The Digest: Government crackdown on ‘notspots’… and 5 other things people are talking about today

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Government crackdown on mobile ‘notspots’ | BBC News

“The government plans to oblige mobile operators to improve their coverage, possibly by sharing rivals’ networks. Partial ‘notspots’, where there is coverage from some but not all of the mobile networks, affected a fifth of the UK, leaving people unable to make calls or send texts, it said. One possible solution would see people transferred to rival networks when they lose signal. But experts are not convinced this would work.”

Meanwhile, home secretary Theresa May has reportedly moved to quash an attempt by her cabinet colleague Sajid Javid to improve mobile phone coverage by warning that the plans could aid terrorists, according a leaked letter.

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Apple Watch pricing to reportedly Start at $500 for stainless steel, $4,000 for gold | MacRumours

“French Apple website iGen.fr is reporting [Google Translate] that pricing for the stainless steel Apple Watch may start at $500, while the gold Apple Watches’ pricing could start between $4,000 and $5,000. iGen.fr has been reliable in the past, most recently reporting the dimensions of both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.”

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Government requests for Facebook user data are up 24% in six months | The LA Times

“Government requests for Facebook data increased 24% in just six months, the social media giant said Tuesday, and nearly half of those requests came from the United States. Between January and June, governments across the globe made 34,946 requests for data, according to the company’s latest transparency report.”

Meanwwhile, The Telegraph has a story about the top five Facebook scams

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Oculus Rift consumer launch is apparently mere months away | TechRadar

“The consumer Oculus Rift headset will launch in a matter of months, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said during a presentation at Dublin’s Web Summit 2014.”

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Michael Fassbender latest name synced to Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic | The Guardian

“Michael Fassbender is the latest high-profile actor to eyeing the role of Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s forthcoming biopic of the late Apple technology guru, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fassbender is said to be in early negotiations for the part, which has already been turned down by Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. Seth Rogen remains in discussions to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, with Boyle due in Los Angeles this week to meet potential members of his cast.”

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Amazon favours Prime Members with new unlimited photo storage | IT ProPortal

“Amazon is announcing that its cloud storage will take on the task of unlimited photo storage for Prime members, adding one more benefit to the growing list already available.”

(Just be wary of storing any naked selfies there, OK?)

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Stuart O’Connor