Saturday 28 February 2015

Hamilton doubles up for Mercedes in Spain

For the second day running it was a Mercedes atop the timesheet on Saturday, as the Formula One teams carried out their penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Felipe Massa set the morning pace for Williams on Pirelli's super-soft tyre, but it was Lewis Hamilton who clocked the ultimate benchmark - a 1m 23.022s, recorded on soft rubber

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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

'Look at the UK, they've done it really well!' Uh, hold on ...


European governments haven’t got a clue how to implement cloud services. So say the EU's own cybersecurity experts.…







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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Second hypervisor-related cloud meltdown in six months


Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit.…






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Friday 27 February 2015

Make room, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz band

Low-power LTE-U can share spectrum with 802.11


Qualcomm says it will begin shipping new chips later this year that will help relieve mobile network congestion by routing LTE mobile broadband traffic over short-range, unlicensed radio frequency bands.…




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Rosberg and Mercedes fire ominous warning on day two

Mercedes finally hit the front in 2015 pre-season testing on Friday, as Nico Rosberg set an imperious new benchmark on day two in Barcelona. Elsewhere there was encouragement for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed more than 100 laps on the team's most successful day to date, and Force India, who rolled out their new car for the first time

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Marussia included on official 2015 FIA entry list

Marussia have moved another step closer to returning to Formula One racing after governing body the FIA approved their entry for the 2015 season

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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

Want not-spots washed out? Well, we have to put 'em somewhere, NIMBYs


The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code. This is crucial ingredient to the “landmark” not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year.…




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Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following testing crash

Fernando Alonso says he is 'completely fine' following his crash during pre-season testing in Spain last weekend. Although he was ruled out of the final pre-season test on doctors' advice, he released a video message to reassure his followers about his physical condition

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Force India's VJM08 makes belated track debut

After several delays, Force India's 2015 car made its long-awaited track debut on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona on Friday. The Mercedes-powered VJM08 left the garage just after midday local time with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel. The German will handle driving duties until Sunday when he'll hand over to team mate Sergio Perez for the last day of running

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If in doubt, blow $4bn: IBM says it will fatten up on cloud, mobile, Big Data cake by 2018

Ginni eyes $40bn-a-year sales


IBM is betting billions that it can claw its way back to growth by focusing on what it calls its "strategic imperatives," including cloud, data analytics, mobility, social networking, and security.…






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Thursday 26 February 2015

Facebook throws a lifeline to depressed users

Friends can notify trained mental health pros of comments that hint at suicidal thoughts


The signs of future suicide often pop up on social media, so Facebook has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to roll out new tools that can hopefully provide a lifeline to those in need.…





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Massa fastest for Williams as McLaren toil on day one

Felipe Massa laid down an impressive marker for Williams on the opening day of the final pre-season test of 2015 in Spain, as McLaren were once again restricted by technical problems. Massa hit the front early on Thursday afternoon, bolting on Pirelli's soft-compound tyre and scything down to a 1m 23.500s - the fastest time seen so far this year in Barcelona

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Jorda joins Lotus as development driver

Lotus have appointed Carmen Jorda as a development driver for the 2015 season. In her new role the 26-year-old Spaniard, who most recently raced in GP3, will attend Grands Prix and Formula One tests throughout the year, as well as undergoing a significant simulator programme at the team's base in Enstone

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Visa: One million bonks a month for Europeans... from next year

2015 is the year mobes become credit cards


There is a quote attributed to Visa International that NFC has had “more pilots than the RAF”. Well, that may or may not be true, but what's beyond doubt right now – according to Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director, Mobile, Visa Europe – is that people will soon be using mobile phones to tap to pay.…




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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

Brit designer's dangle-comms produce coverage for all


A new design of mobile cell site that sits on top of an existing street light has been developed British design company The Technology Partnership (TTP).…




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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

Blighty bank wings it with Pingit for twits


UK banking giant Barclays has confirmed plans to allow Brits and small businesses to use their, er, Twitter handle to make payments online.…




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NBN fibre: activations accelerated as footprint expanded

Revenue, ARPU and capex all on the rise


It's a matter of ups and down for the National Broadband Network: the fibre rollout (which will be replaced by hybrid fibre/coax (HFC) and node/basement fibre in future geographies) accelerated and the activation rate improved.…




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NBN fibre: activations accelerated as footprint expanded

