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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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Nest launches in the UK today for £179

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

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Yahoo News Digest comes to the UK to give your iPhone its twice daily dose

Yahoo News Digest initially launched at CES in January as a U.S. only product, but today it spreads its wings and brings twice daily doses of news to UK readers. Importantly, the content is tailored to the region, and so won't provide U.S. news you're perhaps not so interested in.

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Ofcom to make all 0800 calls free from mobiles in 2015

Ofcom, the British communications industry regulator, has announced that finally mobile networks will have to cease charging for calls to freephone 0800 numbers. Or rather, from 2015 they will. In addition, changes will be made to charges for calling numbers used by companies and organisations that start with 08, 09 and 118.

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UK Government reportedly bans iPads from secret meetings for fear of spying

For fear of them being 'hacked' and used to 'listen in' on secret meetings, the UK Government has reportedly banned iPads from all sensitive talks. Multiple UK newspapers have run the story this weekend, and while these are just reports, fear of spying is allegedly topic number 1 for their removal

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Virgin Media to offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the UK

Beyond the main carriers in the UK, there's a pretty thriving MVNO scene, and one such smaller provider, Virgin Media, is set to start offering both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Without telling us how much it will cost you for each one, Virgin Media has at least said the two phones will be available from November 22.

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TVCatchup mobile apps losing channels following legal action

TVCatchup has been a favorite among UK iPhone owners for many a year, offering a free way to watch domestic television on the go. Sadly, the TV providers haven't all been fans of the service, and following legal proceedings some changes are now to be made to the TVCatchup offering.

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Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...

When Apple announced iTunes Radio for iOS 7, it was as a US only service, at least at first. Unfortunately, that might not change until 2014 at the earliest, even for countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, which typically enjoy early Apple rollouts. From speaking with people in the music industry over the years, I've continually heard what an utter pain it is getting content licensing deals, especially outside the US, even for Apple. Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano of Bloomberg point out that even though it may feel slow, it's still faster than many rival services have been able to grow their offerings:

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