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UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play' advertising misleading

07/03, 10:39pm

Regulator recognizes game can be played for free, but it's 'severely limited'

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future.

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Google Glass debuts in first country outside of the United States

06/23, 1:22pm

Open beta Explorer program now includes the UK, participants still need to buy-in

Google decided to give customers on the other side of the pond a crack at Google Glass. The company said that is now offering the open beta Explorer program to residents of the UK. This expansion to marks the first time that Google Glass has been sold to residents outside of the United States. However, participation in the program still comes at a hefty price.

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Nintendo loses battle on controller patents against Philips in UK

06/22, 5:15pm

Court rules Nintendo infringed on two of three patents in lawsuit from 2012

Nintendo lost its first court battle against Philips Electronics last week over its use of technology in Wii Remotes and associated consoles. The England and Wales High Court ruled that Nintendo infringed upon two of three patents from Phillips that are based on motion, pointing and gesture controlling. The third patent considered for a potential violation, which is for modeling a body in a virtual environment, was found to be invalid.

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Apple TV's price drops in UK, continental Europe [u]

06/18, 10:58am

Could be paving way for hardware refresh

(Updated with cuts on Mac mini, iMac) Apple has quietly reduced the price of the Apple TV across much of Europe. In the UK, the set-top has dipped £20 to £79. In continental countries pricing has been lowered €10 to €99. Elsewhere, though, costs appear to be unchanged. The device is still $99 in the US, for example.

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Apple announces slate of 2014 summer Apple Camps

06/17, 9:18am

Includes separate iMovie, iBooks workshops

Apple has opened registration for the 2014 edition of its annual Apple Camps. The program is aimed at teaching creative projects to kids aged 8 to 12 while simultaneously promoting Apple products. This year, two sets of three-day workshops are available: one is dedicated to creating a short film using iMovie and the iPad version of GarageBand, while the other involves producing an interactive book using iBooks Author and illustrations done on an iPad.

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Briefly: Codecademy's expansion, Vimeo's 'Copyright Match' system

05/23, 2:34am

Online code education platform announces new partnerships in five countries

Codecademy, an educational startup aiming to provide accessible learning of programming code, has announced expansion into five more markets -- the UK, France, Brazil, Estonia and Argentina. Agreements with educational and government groups have allowed Codecademy to be available on a localized level, with partnerships including work on customized programs, and non-English language content. Presently, Codecademy courses remain free.

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2013 Mac Pro shipping times drop to 1-2 weeks in Europe

05/15, 10:46am

US, other regions still at 2-3 weeks

Apple's official shipping times for the 2013 Mac Pro have shrunk to one to two weeks in several European nations including the UK, France, Spain, and Germany, checks show. Other online storefronts -- including the US -- are still showing times in the two- to three-week range. If historical trends persist, times in the US should improve in short order.

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Briefly: Yahooo News Digest for Android, UK archives YouTube clips

05/09, 2:08am

Yahoo's news app now available for Android

Yahoo has announced the expansion of their news app, now available for Android. Yahoo News Digest now features both International and Canadian news, the latter of which is primarily curated for US and United Kingdom interests. Yahoo News Digest (free) is now available for iOS on iTunes, and Android through Google Play.

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Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes Radio launch soon?

04/15, 11:53pm

Sighting adds to rumors that Apple plans multi-country but slow rollout

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador.

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Bloom.fm banned from iAd due to competition with iTunes Radio

04/11, 12:36pm

Apple says move in keeping with official policies

UK-based streaming service Bloom.fm has been banned from advertising on Apple's iAd network due to it being competition with iTunes Radio, according to Bloom PR representatives. Until recently, Bloom was spending £2,000 per month on iAd spots. In rejecting the advertising, Apple is quoted as telling Bloom that it constituted "a competitive service to iTunes Radio and it is against Apple policy."

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Future Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts gets British damehood

04/07, 2:59pm

Former Burberry CEO could make switch to Apple this month

Apple's incoming senior VP of Retail, Angela Ahrendts, is receiving her expected Dame of the British Empire title today, British newspaper the Daily Mail The honor is equivalent to a knighthood; instead of the Queen, though, today's ceremony will be hosted by Vince Cable, the British government's Secretary of State for Business. Ahrendts is originally American, and non-British citizens can't be granted damehood by the Queen; likewise, while she will be able to attach "DBE" to her name, she won't be able to refer to herself as Dame Ahrendts.

