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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

Supermarket, virtual mobile network and bank that is very bad at accounting Tesco has new way for you to pay for your box of Celebrations: a digital wallet called PayQwiq. The service, which uses QR codes, is being trialled in Farringdon, the nearest branch to Vulture Central and 15 other Express stores in London as well as 26 …
Simon Rockman, 24 Sep 2014
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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

UK supermarket Tesco’s Hudl tablet will offer up data from past users – even if it’s been factory reset. The Register spoke to Ken Munro from security firm Pen Test Partners, who said he'd bought 17 Hudls and AllWinner tablets from eBay and found that not only does the reset process not wipe all the data, it’s possible to …
Simon Rockman, 15 Aug 2014
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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

Tesco is preparing to launch its own high-end smartphone later this year, chief executive Philip Clarke revealed today. The Android mobe will follow on the heels of the successful Hudl tablet; has UK's biggest retailer was able to shift 550,000 units of its own-brand cut-price 7-inch slab. A new version of the Android tablet, …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014
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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Retailer own-brand tablets are unholy piles of rubbish, right? Usually, yes. But last year’s Tesco Hudl rather bucked the trend. While there was nothing individually outstanding about Tesco’s first tablet, it had a good HD screen, a decent Rockchip CPU, a more-than-adequate battery life and was well glued together. For £129 – …
Alun Taylor, 14 Oct 2014
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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

Thousands of Tesco customers have had their emails and passwords posted online after hackers got their hands on the login details. A list of over 2,200 Tesco.com accounts was published on Pastebin yesterday and some customers have complained that their vouchers have gone missing from their accounts. Tesco customers took to the …

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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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem. The Hudl incorporates a 1440 x 900 LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2013
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O2, Tesco Mobile go titsup for 220,000+ Brits in 13-HOUR 3G cockup

Nearly quarter of a million O2 customers struggled to make calls, send texts and use their mobile internet connections yesterday. The outage, triggered during upgrade work on the operator's 2G and 3G systems, also hit Tesco Mobile and came only a day after O2-owned GiffGaff suffered similar problems. Tesco and GiffGaff are both …
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013
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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

A division of Lord Alan Sugar's firm has launched a surveillance campaign which will see shoppers' faces scanned at hundreds of Tesco petrol stations. Amscreen, one of Lord Sugar's firms, has installed the OptimEyes advertising system in 450 Tesco filling stations around the nation. These devices contain facial recog technology …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2013
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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

With a £64bn turnover and £3.9bn operating profit, Tesco was always going to make a big splash when it dived into the online media delivery market. We're just going to have to wait a bit longer to find out what it will be doing. The supermarket announced some new appointments and its new branding - but much remains under wraps. …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2013
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Tesco dials 999 after Clubcard vouchers are 'nicked' online

Tesco has called the cops after Clubcard vouchers were allegedly swiped from its customers' online accounts. It is feared the money-off coupons, which are earned by using the chain's loyalty card, were stolen after miscreants compromised victims' accounts. Tesco found out about the missing vouchers, thought to be worth hundreds …
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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

Tesco reckons contact-less pay-by-wave technology in phones has had its day - and the shopping giant is moving back to relying on cash and traditional payment cards. The stumbling shelf-stacking titan will continue to punt its customer loyalty schemes and vouchers on smartmobes - but bonking NFC-capable devices against tills to …
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
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Tesco helps high flyers avoid actual shops

UK grocery giant Tesco has devised a new way to ensure people don't actually have to enter its many stores – by setting up a glowing virtual shop slab at the airport. Woman uses Tesco virtual shop Customers making their way through London Gatwick's Airport can now distract themselves from bickering and boozy fellow passengers …
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Tesco's new fondleslab winks at Apple's stealthy NFC assassin iBeacon

Tesco jumped on the tablet bandwagon yesterday with the launch of Hudl, another Android tablet. Pronounced "huddle", the decently specced fondleslab costs just £60 if you pay in Clubcard points, or £119 in coins of the realm. And like Amazon's Fire slabs drew in punters, the touchscreen Hudl is being flung out at low cost in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Oct 2013
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Tesco blunder prices 64GB 4G iPad at 50 quid

