The TPS runs a register designed to reduce any unsolicited sales calls. Firms can be fined for ignoring the list.
According to the findings of the research, while the TPS is “highly effective” at stopping calls to consumers registered on TPS by legitimate telemarketing companies, TPS-registered consumers still receive on average 2.5 nuisance calls per month.
It transpires that only a third of “nuisance” calls are blocked by the service, which allows individuals to opt-out of marketing calls, research has found.
However some rogue companies are flouting the rules, according to regulators. And us lot unwittingly give consent for calls by ticking a box on devious online sales forms.
The research, commissioned by Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office, found that registering with the TPS blocked 35% of all nuisance calls.
If you’re an individual, registration on the TPS is free and takes 28 days to become effective.
It is a legal requirement that all organisations – including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties – do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have the individual’s consent to do so.
There are plans to increase the level of fines levied on firms that make nuisance calls, and these are due in October.
Fines of up to 20% of annual turnover could be handed down to firms using information gathered by unlawful unsolicited calls and texts. That’ll learn ‘em.
Let’s see what the swarthly named Claudio Pollack from Ofcom has to say: “We understand how frustrating it is to still receive some unsolicited sales calls despite being TPS-registered,”
“That is why we welcome tough enforcement action from the ICO against rogue companies who breach the rules.”
Currently, the ICO must demonstrate “significant damage or distress” caused to individuals by nuisance calls or spam texts in order to issue monetary penalties of up to £500,000.
Christ, let’s hope no mobile company has pissed off its users by spamming them willy nilly then. Oh.
Apple will dripfeed everyone with their new operating system, Yosemite, as of tomorrow.
OS X Yosemite was announced in May, and now it will be available as a public beta test, which will kick off around 1pm EST (which is around 6pm in the UK). If you want to test it out, then hit this link and sign up.
So what’s new? Well, Yosemite will use translucency throughout the system, so if you didn’t like the ‘flat’ colourful UI design of iOS 7, you’ll probably hate this.
There’s also a thing called ‘Handoff’, where Yosemite and iOS 8 will work easier with each other. If you start work on your iPad, it’ll be simpler to pick up where you left off on your Mac (and vice versa). You’ll be able to answer phonecalls from your iPhone with Yosemite too.
There’s improvements to iCloud and the Mail app too, and AirDrop will now work between iOS and Mac devices.
There’s a load of other new things going on as well, but we advise that, if you’re really interested in all that, you let Apple tell you all about it, here. The short version is that Apple want to hook your iPhone up with your other devices in a way that is much easier for the user.
Carphone had been in discussions with several UK networks, but apparently Three are the ones who been the most interested, as the company looks past its usual fare of simply flogging phones.
It also looks more likely since Carphone Warehouse announced it was planning on setting up an MVNO in Ireland using Three’s network. The new network, set to go live in mid-2015, will utilise the newly-combined Three and O2 Ireland networks, which merged last month in a €780m deal.
Carphone Warehouse already has an existing partnership with Vodafone to resell low-cost contracts under the Talkmobile brand, a partnership which currently boasts around 700,000 customers and is set to continue.
It will certainly stir up shit with other UK mobile operators, who’ll be less likely to want to be involved with Carphone, such as EE, who want to focus on direct selling to its customers.
Yeah. Good luck with that EE!
Hipster cyclists like nothing more than tackling a huge hill in full lycra kit, rewarding themselves with some craft ale at the top, then taking a photo of it on Instagram. This is to say: “Look at me! I’m doing exercise, but I’m drinking beer, so I’m not like those other arses with their kale.”
Of course, they’re exactly the same as those other arses.
Most people who have bikes just want to stretch their legs for a mooch or commute to work, so hills aren’t exactly a thrilling prospect. No-one wants to turn up at the office with sweat dripping off them.
Google Maps already has a function where you can see cycle routes, but the latest update include journeys based on elevation, which means you can avoid hard climbs if you want to. Or indeed, you can look for more strenuous journeys, if that’s your thing.
