networks
Vodafone is the Worst Mobile Network for the Seventh Year Running, Says Which?

Last week Ofcom released its latest quarterly report about telecoms complaints, with Vodafone sharing the top 'most complained about mobile network' position with BT. With that in mind it should actually be no surprise that Which?'s annual mobile customer satisfaction survey has declared it the worst-performing mobile network for the seventh year running. Read More >>

space
Lords Warn Brexit Will Screw UK Space Ambitions, Making it Harder to Leave This Godawful Place

The government (and the one before it) have been planning for Britain's spacefaring future for some time now, what with the plans to build a spaceport and the recent passing of the Space Industry Bill. While those plans are great, as are the predictions that they'll bring lots of money to the UK economy, the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee has warned there's a looming problem that will screw with those plans. It's Brexit. Read More >>

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wtf
France Can’t Handle Quorn, Bans Veggie Products From Masquerading as Alt-Meat

The French aren't exactly known for being open-minded when it comes to the evolving nature of cuisine, but its latest attempt to safeguard the world of French food is taking things a bit too far. Basically it's banned vegetarian products from using words commonly associated with meat, which means no more veggie sausages, veggie 'bacon' and so on. Read More >>

rumours
Rumours Claim Samsung’s Folding Phone Will Have Three OLED Panels

Rumours never stop. Once a phone is released the rumours simply switch over to the next exciting model and attempt to spill all its secrets before the official announcement. With news that Samsung will be releasing a foldable phone later this year, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive to try and figure out exactly what this device has to offer. The latest one involves three different OLED display panels. Read More >>

politics
Jeremy Corbyn Reminds Everyone That He Wants to Give Us Four More Bank Holidays a Year

In case you didn't know today is St George's Day, the most English day on the calendar that gives people the chance to pull out flags without being accused of racism or supporting our pitiful excuse of a national football team. It's also Shakespeare's birthday, but that's not quite as relevant to this conversation because Jeremy Corbyn has reminded everyone that Labour would totally have let us have today off work if it'd won the general election. Read More >>

shopping
Looks Like Maplin’s Closing Down Sale Prices are Still More Expensive Than its Rivals

As a general rule, buying something in a physical shop on the high street is going to cost you more than ordering online. Shops have staff to pay, rent and bills to deal with, while big chains like Amazon can basically do whatever they like. Still when shops like Maplin shut down, you still end up with people complaining that it was down to the fact they charge so much, and that puts people off shopping there. Well if the latest report from The Register is anything to go by, those people might have a point. Read More >>

internet
Social Media Companies Threatened with New Laws if They Don’t Do More to Protect Children Online

The relationship between the government and social media companies is fragile at best, especially since the government has spent a lot of time threatening them with new laws and taxes over the topic of extremist content. Now there are more threats being thrown their way with the topic of child safety on the cards, but they're coming from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for some reason. Read More >>

advertising
AdBlock is Legal, Says German Federal Court of Justice

There are a lot of people who don't like adblock software. Advertisers, publishers, Google, you name it. While some of those companies have tried to subtly encourage people to accept ads (or  at least some ads in Google's case), there are those who want more proactive measures. Facebook announced it would circumvent adblockers, much to the fury of people around the world, but German publisher Axel Springer took it a step further and was trying to sue AdBlock Plus. Emphasis on "was" because that case has now been thrown out by the German Federal Court of Justice. Read More >>

bitcoin
Amazon Just Got a Patent to Track Bitcoin Transactions and Sell the Data

Big companies file patents all the time. Not because they want to use them, just to have them and stop someone else from coming along and claiming the idea for themselves. Amazon is no different, and back in 2014 it filed a patent for a 'Streaming Data Marketplace' that would allow it to collect online data streams, analyse the data, and after combining multiple streams together they could sell it off to someone else. Read More >>

audio
The BBC Just Made Over 16,000 Sound Effect Samples Available Absolutely Free

The BBC has a pretty hefty archive these days, which is to be expected after nearly 100 years of operation. Among its archives are sound effects that have been used throughout the decades, and the Beeb just made 16,016 samples available to everyone - absolutely free. Read More >>

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Amazon Launches Alexa Blueprints, So You Can Create Custom Skills Without Learning to Code

Amazon has always been quite open about letting third party developers create skills for its Alexa virtual assistant, but now it's just made it even easier to build something for yourself. Alexa Blueprints will let anyone develop skills for Alexa, and they don't even need to learn how to code first. Read More >>

piracy
Pirates Mock Amazon Prime for Poor Quality Video Content

If you're watching pirate streams and end up with some poor quality video, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. While plenty of people will moan about it, and blast the people responsible for ripping the content, at the moment quality issues seem to be affecting anyone trying to watch Amazon content - regardless of whether they're stealing it or going through the correct channels (better known as subscribing). Read More >>

amazon
Amazon’s Rolling Out Intercom-Style Alexa Announcements in the UK From Today

Earlier this month Amazon launched a feature in the US called Alexa Announcements, which let Echo users send one-way intercom-style messages from one Echo device to another. Now it's announced that feature willing be rolling out that feature to UK customers from today. Read More >>

internet
BT Has Plans to Kill the Phone Line by 2025

Do you have a landline? I know I don't, but then again I'm in my twenties and grew up communicating with people via text rather than voice. In the years since I've never really felt like adding an extra bill to my monthly expenses, and do all my calling from my mobile phone. Apparently home phones still use things called 'lines', which are made up of copper wires running through the ground. Well maybe not for much longer, because BT has announced it wants to ditch phone lines by 2025. Read More >>

gadgets
UK Smart Speaker Ownership Doubled in the Past Six Months, Says Poll

In case all those sales on Echo Dots and Google Home Mini's didn't make this a given, it turns out that the number of people who own smart speakers here in the UK has doubled over the past sis months. Or so says a new poll from YouGov. Read More >>