Revenue, ARPU and capex all on the rise


It's a matter of ups and down for the National Broadband Network: the fibre rollout (which will be replaced by hybrid fibre/coax (HFC) and node/basement fibre in future geographies) accelerated and the activation rate improved.…




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Gemalto: Everything's fine! Security industry: No, it's really not

Skepticism abounds at SIM card maker's assurances


Six days after Gemalto, the world's largest SIM card manufacturer, was told that, back in 2010, it was ransacked by NSA and GCHQ hackers, the company today gave itself the all-clear: no encryption keys, used to secure phone calls from eavesdroppers, were stolen, apparently.…




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Wednesday 25 February 2015

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

All woven in to DataFabric concept


NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas.…






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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

Finns finding MIMO: But even that won't be enough in 5 years


In the arms race for faster data speeds, Nokia Networks has pulled out 600Mbps over Ericsson’s 450Mbps by using 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology.…




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Alonso leaves hospital but misses final test

Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital, but McLaren have confirmed he will sit out this week's final pre-season test at Barcelona. The Spaniard suffered concussion and was airlifted to hospital following a final-day crash during the second test. McLaren say he will now continue his recuperation at his family's home in Spain

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Marussia aiming to race in Melbourne; sign Stevens for 2015

Marussia are hoping to be on the grid for the 2015 season-opener in Australia, and have announced Will Stevens as their first driver. The team say their 2015 car is in an "advanced stage of build", and are aiming to have it ready in time for it to be transported to Melbourne. Stevens said he is enthusiastic about the team's prospects

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Force India reveal first image of delayed 2015 car

Force India have revealed the first shot of their 2015 car, which they hope to run for the first time on day two of the final pre-season test at Barcelona. The team have suffered delays on the build of the new VJM08, opting to use their 2014 car at the most recent test at Barcelona. And while their new machine will not be ready for the start of the final test, it has completed its first fire-up and will now be transported to Spain

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Speaking in Tech: 'He's walking around with a rubber horse's head on'

Brocade VP's family Xmas sounds ... er, fun




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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

Skype, anybody?


Microsoft is doubling down on Skype by killing integration with Google Talk and Facebook Messenger in Outlook.com.…




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F5 and Citrix alumni build CAFE to relax cloudy apps

Upstart plans to garnish apps with all the essential bits to make a meal palatable


Airline-magazine-grade chatter about cloud suggests that running an app in Azure, AWS or Google requires not much more than a few clicks before vaporised magic takes over, infrastructure bills decrease and scalability becomes infinite.…






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Tuesday 24 February 2015

NBN Co says FTTP build could be done for close to Labor's budget

NBN Co CEO Morrow accidentally debunks Turnbul''s cost blowout story


The real cost of completing Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) in its originally-planned fibre-to-the-premises configuration may well have been close to the $AU43 billion first budgeted, according to data presented by NBN Co's CEO and CFO to a Senate Estimates hearing.…




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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

One helluva long reboot loop


BT has finally fixed a snag in its Home Hub 5 more than 12 months since customers began complaining about mystery disconnections that were hampering the wireless router.…




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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

Out with the new, in with the old in Helion-land


Leadership at HP's cloud division is in flux once again, with senior vice president Mårten Mickos backing away from day-to-day operations of the unit and other execs stepping up to take his place.…







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Monday 23 February 2015

FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

Stop! This Open Internet proposal. It is not ready yet


The two Republican commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have formally called for this week's vote on net neutrality to be delayed.…




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McLaren: wind to blame for Alonso accident

McLaren have said that 'unpredictably gusty winds' were to blame for the crash that hospitalised Fernando Alonso on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona on Sunday. Alonso, who remains in hospital under observation, left the track at Turn 3 of the Catalan circuit, striking the inside concrete wall with a "significant lateral impact"

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

The winning arguments


In the last few years IP-based voice communication has increasingly come to the attention of business managers.…





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NBN Co's HFC build will be DOCSIS 3.1 ready, but use 3.0 only

Arris named as HFC supplier


NBN Co has settled on its key partner for the HFC part of its network, with Arris nominated to provide cable termination and passive equipment.…




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Sunday 22 February 2015

Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

Admins take heed: Redmond's new policy will apply by default


Microsoft has changed its data retention policy for Office 365 email and the upshot is that deleted items will never disappear, unless you set up a policy to bin them.…






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Alonso uninjured, to stay in hospital overnight

