Jane McCallion

Features editor, IT Pro. Cloud Pro and Channel Pro

I'm a technology journalist who's been at Dennis Publishing since 2012 working across IT Pro and Cloud Pro.

As features editor, I'm primarily responsible for commissioning features both internally and externally, planning, editing, and publication. I also occasionally write news on an ad hoc basis and write a regular column.

Prior to becoming features editor, I was a staff writer, I contributing news, features and analysis to IT Pro and Cloud Pro. I also spent a year working at our sister magazine PC Pro.

Prior to joining Dennis Publishing I was a freelance international b2b journalist.

Is Google preparing to sell Boston Dynamics robotics division?

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is rumoured to be selling off robotics division Boston Dynamics because of internal tension and a fear of what people think about robots. The research arms of Toyota and Amazon are both in the frame as potential buyers of the firm that produces bipedal and quadrupedal military and search-and-rescue robots, which Google bought in 2013, according to .

Home Office faces EU court battle over Snooper's Charter

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to scrutinise the UK government's plans for bulk data collection and retention at an emergency hearing on 12 April. Its intervention was demanded by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to help decide whether existing government spying measures are incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

How big data analytics helped decode the Panama Papers

At 2.6TB, the Panama Papers is by far the biggist data leak to happen this decade and, it is claimed, the biggest cache of data ever handed over to journalists. The 11.5 million documents handed over to Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) comprised nearly five million emails, three million database files, two million PDFs, one million images, 320,166 text documents and 2,242 other unclassified files.

Huawei wants to be the next Apple

Huawei wants its consumer devices to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple on the global stage. Speaking at the company's annual analyst conference in Shenzhen, rotating CEO Eric Xu said Hauwei intends to "leverage its technical expertise to build a premium, high end brand [of smartphones]."

IT departments suffer from reverse skills gap

Businesses are suffering from a reverse IT skills gap, according to research from VCE, the converged infrastructure wing of the EMC Federation. The investigation, which has been published in a report called Endangered IT, showed many IT workers are at risk of becoming obsolete because they are too specialised in disciplines that are increasingly being outsourced.

Huawei talks up "video as basic" at Analyst Conference 2016

Telcos must place the same premium on video services as they do on voice in order to succeed in the future, according to Huawei. During his opening keynote to delegates at Huawei Analyst Conference 2016, Eric Xu, Hawei's rotating CEO, said carriers have been very focused on data transfer speeds so far, but not in a way that consumers have noticed.

UK businesses under attack from phishing scams

UK businesses are the most targeted by phishing attacks across the entire world, new research has found. In its latest annual Internet Security Threat Report, which examines global threat trends for the whole of the past year, the UK ranked number one for phishing attacks both in Europe and worldwide.

RSA Conference 2016: View from the airport

I don't think I could have picked a better first year to attend RSA Conference if I'd tried. Don't get me wrong, I love security and privacy, and I'll write about them any day of the week (especially Monday to Friday), but this year, with Apple and the FBI facing off in court over encryption, the stars really did align to make an interesting conference.

RSA 2016: US attorney general reveals UK data-sharing plan

The UK and US are working on a deal that would make it easier for each country's law enforcement officials to gain access to data held by companies in the other country, it has been revelaed. The framework, which is yet to go before Congress or Parliament, was announced by US attorney general Loretta Lynch at RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Why Nokia's re-entry into mobiles proves it was never a burning platform

When journalists and bloggers write about tech companies that "got it wrong" in the face of an evolving market and paid the ultimate price, nine times out of ten Nokia will be listed a recent example. Even its then-CEO, Stephen Elop, described Nokia in an internal memo as a "burning platform" back in 2011.

Why SMBs must react to change quickly to flourish

Small businesses must respond quickly to change, rather than risk irrelevance by ignoring it, it is claimed. Jonathan MacDonald, an entrepreneur and the founder of the Thought Expansion Network, opened day two of accounting software firm Xero's annual conference, Xerocon, by relating his own experience of trying to build a traditional business in an industry that was changing.

