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talktalk rural broadband

Few can deny that the UK’s rural areas could benefit from improved broadband services. Indeed, if you happen to live in the country or have been to visit somebody who does, you’ll likely have been shocked by the speeds on offer.

It’s an issue that the government know all too well, which is why they’ve made plans to improve broadband for rural areas. However, that is now under threat as TalkTalk branded it “legally questionable”, over plans to allow BT to recover the costs of the upgrades through higher wholesale charges – something which would affect companies like TalkTalk.

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Email phishing scams are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been around for as long as email has, attempting to convince people to hand over their details before scamming them further. However, a new breed of phishing scam has hit Vodafone customers, who are now being warned about one of the most realistic scams yet.

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The upcoming 4G and 5G spectrum auction is posed to be a huge boon for consumers over the coming years, with signal improving in major towns and cities, alongside rural locations. However, not all is well when it comes to the networks bidding to buy the spectrum.

BT Sport

BT have successfully reinvented themselves over the last few years, moving from a tired, fusty media empire to something a little more vital – a direct competitor to Sky, in a very serious way.

That’s been on the back of their nabbing of Premier League and Champions League football rights, which have drawn in customers to their TV, broadband and mobile packages, on the promise of huge matches from around the globe.

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PayPal are one of the world’s biggest online payment gateways, but that doesn’t mean they’ve run out of room to grow. In fact, if their Q2 earnings report is to be believed.

PayPal absolutely smashed expectations in Q2 2017, marking another in a series of better-than-expected quarters for the company. With a raft of new advertising and a more aggressive push into real-life payments, the company posted $106 billion in total payment volume (TPV), which is the amount of money which went through their service. That’s an increase of 26% year-on-year, and a seriously impressive number.

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Recent years have seen Sky take the visual aspect of television to a new level for UK based customers with the launch of broadcast 4K TV, but for many of us, the audio aspect remains frustratingly limited.

Although Sky do send audio in high bitrates for HD and 4K customers, the vast majority of homes make do with the standard audio of their televisions, which are typically thin and lacking in quality. That’s a shame, because with programming like Game of Thrones currently airing, audio has rarely been more important to the television experience.

TalkTalk changes

Amid continued struggles, TalkTalk have announced that they’ve captured their fourth chief financial offer in four years, poaching Kate Ferry from Dixons Carphone, who will take office in the autumn.

Ms Ferry comes to the company with a rich and storied history, with a career at Merrill Lynch as a specialist retail analyst behind her, as well as the top spot at Dixons Carphone. She’ll replace Iain Torrens in the latest move to revitalise TalkTalk, after Sir Charles Dunstone returned to the business he started within Carphone Warehouse.

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Where there’s money, there will be people looking to take advantage and steal it. It’s a sad fact, but it remains a fact nonetheless, and when it comes to online payments, there’s none bigger than PayPal.

Here in the UK there are millions of PayPal customers, each with bank accounts linked to their PayPal accounts and many with money sat in their account. Understandably, that can make them quite the target for scammers and hackers, who can use that information to buy goods online, send money or commit other types of financial fraud.

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Three months ago, we brought you news that British Airways cabin crew had voted in favour of strike action in their dispute over pay and benefits with the company. That strike was due to take place on the 16th of June, running through the 20th, and did indeed take place.

Those strikes were in relation to benefits not being reinstated for staff who took place in industrial action, and it not appears that British Airways staff are ready to strike once again.

Virgin Media deal

Sky and Virgin Media enjoy something of a tetchy relationship at present, and who could blame them? Together, they monopolise a huge portion of the pay-TV, broadband, mobile and home television markets.

True, whilst the two companies are fierce rivals on all fronts, they’ve found room for cooperation in the past, like in the appearance of Sky channels like Cinema and Sports on Virgin TV platforms. However, that was mandated by the media regulator Ofcom, who demanded that Sky’s services be available on all platforms.

