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Deal of the week Should it be called Game of the week? Who cares as for just 10p you can build your own medieval metropolis with Townsman Premium.

It's like Sim City and you can get it here from Google Play - https://goo.gl/ziFY1l 
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Android 5.1 for the HTC M9 It was due to start hitting devices in Europe and elsewhere today and HTC are currently in the process of sending notifications to M9 units.

It's a massive 831MB download so you may need to hook up with a good WiFi connection before you think about downloading it. If you haven't yet had the notification you can always check by going to through your settings menu to the about phone option. 

That's not all HTC have been sending out either. Some users of the M9 and M8 have had an advert for the new Fantastic Four. It's a way for HTC to make some extra revenue but it hasn't gone down all that well.
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Update received today, no issues installing, though it took a while for obvious reasons.  No ads yet, but then again I'm using Nova not Sense home or Blinkfeed.
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App update - National Trust

The school holidays are upon you and you've got a pack of children who are hungry for something to do. If you haven't got anything planned why not check out what the +National Trust​ have coming up?

They have over 500 places to visit up and down the country. From the beautiful Kingston Lacy in Dorset to one of the many locations in Scotland and in between.

To aid you in planning ahead the latest update to the app allows you to save events direct to your calendar so you don't forget or scramble around looking for that bit of paper you can't remember what your wrote on it..

Included in the app are a few tweaks and bug fixes to help keep your National Trust experience as easy as possible. Here's the link - https://goo.gl/vewSaq

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The Maccabees Never heard of them but they  are an indie rock band from London and their album 'Marks To Proof It' is available to stream from Google Music.
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£60 off selected tablets at Currys The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a surprisingly nice tablet. A family member picked one up from Currys at also got themselves a free Google Chromecast for their trouble too. 

After a little deliberation they opted for the White one with 16GB of storage plus the Chromecast all for £169.00. You can grab a Black one if you'd prefer.

Looking down the list of other tablets you can also get yourself a Tab A with an S-Pen, ASUS Transformer Pad 10.1, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and a Lenovo Yoga tablet.

Only the Galaxy Tab A comes with the Chromecast offer. To take a look at that and other offers click the link here - http://tidd.ly/fc15b338- where you can also see what they have going in their summer sale.

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O2 brand may go The O2 logo has been apart of English rugby for years but under the merger with Three it could be a thing of the past.

The sponsorship with England runs out after the Rugby World Cup and it isn't clear if Three will carry on with the sponsorship. Like the England front row the O2 brand is strong. Not only is it associated with sport but O2 with their Priority app gives customers access to music tickets at the O2 before the general public and offers with various retailers.

The merger with Three is expected to go through next year should all the usual people like Ofcom have given it the thumbs up.

They themselves have expressed concern that the merger could see a price rise for us consumers but O2’s chief dismissed that saying it is “lazy economics” and prices have never been as cheap since there were only four players in the game.

Hopefully the brand will stick around as will the customer services O2 give their customers. Seeing as Three ditched the O2 name in Ireland the chances of Three keeping it in the UK are very small though.

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If mobile phone network Three’s takeover of 02 get the go-ahead, it could spell the end for one of Britain’s best-known brands
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So long as o2's customer service isn't reduced to the crap provided by Three, I'm generally OK with the merger.
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Deal of the week This week djay is the app sitting very proud as Deal of the Week over on Google Play for only 10p.

Sounds fun and for 10p I might just give it a whirl. You can too by visiting Google Play here - https://goo.gl/OhBdYr
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Disneyland on your phone Waiting around for rides is never fun and when you have probably paid a few pennies to get to Disneyland the fun will just get drained even quicker.

Disney hope that their new mobile app will go someway to help you not only check the wait times for rides but also be your very own guide and a whole lot more including:

Check Wait Times: See attraction wait times for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at a glance.

• Skip the Ticket Lines: Buy park tickets with the app and show your barcode at the gate for admission when you first get to the park! No ticket booth lines to stand in or e-tickets to print out.

• Exploring Made Easy: Find what you’re looking for quickly with GPS-enabled maps that show your location and the attractions, restaurants, shops and more near you.

• A Must-Have for Passholders: Link your passes to view blockout calendars and expiration dates. Show your digital pass barcode at the gate for admission when you arrive!


• Locate Favourite Characters: Get those autograph books ready! You’ll magically know when and where Disney Characters are appearing in the parks.

• The Details You Need: See park hours, schedules, accessibility information and descriptions for attractions, dining, entertainment and more. 

With the summer holidays in full swing and some lucky devils packing to make the trip I'm sure the app will come in very very useful. 

I haven't been yet but hopefully in a few years I'll be making my way stateside. Download the app now from Google Play via the link below. 
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Free movie from Sky Sky customers in the UK can pick up a free movie today. After you've paid £0 for Rio you'll get the option to either watch it straight away or download it to you Sky+ HD Box.

