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Apple's 'Environmental Obligations Are Not Taken Seriously Enough,' Say British Lawmakers

Tuesday September 15, 2020 7:07 am PDT by
After failing to appear before British lawmakers, Apple has been accused of not taking its environmental obligations seriously enough, particularly on e-waste, reports Bloomberg. Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked to appear before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, but failed to respond before a September 4 deadline. Apple was previously asked to put forward a...

EE Offers First Plan Bundling Apple Subscription Services in the UK

Wednesday September 2, 2020 6:27 am PDT by
UK carrier EE has launched a new package called the "Full Works" plan for iPhone, which includes subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. It is the first carrier plan to bundle multiple Apple subscription services. As a result of a new collaboration with Apple, the plan includes subscriptions to Apple services such as ‌Apple Music‌, ‌Apple TV‌+, and ‌Apple Arcade‌, as...

Samsung Launches Apple Card Competitor Starting in the UK

Tuesday August 18, 2020 8:15 am PDT by
Samsung's answer to Apple Card, Samsung Pay Card, has launched in the UK. Samsung has paired with Mastercard and fintech company "Curve" to power the new service. Curve allows users to link existing cards together and then decide which accounts should be used for different purchases. For reasons that are not entirely clear, existing Curve customers are ineligible to apply for Samsung Pay Card. ...

Microsoft Confirms Plan to Acquire TikTok, Trump Gives Consent

Monday August 3, 2020 6:22 am PDT by
After rumors of a potential deal arose last week, Microsoft has publicly confirmed its intention to purchase TikTok in the United States and several other territories. The company has outlined its intention to "move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks." The two companies have provided formal notice of their intent to explore a...

Apple Asks UK Retail Landlords for 50% Rent Cut Despite Record Sales

Sunday August 2, 2020 11:20 am PDT by
Apple has asked landlords of its retail stores in the UK for a 50 percent cut to rent, reports The Sunday Times. If landlords agree to cut rent by up to 50 percent and offer a "rent-free period" of an undisclosed duration, Apple is supposedly offering a considerable lease extension in return. The proposal is understood to relate to stores with several years left to run on their leases,...

Apple Highcross in Leicester Reopens Wednesday, First Time Since March All UK Stores Will Be Open

Tuesday July 28, 2020 7:06 am PDT by
Apple Highcross in the British city of Leicester is set to reopen on Wednesday, which will mark the first time every Apple retail store in the United Kingdom has been open since the country's lockdown began in March in response to the global health crisis. Michael Steeber on Twitter noted the change on Apple's Highcross store web page, which indicates the retail location will open on July 29 ...

Brydge iPad Keyboards Now Available From UK Apple Store

Monday July 13, 2020 2:35 am PDT by
Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in retail and online stores across the United Kingdom. As of today, Apple UK is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad, the Brydge 10.5 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the third-generation ‌‌iPad‌‌ Air, and the Bridge 7.9 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for...

U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Rolls Out HomeKit Support for Active Line of Products

Tuesday May 19, 2020 3:59 am PDT by
Hive, the U.K. smart connected home company backed by British Gas, has quietly added Apple HomeKit support to its range of smart home products. First spotted by iMore, the support is part of a software update that began rolling out late last week. When the soft launch is complete, Hive's ‌HomeKit‌ compatible accessories include all its Active Smart Plug, Heating, and Connected Lighting...

'BBC Together' Service Lets UK Users Enjoy BBC Content With Others Remotely

Tuesday May 19, 2020 2:01 am PDT by
The BBC has launched a new experimental online service that lets users watch or listen to BBC programs, prodcasts, and radio with others over the internet at the same time. Called BBC Together, the online tool is available on Taster, the BBC's experimental platform, which can be accessed via any web browser. The way it works is that one user finds the link of a program or video clip they...

Apple and Google in 'Standoff' With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Friday April 17, 2020 4:39 am PDT by
Apple and Google are said to be in a "standoff" with the UK's health service over its plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Apple and Google announced on Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world. Apple says...

UK to Use Apple-Google API in NHS Contact Tracing App

Monday April 13, 2020 3:01 am PDT by
The UK's NHS has confirmed plans to use Apple's contact tracing technology in an upcoming app that will warn users if they've recently been in contact with someone suspected to be infected with coronavirus (via BBC News). Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock, who announced the move at the government's daily pandemic press briefing, said the NHS was "working closely with the world's...

