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CeBIT 2014: Relive all the action as it happened

"Nearly...over..." mumbles the dishevelled tech hack trying to wipe the bags from under their eyes, quell the stench of booze emanating from their laptop, and pocket their passport one more time.

Yes, the annual trade show season is almost at an end, but we won't be able to sleep in familiar beds for a few more days, as IT business showcase CeBIT is just about to get underway in Hannover, Germany.

Taking place 10-14 March, CeBIT 2014 looks likely to be the best iteration of the event to date.

The organisers have clearly gone to town delivering a heavy-hitting lineup of speakers, with British PM David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak, Internet crusader Jimmy Wales, and security godfather Eugene Kaspersky all scheduled to speak.

Following the NSA and GCHQ revelations leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, mobile security and encrypted communications are some of the topics expected to feature in the spotlight.

And that's not all. We're hugely excited about the CODE_n competition, which will be taking over Hall 16 of the Hannover Messe exhibition centre for the duration of CeBIT and showcasing the world's 50 best big data startups, including six UK finalists.

Related: 6 UK startups selected for CODE_n final

In fact, if you're particularly heartless, you can even tip up to see me speak on a panel about startup investment and funding, taking place 15.30 CET on Wednesday, 12 March.

Stay tuned, as we're now live on the ground in Hannover. Whether you're with us in Germany and after a bit of additional insight or unlucky enough to miss out on this year's show, stick to ITProPortal's live CeBIT 2014 coverage and you won't go far wrong.

  • 14 March
  • 17:22

    That's all for now folks - thanks for tuning in and keep an eye out for more CeBIT 2014 roundup coverage here on ITProPortal

  • 16:34
  • 16:34

    Beginning our CeBIT roundup coverage, I take a look at the state of the IT showcase and what it needs to do to improve in the future

  • 13:36

    Things may be winding down here, but stay tuned with ITProPortal as we round up some of the best stories from this year's CeBit 2014.

  • 13:29

    Anyway, that concludes the Jimmy Wales keynote in a rather colourful fashion. He's dealt with some hard-hitting topics in the last hour, including Snowden, Internet as a basic human right, gender equality and Wikipedia as a revolutionary educational tool.

  • 13:26

    Though they seemed to enjoy themselves, so who are we to judge? We're just bitter and bleary eyed journalists. The type of people who keep sachets of Heinz tomato ketchup in our wallets, unable to bear the possibility of being boxed into a situation where Daddies' ketchup is the only option.

  • 13:25

    Oh God. Poor man.

  • 13:25

    They clearly couldn't persuade Wozniak to get involved in the dancing, so instead a person is carrying a gigantic cardboard cut out of his face and forcing him to jiggle to the beat.

  • 13:23

    To put it in perspective, the entire ITProPortal team is currently cringing into their hands as people in business suits bob awkwardly to Pharell's "Happy."

  • 13:22

    So that wraps up the keynote, and just like that, a video starts playing to celebrate everything that has occurred at CeBit

  • 13:20

    He says Wikipedia needs more female writers to promote diversity, equality and a better breadth of informative articles.

  • 13:20

    Wales: "We have a big gender imbalance in Wikipedia, because we are primarily a male, tech geek community. We have longer entries for men, and it's not a conscious bias but it's to do with our male, technologically minded writers."

  • 13:19

    Machine translation is not a big part of Wikipedia, because according to Wales it is inaccurate from English to say, smaller, less well-known languages such as zulu.

  • 13:18

  • 13:16

    Wales argues that people do things for free because they're fun, and therein lies the problem. Businesses get used to the idea that the labour is free and won't pay others to do it in future.

  • 13:15

    Goff: "But you are part of the digital economy, and not a lot of work in the digital economy is paid."

  • 13:15

    More pragmatically, he also says that Wikipedia is a small organisation and they simply couldn't afford to pay hundreds of thousands of writers.

  • 13:14

    Wales: "There are places online devoted to arguing and debating. We're about collaborating and communicating."

  • 13:14

    Wales also says that its fun though. People are working together, there can be conflict of interests but it's a place of genuine intellectual enquiry.

  • 13:13

    He answers that people are inspired by the idea of a free encyclopaedia, a noble motivation that people are contributing to the world and community.

  • 13:13

    Wales is asked why people choose to write for Wikipedia for free?

  • 13:12

  • 13:12

    Take note BT!

  • 13:12

    Wales: "I have an awesome Internet connection in the US. In the UK I have a disastrous Internet connection."

  • 13:12

    He says sort of, but it'd be really hard. How-to articles exist on Wikipedia but they're basic - he believes things like teaching how to build an engine is passed down through apprenticeship, but it's important we try to preserve that information as much as possible online.

  • 13:11

    Wales: "Suppose you took all of Wikipedia and travelled back in time to the Roman empire, could you use Wikipedia to drastically improve the technology?"

  • 13:09

    Security swoops in and the T-shirt man exits swiftly with autographed T-shirt in tow.