To download it you can use the Sky Store all. Once signed in and you've made your purchase Sky will also send you the DVD for free as with all purchases via Sky Store.

It could keep the children quiet for an hour or so. If you haven't already got the Sky Store app get it from Google Play here - https://goo.gl/ytEjrZ
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EE Euro Pass The sooner we get to 2017 when roaming charges get kicked in to touch the better. Until such time you are left with a few options and they are wither take your phone with and just use it with a WiFi connection, don't take your phone, get a local SIM or buy a Euro Pass.

Now with Three you're able to use your calls, texts and data as if you are at home in select countries including Australia and the US so a big bonus with them. 

EE on the other hand don't have the agreements in place or own any networks abroad so to use your phone wither do so as you which will see you get a hefty bill a little while after your return. Get a Euro Pass and you'll only pay £3-4 per day based on your current price plan. 

The specifics are in the press release below but the idea is if you pay for the pass and in return get get unlimited calls and texts to standard UK and Europe Zone numbers. Not a bad offer but it is something that will on a 2 week holiday cost you. 

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EE, the UK's most advanced digital communications company, today launched 'Euro Pass', offering customers the option of unlimited calls and texts, and a data allowance (with 4G where available) each day when abroad in Europe – for just £4 a day.

Available to EE Pay Monthly, SIM Only and small business customers, with Euro Pass there is now no need to get separate talk, text and data add-ons when heading across the Channel. Customers on 4GEE Extra plans who already benefit from unlimited calls and texts in 39 Europe Zone destinations* can now add the Euro Data Pass to get 100MB of data for just £3 a day.

With Euro Pass, customers get unlimited calls and texts to standard UK and Europe Zone numbers so customers can call home to let their parents know they arrived safely as well as book a table at a local restaurant for the evening

With both Euro Pass and Euro Data Pass, if a customer needs more than their 100MB full-speed allowance, they will receive 400MB at no extra charge for browsing, messaging and using social media at a slower speed. Alternatively they can choose from one of EE's great value roaming data add-ons. The customer is always in control and they can't run over their allowance, so they'll never get an unexpected bill

What's more, EE's new passes are all on top of customers' home allowances, meaning the minutes, texts and data used abroad don't come out of their UK monthly plan allowance or incur out of bundle charges

EE customers can opt-in any time - in the UK before they travel or when they're abroad – by texting EUROPASS or EURODATA to 150. Once it's added to their account, customers only pay on days they use their phone in EE's Europe Zone, so there's no need to take it off when they come home

The new passes add to EE's range of roaming offers for Europe and the Rest of the World. With EE's roaming data add-ons you only ever pay for what you choose – there are no run on rates and no unexpected data roaming charges. This summer, EE has also introduced new data add-ons outside Europe starting from £5

In addition to EE's Euro Pass for consumers and small business customers, EE offers 4G roaming in over 45 destinations worldwide. EE also offers 4G roaming in a growing list of countries to corporate customers as well, providing superfast data speeds overseas with excellent value and cost control thanks to new EE Business Data Traveller plans

For more information on using an EE phone abroad and all of EE's add-ons and standard roaming rates around the world, visit www.ee.co.uk/roaming or www.ee.co.uk/businessabroad for small business customers
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Loving #Three roaming whilst on holiday. Gives me all my texts, minutes and data at no extra charge. Would like to tether but shouldn't really complain. Also find the network good at home (UK), love the 4g when available (at no extra cost).
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Why does Europe hate Google? The French data protection regulator, the CNIL, seem to think that they own the internet outside of France.

They've told Google that the ridiculous right to be forgotten law should be rolled out world wide and if Google don't do it they will face the consequences of not doing so which will probably be a fine.

The +European Commission​ and Europe in general seems to have a real big issue with American tech companies because nobody on France, Germany or Spain have bothered to come up with a search engine or mobile OS to compete.

The CNIL have responded with this:

We have taken note of Google's arguments which are mostly of a political nature. The CNIL, on the other hand, has relied on a strictly legal reasoning

How on earth can the French claim that they have a legal right to tell Google what to do in another country?

Things will get so bad that mark my words that the European Union will roll out their own search engine just as the Chinese have and have complete control over the internet.

Google do point out that 97% of internet users in France use Google.fr and as much as the European Commission hates it they do so by choice. They could use another search engine if they wanted but they don't..


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App update - Pixlr

A brilliant app for giving your pictures a quick touch up and what's more it's all free. With over 600 effects from a simple crop to double exposure, layer and more the update today adds one very handy extra functionality.

For those with a Chromecast stuck in the back of a TV or monitor you can now beam your edits from phone or tablet to the big screen.

Of course that's all very well and good but what if you have been unable to sign in or sign up? Well along with a few bug fixes here and there everything should now be running A-OK.

Hit the link below to be carried over to Google Play and claim your prize.

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