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TalkTalk: Free TV and mobile phone packages for customers after hack attack

TalkTalk customers are being offered free TV entertainment or mobile phone packages to stop them leaving over the hacking scandal.1

The firm said the giveaway was an apology and thanked its customers for their understanding after criminals accessed details of 156,959 accounts and 15,656 bank account numbers. The upgrade will depend upon the services customers already have. The company is offering a range of TV content including movies for kids, events and sports.

TalkTalk is also offering a mobile sim package including a number of free texts, data and calls and unlimited landline and mobile calls. The offer will be available from December 1 until December 31. But TalkTalk said it would only waive termination fees for customers wanting to end their contracts, if money had been stolen as a result of the hack.

Last month s attack was the third data breach affecting the company in just a year.

TalkTalk: Free TV And Mobile Phone Packages For Customers After Hack Attack Talktalk chief executive Dido Harding. In a letter to TalkTalk customers, chief executive Dido Harding2 said: I know we will need to work hard to earn back your trust after this incident and everyone here at TalkTalk is committed to doing that.

While we continually review and update our systems, the threat of cyber crime is constantly evolving.

We are committed to keeping you up-to-date with the latest advice on how you can stay safe online and offline and we re working with the Government, other businesses and security organisations to tackle this growing threat.

We understand this has been an uncertain time.

As a thank you for your understanding, we ll be offering you a choice of free upgrades to your current TalkTalk package from December 1. At the time, TalkTalk said the cyber attack could cost it an estimated 35million in the loss of sales and services.

But the group later said significantly fewer customers were affected by the hack than initially feared.


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Telford mobile phone mast to get 4G upgrade « Shropshire Star£

A mobile phone mast in Telford will be upgraded to cater for 4G service demands after the plans were backed by councillors.

Members of Telford & Wrekin Council s planning committee approved proposals to replace the mast in Dawley Green Way, Dawley Bank. The phone mast would be used by Vodafone and O2 network providers. It comes after a decision on the plans was deferred at a meeting in October after concerns over the protected status of the land. Though a mast of the same height (17.5m), but with 10cm less width, already stands on the park since it was approved in 2006, the park was given Queen Elizabeth II Parks in Trust status.

Councillors previously deferred the decision on the mast until it could be discovered whether this would have any legal standing over the positioning of the mast. It has now been confirmed that the mast is outside of the boundary of the designated Fields in Trust and there was no legal designation preventing the development of the site, according to a report to the planning committee. Speaking against the proposals at a meeting this week, Councillor Shaun Davies, representing Malinslee & Dawley Bank, said there were concerns the mast was situated near two schools.

He added: There was a huge amount of opposition to this locally last time. This wasn t the first preference of the phone company. He said promises had been made at the time that there would not be any upgrading of the mast. But Councillor Nicola Lowery said it was a modest proposal. She said: We need to be providing better 4G coverage and I think this would be the best option to support it in this area.

Councillor Nigel Dugmore added: We need to embrace new technology. Thisparticular mast is only four inches taller.

Unless anyone has x-ray vision, they are really not going to notice any difference at all.

A report put before the committee at the meeting said: The existing structure, to be removed, has three antennas fitted to the top half of the structure and it is proposed to replace these with six new antennas enclosed within a shroud and these new antennas will have dual user capabilities which will allow for use by both Vodafone and O2 network providers.

The proposed upgrading of the base stations is required to retain the continued need for both coverage and capacity of the existing networks and will cater for future 4G coverage demands within the area.


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Samsung high-end flip phone breaks cover

Samsung is making a new flip phone. But while that might set alarm bells ringing that we’re heading back to the dim and distant days of 2003, rest assured that its specs will actually be thoroughly modern. The as-yet-unnamed handset has the model number SM-W2016, and will have two 3.9-inch AMOLED screens on either side of the flip section. Inside, it’ll boast an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Which is in line with a lot of high-end smartphones.

It will also house a 16-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel front-facer and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, according to the Chinese regulatory authority TENAA1. News of Samsung’s plans comes amid signs that flip phones, one of which features prominently in the video for Adele’s Hello, could be making a comeback. LG launched the Wine Smart flip phone earlier this year in France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kazakhstan and Japan.

Samsung also released another flip model, the Galaxy Golden, a couple of years ago. But the SM-W2016 is by far the most impressive, spec-wise. There’s no word on which countries the phone will be available.

We’ll keep you posted, though.




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HTC One A9: The First Reviews Are In For HTC’s iPhone 6s Clone

HTC has had a torrid time these past few years. Once the poster boy of the Android space and most people s go-to brand for a decent phone running Google s Android software, the company has, in recent times, been swamped by the competition and has, for all intents and purposes, completely lost its footing in the mobile space as well as the hearts and minds of consumers. The HTC One M9 was a disaster; released to the market and forgotten about in the blink of an eye. Apple s iPhone s have been destroying the market for the past 18 months and Samsung returned to form with two stellar devices in the form of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE. Ditto for LG and, more recently, Google with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P1.