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Hannover Apple Store likely due in April; Edinburgh store in progress

03/25, 9:32am

Shops could fill in key gaps

New photos may suggest that Apple's upcoming store in Hannover, Germany is almost finished. The outlet has been under development since April 2013, and construction facades are still in place on the inside of the building. An Apple logo is now on display outside the shop though, and is being lit up at night, although it's still covered. It's believed that the location could open as soon as next month.

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New Apple retail head Ahrendts to be named Dame of British Empire

01/29, 11:31am

Will be awarded title alongside Melinda Gates

Apple's incoming retail head and former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is being named a Dame of the British Empire, according to Vogue. The honor is a female equivalent of a knighthood. Since Ahrendts is originally from the US, her damehood has been approved by the Queen, but will not be awarded by a member of the British royal family. The same is true of Melinda Gates, who is being granted damehood at the same time.

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Privacy activists win right to sue Google in UK over Safari tracking

01/16, 3:10pm

Court says anonymized data can still be used to identify people

Privacy activists have won the right to sue Google in England over fooling Safari into accepting cookies, according to reports. Some time ago, Apple updated Safari to allow people to block cookie-based tracking. Google developed a workaround, but was discovered, and punished with multiple fines by the US government. An American class action lawsuit was tossed out of court in October because the judge ruled no one could prove they'd been harmed.

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PayPal begins testing In-Context Checkout feature on websites

01/13, 2:52pm

Testing of hands-free Beacon system expands

Transaction service PayPal has started testing a new web feature called In-Context Checkout, reports say. Normally, web-based PayPal transactions have to be completed at paypal.com. With the in-context code in place, choosing PayPal checkout at a retailer's website will simply conjure a pop-up, where billing and shipping information can be entered. At the moment only a handful of retailers have the option, but PayPal is promising that more vendors will adopt it in the first half of 2014.

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British woman sentenced to two years for iPad scam

01/03, 1:46pm

Fraud estimated to be worth £450,000

A woman from Newton Aycliffe in the UK has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding people in an iPad scam, the BBC reports. Kirsty Cox was found guilty of four fraud charges connected to taking thousands of orders for iPads between March and December of 2012. Cox claimed a contact could help her get the tablets for £50 to £100 off their retail prices, but she ultimately couldn't provide them.

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Canada, UK get 'Boxing Day' specials on iTunes albums, songs

12/26, 8:00pm

US residents enjoy special holiday 'channels' on iTunes Radio instead

While US residents can brag on their ability to listen to special "holiday" channels on iTunes Radio, other countries have their own iTunes celebrations going on -- the Canadian iTunes Store, for example, has launched a "Boxing Day" sale on select albums and songs, while the UK store has a similar sale (but not, strangely, labeled as "Boxing Day" related). In both countries and a few others, "Boxing Day" kicks off a week of sales from all manner of retailers.

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Content filtering of UK Internet connections found to be lacking

12/19, 10:38am

Fails to block all adult sites, blocks public health resources

Adult content filters rolling out on the major Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom are found to be a mix of ineffectual and over-effective, according to a report. The new filters, pushed for by Prime Minister David Cameron, are seemingly blocking access to useful health-related sites, while at the same time failing to block pornographic material.

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Apple TV adds Sky Sports via Now TV in the UK

12/17, 2:18pm

Day passes available for limited viewing

UK satellite television broadcaster Sky has announced that Apple TV users in the UK can watch Sky Sports content. The Now TV app enables users to sign up for a day pass that provides access to six Sky Sports channels, including four standard channels, the Sky Sports News channel and another dedicated to Formula One racing.

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Briefly: AT&T roaming deal with EE in UK, Sprint expands LTE network

12/17, 7:58am

AT&T signs deal with EE for 4G roaming in UK, will offer similar connection in early 2014

AT&T has signed a deal with Everything Everywhere in the United Kingdom, allowing the US carrier's subscribers access to the 4G network when visiting, in a similar deal to one between AT&T and Rogers in Canada. Though the pricing of the deal were not disclosed, Pocket Lint reports that EE customers will be able to get 4G speeds from AT&T's network in the US in the first half of 2014.

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Datawind brings Aakash 2 tablet to UK as UbiSlate range

12/16, 6:03am

Commercial version of educational tablet touts included data connections

The creator of the Aakash 2 tablet, an educational Android slate sold in India, has launched a commercial version in the United Kingdom. Though the range of 7-inch UbiSlate tablets do not match the entry-level specifications found in retailer-branded budget tablets like the Tesco Hudl, it does appear to be competing on sheer pricing of the hardware to consumers alone.

