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Apple raises minimum price of paid apps in App Store

Apple has had to go ahead and raise the minimum price of paid for apps available on the UK iOS App Store. From this morning onward, apps that used to cost 69p will now cost 79p instead in order to bring prices in line with VAT and exchange rates. The company …

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Project Ara has competition: meet the Puzzlephone

Project Ara isn’t the only modular smartphone concept in town anymore as Finland’s Circular Devices has created an alternative modular device called ‘the Puzzlephone’, which breaks the device down in to three main areas- the first of which is the spine, holding the LCD screen, speakers and structure. The second customization …

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US concerned over EU proposal to break up Google

Last week it was revealed that the European Parliament had drafted a motion that would call for the separation of Google’s search engine from its other services, as a way of challenging the company’s dominance. This motion has the support of Europe’s two main political parties as a way of …

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EU to accuse Apple of taking illegal Irish tax aid

Forget the problematic correlation of Apple products and skinny jeans for a second, as Apple has something altogether more bothersome to deal with. The EU is set to charge the tech giant with taking on illegal state aid from Ireland, thanks to an investigation into why Apple pays as little …

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Parliament rushes through snooping laws after EU rights ruling

The British government is rushing through a new set of laws to allow intelligence agencies like GCHQ and ISPs, to continue legally collecting meta-data on phone calls and digital communications, and in some cases the content of those conversations, in the wake of the EU ruling data retention as a human rights …

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Pirate Parties are gunning for European parliament

With the European elections less than two weeks away, many political parties around the country and the continent have been ramping up the rhetoric and sending out their adverts in an attempt to sway voters. This is pretty standard fare, but what isn’t, are the numbers of Pirate Parties looking …

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EU Justice court rules metadata storage invalid

While Obama might be happy to keep telling people that the NSA isn’t interested in reading your texts, the kind of legislation that makes it possible for countries like the US and the UK to spy on citizens and store huge amounts of metadata on who’s calling who and when, …

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EU defends net neutrality and kills off roaming charges

Hot off the back of helping to improve the privacy of European citizens, the EU parliament has just voted in favour of improving net neutrality across the entire region too, making it much harder for internet providers to throttle or block services from competitors. It’s also called for an end …

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EU Court gives legal approval to console modders

For a long time we’ve seen companies do everything from express apathy towards those that come up with workarounds for their DRM and other console anti-piracy systems, to full blown taking them to court over it and attempting to track down their fans via IP address. However those same companies …

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The NSA might have bugged EU offices

The European parliament is not happy and understandably so. A new report has emerged, dating back from 2010, that suggests the NSA might have bugged the computer networks of EU offices in Washington and New York, citing the EU as a “target.” Martin Schulz, current head of the EU parliament, has …

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Google agrees to search result changes after EU investigation

Being the dominant search engine for over a decade has seen Google face-off against many commissions for potential anti-competitiveness practices. If you’re on top, this is bound to happen. Now though Google has agreed with a regulator ruling, that suggested it was a little covert about links that sent people to …

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EU to force digital companies to report hacks

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The European Union has announced a new cybersecurity directive, that will place legal bindings on companies in key internet positions to report any breaches of their security, such as hacking attacks. This would bring companies like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other large scale services in-line and force them to keep …

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Europe slowed Britain’s broadband development

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Culture secretary Maria Miller revealed today that the reason the promised super fast broadband hasn’t reached some of Britain’s most rural areas in the past year, is because of European delays placed on funding. While the request was put in for £530 million in state aid in the early months …

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