Fernando Alonso has escaped without injury from a crash on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona, but will remain in hospital overnight. The two-time Formula One racing world champion suffered a concussion when he hit the wall exiting Turn 3 shortly after midday at the Spanish track

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Grosjean fastest, Alonso crashes as Barcelona test concludes

Romain Grosjean went fastest for Lotus as Fernando Alonso crashed and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure on the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona. Grosjean leapt to the top of the timesheets in the afternoon when he bolted on Pirelli's supersoft compound and dropped down to a 1m 24.067s - the fastest time any driver managed over the four-day test in Spain

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Alonso taken to hospital after crash on day four

Fernando Alonso has been airlifted to hospital after crashing on the final morning of pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Spaniard hit the wall on the inside of the track between Turns 3 and 4 shortly before the midday lunch break. Red flags were triggered as a result, with an ambulance also dispatched to the scene

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Saturday 21 February 2015

Maldonado puts Lotus back on top in Barcelona

Pastor Maldonado topped the timesheets for the second time in three days as Lotus continued their encouraging pre-season testing form in Barcelona on Saturday. The Venezuelan driver, quickest on the opening day of the test on Thursday, lapped the Catalan circuit in 1m 24.348s to finish just under four tenths of a second clear of Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen

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Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know what the hell we're getting into

We sift through a week of partisan BS to find the one thing worth considering


With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans has revealed two interesting and important aspects:…




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Friday 20 February 2015

Ricciardo edges Raikkonen on day two in Spain

Daniel Ricciardo handed Red Bull a welcome boost by going fastest on this week's second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. It was incredibly tight at the top of the timesheet, however, with less than a tenth of a second covering Ricciardo, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and the Williams of Felipe Massa

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Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Software shows the signals


Carphone Warehouse will use RootMetrics data – essentially network performance information – to help customers choose which networks they should be on.…




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Azure Site Recovery's SAN-shuffling VM DR aid goes live

Redmond takes cloudy control of replication and DR, to help Hyper-V hang tough


The Azure-Site-Recovery-powered SAN snapshot wrangler Microsoft previewed last year at TechEd Europe has reached General Availability status.…






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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

'Unacceptable' performance led to two hours and forty minutes of dead VMs


Google's Cloud Engine (GCE) has experienced Total Inability to Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) for about two-and-a-half hours.…






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Thursday 19 February 2015

Telstra CEO David Thodey retires

CFO Andrew Penn to take the hot seat in May


The CEO of Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, will step down in May.…




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NSA, GCHQ 'hacked world's largest SIM card maker, stole crucial keys to decrypt your calls'

Snowden leak shows phone security never existed


The NSA and Britain's GCHQ hacked the world's biggest SIM card manufacturer to harvest the encryption keys needed to silently eavesdrop on people without a warrant.…




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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

America to argue over how to 'save' its internet from 'evil' 'dictators'


The process to move oversight of the world's DNS system away from the US government is heading to Congress with a hearing scheduled for later this month.…




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We don't need no steenkin' cabinet: Ericsson hangs base stations off masts

A different kind of pole dancer


A new design of mobile base station by Ericsson aims to do away with the traditional cabinet on the ground connected by a thick wire to an antenna on a pole.…




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Maldonado quickest for Lotus on first day of second test

Lotus's Pastor Maldonado took advantage of a late soft-tyre run to top an incident-filled first day of testing at Barcelona on Thursday. The Venezuelan clocked a lap of 1m 25.011s with just under an hour of the session remaining to eclipse long-time pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen, who ended just 0.156s back for Ferrari

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Ofcom: We got it right, but let’s have a licence consultation anyway

Ministry of Fun promises remain ... er ... just promises


Ofcom has announced a consultation, revisiting the revisiting of the revised fees for the most-used mobile radio spectrum.…




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Early day-one exit for McLaren after power unit issue

McLaren have been forced to abandon running on the first day of the second pre-season test in Spain because of a faulty seal on the MGU-K part of Honda's new power unit. The problem, which necessitates a full replacement of the power unit, occurred midway through the morning session after Jenson Button had completed 21 laps and run as high as second quickest in the MP4-30

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Unwell Hamilton withdraws from opening day of testing

Lewis Hamilton has been forced to withdraw from the first day of testing in Barcelona because of illness. The world champion completed 11 laps for Mercedes on the opening morning of the four-day Spanish test before deciding to abandon driving for the day

