Your home PC is twice as likely to get infected as your work laptop

Your home PC is twice as likely to get infected as your work laptop

Outdated operating systems and poor security put consumer PCs at risk

Consumer PCs are twice as likely to get infected as business PCs, new research from Webroot has revealed. According to the company’s findings, the reason consumer PCs are more susceptible to infections is due to the fact that many are running outdated operating systems such as Windows 7 and because consumers aren’t employing the same security solutions used by businesses which offer greater protection. Of the infected consumer devices, more than 35 percent were infected over three times and nearly 10 percent encountered six or more infections.

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UK is the Top Flyer for Telefonica, as the rot continues elsewhere

UK is the Top Flyer for Telefonica, as the rot continues elsewhere

The UK business remained the high-flyer in the group, with reported revenues up 4.7% for the year, to €7.1 billion ($7.7 billion). In Germany, Telefónica managed a modest 1.1% improvement in sales, to €7.4 billion ($8 billion).

The Spanish telecom giant today reported a 0.6% dip in sales last year, to around €48.4 billion ($52.3 billion), and saw underlying profits (or OIBDA, for operating income before depreciation and amortisation) fall 2.9%, to €15.1 billion ($16.3 billion), as restructuring costs tore into profitability. Telefónica said revenues and OIBDA grew 3.2% and 1.9% respectively on a like-for-like basis. It is guiding for stable revenues and OIBDA this year.

The operator cut more than 4,500 jobs in 2019, nearly 4% of total positions, as it worked to boost profits under its latest strategy of doubling down on a smaller number of key markets, according to financial results published this morning.

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UK Google users to lose EU data protection

UK Google users to lose EU data protection

Users in the UK will soon fall under US jurisdiction following Brexit.

In the aftermath of Brexit, Google plans to shift UK accounts outside the control of European Union privacy regulations, and under US jurisdiction instead

The move is expected to make information more accessible to UK law enforcement, and leave data with less robust protection than is afforded by EU standards.

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People power: mobilising the public sector workforce

People power: mobilising the public sector workforce

Smartphones and tablets are such a fixture of our lives that it’s hard to imagine that it’s not even 13 years since Apple’s first iPhone launched. Since then, mobile devices have transformed the way we do everything from shopping and socialising, through dating and political activism, to media consumption.

The revolution that began in the personal sphere has also had a major impact in the professional domain. Many organisations in both the private and public sectors now leverage developments in mobile technology to improve the delivery of back-end applications and data to mobile workers, in turn improving productivity, morale and helping achieve a better work-life balance.

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CCS to create procurement framework for automation

CCS to create procurement framework for automation

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is setting up a procurement framework for automation solutions.

It has published a notice inviting potential suppliers to apply for places on a dynamic purchasing system named the Automation Marketplace. The contract will initially stand for two years with the potential for two one-year extensions, and estimating the value at up £100 million.

CCS has outlined four service filters for the framework: design, involving strategy and business information; build, taking in problem solving and technology solutions; live, with resources and training; and software licences.

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Figures show that Suppliers complain most about Health customers paying their bills on time.

Figures show that Suppliers complain most about Health customers paying their bills on time.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have released the latest details of complaints received from Suppliers via their Public Procurement Review Service.

The results across the board show that most complaints are lower for 2019 than 2018, particularly in Procurement Process, the biggest complaint type is now Payment which has grown by 63% on the on the previous year. Generally this refers to invoices not being settled in 30 days, something that the Government has set its sights on reducing.

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Ericsson launches new AI-powered Network Services

Ericsson launches new AI-powered Network Services

Ericsson has launched two new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered offerings in its Network Services portfolio, enabling communications service providers to secure always-on networks and deliver optimal user experiences.

The two new portfolio additions — Network Intelligence and Omni Network Channel – are part of Ericsson’s Network Services offering. They employ AI, automation and predictive analytics to address the complex reality faced by communications service providers: exponential data growth and the continuous introduction of new technologies such as 5G, digital transformation, and scattered information sources and insights.

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CityFibre Deal to Provide Capacity for Three UK’s 5G Rollout

CityFibre Deal to Provide Capacity for Three UK’s 5G Rollout

Mobile operator Three UK, which from the end of this month will have expanded their new ultrafast 5G mobile (mobile broadband) network to cover 65 new locations (here), has signed a new nationwide backhaul capacity deal to harness Cityfibre’s growing full fibre network in order to fuel their new service.

As a result of this deal Three UK claims to have become the first mobile operator to leverage Cityfibre’s national full fibre network to support its 5G rollout, although some of their rivals also have general mobile capacity deals with the operator. In any case the move should complement Three UK’s existing fibre optic capacity deals with companies like SSE Enterprise Telecoms etc

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UK telecoms industry profiting from its EU investments since Brexit referendum

UK telecoms industry profiting from its EU investments since Brexit referendum

A recent study shows that the UK telecoms industry’s European earnings have grown 40% since the 2016 referendum

Since the idea of Brexit was first floated to the public, there has been much debate as to its economic impact on all sectors of the UK economy. Expert forecasts of ‘doom and gloom’ have been written off by politicians and pubgoers alike as ‘scaremongering’, but what has been the reality for the UK telecoms industry so far?

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UK to spend £1.2 billion on the world’s fastest weather supercomputer

UK to spend £1.2 billion on the world’s fastest weather supercomputer

The UK’s weather service, the Met Office, will spend £1.2 billion to acquire the world’s most powerful climate supercomputer, the government has announced. That’s over ten times more than its current Cray XC40 cost, but it will deliver more timely and accurate forecasts. That could make the difference in knowing whether your flight will be canceled or your street flooded, according to the service.

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Why government is ‘failing’ on AI openness

Why government is ‘failing’ on AI openness

Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

These are the seven characteristics that should guide and inform the work of all holders of public office – from cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries, through to front-line social workers and nurses. Known as the Nolan Principles, this septet of tenets was codified in 1995 by the then-newly established Committee on Standards in Public Life.

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Three’s 5G finally arriving in 66 locations this month

Three’s 5G finally arriving in 66 locations this month

Three officially launched their 5G network in August last year, although this only covered central London. At the same time, they announced plans for a wider rollout to 25 locations by the end of 2019, but unforeseen difficulties saw this plan postponed. Now, the company is finally ready to switch on its 5G networks in 66 UK towns and cities by the end of February, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.

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CAS(T) closed

CAS(T) closed

So long, and thanks for all the certificates

31 January 2020, marked the formal closure of the Commodity Assurance Services (Telecommunications) scheme, also known as CAS(T). This decision was taken last summer after a review and consultation period following the publication of the UK Telecoms Supply Chain Review

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