Data regulator casts doubt on new VTech T&Cs

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has cast doubt on the legality of new terms and conditions introduced by VTech that, it is claimed, leave parents responsible for any future data breaches. VTech's database was hacked last November, exposing five million customers' accounts to hackers, including around 200,000 children's names, genders and dates of birth.

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Women's Tennis Association transforms its business with help of SAP HANA

SAP and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) have teamed up to launch SAP Tennis Analytics - new software that will improve courtside coaching and help the sports body enhance tennis fans' experience of the game. The new technology made its debut at the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament, held at Stanford University, California.

Trinity Mirror Group improves user experience across dozens of websites

Trinity Mirror Group is using a performance management tool to improve the user experience of dozens of its websites, including regional and national publications like the Daily Mirror and the Liverpool Echo. To ensure the UX is as good as possible across its 29 titles, the company has already overhauled its content management system (CMS) and, more recently, implemented performance analysis tool mPulse by SOASTA.

Meet the robots helping teach children

There are some invitations you don't turn down, and for me, a room full of robots is on that list. Earlier this week, at a Humanising the Robot Society seminar, I got a sneak-peak at prototypes of robots that could shape our society in the near future.

Internet Tax: what it is and why it failed | News | PC Pro

By Jane McCallion Posted on 31 Oct 2014 at 13:23 Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orbán has back tracked on plans to tax internet traffic after hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest against the proposal.

Google takes aim at your telly with Nexus Player

By Jane McCallion Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 10:07 Google has decided to have another bash at taking on Apple TV with Nexus Player, the first set-top box to run its new Android TV platform. The Asus-made device was an accompaniment to the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, which also launched last night, and combines video streaming-service and gaming into a single unit.

Free voice and video calling coming to Firefox

By Jane McCallion Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 14:14 People using Firefox Beta will soon be able to make free voice and video calls through their browser, even to people who aren't using Firefox themselves. Firefox Hello is powered by OpenTok, a WebRTC platform created by a company named TokBox, which was acquired by Telefónica in 2012.

Want free Wi-Fi? It'll cost your first-born child

By Jane McCallion Posted on 29 Sep 2014 at 16:40 Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to get free Wi-Fi, security firm F-Secure has found - either that, or people still ignore the fine print.

IT should imitate entertainment industry, claims Citrix CEO

Entertainment companies such as Amazon and Netflix should be role models for IT. So claimed Mark Templeton, Citrix's CEO, speaking at the company's annual Synergy conference in Los Angeles. IT organisations need to adopt an "experience first" strategy in order to truly succeed in an increasingly mobile world, according to Templeton.

Microsoft Research unveils flexible smart cover for Surface

By Jane McCallion Posted on 7 Oct 2014 at 14:10 Microsoft Research has revealed a thin, flexible screen that it claims could offer a new way for users to interact with their Surface tablets. Dubbed FlexSense, the transparent "paper-like" overlay provides an additional input layer and display for their device that faithfully recreates interactions between it and the user.

Microsoft develops 3D printed mini-observatory

By Jane McCallion Posted on 10 Oct 2014 at 15:19 Microsoft and the Open Space Agency (OSA) have developed a 3D printed mini-observatory named Ultrascope, which will let users take photos of outer space using just their smartphone - assuming they have a Lumia 1020, of course.

Education: from the slate to the tablet

Imagine a typical classroom. What do you see? 25 children sat at desks facing the front, maybe? A teacher with a blackboard and chalk? If you're getting into real caricatures, you might also imagine the teacher in a mortarboard and gown.

Malware can live in USBs undetected

By Jane McCallion Posted on 1 Aug 2014 at 12:02 A new malware has been developed that can take over PCs completely undetected. The attack, named badUSB, is delivered by infected USB keys. Since it sits on the thumb drive's firmware, not its flash storage, it can completely bypass existing countermeasures, researchers Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs in Germany have warned.