  • 13:08

    Another awkward moment as a man jumps on stage to ask Wales to sign his T-shirt, and Wales just thinks he's giving him the T-shirt.

  • 13:07

    Wales: "I think English Wikipedia should be more German."

  • 13:07

    Wales: "Come on! It's a joke favourable to you guys!" The German audience rewards him with a few titters.

  • 13:06

    There's an awkward silence and a tumbleweed rolls over the stage.

  • 13:06

    Wales: "Apparently the Germans are obsessed with quality, who knew?"

  • 13:06

    Wales highlights the deletionist vs Exclusionist dilemma in Wikipedia. Apparently the Germans is a lot more exclusive than Britain or America.

  • 13:05

  • 13:04

    Wales: "I think there is a genuine humanitarian impulse to make the Internet accessible to those with no money in remote areas."

  • 13:03

    "We're not linked at all to Mark Zuckerberg's But we're fellow travellers."

  • 13:03

    Questioning is now opened up to the audience, who sit up eagerly in their seats.

  • 13:03

    Wales: "I use WIkipedia every day. I edit Wikipedia every day."

  • 13:02

    Cue guilty looks and feet shuffling round the ITProPortal office.

  • 13:01

    "The debate around something like Bitcoin is hyped up by the media"

  • 13:01

    Still, he enjoys the idea of the currency as a way to put power into the hands of a community and away from governments. He finds that social change "intriguing and potentially beneficial."

  • 13:00

    Wales highlights a number of reasons for this, including transfer costs, exchange rates and difficulties with the centralisation of the currency.

  • 13:00

  • 13:00

    Wales: "To be clear, Wikipedia is not planning to accept Bitcoin."

  • 12:59

    Wales recalls how he bought his first Bitcoin, and woke up the next day to have over 20 Bitcoins in his account.

  • 12:58

    Wales laughs, he says the audience needs background on this. Sit back, it's time for a story.

  • 12:57

    Goff: "You are a not for profit. Have you a found a new source of funding with Bitcoin?"

  • 12:56

    Somewhere, a PR representative is rocking back and forth and hugging their knees.

  • 12:55

    "Don't leak information on WIkipedia. It's not the place for it. But it turned out a military leader had actually given a tour of the radio station to news crews years before. So they f*cked off, basically."

  • 12:55

    He just dropped it a second time!

  • 12:55

    "In France, the French authorities asked the French chapter to come in, and they said 'look at this radio tower - it's a secret radio tower. It's not meant to be up there.' And what happened is people were like 'where did that go?'"

  • 12:55

    Wales just dropped the F-bomb, cue a collective intake of breath.

  • 12:54

    Goff is pushing the point that that doesn't change the fact that Wikipedia is still censored around the world in certain countries.

  • 12:53

    Wales: "One of our core principals is that we will never agree to censorship"

  • 12:53

  • 12:52

    Wales doesn't know, but he expects that specific page views for entries to do with politicians, certain figures, places and cities will have gone up all over the world, but especially in Ukranian and Russian languages.

  • 12:52

    Has Wales seen increased hits in Ukranian and Russian since the conflict started?

  • 12:51

    "What I hope is that in Wikipedia, people speaking both Russian and Ukrainian are working to fill both sides of the debate from either side."

  • 12:51

    Wales: "What you might find today, is that in Russian and Ukranian newspapers the views have been quite partisan. In Wikipedia, I hope people will find that the information has been very balanced."

  • 12:50

    "Wikipedia should not be used as a tool in any agenda. We should be of use to all sides."

  • 12:50

    Wales: "I am very proud of Wikipedia in doing the exact opposite. The community is extremely passionate in policing those type of things."

  • 12:50

    Goff: "Are you worried about Wikipedia being used as a tool in a propaganda machine?" with regards to the war in Ukraine

  • 12:49

    "In English Wikipedia, we avoid printing dosage information for medicine for instance, because that's really critical information, and you should turn to a more stable source."

  • 12:49

    Wales: "I've never heard of that happening. Far from being a danger to people's health I believe it's a boon to people's health. If you get given medicine, it goes back to being a fundamental human life, I need a concise summary aimed at the general user to understand what I'm taking."

  • 12:48

    Goff is pressing the point, saying that in the health sector doctors could make medical healthcare decisions based on wrong information they've seen on Wikipedia pages.

  • 12:48

  • 12:47

    He reluctantly admits citing Wikipedia can look "lazy", then takes a guilty sip of water.

  • 12:46

    "Don't cite Wikipedia, but don't cite Britannica either. That's not the role of an encyclopaedia."

  • 12:46

    Wales: "Oh no they do, you're five years out of date."

  • 12:46

    Wales strongly disagrees (of course he does.)

  • 12:45

    Goff: "But academics don't hold wikipedia in high regard."

  • 12:45

    Wales: "The flaw of Wikipedia is that it can be broken for a while, people can be wrong, post dumb info, play pranks. But the research that we've seen is that Wikipedia is very similar in quality to standard encyclopaedias."

