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UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the basis that there will be new board to oversee the functioning of new powers. The move is an effort to continue protecting UK citizens from external threats.

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UK government to make mobile operators share towers to boost signal in rural areas

UK mobile operators could be made to share networks in rural areas where signal is weak, under plans to provide better services to consumers from all network operators. Ministers have put forward the plan to prevent situations where only one or two major operators are available in certain parts of the country, providing consumers with more choice as to who they wish to hold a contract with. This is before the UK (and EU in general) look at 5G in years to come.

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EE to begin trialing calls over Wi-Fi in the UK, 4G support coming in 2015

UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data usage across the network and make way for 4G calling services to launch in 2015.

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Game of Thrones season 4 lands on Amazon Instant Video + Google Play in the UK

Just days after its conclusion on TV, the fourth season of Game of Thrones is available for Brits to stream through Google Play and Amazon Instant Video. The entire ten-episode run will set you back £18.49 in SD or £24.49 in HD from Google Play or £16.99-23.99 from Amazon. Google offers a little bonus content with a season purchase, however, including an inside look at the Valyrian language, a recap of season three, and a preview of some of the new characters and locales in season four. If you want to pay by the episode, each one will cost £2.49 in HD or £1.89 in SD.

There's no sign of the latest season appearing on either platform in the U.S. yet, so American fans will need to go directly to HBO for their Thrones fix.

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Three UK brings free roaming to five new countries

British mobile operator Three has announced that from July 1 it'll be adding five new countries to its "Feel at Home" scheme, which allows customers to use their UK voice, text and data allowances abroad without additional roaming charges.

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Vodafone's latest price hike could see UK bills increased by 10 percent

Vodafone as announced price rises for the UK market, which could see monthly bills go up by as much as 10 percent. While contracts themselves will not be altered, the mobile operator will be increasing the amount charged on use above customer allowances. The company will calculate how much bills will be increased using a three month profile of each customer's bill. Should consumers be disappointed with the increase, they can leave the operator without charge.

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Vodafone sweetens its 4G offerings with free Netflix for six months

Vodafone UK has today announced a partnership with Netflix that will see customers receiving a free six month subscription to the video-on-demand service. Anyone signing up to a Vodafone Red 4G contract beginning in July – and lasting until the end of the year – will be given the option to receive the perk.

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse announce merger

As widely reported last week, UK tech retail giants Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have revealed that they are to merge, creating one of the biggest high street technology brands in the country. Dixons CEO Sebastian James announced the news today while reporting trading details for the financial year, according to BBC News.

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U.K. carrier EE raising prices slightly on May 28

The U.K's EE network is set to increase prices by 2.7% — yes, two-point-seven-percent — on May 28, 2014. EE's new terms and conditions allow them to raise prices by the RPI (retail price index — i.e. the rate of inflation) once a year with 30 days notice.

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UK opening up payments via mobile numbers this month

The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts already have noted.

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