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Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

Thousands of Vodafone customers have been given the green light by Ofcom to ditch their contracts, after the mobile phone provider hiked international roaming fees to £5 per day. Earlier this year, Vodafone introduced a roaming charge for customers travelling in 60 countries outside of the EU. This means that pay-monthly …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2017
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'Subdued' year for poor old Capita means more 'restructuring' needed

Outsourcing giant Capita is broadening its "restructuring" programme (AKA offshoring and automating more jobs), while reporting that 2017 has been a "subdued" year for the biz in a trading update today. This time last year, Capita told staff before Christmas it planned to axe 2,250 roles, including sending more jobs to India …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2017
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EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the firm's online portal is down. In a missive seen by The Register, folk were informed that the service will be out of action until July "while EE carries out technical improvements". One customer was …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2017

Sweet Liberty: Cable & Wireless CEO John Reid steps down

Head honcho at comms biz Cable & Wireless John Reid is to step down in early 2018. Reid oversaw the £3.5bn acquisition of the formerly British company by US Liberty Global, which was complete in 2016. He has held the role of chief exec since May 2016, having joined the company in 2015 as president of its consumer group. No …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2017
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Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

Dixons Carphone execs handed out their numbers to world+dog today, showing profits plummeting by more than half in the firm’s half-year results. The plunge was chalked up to UK customers skipping mobile upgrades - a move that could signal further closures across its stores. Facepalm from Shutterstock Reality strikes Dixons …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2017
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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

Boozing in the morning, blazing family rows in the afternoon, and passing out in front of the telly – trousers unbuttoned – by 5pm. All of these are annual traditions of Christmas but when it comes to dinner, what makes the perfect festive nosh? Everyone has their own take on Yuletide overindulgence, and inevitably something …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2017
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Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Facebook has said it will no longer send advertising revenue through Ireland, and instead pay taxes in the countries where profits are earned. In a major overhaul today, the firm said it will make the change in every country outside the US where it has an office. By Dave Wehner, chief financial officer, said: "We believe that …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2017
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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

Manchester workmen were blamed for knocking out hosting business UKFast's data centre today, after it seems some hapless bod cut a cable with a pickaxe. According to the Brit firm's status page, the problem arose this morning at 11am, affecting its MANOC 5 data centre. The incoming mains supply was lost to the site and …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2017
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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

Moaning men complaining they have "man flu" – a much more serious and, if sufferers are to be believed, potentially deadly version of the common cold – may actually have a point. Canadian academic Kyle Sue investigated whether men are wimps or just immunologically inferior, in an article published in the British Medical …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2017

UK lacks engineering and tech skillz to make government's industrial strategy work – report

A lack of skills in the engineering and technical workforce could hold up the government's industrial strategy, according to a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The 2017 Skills and Demand in Industry report found that nearly two-thirds of engineering and technical employers said that finding staff with …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2017

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

Coventry – the city that was flattened by the Luftwaffe and later inspired The Specials' urban decay anthem "Ghost Town" – has been named the UK City of Culture 2021. The West Midlands metropolis beat Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea and Sunderland to gain the four-year title, currently held by Hull and before that by …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2017
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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

An AI researcher has taken time out of his busy schedule to appear in an ad for Yves Saint Laurent's scent for men called Y. Alexandre Robicquet appears in a video for the fragrance, which opens with him riding to his office on a motorbike. Of course. He then fiddles with his pen, while moodily gazing at a bit of code with …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2017

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly. Average speeds on Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin are 0.68Mbps, 260 times slower than the fastest street, Benford Avenue in Motherwell, Scotland, which …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2017
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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

The UK border could be left exposed after Brexit as departments have failed to plan for new IT systems, according to a damning report by MPs released today. Whitehall is assuming the risks to managing the border will not change immediately when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, and that border checks will accordingly be the …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2017

Europe Commission thunders: Tech firms must do more to remove extremist content

The European Commission has urged the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove extremist content - or face further regulation. EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned "the real battlefield is against 21st century terrorism". He said most of the recent terrorist attackers had never travelled …
Kat Hall, 7 Dec 2017
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UK.gov failing to prevent £10bn of annual online fraud, say MPs

The government is not doing enough to prevent Brits being defrauded by £10bn per year, according to a spending watchdog report. The Public Accounts Committee said today that 2 million cyber-related fraud incidents were reported last year, however it is estimated just 20 per cent of incidents are reported. Online fraud is "now …
Kat Hall, 6 Dec 2017
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Capita appoints back bencher baroness as non exec director

Public sector outsourcing favourite Capita has appointed House of Lords backbencher Lucy Neville-Rolfe as independent non-executive director. Baroness Neville-Rolfe previously served as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, a Minister of State, and as Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property. Capita remains the …
Kat Hall, 6 Dec 2017

Staff at Steria gov shared services centre offered voluntary redundo

Workers at the Sopra Steria-run UK government shared services centre received an early Christmas present this week: the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy. The Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL) entity was set up as a joint venture four years with the Cabinet Office to consolidate back office services across …
Kat Hall, 6 Dec 2017
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Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

Apple has agreed to start paying the Irish government up to €13bn (£11.4bn) next year. A spokeswoman from Ireland's Department of Finance confirmed an agreement had been reached with Apple in relation to the framework of the principles that will govern the escrow arrangement, whereby it will deposit money with a third person …
Kat Hall, 4 Dec 2017
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Ofcom just told BT to up its game on fibre investment

Comment The chief exec of Ofcom, Sharon White, has told BT it must up its game to improve Blighty’s piss-poor fibre broadband penetration. While that might sound like tough talk, it’s also only words. In a recent speech at the former state monopoly’s rival Virgin Media HQ, White outlined the fact the UK still only has around 3 per …
Kat Hall, 4 Dec 2017

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland Group is shutting 259 branches and slashing 680 jobs, blaming the shift to customers banking online. The closures involve 62 RBS and 197 NatWest branches. So next time the bank has an outage, customers living in areas where branches have shut will just have to resort to bartering. An RBS …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2017
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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Ofcom wants to slap new measures on BT to prevent it from undercutting rivals investing in super and ultrafast broadband. The UK communications regulator today proposed a clause in its draft plans to address BT's "significant market power" aimed at preventing the former state monopoly from targeted discounting of its wholesale …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2017
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Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

A former Autonomy exec has entered into a deferred agreement with US prosecutors over charges that he and others deceived investors about the company's ill-fated $11bn (£9bn) acquisition by Hewlett-Packard. Christopher Egan, former CEO and head of sales for Autonomy in the US, agreed to become a cooperating witness in the …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2017

Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

When it comes to women in tech, it's fair to say the sector has a bit of an image problem. Just this week, 89 of the country's largest employers of computer developers signed up to the Tech Talent Charter, which asks businesses to share recruitment and gender pay gap data. While that might be seen as another meaningless …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2017

Ed Vaizey is right, Matt Hancock hasn't improved broadband

Comment For all digital minister Matt Hancock's rhetoric about 'full-fibre' investment, Blighty's digital infrastructure still remains unchanged. In the budget yesterday, yet more announcements were made about 5G and full-fibre broadband. However, according to insiders the £400m for fibre funding, announced in the autumn statement …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2017

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