First the company was called Everything Everywhere, but in August 2012 the company announced the EE brand would offer 4G in the U.K. and Everything Everywhere would become the legal entity and parent company of all three brands.It was then bought by the BT Group in 2016, becoming part of the BT Wholesale and Ventures division, yet retaining its band identity and retail stores under the EE name.Read: UK network overview – the best plans and optionsThe network brought LTE to market nearly a year before its rivals (although regulator Ofcom had a hand in it), launched its own TV and Broadband services, and has established one of the best networks in the U.K..Since then, EE has managed to cultivate a network that covers marginally more of the U.K.’s population than any of its rivals — 99 percent of it.EE’s network currently uses the following frequencies:
High street bucket-o'-noodles specialist Wagamama has been shamed by the government, which has put it at the top of the league table when it comes to not paying its staff the legal minimum wage.Government figures show that the chain underpaid 2,630 workers by a total of £133,212 and 42p last year, with the workers now in line for a nice chunk of back pay.So no need to leave tip for a few months, then.Wagamama is the tip of an iceberg that saw 9,000 workers on the minimum wage underpaid by a total of £1.1 million, but the good news is they should all get it back now.Other big-name low-payers include the Marriott hotel chain and the owner of the TGI Friday's group, but then, the further down the list of shame you go, the smaller the businesses become.Plaistow Broadway Filling Stations in Basildon is outed for underpaying one poor member of staff, and probably therefore its only member of staff, £535.53, with one hairdresser in Eastbourne somehow managing to underpay 78 workers the total of £427.40 -- putting them in line for a life-changing lump sum of £5.47 each.
The e-commerce titan said Wednesday it will now offer the popular membership program to Medicaid recipients for $5.99 a month, less than half the regular monthly price.The move vastly expands the number of people now eligible for that discounted rate, with about 35 million American adults enrolled in Medicaid, the public health insurance program for people with low income.Amazon in June started offering that discounted rate to people with Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, cards, which are used to give money for food assistance and other government-aid programs."We know a discounted Prime plan is not the solution to every problem customers face," said Aaron Perrine, general manager of Lifestage Programs at Amazon, "but we believe it's one piece of the puzzle in making their lives a little bit easier."Amazon's intentions, of course, aren't wholly altruistic.After successfully bringing Prime into the majority of higher-income homes, Amazon now likely needs to look to lower-income shoppers to keep growing the program, which has tens of millions of subscribers in the US.
is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft,” suggesting imminent action on a long-unresolved issue with China’s government.As Trump’s latest proclamations coincide with recent U.S. government efforts to keep Chinese hardware out of the U.S.’ next-generation 5G cellular networks, analysts now speculate that a “5G wireless trade war” could break out between the countries.Last week, Trump announced that the U.S. will impose 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, shielding historically declining U.S. producers from Chinese and Canadian rivals.While the tariffs were described at the time as stoking fears of a trade war with China, the impact on the Chinese economy was said to be comparatively small.Trump’s new focus on intellectual property theft is fanning the flames of conflict, as it addresses a topic all but unique to China.For years, U.S. businesses have complained about Chinese misappropriation of trade secrets and copyrighted works, as well as flagrant violations of patent and trademark rights.
BenQ has launched another 4K projector for home entertainment setups, the TK800.This model sports High Dynamic Range support in addition to 4K resolution, as well as special modes designed specifically for sports and football fans.With this model, users can project a 100″ or greater Ultra HD picture on their wall or projector screen with 3,000 lumens for ample brightness.The BenQ TK800 projector offers 8.3 million pixels thanks in part to XPR technology.This particular model has a 0.47-inch single-DMD DLP resulting in an overall compact projector body, one that will fit well in most modern homes.The 4K resolution offers much better image quality at 100-inches versus a Full HD projector, however.