Android Police have reported that there’s tools to compare different elements of your journey and a whole bunch of voice controls to help you out too.
You can ask Google Maps what the traffic is like and get estimates on arrival times and such.
Android Police have made a video of the new features and, as you’ll see, they’re not 100% great but a decent idea if you get around on your bike a lot.
Just don’t use it while pedalling through traffic or you’ll end up nothing more than a stain on the road.
The service will allow business people to receive office and mobile calls to a single device and reduce the risk of them missing important calls. Great for people having affairs with their underlings as well.
The BT One Phone helps streamline calls to any device all into one place. A bit like an email server which aggregates all your accounts. But on a phone.
All phone numbers for the individual are linked to one mobile device, meaning they can manage their calls from anywhere.
Graham Sutherland, CEO of BT Business, said:
“With an increasingly mobile and demanding workforce, businesses need communications technology that is as flexible as they are. Missed calls mean missed business. Today’s announcement, combined with the upcoming launch of our 4G services, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the increasingly mobile UK workforce.”
Users would need a BT One Phone SIM to gain access to the cloud-based call management service, with which they can receive calls from all of their various phone lines. This gives professionals more control, increasing productivity even when away from the office.
Or to translate that for you – YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO ESCAPE.
Snoopsome administrators will also be able to manage employee access by activating or deactivating employee SIM cards, managing call groups etc. Probably at will, when the fancy takes them and you’ll get all paranoid and neck a box of painkillers.
The future, ladies and gentlemen.
Drivers who use their mobiles while driving could be getting slapped around the face with six penalty points as part of a Government bid to crackdown to stop people getting killed on the roads, even though statistically, people are always going to die on the roads.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he’s going to weigh-up doubling the penalty points for those caught pissing about with their phones while at the wheel.
This is because the latest figures suggest that there’s one road death per fortnight that is directly related to mobile phone use, which McLoughlin described as “absolutely appalling”.
If the six point penalty comes in, that means you’d be banned from driving after two mobile-related offences. If you’re a new driver, you will probably be banned after a single offence.
There’s more too. The fines imposed for tweeting while driving could be increased too. The government are looking at getting the current £100 penalty and hiking it up to £150.
In fairness, no tweet or text is important enough to do while you’re driving. It also stands to reason that the kind of people who think they’re amazing drivers won’t stop doing what they want anyway, because that’s the way the world works.
The Mobile Operators Association (MOA, obvs) represents O2, EE, Vodafone and 3, and have said that themselves and the parks have settled on an agreement, without ruining the natural beauty and loveliness of the parks.
Now you can do a selfie with a deer and share it instantly rather than go through the agonising wait until you reach civilisation [This could make for some really fancy hook-ups with Tinder and Grindr and the like - Ed.]
It will also help boost the lives of those who work and maintain the parks, and they can alert people quicker to them with a simple “leg in mantrap lol” and not be left to rot there for a fortnight.
A chair named Jim Bailey, from the National Parks England and the North York Moors National Park Authority said: “Today’s agreement will be good for the thousands of businesses and people living in our National Parks, for the millions who visit them, and for the stunning landscapes and towns that are the lifeblood of our rural economies,” he said.
The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England: The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.
The first bit of news is that Chinese state media have warned their people that Apple’s iPhone is a threat to national security. Why? Well, iPhones can track you and transmit data back to the firm, which of course is paranoid and wei… hang on.
China might have a point there.
A report on China Central Television (yes, the acronym for that is ‘CCTV’, which is just hilarious really) said that the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function was dangerous and intrusive to Chinese citizens. ”This is extremely sensitive data,” a researcher told CCTV, before adding that iPhones could well tell everyone about the Chinese economy and “even state secrets”.
Cast your mind back to Edward Snowden’s claims that he once taught a course in “cyber-counterintelligence” against China, and things that may have been dismissed as the hootings of crackpots look far more probable.
