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Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

Organisers of a Manchester music festival have been fined £70,000 after sending unsolicited marketing text messages. The digital junk was sent to 70,000 people who had bought tickets for the 2014 edition of Manchester's annual festival, the Parklife Weekender, and appeared on the recipients’ mobes to have been sent by "Mum". …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2014
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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

The Greater Manchester Police Force have paid a £120,000 fine after losing the details of more than a thousand people under investigation for serious drugs crime. The personal details were kept on an unencrypted memory stick with no password protection, belonging to an officer with the Serious Crime Division team. Kept in the …
Anna Leach, 16 Oct 2012
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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

Manchester is Britain's biggest cove of pirate downloaders, claims a Shoreditch-based music upstart. Mancunians have a particular craving for illegal copies of smirking indie crooner Ed Sheeran's albums and singles, we're told. The northern city is the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study by London-headquartered …
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Fox News outs Beatles as 'Manchester's favorite mopheads'

FoxNews.com has got its knickers in a twist about the birthplace of some pop band called the Beatles. As illustrated below, the US news outfit is quite certain in a news article curiously carrying a Wall Street Journal byline that the Fab Four are from Manchester and not Liverpool. Fox says Beatles are from Manchester …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2010
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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first Airbus A380 to land at Manchester Airport earlier this afternoon, marking the end of an 18-month, £10m upgrade of the airport to accommodate the beast. Emirates will operate a daily Manchester-Dubai service, meaning the former has the honour of being the first regional airport anywhere in …
Lester Haines, 01 Sep 2010
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Manchester biz raided in text message spam clampdown

A clampdown on text spam has led to a police raid on offices in Urmston, Manchester, and the seizure of equipment by the Information Commissioner's Office. The UK data privacy watchdog was given enhanced powers last year to tackle the growing problem of junk SMS messages, including the authority to ask mobile operators for …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2012
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Hardware keyloggers found in Manchester library PCs

Hardware keyloggers have been discovered in public libraries in Greater Manchester. Two USB devices, attached to keyboard sockets on the back of computers in Wilmslow and Handforth libraries, would have enabled baddies to record every keystroke made on compromised PCs. It's unclear who placed the snooping devices on the machines …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
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Manchester to host UK's first Apple AirPlay demo

Hi-Fi maker Denon will tomorrow give the first UK demo of Apple's AirPlay technology - the revamped AirTunes that now incorporates video. The company will be showing off its upcoming AVR 3311 AV receiver which, when it ships early next year, will be able to stream content from a computer running iTunes, and be controlled by …
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2010

Referee and two others charged in FA hacking probe

Three people from the Manchester area have been charged over allegations they hacked into computer systems at English football governing body, the FA. Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive, Woodley, Stockport has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access to computer data. Liam Cliff, 19, of …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2013

No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

Manchester United is banning tablets from Old Trafford on match days as part of a tightening-up of security procedures to reflect heightened terrorist concerns.‬ Large electronic devices including laptops and tablets will be added to the list of prohibited items as a result of security concerns, the Premier League side said in a …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2014
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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

University of Manchester researchers reckon they've eliminated one of the mechanisms that might have linked mobile phones to cancer. The research is also bad news for those who think power lines are cancer-carriers. Dr Alex Jones in the University's School of Chemistry led a team examining whether weak magnetic fields affected …

Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

An unknown number of Virgin Media customers are once again complaining about YouTube buffering glitches with the cable network. El Reg understands that some subscribers have been griping about the poor service for days. And moany tweets aimed at Virgin Media are stacking up on Twitter. This is the latest in a series of …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2014
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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

Bad news for lovers of amateur space exploration: a crowd-funded project that managed to send aloft 100 tiny satellites around Earth looks set to fail. The project in question is the KickSat, which kicked off in 2011 with the promise to create 100 satellites, each about the size of a pair of postage stamps and dubbed 'Sprites', …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014

Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

The movies tell us that tunnels are normally dug when a person locked behind bars laboriously scrapes away dirt with just a spoon to secretly set themselves free. Now some naughty scamps in Salford, Greater Manchester, have used the technique, not to escape, but to break their way into a shop to steal cash out of an ATM. …
Team Register, 21 Mar 2014
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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Google appears to have relied on, er, crowd-sourced facts from Wikipedia for its latest Doodle, which celebrates the 156th birthday of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. The vast advertising firm suggests in its sketch that the women's rights' campaigner was born on 15 July 1858. Googling "Emmeline Pankhurst" will also get …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2014

Outsourcery wins a £1.1m project present. Well, it is nearly Christmas

A FTSE100 company has handed ailing cloudy biz Outsourcery an early Crimbo gift by signing a three-year contract worth an estimated £1.1m to rip out its ageing telephony system in favour of "voice services". It's been one hell of a year for the Manchester-based software-as-a-service and online infrastructure seller, co-founded …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2014
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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