  • 12:44

  • 12:44

    Interviewer says Wikipedia name might be misleading because it makes people think of an encyclopaedia. Dumbest question ever.

  • 12:44

    "That would be cool," says Wales, and the German audience laughs.

  • 12:43

    Goff raises the idea that many in Germany want to offer Snowden citizenship and allow him to move to the country.

  • 12:43

    Wales: "If Obama said 'we're really angry with Snowden, but he did something important even though I really disagree with that'. I would say that Snowden should serve his jail term in the US proudly and come out and be a hero."

  • 12:42

    Wales: "He did in fact break the law. He shouldn't be accused of treason, that's quite extraordinary, but if he were to come back and do 6 months of presidency I'd be fine with that. Obama needs to show leniancy."

  • 12:42

  • 12:41

    Goff asks whether Wales believes Snowden should be granted clemency and allowed back to the US.

  • 12:40

    "I think IBM are going to be affected if big German companies like Siemens and BMW are nervous about putting their data in a US-based cloud."

  • 12:40

    Wales says he sees a lot of promising signs, for example companies like Yahoo and Google who are now encrypting and beefing up their security in response to consumer concerns over their privacy.

  • 12:39

    "In the US it's not a left or right issue. There's a huge contingent of left wing people who would see the danger of this kind of McCarthyism and the idea of a surveillance state. But you still have the right wing who are upset by this loss of privacy"

  • 12:38

    Jimmy Wales is unforgiving of Obama, believing the president has real responsibility for the NSA and cleaning up the damage from the Snowden fallout.

  • 12:38

  • 12:37

    Wales: "The head of the NSA should have been fired by now for lying to Congress"

  • 12:35

    Wales: "I am a pathological optimist."

  • 12:35

    Wales now moves over to the chairs to be interviewed on stage with Brent Goff who chatted with Wozniak yesterday.

  • 12:34

  • 12:33

    He argues any politician that doesn't understand technology shouldn't be a politician, because it's such a force for change in today's world.

  • 12:32

    "Freedom of speech and privacy are fundamental human rights. It's not a left wing or right wing issue, but something that matters to everyone."

  • 12:31

    "Don't forget the strength of online. We have the ability to rally thousands of people with effective, rational and well thought-out arguments to drive political change."

  • 12:31

    "We need to be serious. I don't think it's that serious to put on a Guy Fawkes mask and go out into the street. What's serious is voting."

  • 12:31

    "I often see people in the Internet community arguing from a position of weakness, saying we can just argue and protest and whine. But we can change things. Internet users need to be organise and serious, meeting up in real life, making our voices heard, talking to software developers who can make our ideas real."

  • 12:31

    "I often see people in the Internet community arguing from a position of weakness, saying we can just argue and protest and whine. But we can change things. Internet users need to be organise and serious, meeting up in real life, making our voices heard, talking to software developers who can make our ideas real."

  • 12:30

    "When Wikipedia went dark for a day in protest against SOPA, 10 million voters contacted their congressmen and women."

  • 12:29

    The audience claps loudly, and Wales looks surprised. "Someone told me my views would be popular in Germany," he quips.

  • 12:28

  • 12:28

    He points to a long tradition of whistleblowers and heroes who broke the law to bring to light wrongdoing. He believes Snowden set in motion a series of questions that will change the way we think and interact with governments for years to come.

  • 12:27

    Bill Gates did an interview with Rolling Stones magazine and said about Snowden 'I think he broke the law, so I wouldn't characterise him as a hero' - Wales strongly disagrees with this

  • 12:26

    "This is a community of people who've come together to make the world a better place."

  • 12:25

    According to Wales, Wikia is a place that the community can explore difficult ideas emerging from topics they love, sharing theories and educating one and other.

  • 12:25

  • 12:25

    He asks the crowd how many people have seen Lost, for example, and how many people actually understood it. The audience laughs nervously.

  • 12:24

    "If you go to Wikia you'll see we have hundreds and thousands of Wiki communities, mainly about entertainment and gaming."

  • 12:23

    "Wikipedia is a genuine community. Most of the people who talk about community are just talking about vast groups of people online, but this is a mistake. It's people who engage with each other, disagree, support each other and demand change. I think this group of people is growing and becoming more and more powerful."

  • 12:22

    There is an open letter that you can sign online if you want to be part of this movement to give people around the world free access to Wikipedia.

  • 12:21

    A video is now playing, showing a group of school children reading speeches from pieces of paper that let the audience know the impact of free access to Wikipedia will have in their lives.

  • 12:19

  • 12:18

    Sort of like a virtual, braniac Robin Hood.

  • 12:18

    Wales is pointing to Wikipedia Zero, a project attempting to connect with the new generation of mobile users. He envisions a mobile Wikipedia where people can log on and learn information for free with no roaming charges.

