WWE Network reaches UK with free month, altered subscriptions
World Wrestling Entertainment is expanding the reach of its streaming service to the United Kingdom later today, after already rolling to 170 other countries. Starting from 8PM GMT, Digital Spy writes that WWE Network will be available in the country on a variety of devices for free until the end of November, before a subscription fee of Â£6.25 ($10) per month is introduced. WWE is also altering its subscription requirements in December, removing the six-month minimum commitment period for the lower monthly fee, and instead charging a $9.99 rolling monthly fee.
Update: WWE has advised on Twitter that the service has been "delayed until further notice." No reason has been provided.
Sky updates mobile app with refreshed home screen, Smart Series Link
British broadcaster Sky has updated its iOS and Android Sky+ apps to allow users to display their photographs from their mobile devices on the television through the Sky+ HD set-top box. The app also includes a new updated homepage, complete with a dedicated Sports section, and a Smart Series Link option that lets the Sky+ box record all current and future seasons of selected programs.
Replacement ads state that a site has been reported, branded with force logo
The City of London Police is taking a new approach when it comes to curbing piracy. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) recently started replacing advertising banners on websites involved with copyright infringement, warning users that the site is known to authorities. The move is aimed at cutting off revenue streams on sites promoting intellectual property (IP) theft, even when the ads are legitimate.
Connectivity map, high-speed mobile network in development for UK capital
London will be one of the first major cities in the world to be covered by a 5G mobile Internet service, the city's mayor has pledged, among other connectivity claims. Mayor Boris Johnson revealed the city is working with the University of Surrey to develop part of the capital's long-term infrastructure investment plan, which should lead to the 5G mobile network being deployed by 2020.
Three prepares to offer subscribers free Wi-Fi in London Underground
British carrier Three is following the lead of other carriers in the country, by offering free Wi-Fi on the London Underground. The Next Web reports the carrier will be working with Virgin Media, the company that set up the original Wi-Fi network for the 2012 Olympic Games, to provide customers free access to the Wi-Fi network in 137 stations without buying a Wi-Fi pass. Three hopes to open up the network to its customers by the end of this month.
Facebook Slingshot opens up to all users following US-only launch
Facebook has expanded the reach of its recently-launched reciprocal messaging app Slingshot to the rest of the world, following its United States-only launch. The app, available on iOS and Android internationally, will let recipients of images, video, and text-based messages view the contents only after replying another message back at the original sender.
Change to extend Hailo to private hire cars provokes resentment by cab drivers
The London office of a taxi app has been attacked by drivers, over a change in policy. Hailo, an app that lets users hail black cabs in the city to their location, has seen fights and vandalism at the office, including the word "Scabs" written on one wall, after the app extended itself to provide private hire services in order to compete with Uber and other similar apps in the city.
King's Cross building delayed until 2017, Google takes design back to architect
BAM Construct, the contractor behind Google's London headquarters, announced in its annual report that the building, to be located in King's Cross, may be delayed for three years. London's Camden Council planners had previously approved a design for the 950,000 square foot design, aimed at holding 5,000 Google employees, in September 2013.
Trial involves 500 cameras worn by UK police officers on duty
Police in London are trialing the use of cameras worn on officers, in an attempt to speed up convictions, as well as increasing transparency in the police force. 500 units of the camera, a Taser Axon Body model, have been supplied to members of the Metropolitan Police working across 10 London boroughs for the one-year pilot, with firearm officers also said to be using them in training.
Proposal could make use of 260 expected ticket office closures
Amazon is in discussions with Transport for London (TfL) to turn ticket offices for the London Underground system into delivery drop-off points, according to a report. Details of the talks surfaced after London mayor Boris Johnson revealed plans to make the Underground operate 24 hours per day by 2015, while also closing the majority of ticket offices in the network.
Pilot scheme adds eBay collection points to 150 Argos stores
Auction site eBay is launching a in-store pickup service in the United Kingdom, as well as expanding its eBay Now same-day delivery scheme outside of the United States. A partnership with retailer Argos will allow eBay users to order from 50 merchants and have goods delivered to a store, which in the case of the Click & Collect pilot, consists of 150 Argos branches across the country.
