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  • Downtime

    Fancy a car-crash picture for all your image queries on Google?

    Another day, another internet cock-up. On Tuesday, users searching for any pictures on Google Images - kittens, puppies, flowers, food or even Google's own logo - were flooded with the same picture of a Russian car accident in the results page. The worrying image was not an isolated incident, with users fr...

  • The Full Spectrum

    NoC distributed computing to support IoT

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A guest blog post from Lee Myall, general manager for cloud computing at Interoute The Internet of Things (IoT) is closing in fast, it has been predicted there will be 26 billion units installed by 2020, generating $300bn in revenue...

  • CWDN

    Internet of Things apocalypse, Now

    This is a guest post by Trevor Pott, professor emeritus of full-time nerdyness, systems administration, technology writing and consulting. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada these days, Pott helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them. Safe definitions Fi...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    VMworld 2014: What happened on Day 1

    On Day 1 of its annual conference VMworld 2014 themed "No Limits", VMware unveiled its strategies around open cloud platform OpenStack and around container technology Kubernetes. It also launched new tools to extend its software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud offerings. Open software-defined datacentr...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel unifies with Unity to extend Android support

    Intel has announced a strategic collaboration (Ed - is there any other kind?) with Unity Technologies. INDUSTRY NOTE: Unity is a high-performance end-to-end development platform for creating interactive 3D and 2D experiences. The firms will come together now with the aim of advancing the development of An...

  • CWDN

    Allons-y Kontinentaleuropa technologia!

    Should the modern Europhile not be building in conferences, exhibitions and symposia all around the continent this coming autumn (that's fall to our American cousins - Ed) to gain a complete Euro-wide impression of technology? One would certainly hope so. The reality is that many conferences seem to put up...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Raspberry Pi B+

    This is a guest post by Fiona O'CleirighThe Raspberry Pi is small - 'a credit-card sized computer' says its blurb - and flexible, good for both general desktop use and electronics projects.  And there's a new version out. If the Raspberry Pi were a car, what would it be?  Not a Bugatti, appe...

  • WITsend

    A call for culture change in tech

    Nora Zeidan, senior software engineer and young mother, works at Thomsons Online Benefits and discusses how a concerted effort needs to be made by educational institutions and industry leading organisations to bridge the talent gap in the tech sector.  There seems to be little dispute that employers a...

  • CWDN

    SAP extreme sailing: big data analysis twice as fast as the wind

    Your average technical writer generally needs a really good reason before agreeing to get up at 5 am and take the early train to Cardiff central... ... but it turns out that SAP Extreme Sailing is indeed reason enough. What is Extreme Sailing? Let's just be clear, the Extreme Sailing brand (and the reason ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Technology on trial - justice system could do better at finding digital fingerprints

    I've just completed jury duty - my first real-life experience of the English judicial process. It's a fascinating thing to do - I would recommend it to anyone. But it was also an eye opener for the role of technology as evidence in a case.This is based on just one trial in which I was involved - albeit a c...

  • Open Source Insider

    In-the-field debugger, when offsite is a bugger

    Undo Software has released UndoDB Out-and-About. Described as a "new way of licensing" its reversible debugging software, this product is aimed at vendors whose software is deployed on: • customer sites, • in the field, • on a customer machine, • in real life (OK, we get it -- Ed) The software is used by e...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Standing up for government IT - despite the e-Borders fiasco

    It may be an unfashionable thing to do this week, but I'd like to stand up for government IT.Whitehall IT has been under particular scrutiny lately, eliciting a Financial Times editorial piece, and a lengthy analysis in The Guardian, among widespread national newspaper coverage.The catalyst for this was un...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Microsoft Azure goes down for users around multiple regions including Europe and Asia

    Just when I thought to myself: Cloud services must be improving as there are fewer outages reported this year than there were last year, Microsoft Azure cloud service went down for many users, including European ones, earlier this week. Microsoft's Azure status page currently displays a chirpy:  All g...

  • Data Matters

    Andy Jennings, chief analytics officer, FICO on mainstreaming of big data

     2014 has seen a steady move to the mainstream of the characteristic themes of the big data movement: ways and means of dealing with unstructured data; how to operationalize big data analytics; how to build up a data science capability. One of the stimulating conversations I've had about the big data ...

  • Downtime

    K9 privacy campaigner fakes death on Google, or was it killed?

    Not to be outdone by its two legged friends one dog in Chile decided to fake its own death on Google. Back in June just for a laugh, a garage owner in Edinburgh faked an assault while a Google StreetView camera was driving by. A bit of clever police work soon revealed that it was a prank and the victim was...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    A local digital exchange in every market town?