A group of Stanford University students launched a public protest against Apple this weekend, claiming that Apple has failed to take “common sense” steps to curb technology addiction, reports the Stanford Daily.Citing multiple studies and noting Apple’s ability to spur industry-wide changes, the Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices (SSAAD) campaign marks an escalation of concern over device addiction, which has expanded from worried parents to include affected young people speaking out on their own behalf.Led by three Stanford computer science majors and a Stanford Hospital medical student, SSAAD protested outside Apple’s Palo Alto store, a location that historically has been personally visited by key Apple executives.The group handed out pamphlets and engaged with the public, calling on Apple to take specific actions to decrease the addictiveness of iPhones.According to the pamphlet, titled “Apple holds us captive,” half of teens feel addicted to their iPhones, and over two-thirds of adults check their iPhone hourly, collectively causing stress, harming personal relationships, and undermining productivity.“Even though Apple’s business model does not rely on device addiction,” SSAAD said, “they fail to take common sense steps to address the issue.” SSAAD proposed that iPhones include a usage pattern tracker to clearly show time spent in various apps, add granular controls for notifications, and offer an “essential mode” that restricts iPhone usage to calls, texts, and photos.
Elton John has called out the “rude” fan who disrupted his live show in Las Vegas that led to the ‘Rocket Man’ singer storming off stage.On Saturday, video footage emerged of the 70-year-old star telling the overzealous fan to “f*** off* during a performance in Sin City, where he currently has a residency.Now Elton has issued a statement explaining that the man in question had been trying to put his hands on the singer’s piano and take pictures.His statement reads: “Last night in Las Vegas a fan put his hands on the piano keys while I was playing and continued to do so even after I asked him to stop.He then proceeded to reach over the piano and try to take pictures, completely disrupting the performance.“I bring fans onstage every evening when we play Saturday Night in the set, it is always a lovely part of the show where I get to meet them, shake their hands and have them right there with me while I play.
In the past couple years, you could ask a drone to be two things: good or small.In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Mavic Air wins the game, and things will never be the same.LIKE: Hard to crash, makes pretty videoDISLIKE Shakes in cold weather (Update: DJI fixed the issue)It’s worth ranting about the Mavic Air’s size, if only to highlight how impossibly feature-filled the drone still manages to be.Those features include a new obstacle avoidance system that DJI calls APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems).
Rylo, the 360-degree action camera which allows movie-style editing directly from your smartphone, has finally released an Android app to join its iOS counterpart.The GoPro-rival was launched last year, a compact twin-lens camera that natively recorded 360-degree spherical video.However, while that video could be shared through compatible players like YouTube, Rylo’s real magic was in the options it offered for reframing the footage.After transferring it from the camera to your smartphone, the video could be converted into a more traditional, 1080p Full HD format, taking a section of the scene rather than the whole sphere.Rylo offered several tools for that process, including the ability to auto-pan to keep a moving subject in the center of the frame.That left Android users out in the cold for editing and for simple sharing, since the camera was designed to transfer the video it captured via a short cable to the smartphone.
On the one hand, the government doesn’t cannibalize your company’s profits while, on the other, it has the financial resources to guarantee extensive welfare packages that constitute a much-needed safety-net for groundbreaking yet risky business ideas.Spotify is possibly the most remarkable example.Since its inception in 2008, the company defibrillated a dying music industry implementing what has been branded as a “sustainable business model for artists.” Despite good intentions, the company got its fair share of criticism from people that didn’t feel the compensations were high enoughThe company always replied that its product massively migrates users away from piracy.Spotify is now almost worth $ 20 billion and filed to go public.Colossi like King, Mojang, Paradox, and Mag Interactive gave the world viral hits such as Minecraft, the Candy Crush saga, and Ruzzle.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on FinTech companies issuing initial coin offerings (ICOs), and has served dozens of subpoenas and information requests.The regulatory action is the latest in a series of warnings related to the multi-billion cryptocurrency market and the sale of digital tokens, which in some cases may violate federal laws, according to the Wall Street Journal.Cryptocurrencies, or digial tokens such as bitcoin, Ether and Ripple, are based on blockchain technology and have existed in a regulatory gray area that allows for cross-border transactions that are far more efficient than traditional fiat-based currencies such as dollars or euros.Many in the FinTech industry have been resistant to acknowledging that ICOs are securities, and therefore subject to the comprehensive regulatory scheme presented by federal securities law.Rosen said an SEC probe would deliver further notice to ICO issuers and their gatekeepers (i.e., lawyers, accountants and advisors) that regulators are "dead serious" that cryptocurrencies will be deemed securities and must be registered as such.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has not been receptive to these efforts, and, in fact, has shown little patience for such 'clever lawyering.'"