  • 12:17

    "Wikipedia is now part of the infrastructure of the world. So many people are using Wikipedia every day that we have an enormous impact, but also an enormous responsibility."

  • 12:16

    "Even though we've had a lot of access issues in China, we've had a cultural impact in China." Wales seems to have a pretty keen interest in the orient.

  • 12:15

  • 12:13

    China is a sticking point for Wikipedia. According to Wales, they banned the website for three years and even now, they censor certain articles. Wales is clearly frustrated by this, as he sees Internet censorship as a "violation of human rights."

  • 12:12

    Wales is griping slightly with the numbers though, he believes it's more like 224 languages

  • 12:12

    Over 30 million articles have been written in over 285 languages on Wikipedia in the last thirteen years - that's a lot of articles!

  • 12:12

  • 12:11

    Wales believes that every person on the planet has the right to access to information and education around the world. As a virtual encyclopedia, Wikipedia has attempted to facilitate this

  • 12:10

    Jimmy Wales has just taken to the stage - music and clapping ensues

  • 12:07

    For those of you who don't know, as a bit of background Jimmy Wales is an Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding Wikipedia in 2001. In other words, in thirteen years he has saved countless generation of students from late homework detentions.

  • 11:49

    Join us as 12:15 GMT, when the keynote starts.

  • 11:49

    It's nearly time for Jimmy Wales' keynote a CeBIT 2014! Stay tuned for live coverage, photos and analysis.

  • 10:10

    One obvious thing I learned is that, under the sun at least, Hannover's Deutsche Messe fairground is quite a nice ol' place. Which is a good thing, because there ain't much else around the area!

  • 10:08

  • 10:04

    A warm welcome one last time from CeBIT! I'm busy reflecting on and rounding up what I've learned this week, but we're not done yet - things go out with a bang later today when Internet crusader and all-around great guy Jimmy Wales delivers a keynote at 12.15 BST (13.15 CET).

  • 13 March
  • 16:23

    Well that's it for Steve Wozniak's keynote. Check back tomorrow Jimmy Wales' keynote - tune in for all the news, photos and analysis live from ITProPortal.

  • 16:22

    The artistic infographic of this speech drew a lot of admiration from Wozniak.

  • 16:19

    Wozniak visibly losing patience with the interviewer: "Come on, let's go."

  • 16:16

    Wozniak: "I wouldn't expect it. It seems so simple to allow that, but maybe they have to pay a license or something like that. I don't think people buy phones for features anymore, though."

  • 16:16

    On stage, Wozniak seems to enjoy every second.

  • 16:15

    So will we see swype typing on Apple phones?

  • 16:14

    "I wish countries were run like companies - if governments were like 'what are we spending on this war? What are we getting for it? Where's the return on investment?'

  • 16:13

    "The Apple brand isn't about putting out lower class software that anyone can use and edit - to a certain extent it's about controlling the user experience."

  • 16:12

    "I wish we didn't do so much of the pushing and forcing people to not make choices."

  • 16:12

    "I wish things were more open. Things took off for us after we made a great product, the iPod. And that worked with iTunes which was the best music player at the time, and it luckily was for Macintosh. And the moment we made that, we wrote iTunes for Windows. Now do we have iTunes for Android? No, we don't."

  • 16:09

    Wozniak: "People are always talking about young people spending increasing time in their rooms. I swear there was one summer where all I did was play Solitaire. And I don't think it held me back. It's a steamroller you can't stop, so get out of the way."

  • 16:08

    The audience is throwing out some excellent questions today.

  • 16:05

    "What if in the future the best financial decision aren't made by humans - that companies can actually increase their profits by cutting out the slow human. What'll happen then?"

  • 16:04

    When robots become smart, "we're going to be like the family pet - like a really well-kept dog."

  • 16:04

    "Nowadays, if you have a questions, you ask someone who begins with G-O- but it's not God. It's Google. Sometimes even when you're in a room full of smart people, you still ask Google, because you'll get more complete answers. We've already replaced that part of the brain."

  • 16:02

    "We don't know how the brain is wired. We can't programme a brain."

  • 16:00

    "A lot of companies, the best advances come out of secret little projects, like Skunkworks."

  • 15:59

    Wozniak: "I hated it when the management got hierarchical. It slowed everything right down."

  • 15:59

    Wozniak managed to fend off the rampaging audience member dressed as Superman (as you do) to take this selfie. The aim, apparently, is to tweet it out and beat the famous Oscars selfie snap from a few weeks ago.

  • 15:57

    Would Wozniak sign up for Google Fiber?


  • 15:56

    More surreal moments as interviewer selfies with Wozniak. Guy dressed as Superman starts shouting out from the audience. We're cringing pretty hard.

  • 15:55

    We've just noticed how comfy-looking Wozniak's shoes are. Now that is true style.

  • 15:48

    Should access to the Internet be considered a basic human right in the 21st Century?

    "Yes, I absolutely agree. Just like everyone in this room, I think."

