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IT security is still a man’s world darling

A new survey shows that while the IT world is pretty sexist, no part of it is worse than the IT Security industry, which is so backward it makes Neanderthals look like Homo Superior.

A report from the Centre for Cyber Safety and Education and the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) said that not only do women make up one in ten of the cyber security workforce, they are paid much less despite having a better education than their sexist male colleagues.

The survey of more than 19,000 participants around the world finds that women have higher levels of education than men, with 51 percent holding a master’s degree or higher, compared to 45 percent of men.

Yet despite out qualifying them, women in cybersecurity earned less than men at every level and the wage gap shows very little signs of improvement. Men are four times more likely to hold C and executive level positions, and nine times more likely to hold managerial positions than women, globally.

More worrying is that 51 percent of women report encountering one or more forms of discrimination in the cybersecurity workforce. In the Western world, discrimination becomes far more prevalent the higher a woman rises in an organisation.

Lynn Terwoerds, executive director of the EWF said that companies who under-represent and under-use female talent were facing both a critical business issue.

They were also hindering the development of world class cybersecurity organizations and resilient companies, as well as the nation’s safety and protection.

Women who feel valued in their position are in organisations which provide training and leadership development resources.

Fujitsu offers free server access to developers

Fujitsu today announced that it will be letting developers use its servers for free, a plan which will keep a lot of people in the software industry happy.

The unusual proposal is that software developers can use Fujitsu’s servers for free as part of a performance testing scheme, which will save the technology from the hassle of hiring third-party performance checkers and give struggling developers some much needed hardware to work on.

Fujitsu said that this new scheme will enable developers to better promote their products, since they will have been tested on Fujitsu’s systems.

It has set up a test centre and has already begun work with two software developers, with plans for at least 10 developers signing up by the end of the year.

Fujitsu also announced an upgrade of its server line at key businesses throughout Japan, including insurance firm Taiyo Life, which bought and installed servers for 146 of its branches. These servers are more eco-friendly than previous ones, which, in the case of Taiyo Life, has cut CO2 emissioms by around 150 tons. It also cut costs by 500 million yen (£3.7 million), Fujitsu claims.

Fujitsu is hoping the free access for developers increases the adoption of it servers in other businesses, including some of the software firms who decide to test them out. Fujitsu plans to double its server profits to 10 billion yen (£75 million) by April of next year, so we can probably expect more server announcements from the company within the next several months.

Microsoft beats illegal downloaders by giving Office 2010 for free

Microsoft is aiming to beat a couple of illegal downloaders by offering 2,010 free copies of the new Office 2010 RTM.

The software package is worth a hefty $499 and is set to launch to the general public on June 15. To get budding secretaries and fill-the-blanks salivating Microsoft has organised a clever little competition called the Microsoft Office Social Media Challenge Sweepstakes. It could have added a few more words to up the search page rankings, but let’s not get greedy now.

The competition basically involves Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, three of the most popular social sometimes-but-usually-notworking sites, and requires potential winners to advertise the latest incarnation of Office to all their friends and family. 

“Challenges will be announced on these networks throughout the month,” said Doug Kim, managing editor of Office Online.

These challenges will take the form of prompts, which people will have to respond to in a timely fashion. An example given by Microsoft is the prompt of “Share an Office 2010 tip. Be the first person to respond via a ‘tweet’ to @Office with the #Office2010tip tag to win a copy of Office 2010.” That’s a pretty good way to get thousands of people talking about Office and trending some of Microsoft’s hashtags. If it takes off, which it may not.

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has been rather vocal about software piracy lately, particularly in China, which isn’t generating as much revenue as he would like. Giving away free copies of software probably isn’t the answer, but at least there’s some advertising to be had from it. 2,010 copies is also a rather small number considering how many people use Office, but then with Apple upsetting Ballmer by taking the financial lead the Vole probably has to sell a few copies as well.

Unfortunately only Americans can apply. It’s piracy for the rest of the world, then.

Nokia C5 T-Mobile release appears out of nowhere

The Nokia C5 entry level phone has quietly surfaced today with contract deals beginning to appear on T-Mobile.

The C5 is the first of the new slimline C-series. It runs Nokia’s Symbian operating system and allows access to the Ovi shop and applications, such as maps, music, and mail. The recent deal with Yahoo may bring other services to the table for Nokia users too.

It sports a 2.2-inch 240 x 320 pixel screen, 3 megapixel camera, 128 MB RAM, and 50 MB internal storage, allowing up to 16GB extra via micro SD cards. A 2GB card is included with the phone, reports mobile news blog Omio.

The Nokia C5 deals on offer seem pretty reasonable: you can get your greasy mitts on it for as little as a tenner a month on a two year T-Mobile contract, which is dirt cheap. That package gives a reasonable 100 free minutes and 100 free texts. Next up at £15 a month you’ll get 300 of each. The deals go all the way up to £40 a month for 1,200 minutes and 500 texts, all offering the pretty little thing itself for free.

We’re surprised how quietly the phone slipped onto our radar – we’d normally expect pre-release deals but the phone has arrived just in time for its scheduled Q2 2010 release.

Murdoch loves the iPad, hates Google

Everybody’s favourite rich old curmudgeon Rupert Murdoch has repeated his challenge against Google taking free news, but has hailed the introduction of the iPad as a game-changer.

According to a Guardian report from a US National Press Club Event, he said that the newspaper industry had a duty to stand up for himself, charge for content, and use copyright law to defend its journalism from dirty thieves.