Downrange A Crimestoppers hotline set up specifically to target legal gun owners has been shut down following a campaign by the Countryside Alliance. The hotline was set up after the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the trade union for top cops in Blighty, announced a raft of measures targeting the licensed firearms community …
Gareth Corfield, 09 Nov 2014
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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

Anyone who has ever commuted on a train in the south east of England will have at some point considered ways to improve the service – such as, say, introducing actual cattle trucks onto the network for more luxurious travel. But tech enthusiasts from Cambridge have another idea entirely. What about a designated nerd carriage to …
Kat Hall, 03 Dec 2014

Hacker Hammond's laptop protected by pet password

Former LulzSec member Jeremy Hammond - once the FBI's most wanted and charged with hacking security firm Stratfor - seems to have failed to prevent police accessing his laptop due to a poor password. During a police raid in March 2012 he raced through a friend's Chicago home to shut and lock his laptop. But the effort appeared …
Darren Pauli, 11 Nov 2014
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BT jabbed by ad watchdog AGAIN over fibre deployment fibs

BT has been caught fibbing to Manchester residents, after the telecoms giant wrongly claimed that its fibre optic Infinity product was already available throughout the city. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled today that BT had misled customers with a poster ad that shouted: "MANCHESTER BUSINESSES. IT'S ARRIVED". A …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2013
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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

BT Infinity users have been suffering with outages and slow service for three days, as the network struggles with a DNS or routing issue. El Reg readers tipped us off that folks trying to connect with BT were getting problems such as failure to resolve DNS, slow web-page loading, interrupted web pages, and frankly rubbish video …
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Burmese junta strongman considered buying Manchester United

The leader of the Burmese military junta seriously considered a $1bn bid for Manchester United in January 2009. The Asian republic was coping with the aftermath of cyclone Nargis (which killed around 140,000) at the time, but Than Shwe, commander of the armed forces in the south-east Asian state, was urged by his grandson to …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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Can't flog software for love nor money? UK mega-reseller Softcat probably ate your lunch

Unstoppable reseller juggernaut Softcat has smashed through the £500m sales barrier in the most recent fiscal year ended July, meaning it has grown for the past 36 straight quarters. In the last four years alone, and in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the the 70s, turnover at the Marlow-based business jumped from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2014
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NHS supplier Trustmarque seeks backers after accounting change

The future of major NHS supplier Trustmarque looks less certain after private equity backer Dunedin confirmed that a change in the way revenue is recognised has created a “funding gap”. The venture capitalist was the vital cog in the £43m management buy-out at York-headquartered Trustmarque, a top table Microsoft partner that …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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Fujitsu Services ordered to reveal size of pay scale for ALL TECHIES

An arbitration court has sided with the Unite union and ordered Fujitsu Services to go open kimono about employee's pay structure, in a bid to aid collective bargaining during the annual pay review. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) — an independent dispute resolution body with statuary powers — received a complaint from …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2014
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Manchester Uni looks into mobile health nannying

Industry body, the GSMA, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Manchester to set up an Innovation Centre devoted towards health on the move. The Manchester m-Health Innovation Centre will focus on "using mobile technology to enable people to play a more active role in determining their own health". The …
Bill Ray, 11 Nov 2009

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

All London airspace was closed to incoming and departing traffic for just under an hour on Friday afternoon due to a computer outage at the National Air Traffic Services – Blighty's air traffic control authority. According to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, a machine failure resulted in all airspace …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2014
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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

Greater Manchester Police decided to show the world just how tough it is policing England's third city by tweeting every report it receives for 24 hours. The results so far tell a story of stretched resources, organisational confusion, police communications hijacked by criminals and pranksters, and coppers ending up in jail - …
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2010

EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

Mobile operator EE has announced that higher speed LTE-A is now available in select areas. This will give speeds of up to 150Mbps. While EE has had “double speed” LTE for some while and Vodafone has recently launched a similar service, the new LTE-A uses a lot more spectrum and so gives much higher speeds. Specifically it is …
Simon Rockman, 30 Oct 2014
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Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades

The people of Manchester have either lost all interest in travelling abroad and drinking, or couldn't give a monkey's about the government's lame duck ID card scheme, if a commons answer is anything to go by. Manchester is the first big trialling ground for the ID card scheme, before a broader trial across the rest of the North …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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Manchester council caned over school data breach

Manchester City Council has been rapped over the knuckles for the loss of two laptops containing sensitive personal information on teachers and workers at local schools. The local authority was sent to detention obliged to sign a promise to improve its performance following the loss of two unencrypted machines from the Town Hall …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009

Life is good in the data centre – UKFast boss reports from hot tub

If life is hard in the data centre space, then someone forget to tell the boss of UKFast, who may just be toasting a bumper 2013 from the confines of his corporate hot tub. The Manchester-based hosting biz, which plies its trade from three fully owned bit barns in Trafford Park, posted results for last calendar year and they …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2014
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Manchester cops recover from Conficker

