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In the UK and own a Chromecast?

If you do, look what I came across this morning from Google UK, free Google Play credit!

If you are yet to get one, buy or reserve one from PC World or Currys here - http://goo.gl/B1lhcl

#android   #chromecast   #googleplay  
 
Free Google Play Credit, if you own a Chromecast!

Super stuff +Google UK 

If you've got a #Chromecast  you can pick up a free movie rental worth £4.99. All you need to do is visit this page - http://goo.gl/s3jvCQ with your Chromecast on and after a quick check, you should if applicable get the chance to redeem a rental for £4.99.

Once verified, you'll have £4.99 added to your Google Play balance. I'm going to try it with my second Chromecast, how super would that be if It does work. 

#android   #googleplay   #chromecast  

+Adrian Chapmanlaw + everyone else who has one!
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+Tim Morley Like the American Grey Squirrel vs the british red, our US grey Chromecasts are not as exciting :-(
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The list of winners is growing

 if you're in the UK and habve a contract with EE, Orange or T-Mobile it might be worth taking a look at the forum, moneysavingexpert.com

I myself am having a spat with Orange at the moment and my case is now with CISAS and awaiting the outcome. . 
 
The only answer is to go sim free

EE have announced a change to their terms and conditions and also announced a price rise. 

I've already won a case against EE / Orange and had a nice cheque returned back to me, now I'm after them for another one. My claim is currently with CISAS and I have submitted my notes on their defence, for those interested I'd be more than happy to show it.

One thing though that got me thinking is the below:

The Ofcom publication “ Price rises in fixed term contracts - Decision to issue Guidance on General Condition 9.6”, Published in October 2013. Ofcom defined “Likely to be of Material Detriment as follows:

Paragraph 6.22
In particular, we consider guidance is needed as to price rises which we are likely to regard as materially detrimental (or likely to be materially detrimental) and invoking the requirements of GC9.6. Such price rises are likely to include any increase to core subscription prices.

Ofcom have announced that this will only apply to contracts entered into on or after 23rd January,all Ofcom have actually done is clarify a definition. They have not changed the words of GC 9.6. As they have only clarified a definition then the definition must apply to all contracts as it cannot be a legally correct position that two contracts subject to the same regulation with exactly the same wording (GC 9.6) can have two different meanings?

Ofcom are meant to be a force to protect the consumer but it looks like a load of consumers are doing the job for them, the mobile networks in the UK are a little big for their boots.

Publicly, +Three UK have said that they want to see more power for the regulators but as is the case the world over, big business gets the upper hand.

The only answer is to go sim free, that way you have more buying power. With all the European regulations being thrust on the mobile networks, in particular the roaming charges, the networks will simply raise their prices and we'll see PAYG get hit first, next handset subsidy will vanish and we could even see a US style charge for incoming calls.

The whole +EE should have never been allowed to happen and Ofcom need to grow a pair, and quickly. EE try and tell you that the contract and indeed material detriment is a complex matter of law, consumer contracts are not meant to be complex. They also reckon that they are allowed to decide what is and isn't of material detriment to you, but you're not. The definition of ‘material’, in its ordinary meaning, is, actual and substantial, or conversely not immaterial. 

NOw we have to go and visit the place where it is all happening, moneysavingexpert.com. People are winning against EE / Orange and T-Mobile and whilst I may not be fun at parties, I'm sure you'd rather exercise your right than having some bod telling you otherwise. 

There are 1242 posts to go through, if you're interested you can start from the start:

http://goo.gl/hO1LOd

You can though get halfway through where some of the legal help comes in and catch up to where the price rise comes to the table. 

http://goo.gl/IYo7lV

All that is needed is about half of your time, copy and paste a letter or two and see what happens. You may get money back, you may beat the network at their own game. At least they'll get the message that they can't just walk over you.  

#android   #ofcom  

 
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Customers winning claims against price increases

+EE, Orange and T-Mobile customers in the UK are winning cases following price increases and change in terms and conditions.