Smartphones, notebook likely candidates for event
Samsung is holding a press event in London for new mobile devices on June 20th. The event, which will also be streamed live on YouTube, will be the launch of new items in the Galaxy and ATIV ranges, with the accompanying images giving a few clues as to what exactly Samsung plans to show off to the press at the Earls Court Exhibition Center.
New Lumia device expected to be revealed at event
Phone manufacturer Nokia is holding an event in the United Kingdom, where it is expected to unveil a new Lumia device. Invitations sent out to members of the media for the event on May 14 in London provides little in the way of clues for what will be shown, but it does use the taglines "See What's Next" and "The Nokia Lumia story continues."
Construction to start late 2013, finishing in 2016
Google will be building a new UK headquarters in Kings Cross which could eventually cost £1 billion ($1.6 billion) when completed. A 2.4-acre plot of land in one of London's largest redevelopment plans will play host to the construction of a one million square foot office for the search company, said to be completed some time in 2016.
Job listings for 100 staff appear on LinkedIn
Amazon has opened its digital media development center in the UK today, in an effort to improve its online properties. Based in London's newly developed Tech City center, the company seeks to hire 100 employees to further development in its digital media services, such as streaming services Lovefilm and Pushbutton, and is likely to be on the hunt for more in the future.
BlackBerry 10 'London' turns up again ahead of launch
RIM’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 ‘London’ smartphone has surfaced again ahead of its official release in the coming months. The latest snapshot comes courtesy of CrackBerry, and shows a launcher screen for the first time with icons seeming to merge a ‘Metro’ look with a more traditional touchscreen icon paradigm. Among the apps shown include BBM, Facebook, Music, Pictures, Remember, Calendar, Contacts, Browser, Text Messaging and a new StoryMaker app that looks like it will produce custom movies.
Streams to include 500 hours of live coverage
Google is streaming the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Games live on YouTube. Over 500 hours of live competitions accompanied by real-time commenting will be available to viewers in the US and Canada through the ParalympicSportsTV channel, in lieu of sufficient viewing options through other broadcasters.
Creator space offers high-end equipment, advice
Google has built a studio dedicated to filming YouTube video. The "creator space" in Google's London offices will be open to YouTube filmmakers in the next few weeks, allowing them to create new works for the streaming service with the space, equipment, and advice from more experienced video professionals and the YouTube Next Lab team.
Free Wi-Fi will migrate to prepaid system after the summer
Virgin Media has named the first London Underground stations that will be Wi-Fi enabled for no charge during the summer. The Internet service provider is installing hotspots at stations in the UK capital ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with 80 stations due to be set up by the end of July, and 120 stations by the end of the year.
First London expo retitled the 'Appule Expo'
In the wake of legal "requests" sent to its organizer, the London-based Apple Expo is now called the Appule Expo. Undaunted, Microsoft has recently booked space at the show. The newly named gathering will take place on October 11 and 12 of this year. Apple is not expected to attend.
BlackBerry 10 test hardware is plain
The BlackBerry 10 developer device RIM plans to give away next week at BlackBerry World has been spotted days in advance. A CrackBerry forum poster got a quick, power-off look at the experimental smartphone, which is a relatively simple, brick-like design reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Other than seeing both front and back cameras, little was discernible without turning it on.
Wants to be ready to help journalists
Apple is quietly stocking its London stores with extra and international parts (such as replacement keyboards) to help cope with the expected "onslaught" of international journalists, many of whom use Apple products, coming to cover the 2012 London Olympics. The event, scheduled for July, is expected to see over 10,000 international print journalists as part of the 325,000 daily visitors coming to London for the games, reports TUAW.
BlackBerry London may show at RIM dev event
RIM's developer relations VP Alec Saunders revealed in an interview Friday that it would give developers reference BlackBerry 10 phones. Those who visit the BlackBerry Jam developer event in early May, alongside BlackBerry World, would get to work on actual hardware, he told Bloomberg. Saunders cast this partly as reassurance that there wouldn't be another delay, as it was "tangible evidence" of getting closer to shipping.