Tesco tantalised online shoppers yesterday after a pricing error left punters thinking they'd snapped up Apple's latest iPad for just £50. The Twitterscape was alight last night with braggers who thought they'd got the bargain of the century. The Tesco Direct website was offering advance orders for the new Apple iPad Wi-Fi 4G …
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2012
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Tesco grabs Peter Gabriel's musical streamer

British music service We7 is being acquired by Tesco, which is taking a 91 per cent stake in the company for £10.8m. A full acquisition is expected. We7 launched five years ago with backing from Peter Gabriel, who has stuck by the company despite heavy losses. Founding CEO Steve Purdham set up the company after selling …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2012
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Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT

Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound. For a start, you have to possess a Tesco Clubcard, and you have to cough up for a £13.75 Tesco line rental fee each month. Tesco touts the package as one that offers "unlimited downloads", but there is the inevitable fair use …
Hard Reg, 14 Feb 2012
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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points. The service will launch in a month or two, so we don't have critical factors like pricing or a detailed breakdown of …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2013
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UK watchdog snaps on glove to probe Tesco's 'security fails'

The UK's privacy watchdog has opened a tentative probe into the alleged security shortcomings of Tesco's website. The global supermarket behemoth, which sends out password reminders to Tesco.com customers in plaintext, was accused by security researcher Troy Hunt of storing punters' credentials in an unsafe manner, as reported …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012
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Tesco exec brands UltraViolet 'too complicated' for Brits

Tesco's entertainment products chief has branded UltraViolet, Hollywood's would-be standard for digital movies, "too complicated" for British film fans. The comment was made by Tesco's Category Director of Entertainment, Rob Salter, during a debate at the Future of Entertainment Summit in London, Advanced Television reports. …
Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2012
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Tesco's Blinkbox gets Disney films

Tesco's Blinkbox movies-on-demand service has signed Disney. It will offer the Mickey Mouse company's films for rent or purchase. The deal covers old Disney movies but will also bring new releases to Blinkbox on the day they're released on physical media. Disney's roster of content includes Pixar movies and Dreamworks films as …
Hard Reg, 05 Apr 2012
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Tesco in unencrypted password email reminder rumble

Tesco's admission that it still merrily emails passwords to punters in plain text has alarmed anyone with a grasp of computer security. The UK's supermarket behemoth reassured the world on Sunday that it stores passwords for online shopping accounts in an encrypted format, and only decrypts them when users forget their login …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2012
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CA inks £45m Tesco IT deal

Supermarket behemoth Tesco has announced that US-based CA Technologies will take care of its IT network across the whole group. As well as your fruit and veg and the like, the £45m deal will see CA cast its eye over Tesco Group luminaries including Tesco Bank, Tesco Mobile and Tesco.com. The company will manage and monitor "the …
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Tesco buys Blinkbox

Tesco has bought an 80 per cent stake in the movie streaming service Blinkbox for an undisclosed sum. In other words, Tesco will become a competitor to Amazon's Lovefilm and will offer films to buy and rent, both physically in-store and virtually over the net. "The acquisition of Blinkbox, together with a range of other …
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2011
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Tesco axes VAT from laptops

Tesco is knocking the VAT off a stack of notebooks and netbooks in a bid to get downturn-dashed Britons buying again. The deal will see prices in stores and online reduced by 20 per cent, effectively removing the impact of the new, higher VAT rate. A case in point: Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which Tesco was selling for £449, will …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

Famous ex-SAS man "Andy McNab" will pocket almost £1m as Mobcast, an e-book publishing operation he co-founded, is sold to Tesco. Mobcast has 130,000 titles available to read on tablets, phones or computers and is not tied to any specific device. The service was founded in 2007 by McNab and the firm's head, Tony Lynch. "As an …
Lewis Page, 05 Sep 2012
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Tesco pricing cock-up provokes beer stampede

