As Google continues to be investigated by the European Union, chairman Eric Schmidt has decided to deflect criticism by saying that Amazon is its biggest search rival.
In a speech in Berlin, Schmidt – who has repeatedly denied that Google is a monopolistic player – he also took time to diss rivals Bing and Yahoo, saying they don’t matter at all. more»
Two senior executives from non technology sectors have been appointed to the board of Microsoft, while two existing board members have stepped down.
Microsoft said that Teri List-Stoll, chief financial officer of Kraft Foods and Charles W. Scharf, CEO of Visa, will take up their new positions on the 1st of October. more»
In one of those strange twists of fate that dog the semiconductor industry, it appears X86 giant Intel is now one of the biggest licensees of ARM tech on the planet, now it is a foundry business. ARM, of course, offers an advantage over X86 servers in terms of both functionality and heat. more»
Because Intel has so few products to show at its expensive upcoming Intel Developer Forum in September in San Francisco, it will play its old three card trick and show off new logos and marketing plans instead. Ailing Intel, it seems, has run out of “innovation”. more»
Gadget king and dancing queen Steve Wozniak thinks smartwatches have got a long way to go before being useful.
Woz, who was the co-founder of Apple, was a well-known early adopter of shiny new toys. He owns a Segway and has a Tesla Motors’ electric-powered car. more»
Mega distie Avnet said it has set up a new business unit in the European, Middle East and Africa markets.
The dvision, called Avnet Security and Networking Solutions (ASNS), is intended to boost its share of this sector and will include the opening of specialist technical and commercial competence centres in the region. more»
Miriam Murphy (pictured) is to become a senor VP of Avnet’s northern region – that’s the UK and Ireland.
She replaces interim head of the territory Tony Madden, who has run the UK business over the last six months.
Murphy is a long time employee of Avnet and she was responsible for expanding its IBM business across 14 countries in the EMEA region, according to Graeme Watt, president of Avnet EMEA. more»
Kevin Vine is to be a VP of Connected Data and will expand the company’s channel efforts.
Vine has previously worked for Buffalo and for megadistie Ingram Micro.
He will continue to work with disties including Ingram, CMS, Comline and Beta Distribution but will also aim to boost the number of channel partners selling the Drobo “smart storage” range and the Transporter cloud offering. more»
Diversity and change are cited for the reasons that there’s been a reshuffle at HP Enterprise Group channel personnel. Diversity and change. Change and diversity – those two magic words say so much and at the same time so very little. more»
Anup Vora has been appointed reseller channel manager by Swivel Secure.
Last year, Swivel moved to a single tier channel way of selling and the company said this appointment is its next stage in its reseller programme.
Swivel has authentication products and the company believes resellers can include its offerings as part of their enterprise portolios. more»
Marc van Ierland has been made country manager of its Benelux district which includes Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.
van Ierland has over 20 years experience in distribution and has been at Avnet since November 2007 after the company acquired ACAL. more»
Stan Shih, who came out of retirement to rescue Acer from its parlous state, has apparently been busy since his return.
Smartphone supremo Chen Guowei has apparently left Acer to spend more time with his family. Guowei was in charge of Acer’s business unit in mainland China. more»
Lisette Sens has become head of channel at Zynstra – a new post at the startup.
The hybrid cloud company also said it has added two resellers to its route to market – BTA Ltd and TETip Ltd, via its partner Easynet. more»
Gary Bullard will be the next CEO of Logicalis.
Bullard will take over the role of current CEO Ian Cook from the 1st of March next year. Cook will become a non-executive chairman of Logicalis.
Bullard has a long background in IT. more»
300 jobs are to go at Didcot-based RM Education.
According to the Oxford Mail, this is the second round of redundancies in the last two years.
Before the first round of redundancies, RM had over 1,200 staff but that number is now 960. more»