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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

A dad whose credit rating was "annihilated" over a laptop he bought in 1998 has today won an epic legal fight to clear his name. Richard Durkin's 15-year nightmare began when he walked into a PC World store in Aberdeen, Scotland, to buy a £1,449 notebook. He specifically asked for a computer with a modem. A sales assistant …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Mar 2014
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Police mirth after plastic plod puts out call for 'PC World'

A plastic plod was left red faced after issuing a call to other forces to find a Police Constable World. The mistake was made when the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was skimming through evidence and found what she thought was the officer's name attached to a bundle of cash. In actuality, the money was seized at the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2012

Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

Peak Apple Depending on which analyst group you prefer to believe, Apple's Mac sales in the US during the normally robust "back to school" quarter were either bad or very, very bad. According to a report by Gartner and another by IDC, both released Wednesday, Apple was the only PC maker among the top five that suffered a decline in year-on …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2013

PC World ordered to rip up promo for next-day repair promise

PC World has been ordered by the UK ads watchdog to pull claims it offers a next-day collection service for repairs under its Care Plan Premier warranty. boasted that the biz would pick up a customer's dicky gear the following day if the punter called before 3pm and had shelled out for the aforementioned warranty. …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2013
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Do any REAL CIOs believe we're in a post PC world? No.

CIO Manifesto One reason for getting a dozen senior IT execs in for a chat is to work out which are the most flagrant lies peddled to us by PRs. So it’s telling that when our April roundtable convened to consider how technology would look in 2020, the big idea that we’re now in a “post-PC world” was met with scornful laughter and instantly …
Dominic Connor, 20 May 2015

Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

Some years back, when Microsoft was mired in Windows Vista and open source issues, and web developers were on an accelerating trajectory, a quiet revolution took place. In the corridors and anterooms of tech conferences, scrunched deep into beanbags and huddled next to power outlets developers were at work, nose down, in …
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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

The websites of Dixons Retail Group electronics stores have gone down today - knocking over Currys, PC World and The sites have been offline since breakfast, but there's been some confusion about the cause of the outage. Initially visitors to the Currys' site had a "503 Unavailable Error" page pop up, then a page …
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Dell's PC-on-a-stick landing in July: report

Dell's project Ophelia, an Android-PC-on-a-stick effort revealed at CES last January, is apparently set to debut in July. PC World brings us news that Dell will bring the product to the world in a few short weeks at around $US100. The idea behind the device is to offer user a very lightweight client device that users can chuck …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2013
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PC World throws in free Bravia telly with Sony fondleslabs

Early-bird customers who purchase the Sony Tablet S when it is launched this Friday will be given a free Sony Bravia TV. Retailers Currys and PC World are to start selling the Sony Tablet from 7am on Friday at the Tottenham Court Road flagship store, where the first 100 customers will walk away with a 32in Sony Bravia TV worth £ …
Caleb Cox, 15 Sep 2011
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Amazon to sell Kindle through Currys, PC World

Dixons' stores are to sell Amazon's popular Kindle e-book reader. Amazon already makes the Kindle - in both its Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-plus-3G versions - available on the high street through John Lewis shops. Like John Lewis, Dixons will only sell Kindles through PC World and Currys bricks'n'mortar outlets, not online. Prices are the …
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011

'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

Channels Forum Channel watchers Canalys celebrated the launch of Windows 8 this month by declaring we are now in the "post Windows" era. Canalys CEO Steve Brazier kicked off the Channels Forum conference with a state of the industry keynote which questioned how much success Redmond could expect on the back of the Win8 launch, particularly as …
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2012
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IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

Facebook has wandered down to Speakers' Corner and climbed onto a fruit-crate to spruik the benefits of the decades-old, much-needed and still-relatively-unused IPv6 protocol. With IPv4 addresses just-about-depleted worldwide, Facebook has penned a blog post telling websites to roll out the protocol, if they haven't already. …