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ZTE ups 5G investment

US$400 million, 800 engineers, 2020 rollout


Chinese mobe-maker ZTE is ramping up its R&D by US$400 million, and wants 800 new engineers in China, Europe and the US – all to help it keep pace with 5G development.…





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Wednesday 18 February 2015

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Environment Cloning, Periodic Tasks, and 1-Click IAM Role Creation

Environment Cloning

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports environment cloning. Previously, you would have to create a new environment and manually configure the variables and options to match your previous environment. You can now use the Management Console or CLI to clone an existing environment with a few clicks. Elastic Beanstalk will provision the exact same resources as your selected environment and configure them the same way. We release new versions of Elastic Beanstalk environments with security updates regularly. This feature will make it easier to upgrade your environments to new versions. Read more about this feature here.


Periodic Tasks for Worker Tier

Elastic Beanstalk now supports Periodic Tasks for the Worker Tier environments. Worker Tier environments are optimized to process application background tasks at scale. You can now use Worker Tier environments to run tasks on a defined schedule (e.g., every minute, every hour, etc). Learn more about this new feature here.


1-Click IAM Role Creation

Elastic Beanstalk now supports one click IAM role creation. Previously, you had to copy and paste an IAM policy when you wanted to create a new IAM role and instance profile. You can now also create an IAM Role with one click for the Worker Tier.


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Google faces Russian probe after local rival Yandex alleges abuse of dominance

Complaint cites Android bundling


Russia's answer to Google has hit out at the Chocolate Factory. Yandex on Wednesday filed an official complaint against Google with the Russian competition authorities.…




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BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

Hypervisor lets kit makers have realtime OS cake and eat it, too


QNX Software Systems, the BlackBerry subsidiary that markets operating systems and tools for embedded systems, has released new virtualization software designed to allow device makers to deliver rich graphical UIs without sacrificing reliability or safety.…




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Force India to run Mercedes' Wehrlein at Barcelona test

Mercedes' reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive for Force India on two days of the forthcoming four-day pre-season test at Barcelona. The deal is part of an increased association between Wehrlein and Force India, with the 20-year-old also slated to drive for the team in both of this year's in-season tests

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Palmer to make Lotus debut at Barcelona test

Jolyon Palmer will make his first appearance for Lotus during this week's pre-season test at Barcelona. The reigning GP2 champion, who joined the team as their third driver for 2015, will get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-powered E23 on day two of the four-day test. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will share the other three days

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NetMundial consultation produces collective, apathetic 'meh'

Although to be fair, some do say 'this is a stupid idea that deserves to die'


Efforts to reboot a controversial new internet governance body have been met with a resounding note of apathy.…




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SK Tel, Cisco sign with ON.Labs

Carrier SDN gets a kick along


SK Telecom reckons software-defined networking (SDN) is going to be the Way of The FutureTM and has signed up as a member of the ON.Lab open source project.…




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Tuesday 17 February 2015

Renault predict "significant performance step" before Australia

Renault are on course to make substantial gains with their 2015 Formula One power unit before the season-opening race in Australia, according to chief technical officer Rob White. Having made sweeping changes to their power unit over the winter in a push to reduce a 2014 performance deficit to Mercedes, Renault are confident that big strides will be made before the season gets underway

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Renault predict "significant performance step" before Australia

Renault are on course to make substantial gains with their 2015 Formula One power unit before the season-opening race in Australia, according to chief technical officer Rob White. Having made sweeping changes to their power unit over the winter in a push to reduce a 2014 performance deficit to Mercedes, Renault are confident that big strides will be made before the season gets underway

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Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

... but IP licensing changing – and what if smartphones DIE?


The history of mobile device processors is that of two companies, Qualcomm and ARM, both with unique licensing models which many envy but few can successfully copy or compete with. As the growth in the wireless world shifts to embedded and larger-screened devices, and the mobile chip balance of power moves towards China and Wi-Fi, these two firms’ models are coming under pressure.…




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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

It's just bad weather, says carrier


The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has called out Telstra's copper network, saying that this year's bad weather has left 20,000 lines out of service in NSW alone.…




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Monday 16 February 2015

Exciting week ahead, DevOps Exchange on Wednesday @ the DigitasLBi office!