He said: “”We are going to stop people like Google or Microsoft or whoever from taking stories for nothing… there is a law of copyright and they recognise it…They take [news content] for nothing. They have got this very clever business model.”

Murdoch made the brave, or what some would say incredibly stupid move of putting his Times and Sunday Times papers behind a paywall, forcing people who might want to read their content to pay a subscription.

There are a lot of doubts about this model, as people have been used to free content and does seem doubtful that people will be willing to pay for content they get elsewhere – as much newspaper copy is regurgitated from each other.

But he did have good things to say about the iPad, which he believes could help out newspaper journalism, be it in electronic form.

He said: “”I got a glimpse of the future last weekend with the Apple iPad. It is a wonderful thing. If you have less newspapers and more of these… it may well be the saving of the newspaper industry.”

Although having the iPad wouldn’t really solve the problem of people getting free news.

Murdoch is obviously not scared of the technology, but does seem hell bent on getting Google and newspaper readers to listen to him rather than do what comes naturally on the web.

Spotify confirmed for US launch

Spotify has been confirmed for a US release later this year, with a view to adding to the recently announced 320,000 Spotify users on the £10 subscription fee.

According to PC PRO, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stated at the Texas South by Southwest conference it was adding 1,000 paid users a day. There were now seven million users altogether in the six European countries where it is available.

He didn’t give an exact date for the US Spotify launch, but this is understandable given the huge rights process that will be involved to give Americans the service that we are used to. Ek said there are more than 5000 publishers that Spotify needs to deal with to get music rights.

Ek believes that the free model that appears to have been a huge success in Europe could equally apply to the US. 

According to the tech blogs Stateside, keen watchers are disappointed with the lack of a specific launch date, which seems to suggest that the demand is there if Spotify get it right with the big record companies.

It will have to deal with competitors like Napster, Rhapsody and MOG, which like Spotify is aggressively pursuing the possibilities of mobile apps, allowing people to listen to streamed music using their mobile phones.

But Spotify’s model of giving you free access to streamed music seems a better bet than a paid subscription as offered by other companies, as UK listeners and house parties will testify.

Free IPL cricket on YouTube from today

From 2PM today (8pm IST), the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be streamed live on YouTube.

Showing the Deccan Chargers against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Google claims that it will be the start of one of the most widely-distributed sporting events in history. 

The entire season will be streamed around the world on YouTube, apart from the US, where viewers will be able to see coverage 15 minutes after the match ends. There will also be on-demand access of the 60 match, 43-day tournament.

It will give UK viewers, starved of live cricket of any kind thanks to the big bucks of Sky, the opportunity to watch superstar players like Kevin Pietersen and Sachin Tendulkar. 

The IPL revenue and talent wise could be compared to leagues such as the English Premiership, with the 20-over format perfectly suiting casual as well as more expert watchers of the game.

It could be of particular annoyance for Rupert Murdoch, who owns Sky and potentially see the value of its cricket broadcasts dented by the fact you can watch arguably higher quality cricket on the internet for free.

He is already particularly sore at Google for affecting the newspaper business and taking revenue away from his titles like the Times and the Sun. It was believed that he was thinking of putting up an internet pay wall in his desperation.

It also sees Google moving its far-reaching tentacles into the live-sports arena, and also provides a boost to YouTube, which is currently a loss-making property. The IPL deal could give a welcome boost to YouTube when it comes to advertising.


Rok TV will let you watch F1 live on your phone

Apparently some observers are already calling Rok TV a “game-changer” for mobile TV. It’s free; it works on 286 handsets; and allows you to watch BBC1, BBC2 and E4 in the UK.

Better than the BBC’s iPlayer, for example, you are actually watching live TV on your phone, with only a few seconds delay behind the terrestrial version.

So finally, Formula One motorsport fanatics will be able to watch the racing live on BB1 from 12th March [2010] wherever they are in the UK. Great stuff.

Unlike other supposed news sites, TechEye actually bothered to download the beta version of Rok TV and proved that it genuinely does work. Even though the feed is actually coming over GPRS (2.5G) rather than a full 3G feed!

Our advice, however, would be to sign up for the service using a broadband connexion first. Trying to put in the security code on a small screen is a nightmare.

Once you’ve signed up, it can be downloaded to a really quite impressive range of handsets – not just the infamous iThingey. As Rok says, 286 handsets in total are supported.

Rok’s servers are supposed to send you a text message with the requisite link for your WAP browser. Ours didn’t arrive so we simply fed in the URL ‘wap.rok.tv/gp.cgi‘.

Once you have downloaded and started the app, you have to manually enter the username and password you are  provided. Then, select the appropriate access point for the handset’s mobile internet.

Once you’ve done that, log back onto the Rok TV web site here, and confirm you are a UK resident and TV licence holder. Ensure you get your mobile phone number right, too.

The picture quality on Techeye’s Nokia N95 was quite impressive and if you keep still in a good signal reception area, the picture doesn’t have to keep re-buffering.

Strangely, Rok’s own channel – Rok Tube a cross between its own version of YouTube and You’ve Been Framed – was the worst for re-buffering. E4 was best probably because nobody else was watching it!

The company says that, “Specific higher capacity 3G and Wi-fi streams will be added shortly – along with more free-to-air TV channels.”

At a stroke, Rok has shown that Brits can have the TV they want to watch on their mobile phones without any fancy ‘mobile friendly’ formats being required. Try it while it’s still free!