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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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Happy to break this news. Google Play Movies and Newsstand are now available in these great places. https://goo.gl/CAHsHU
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Come on Hangouts Wouldn't it have been easier to make Messenger the Whatsapp alternative? It's works well, you can share all manner of things like your location, a picture and the like and it just works.

Phandroid have been getting some 'exclusive' use of an updated version of Hangouts which by all accounts is all super and much better than the current version. There's no apk file floating around so either they are what some are hoping to see or a body from Google is leaking genuine stuff.

The thing is though does anyone actually use Hangouts? Hardly anyone I know does as they all tend to use WhatsApp to send pictures and have their group chats.

Can't Google just bake the functionality of Hangouts in Messenger instead of having two separate apps? You can already use Hangouts as your SMS app but it doesn't work as nicely as Messanger.

In view of that are you WhatsApp or Hangouts?


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The answer to the question why message and not hangouts is down to message being the open source code of AOSP and hangouts having some of googles magic stuff?
What I use is like so many others whatsapp and hangouts and I even use facebook messenger. Everybody seems to use something different so i just install them all lol
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App update - Google Translate

Brilliant if you're heading away on holiday or business and your grasp of the destinations lingo isn't up to scratch. There is a total of 27 new languages with the new to and from options being:

Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. You can also do one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai.

The La Bamba video you can view below brings to life the new version of Translate and it should be appearing in Google Play via this link - https://goo.gl/BNx2Ue

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+Android UK News etc I joked that Russian is sanctioned. But it is really not there. Why?
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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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6 months free Google Play Music That isn't a bad offer that sees you saving nearly £60 over the free period and after it's up you'll be asked for £9.99 per month.

I've been using it quite a lot over the last few months and it works well when my phone is connected via Bluetooth to my car. You might catch me rocking to The Animal Went In Two By Two and other hits.

The offer is valid on all purchases of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge in the UK made between July 1 and 30 September 2015. Offer must be redeemed by 31 October 2015

If you've been afterthe S6 with 32GB of storage  Carphone have a nice deal going with Vodafone. For £34 per month you get unlimited minutes and messages plus 2GB of data. You can get that on their website here - http://tidd.ly/ae473f4f- where you'll also be able to have a look at other deals.

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You can even say Ok Google I want some Temptations and by magic you have a Temps playlist playing in your car.
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Ads on Google Play You'll soon start seeing app development houses promoting their apps in the form of adverts on Google Play.

This is going to do one of two ways and I'll be sitting on the side that isn't all that bothered. By the looks of it Google have implemented it very well and that will be the key.

Google Play reaches more than 1 billion people on Android devices in more than 190 countries. With such an extensive reach, Search Ads on Google Play can provide consumers new ways to discover apps that they otherwise might have missed

Any developers out there who haven't yet seen the news or indeed if anyone else is interested take a look at the AdWords website here - http://adwords.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Companies like Booking.com and Nordeus are already extending their app promotion strategy to include showing ads on the Play Store.
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according the link there are 4 times as many G+ active users than active Twitter users and it's almost as active as Facebook... how exactly is G+ a ghost town? 
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