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

Promises faster broadband speeds for millions of premises


Virgin Media temporarily pushed BT's shares down more than 2 per cent on Friday, after it announced a juicy £3bn cash injection into Britain's internet infrastructure.…




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Google offers universal cloud benchmarking tool

Because nothing could go wrong with Google's metrics about AWS and Azure


Google is trying to establish an independent cloud benchmark, driven by a new tool called PerfKit Benchmarker.…







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Sunday 15 February 2015

OpenStack's AB/CD naming is all in the name of LIBERTY for v 12.0

Windows admins welcomed early by new PoshStack PowerShell tool


OpenStack has named its forthcoming twelfth release Liberty.…






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Obama administration ENDORSES Apple Pay during Tim Cook's White House love-in

U.S. benefit claimants can now use Cupertino payment system


President Barack Obama has backed Apple Pay – Cupertino's new payment system – after iThing chief Tim Cook was given a 15-minute-long ad spot at the White House on Friday.…




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Friday 13 February 2015

Thursday 12 February 2015

Net neutrality: Growing flames of criticism lick FCC chief's secret plans

Washington Post and Internet Innovation Alliance oppose Title II regulation of broadband


As the big vote on new net neutrality rules draws close, opposition to the FCC chairman's plan to reclassify broadband under so-called Title II legislation is growing.…




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Look who's SAP happy: HDS eyes up French techies at Oxya for lunch

La surprise! Une acquisition est sur les cartes, mon ami


Hitachi Data Systems intends to acquire Oxya, a SAP technical services and hosting outfit.…






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Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

No, not the insurance meerkats - real live ones in a zoo


A trial at London Zoo has paved the way for Ofcom guidelines on using the unused “White Space” parts of the radio spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band.…




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Ericsson and Qualcomm in BONKERS 450Mbps 4G test lab demo

Free spectrum, what's not to like?


Combining frequencies to get more bandwidth is part of the LTE (4G) specification. Wireless boffins have now demonstrated the concept, achieving blazingly fast speeds in a test lab.…




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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

Don't get your hopes up, Brits, leaves on the line could yet slow service


Future operators of train franchises in the UK will have to include free WiFi in their bids, Rail Minister Claire Perry announced on Wednesday.…




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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

Nearly 100% of private clouds 'fail' 'cos people just don't 'get it'


Nearly all private clouds customers build are failing – and the biggest problem isn’t the technology, it’s people.…






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World's governments emerge enraged from mounds of red tape, screaming at ICANN

Unhappiness with how domain name overseer runs the show


The world's governments have told domain name overseer ICANN that its processes are "complex, lengthy and ambiguous" and warned that they may be ineffective at dealing with domain-name abuse or fraud.…





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City broadband ISPs: PLEEEEASE don't do 'Title II' net neutrality

We're not like THEM, they say, pointing at Comcast, TWC et al


No less than 43 small ISPs have written to US watchdog the FCC [PDF] asking that it not introduce Title II legislation later this month.…




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Cisco hits the disco as unified comms, wireless sales are lookin' frisk, yo

Emboldened Borg sneers at white box switch menace, gloves up for VMware fight


Just watch that elephant dance: Cisco believes it's managed something Silicon Valley startups often die trying to do, “pivoting” the business to reverse a downward trend.…




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Wednesday 11 February 2015

Let freedom RING! Americans can now legally liberate phones from axis of network evil

USA! USA! USA! USA!


It's phone Independence Day as American mobe owners can now legally unlock their smartphones again from their network carriers – provided you've finished paying for them.…




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FCC Commissioner slams net neutrality rules

Pai joins partisan back-and-forth


FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai used a Tuesday press conference to slam net neutrality rules that are expected to be approved by the regulator later this month.…




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VMware creates network function virtualisation team

Acquisitions-wrangler to take Virtzilla into conflict with Cisco, again


VMware will create a new team dedicated to what it calls “networks functions virtualisation” (NFV).…




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NZ regulator okays cable to Oz

Tasman Global Access to go ahead


A second trans-Tasman submarine fibre cable is a small step closer, with New Zealand's Commerce Commission (NZCC)reportedly giving the Tasman Global Access (TGA) project the competition green-light.…




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Tuesday 10 February 2015

AWS Config now available in US East (N.Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney)

AWS Config is now available for customers and partners to use in US East (N.Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney). Customers can now monitor resources for configuration changes in these regions and choose to aggregate configuration data into a common Amazon S3 bucket, or aggregate configuration changes delivered to different Amazon SNS topics into a common Amazon SQS queue.


