May 2011

  • Strong iPad sales add to Dixons confidence

    The recovery remains fragile and consumer confidence shaky when it comes to selling technology via retail with Dixons revealing that although things are getting better it is taking time. The retai...

  • Tandberg Data buys ProStor's removable disk business

    Storage vendor Tandberg Data has acquired the removable disk storage (RDX) business of ProStor Systems for an undisclosed sum. ProStor was first to develop and market RDX technology, and Tandberg D...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 May 2011

    Sir Peter Rigby continues to show the wealth in reselling There are few things in life that remain certain but the ability of Sir Peter Rigby to top the wealth charts in the channel has been a ...

  • New statutory rates

    In case you missed the announcements, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) has now increased for payment weeks starting...

  • BT ups dividends as profits spike 97%

    BT has increased its full-year dividend by 7% and reported market-beating fourth-quarter results, saying it expects to continue to grow profit and free cash flow, writes Warwick Ashford Profit for ...

  • Why has Nuance bought Equitrac? To take out the competition or to complement its range?

    Nuance Communications is to buy Equitrac, a specialist in print management and cost recovery software used by25,000 organisations worldwide. The acquisition means Nuance has a document imaging p...

  • Government has a role to play in fighting piracy

    There will have been few eyebrows raised at the announcement that the UK software piracy figures have stayed the same at 27% with a quarter of the country using unlicensed products. The fight agai...

  • Intrinsic hires following Dataplex buy, plans further acquisitions

    Unified comms and cloud reseller Intrinsic Technology has revealed plans to hire up to 30 new heads by the end of the year to support its growth targets and back the recent acquisition of VMware pa...

  • Azlan adds AdvaTel Avaya booster package

    Azlan has signed a distribution agreement with Avaya DevConnect partner AdvaTel to supply its InTouch UC add-on for Avaya IP Office. The complementary software is pitched at the SME market, and ena...

  • Private equity firm picks up Tripwire

    IT security and automated compliance specialist Tripwire is talking up its growth ambitions after being acquired by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo. The undisclosed deal will see Tripwire get ac...

  • Government urged to get tough as piracy rates fail to fall

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the government to do more to penalise those that flout intellectual property rights after its annual research showed the UK software piracy rate h...

  • Cisco boss retrenches, slashes growth forecast

    John Chambers has ditchedCisco'sannual growthforecast of 12 to 17 per centand pledged to take out $1bn in costs during fiscal 2012 after a torrid third quarter that saw the networking kingpin take ...

  • Lifting the veil

    It's often thought that individuals running a business through a company are protected from personal liability. However, a recent High Court case - Brewer v Stanley Mann, Fortis Lease UK Limited an...

  • Signify mourns loss of co-founder John Stewart

    Security specialist Signify is mourning the death of its co-founder John Stewart who has sadly lost his three-year battle against prostate cancer.

  • Apprentice latest. Vincent Disneur squeezes in a quick plug (and a couple of oranges)

    Breaking news this afternoon from the world of The Apprentice, where it emerges the BBC may have unwittingly violatedits rules on advertising. As I'm sure you know by now, the networking and comms ...

  • Datatec questions strength of UK economic recovery

    Datatec, the South African ICT powerhouse behind network sector stalwarts Logicalis and Westcon, has lamented the state of the economic recovery in the UK as it announced audited results for its fi...

  • Demand for IT jobs hits five year high

    The demand for IT skilled staff is growing quicker than any other sector of the economy as customers look to recruit both permanent and temporary workers. The latest Report on Jobs from the KPMG a...

  • Meru picks Zycko to target further WLAN growth

    Virtualised 802.11n wirelessvendor Meru Networks is to team up with Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko in an attempt to better address midmarket and enterprise wireless markets. Zycko, which already w...

  • Microsoft $8.5bn takeover of Skype isn't Music to Google's ears

    Microsoft has been in the shadow of Google for some time now when it comes to the Internet but the software giant got its own back bigtime yesterday by totally upstaging Google's announcement of it...

  • "I love you" loses top spot in Big Lie 100 to email marketing fib "Win an Ipad"

    The Big Lie 100, the league table of the biggest lies in modern society, has a new leader. "Your Cheque's in the post" was overtaken five years ago to concede second place to one of the n...