Scots with an eye for a bargain and a healthy thirst mobilised en masse yesterday to storm several Tesco stores after a pricing error offered boxes of beer at irresistable prices. The deal was supposed to be "buy three boxes of beer and save £11", but punters soon realised that instead of charging 20 quid for the triple whammy, …
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2011
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Tesco takes Apple tablet

Tesco has begun selling the Apple iPad, allowing you to gain Clubcard points for your pricey fondleslab. Well, every little helps, we suppose, though we'd have preferred to see more of a discount than Tesco is actually offering: not a bean. Tesco's prices match Apple's exactly: £429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model up to £699 for …
Hard Reg, 30 Nov 2010
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Koreans visit Tesco through subway hoardings

Tesco is causing quite a stir in South Korea with a virtual shopping experience that encourages customers to scan billboards on the subway. The company, which is known as HomePlus in South Korea, has started filling subway stations with virtual store shelves - billboards of products with QR codes attached. Shoppers simply scan …
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Tesco: buy a DVD, get the download free

Buy a DVD or Blu-ray Disc from Tesco tomorrow, and it will give you free access to the downloadable version hosted by Tesco-owned online movie service Blinkbox. The deal only applies to Clubcard holders, however. There's another catch: it only applies to certain films, 26 in the first batch. The list of titles available …
Hard Reg, 01 Dec 2011
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Tesco heralds 2011 as YEAR OF ANDROID

Tesco is now selling more Android smartphones than iPhones. Before Christmas 2010, iPhones were outselling Google-powered products two to one, the grocer's mobile phone seller said today. But sales of the two platforms reached parity in January. Then, last month, Android took the lead. A problem for Apple? Not entirely. Tesco' …
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

O2 is touting a new low-cost, low-limit route to 4G mobile broadband, and slipped in a few price rises for good measure. It's still not quite as low as Three UK. Calls on O2 Pay & Go are now billed by the minute, rounding up to the nearest minute; so a call lasting 1min 21sec will now count as 2min. And O2 has dropped its …
Simon Rockman, 28 May 2014
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Tesco to flog secondhand games

Tesco is getting into the computer games exchange business. The retailing giant has worked out a sliding scale of prices – so gamers will get £27 for a mint condition video game that they paid £40 for. Tesco will resell this at £30. Which is nice. Except if you are Game PLC, the UK’s leading purveyor of secondhand games through …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jun 2010
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Tesco touts budget textaholic SIM-only deal

The British press yesterday trumpeted Tesco Mobile for introducing the supposedly the cheapest SIM-only deal in the market, but a little research shows our colleagues are wrong...here's the deal. Tesco Mobile Available online and over the phone, the Tesco SIM-only tariff costs £6 a month for unlimited texts and 100 minutes of …
Caleb Cox, 13 Aug 2010
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Tesco touts Samsung Android tablet

Tesco has become the latest supplier to price up Samsung's Galaxy Tab, due to go on sale on 1 November. Tesco Tab The grocer wants £529 for the 7in, Android 2.2-based tablet with 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS, the same price Apple wants for the 9.7in iPad with those same connectivity and navigation features. …
Hard Reg, 22 Oct 2010
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£250k fine for dumping council workers' files in Tesco bins, er, binned

I have just read the information tribunal decision and the reasons why the panel quashed the UK Information Commissioner’s £250,000 fine against the Scottish Borders council. The local authority was punished after a worker dumped employees' private data in bins at a nearby Tesco and another unnamed supermarket. It seems clear …
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Apple adds Tesco as iPhone partner

It already sells milk, bread, booze, car insurance and furniture. Now supermarket behemoth Tesco is to add the Apple iPhone to its growing inventory. Tesco today confirmed a joint venture with O2, enabling the supermarket to introduce the iPhone 3G and 3GS into its retail operation "shortly". The handset will be sold through …
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2009
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Tesco's iPhone app gets barcode reader