Learn more about this capability in our blog post. To get started, visit the AWS Config Management Console.






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All API calls to AWS Config now available in AWS CloudTrail

All API call made to AWS Config are now logged through AWS CloudTrail. Customers can easily determine who made changes to AWS Config settings, and who is accessing historical configuration data recorded by AWS Config.


AWS Config is a fully managed service that provides you with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance.These capabilities enable compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting. AWS Config is available in US East (N.Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).


Learn more about this capability in our blog post. To get started, visit the AWS Config Management Console.






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Run Amazon CloudSearch on higher performance M3 instances

You can now run your Amazon CloudSearch domains on M3 instances, which provide higher, more consistent compute performance for most use-cases than previous generation instances. Starting today, you can create new CloudSearch domains on M3 instances. You can convert your existing CloudSearch domains to the M3 instance type by modifying the “Desired Instance Type” setting using the AWS Console, SDK, or CLI.


To learn more about using M3 instances with CloudSearch domains, see Configuring Scaling Options in the Amazon CloudSearch Developer Guide. For more information about pricing for M3 instance types, please refer to the Amazon CloudSearch pricing page.


Amazon CloudSearch is a fully managed search service that makes it easy to set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application. To learn more, see Amazon CloudSearch overview.






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Secondary Index Scan – A simpler way to scan DynamoDB table

Amazon DynamoDB allows you to retrieve all items from a table by using the Scan operation. With Secondary Index Scan, you can now use the Scan operation on secondary indexes and retrieve all data from select attributes and items that are projected on a secondary index. Secondary Index Scan works on global and local secondary indexes. Secondary Indexes can be scanned from the DynamoDB console or by calling the Scan API with an additional parameter to specify the index. To learn more, please read our blog on Secondary Index Scan. Also, visit our documentation page to learn additional technical and operational details.






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Announcing Tagging for Amazon ElastiCache

We are pleased to announce that you can now add tags to your Amazon ElastiCache clusters and snapshots. A tag is a user-defined label expressed as a key-value pair that helps organize AWS resources, and identify them as business-specific groupings such as application names or projects. For example, developers can use tags to make it easier to allocate costs and optimize spending by tagging their ElastiCache resources with details such as a cost center, or the name of an administrator or project.


For more information please see Jeff Barr’s blog. To learn more about Amazon ElastiCache please visit the product page or watch this introductory video.






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Telstra's rivals eye point-to-point frequencies for country mobile

1800 MHz bands slated for auction


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is proposing a spectrum reallocation to give mobile carriers access to 1800 MHz spectrum in regional areas, extending the footprint of 4G networks.…





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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

10% of the country doesn't even have proper coverage


Mobile network testing company RootMetrics has again hailed EE as the best network for speed, reliability, calls and text. Three comes second in all tests. Vodafone and O2 swapped third and fourth spots in various categories but O2 came out ahead overall.…




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DevOps, Docker, Security, Continuous Delivery. That's some of the hottest buzzwords out of the way! I'll be attending the first London DevOps meetup of 2015 tonight - Looking forward to seeing a good mix of familiar and new faces there.

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Monday 9 February 2015

Alibaba splurges $590m on mobile-maker Meizu. Xiaomi the money?

Megacorp moves towards making own Android mobes


Alibaba, which held the largest IPO in history after raising $25bn, has bought a minority stake in Meizu, the Chinese manufacturer of Android-based smartphones.…




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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

Ministry of Fun celebrates 80% network coverage. Whoop!


Readers may recall a time when the Tory-led UK government trumpeted plans to have the best broadband connections in Europe by, well, now.…




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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

Crowdsourced study doesn't agree with anyone else, though


Mobile internet speeds are slower in the UK than in France and Germany, says yet another mobe coverage survey.…




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Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

New chapter for a sad story


The “next chapter” in Windows is coming to Microsoft's cheapo, mass-market Lumia phones.…




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TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves

UK mobe biz is reshaping around quadplay


As Telefonica looks to sell its O2 UK outfit to Hutchison Three, it is also supporting two mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals which are adding to the quadplay mayhem of the UK market.…




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Looking forward to London DevOps meetup #6 tomorrow evening!