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FileMaker Pro 13 appears prematurely at Apple's UK online store

12/02, 10:13am

Feature additions go unmentioned

Various editions of FileMaker Pro 13 have gone on sale at Apple's UK online store ahead of an anticipated official announcement. The listings don't make mention of specific feature upgrades, but in screenshots the OS X release appears to have a new "Share" button, while the companion iOS app - FileMaker Go -- has been given a visual overhaul for iOS 7. Still missing is a matching FileMaker Server update.

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Apple's European online stores offering zero-percent financing promo

12/02, 9:39am

Most countries participating

Most of Apple's online storefronts for Europe have announced zero-percent financing deals, available today through January 10th. Some participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The deals are only eligible on hardware purchases worth over €400, or £449, but let shoppers spread costs over time without incurring the interest Apple normally charges. Depending on the country, payments can be spread over 10 or 12 months.

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Nominet will offer .uk domain registrations from summer 2014

11/20, 11:28am

Shorter UK domain names to cost the same as existing registrations

Nominet, the domain registrar of the United Kingdom, will soon start offering shorter .uk suffixes to websites. The new address ending, set to become available from the summer of 2014, will bring the UK in line with other country-based suffixes, such as .fr for websites serving France, .de for Germany, and .ca for Canada.

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iPad mini delivery orders targeted to ship as soon as November 15

11/13, 10:55am

Pickups already taking place at some stores

Some delivery orders of the Retina iPad mini are already en route, buyers say. In the UK, Apple notifications mention some deliveries shipping as soon as Friday, November 15. Day-one US orders are meanwhile shipping anywhere between November 18th and the 21st.

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Virgin Media rolls out Netflix app to subscriber TiVo boxes in UK

11/12, 7:58am

Provides free six-month subscription to higher-tier cable customers

British cable operator Virgin Media has completed its trial of offering Netflix on 40,000 of its set-top boxes, opening it up to all customers. Subscribers with a TiVo box, in over 1.8 million UK homes, will not only gain access to the streaming video service on the device, but will also gain six months of Netflix service for free to Premiere or VIP Collection customers.

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Moto G spotted on Amazon UK, shipping day after launch

11/11, 7:19am

Amazon listing confirms 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat upgrade in future

The Moto G could be shipping to customers the day after its expected launch on November 13th. A sales page for the phone on Amazon UK shows the device, under the previous name of the Motorola DVX, as being "due to be released on November 14th," as well as seemingly confirming a number of rumored specifications.

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Apple iPad Air on sale online in US, hits retail in UK, Europe

11/01, 5:13am

iPad Air availability spreads to more countries

Following earlier launches in Australia and Asia, the Apple iPad Air has gone on sale in the UK and Europe, as well in the US online store, as it moves to launch in 42 countries by the end of today. The new tablet has been released in Apple retail stores across Europe, some of which have opened earlier than normal in order to sell the iPad Air to waiting customers.

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UK carrier Three confirms plans to carry iPad Air, iPad mini

10/31, 9:20am

UK carriers only beginning to make announcements day ahead of launch

The UK branch of Three has announced plans to carry both the iPad Air, launching tomorrow, and the Retina iPad mini, due sometime in November. Data plans will start at £7.50 per month for 1GB of data, and scale up to £25 per month for 15GB. Costs for the iPad Air will be in line with Apple's own, beginning at £499 for a 16GB 3G/4G model. Three's LTE network will only begin rolling out in December.

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Disney, Pixar movies suddenly vanish from US, UK iTunes Store [u]

10/24, 10:16am

Apple TV users see movies disappear completely

(Updated with Amazon disappearance) Some Disney and Pixar movies have been pulled without warning from the US and UK iTunes Stores, accounts say. These include titles like The Lion King and Mater's Tall Tales. The situation is worse in the case of Apple TV owners, who are no longer seeing the titles in their libraries. No refunds have been offered.

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Technology companies demand greater transparency from UK government

10/18, 2:04pm

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter memo over spying concerns

A group of technology companies has asked members of the UK government that there needs to be a debate about Internet surveillance. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter have jointly written a memo to Members of Parliament (MPs) calling for more transparency in requests for information by government-controlled organizations, such as GCHQ.

