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

Tuesday January 7, 2020 4:10 am PST by
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...
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iPhone XR Users Experiencing Difficulties on UK's O2 Network

Monday January 6, 2020 11:06 am PST by
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...
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UK Telecoms Regulator Plans to Ban Sale of Locked Mobile Phones to Make Switching Networks Easier

Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:42 am PST by
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...
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Disney+ Likely to Cost £6.99 Per Month in UK, €7.49 in France

Tuesday November 12, 2019 5:22 am PST by
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...
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BritBox UK Streaming Service Launches for £5.99 per Month

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:18 am PST by
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...
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PSA: HomePod Supports Live Radio Requests, But Even UK Users Can't Stream Most BBC Stations

Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:26 am PDT by
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,...
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'Hey Beeb' – BBC Developing Voice Assistant for iPlayer App and Website

Tuesday August 27, 2019 5:13 am PDT by
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...
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Amazon's Alexa to Offer NHS-Verified Health Advice to Britons

Wednesday July 10, 2019 4:58 am PDT by
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 ...
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BBC Sounds App Updated With Apple CarPlay Support

Monday July 8, 2019 5:10 am PDT by
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...
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O2 Mobile Network Now Offering Apple Watch Cellular Contracts to UK Customers

Friday June 14, 2019 3:44 am PDT by
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 ...
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Apple News+ Expanding to United Kingdom and Australia in iOS 13

Monday June 3, 2019 12:14 pm PDT by
Apple today at WWDC 2019 announced that Apple News+ will be expanding to the United Kingdom and Australia in iOS 13. ‌Apple News‌+ is currently available in the United States for $9.99 per month and in Canada for $12.99 per month. The service, based on Apple's acquisition of Texture, provides unlimited access to hundreds of digital magazines and...
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Powerbeats Pro Now Available to Order in UK, France, and Germany

Friday May 31, 2019 3:58 am PDT by
Apple's Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones officially went on sale today in the United Kingdom, >France, and >Germany, as predicted. However, the fitness-focused, Beats-branded earphones are only available in black, and stock appears to be limited. As of writing, Apple's online UK store is switching between allowing customers to add the earphones to their bag, and graying out the Add...
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Apple Pay Express Transit Coming to London 'in the Coming Months'

Thursday May 30, 2019 4:42 am PDT by
Apple is working closely with London's transport network (TfL) to enable Apple Pay Express Transit, a feature which allows riders to pay their fare without needing to wake or unlock their device, or authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. Image credit: TfL "We are having positive discussions with Apple about enabling express transit on Apple devices on the TfL network," a TfL...
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Apple and Other Tech Giants Condemn GCHQ Proposal to Eavesdrop on Encrypted Messages

Thursday May 30, 2019 4:01 am PDT by
Apple and other tech giants have joined civil society groups and security experts in condemning proposals from Britain's cybersecurity agency that would enable law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted messages (via CNBC). British Government's Communications HQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire In an open letter to the U.K.'s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), 47 signatories...
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BT Sport's iOS and Apple TV Apps to Stream Champions League Final in HDR

Wednesday May 29, 2019 6:27 am PDT by
BT Sport has announced its first ever live mobile HDR stream will be the Champions League final in Madrid between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on Saturday, June 1. BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match in HDR via the BT Sport app for iPhone and Apple TV. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR videos provide a broader range of colors and luminance compared to sub-HDR...
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Powerbeats Pro Orders Begin This Friday in UK, France, and Germany

Wednesday May 29, 2019 4:17 am PDT by
Apple's totally wireless Powerbeats Pro earphones become available to pre-order in the United Kingdom on May 31, according to a social media ad posted on the official Beats By Dre U.K. Twitter account. The date was spotted in the small print at the end of the 15-second video short, which features British professional boxer Anthony Joshua and touts the nine hours of listening time offered by...
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Apple Pledges to Be 'Clearer and More Upfront' With iPhone Users About Battery Health and Performance in UK

Wednesday May 22, 2019 8:38 am PDT by
The UK's competition watchdog today announced that Apple has formally agreed to be "clearer and more upfront with iPhone users" about battery health and performance to ensure compliance with consumer law, as the BBC reports. In a pledge submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority or CMA, Apple committed to several actions it has already taken, including providing consumers with "clear ...
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EE to Launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30

Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:45 am PDT by
Mobile network EE has announced it will launch 5G in the United Kingdom on May 30, beating rival Vodafone's 5G offering which launches in early July. At a London press event this morning, EE revealed that the new 5G service will run alongside 4G. EE also confirmed that it won't be throttling its 4G service to make the 5G look faster. Marc Allera, chief executive of EE, said its 5G radio...
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Vodafone to Switch on UK's First 5G Network on July 3, 2019

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:26 am PDT by
Vodafone on Tuesday said it will switch on its 5G network in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2019, making it the first carrier to announce a firm date for the launch of the next-generation cellular technology in the country. Seven cities will get 5G coverage at launch, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. The rollout will extend by the end of the...
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Apple Pay Now Accepted By Some UK Online Government Services

Monday May 6, 2019 3:41 am PDT by
British Government services have begun accepting Apple Pay to approve online transactions. The gov.uk website is accepting Apple's mobile payment system for four services initially, but it will roll out more widely as well as to local government, police, and the NHS later this year, ITV reports. Payments for the Global Entry Service, enabling UK citizens to get expedited entry to the US, can ...