  • 15:46

    "There's still nothing that can restrict a HAM radio operator - but we don't have that with the Internet."

  • 15:45

    Awkward moment as the interviewer asks "have you been to Colorado lately?" Wozniak's like "what?"

  • 15:44

    "This is so weird. I went to Moscow and I was in an Apple museum. A guy came up to me and he looked exactly like Edward Snowden. He was so young. And I said 'you could be mistaken for Edward Snowden', and he disappeared. I never saw him again. But maybe it was him!"

  • 15:44

    The cameras surrounding the stage are beaming this keynote out live around the world as Wozniak speaks. To find out how to watch the feed, click here.

  • 15:42

    Wozniak: "I tried to go to Moscow myself to speak to Snowden."

  • 15:42

    "There are other three-letter agencies in the USA that are probably doing exactly the same thing, and they're probably thinking 'phew, it's a good thing the NSA's taking all the heat!'"

  • 15:41

    Should Snowden be allowed to return to the US?

    "Absolutely. He's been vindicated again and again."

  • 15:40

    "Edward Snowden is a hero to me. He might be a traitor to others, and I can understand why they would think that... he had the guts and the courage to give up his life for his principles. I wish it was me."

  • 15:39

    The idea of running for office produces a pretty impressive Wozniak pout.

  • 15:39

    "We can put computers in schools and it wouldn't get better, because people are still stuck in the same system."

  • 15:38

    Wozniak: "I'm not political. I have this thing where I'm anti-voting that goes back to the Vietnam War, ugly things that I don't want to talk about here."

  • 15:37

    Did Wozniak see all of this coming?

    "Did we expect the cellular phone? Or even the fact that we could have computers with enough memory to hold a song? We could never have expected that."

  • 15:36

    The chance to hear the co-founder of Apple speak sure does draw a big (very purple) crowd.

  • 15:35

    Wozniak thinks the EU is ahead of the US in terms of data protection.

  • 15:34

    Wozniak: "I think the average guy in his home has really lost out to the rich and the powerful."

  • 15:34

    We've had some surreal moments at CeBIT, but that took the biscuit. The Scottish biscuit.

  • 15:33

    Random sound of bagpipes coming from outside the hall.

  • 15:33

    Wozniak is fending off some pretty hard-hitting questions

  • 15:32

    "I used to send messages in an envelope, and when it arrived without being opened, you knew no one had seen it. Now our messages are all on wires around the world, and we have no way of knowing."

  • 15:29

    "I think Apple is the purest of all the companies."

  • 15:29

    Did someone at Apple open a backdoor for the NSA?

    "I don't know. My first suspicion is no. It could be a small coding mistake."

  • 15:28

    So can we trust Apple not to spy on us?

    Wozniak: "I don't know for sure. No one person can tell for sure. Are there back doors in our products? I don't think anyone can tell you for sure. There are millions of lines of code."

  • 15:28

    "It used to be that you bought one product, and it did one thing for you. It might be a shovel - it was just a shovel. Now our devices do all kinds of thing."

  • 15:27

    There's a big crowd here today, but laid-back Wozniak doesn't seem fazed.

  • 15:27

    "Do we expect too much from Apple? Yeah, maybe. People expect Apple to do once a year what only really happens once a decade."

  • 15:26

    "To some of my friends, I'll recommend Android phones - to some people, I'll say 'Well, you like these things, so get a Note 3 or something'. But for the masses, absolutely stick with the iPhone."

  • 15:25

    "If Steve Jobs had lived, would Apple be better or worse? Nobody can say! And thinking that way is like looking backwards."

  • 15:25

    "Tim Cook's a very hard worker. Someone has to work 20 hours a day, and spend all that time thinking - and Tim's really good at that."

  • 15:24

    Wozniak looks like he's choosing his words carefully as he defends Tim Cook

  • 15:23

    "Once you're at number one, it's very hard to hold it. There are ten different companies trying to push you down."

  • 15:22

    Should Tim Cook be fired? Is Apple cool anymore?

    Tough questions!

  • 15:21

    "Everyone's looking to Apple not just for an improved product, but a new category of product."

  • 15:21

    So does Wozniak look at Apple and still think it's cool? Yes, he says.

  • 15:20

    He has such a happy face.

  • 15:20

    Wozniak: "You always see these products released in three new colours - as though you can sucker people into buying something to match the colour of their clothing."

  • 15:19

    Wozniak doesn't have either.

  • 15:19

    Apparently if you want to be "nifty" at CeBIT, you need two apps on your smartphones: Threema and Tinder.

  • 15:17

    TIL: Steve Wozniak doesn't have good enough broadband in his house to watch Netflix. Who would have thunk it?

  • 15:16

    Steve Wozniak now on stage! Stay tuned for updates, photos and analysis.

