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BT buys EE for £12.5 billion

It’s official. After months of talk and lots of rumours, BT has announced that they are going to buy EE for £12.5 billion. In an announcement, BT said it intends to provide customers with “innovative, seamless services that combine the power of fibre broadband with wi-fi and advanced mobile capabilities.” What this actually means is that BT now has a profitable way of up selling mobile products. Great news for BT, but how this will impact consumers and the market remains to be seen.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will be curved

Take a look at the image above. It’s Samsung’s teaser image for their Galaxy Unpacked event which will take place on March 1st at 12:30PM ET (6:30PM CET) ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it gives something very important away – their next flagship will have a curved screen.

If it does (have a curved screen), the next flagship will probably use the same technology as found in the Galaxy Note Edge, a powerful and capable handset that lacks the class of the LG G Flex.

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Blinkbox

Blinkbox is no longer a Tesco product

For a few months now Tesco has been trying to rid itself of Blinkbox, a video-on-demand service that they bought an 80% stake in just three years ago. Since then, Blinkbox has struggled to compete with other video-on-demand services and different models like Netflix and Now TV.

Earlier this month, Tesco managed to offload Blinkbox Movies to TalkTalk, but that left their other Blinkbox products – Music and Books – in limbo.

The fate of Blinkbox Music and Books has not been known, until now.

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HTC One M9

HTC M9 to be launched in March

We have some good news HTC One M7 and M8 owners – HTC will reportedly launch its flagship One M9 smartphone in March alongside a new wearable device which we already know “isn’t a smartwatch” (according to HTC).

The HTC M9 as it’s codenamed will reportedly feature a 20-megapixel rear camera and an UltraPixel front-facing camera, as well as 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It will also reportedly feature Dolby 5.1 audio technology and a slightly larger display than the M8, if you believe the rumours.

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The stars of CES 2015

With hundreds of start-ups providing a glimpse into the world of next-generation technology such as “The Internet of Things” and virtual reality, CES 2015 was the best show that this technology event has put on in a long time – eclipsing even 2014’s stellar event.

But it was Korean tech giant Samsung that stole CES 2015 with a neat washing machine with ActiveWash, a range of Ultra-HD TVs that run on Samsung’s home-grown Tizen operating system and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR. If you love your technology and relish the opportunity to peer into very the near-future, below we have listed the show’s star products.

Enjoy!

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Samsung SM951 SSD

Your laptop will sleep for months with the Samsung SM951 SSD

A power saving state, sleep mode on a laptop is one of the best power options for people who need to quickly resume full-power operation, or in other words, get back to work fast. Typically, a laptop can stay in sleep mode for days – or at the most weeks – but Samsung has bigger ambitions than that with their latest laptop SSD.

Samsung’s new laptop SSD is a PCIe 3.0 SSD drive available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities initially. It is the first laptop SSD in the world to have the new L 1.2 low-power standby mode that slashes the power consumption in sleep mode by a whopping 97% over a normal, older SSD.

All of which means that your laptop will be able to sleep for months.

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first ever mobile phone call in Britain

30 years ago today, the first mobile phone call in the UK was made

It’s the year 1985, the year that the British Coal Miners strike ends, the year that Boris Becker becomes youngest winner at 17 to win the men’s Wimbledon championships, the year that a volcanic eruption in Columbia kills 25,000 people, the year that the Eastern half of North America is hit with one of the harshest winters in recorded history, and the year that the first mobile phone call is made in the UK by Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone chairman Sir Ernest Harrison.

That first British mobile phone call was performed on the Transportable Vodafone VT1, a brick of a device that weighed in at 5kg and came complete with a carry handle, antenna and tethered receiver. Below is a picture of the old-school Transportable Vodafone VT1.

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PlayStation Plus

Sony says sorry

If you were the owner of a multi-national business that had its key online service brought down by a DDoS attack over the Christmas period, what would you do to compensate your customers that were left unable to access their online world for not just a few hours, but days?

It would seem that a five-day extension on PlayStation Plus subscriptions and a 10% discount token on any PlayStation Plus purchase is just compensation for Sony, which is what affected users are going to get – like it or not.

The extension will be automatically applied says Sony and if your PSN membership or trial ends before the extension is available, users will receive a five-day PlayStation Plus subscription boost.

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