EE Network announces 2.7 per cent price increase from 28 May
UK’s largest mobile network operator, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced that it will increase the price of its monthly plan charge from next month. According to EE’s new terms and conditions, this allows the network operator to raise prices by the RPI, Retail Price Index, a measure of the increase in prices for consumers in average across the country over the latest 12 months. Currently RPI stands at 2.7 per cent, as published on 25 March. EE will increase prices to its monthly plan charge by 2.7 per cent . This will come into effect from 28 May for those consumers who have joined or, upgrade to a 12, 18 or, 24-month Pay Monthly or Small Business contract before 23 January.
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Co-op enters telecoms sector with PAYG SIM
Co-op customers can now pick up an own-brand PAYG SIM card at one of 3,800 stores. The Co-operative Group has entered the mobile market with the launch of an own-brand, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) SIM card. It will be stocked in over 3,800 stores from later this month, the retailer announced Saturday (5 April 2014), making it more widely available than any other supermarket-branded SIM card. The card costs 99p upfront and offers competitive national and international rates, including call charges that are not rounded up to the nearest minute so customers can have quick conversations for no more than a few pence.
Spain’s Ono to renegotiate debt after Vodafone takeover: report
Spanish cable group Ono, which agreed to a takeover offer from Vodafone last month, will renegotiate the terms of its large debt pile, the head of the British telecom group’s business in Spain said in a newspaper interview. Ono, purchased by Vodafone for 7.2 billion euros ($9.9 billion) including debt, has around 3.4 billion euros of bank loans and bonds. “We will renegotiate the debt to obtain conditions that are more compatible with our financial situation,” Antonio Coimbra, chief executive of Vodafone Spain, told El Pais newspaper on Sunday.
Microsoft security blocks adware by default
Software giant Microsoft has announced that from July 1 it will immediately stop any adware detected and notify the user, who can then restore the program if they wish. At the moment, when any of Microsoft’s security detects a program as adware, it will alert the user and offer them a recommended action. If the user does not do anything, the security product will let the program continue to run until the user makes a decision. The reason Microsoft has chosen a “July 1, 2014″ deadline is because it wants to give developers three months to comply with its new rules.
UK set to be top investor in new wave of IT upgrades, according to GE research
Investment in IT equipment by European SMEs is set to increase by almost a fifth to €73bn, driven by the the UK (€21.5bn investment in total, up 56 per cent), followed by France (€18.6bn, up 56 per cent). Upgrading IT equipment to enhance efficiency is a top priority for Western European SMEs over the next 12 months, according to GE Capital International’s Q1 2014 European SME Capex Barometer. This represents a 15 per cent increase on spending intentions versus the same time last year. The research, conducted among over 2,250 SME business leaders across seven European markets during Q1 2014, shows that across the big four European economies IT is the only asset type to see a significant increase in intended investment, while spend on other types of assets is set to remain stable or drop.
Meru unveils speedier, higher capacity enterprise access point
Meru Networks has announced two new dual-stream, enterprise 802.11ac access points, including one designed to replace an Ethernet wall plate. Adding 11ac introduces a number of Wi-Fi improvements, including wider channels, higher encoding density, a larger number of spatial streams, beamforming for more reliable links, and eventually “multi-user MIMO” (which lets the access point send/receive with up to four clients at the same time). The result is higher throughput and greater capacity to meet the demands of many more Wi-Fi clients for real-time mobile applications such as video and voice.
Xbox One boosted with revolutionary external game storage ability
Xbox One owners were treated to a little bit of a tease this past February when a dashboard update (finally) gave them the ability to manage their consoles’ storage, a much-requested feature since the console’s November 2013 launch. But two features still eluded those who felt otherwise bound by the console’s 500GB storage limit: The ability to swap out the Xbox One’s included hard drive for a bigger, fatter, or faster device, and the ability to connect external storage. If you’re one of those gamers, we have some good news for you. Xbox spokesperson Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has confirmed that the Xbox One will soon support “external game storage.”
Yahoo reportedly eyes push into original video programming
Yahoo is ramping up its online video efforts with plans to acquire high-end original programming usually found on cable TV, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Internet company plans to order four different Web series that would appear on the Web as half-hour comedies, sources tell the newspaper. The new comedies, which are expected to have per-episode budgets of up to a few million dollars, are expected to be unveiled for advertisers on April 28 during Yahoo’s “NewFront” event. CNET has contacted Yahoo for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Apple, Facebook and Google lead green Internet charge
A new report by Greenpeace USA has found that Apple, Facebook and Google are among the greenest technology companies and are driving a major shift towards the use of renewable energy within the industry. The report suggests that Amazon could be doing much more to source clean energy. Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet considers the power that tech companies have in driving the uptake of renewable energies. It looks at the energy choices that have been made by 19 major Internet companies and examines their electricity supply chains of 300+ data centres.