  • 13:47
  • 13:04

    More interestingly still, we've got our first confirmed Woz sighting! In fact, Mr Wozniak just paid a visit to CODE_n in Hall 16, where I happened to be rinsing the Wi-Fi. Apologies to those of you out of focus in this photo but, frankly, you're just not as important

  • 13:04

  • 12:59

    We've been busy today chasing up a few of things we've missed so far, including Samsung's newest additions to its printer family, which feature NFC technology - stay tuned for a full report

  • 12:59

  • 09:36
  • 09:35

    In the meantime, some of the latest news to come out of CeBIT has ZTE unveiling a new product, the Clues Analysis System.

  • 09:34

    Woz will be taking the stage today at 16:15 CET (15:15 GMT) and you can follow all the action live with us here on ITProPortal

  • 09:31

    Hello and good morning from CeBIT 2014 again! Our time in Hannover is starting to wind down, but not before we take in arguably the event's highlights - this afternoon's keynote by Apple co-founder and all-around industry icon Steve 'Woz' Wozniak

  • 12 March
  • 22:08
  • 22:08

    It's bedtime here in Germany, but if you're still with us, read the full report on CODE_n champion Viewsy now

  • 19:24

    Announcing the award, GFT Group CEO and CODE_n founder Ulrich Dietz said: "With Viewsy, we award a young company that impressively demonstrates how large data volumes can be safely, intelligently, and profitably used with a technologically mature solution."

  • 19:22

    JUST IN: And they've done it! The UK's very own Viewsy, an in-store customer behaviour analytics platform, has triumphed in the CODE_n finals. Hooway the lads and all that!

  • 12:16

    We're giddy with excitement ahead of tonight's big CODE_n announcement, so now is obviously the time to share the latest in our CODE_n video series, which sees the CEO and founder of UK finalist Massive Analytic talk to us about the challenges of delivering rapid big data analytics.

  • 08:43
  • 08:39

    Tonight looks set to be even better, though, as the winner of the CODE_n competition will be announced! We're obviously rooting for our homegrown UK startups, but they face some seriously strong competition from all over the world. More on that and a full report later

  • 08:37

    Did I really just say rocked out? Apparently, CeBIT has aged me some 30 odd years

  • 08:36

    A bit of insider info for those of you here on the ground with us. With only a few days left, you want to be making the most of your time at CeBIT, and the best after hours location is definitely CODE_n in Hall 16. This was the scene there last night as a really rather good Berlin indie band rocked out

  • 08:35

  • 08:32

    Hello again from Hannover, day three of CeBIT 2014 is about to begin but first the age old question - bratwurst or currywurst for breakfast?

  • 11 March
  • 17:31

    That's all for now chaps and dudettes, don't forget to share your experiences of CeBIT 2014 and CODE_n with us by leaving a comment or better still, finding ITProPortal on Twitter

  • 17:26

    As you can see, CeBIT 2014 is chock-full of big news this week, so stay tuned for more and don't forget - if you want to stockpile the eggs and bog roll, I'm speaking on a CODE_n startup investment panel tomorrow at 15:30 CET in Hall 16!

  • 17:24

    And shortly before that, SAP launched version 9.0 of its Business One big data solution geared towards SMEs

  • 17:23
  • 17:21

    Some recent highlights for you to catch up on....

  • 16:54

    In case you're wondering why I'm posting random unflattering photos of myself, that was a fireside chat I moderated this morning at CODE_n. You should definitely check out the participating startups, who were all awesome - CartoDB, Radoop, SQream Technologies and SynerScope

  • 16:45

    Seriously though, the CODE_n startup competition (Hall 16 if you're with us here at CeBIT) has to be seen to be believed. Written so much about the art installations but it's something else entirely in the flesh

  • 16:44

    There's been a spotting of the infamous Wild Man of Borneo here at CeBIT! Oh wait, that's me....

  • 16:42

  • 10:24

    Check out our full write-up of Eugene Kaspersky's keynote here.

  • 09:35

    That's it for Eugene Kaspersky. Stay tuned for more news, analysis and photos from ITProPortal.

  • 09:35

    What a guy.

  • 09:35

    So who does he fear more, cyber criminals or the NSA?

    Eugene Kaspersky laughs uproariously, but refuses to answer the question.

    "I am a paranoid computer security expert. I do my best to keep my mind switched on. But every time I turn on my computer, I think 'someone could be watching'. Every computer system is vulnerable. Every notebook has this capability. I'm paranoid, but we'll survive! I promise!"

  • 09:33

    "We don't want to go back to the pre-Internet time - no way! Because computers are more reliable than homo sapiens. Homo sapiens is a very old system. If you trust scientists, they were designed 60,000, maybe 100,000 years ago. Computers are much better."

  • 09:31

    "Governments also need to make cyber weapons illegal. Cyber weapons are the most dangerous innovation of this century."

  • 09:31

    "Cybercrime doesn't have borders, it doesn't have checkpoints, so governments have to cooperate. We have to do more together."

  • 09:30

    "Governments must introduce very strict security regimes for critical infrastructure."

