Dixons Carphone has revealed details of an attempt by hackers to gain access to one of the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores in July 2017. Dixons says the vast majority of the cards involved – 5.8 million – have chip and pin protection and attackers have not gained access to pin codes, CCV (card verification value) security numbers or any authentication data which could enable them to identify the cardholder or make purchases.
Tech News from the UK
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Enterprise-class cyberthreat intelligence company Blueliv, today announced its expansion in the UK with a call for radical socialisation in the industry to profit all cybersecurity practitioners. Marking a 2018 Series-A investment of €4million and recent 50% year-over-year growth, Blueliv’s approach is founded on new collaborative models.
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TCL launched the BlackBerry KEY2 yesterday at events in New York and China, featuring an iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and a lot of upgrades from the BlackBerry KEYone. The mid-range device is now available to pre-order in the UK from Selfridges for £579 ($649 USD / €649 EUR / / $829 CAD) and at the time of publishing, we are unaware if this is for an exclusive period or not. Pre-orders are available until June 27.
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BlackBerry will hold the 2018 Annual BlackBerry Security Summit event in London and New York to address the current situation and trends in secure enterprise mobility.
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Dixons Carphone is to close 92 Carphone Warehouse mobile phone stores this year. The company – which operates 1,100 Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse stores across the UK and Ireland – warned that profits would fall to £300m next year, down from £382m this year.
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Apricorn today announced new research highlighting that companies are massively ill-prepared for this week’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement deadline.
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The UK’s first blockchain enabled payment and digital identity platform, Nuggets have today unveiled their mobile app which enables consumers to make online transactions without sharing or storing their personal data with anyone or on any platform.
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The Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone’s philanthropic arm, and Hestia, London’s leading domestic abuse charity, are launching Bright Sky, a free and unique mobile app to help people affected by domestic abuse.
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Xiaomi will begin selling its smartphones in the UK partnering with Three UK to sell its phones in the country, marking the second European market that Xiaomi will be operating in. The news came as the firm announced its IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange seeking to raise at least $10bn
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Back in January, at CES 2018, TCL announced another colour variation of the BlackBerry KEYone, a Bronze Edition and is currently available in China and the Middle East. The BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition is now coming to the UK and will be a UK first, as it is the first ever DUAL SIM BlackBerry product to launch in the UK.
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US cable operator Comcast has made a formal £22bn bid for Sky, the owner of Sky News, in a move likely to stoke a bidding war for the company. Comcast followed through on interest it registered back in February with an offer of £12.50 per share on Wednesday morning.
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Global Wireless Solutions has today released the results of its most comprehensive nationwide customer experience test of mobile network performance. It is the first test of its kind to combine controlled scientific network testing with a deep analysis of consumer behaviour and expectations of performance.
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TransUnion announced today it has agreed to purchase Callcredit Information Group, the second largest and fastest growing consumer credit bureau in the U.K., headquartered in Leeds.
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Vodafone today completed the first test of new 5G spectrum across an existing live network between Manchester and the company’s headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire. This is a major milestone in UK telecommunications, as it is the first time that the 3.4 Gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency allocated for 5G has been used in the UK.
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The ZTE Axon M is coming to the UK, bringing its two 5.2-inch displays, one of which folds out from the rear of the device. The Axon M has been available in the US since November, but Vodafone UK has now confirmed that the device will be available in the UK "soon".
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Mission critical software company Deep3, formerly Deep Sky Blue, announced today its change in name to reflect the increasing level of insight and expertise required by its national security customer base, including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
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Vodafone customers worldwide, who make up a large number of Heathrow’s 78 million passengers every year and the six million annual users of Heathrow Express, will be able to access 4G inside all terminals, trains and tunnels, as Vodafone makes major network improvements across the airport.
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UK companies with over 250 employees are now legally required to publish data on the gender pay gap, to the Government Equalities Office (GEO), by 5 April, 2018. The gender pay gap is the difference in average hourly rates of pay that male and female employees receive.