If you're a customer of them check out the link attached to +Christopher Spackman post.
 
Lots of people winning cases against +EE +T-Mobile UK and Orange UK on the change in terms of conditions and price increase.

All it takes is a letter or two, copy and paste a template and you have a 50-50 chance of winning.

Read more - goo.gl/xJbKHW
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I complained that my increase had already came into affect, which it had. I also asked them to check my address and see how many contracts are in my household with EE. They sharp changed there tune and could not do enough for me. Hope any of this helps +Duarte Molha. I generally complain to any company that tries to up my bill mid contract. Sky and energy suppliers are my favourites.
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Apparently, all you Android users are poor according the the +Daily Mail report.

#android #ios
 
What??? #Android #iPhone 
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+Tim Lewis yes it's in agreement just being polite.
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Hello 4G from +Three UK in my part of #Bournemouth. Oh, and +EE it didn't cost a penny extra.

What's it like in your neck of the woods?

#android #4g
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I'm still waiting for 4g where I am, but HSDPA+ does me well enough.  1MB/sec at times (that's the old fashioned megabtye, not the new fangled Mebibtye or whatever).
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Google Camera

If you're running a device with KitKat, go to Google Play and update your camera app.

You're going to love it!
 
Nice new update to the Google Camera if you're running Android KitKat.

Better UI and some nice new features. All you need to do is go to the Play Store and it'll be an update.

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Not come to my Moto G yet.
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App update - BBC Sport

Nice app and for you football fans out there a new update. With it you'll be getting push notifications for various points throughout the match, kick off, goals, half time scores and full time result.

There are 150 teams you can get notifications for. Hopefully we'll see the same thing for other sports, the rather big gap under Football in the new 'My Alerts' menu could well point to such a thing.

Grab the update now via Google Play. It comes in at just over 12.5MB.

#android #bbc #sport
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Any +BT Sport customers out there? How super is this!

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Chromecast: For Bigger Fun.

With #Chromecast  you can easily enjoy your favourite online entertainment on your HDTV. For £30. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers means Bigger Fun: http://youtu.be/uGmUtWw50W4

We’re also excited to announce that from today you can now cast +BT Sport your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV. With BT Sport you can watch exclusively live matches from the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup with Budweiser and all 69 Aviva Premiership Rugby games. A BT Sport subscription is needed.

We already announced BBC iPlayer Android and iOS apps are Cast enabled. Now you can also enjoy live, on-demand and exclusive programmes from the BBC through the web version of BBC iPlayer, as well as movies, TV shows, music and more from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & Music and Chrome. Stay up-to-date on the latest apps that work with Chromecast at chromecast.com/apps.

Buy now from Amazon, Currys, PC World and Google Play. 

Visit the official website to find out more: http://goo.gl/VmWmrJ
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Still prefer Roku.
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Easy Google Play Credit with Google Opinion Rewards

Simply download the app and fill out a survey to have Google Play Credit added to your account. Surveys come in once a week and as such you'll get notified when they are available.

Previously only open to US residents,those of you in the UK, Canada and Australia can now take part.

All you need is just under 2MB of space and a few moments of your time now and again.
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Play Movies and Newsstand updated

Newsstand


Here's another couple of Android app updates for you. Newsstand which is a super app for reading the news for free from various sources comes with a new 'My Library' section instead of a separate section for news and magazines.

When you swipe across the new 'Read Now' option, each category when reading the news has a different colours on the action bar, orange for sports, blue for highlights and so on.

Google Play Movies

The best part of this update has to be the ability to go forward or back during playback by just using your finger. All you need to do is drag you finger across to fast forward or rewind as fast or as slow as you want, swiping IP seems to let you go slow motion.

Other new features include the ability to choose different accounts and read a synopsis.

The updates should be making their way to you about now, head over to Google Play to get them.

Play Movies - http://goo.gl/FPdYkv

Newsstand - http://goo.gl/h5kuWu

If they haven't shown up and you want to try the updates now, Android Police have the apk files - http://goo.gl/Y8YJgu


#android #newstand






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