UK Planning Huge Fines for Companies Like Apple That Do Not Meet New Rules

Following reports that the UK government had dropped plans to heavily regulate Apple and other big tech companies using a new Digital Markets Unit (DMU), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has assured that it will empower the DMU with statutory powers to penalize firms that do not meet its rules (via Reuters). […]

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Her Majesty The Queen really loves her Samsung gadgets

Did you know that if you buy a Samsung product, you’re basically living like royalty? If you’ve never visited Samsung UK’s website, you might not be aware that Samsung Electronics has a Royal Warrant in the United Kingdom. A Royal Warrant doesn’t last forever. If the royal in question doesn’t like the products they’re supplied […]

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UK Seemingly Abandons Plans to Regulate Apple and Other Big Tech Companies

The UK is set to abandon plans to heavily regulate Apple and other big tech companies using a new competition authority, the Financial Times reports. In a paywalled report, the Financial Times claims that the British government’s new legislative agenda, due to be set out in the Queen’s Speech next week, will not include a […]

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Apple Maps Launches New Pedestrian Surveys Across the UK to Gather Data and Expand Look Around

Apple has today begun new ground surveys across various regions of the United Kingdom, including London, Manchester, and Birmingham, to gather pedestrian data for Apple Maps (via Bloomberg). Apple will use cameras and sensors mounted on pedestrian backpacks to gather map data in Berkshire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, and the West Midlands, across over […]

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UK Network Operators Target iCloud Private Relay in Complaint to Regulator

A group of UK network operators have formally urged the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to regulate iCloud Private Relay, claiming that Apple’s privacy service is anti-competitive, potentially bad for users, and a threat to national security. In its response to the CMA‘s Interim Report on mobile ecosystems, Mobile UK, a trade association of […]

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Apple Clashes With UK Regulator in Fierce Response to Warning That Could Require It to ‘Redesign the iPhone’

Apple has aggressively defended its ecosystem in a newly-published response to the UK’s competition watchdog. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) today published Apple’s response to its Interim Report on mobile ecosystems, as well responses from dozens of other companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Epic Games. The detailed 47-page response from Apple aggressively dismissed […]

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UK Government Readies Anti-Encryption Publicity Campaign to ‘Keep Children Safe’ Online

The British Government is reportedly preparing a publicity attack on end-to-end encryption in an effort to mobilize public opinion against the technology by framing it as a child safety issue, with its main aim being to derail Facebook’s plan to end-to-end encrypt its Messenger platform. According to Rolling Stone, the Home Office has hired the […]

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UK’s Virgin Mobile and O2 Network Users Won’t Face EU Roaming Charges When Traveling Abroad

Users of Virgin Mobile and O2 networks based in the UK will not face EU roaming charges when traveling abroad, the company that owns both networks has announced (via BBC News). Based on an analysis of rates from other provides, Virgin Media O2 said a family of four going abroad for two weeks could see […]

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UK Bank Holidays Missing From Your iPhone Calendar? Here’s What to Do

Apple’s AirPods Team Wants ‘More Bandwidth’ Than Bluetooth Provides Apple in October introduced the redesigned third-generation AirPods, which have an updated design, Adaptive EQ support, spatial audio, and other new features. To explain some of the design decisions Apple made with the AirPods 3, Apple’s vice president of acoustics Gary Geaves sat down for an […]

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UK Supreme Court Sides With Google in Lawsuit Over Alleged Tracking of iOS Safari Users Without Their Consent

Wednesday November 10, 2021 2:23 am PST by Sami Fathi The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court today sided with Google in restoring its appeal against a lawsuit that accused it of wrongly tracking users within the iPhone‘s Safari browser without their consent. According to the ruling, the judge believed that the lawsuit, which sought to ask […]

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Samsung update freaks out UK user with Russian government apps

Getting firmware update notifications from Samsung is a routine matter. Most of the time you might just tap on the install button without even looking at the changelog. Imagine the one time that you did and saw that the update was actually installing apps mandated by the Russian government. That might not make a difference […]

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Three Becomes Latest UK Mobile Operator to Bring Back EU Roaming Charges

Three has become the latest UK mobile network to reintroduce EU roaming fees, in another post-Brexit setback for customers traveling abroad. A flat £2 daily charge when roaming within an EU country will apply to customers who are new or upgrading from October 1. The changes will not come into effect until May 23 2022. […]

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Vodafone to Bring Back EU Roaming Charges for UK Customers Abroad

Vodafone is bringing back roaming charges for U.K. users traveling in Europe, the second mobile operator do so post-Brexit after originally saying they had no plans to re-introduce them. New and upgrading customers on “selected plans” will be charged at least £1 per day to use their mobile phone in EU destinations. The rules will […]

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Music Streaming Services Point to Labels in Inquiry into Unfair Artist Royalties

Royalties from music streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify, are weighted unfairly against artists, according to a committee of Members of Parliament in the UK (via BBC News). An investigation by the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee into music streaming found that artists see “pitiful returns.” The committee called for […]

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Apple Threatens to Leave UK Market Due to $7 Billion Patent Dispute

Lawyers representing Apple have suggested that the company could exit the UK market if the terms of an ongoing patent dispute are “commercially unacceptable” (via This is Money). UK patent holder Optis Cellular Technology is suing Apple for patent infringement after it refused to pay license fees worth around $7 billion for using “standardized” smartphone […]

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UK Network Operator EE to Charge Customers for Roaming Within the EU

U.K. mobile operator EE plans to charge customers almost $3 (£2) a day to use data roaming within the EU, a result of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, BBC reports. The new charge will go into effect in January 2022, and at first, will only apply to new EE customers or customers […]

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Apple TV+ and Other Streaming Services Could Face Ofcom Regulation in the UK

U.S. video streaming services including Apple TV+, Netflix, and Disney+ are likely to face tighter regulation in the U.K. as part of proposals being considered by the British government. Ministers at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today announced that they will consult on plans to bring streaming video platforms under British broadcasting […]

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First National UK Emergency Alerts Test Set for Today, But iPhones Won’t Be Included in Testing Until Next Week

The U.K. government on Tuesday will perform its first national test of a new Emergency Alerts system, but only Android users will receive the alert, with iPhones to be included in a smaller, regional test later this month, the Cabinet Office has confirmed to MacRumors. The government-issued emergency alerts, set to go live this summer, […]

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London Underground to Gain Full Mobile Phone Coverage by 2024

London Underground passengers will be able to get mobile coverage across the rail network by the end of 2024, it has been announced. In a press release, Transport for London (TfL) said the capital’s Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Bank stations would be among the first fully connected stations by the end of the […]

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