    Yestrday I posed the question of how the UK moves from a mish mash of semi-incompatible pre-internet fixed and mobile communications networks to a seamless mesh. fit for the post-Internet age, when everything is interconnected. This morning I received a rather good  answer, sent from a smart-phone at ...

  • ITWorks

    Assessing opportunities for technical skills growth in emerging economies: Skills gap or skills trap?

    Employers must act so that emerging markets can close the skills gap says Jinuk Shin, vice president and head of Corporate Citizenship Group, at Samsung.   High levels of investment in human capital and strong education systems are drivers of economic growth. From Germany to Japan, economic powerhouse...

  • Downtime

    Greggs uses Twitter to turn bad press into brand engagement

    On Googling Greggs today (as many are being encouraged to do so on social media), you might notice that its logo is not quite right. The logo which Google associates with the brand now reads: "Greggs - Providing sh*t to scum for over 70 years" Quick to respond to the torrent of Twitter comments, Greggs' so...

  • Downtime

    Look who's talking

    Statues across London and Manchester are finding their voices, thanks to Sing London. Sing London have commissioned writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester. Russell Tovey brings Alan Turing to life in Manchester, while Ed Stoppard reads words written by Antony Horowitz ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How does the UK move from a handful of semi-incompatible, pre-internet, national networks to a world class, high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any "mesh"?

    A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the consultation to get inputs to a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy  cannot be under-estimated. There may be flaws in the "vision" behind the consultation paper but that makes YOUR response all the more important.  The consulta...

  • CWDN

    Rackspace DevOps Breakfast: DevOps is a learning process

    The great and the good of the cloud computing community gathered at the Rackspace DevOps Breakfast Panel Debate this week in London's glittering Soho district. Attending this month's "discussion panel breakdown session" were speakers from DevOps Guys, Dataloop, Skelton Thatcher, Eagle Eye and, obviously, R...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    PUE - the benevolent culprit in the datacentre

    Internet of Things, big data, and social media are all creating an insatiable demand for scalable, sophisticated and agile IT resources, making datacentres a true utility. This is making big tech and telecom companies to drift a bit from their core competency and build their own customised datacentres - ta...

  • Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

    CIOs need to nurture raw IT talent to power the future economy

    Each year, with the publication of A-level results, hundreds of thousands of school leavers embark on a journey that ultimately fuels the talent pool feeding the UK economy. Some argue that a generation brought up on the internet have different expectations of work than previous generations. But, while the...

  • Open Source Insider

    Hadoop is only a 'landing zone', THEN you start big data analytics

    Pentaho thinks its new Streamlined Data Refinery solution architecture (optimised for the HP Vertica Analytics Platform) could provide a better (more "refined & sophisticated" route to big data analytics. This software is designed to help create analytic datasets within Hadoop and immediately push that da...

  • CWDN

    Windows Phone 8.1 update for developers

    Microsoft's recent Windows Phone 8.1 Update for developers includes the UK beta for Cortana. For those not in the know, Cortana is Windows Phone's digital personal assistant (think Android Google Now, or Apple Siri, of course) and it is powered by Bing, obviously. Cortana speaks British, don't ya know? Cor...

  • Public Sector IT

    Data retention snoop law >all you need to know<

    When the British government claimed emergency snooping powers in July, it did so in contempt of a court ruling that said they ought to be illegal.Ought to be. The government got its snooping powers all the same. But it stirred up a stink in the process. And rightly so: the affair has exposed how it has tak...

  • Open Source Insider

    Could fundamental open cloud freedom die?

    The Open-Xchange Summit will be held in late September in the Germany city of Munich. Its organisers describe the gathering as a four-day event for technologists committed to developing open standards for the formation and continuation of a trusted cloud ecosystem. The event includes a guest keynote addre...

  • ITWorks

    Computer science student convinces comparethemarket.com to help source hardware

    18 year old BTEC IT student James Elmour contacted Computing at School to help with finding hardware for his project where he needed to test Android mobile software applications.  Elmour, who studies at the City of Liverpool College, was pointed in the direction of comparethemarket.com where he pitch...

  • Open Source Insider

    Compuware & the 'horizontal' Agile LoB DevOps dream

    Compuware has been vocal recently on the subject of open source and its impact upon DevOps -- (the confluence of both software application development and 'operations'). Creepy open source The firm suggests that open source can often creep in to organisations without central IT knowing i.e. as side project...

  • CWDN

    1&1 launches WordPress user/developer community portal

    Everyone's favourite "we buy more double page advertisements in the technical press than any other company" web hosting company 1&1 Internet has launched a new software application developer cum user community portal. The portal is at this stage in beta form. The firm's communications sage Richard Stevenso...