parklife festival have been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office after sending festival goers promotional text messages claiming to be from their mothers. The short-sited marketing attempt left a number of recipients distressed, especially those whose mothers are no longer w...

  • Open Source Insider

    Pydio: open source alternative to Dropbox & Box

    Pydio (pron: 'pi-dee-yo') has released version 6.0 of its open source file sharing platform. The firm's development team promise "the most workable solution to date" for corporate IT departments and developers seeking a controlled, open source alternative to consumer cloud services such as Dropbox, Box, Go...

  • Open Source Insider

    Samsung's strategic commitment to upstream open source development

    Samsung's open source team and developer technology proposition has grown. Started two years back by one solitary Linux and FOSS advocate in the shape of Ibrahim Haddad, the Samsung Open Source Innovation Group now boasts 40 employees. As many as 30 full-time developers are said to now be working on upstre...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Securing virtual infrastructure

    When considering the security of virtual environments, it helps to point out where in the virtual stack the discussion is alluding to. There are two basic levels, the virtual platform itself and the virtual machines (VM) and associated applications deployed on such platforms. This is the first of two Quoci...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Rural Payments Agency opens up routines for farmers with no digital or credit footprints to bypass Government Verify

    I have been very business over the last week but hope to make time over the week-end to blog my responses to the Autumn statement, particularly a welcome for: the exemption of apprentices aged under 25 from national insurance (should help transform the UK IT skills scene by providing a less unequal pl...

  • Open Source Insider

    DataStax bids to be THE Internet of Things database

    The Cassandra Summit Europe 2014 held this week in London has seen DataStax announce the general availability of DataStax Enterprise 4.6 (DSE 4.6). DataStax is a company that delivers open source Apache Cassandra at an enterprise level with maintenance and support. The firm says that DSE could be the "lead...

  • CW Developer Network

    HP and the giant big data beanstalk

    By 2020 there will be a x50 increase in the volume of data (a lot of it big) that we need to manage... and, of course, this increase brings with it new and bigger security challenges -- this was part of the opening address delivered by HP CEO Meg Whitman at her firm's HP Discover 2014 event in Barcelona. H...

  • CW Developer Network

    HP Discover: how big data developers use HP Software & HP Haven OnDemand

    Computer Weekly has reported on the 'look and feel' (and flavour perhaps) for those lucky enough to attend the HP Discover Europe 2014 conference held in Barcelona this week. With a set of "polished" keynotes designed to win over the hearts and minds of customers, industry partners and anyone with a vested...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    What can be defined as wearable tech?

    We're slowly moving into the wearable generation, and the number of people bringing wearables into the workplace is steadily increasing.The battle of wearable technology is in full swing, with Microsoft launching its first wearable device just months after Apple announced plans for its Apple...