UK to Close Loophole That Allows Phone Users to Take Photos or Play Games While Driving

The British government is closing a loophole in U.K. driving laws that allowed some smartphone users to escape punishment for picking up and using their mobile device to take a photo or play a game while driving (via BBC News). As it stands, making phone calls and sending text messages are banned while driving on […]

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Apple Offering iPhone 12 Pre-Approval for UK Monthly Payment Plan Customers

Everything Apple Announced at Today’s Event in 7 Minutes Apple today held its annual iPhone-centric event, introducing the new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and, as a bonus, HomePod mini and new MagSafe charging options for iPhones. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. It took […]

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Samsung confirms Galaxy A42 5G price and release date for the UK

The Galaxy A42 5G is the latest 5G-enabled smartphone from Samsung. It also happens to be the cheapest option on offer from the company that supports the next-gen network standard. When the handset was announced, Samsung said that the Galaxy A42 5G would be released in select markets starting November. It’s gradually confirming the price […]

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iPhone 12 May See 5G Connectivity Issues in the UK

The upcoming iPhone 12 may have serious issues connecting to 5G in the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph. The report cites “industry insiders” who say that ‌iPhone 12‌ models may not support the 700MHz 5G band. Lower-spectrum bands such as 700MHz are crucial to 5G coverage since they are far-reaching and penetrate well through walls […]

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Apple Brings Health Records on iPhone to the UK and Canada

Apple has today announced that access to Health Records on the iPhone is now available in the UK and Canada, providing a fuller, more secure picture of patient health. The existing Health app on the ‌iPhone‌ can now display full health records, enabling users to securely view and store their medical records from healthcare institutions […]

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Apple’s ‘Environmental Obligations Are Not Taken Seriously Enough,’ Say British Lawmakers

After failing to appear before British lawmakers, Apple has been accused of not taking its environmental obligations seriously enough, particularly on e-waste, reports Bloomberg. Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked to appear before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, but failed to respond before a September 4 deadline. Apple was previously […]

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EE Offers First Plan Bundling Apple Subscription Services in the UK

UK carrier EE has launched a new package called the “Full Works” plan for iPhone, which includes subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. It is the first carrier plan to bundle multiple Apple subscription services. As a result of a new collaboration with Apple, the plan includes subscriptions to Apple services such […]

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Samsung Launches Apple Card Competitor Starting in the UK

Samsung’s answer to Apple Card, Samsung Pay Card, has launched in the UK. Samsung has paired with Mastercard and fintech company “Curve” to power the new service. Curve allows users to link existing cards together and then decide which accounts should be used for different purchases. For reasons that are not entirely clear, existing Curve […]

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Microsoft Confirms Plan to Acquire TikTok, Trump Gives Consent

After rumors of a potential deal arose last week, Microsoft has publicly confirmed its intention to purchase TikTok in the United States and several other territories. The company has outlined its intention to “move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks.” The two companies have provided formal notice […]

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Apple Asks UK Retail Landlords for 50% Rent Cut Despite Record Sales

Apple has asked landlords of its retail stores in the UK for a 50 percent cut to rent, reports The Sunday Times. If landlords agree to cut rent by up to 50 percent and offer a “rent-free period” of an undisclosed duration, Apple is supposedly offering a considerable lease extension in return. The proposal is […]

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Apple Highcross in Leicester Reopens Wednesday, First Time Since March All UK Stores Will Be Open

Apple Highcross in the British city of Leicester is set to reopen on Wednesday, which will mark the first time every Apple retail store in the United Kingdom has been open since the country’s lockdown began in March in response to the global health crisis. Michael Steeber on Twitter noted the change on Apple’s Highcross […]

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Brydge iPad Keyboards Now Available From UK Apple Store

Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in retail and online stores across the United Kingdom. As of today, Apple UK is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad, the Brydge 10.5 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the third-generation ‌‌iPad‌‌ Air, and the Bridge […]

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U.K. Smart Home Firm Hive Rolls Out HomeKit Support for Active Line of Products

Hive, the U.K. smart connected home company backed by British Gas, has quietly added Apple HomeKit support to its range of smart home products. First spotted by iMore, the support is part of a software update that began rolling out late last week. When the soft launch is complete, Hive’s ‌HomeKit‌ compatible accessories include all […]

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‘BBC Together’ Service Lets UK Users Enjoy BBC Content With Others Remotely

The BBC has launched a new experimental online service that lets users watch or listen to BBC programs, prodcasts, and radio with others over the internet at the same time. Called BBC Together, the online tool is available on Taster, the BBC’s experimental platform, which can be accessed via any web browser. The way it […]

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Apple and Google in ‘Standoff’ With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Apple and Google are said to be in a “standoff” with the UK’s health service over its plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Apple and Google announced on Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies […]

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UK to Use Apple-Google API in NHS Contact Tracing App

The UK’s NHS has confirmed plans to use Apple’s contact tracing technology in an upcoming app that will warn users if they’ve recently been in contact with someone suspected to be infected with coronavirus (via BBC News). Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock, who announced the move at the government’s daily pandemic press briefing, said the […]

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