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Here’s how much more you’ll pay for your phone bill in the UK this year: Vodafone, O2, Virgin Media, and EE explained

Mobile network operators Vodafone, O2, Tesco, Three, and EE in the UK are set to ramp up their phone bill prices by as much as 10% in April. Vodafone, EE, and Three have all announced the reintroduction of roaming charges in the EU as well, whereas Virgin Mobile and O2 will not be re-introducing them. However,...

Apple and Google criticized as a “duopoly” with a “vice-like grip” by U.K. competition authority

A probe conducted earlier this year by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concerned the CMA that Apple and Google represent a duopoly. The CMA says that Apple and Google have "too much control" over operating systems, app stores, and web browsers that together form their ecosystems. This comes following both Apple and...

United Kingdom could block NVIDIA’s purchase of Arm

NVIDIA signed a definitive agreement to purchase Arm, the U.K.-based semiconductor and software design company that develops the widely-used ARM architecture, in September of 2020. Even though that was more than a year ago, NVIDIA and Arm are still facing various regulatory loopholes, such as an investigation by the European Commission that opened last month....

British right to repair law goes into effect today but doesn’t cover smartphones or computers

A British right to repair law has gone into effect from today, although it doesn't cover smartphones or computers. The law requires manufacturers to make spare parts available to both consumers and third-party repair companies, and it applies to any product bought starting today. Companies have a grace period of up to two years to...

HTC stops selling phones in the UK due to patent dispute

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC isn't dead, although it may as well be in the UK. Due to a patent dispute with Munich-based research and development company Ipcom, the company has pulled its smartphones from the UK market. The patent specifically pertains to car phones, which HTC agreed in 2012 to sell their phones in the...

[Update 2: NatGeo photos] OnePlus partners with National Geographic and Three UK, announces London pop-up store for May 17th

OnePlus is getting ready to announce both the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro across the world on May 14th. The OnePlus 7 is expected to be an iterative upgrade to the OnePlus 6T, sporting the same chassis but upgraded specs, including UFS 3.0. We know a lot more about the OnePlus 7 Pro,...

Google Home routines roll out in India, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia

Google announced routines as a new feature in the Google Assistant back in October in 2017 at the Made by Google event. Basically, what routines are is that you can execute a string of commands with a single command. For example, you can set it to start your favorite Spotify playlist, turn on the lights,...

Xiaomi partners with Three to sell phones in the UK

Xiaomi released their first smartphone back in 2011 and have since made a huge splash in markets all around the world. They were named China's largest smartphone company back in 2014 and have continued to grow to become the 4th largest in the world as of last year. On the heels of their IPO announcement,...

Google Home Hands-Free Calling is Available in the UK, Can Now Display Your Own Number

Google Home may not be able to match Amazon's Echo platform in terms of feature parity, but the company continues to expand the functionality. During the second half of last year, we saw Google bring hands-free calling to the Google Home family of products. Everything is handled with voice commands and you can even hang...

Report: UK Mobile App Developer Market Shows 2% Rise in Vacancies

Earlier this year, a report was published by Adobe Digital Insights which said that there was a 5% decline in the United Kingdom's mobile application installs since 2014. This is quite interesting as the number of devices sold per year has not seen this type of drop, so it would seem consumer behavior has changed...

Essential’s US Launch is Imminent, Also Coming to UK, Western Europe and Japan

Andy Rubin and Essential officially unveiled their smartphone a couple of months ago toward the end of May. At the time, they hadn't come up with a launch date for the device, but were asking people to pre-order the device directly on their website. The next day, Andy Rubin appeared on stage at Recode's Code...