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Sunday 8 February 2015

NBN Co strangles bird: satellite users limited to 20 GB / month

Buying 100 GB plans? You're breaking the 'fair use' policy


NBN Co is imposing new limits on satellite downloads, forcing ISPs to kill off plans with more than 50 GB monthly allowances.…




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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

Ringbacks get even more ANNOYING


Do you ever think that the time you spend listening to a phone ringing is wasted? ChannelVAS does. It wants to use that time to sell you things.…




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Friday 6 February 2015

Industry research claims over half of internet users open to new domains

Google has yet to kill off the domain name system, survey finds


A survey by industry group, the Domain Name Association (DNA), shows that people are open to the idea of new internet extensions, with more than half of respondents expressing a preference for new names.…




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FCC chair refuses to make net neutrality rules public before approval

Wheeler turns down request from Congress and his own commissioners


FCC chair Tom Wheeler has refused to release the net neutrality rules that the regulator will vote on later this month.…




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Thursday 5 February 2015

4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

We will milk our users not churn them, pledges Colao


Vodafone has seen an increase in its UK revenues of almost one per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014, prompted by users gradually moving to 4G and spending more on data.…




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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

'This doughnut is slower than a Game of Thrones RAVEN!'


An MP has told Parliament she was left "shocked and surprised" by BT's response that it was "not commercially viable" to improve broadband access for one of 38 Tech City businesses petitioning for more reliable speeds.…




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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

IT 'rationalisation' key to £360m savings


BT has agreed terms with the French company Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy their joint venture EE to form a quad-play superpower.…




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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

Take that, Kerr!


Researchers at University College London say they have found a way to dramatically increase the distance data can be sent intact over ordinary fiber optic cables – by partially working around the Kerr Effect.…





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G.Fast sand-slinger says it's slung bits at 500 Mbps over 200 metres

Slower than Usain Bolt carrying a DVD


Hold on to your cabinets: G.Fast chip shipper Sckipio has doubled the reach of its chipsets, meaning that the top speed claimed for the technology is 200 metres.…




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Wednesday 4 February 2015

Australia's (current) PM Tony Abbott again calls for metadata trove laws to pass, ASAP

Government links arms with law enforcement, sings 'We shall overcome'


Australia's current prime minister Tony Abbott has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the head of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to renew his call for the country's data retention regime to pass parliament as soon as possible.…




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FCC boss flashes big package for net neutrality: It's Title II, baby!

Open internet advocates celebrate, telco lawyers start the clock


FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will put forward strong rules enforcing net neutrality this month, sparking celebration by open internet advocates.…




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Ferrari: Rivals masking true pace

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said there are "encouraging signs" that his team have made real progress with their 2015 car, but also cautioned that their rivals were masking their true pace. Ferrari finished quickest in three of the first four days of pre-season testing at Jerez, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel emerging with the fastest two times overall

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FCC boss flashes big package for net neutrality: It's Title II, baby!

Open internet advocates celebrate, telco lawyers start the clock


FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has announced he will put forward strong rules enforcing net neutrality this month, sparking celebration by open internet advocates.…




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China bans fake names, parody accounts, reader comments online

One out of three ain't bad


From March 1, people in China must reveal their real names on social networks and other websites – or face cyber-exile.…




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Raikkonen puts Ferrari back on top as Jerez test ends

Kimi Raikkonen ensured Ferrari ended the first pre-season test of 2015 on top by going fastest on the fourth and final day at Jerez. The Scuderia's new SF15-T had already topped the first and second days in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, and Raikkonen carried on that momentum by setting the best time of the test on Wednesday, dipping down to a 1m 20.841s to finish comfortably clear of the chasing pack

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New Force India unlikely to make second test

Force India have confirmed that it is unlikely their 2015 Formula One car will be ready in time for the second pre-season test in Spain on February 19-22. "Although everybody is working towards getting the VJM08 to the next test session in Barcelona, it's more likely the new car will appear at the final Barcelona test

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Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 join Singapore concert line-up

Musical superstars Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 will be the headline acts for the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix race concerts. The multi award-winning performers will entertain the crowds on the Marina Bay Street Circuit's Padang Stage

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German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

UK might, possibly, maybe join in - by, er, 2022


Germany is to be the first country in Europe to flog off the 700MHz frequency band, with auctions taking place in May and June this year.…




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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

Suggests customers must have lost their own data


O2 has denied that it's suffered a serious data breach after customers began receiving sophisticated phishing emails that appeared to have been sent by the mobile operator late last month.…




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Tim Berners-Lee calls for net neutrality in Europe

