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Wall Street analyst slashes HP Inc’s share rating amid mounting worries over printer supplies declines

A respected Wall Street analyst has downgraded HP Inc’s share rating on the back of worries that its PC division won’t be able to sustain the growth numbers it has been banking, which paper over the cracks in the print supplies business. The company is currently trying to dig itself out a hole of its own making: it mis-forecast toner cartridge revenues in EMEA for FY’19 that started in…

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Just what we all needed, lactose-free ‘beer’ from northern hipsters – it’s the Vegan Sorbet Sour

Beer o’clock starts at 4pm today at Leeds-based North Brewing Co‘s tap room where it will be launching a sour beer that “pushes the boundaries of taste, flavour and colour”. Forget your hoity-toity cloudy lemon ales from Holland; this one’s a manly bright pink and made in Yorkshire. The Vegan Sorbet Sour is brewed with organic raspberry puree and forced Yorkshire rhubarb supplied by locally famed fruit and veg…

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Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

Capital equipment will outlive the working life of the engineers who service it, self-healing systems will do away with everyday maintenance, and call centres will be replaced by automated dispatch notification. All this will come to pass in the next five years, according to predictions arising from a Forrester Consulting study of 675 “digital transformation decision makers” across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Participants are…

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Charmin’. Garmin admits customers’ full credit card data nicked from South African web store

Updated GPS and wearables maker Garmin has warned customers in South Africa that their personal info and payment data were pinched after they shopped on the shop.garmin.co.za portal. The stolen data, which the emailed notice said was limited to Garmin’s South Africa site, included customers’ home addresses, phone numbers and emails as well as all the information needed for a criminal to make purchases using their payment cards, not…

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£1bn UK justice system digitisation scheme in massive delay shocker

The £1bn modernisation of UK courts is behind schedule due to delays with its digital programme, the National Audit Office said today. In its update, the report said some online services are not yet fully available to the public because Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has made less progress than anticipated. The report criticised the troubled £280m Common Platform Programme, the digital case-handling system intended to join…

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Captain’s coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion

A Condor flight to Mexico was forced to turn back over the Atlantic after a spilled coffee caused one of its radios to start melting. CFG116, an 11-hour flight between Frankfurt and Cancún, was cut short after the captain knocked his cuppa over himself and the radio panel on his Airbus A330’s centre console. The spillage caused an “electrical burning smell” followed by smoke. Despite warnings in the Airbus…

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Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That’s all fine then

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Hmm, we seem to be having a problem with this page at the moment. You might like to try again later. No, I doubt my enjoyment will be significantly enhanced in the future. I am confident that I would like to try again right now. Hmm, we seem to be having a problem with this page at the moment. You might like to try…

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Hold up, ace. Before you strap into Firefox’s latest Test Pilot, ask yourself…

You just can’t keep a good idea down. At least that’s what Mozilla will be hoping as it resurrects its Firefox Test Pilot programme once again. If you’re keeping score at home, this marks the third time Test Pilot has been launched. First it was an add-on for the Firefox browser, then it became the name of a larger testing programme for possible Firefox features. The third incarnation of…

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Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user’s frightful position therein

On Call As the weekend looms, spare a thought for those unfortunates forced to, you know, deal with actual users. Perhaps buy one a beer after spending a moment with our regular On Call column. Today’s tale, from a reader we’ll call “Anthony”, takes us back to the heady days of Britpop, the Spice Girls and Windows 95. While the rest of Blighty was revelling in Cool Britannia, Anthony…

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From PowerShell to auditing: Expand your cybersecurity know-how at SANS London 2019

Promo The internet is full of powerful, fast-changing hacking tools and malicious actors who know how to use them. That makes the regular training events held by IT security specialist SANS Institute an essential destination for technology professionals keen to sharpen their defensive skills and protect their organisation against today’s ever-more ingenious attackers. The SANS London 2019 event taking place from 14-19 October offers a choice of ten immersive…

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