  • 09:29

    "How to protect your ewnterprise from a Stuxnet attack? Simple. You have your power plant, and you're running on Linux, say. So you have your operating systems, and you have your Internet connected devices, both on Linux. How to protect it? Put Windows between them. So you have to copy all your files from Linux back into Windows, then back into Linux again. There's no guarantee, of course, but it will make cyber espionage much more expensive, much more difficult."

    Interesting proposition!

  • 09:27
    • checks his watch* . . . *speeds up slightly*
  • 09:26

  • 09:25

    "If you have a strong enough security suite - if you have your head switched on, you'll be protected from cybercrime."

    Do you think he means Kaspersky?

  • 09:24

    "Now the computers in the nuclear power plants are connected to the Internet!"

    He looks like he wants to tear out his hair.

  • 09:24

    "I like the global world, a world where we share our projects, share our knowledge – not a world that's fragmented. We live in the 21st Century, and I don't want to go back to the 19th Century. With cyber espionage, I think we have a very real danger of going back."

  • 09:23

    By the way, if you enjoyed hearing Raj Samani of McAfee talk earlier during Intel's keynote, check out our series of interviews with the man himself.

  • 09:19

    Is it just me, or is Eugene Kaspersky bombing slightly? Tough audience. He's usually pretty good at working a crowd...

  • 09:19

    Kaspersky: "There are two types of espionage malware: Chinese-language and non-Chinese language. The non-Chinese is more accurate, more professional and more difficult to attribute. The Chinese-speaking malware doesn't care."

  • 09:16

    "We don't do attribution of malware to certain countries, because it's very difficult. You can only tell by the language which is being used in the text strings of the code."

  • 09:14

    "Computer systems are the very last thing the police are coming to check, because they don't have any clue about computers. Am I right?"

  • 09:14

  • 09:12

    "Traditional crime is coming to cyberspace."

  • 09:11

    Kaspersky: "These computer hackers, they are only geeks gone bad. We're not talking about criminals using email and SMS - that;'s not what we mean by cybercrime. We're talking about professional cyber criminals. They don't attack consumers. They're professional."

  • 09:10

    Eugene Kaspersky speaking now in typical bolshy tones.

  • 08:12

    Good morning from a slightly duller Hannover today! We're just about to head over to the CODE_n startup showcase in Hall 16 - more from us later, or if you really want to catch up ASAP, we'll be in the McDonald's across the road grabbing a cheeky sausage and egg McMuffin

  • 10 March
  • 17:31

    Thanks for joining us again today and we look forward to having you tune in again tomorrow!

  • 17:31

    That's all for a bit, folks - a very busy day and things are only just getting started over here in Hannover

  • 17:30
  • 16:48

    There's more than a few talking points to be drawn out of Samani's remarks tonights so stay tuned for our full report - tonight's event is winding down, but we're not finished yet

  • 16:47

    In case you're wondering, Samani is a bit of a gangster - he's got more than 30 IP connected devices in his home and taught his daughter how to hack at the age of 3

  • 16:47

    Now we're getting down to the meat of the press conference - McAfee security guru Raj Samani comes on stage to talk about the new security strategy being developed by Intel, McAfee, and Wind River

  • 16:46

  • 16:35

    Some of Intel's partners taking the stage to discuss their experiences of how amazing Intel is. Well, there's a shock for the ages

  • 16:34

  • 16:33

    The data centre is the heart of the energy industry going forward - and many other important public sector verticals as well

  • 16:30

    Transparency is the key pain point for operators of local, national, and even pan-European smart energy initiatives - and analytics are apparently the solution

  • 16:28

    The main focus of tonight's press conference, however, is going to be Intel's range of end-to-end intelligent offerings - what the company brands as its Smart Home, Smart Factory, Smart Grid, and Smart Energy solutions

  • 16:15

    Morales points out that while the global PC market is experiencing a well-chronicled slump, the market for ultra-thin and portable devices is actually growing

  • 16:15

    Our MC for tonight's press conference is Christian Morales, Intel general manager and VP for EMEA

  • 16:14

  • 15:55

    We've just landed at Hall 17 for this evening's Intel press conference, one of CeBIT's most eagerly anticipated events

  • 15:54

  • 14:36
  • 13:36

    Stay tuned for our detailed hands on with the Fujitsu Lifebook U904

  • 13:35

    We also just spent some quality time with one of Fujitsu's latest and greatest laptops, the U904 Ultrabook. Among other features, it's the world's thinnest 14in business-grade notebook at just 15.5mm in girth and packs palm scanning technology. Those fingerprint scanners? So 2013...

  • 13:34

  • 13:32

    Lots of snazzy UK advertising gracing the expansive Hannover Messe site today! For those who might need clarification, Tech City is a tag that commonly refers to East London's startup cluster, specifically the area around Shoreditch and the Old Street roundabout.

