June 2010 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK | Page 4

June 2010

  • BT workers balloted over strike action

    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...

  • Cameron will be hoping England do the business tonight

    The World Cup has started in earnest and it has provided a welcome distraction from the talk of cuts and emergency budgets. As the teams do their best on the various fields of play in South Africa...

  • Analysis: Mid-market turns to managed services

    A consensus is emerging that only 3% of companies that reduced their IT staff during the recession are planning to recruit to fill the shortages. The research is stacking up that firms that shed s...

  • HMRC gets aggressive over small biz debt collection

    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 ...

  • A growing trend for managed services

    Having spent the morning in Birmingham at the MicroScope and Kaysea How to Succeed in Managed Services seminar it's safe to say after having done two of them this week that I can make a summary on ...

  • ASA launches review of unlimited broadband offers

    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 offe...

  • SAP loses ground in declining supply chain software market

    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 ...

  • AVG sets out to remind Mac users they are not safe

    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 perceive...

  • Oracle system overhaul causes Sun box pricing calamity

    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 j...

  • Daisy offloads WiMAX and WiFi businesses

    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 y...

  • Can you have your cake and EET it?

    Some people - well me - are calling EET Nordics "the Acer of the distribution world". Well at least half of the equation is right. It runs a very low cost operation, employing seven staff...

  • Will Intel have the last laugh?

    The embarrassing public court cases facing Dell and Intel will come as scant consolation to the hundreds of national system builders whose demise was sped up by the alliance between the two firms. ...

  • Cheerio for now!

    I'm bowing out for a few weeks of(very well-deserved) holiday so this will likely be the last post on Network Noise until early July. I know we've not been at this'ereblogginglark for very long, bu...

  • The games industry reminds us all of how to party

    There must be money in those there gaming hills. It was with a great deal of envy and a fair amount of incredulity that we read about the Activision party at the E3 show in Los Angeles. The gaming...

  • GCI Telecoms acquisition spree far from over

    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 th...

  • Morse shares to be suspended as 2e2 deal nears completion

    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, s...

  • Best Buy boss "neither pleased nor satisifed" by Q1 numbers

    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 s...

  • Ingram Micro COO resigns

    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 distribu...

  • Orange scores own goal with iPhone 4 plans

    Following the news last week that O2 is to can unlimited mobile data plans on the iPhone, Orange has revealed its pricing plans for the iPhone 4, reducing its fair use datalimit to 750MB across its...

  • Calls for R&D tax relief to be protected in emergency budget

    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 Osborn...