PC World, Currys open online app stores

Dixons' Currys and PC World apps stores have openned for business to provide netbook owners with a selection of software suitable for the machines' 1024 x 600 machines. The stores are powered by Intel's AppUp app store, which went live in the US in September. At the time, Dixons said it would be re-badging the shop in Britain, …
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2010

This new new chip will self-destruct in less than 10 seconds

Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a prototype chip capable of self-destructing upon command. The Mission Impossible-style integrated circuit might be used for applications such as the storage of encryption keys. The chip is fabricated on a Gorilla Glass substrate and capable of shattering on demand into thousands of …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015
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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

Computer retail outfit PC World suffered an embarrassing website outage on Boxing Day, which is traditionally seen as one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. But customers hoping to hunt down computer sales’ bargains from the comfort of their armchair on Sunday were unable to access the PC World site. The Register …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Dec 2010
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PC World, Currys to offer cash for clunkers

Want a new notebook, netbook or desktop? Dixons stores PC World and Currys are both offering a "guaranteed" £50 off any new machine when you hand over your old one. Wintel or Mac, it doesn't matter. The stores' only stipulation is that your old computer has to capable of being switched on and running. Otherwise, its age is of no …
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2010

Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

Data recovery experts have found a raft personal information from used hard drives and mobile phones purchased from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle in the UK, US and Germany. The research, by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack, once again shows that failure to erase data from discarded devices continues to be a problem, …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2015
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Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

Dixons Group's websites for Currys and PC World are among the worst online shops for electrical appliances, according to a new study by consumer rights group Which? Out of the 25 sites listed by the research, Currys and PC World came joint 22nd, with only Asda and B&Q rated worse as places to buy electronics online. The poor …

One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

Comment It’s only taken thirty years, but we’ll soon have one plug that, on paper, does it all: power, video and all kinds of peripherals. Cue headlines about “one cable to rule them all”. And it’s reversible! However, “soon” isn’t “now”. It’s going to be a confusing and expensive journey before the promises are fulfilled. The last …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2015
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PC World gets almost-exclusive iPad deal

If you want to buy an iPad on Friday, and you aren't near an Apple store, you'd best get down to PC World or Currys. Dixons Store Group International has got a 60-day exclusive to sell the giant phoneless iPhone in 139 stores. Pre-orders are only available through Apple's own shops. The magic pad will also be on sale in Best …
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

Despite Tim Cook's declaration that we live in a post-PC world as he presented the new iPad to the world, analysts at Gartner forecast that demand for PCs will accelerate in the next two years. Apple CEO Cook dreams of a world in which fondleslabs not only outsell PCs but render them irrelevant. These stats suggest otherwise. …
Anna Leach, 08 Mar 2012

Ebuyer MD Carlisle exits following board level bust up

Online tech bazaar Ebuyer has waved goodbye to UK MD Stuart Carlisle following a disagreement over strategic direction – he wanted to open bricks and mortar retail stores, and the powers that be, well, didn’t. In the interim, the business will be run by FD Mark Pullen and board director Armando Sanchez, the company confirmed …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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How to build a server room: Back to basics

Readers' corner Dave Cartwright, an IT operations manager for a telecom company, recently compiled a list of dos and don’t for IT infrastructure buyers for El Reg. The article was well received but… ”the writer obviously moves in better circles than I do”, says Reg reader Hatless Pemberty In response, Hatless - we can call him that, can't we …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 2015

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

The number of PC running Windows 8.1 nudged past Windows XP for the first time in November. Windows 8.1 broke the global 10 per cent market-share barrier a year after general release, and has now hit 10.95 per cent, according to latest data from StatCounter. Windows XP, released in 2001, slipped down 1.26 percentage points to …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2014
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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

One of the dozen engineers who designed the original IBM PC, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, says that the reign of the personal computer is coming to an end. "They're going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs," writes IBM's Middle East and Africa CTO Mark Dean …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2011
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Samsung cosies up to PC World for UK desktop debut