  • 13:30

  • 10:50

    As we've mentioned, one of the highlights of CeBIT 2014 for us is the CODE_n startup competition, themed this year around big data. Learn more about the event, which is holding court in Hall 16 here at the Hannover Messe, by checking out our exclusive CODE_n preview video with founder and GFT Group CEO Ulrich Dietz.

  • 10:49

  • 10:04

    One of the key themes of this year's CeBIT is data visualisation. Ahead of the show, we got a chance to sit down with Clemens Weisshaar, the internationally renowned designer responsible for CODE_n's stunning avant-garde art installations in Hall 16 here in Hannover. So, can big data actually be made into art? Follow the link to find out

  • 08:34

    Hello and good morning from sunny Hannover! We've got a jam-packed day lined up all culminating later today with a blockbuster Intel press conference - stay tuned for the latest from CeBIT 2014

  • 09 March
  • 19:27

    Thanks for tuning in today all - I'm off to try to scrounge a sandwich now, but I'll be back tomorrow as CeBIT 2014 gets underway in full

  • 19:27
  • 19:26

    A kind of surreal evening in many ways but the talking points are obvious - Cameron's throwing £45 million at Internet of Things research and looking to get behind 5G. Whether or not this is just hot air remains to be seen, but at least there were some headlines from tonight

  • 19:24

    The CeBIT 2014 Opening Ceremony has come to a close now, but not before some rousing marching music

  • 19:24

  • 18:40

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes over from David Cameron and opens with a well-received gag. Something about "And an especially warm hello to our eavesdropping friends from the NSA," perhaps?

  • 18:39

  • 18:30

    Cameron rounds out his address with a rallying cry: "We are on the brink of a new industrial revolution and I want us, the UK and Germany, to lead it."

  • 18:29

    The UK government will also be throwing an additional £45 million at Internet of Things research

  • 18:29

    Now things are getting interesting. Cameron drops a fairly big one by announcing a new partnership between UK and German universities to pursue 5G, and also re-affirms the European commitment to a single telecoms market, otherwise known as no more bloody roaming charges.

  • 18:27

    "Companies that are being started in people's garages are going stratospheric. This is a world on fast forward. In this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations."

  • 18:25

    Cameron is talking about the "dynamic, relentlessly ambitious" UK tech culture

  • 18:25

  • 18:17

    Nearly ready for our Dave, but there's always time for a classical music interlude, isn't there?

  • 18:17

  • 18:10

    Yep, there's been mentions of Tesla and Audi's partnership with Google, as well as a healthy amount of references to big data.

  • 18:00

    Professor Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management at Volkswagen AG, takes the stage. Smart money is on him talking about smart cars and the like

  • 17:58

  • 17:53

    We're doling out the CeBIT Innovation Award 2014 now. Here's an idea - more than 10 seats in the press area

  • 17:52

  • 17:44

    Not totally sure if Dave 'The Rave' understands German, but he's certainly fluent in looking on intently

  • 17:43

  • 17:40

    UPDATE: German chappie keeps saying stuff in German. Mentions of UK, datability, and IT

  • 17:36

    Stephan Weil, President of Lower Saxony, is saying a bunch of stuff in German - I think the first bit amounted to CeBIT 2014 is now open for business.

  • 17:35

  • 17:32

    A slightly bizarre introduction featuring a UK-based robot and some random kid is underway, focusing on this year's key CeBIT theme - big data and datability

  • 17:31

  • 17:28

    The throngs are suitably massed and we're being told to find our seats - in our case, perching on a ledge in a seriously undersized press area

  • 17:27

  • 17:25

    Things are running a bit behind schedule and, despite the combined hacking efforts of a number of UK journalists, the Wi-Fi hasn't yet been penetrated so we're tethering - apologies in advance for any delay in the news tonight

  • 17:25

    And we're live inside the Hannover Congress Centrum!

  • 12:30

    So I'm bored of staring out at a car park and it's nearly lunch time - while I'm away, get yourself excited about the CODE_n startup competition by checking out our exclusive ITProPortal video interview with avant-garde designer Clemens Weisshaar, who explains how big data can actually be art

  • 11:47

    Tick, tock, tick, tock - just like you, we can't wait for CeBIT 2014 to get underway in earnest at tonight's Opening Ceremony. In the meantime, keep yourself amused by checking out my CeBIT 2014 preview, which highlights some of the things you really don't want to miss if you're in (or keeping an eye on) Hannover this week.

  • 11:46

  • 10:15

    Coming up later today - we'll be covering the CeBIT 2014 Opening Ceremony in all its glory, including speeches from British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. That's all set to kick off at 18:00 CET/17:00 BST, don't forget to join us!

  • 09:26

    As you can see, it's also a pretty stunning day over here in Hannover. They say you never really feel like you've been to a major industry event until your hotel overlooks the exhibition grounds. Well, I guess now I've been.

  • 09:24

  • 09:20

    Hello, and a warm ITProPortal welcome from Hannover! Here's to hoping you're enjoying the weekend and savouring the first taste of spring in true British style - by cremating cheap sausages on the barbie.