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Briefly: Kindle Fire HDX in UK and Canada, Tesco offers 4G access

10/18, 7:14am

Amazon opens pre-orders for Kindle Fire HD, HDX in UK, Canada

Amazon has opened up pre-orders for its new Kindle Fire HDX and updated Kindle Fire HD in the United Kingdom and Canada. The lower-resolution Kindle Fire HD will be shipping in both countries from October 24th, starting from 119 and $149. While those in the UK will have to wait until November 19th to receive their HDX models in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch forms, starting from 199 and 329 respectively, Canada will have to wait until November 26th, with the tablets priced at $254 and $399.

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EE overhauls contracts, adds tiered service, introduces prepaid plans

10/16, 12:56pm

Option to pay extra for faster connection, international roaming

British carrier Everything Everywhere, known as EE, has made a number of changes to the way it offers its service to customers. Monthly price plans for the 4G service have been restructured to include tiers with extra speed and more data, with the carrier also offering a prepaid 4G service to its customers for the first time.

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Apple officially launches UK iPhone trade-in program

10/14, 10:06am

Expansion to rest of Europe still uncertain

Earlier than anticipated, Apple has launched a UK version of its iPhone Reuse and Recycling program. The initiative lets people trade in older iPhone models for cash towards the purchase of a new one. In the UK, a Dataserv web calculator estimates the value of the older device based on factors like capacity, screen and shell damage, and whether or not a phone is locked or unlocked; a carrier-locked but otherwise perfect 16GB iPhone 4S, for example, comes out to GBP 52.50. Dataserv says however that it will only decide the real cash value of a phone once it has received it.

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iTunes Radio beginning to reach Canada and UK listeners

10/10, 11:17am

Beats predictions from sources

iTunes Radio is already rolling out in Canada and the UK, according to anecdotal reports. Until this week, the service was only accessible in the US. The timing beats out predictions by Bloomberg sources, who suggested that Canada and the UK would only get Radio in early 2014. There is no word yet of Australia, New Zealand, or various Nordic countries getting access; the Bloomberg sources suggested those regions would be joining Canada and the UK in roughly the same timeframe.

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iPhone trade-in program coming to European Apple Stores

10/09, 4:57pm

UK to serve as pilot country

Apple is planning to bring its iPhone trade-in initiative -- officially known as the Reuse and Recycling Program -- to European Apple Stores, a source claims. The company is reportedly already preparing training materials for UK staff, with the intent of launching the program locally in the next few months. A small group of stores in the region have actually started training, but it's expected to take a few weeks for the process to reach every UK shop.

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Report: First expansion of iTunes Radio coming in early 2014

10/07, 11:04pm

English-speaking and Nordic countries in initial rollout plans

Apple is expected to make English-speaking and Nordic countries the first wave of its expansion of iTunes Radio into non-US countries, pulling ahead of main rival Pandora in terms of international reach, Bloomberg reports. Citing "people with knowledge of the situation," Apple expects to bring the new streaming-radio feature of iTunes to Canada, the UK, several Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand in a timeframe said to be aimed for early 2014.

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Briefly: BBC iPlayer podcast downloads, iPhone 4G settings for O2

09/30, 11:34am

BBC adds podcast download options to iPlayer Radio app

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android, adding the option to download podcasts from the broadcaster. Downloaded shows will appear under the new "My Downloads" part of the app, with the option to force the app to only download podcasts while connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, in order to avoid potential extra data charges from carriers.

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Australia, China seeing iPhone 5s delays; no O2 UK units in-store

09/19, 1:29pm

Few launch units available worldwide

Although the phone has only just launched in the eastern hemisphere, the iPhone 5s is proving to be in extremely short supply, reports suggest. Online orders of the device have opened up in Australia and mainland China, but Apple is already listing the product as shipping in 7 to 10 business days in those regions, regardless of color or capacity. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the 5s is simply quoted as shipping in "October."

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iPhone 5s, 5c getting high carrier subsidies in China

09/17, 12:42pm

Carriers offering iPhones for 'free' on some plans

Chinese carriers are heavily subsidizing the iPhone 5s and 5c to make them affordable in the country, rate cards show. Off-contract, even a 16GB 5c is 4,488 yuan, or over $730. China Unicom however has eight plans under which a 5c is available for free. At China Telecom, even the 5s is available for "free" under three plans, although these involve extremely long contracts and/or high fees.