But now HTC is back for another swing with the HTC One A9, a handset that looks pretty much identical to Apple s iPhone 6 — if you can t beat em, join em, right!? And this is kind of an odd move for a company that, for the longest time, has prided itself on innovative design, excellent build materials and doing things slightly differently. The first batch of reviews for the HTC One A9 are in and, while kind of positive, they re not exactly glowing. The Guardian described it as an iPhone for people that want an Android phone, which is an odd statement in itself, while Mobile Choice2 liked the overall design and look of the handset but lamented its cost

The mid-range market is a cluttered one with online brands making a bigger splash than some of the more established ones. The One A9 is a solid contender in the space but the 429 price tag is going to pull it down. It is a great device with awesome features and build quality that lives up to HTC s pedigree. But remember, the Google Nexus 6P is available for 20 more and would you seriously want to go for the One A9 with its tiny battery over that?

Obviously not! However, lower the price down by 100 and throw in a pair of headphones and see the crowds stream through. They make a good point, too. The Nexus 6P is arguably the best Android phone on the planet right now and marketing the HTC One A9 as a mid-range handset but charging almost as much is, basically, suicide for HTC consumers are now ALL too aware that you don t need to pay top dollar for decent specs and hardware, so claiming the HTC One A9 as an affordable option against phones like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 doesn t really stack up. Slap a 300 price tag on, however, and we d be having a different conversation entirely.

Is this the handset that s going to save HTC? Does it matter that the company has ditched its trademark BoomSound speakers? Let s find out shall we

HTC One A9 Release Date & Price

The HTC One A9 will launch in the UK in November and is now widely available from most UK retailers and networks. Available in Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold, the handset will retail for 399 in the UK offline.

HTC One A9 Design & Specs

HTC has copied pretty much everything about the iPhone 6, right down to the antenna tracks running across the back of the handset. The shape and gait is similar, though the display isn t quite as big or small as Apple s handset, sitting in the middle of the two at 5in.

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD AMOLED Display
  • 8-core Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB model with 2GB of RAM, or 32GB with 3GB of RAM
  • Micro-SD slot for storage expansion
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a revised HTC Sense UI
  • 13 Megapixel Rear Camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4 UltraPixel Front Facing Camera
  • All aluminum design with Gorilla Glass 4 covering the display
  • Fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy S6
  • Improved Audio with built-in amplifier for improved sound
  • 2,150 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 coming in a future update

HTC One A9: The First Reviews Are In For HTC's IPhone 6s Clone HTC One A9: The First Reviews Are In For HTC's IPhone 6s Clone

I like the way Apple s iPhones look, so, by proxy, I quite like the look of the HTC One A9: it looks premium enough, is the first non-Nexus Android handset to ship with Android Marshmallow and it also has a very attractive price tag ( 399 offline). I think HTC is going after the Nexus 5 niche here, delivering a product that looks and performs well without all the superfluous specs and hardware that warrant a higher price tag. Has the company given up on the high-end space? Potentially. But that s no bad thing — not when you re doing handsets like this.

HTC One A9: The First Reviews Are In For HTC's IPhone 6s Clone

HTC says the One A9 runs Android Marshmallow with Sense. What this actually means is that HTC has stripped down Sense A LOT, removing unnecessary bloatware and features. Nobody likes bloatware and Android looks so good now most would prefer it left well alone anyway, so it s good to see HTC is catching up with consumer demands.

“The other standout feature,” notes The Verge3, “which few might notice, but most people will appreciate, is HTC’s emphasis on high-quality sound. The One A9 supports high-resolution audio and Dolby Surround Sound for headphones, which are both mostly marketing gimmicks, however the internal circuit board layout has also been designed to ensure minimal electric distortion. HTC has built in a DAC that upscales 16-bit audio to 24-bit and helps power more demanding sets of headphones. The company goes so far as to say that the One A9 delivers a signal-to-noise ratio that’s second to none in the industry.”

Full HTC One A9 Specs

Size 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm Weight 143g Display 5-inch Full HD 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, octa-core, 64-bit, 4×1.5GHz + 4×1.2GHz Memory Configuration 1: ROM: 32GB, RAM: 3GB, Expandable: microSD up to 2TB
Configuration 2: ROM: 16GB, RAM: 2GB, Expandable: microSD up to 2TB Network 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G UMTS (Varies by market): 850/900/AWS/1900/2100 MHz
EMEA/ASIA 4G LTE: FDD Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28; TDD Bands 38, 40, 41
Americas 4G LTE with VoLTE: FDD Bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 29 Sensors Fingerprint sensor, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Sensor Hub Location Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4+5GHz), 3.5mm stereo audio jack, microUSB 2.0 port Sound Dolby Audio and Hi-Res Audio (Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories) Main Camera 13MP with sapphire lens cover, f/2.0 aperture, auto focus, BSI sensor, OIS, 1080p video recording Front Camera HTC Ultrapixel, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus, 1080p video recording Battery Capacity: 2150mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 support (forward compatible with Quick Charge 3.0)
HD video playback: up to 12 hours
Audio playback: up to 9 hours
Talk time on 3G: up to 16 hours
Standby time: up to 18 days. Additional features Premium all-metal unibody
Fingerprint-based security
RAW image capture
Hyperlapse video creation
High-resolution audio

HTC One A9 Camera

HTC has taken A LOT of flack for its cameras over the years, so with this handset it REALLY had to get things right.

The HTC One A9 ships with a 13MP sensor which sits behind an f/2.0 lens and a sapphire cover. It supports OIS, which is great — it s been absent on HTC devices since 2013, if you can believe that! Unfortunately, there is no 4K video support, but you can shoot 1080p video on both the front and rear-facing cameras.

Interestingly, the front-facing camera on the A9 is the same setup as the main — UltraPixel — camera on the HTC One M8.


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