HSBC telephone banking voice ID

If you’re a customer of HSBC or First Direct, you’ll know that by the fourth of fifth call you make to the company, they offer you the option to move to voice recognition security. Designed to help customers avoid remembering passwords, the voice recognition software uses a database of your vocal patterns to create a profile which automatically checks you against their system.

Upon launch, HSBC’s head of retail banking said that the system was secure, saying “just like your fingerprint, your voice print is unique”.

talktalk customer information

TalkTalk are in the midst of a rebuilding job following years of falling subscriber numbers and a series of damaging leaks which put consumer data at risk. The plan, spearheaded by Sir Charles Dunstone, is designed to restore TalkTalk’s reputation as a consumer-first challenger in the UK’s broadband market.

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When it comes to making a payment online, there are few companies which have quite the same foothold as PayPal.

Established in December 1998 as Confinity, a software company that primarily worked on security for mobile devices and founded by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, and Ken Howery, it soon merged with online banking company X, founded by Elon Musk. PayPal became the official name of the service in 2001, and saw incredible growth, so much so that the company decided to take PayPal public in 2002, an IPO which ended up generating over $70 million.

strikes planned

British Airways cabin crew have voted in favour of four more days of strike action in what is the latest in a long-running pay and benefits row.

The strike will start from the 16th of June and will run for 4 days, even though BA say that the crew’s pay and rewards are in line with competitors. Unite, the union which manage BA’s cabin crew said that the action is about benefits not being reinstated for crew which took part in earlier industrial action.

Sky Cinema Programmes

As Sky continues to expand across Europe and develop itself into much more than a mere television provider, they’ve been laying down vital groundwork to fund their growth.

However, their success will likely always be underpinned by a continued dominance in the pay-tv sector. That’s why the company have this week announced two new long-term strategic partnerships with major American content providers – A+E and NBC Universal.

robo investment advice

HSBC is taking the bold step of offering online investment advice for thousands of its UK customers with small savings pots automatically, as it aims to join the growing ranks of consumer banks re-entering the market after a number of mis-selling scandals damaged their reputation.

The banks move into so-called “robo-advice” will include a personalised service, aimed at providing low-cost investment help online for those with savings less than £15,000, without putting undue pressure on the HSBC contact number. If successful, it could reignite HSBC’s dwindling consumer investment arm and help reassert the bank as a UK leader.

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A fight looks to be on between TalkTalk and BT over the now-independent Openreach company, which could hold up a vital consultation regarding the future of the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

In March, the telecoms regulator Ofcom imposed a record breaking fine on BT for widescale broadband installation failings between 2013 and 2014, to the tune of £42m in direct fines. At the same time, BT Openreach were ordered to pay out £300m in compensation to communications providers like TalkTalk, Vodafone, Sky and Virgin who relied on BT Openreach’s appalling service.

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Contactless payments have revolutionised the way we shop in 2017. It was a charge initially spearheaded by the banks as contactless payments came to debit and credit cards, but it’s been joined more recently by phone companies like Apple and Google, who have built in contactless payment support for phone running their software.

Google’s version of contactless payments is called Android Pay, and it works just like a contactless card – you simply hold it up to a contactless-enabled payment point and the transaction goes ahead.

flight disruption

 

The huge IT failure that grounded British Airways’ flights across the UK and caused 75,000 passengers serious delays over a busy bank holiday weekend has proven to be a huge problem for BA.

Damaging their stellar reputation for customer service and wiping an eye-watering £170m off the share price of their parent company IAG, British Airways have been bombarded with calls by those seeking an explanation as to what happened.

It’d be fair to say that despite the occasional theatrics, the last year hasn’t been a thrilling one for Sky Sports customers. The Premier League quickly became a procession as a strong Chelsea side cantered to the title and few surprises were sprung in the other major sporting tournaments broadcast on Sky.

Of course, it’s not all about the drama, but a good, evolving story is what keeps us coming back to services like Sky Sports, and keeps us from choosing to contact Sky and cancel our pricey Sky Sports passes or subscriptions.