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AppleCare+ plans come to UK, France, Italy,

09/10, 3:32pm

Leaves North America for first time

As anticipated, Apple has brought AppleCare+ plans to Europe for the first time. Initially, however, the option is only being sold in the UK, France, and Italy. In the UK, the fee to replace an accidentally-damaged iPad under the two-year plan is 39; replacing an iPhone is 55. Defective units should be swapped out at no extra cost.

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European AppleCare+ expansion narrowed to six countries

08/30, 3:31pm

Apple partnering with AIG

Apple's rumored European expansion of AppleCare+ will initially reach just six countries, sources say. A launch is reportedly "imminent" in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, although no exact dates are available. Apple is said to be partnering with AIG on the service; local AppleCare and Genius Bar workers started training for AppleCare+ earlier this week.

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Briefly: Digg app reaches Android, Three removes roaming charges

08/30, 10:41am

Digg releases app on Android with Digg top stories, Digg Reader intact

Digg has launched the Android version of its mobile app on Google Play, following a successful launch on iOS. The new app brings with it the Digg Top Stories curated newsfeed, as well as the ability to Digg and share stores through social networks and other apps. Digg Reader, the RSS reader built to replace Google Reader, also makes an appearance in the app.

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O2, Vodafone begin 4G rollout in UK, Three reveals 4G network plans

08/29, 6:56am

O2, Vodafone agreement allows networks to roll out simultaneously

British carriers O2 and Vodafone have launched their 4G networks in the United Kingdom. The launch of both high-speed phone networks in the country, following behind established 4G network EE, is accompanied by a confirmation from competitor Three that it will begin to roll out its own 4G network from December onwards.

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Apple extends adapter takeback program to UK, other countries

08/12, 4:54pm

New countries to join August 16th

Apple is extending the number of eligible countries in its USB adapter takeback program. The program began in China August 9th, and is coming to the US on August 16th. Now also joining on the 16th will be Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK.

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Briefly: HTC One rumored for Verizon, Vodafone offers 4G Hotspot in UK

07/01, 3:40pm

HTC One hinted at release on Verizon this summer with image

The HTC One is heading to Verizon in the future, according to the EVleaks Twitter account. A picture showing the silver version of the smartphone is displayed along with the "for Verizon" claim, but there is no mention of price, an expected release date, nor if there will be any other color options. The carrier has previously said it will start selling the HTC One "later this summer," but the on-screen clock in the image offers the date September 5th, which could be a potential launch date.

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Apple avoided UK corporation tax in 2012, report says

07/01, 1:29pm

Company pulled in 68M in UK profits

Apple paid no UK corporation tax for 2012, according to new filings. The Financial Times reports that Apple escaped paying taxes through deductions on share awards to its workers. This is despite the company's three main British subsidiaries -- Apple UK, Apple Europe, and Apple Retail UK -- pulling in a combined 68 million in pre-tax profits. The deductions amounted to 27.7 million.

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Microsoft loses SkyDrive trademark suit to BSkyB in Europe

06/30, 8:59pm

Compensation, possible rebranding could be ordered by judge

Microsoft has lost a trademark case in the United Kingdom over the branding of its cloud storage service. The ruling, which covers both the UK itself and the European Union, states that Microsoft infringed on British Sky Broadcasting's trademark of the Sky brand with SkyDrive, which could impact the way that the software company offers it across the continent.

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Briefly: Red HTC One reaches UK, Sony fixes PlayStation 3 bug

06/27, 8:05am

HTC One in red appears at UK phone retailer, on sale mid-July

A red version of the HTC One will be going on sale in the United Kingdom. Previously thought to be offered as a "limited edition" device, British retailer Phones 4U gained the rights to sell the smartphone in the country, with pre-orders starting at 33 ($51) per month ahead of a release in mid-July. Red versions of the HTC One is likely to start appearing on carriers in other parts of the world in the coming months.

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Online Apple Store, Apple Java update beset by technical problems

06/24, 9:24am

Early Java update may be faulty

Two significant technical problems hit Apple over the weekend, accounts say. The first is the discovery that early installers of last week's Lion/Mountain Lion Java update may have downloaded a premature build, xM4508, which can prevent some Java apps from working. The corrected version is xM4509, and is available via Software Update or Apple's support page. People can check which build they have installed by entering "/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.6 -exec java -version" into Terminal.

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