Orange London marketing material slips
The Intel-based Android phone shown off at CES may have secretly been the prototype for a production phone. A survey taker showed a sample description to Coolsmartphone that implied the phone was the London, a phone that would be branded by European carrier Orange. Along with its look, the specifications lined up closely, including the 1.6GHz Atom chip and the rapid-fire, 10-photo burst shooting.
BlackBerry 10 may borrow from iOS, Android
New shots intercepted from a BlackBerry 10 ad briefing may have given some of the first detailed visuals of the OS. The CrackBerry images showed a device that at once had a shrunken parallel to the PlayBook interface but with traces of similarities to other platforms. It would use an always-up grid of all apps, like the iPhone, but have home screen widgets similar to, if more organized than, Android.
RIM-made BlackBerry London render escapes
RIM's BlackBerry London has been refined in looks ahead of what could be an attempt to return to the US in force. New leaks to CrackBerry have the render of the first BlackBerry 10 phone's expected finished look making it considerably more refined than the very angular, Porsche Design-like look of a dummy unit. A presumably mock screenshot also points to a more refined media player than either on BlackBerry 7 or on the PlayBook.
RIM may fight back with major hardware updates
RIM's hopes for 2012 might be brighter after a potential roadmap leak. According to a BGR tip, the BlackBerry PlayBook would get an update a year into its life with a 1.5GHz (presumably TI OMAP) processor, 42Mbps HSPA+ 3G, and NFC for tags and payments. It would reportedly ship in May or June.
RIM may axe Colt and Milan as chances slim
RIM may have slashed two out of the three BlackBerry 10 phones it was planning to launch this year, a rumor emerging Thursday said. The Colt and Milan were said by BGR to have been dropped, leaving just the touch-only London. The Milan may not have even been a BB10 phone, instead being a BlackBerry 7 QWERTY slider that carriers didn't want given how similar it would have been to the Torch 9810.
RIM says London won't arrive until late 2012
RIM during the call discussing its latest quarterly results delayed its first BlackBerry 10 phone to the "latter part" of 2012. It wanted a dual-core processor with LTE-based 4G support, but this chip wouldn't be available until the middle of next year. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie justified the delay by noting that the company wanted a "fully featured" platform with a healthy ecosystem, specifications, and design, making it wait for the new chip.
BlackBerry 2012 schedule details emerge
An uncharacteristically detailed roadmap has popped up showing that RIM plans an aggressive launch of not just its phones but its tablets. The London is tentatively slated for March, CrackBerry said, but would be accompanied almost immediately by the Milan. This second model might be a variant of the London and could support GSM carriers like AT&T and Rogers where the London would head to CDMA networks like Verizon.
GfK shows iPhone users 84pc likely to return
iPhone users are still very likely to remain loyal to the platform even with stepped up competition, GfK determined in a new study. Scanning the US, Brazil, China, Japan, and the largest five countries in Europe, it found that 84 percent of those who'd bought into Apple's ecosystem planned to buy another iPhone with their next upgrade. Only 60 percent of Android users anticipated the same, suggesting that a small but significant number would jump ship.
RIM talks design language for BBX phones
RIM in a pair of conversations has given clues as to the design language for its 2012-era BlackBerry phones. One interview with RIM's Industrial Design Senior VP Todd Wood told Pocket-lint that the phones would take a different tack than the serious designs that have dictated the BlackBerry for the past five years. These would be "charming, whimsical, and fun," he said.
BlackBerry London rumored a Colt replacement
RIM's still unconfirmed BlackBerry London may actually be a replacement for a cancelled model, a new rumorclaimed Monday. Supposedly, BGR heard, the all-touch phone was replacing the Colt, which looked more like the BlackBerry PlayBook. Why the Colt had been dropped hadn't been given out.
BlackBerry London possibly seen live
RIM's first BBX phone may have been spotted in an as-yet unverified leak. The phone seen by The Verge, picking up a previously only hinted at codename, would take its visual cues from the angular, metal-clad Porsche Design P'9981. The design would reportedly be thinner than an iPhone 4S and as thin as the Galaxy S II.