Samsung enters the UK home desktop PC market next month with two All-in-ones, sold exclusively through PC World and All-in-one PCs represent the computer industry's latest attempt to combat price erosion with fat-feature PCs that all the family can use as a home entertainment hub. Typically, All-in-one PCs combine …
Team Register, 06 Apr 2010

CIOs: Sign up for The Register's 2015 Roundtables

Reg Events The Register kicks off its 2015 Roundtables in March as we continue to explore the real world challenges faced by top IT execs, and their ingenious responses, in our CIO Manifesto program. One of the biggest challenges facing you when you snag the top job is making sure the rest of your staff is up to the job too, so on March 3 …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2015

PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

Windows 7 DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores. From tomorrow PC World will be offering up to £100 off to anyone who trades in an old, working laptop for a Windows 7 machine. The High Street retailer’s computing …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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OMG, our merger is working, LOL – Dixons Carphone CEO

The merger seems to be working out for Dixons Carphone — both sales and profits are up, according to a trading update for Q4 and fiscal 2015. The company said like-for-like group revenue for the 17 weeks ended 2 May was up six per cent; rising 13 per cent in the UK and Ireland; up one per cent in the Nordics; up eight per cent …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2015
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Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM

The Syrian Electronic Army has compromised a number of news websites – apparently through DNS redirects via Gigya, a customer identity management platform used by all the sites. The Pro-Assad javascript popup appeared across several websites, including The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Time Out, PC World and The Evening …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2014
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Using complicated electrical devices to curry favour with brats – the new black?

With thousands of GCSE pupils eagerly awaiting their results, UK electrical retailer Currys has, strangely, revealed the length to which parents are willing to go (essentially handing over lots of money) to equip children "with the technology they need for further study". The company said that nine out of ten parents …
Simon Rockman, 20 Aug 2015

Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will launch in "summer" this year. The news emerged from an event in China, so it seems safe to assume Redmond means the northern hemisphere's summer between June and August. Executive veep for Windows Terry Myerson says Windows 10 "will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages". We're …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
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Dixons blames PC World for falling sales

Dixons Store Group saw sales fall six per cent in the last quarter, despite good progress in sexing up its stores. DSG international, owner of PC World and Currys, did worse on its home turf - UK computing sales fell 17 per cent, in sterling, in the sixteen weeks ended 22 August 2009. The firm said reformatting of stores and a …
John Oates, 02 Sep 2009

Mega-firm Carphone Dixons toasts £375m profit forecast

Dixons Carphone Warehouse has raised its profit expectation for its first financial year 2014/15 to £355m-£375m, following a bumper Christmas trading period. The firm owns Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse and was formed by of a £3.7bn merger between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in May last year. In the nine weeks …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015

PC World pips Asus to UK Atom sub-laptop premier

PC World today claimed to have beaten Asus to the punch by launching the first Small, Cheap Computer in the UK equipped with an Intel Atom processor. Advent 4211 PC World's Advent 4211: out ahead of the Eee 901? PC World's own-brand Advent 4211 sub-notebook is essentially MSI's Wind rebadged. It's got a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB …
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2008
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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

The shotgun wedding between hard-pressed consumer biz Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse was consummated today as the £12bn turnover borg started trading on the London Stock Exchange. The merger between Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, and Carphone Warehouse was first announced back in May. Dixons Carphone - …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2014

PC World Wintel boxes suffer from Mac envy

UK computer superstore chain PC World clearly thinks its customers are suffering on the sly from Mac envy. How else can we explain how the pictures of PCs on its online store and in its catalogues all show Mac OS X screenshots? Register Hardware reader Matt Kyte sent us a pic he took of a PC World catalogue page. On offer, a …
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2007

Recession prompts job cuts at PC World call centres

Capita will cut up to 42 jobs at call centres it runs for PC World owner DSGi in Sheffield and Nottingham because of falling call numbers. The outsourcing giant informed staff of the redundancy programme, which will hit mainly team leaders, on Monday. Those affected today enter a 30 day statutory consultation period. Some may be …

