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EE customers get 4G roaming in 14 new countries

EE has announced that customers going on holiday can look forward to 4G roaming speeds in 16 countries from tomorrow – up from just two before. The countries that are getting the 4G roaming boost are Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland – joining France and Spain, which have supported 4G …

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James O'MalleyEE customers get 4G roaming in 14 new countries
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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

We’ve all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can send text messages commenting on …

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Stuart O'ConnorChinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies
Ice cream van company introduce an app that allows you to track their fleet

FINALLY someone invents Grindr but for ice cream vans

O2 has sent out a press release today about ice cream, clearly having hoped for better weather than the lukewarm temperatures August has actually given us. The company claims to have created the “UK’S MOST HIGH TECH ICE CREAM VAN”. The company has given ice cream makers Tony Fresko Ltd, with 19 vans, a “technology makeover” – ostensibly to promote …

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James O'MalleyFINALLY someone invents Grindr but for ice cream vans
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Budget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date

Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 530 will be coming to the UK next month – and could retail for as little as £60. The phone is definitely on the budget end of Microsoft’s offering. It has a 4″ screen (854×480 – not even HD!), with a 1.2ghz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512mb of RAM and a 5MP camera. As it …

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James O'MalleyBudget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date
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Meet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20

OK, so the term ‘smartphone’ wasn’t actually around when IBM released the Simon in August of 1994, but it was easily the smartest mobile phone of its day. The Simon Personal Communicator was was a handheld, touchscreen mobile phone, designed and engineered by IBM and the American cellular company Belself. It was the first gadget to combine the functions of …

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Stuart O'ConnorMeet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20
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HTC making a Windows version of the HTC One M8?

HTC could be working on a version of the HTC One M8 that has the same hardware that we’re familiar with, but which runs Windows Phone. At least according to a tweet and some informed speculation. According to Phones Review there have been rumours about the new handset, which will apparently also feature a “bootloader” that will enable those in …

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James O'MalleyHTC making a Windows version of the HTC One M8?
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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

It seems that even Microsoft is now cloning Snapchat with its own Windows Phone app. Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin. The app is called WindUp, works on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and is available to download for free. Here’s how the …

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EE to customers: Pay 50p to skip ahead in the queue

EE is apparently planning to introduce a “queue jumping” charge to customers looking for speedy support. Hmm. According to the BBC when you call up for customer support, you’ll be offered the chance to pay 50p to skip the queue and get your problem sorted immediately. Apparently the service has been tested for a week so far with customers who …

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Samsung launches Galaxy Alpha with metal body and 4.7-inch screen

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Alpha, a new smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen and an all-metal design which the company hopes will take on Apple’s iPhone 6. Samsung describes the Galaxy Alpha as representing a “new design approach”. The Alpha features a 4.7in display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, and dispenses with Samsung’s traditional plastic construction. The …

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Stuart O'ConnorSamsung launches Galaxy Alpha with metal body and 4.7-inch screen
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ZipCall claims to offer completely free calls to US and Canada from the UK

A new service has launched offering free calls to the US and Canada that will even work over mobile. ZipCall sounds pretty simple: You dial the UK-based 03 number, then whilst on the call you dial the US or Canadian number you’re looking for, and it’ll connect you for free – easy. As its a UK-based 03 number, the cost …

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James O'MalleyZipCall claims to offer completely free calls to US and Canada from the UK