Roadmap reveals Llano to be replaced with Trinity
Leaked AMD mobile platform roadmaps from German forum board 3D Center reveal that the Llano chip replacement, Trinity, is due to begin shipping in the winter of 2012, among other tidbits. There will be four specific models of the chip offered, though no specifics are available yet. A Bulldozer-based Piledriver core will be the basis, which will also underpin the company's upcoming AMD FX-series of processors.
Government might shut down sites in emergencies
At a special session of Parliament Thursday morning, UK Prime Minister David Cameron blamed social media sites for the way they were used to organize riots in London and other cities in England this week. Cameron suggested allowing law enforcement to track activity on social media sites to prevent them from being used to plot "violence, disorder and criminality." RIM reportedly had been cooperating with police before Cameron made his remarks.
Thought to be worth millions of pounds
In a series of Wednesday raids, detectives in London, England are reported to have arrested nine people, all accused of participating in a fraud conspiracy involving nearly a thousand stolen iPhones. Seized during the raids, aside from phones, were various SIM cards, computers, amounts of cash and assorted documents, including stolen bank cards and fake passports. The SIM cards were being shipped overseas and plugged into automatic dialing machines, which called phone lines charging as much as £10 per minute.
Johnson lays out retail approach
Apple's Regent Street outlet in London, England is the currently the busiest Apple Store in the world, according to the company's senior VP of retail, Ron Johnson. The feat is particularly significant due to the expense of the location, and the fact that it maintains regular hours, unlike the prominent Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Though perhaps no longer Apple's global flagship, Fifth Avenue is open 24 hours a day year-round, except when it has to prepare for product launches.
Apple's fifth retail store in London
Apple is set to open its fifth retail store in London, with a new establishment located in the city's busy Covent Garden district. Customers can begin flooding the store beginning Saturday, August 7 for the grand opening.
Lines continue into mid-day
Approximately 500 people are estimated to have lined up in front the flagship Regent Street Apple Store in London on Friday morning, hoping to be some of the first people in the UK to buy a retail iPad. The line is said to have originally extended from the entrance to around the corner of Hanover Street, and then down to Hanover Square. People are still reported to be in line as of early afternoon GMT, even with a number of iPads having been bought.
Lines observed in Sydney, Tokyo, London
The iPad's official launch in nine additional countries has drawn lines of prospective buyers in certain locations. Customers are reportedly camping out in London, Tokyo, and Sydney, among other cities. Apple Stores in the UK will open an hour early, at 8am, to accommodate the influx of customers picking up pre-ordered devices or placing new orders.
Company's presence attracting other retailers
Apple's Regent Street store in London reportedly generates sales of approximately £2,000 (~$3,300 USD) per square foot, according to an Evening Standard report. The store's sales numbers make it the most profitable retail outlet in London, beating the high-end retailer Harrods by a factor of three. Apple's presence on Regent street has also been credited with helping to vitalize the area and attract other retailers.
HTC teaser invitation
HTC has sent invitations to a press event to be held in London, UK, according to PhoneMag.com. The teaser simply reads "Come see..." but does not provide any additional details regarding the focus of the event. The company already announced the HTC Snap earlier this year, although a number of reports have provided details surrounding the Android-based Hero handset. The device is said to launch exclusively through Orange in Europe later this year.
RIM to expand at retail
Research in Motion may have plans to expand its retail presence worldwide, reports from England indicate. Though the company's BlackBerry smartphones constitute one of the most popular brands, RIM has only so far maintained a small number of shops within its home country of Canada. The first location outside of regional borders should be in London, say staff from a flagship Selfridges department store, situated on Oxford Street.
Carlsbad, London stores
Two new Apple Stores opened this weekend, say reports. In addition to one in Altamonte Springs, Florida, another location opened its doors in Carlsbad, California. The Carlsbad store can be found within The Forum at 1923 Calle Barcelona, and is next to Z Gallerie and across from Anthropologie. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 9PM, and on Sunday operates from noon to 6PM. No workshops have been scheduled so far.