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Samsung Galaxy S III UK pricing revealed

Samsung Galaxy S III UK pricing revealed

The Galaxy S III has been revealed this week in London as Samsung's next-level smartphone hero, and the prices are flooding in for UK carriers galore. Starting with Vodafone UK, this carrier gets the device on the 30th of this month (as opposed to the 29th as the rest of Europe will get the device) and will be getting an exclusive on the 32GB model of the device for the first month it's out on the market. While the rest of Europe will be getting the device on the 29th, it seems that the entirety of the UK will have to wait just one more day.

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Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

Apple Ireland political visit applauds Euro expansion

This week Apple's plant in Hollyhill in Cork, Ireland, has received a rare visit from the country's Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny. This visit represents a bid of confidence in the workers in the area to use Apple to bolster their economy both in the immediate area and across Europe. Apple this month announced that they'd be adding another 500 roles across Europe to the 2,800 people working at the Hollyhill facility, Apple's very first plant opened outside the USA several years ago.

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BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

The retail side of BT has today announced that they’re increasing speeds for BT Infinity customers at no extra charge. The change comes after the release of the new Openreach FTTC (Fiber to the Cabinet) products, enabling speeds of up to 80Mbit/s down, and 20Mbit/s up. Previously the maximum speed that customers could attain was 40Mbit/s down and 10Mbit/s on the BT Infinity 2 product, although new customers signing up from April 12th will automatically benefit from the higher speeds.

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Ofcom plans to scrap 0800 charges for UK mobile phones

Ofcom plans to scrap 0800 charges for UK mobile phones

You’ll recognize toll-free numbers as an 1-800 number, and in the UK there isn't a huge difference, with freephone numbers beginning 0800. While those numbers are free to call from pay phones (remember those?) and landlines, network operators charge a fee to call 0800 numbers from cell phones. They don’t come out of your included minutes, either. The UK regulator Ofcom has now announced that charges for calling 0800 numbers from cellphones will be scrapped under a new proposal.

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Potential UK law to allow monitoring of emails and visited websites

Potential UK law to allow monitoring of emails and visited websites

We were treated to a number of comical April Fools’ jokes on Sunday, but there was one story that ran over the weekend that had people doubting its authenticity. Plans have been unveiled that would allow intelligence services to monitor email and internet traffic in realtime, as well as phone calls. The new plan could be announced as early as May, and be introduced if it receives Parliamentary approval.

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London Tube getting free WiFi for the Olympics

London Tube getting free WiFi for the Olympics

London's underground subway system, also known as the Tube, will be getting WiFi installed in time for the summer when thousands of visitors are expected in the city for the Olympics. This means that visitors can stay connected to the internet for communicating with friends, checking email, or reading up on the latest news while using the London Tube for getting around the city.

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Competition Commission BSkyB movie probe deadline extended

Competition Commission BSkyB movie probe deadline extended

The UK Competition Commission has been looking into whether or not BSkyB exclusive deals in place with six major Hollywood movie studios are limiting competition for online movie streaming within the country. BSkyB has contracts with Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Universal Studios. The investigation seeks to determine if those contracts are anticompetitive and need to be broken to allow competition.

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UK firm takes wagers on iPad 3 features, backs out quickly

UK firm takes wagers on iPad 3 features, backs out quickly

Think you know what's coming up on March 7th, when Apple finally (maybe, likely, definitely) reveals the iPad 3? Then put your money where your far-flung prediction is. That was the idea behind SkyBet's iPad 3 prediction betting pool, which briefly allowed gamblers to place bets on the specifications of the upcoming ubergadget. Unfortunately the gambilng site took down its prospective predisctions a few hours later. Some of the odds had climbed as high as twelve to one.

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Samsung Galaxy Note White hits the UK today

Samsung Galaxy Note White hits the UK today

The folks at Samsung have dropped the white bomb on the United Kingdom today with an almost surprise release of the Samsung Galaxy Note in white. This device has been released in black back in November, but as you know, everyone likes to get their devices in pearl these days to match their winter hats and so forth. Users will be able to pick up their purchases exclusively from John Lewis on Oxford Street London starting on the 23rd of January.

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