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First IT deal to break Whitehall's own £100m barrier coming soon

After a string of high-profile projects went awry, the UK government said no public-sector IT deal should cost more than £100m, except in exceptional circumstances. Now, the first contract to break the nine-figure barrier is set to be awarded.

October 1, 2012

Cloud computing? You still can't dodge data protection rules

Cloud computing makes it easier to shift data across the planet. But UK companies must not use the the cloud to dodge their responsibility for data security and protection, according to the Information Commissioner's Office

September 27, 2012

Affordable Nokia 610 announced in the UK

Nokia added the bottom-of-the range Nokia Lumia 610 to its line of Windows Phones at a press conference in the UK today (Thursday), saying that stocks should reach the shops in the first week of June. A spokesman said the 610 would be available from "most of the major operators at around £15 per month," assuming a two-year contract.

May 24, 2012 by

UK Anonymous branch takes down DWP site

A UK branch of Anonymous called the ATeam has claimed responsibility for taking down the website of the Department for Work and Pensions.The group launched a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website on Friday afternoon after a Channel 4 'Dispatches' documentary found that the DWP had disciplined 992 staff in ten months over data offences.

May 18, 2012 by

Huawei to manage O2's back-end

The Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has won its first major managed services contract in the UK, with mobile operator Telefónica.The deal was announced on Monday.

May 15, 2012 by

CSC to axe 640 Lorenzo jobs, says Unite union

US company CSC is to cut 640 UK jobs relating to its 'unworkable' Lorenzo NHS IT contract, taking the total of announced job cuts to over 1,100 since February, according to the Unite trade union.The majority of cuts will affect CSC employees in Chesterfield, Chorley, Leeds and Solihull, Unite said in a statement on Monday.

April 23, 2012 by

IT professionals see wages inch up

Salaries for IT workers in the UK have risen by two percent in the past year to reach an average of £39,754, according to research by recruitment agency CV Screen.People with .

April 17, 2012 by

First UK operators sign up to carry BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launched on Friday but Vodafone is the only UK network currently stocking the device.Out of the major UK mobile networks, the seven-inch 16GB PlayBook device is currently only being offered for sale on launch day by Vodafone — priced at £399 — but is not currently being offered on subsidised contract deals.

June 17, 2011 by

Vodafone to offer Google Nexus S on one-year contract

Vodafone is about to make it possible to buy a Google Nexus S Android smartphone on a one-year contract.On Tuesday a spokesman for the operator told ZDNet UK that Vodafone was bringing in new 12-month contracts — the last couple of years have seen a major push for 18-24-month subscription terms, making it almost impossible to get a one-year contract on most networks — because it "gives customers greater flexibility".

March 1, 2011 by

Contract-subsidised iPad coming to 3 and T-Mobile

UK network operator 3 announced on Thursday that it will offer cut-price iPads in the future when purchased with a data plan-inclusive contract.3 says that it will begin to introduce the network-subsidised iPad Wi-Fi and 3G deal "in the coming months" but could not provide more details of the specific contracts involved.

November 26, 2010 by

UK launches space agency

The UK government has launched a UK Space Agency dedicated to coordinating the government's involvement in civilian spaceflight, with responsibility for looking after policy and budgets.

March 24, 2010 by

UK gov't conducts comms resiliency test

The government conducted a test of the UK's broadband and comms networks in November, it has emerged.A Digital Britain implementation update published in December said that the test was a drill to rehearse responses in the event of the UK telephone network coming under attack, or otherwise failing.

January 8, 2010 by

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