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Hutchison & Telephonica agree on £10.3 billion O2 buyout

Hutchison & Telephonica agree on £10.3 billion O2 buyout

Carl P  Mar. 25 at 12:17

After months of reports that the deal was on the cards, Three owner Hutchison Whampoa has reached “definitive terms” with Telefónica to acquire the O2 network for £10.3 billion. The move would elevate Three from being the smallest network to the largest, taking a 40% share of the UK mobile market.

While an agreement between the two parties has been reached, the sale is still subject to regulatory approvals. With such a move reducing the number of major networks from four to three, it is expected that the investigation will be incredibly thorough to ensure the long-term welfare of customers. This is because, with less competition, there is an obvious risk of providers no longer needing to offer competitive deals and incentives.

With BT also reportedly looking to purchase EE, there’s a good chance that the regulatory process won’t be completed any time soon, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the situation develops.

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Get the EE Buzzard 4G In-Car WiFi adapter for just £9.97 over at Currys / PC World

Get the EE Buzzard 4G In-Car WiFi adapter for just £9.97 over at Currys / PC World

Carl P  Mar. 24 at 11:10


The EE Buzzard 4G In-Car WiFi Adapter is currently £9.97 from Currys / PC World

Here’s a great offer for those needing a WiFi connection on the go, as Currys are asking for just a tenner for the EE Buzzard. It comes with 2GB of data connection pre-loaded onto its sim that lasts for 30 days (starting from when you first connect to it), and is capable of hosting up to 10 devices at a time via 4G. It’s also PAYG, meaning you can top it up as you need to beyond the initial 2GBs. Considering how prices elsewhere are two or three times the price here, it’s an absolute bargain. Thanks to Jelavic18 @ HUKD!

 

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Anti-abuse filters arrive on Twitter for verified accounts

Anti-abuse filters arrive on Twitter for verified accounts

Carl P  Mar. 24 at 10:55

Early this year Twitter’s chief executive Dick Costolo admitted that the short-form social network needed to improve its ability to deal with online abuse, and it looks like they are finally putting those words into action. New algorithms have been added to the service which will detect threatening and abusive language, as well as scan for context, and will block tweets from a user’s timeline if it deems the content goes too far.

Before we all start celebrating, there are some limitations for now. Only verified users (those with blue ticks by their name) will qualify for these new filters for now, and the algorithms in question are only available in the app for Apple devices. Of course, there will be an option to turn off the new feature, allowing users to have an unfiltered experience if they so wish.

Via Sky News

 

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HTC One M9 Plus specs: 5.2in display, massive body, fingerprint sensor, Duo camera?

To be honest, we’d pretty much given up hope of the HTC One M9 Plus being a real thing, much like the rumoured One M8 Max (Ace) faded into nothingness this time last year.

However, a fresh HTC One M9 Plus rumour breathes new life into the idea, as well as some new specs.

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12-year-old girl tries to poison mother twice after iPhone confiscation

12-year-old girl tries to poison mother twice after iPhone confiscation

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 23 at 18:00

We’ve heard all sorts of stories over the years about the lengths some people will go to for an iPhone, including the Chinese chap who sold a kidney, and the Chinese lass who offered to exchange her virginity for an iPhone 4.

The 12-year-old girl in this story already had an iPhone, but reacted in the worst possible way when it was taken away: by trying to kill her own mother. Twice.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 815: cooler than the Snapdragon 810?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 815: cooler than the Snapdragon 810?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 23 at 16:00

There are still concerns about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating, with the HTC One M9 reportedly getting hot enough to cook an egg, but there’s, eh, promising news about the chip’s successor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 815, which hasn’t actually been announced yet, supposedly runs cooler than the troubled Snapdragon 810.

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Facebook reportedly testing ‘call-blocking’ Phone app

Facebook reportedly testing ‘call-blocking’ Phone app

Carl P  Mar. 23 at 15:00

It looks like Facebook are gearing up to put yet another app on your smartphone in another move that will concern fans of data privacy. A tip-off sent in to Android Police revealed that the social network giant is testing out a new app titled ‘Phone.’ Invites to test it were apparently sent out by mistake to Android users, but that didn’t stop someone from screen-grabbing it and passing on the details of what it will do.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-installed apps to be removable?

Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-installed apps to be removable?

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 23 at 14:00

For years, Samsung has endured criticism pertaining to its laggy TouchWiz UI, but all signs point to significant improvement on the imminent Galaxy S6.

We heard before that only a few apps would be pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and this latest rumour suggests those apps that do appear out of the box will, in fact, be removable.

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HTC One M9 finally arriving tomorrow after shaky start, £580 SIM free in the UK

HTC One M9 finally arriving tomorrow after shaky start, £580 SIM free in the UK

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 20 at 16:00

The HTC One M9 hasn’t made things easy for itself. For starters, it intentionally launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but could do little to match the intrigue surrounding the S6’s brand new glass-and-metal design, not to mention the unorthodox S6 edge variant. The One M9, comparatively, had little to shout about.