Manchester police were once again able to run inquiries on the Police National Computer on Wednesday morning, after techies purged a Conficker worm infection from the force's network. The malware infection left cops unable to run PNC checks on suspect persons or vehicles between Friday evening - when a decision to disconnect …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

Life in the famously grim north of England became even more appalling today following a massive Sky broadband outage. Sky's service via a number of exchanges across the North West has collapsed, crippling broadband connections for customers living in the badlands surrounding Manchester and Liverpool. The provider said the issue …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014

Vodafone does it in two places at once: Carrier aggregation to boost 4G

Vodafone has to followed EE’s lead and launched carrier aggregation – which potentially doubles data bandwidth. One of the clever things about 4G is that it can combine the bandwidth from different bits of spectrum and use them as a single pipe. EE has been selling this for some time and in our testing we found that it made a …
Simon Rockman, 15 Oct 2014
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Casino DDoS duo caged for five years after blackmail buyout threat

A pair of cyber-extortionists who attempted to blackmail a Manchester-based online casino with threats of unleashing a debilitating denial of service attack have been jailed for five years and four months. Piotr Smirnow, 31, of Tawerny, Warsaw, Poland, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, of Szezecin, Poland, pleaded guilty at Manchester …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts UK.gov cloud bazaar credentials

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace. This does not give the loss-making purveyor of cloudy stuff the keys to a particularly exclusive club; 17 other …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2014
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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

A Greater Manchester woman has found to her cost that if you turn up on horseback to a McDonald's drive-through window and are refused service, it's probably unwise to then lead your mount into the restaurant and let it crap on the floor. The unnamed horse-lover rolled up to the fast food outlet on Bury New Road, Whitefield, on …
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2013
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Dragon's Outsourcery biz bags another £1m of cash to burn

Loss-making cloudy UC services biz Outsourcery is set to pocket £1m worth of investment from a VC just months after it raised cash and cut costs to prevent liquidity drying up, following a forecasted sales slip. The Manchester-based biz run by Dragon’s Den ‘celebrity’ Piers Linney — who, along with his co-founder, has agreed to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2014
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IBM opens systems software lab in Manchester

IBM has opened up a software development lab in Manchester, focusing on various systems programs that run on its Power Systems iron. The lab is leveraging the bit-twiddling expertise that Big Blue gained when it bought Transitive back in November 2008. Transitive is the commercial implementation of emulation work done in the …

Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

A graphene condom so thin that blokes won’t look for excuses to avoid using it is on its way, thanks to Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $100,000 to University of Manchester boffins who’ve proposed making condoms built using the wonder-material, so far earmarked for use in electronics and computing …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2013
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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

UK readers, what you've always suspected has been proven true – even the weakest mobile networks abroad perform better than some of our best. This is according to German mobile network survey company P3, which this week published solid numbers on mobile network coverage. P3 uses dedicated hardware P3's test equipment And it’s …
Simon Rockman, 26 Nov 2014
Chesterfield’s twisted spire: Local Store Manager, Adam Osowski, with fellow EE employee

EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

While EE didn’t win our Monopoly board coverage survey, the formerly fruity network did prove to be top dog for data speeds – and that’s down to having more spectrum than its rivals. Chesterfield’s twisted spire: Local Store Manager, Adam Osowski, with fellow EE employee Chesterfield local store manager Adam Osowski asks a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2014
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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading". The Manchester-based reseller was put on the ASA naughty step over a "500 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA III Hard Drive - Clean …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2014
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Dragons' Den man and co-CEO to work for FREE at loss-making Outsourcery

Outsourcery bosses Piers Linney and Simon Newton are relinquishing their salaries for the next 12 months in a bid to save the loss-making cloudy biz £500,000, the company told the stock market today. The desperate duo’s act is part of measures to find £4.5m in funds to keep the wolves from the door in the medium term, a move …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2014

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

Computer kit including smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop themselves, is twice as likely to be stolen in reported thefts in London compared to other regions in the UK. A series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from security and communications firm ViaSat revealed the theft of electronic devices crops up in 34 per …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2014
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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

Analysis According to friendly "leaks" passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year. But the gambit is unlikely to withstand the scrutiny of the Chancellor. Why? Plain packaging legislation …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2013
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It's a Brit Apple supplier BORG: Two become one £80m fruity tech titan

Private equity-backed Jigsaw24 has swallowed fellow Apple supplier Square Group for an undisclosed sum to create a circa £80m powerhouse in the fruit-branded channel. NorthEdge Capital took a stake in Jigsaw24 in April '13, providing the Nottingham-based dealer with an investment fund to speed up growth both organically and via …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets

Manchester City Council was prevented from issuing hundreds of motoring penalty notices in time after the infamous Conficker worm knocked out parts of its IT systems. Drivers caught on camera driving in bus lanes escaped punishment after the town hall fine processing system was taken offline in February, following infection by …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2009