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Dixons Carphone admits data breach of 5.9 million customers

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.

Blueliv announces UK expansion

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.

BlackBerry KEY2 available to pre-order in UK from Selfridges

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.

Dixons Carphone to close 92 mobile phone stores

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.

Xiaomi smartphones coming to UK with Three

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

BlackBerry Bronze KEYone DUAL SIM coming to UK in May

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.

Comcast launches £22bn Sky takeover bid

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.

Vodafone UK first to test new 5G spectrum across a live network

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.

ZTE Axon M coming to UK on Vodafone

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".

Deep Sky Blue announces corporate name change to Deep3

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).

Microsoft publishes gender pay data for UK

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.