PCR Five for Friday (12/05/2017)

Five for Friday is a weekly feature to give a brief roundup of our top five stories from the week that you might have missedThink we left anything out? Let us know your favourite stories of the week by pinging us a tweet @pcr_online.

Entatech goes out of business

The channel was shaken on Wednesday when it emerged that Telford-based distributor went out of business.

Entatech had been widely advertised to potential buyers over the past few weeks. Following on from the failed acquisition, the company was put into administration at 4pm on Tuesday with most staff relieved of their duties.

Kaspersky denies aiding Russian intelligence as FBI opens investigation

Kaspersky has been forced to again deny allegations that it aids Russian intelligence services. The security company has denied fresh allegations after the FBI opened up an investigation, according to a news report on US TV channel ABC News.

A spokesman for Kaspersky said: “As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts.

Technology hub in Wales receives £38 million to develop ‘revolutionary’ semiconductors

A technology hub in Wales is set to receive £38 million to become a ‘world-leader’ in developing new technology. The money will be invested in developing compound semiconductors, used primarily for 5G but also for robotics, IoT devices and driverless cars. The 10 councils in the Cardiff Capital Region of Wales are funding the project, which is set to create 2,000 high-skilled jobs over the next five years. It follows a £12 million investment from the Welsh government in November 2015, in an aim to make the Newport foundry a global technology hub.

Canonical: ‘rip up the rule book’ for engineers

Big software is going to change the way we work. That is according to Canonical, the firm that coined the term. At a breakfast at the Duck & Waffle in London, the firm laid out its vision of the future workplace. And the main stress was on letting developers off their leashes.

“We have reached the point that technology has changed the way that we do our work. IT has given us a platform that we can do more ourselves,” said Anand Krishnan, EVP & GM Cloud at Canonical. “We are living in a time where software is all around us. Never has everything been so readily available to everyone.

AMD Ryzen 5 is ‘most warmly’ received CPU in seven years, survey finds

AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor has been named the most warmly welcomed CPU in seven years, in a new survey. In fact, the Ryzen 5 has scored the best customer satisfaction score that German technology site 3DCenter.org has ever recorded.

In total, the AMD CPU received an unprecedented 83.9 per cent positive rating from more than 1,800 happy customers. Only 6.7 per cent of those surveyed expressed negative feeling towards the chip, with 9.4 per cent indifferent.

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