Beyond illness: the future of healthcare technology

Modern technology is changing the way we think about our health, from monitoring our own wellbeing to how we expect to be treated should we develop a chronic condition or suffer a major physical injury. From the promise of smart medicines to dreams of transcendence, medical technology is accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

Apple "surprised" by GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy

By Jane McCallion Posted on 9 Oct 2014 at 08:24 Apple has expressed surprise at sapphire screen supplier GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy on Tuesday. However, it seems its own decision to withhold $139 million could be in part to blame.

Nanotechnology: peeking into the future of computing and business

For many people, nanotechnology is a word that will either be associated with science fiction, or with headline development areas like graphene - or in some cases, maybe a bit of both. But, like robotics, there's more being done in the field of nanotechnology than first meets the eye.

Windows 95 smartwatch demoed in video | News | PC Pro

By Jane McCallion Posted on 6 Oct 2014 at 13:20 If you've ever found yourself pining for a simpler time, when Micrososft's easy-to-use Windows 95 operating system was ubiquitous, we have good news. An American teenager has found a way to run the veteran OS on his Samsung Gear Live smartwatch.

Microsoft ordered to hand over European data

By Jane McCallion Posted on 1 Aug 2014 at 09:45 Microsoft has lost its latest attempt to protect customer data in its Dublin data centre from seizure by US authorities. Earlier this year, the company was issued with a warrant to hand over a customer's emails, which were stored in the Irish data centre.

Fitness trackers could pose stalking risk

By Jane McCallion Posted on 31 Jul 2014 at 15:34 Fitness trackers and other wearables could allow users to be identified and followed without their knowledge. Research carried out by Symantec has shown that devices that use Bluetooth LE broadcast their unique hardware address, which is similar to a MAC address, even when they are seemingly offline.

The long history of protecting internet cables from sharks

By Jane McCallion Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 16:16 Google is investing in shark-proof undersea fibre-optic cabling in order to fend off attacks from the sea's terrifying apex predators. The story was sparked by comments made by Dan Belcher, a product manager on Google's cloud team, during the opening keynote of the company's Cloud Roadshow in Boston last week.

Huddle serves up cloud-based Microsoft Office

Huddle has launched Huddle for Office, a new product that brings Microsoft Office to its cloud offering. According to the firm, the service allows users to save Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly into their Huddle workspaces and will also feature a full comment stream alongside it, where revisions and notes made by team members can be seen.

Symantec follows HP's lead and splits in two

By Jane McCallion Posted on 10 Oct 2014 at 08:16 Symantec, the creator of Norton anti-virus software, has announced it's to become two separate companies, one focused on security, the other on storage and backup. In a statement to Yahoo Finance , CEO Michael A Brown said: "As the security and storage industries continue to change at an accelerating pace ...

The IT Press Tour: Meet ThousandEyes, CloudPhysics and Coraid

The IT Press tour is a five-day event taking place this week in San Francisco that seeks to introduce the UK media to tech firms doing some interesting things in Silicon Valley. IT Pro's Jane McCallion has joined the fray and here's her round-up of the second day's events...




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Operation Tovar: working together the only way to beat hackers

By Jane McCallion Posted on 9 Jun 2014 at 11:30 Collaboration between police forces internationally is the only way to fight modern cybercrime, experts have said. The comments follow Operation Tovar, in which a host of international policing agencies and tech companies worked together to knock malware command and control servers offline for a few weeks.

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Phumelela Racing's Robert Garner tells Jane Bordenave how the company has turned the sport into a profitable business in South Africa and how diversification and technology are taking it into the future

Celebrating Start-Ups: PLA Studios [Video]

Home " News " Business " Celebrating Start-Ups: PLA Studios [Video] On the fringes of London's Silicon Roundabout, this tech start-up is making waves and winning awards As one of London's most deprived boroughs, and one of the poorest areas of the country, Tower Hamlets is perhaps not the first place you would think of to set up your business.