Apple’s notes on the Frequent Locations service says: ”Your iPhone will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won’t be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing.”
CCTV have previously referred to Apple as “incomparably arrogant”, which is also funny.
However, Samsung have been pointing at China, saying that they’ve found evidence of “suspected child labour” at a factory of one of their suppliers. Say hello to our old pals at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics again!
Samsung undertook an investigation after the group China Labor Watch accused them of hiring children, with the tech-makers suspending business with the factory while they look into everything.
“If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsung will permanently halt business with the supplier in accordance with its zero tolerance policy on child labour,” Samsung said in a statement. “Furthermore, Samsung will strengthen its hiring process not only at its production facilities but also at its suppliers to prevent such case from reoccurring.”
Dongguan Shinyang Electronics have decided to stay quiet for the time being.
So there you have it. In China, it seems it is okay to work children like dogs, but if you tell Americans about their whereabouts, then you’re ‘incomparably arrogant’.
We’ve all been thinking it. We’ve all been worried about British Telecom not being wealthy enough. Well worry no more, because BT are going to get a “multimillion pound windfall” from mobile operators following a UK Supreme Court victory over phone call charges.
We can finally throw that nationwide street party in celebration of BT’s coffers! The orphans will be delighted.
So what happened? Well, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of BT following a dispute between the phone co. and mobile operators regarding extra payments for calls to 0800 and 0845 numbers.
EE, Telefonica, Three and Vodafone made an appeal, where they were trying to block charges for these non-geographic numbers, saying that BT’s wholesale costs (or ”ladder costs” if you like) were ”unreasonable.”
The court dismissed them outright and furthermore, the companies would have to make back payments to BT dating back to 2009. In plain English, that’s tens of millions of pounds straight into BT’s pocket.
“Clause 12 of BT’s Standard Interconnect Agreement confers a discretion on BT to unilaterally fix or vary its charges,” the UK Supreme court said in its ruling.
BT said in a statement, “We will now start proceedings to recover the money that has been refunded to the mobile operators since the Court of Appeal ruling. We will also be pursuing claims for further termination charges subsequent to that ruling. Such pricing was designed to benefit UK consumers by incentivising the mobile operators to lower their retail prices.”
Maybe they should invent some firms and send threatening letters to all the companies that owe them money?
Teaming up with EE, the Post Office will use their network’s infrastructure to offer mobile services, to add to the already half-million it provides a landline phone or broadband to.
By using EE’s masts and equipment to offer a mobile service, the Post Office becomes an MVNO. Other MVNOs using EE infrastructure include Asda Mobile and Virgin Media’s mobile service.
Post Office Ltd is actually a separate company from Royal Mail, running post offices where customers can send parcels, exchange foreign currency, pay bills and much more. There are approximately 11,500 branches across the UK.
No price announcements have been made yet, but the Post Office “pledges to offer customers great value for money and transparency in a market dominated by complex offers.”
Mobile services will be available online, over the phone or, at first, from 50 Post Office branches. You’ll be able to sign up in other branches around the country further down the line.
According to a video, the new iPhone is going to have a bigger screen, which will be made out of something so unbreakable that, if you try and smash it up, you’ll probably bleed to death before you make a dent in it.
This iPhone 6 screen measures 4.7 inches diagonally and is made from sapphire crystal glass. The thing with this new glass thingummy is that it is hard to break and very tough to scratch. That means you won’t be wrecking your phone with whatever is in your pocket (keys, coin, Steely Dan dildo, whatever).
Marques Brownlee, who leaked the new screen, said: “When I get it in the mail and open up the package, it’s pretty easy to tell if it’s a fake or something someone made.”
“It’s pretty clear to me that this is an Apple part.”
So there you have it. A bit of a new phone which looks relatively impressive if you like looking at bits of phones.
If you’d like to see a bit of a phone in action, then the glaringly obvious video below this sentence is where you want to be. Click play and then mutter to yourself; “I bet I could break it.”