Taiwanese consumers were expecting the HTC One M9 to land earlier this week, but after dealing with an unspecified "software bug", it’ll finally land tomorrow.

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Samsung tipped to sell 55 million Galaxy S6s this year, as UK pricing is revealed

There’s still a few weeks to go till the Samsung Galaxy S6 is actually released, but it’s probably fair to say it’s already been more warmly received than last year’s Galaxy S5.

One particular analyst reckons Samsung will sell a whopping 55 million Galaxy S6s throughout 2015, and meanwhile Galaxy S6 UK price isn’t quite as harsh as we expected.

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Brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is ‘most affordable Lumia to date’

Brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is ‘most affordable Lumia to date’

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 19 at 16:00

You’d be forgiven for struggling to keep up with the various Lumia Windows Phones. Time was we had a mere handful to remember, but there are now over 30 of the things.

This one is nice and simple though: the brand new Microsoft Lumia 430 is the most affordable Lumia yet.

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OnePlus One price in Europe going up next week

We’re used to smartphone prices coming down over time, but here’s one we didn’t see coming: as the OnePlus One rapidly approaches its first birthday, the price in Europe is actually going the opposite way.

As of March 25 (Wednesday next week), OnePlus One price is going up by €30-50, depending on the model. Ouch.

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Windows 10 release date: ‘summer’, Xiaomi to assist with testing meantime

Windows 10 is still being tweaked at the moment, but we’ve been told – unofficially – to brace for the first Windows 10 devices in or around August.

Microsoft’s EVP of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, chimes loosely with that notion, telling us to pencil the official Windows 10 release date in as “summer”, but arguably more interesting is the news that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will assist with Windows 10 testing. Zuh?

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New Nintendo games on iOS and Android are officially go!

New Nintendo games on iOS and Android are officially go!

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 18 at 14:00

Nintendo has repeatedly said it has no interest whatsoever in quick-fix mobile gaming, even as the industry continues to boom, and developers like Sega rake in gargantuan bundles of cash. Until now, that is!

In partnership with DeNA Co. Ltd, Nintendo has fired out a press release confirming it’s getting involved in mobile gaming. Ooh baby.

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HTC tells us to ignore benchmarks as One M9 threatens to cook an egg

HTC tells us to ignore benchmarks as One M9 threatens to cook an egg

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 17 at 16:00

Various concerns are creeping up about the HTC One M9 as the phone prepares for release, not least of all the suggestion that it gets hot enough – literally – to cook an egg.

But outspoken HTC Communications guy Jeff Gordon (who famously described the iPhone as “boring”) says we should disregard all these pre-release benchmarks; the phone ain’t even out yet.

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Look: it’s the Sony Xperia Z4 (‘non-final’)

We’ve been jawing a fair bit about the LG G4 and even the iPhone 6S of late, but we haven’t heard a great deal about the Sony Xperia Z4 – other than the suggestion that it’ll launch in summer.

We’re about to right that particular wrong with a look at the “first 3D renderings” of the Sony Xperia Z4, a phone that doesn't look radically different from the Xperia Z3 at first glance, though there are - upon closer inspection - a few interesting points to note.

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Coming soon: trade in your Android or BlackBerry phone against a new iPhone

Coming soon: trade in your Android or BlackBerry phone against a new iPhone

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 17 at 12:00

Apple’s Reuse and Recycling Programme invites you to trade in your old Apple handset for a few bucks to put towards a new iPhone, but we’re hearing that the scheme is on the verge of expanding.

Anonymous sources say Apple will soon start accepting Android and BlackBerry handsets, from those looking to make the leap to the SS iPhone.

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Dyson aims to double your smartphone battery life with  million investment

Dyson aims to double your smartphone battery life with $15 million investment

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 16 at 16:00

Smartphone technology continues to race along at a mind-boggling rate, with 8-core 64-bit processors and multiple gigabytes of RAM and QHD resolutions and 20MP cameras all very much a reality. Alas, one thing we’re not seeing much of is enhanced battery life, with many current phones demanding a daily charge.

James “Jimmy D” Dyson, for one, wants to see an improvement; he’s laid down $15 million on the figurative table, with a view to doubling smartphone battery life.

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WhatsApp iPhone voice call functionality revealed in pics and video

One thing we’ve been talking about since the Dawn of Time (or perhaps more accurately the Dawn of Mobot) is the notion of WhatsApp voice calls, on both Android and iOS.

We’re expecting WhatsApp voice calls to launch any month now, and in the meantime we’re getting a sneaky unofficial preview in both video and picture format. EXCITE.

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Report: LG to take on Galaxy Note 5 in H2 with LG G Note phablet

Report: LG to take on Galaxy Note 5 in H2 with LG G Note phablet

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 13 at 16:00

While every manufacturer and his dog has had a go at the “phablet” thing, it’s still widely accepted that the Samsung Galaxy Note is king of that particular domain, and inevitably the Galaxy Note 5 will take the crown when it launches at IFA 2015 in September.

Unless; LG is tipped to resurrect its phablet range in the second half of 2015, with something called the LG G Note.

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