European tech businesses cool on China due to coronavirus lockdowns

Oops. Beijing wants zero COVID, not zero foreign investment Supply chain issues and other disruptions in China caused by strict COVID-19 lockdown measures have seen 23 percent of European businesses operating in the Middle Kingdom consider moving elsewhere, according to a recent report.…

 

Ericsson pulls out of Russia ‘indefinitely’ to protest war in Ukraine

Plus: AMD tells El Reg it stopped ‘all technical, product support and marketing’ in pariah state Swedish network system maker Ericsson has confirmed it has “indefinitely” halted all shipments to clients in Russia, joining the ever growing list of tech organizations protesting the atrocities in Ukraine.…

 

Capita offloads Microsoft licensing biz Trustmarque to private equity for £110m

Remainder of Capita’s Portfolio of unwanted businesses to be expunged by year end, says CEO Capita is again clearing out another of the previous CEO’s past conquests with confirmation this morning that it is offloading software licensing and hardware reseller Trustmarque to One Equity Partners for £111m.…

 

Pakistan considers ten-year tax holiday for freelance techies

Could clean up dispute over who collects tax and when, but unlikely to worry outsourcing rivals Pakistan’s minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Aminul Haque, has floated the idea of a ten-year tax holiday for freelancers, suggesting the move could improve the nation’s services exports.…

 

Renewal chasing as-a-service is now a thing – and vendors love it

Third parties get some data, use it to send mails as if they were your reseller, and – phew! – you don’t get calls from sales people The next time your vendor or reseller sends a mail reminding you it’s time to renew your software licence, subscription, or support contract, the mail could come from a third party you’ve never met and never will – but which has been trusted with enough info about you to make the sale.…

 

Who are shortages good for? The channel! World’s biggest distributor forecasts tech price hikes from January

Things not likely to improve until 2023 Canalys Forum 2021  Technology price rises are about as welcome Windows 11’s needy hardware specs but one part of the industry is quietly happy about the inflationary conditions caused by industry-wide component shortages – the channel.…

 

Windows what? PC makers have bigger things on their minds

Remember those days when OSes were the be-all and end-all? Canalys Forums  With minds fixed on PC shortages and the next looming round of price hikes, there was nary a mention of Microsoft’s freshly laid OS by the biggest vendors and resellers at this year’s Canalys Forums EMEA 2021 gabfest.…

 

Raspberry Pi looks to set up African retail channel to make buying a mini computer there as easy as Pi

High shipping costs barrier to access for many of continent’s inhabitants Raspberry Pi said yesterday it would be pushing to get its miniature computers into more shops across Africa, admitting that its presence on the continent was limited to a single approved reseller with commercial ops in a few countries in southern Africa.…

 

Japan’s NTT Group to allow remote work for all 320,000 staff

Ditching central offices in favour of over 250 regional facilities for a workforce twice the size of Microsoft’s Japanese tech giant NTT Group will allow its 320,000 staff to work remotely.…

 

BRICS bloc deepens collaboration on ecommerce and selling services across borders

Good news for consumers, exporters, and outsourcers The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – have agreed to smooth the path for ecommerce and trade in services.…