You want growth? Then keep it open, says Knight of the Web Realm


Sir Tim Berners-Lee, HTTP server visionary and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, has penned a blog post on the European Commission web site titled Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future .…




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Singapore wants nation-wide internet of things, hold the internet

Plans fibre just about everywhere for national sensor network


The government of Singapore, famously keen on connectivity, has issued a tender seeking a fibre network to connect an island-wide sensor network.…




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Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

That's OK with the courts – if it's declared later on


A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant – but must tell the courts about it when they do.…





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Tuesday 3 February 2015

Opticomm wants peer relationship with NBN Co

Since you're not going to have a monopoly anyhow …


Fibre infrastructure provider Opticomm is hoping the federal government will help it push NBN Co into standardising its retail service provider interfaces.…




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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

Self-updating boxen don't even need configuring, say makers


A San Francisco startup has launched a tiny mesh router aiming to kill notspots and end buffering in the home.…




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TalkTalk boasts of fourplay-loving customers, extreme growth

Results prove it can walk the walk after all


While the battle lines are being drawn up between BT-EE and Vodafone over selling you great big lumps of TV, broadband, fixed and mobile phones, TalkTalk has been in the quadplay game for ages.…




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Nasr goes fastest for Sauber on day three in Spain

Felipe Nasr sent Sauber to the top of the timesheet on Tuesday in pre-season testing at Jerez, narrowly edging the Ferrari of morning pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. Less than half a second separated the trio at the close of play, although it was Nasr who set the headline time as he bolted on Pirelli's super-soft tyres and lapped the Spanish track in 1m 21.545s

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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

Many lack internet, computers, digital skills... er, hang on


Rural areas are at risk of being unable to access online-only government services thanks to poor internet connectivity, a Parliamentary report said today.…




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Rumours of on-premises software's demise greatly exaggerated

Microsoft commits to another version of SharePoint for your bit barn


Microsoft has let it be known that it will create another version of SharePoint, and release a version of it for on-premises operations.…






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You heard this Chicago electro underground sound? ... Yeah, it's 4G

Second City in underground LTE first


The Chicago subway system is to become the biggest transport system in North America to be completely blessed with 4G mobile broadband coverage.…




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Monday 2 February 2015

Vettel keeps Ferrari on top on rain-hit second day

Sebastian Vettel maintained his and Ferrari's encouraging start to pre-season testing by going fastest on the second day of running at Jerez on Monday. The four-time world champion, also quickest on the opening day, set a new overall benchmark of 1m 20.984s to finish almost one second clear of the chasing pack which was led by Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr

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National Lottery sleeps through Sunday

What did it do in Saturday night to make it go TITSUP for hours the next day?


The UK National Lottery website seems to have done something nasty to itself on Saturday night, as it crashed out for much of Sunday.…




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AWS Go-ing Google's way

Joins the Golang gulag


The Go language, familiar to those working in the wonderful world of Docker, is inching its way into the Amazon Web Services environment.…







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Sunday 1 February 2015

Vettel fastest for Ferrari on first day of testing in Spain

Sebastian Vettel made the perfect start to his Ferrari career by sending the Italian team to the top of the timesheets on the opening day of pre-season testing at Jerez on Sunday. The four-time world champion, who switched to Ferrari from Red Bull over the winter, completed 60 laps in the new SF15-T, setting a best time of 1m 22.620s in the afternoon session to go clear of the field

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Red Bull's black and white RB11 hits the track in Spain

After surrendering their drivers' and constructors' crowns to Mercedes last year, Red Bull have launched the car with which they plan to fight back this season: the Renault-powered RB11, to be raced by Daniel Ricciardo and new team mate Daniil Kvyat. Featuring a striking new test livery for this week's opening Jerez session, the RB11 features a host of improvements in all areas as the team seeks to improve on 2014

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Williams present new car as testing begins in Jerez

Williams have officially rolled out their new car ahead of the first morning of running at the opening pre-season test of 2015 in Jerez, Spain. As indicated by previously released images, the Mercedes-powered FW37, which will be driven by Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, is a clear evolution of last year's highly competitive FW36

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Mercedes officially unveil their title defender

They released pictures last week from its Silverstone shakedown, but on Sunday in Spain Mercedes officially launched the car with which they will defend their drivers' and constructors' crowns, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took the wraps off the F1 W06 Hybrid in the Jerez pit lane. “The launch of a new car is an exciting moment for everybody involved,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

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