Bargain: PC World flogging itself for £30

It seems PC World management have had enough of Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) raps and investigations that say they can't fix computers, and have decided to jump ship before the going gets any tougher. Reg reader Chris Angle's search for data recovery software on the UK PC World website returned this result: PC World …
Tracey Cooper, 04 Dec 2006
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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

Pics Retailers' “Christmas in July” press showcases may make your stomach churn at the thought of all that consumerist razzmatazz, but, season of goodwill aside, it’s also a time when new products get an airing before they go on sale in the coming months. Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA Gadgets galore and a new flipping Chromebook …
Bob Dormon, 08 Jul 2015
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PC World cuts off Capita call centre contract

PC World owner DSGi has decided not to renew its call centre outsourcing contract with Capita and will instead bring 1,300 staff back in house. Call centres in Sheffield and Nottingham will return to the DSGi fold on September 2. The original contract, signed in 2004, is due to finish during April. The pair have signed a six … named Intel 'director of creative innovation' gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

Rapper and business mogul has announced plans to release a new piece of wrist-based, wearable technology. Bearing the semi-eponymous name i.amPULS, it will allow the wearer to make calls without using a mobile phone. The diminutive colossus of pop appeared at a distinctly unglamorous Salesforce conference in San …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Oct 2014
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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, they’ve moved everything.” Sharp observation. Of course they moved everything, it’s an office move. If they hadn’t moved everything, some of your kit wouldn’t be there at all. It would still be 10 metres away where you used to sit. We are Glass – Gary Numan As office moves go, at one of my client’s …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Apr 2015

You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

After such a banner year of Linux releases it might seem overly pessimistic to pause and ask this question: is there a future beyond this? The answer is, of course, "yes" – or rather it's yes, but... The qualifying "but" can take many forms, depending on who you talk to and what their stake is in the game. Even if you take the …

PC World in non-misleading TV ad shocker

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints against a PC World laptop advert which claimed the technology on offer was "pretty much future-proof". Gripers posited there's no such thing as a "future-proof" laptop, because hardware and software are being constantly updated. The ASA gave PC World the benefit …
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PC World feels the Vista pinch (again)

Slow adoption of Microsoft Vista has hamstrung profits again at DSG, the retail group that owns PC World. In a statement to the stock exchange today, it warned that overall group profit margins for the 24 weeks to 13 October will be down 0.6 per cent "largely driven by slower Vista-related hardware sales". PC World has been …
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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

AMD execs are remaining optimistic despite emerging from a quarter in which the company made an eight-figure net loss and fell short of analyst estimates. In Q2 2014, ending June 29, the chipmaker bagged $1.44bn in revenue, up 24 per cent year on year. However, it recorded a GAAP net loss of $36m for the quarter, down from the $ …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2014
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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

Christmas has come early for the bosses of Dixons Retail Group, which has announced an encouraging boost in profits and sales. Dixons, which also owns Currys and PC World, said its sales were up thanks to steady cutting of less profitable subsidiaries. In the UK and Ireland, operating profits surged up to £31.4m, five times the …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2013
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PC World repair job leaves family seeing blue

PC World is at the centre of a row after animal porn was found on a hard drive installed during a repair to an 11 year-old's laptop According to a report in the Dundee-based Courier, Kenneth Morris was playing games on his repaired Philips laptop when graphic images of a woman and a dog popped up on the screen. Kenneth's …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2007

PC World cuts £250 off the price of Apple's MacBook Air

Want a MacBook Air for £949? Pop over to PC World's website and order the skinny Apple and an HSDPA wireless broadband package from carrier 3 and the retailer will knock £250 off the price of the Air. Catches? Well, to get £250 off, you have to pay 3 £35 a month for the next 18 months - a total of £630. There's also a data- …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2008