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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

UK motoring organisation The AA belatedly admitted late on Friday, July 7th that customer data – including in some cases partial credit card numbers – had been exposed in a recent breach. Security experts gave the confession a frosty response while a specialist IT lawyer said incident response handling of this type would risk …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2017

Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

UK car insurance and driving school giant The AA has at last admitted it accidentally spilled its customers' personal information all over the web. In an astonishing U-turn, the motoring biz confessed on Friday that people's names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses were exposed to the internet – and, in some …

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

UK car insurance giant the AA caused all sorts of confusion on Monday after accidentally sending out a "password update" email to people. The alert led to motorists rushing to log into the motoring organization's website to change their passwords, only to overload the servers and effectively run them over. Brits were furious …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017
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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

It's nighttime in Barcelona, you can't find your hotel and your phone battery is dead. Double-A batteries won't go in a phone so you're screwed, unless you've read the following advice. If a phone sports a removable battery then you can carry a charged spare, and there are numerous pocket chargers on the market, but they all …
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2012
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GiffGaff goes titsup again in 'leccy cable gaffe

People-powered O2 spinoff GiffGaff suffered an outage this morning, apparently due to a power cut, and there's no estimated time-to-fix as yet. The network, whose USP is that it's run by its customers, explains that a burst water main has wrecked the electricity supply to one of its central control sites, leaving the entire …
Bill Ray, 16 Mar 2012

Phone maker punts AA-powered blower

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Mobile outfit SpareOne has unveiled a new dinky dialler powered by a single AA battery that, it claims, lasts 15 years before requiring replacement. SpareOne The SpareOne is a basic GSM blower with little on offer except the breath-taking battery claims. Okay, so 15 years is quite a bold assertion, but the …
Caleb Cox, 9 Jan 2012
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AA rolls out pricey own-brand satnav app

The AA has launched its own satnav app. Well, sort of. The £27 download actually appears to be ALK CoPilot Live with a yellow skin. AA Satnav   CoPilot Live 8 Separated at birth? AA Satnav (left) and CoPilot Live 8 The savvy buyer will opt for CoPilot - it's only £20. Or you could go for the AA's Route Planner app, which …
Tony Smith, 3 Feb 2011
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AA intros car parking space locator app

Not sure where to find your nearest NCP? Drivers can now look it up on an iPhone thanks to the Automobile Association. The AA has released an app that allows you to enter a location and get a map showing where you'll find parking bays, be they free or not. Street parking options appear to have been omitted, however. AA …
Hard Reg, 16 Apr 2010
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AA sniffs out Blighty's best bacon sarnie

The AA has judged that Bob's Big Bite in Stourbridge is where weary travellers can refuel with Blighty's best bacon sarnie - a combination "solid back bacon" between "robust" hand-sliced bread presented on "a real plate with a paper napkin", as the Telegraph puts it. The agreeable task of choosing the winner fell to the AA's …
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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Freelancers might be taxed as employees after High Court ruling

An IT contractor has been hit with a £99,000 tax bill after the High Court ruled that he should be taxed as an employee of the company he undertook work for. Jon Bessell, 50 per cent owner and sole director of Dragonfly Consulting, carried out work for motoring organisation AA for three years until 2003. Bessell is an IT …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Sep 2008

Pee-powered battery unveiled

The trouble with batteries is that there never seems to be a power socket in sight when you want to charge them up. Thankfully, one manufacturer has developed a battery that should be slightly easier to recharge, thanks to its ability to run off a variety of liquids, including water and urine. Dubbed NoPoPo, the battery has …

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