Roku's Free Ad-Supported Channel Launches in the UK

Tuesday April 7, 2020 3:04 am PDT by
Streaming device maker Roku has launched its free ad-supported Roku Channel in the UK, offering access to over 10,000 movies, TV shows, and documentaries at a time when stay-at-home entertainment is in high demand. The Roku Channel can be accessed on Roku devices and – thanks to exclusive UK partnerships – Now TV sticks and Sky Q set-top boxes via the dedicated Roku app. If you're...

UK Telecoms Providers Remove All Data Caps on Home Broadband Services

Monday March 30, 2020 3:52 am PDT by
Britain's big telecoms providers have agreed to lift the data caps on all fixed-line broadband services to help people isolated at home following the coronavirus epidemic, reports Reuters. The companies, which include BT, Virgin Media, Sky, O2, Vodafone, Three, and TalkTalk, committed to support and protect vulnerable customers during the pandemic following talks with the government and...

Apple Adds British Government Coronavirus PSA to UK App Store

Thursday March 26, 2020 3:10 am PDT by
U.K. iPhone and iPad users who open the App Store this morning are being met with a COVID-19 public service announcement from the British government, signaling an expansion of Apple's efforts to prominently display official coronavirus alerts on its devices. Tapping on the prioritized card takes users to an NHS app link and a video containing coronavirus protection guidance from the UK...

UK Contactless Spending Limit to Increase From £30 to £45 Beginning Next Month

Tuesday March 24, 2020 4:13 am PDT by
The U.K. spending limit for contactless card payments is to increase from £30 to £45, meaning iPhone users will soon be able to pay for more expensive shopping bills using their smartphones in stores where limitless Apple Pay transactions aren't supported. The increase in the upper limit on contactless payments is set to roll out nationally beginning from April 1, UK Finance today announced. ...

Disney+ Officially Launches in the UK and More European Countries

Tuesday March 24, 2020 2:53 am PDT by
Disney+ today officially launched in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria. The premium streaming service is accessible via web browser, on Amazon Fire devices, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV (4K or HD), iOS devices, Android, Google Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4, and smart TVs from LG, Sony, Samsung, and Vizio. You can download the iPhone and iPad apps her...

U.K. iPhone Reseller Carphone Warehouse to Close All 531 Stores

Tuesday March 17, 2020 5:22 am PDT by
Long-standing mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will close all 531 of its standalone stores on Britain's high streets next month, with around 60 percent of staff (2,900) set to lose their jobs. As part of the same company that owns Currys PC World, Carphone Warehouse has 350 mini-shops inside 305 of those stores, but these will not be affected by the changes....

Disney+ Partners With UK Mobile Network O2 to Offer Customers Free 6-Month Membership

Monday March 16, 2020 5:19 am PDT by
With a week to go before Disney+ launches in the U.K., the streaming giant has partnered with mobile provider O2 to offer two exclusive deals to customers on the network. New and upgrading O2 monthly customers can get six months of free access to Disney+ when it launches in the U.K. on March 24. The offer is open to anyone who orders a new (or upgrades to a new) handset, tablet, or SIM-only...

Apple's Victoria Square Store in Belfast Reportedly Undergoes Deep Clean Amid COVID-19 Contamination Fears [Update: Fake]

Thursday March 5, 2020 12:36 am PST by
Apple's Victoria Square retail store in Belfast, Northern Ireland reportedly closed its doors early on Wednesday to undergo a deep clean, following suspicions of a coronavirus contamination in the local area. Video shared on Facebook appeared to capture a clean-up operation taking place at the store. In the clip, two people wearing breathable isolation suits can be seen wiping the Sequoia...

MI5 Argues for 'Exceptional Access' to Encrypted Messages

Friday February 28, 2020 3:17 am PST by
The director general of Britain's Security Service is arguing for "exceptional access" to encrypted messages, in the ongoing battle between authorities and technology companies, reports The Guardian. MI5 head Andrew Parker MI5's director general has called on technology companies to find a way to allow spy agencies "exceptional access" to encrypted messages, amid fears they cannot otherwise...