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UK Telecoms Providers Remove All Data Caps on Home Broadband Services

Monday March 30, 2020 3:52 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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...

Apple Begins Selling Certified Refurbished 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models Internationally

Wednesday February 26, 2020 2:16 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple has been offering certified refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the United States for a couple of weeks now, but today it started selling refurb 16-inch models through its international online stores for the first time since the notebook was released in November 2019. All of the refurbished configurations are discounted by 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models....

Fitbit's Blood Oxygen Monitoring Feature Now Available in More Countries

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:34 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Google-owned Fitbit is activating blood oxygen monitoring (sp02) in more countries, following the feature's U.S. launch for some of its smartwatches and fitness trackers last month. Now the company has released it for users in the U.K., Canada, and possibly other countries, with blood oxygen saturation data appearing in the Fitbit app. Tech blog Tizenhelp.com confirmed the feature's...

Apple Working on Fix for iPhone XR Users Experiencing Issues on UK's O2 Network

Tuesday January 7, 2020 3:10 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple has confirmed that the iPhone XR is not working as it should on the O2 network in the U.K., reports BBC News. "We are aware of an issue causing intermittent network connectivity effecting [sic] some O2 customers, and we will have a fix in an upcoming software release," the company said.The statement from Apple comes after reports emerged yesterday of multiple ‌iPhone XR‌ users who have...

iPhone XR Users Experiencing Difficulties on UK's O2 Network

Monday January 6, 2020 10:06 am PST by Juli Clover
The iPhone XR is not properly functioning on the O2 network in the UK, according to the BBC. Based on multiple reports on Twitter, XR users who have O2 as a mobile provider have been experiencing multiple signal outages per day. Customers have been unable to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages, as well as maintain a reliable LTE connection for using apps. An O2...

UK Telecoms Regulator Plans to Ban Sale of Locked Mobile Phones to Make Switching Networks Easier

Tuesday December 17, 2019 1:42 am PST by Tim Hardwick
U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has drawn up plans to ban the sale of locked smartphone handsets that can't be used on other mobile networks until the owner pays for them to be unlocked. The proposal is part of a consultation document published today that aims to achieve fairer treatment and easier switching for broadband and mobile customers in the U.K. The document reads: Some providers...

Disney+ Likely to Cost £6.99 Per Month in UK, €7.49 in France

Tuesday November 12, 2019 4:22 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Disney+ will launch in the United Kingdom and other select European countries on March 31, 2020. Iger didn't mention how much European customers would have to pay to access its 500 feature films and over 7,500 shows, including the entire Pixar library and a raft of original content. However, one MacRumors reader appears to have discovered the...

BritBox UK Streaming Service Launches for £5.99 per Month

Thursday November 7, 2019 1:18 am PST by Tim Hardwick
BritBox, a streaming service offering shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has launched in the United Kingdom (via BBC). Priced at £5.99 a month, the joint-venture between ITV and the BBC is being pitched as an additional streaming service for viewers who want to view classic British television programs and films, rather than as a direct competitor to Netflix. BritBox will...

PSA: HomePod Supports Live Radio Requests, But Even UK Users Can't Stream Most BBC Stations

Tuesday October 1, 2019 3:26 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has been rolling out HomePod support for live radio requests to Siri over the last few months, and now users in several countries are reporting success when asking their Apple smart speaker to play live radio stations. After announcing the feature at WWDC in June, Apple said it would launch on September 30, but the company recently removed the date from its HomePod product page,...

'Hey Beeb' – BBC Developing Voice Assistant for iPlayer App and Website

Tuesday August 27, 2019 4:13 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The BBC has announced its intention to launch its own voice assistant next year to help users find their favorite programs and interact with online services hosted by the public broadcaster. The voice assistant's working title and wake-word is currently "Beeb," and it will be built into the BBC's website, its iPlayer app and other mobile apps, and made available to manufacturers who want to...

Amazon's Alexa to Offer NHS-Verified Health Advice to Britons

Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
From this week, users of Alexa devices in the United Kingdom will be able to get expert health advice from the voice-activated smart speakers, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and the National Health Service. When health-related queries such as "Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?" or "what are the symptoms of flu?" are put to the devices, Amazon's algorithm will use information from the ...

BBC Sounds App Updated With Apple CarPlay Support

Monday July 8, 2019 4:10 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The BBC Sounds mobile app has been updated with CarPlay support, meaning users can now listen to the broadcaster's extensive library of live and on-demand radio, music, and podcasts from their in-car infotainment systems and dashboards. As noted by Pocket-lint.com, ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto support was originally available for iPlayer Radio, which the Sounds app replaced, but this version...

O2 Mobile Network Now Offering Apple Watch Cellular Contracts to UK Customers

Friday June 14, 2019 2:44 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
O2 has became the latest network carrier in the United Kingdom to offer the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 4. iPhone users can now order the LTE-enabled smartwatch through the O2 website, which is offering several personal pay-monthly plans that let users make calls and use a data connection from their wrist, even if they're untethered from their smartphone. O2 has launched plans ...