January 2011

  • Back up: learning the hard way

    If you need reminding of how difficult it is to get people to back up their data, you couldn't do much better than the strange story involving the theft of a Macbook from the car of medical researc...

  • A hundred per cent market growth? Plenty would kill for that

    If I was told that a particular market was set to grow by 100% between now and 2014, I'd regard that as pretty positive news. Maybe I'm misinformed.According to IDC, 100% growth only represents a&q...

  • Intel warns McAfee deal may not close until Q2

    Intel expects to close its acquisition of Infineon in the next couple of weeks as regulatory approval has already been secured but admitted the pending $7.68bn purchase of McAfee may take a little ...

  • Motorola split to ease channel solution sales

    The amicable split between Motorola'shandset division and its enterprise solutions and networking businesswill provide new levels of clarity for resellers trying to push its solutions in the market...

  • Cloud build out to drive server sales for years, says Intel

    Intel squeezed out a bumper set of fourth quarter financials last night and declared that the corporate refresh has plenty of legs left yet with the cloud and Windows 7 expected to drive PC and ser...

  • EMEA unified comms market will double in size by 2014

    TheEMEA market for unified communications (UC)kit and services will double insize by 2014, according to the latest figures from market watchers IDC. With total sales in 2010 hitting $8bn (£5b...

  • Are schools failing the IT test?

    Here's a piece of news which, on the face of it, makes sense but, if you look at it a bit closer, could also make less sense than you think. According to research from Microsoft, school kids aren't...

  • Cisco stock dumped in human rights outcry

    Over in the States, asset managementgroup Boston Common LLC has taken the decision to dump over 160,000 shares that it holds in sector giant Cisco over its commitment to global human rights, report...

  • SAP enjoys a strong end to the year

    The positive sounds SAP has been making about Q4 revenue are likely to be countered in its next set of results with the $1.3bn it had to pay out to Oracle to settle a recent legal dispute. The ven...

  • Mitel names McBee as new CEO

    Mitel has named Richard McBee, former president of comms and enterprise at Danaher, as its new CEO, replacing long-serving Don Smith, who stood down last year. McBee, who joined Washington DC-based...

  • Is Alquist up to something fishy with your carbon footprint?

    Here's the latest fashionable foot treatment in London's Soho. A pedicure by hundreds of hungry fish. Isn't it time we did something similar toour carbon footprints? Andrew Jones of Alquist thinks ...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 January 2011

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Director of PC repair shop jailed for £1.6m fraud The owner of PC repairs and maintenance firm Ventura Computer ...

  • Pricing for success

    The OFT is warning retailing businesses, politely, to review their pricing policies in order to avoid enforcement action. Recent research by the OFT found that certain pricing methods can mislead c...

  • Datatec CEO says customer confidence returning

    Datatec reckons the IT industry is finally returning to meaningful growth, following a solid four months which tracked the high end of previous forecasts. The parent of distributor Westcon and int...

  • Android to dominate Smartphone space in 2011, says Canalys

    Android will continue to grow at more than twice the rate of its closest smart phone competitors this year, despite concerns over platform fragmentation, according to analyst firm Canalys. Chris Jo...

  • O2 and 2e2 form IT and comms joint venture

    The slow march of mobile operatorsinto the IT services market picked up pace today after carrier O2 and integrator 2e2 lifted the covers off a contractual joint venture. The 'O2 Unify' business, w...

  • Apple's strange trademark application

    I have to say I agree with Microsoft's bid to prevent Apple registering 'app store' as a trademark. I'm not sure what Steve Jobs and co are up as it seems to be fairly self-evident that the term is...

  • Dixons Retail sales fall over vital festive season

    Dixons Retail today reported that sales over the peak Christmas period fell 2% and gross margins dipped 0.2%, dragging profits for the year to the bottom end of expectations of £100m to &poun...

  • Put that light out - don't you know there's a war on? How light bulbs contribute to the war effort.

    Duncan Stevens is the director of Vita Energia for TruckEast, the main dealer of Scania trucks in SE England. Here he tells how the company met its emissions targets. Their first steps were remarka...

  • Global PC sales end year on a low

    Global PC sales moved up just 2.7% in the fourth quarter as consumers opted to stay at home or chose alternative electronic devices. Market watcher IDC said unit shipments were below its projectio...