Tesco has added the ability to read barcodes to its mobile shopping app - just as it did in 1999, only without bankrupting shoppers. Back in 1999, shoppers were asked to pay more than £200 for a Palm Pilot touting a cumbersome barcode wand, so that super-early adopters could use it to populate their shopping list when the device …
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2010
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Game stocks shops with Tesco 3DS consoles

As pre-owned 3DS consoles line the shelves of Game, customers could be forgiven for thinking Nintendo gamers were unsatisfied with their purchase. While this may be true in some cases – with complaints emerging about the 3DS effect causing eyestrain – it turns out the retailer has actually had its staff queueing up to purchase …
Caleb Cox, 30 Mar 2011
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Tesco IT director gets top job

Tesco's IT director will take over as boss of the country's largest retailer when Sir Terry Leahy steps down as chief executive next March, it was announced this morning. Philip Clarke, 50, will take the helm after 29 years at Tesco. As well as overseeing the group's IT operations and strategy, Clarke is currently in charge of …
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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) planned by Scottish and Southern Energy has been switched off. The plan, as reported by Mobile magazine, was for the network to run on O2's infrastructure and use SSE’s customer base of 9.6 million customers. Two hundred thousand of those customers already have broadband and fixed …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jul 2014
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iPhone comes to Tesco

Tesco is planning to offer the iPhone 3G and 3GS, hopefully before Christmas, proving that Apple's status symbol is now the phone of the people. Tesco will be selling both models of iPhone, on-line and in stores, but they're not promising to have them available before Christmas as there are logistical issues to sort out, …
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2009
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Tesco email is broked

Tesco's internet subscribers are without email access right now, even if the grocer's status page claims all is well. We've been contacted by subscribers and called Tesco's "internet service announcement line" which apologises for the problem and assures us: "At present we are experiencing issues with email access. Tesco …
John Oates, 16 Feb 2009
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Tesco iPhone priced, dated

The iPhone will hit Tesco stores nationwide on Monday, 14 December, the supermarket giant has revealed. Tesco_iphone_prices Tesco has three core iPhone plans to choose from You can bag yourself a free 8GB iPhone 3G or 16GB iPhone 3GS when you sign a two-year unlimited calls and text contract with Tesco. But be warned: the …
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2009
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Tesco Internet Phone rings off the hook

Tesco is pulling the plug on its foray into VoIP, giving customers a month to find an alternative to its Tesco Internet Phone and Talk Wi-Fi services. From today customers can no longer top up their pre-paid accounts and refunds are available for outstanding credit. The supermarket will refund the cost of the handset if you …
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2010
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Tesco store bans shopping in pyjamas

The Tesco branch in Cardiff's St Mellons has clearly had enough of barefoot shoppers wandering the aisles in their pyjamas, and has ordered customers so dressed to cease and desist. According to the BBC, the store has posted a "customer dress code policy" notice reading: "To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others we …
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2010
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EMC: We're not sitting on the fence anymore. We love disties

The new man sitting in EMC’s channel chief’s chair wants to apply the well worn strategy of working very closely with disties to up its sales programmes and subsequently volumes, something it has singularly struggled to do. Fifteen-year company vet Russell Poole took over from Terry Beale in the summer, adding the UK channel …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014
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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Mobile phone networks need to learn what the word “unlimited” means. Both Three and Lyca claim to offer “unlimited” mobile broadband, neither of them do. International MVNO Lycamobile has launched what it calls “unlimited” 4G mobile data but there is a catch. After the first 10GB of data, the speed drops to 2G speeds of 128kbps …
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2014
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Tesco tills go titsup

Tesco's nationwide till system failed this morning, leaving the country's biggest retailer able to sell only via self-service checkouts. Managers closed some stores in response to the glitch. A spokesman for the firm confirmed it was suffering IT problems, and was investigating. According to reader reports, the problems began …
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Tesco VoIP takes numbers to the grave

Customers of Tesco's recently-demised VoIP service are being told they've lost their numbers, as number-portability is more of a recommendation than a requirement in the fixed world. Tesco announced it would shut down its Internet Phone service last month, though the service will still work for another week. But customers …
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2010