Meituan’s ambition to reignite the ride-hailing war is getting serious.The Chinese O2O and e-commerce giant is rumored to launch on-demand car service in seven cities on 16 March, Chinese media TechWeb is reporting (in Chinese).Major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen are included in the list.After launching ride-hailing service in Nanjing last year, the company announced plans to enter more cities like Beijing and Shanghai.Shortly after its announcement, however, the company was beset with setbacks for its legal status in running ride-hailing services in these cities, where separate permits from different local municipalities are needed.Meituan Dache announced that it would roll out in Beijing on January 12, but order from Beijing authorities has forced the firm to postpone its launch.
Logitech has announced some updates to its Craft keyboard, expanding what users can do with the customizable creative input dial, along with releasing an open SDK that will allow app developers to build their own integrations for the Craft keyboard.The biggest addition is support for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, allowing users to access 11 different editing tools (including saturation, tint contrast, and shadows) through the dial.Like the other integrations on the Craft, tapping the dial allows users to change between them, and turning the infinitely scrolling wheel allows for precise adjustments.Logitech has also added support for several other apps, including Adobe Reader DC (Windows only), VLC (Windows), Preview (Mac), Quicktime (Mac), Safari (Mac), and Spotify (both Windows and Mac), allowing for users to do things like change tracks, adjust volume, zoom into documents, and more.Developers looking to build Craft integrations can find the documentation and SDK over at Logitech’s Github repository here.
You like your fingers and you want them to stay on your hands, so you have a healthy fear of jigsaws and circular saws.But you still want a custom-made table.It's a good thing MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed AutoSaw, a robotic system that does all the dangerous work.Your journey to a custom piece of furniture starts with the CAD (computer-aided design) system OnShape and a selection of design templates.You can make adjustments to the look, change the size, or make it shorter or taller.The system sends the finished design to a crew of robots, which includes two agile Kuka youBot robo-arms on wheels and a delightfully modified Roomba that wields a jigsaw.
There’s a lot of mythology around what a martial arts master is capable of, from leaping between buildings to turning invisible.But The Slow Mo Guys and their slow-mo camera spent some time with three Shaolin monks who demonstrated an amazing ability to throw a needle through a sheet of glass.As far as ninja-like skills go, throwing a needle with such tremendous force isn’t immediately as impressive as hurling shurikens.But through the lens of a high-speed camera it looks superhuman—and as a tool for taking out an enemy (like a balloon that disrespected your family), a needle might actually be the perfect covert weapon.
Entry-level DSLRs deliver a big step up in image quality from a compact camera or smartphone, offering far more manual control and the ability to change lenses to tackle a huge variety of projects.You may also want to consider a mirrorless camera as an alternative.If so, you'll find our video above or Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences guide very useful.Or, if you're not sure what kind of camera you need at all, then read our easy-to-follow guide to camera types: What camera should I buy?You're not limited to own-brand lenses either, with the likes of Sigma, Tamron and Tokina selling quality lenses at prices that are often lower than the camera manufacturers' equivalent lenses.It's not the most expensive entry-level DSLR, but we think it's the best
Microsoft released the first version of its quantum development kit and a new quantum computing programming language Q last December.Today, the company has released an update that adds support for quantum development on macOS and Linux.Both the Q language, and the company's quantum simulator, will run on these platforms in addition to Windows.The new release of the simulator is much faster than the first release, with the company saying that it runs four to five times faster, especially on simulations with 20 or more qubits.The quantum libraries and samples are now available under an open source license—the source to these was previously merely shared—enabling others to modify and extend them.Interoperability with existing libraries is also being improved: Microsoft is working on integrating Python support.
Peter Thiel, the well-known investor who cofounded data-analysis firm Palantir Technologies and who bankrolled the lawsuit that ultimately drove Gawker out of business, has decided that he has had enough of Silicon Valley.Thiel is moving his home address, investment firm, and foundation 400 miles south to Los Angeles, according to the Wall Street Journal.Thiel has also apparently raised the possibility that he will step down from Facebook’s board of directors.Thiel rose to political prominence in 2016 when he donated $1.25 million to the Trump campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention.As a result, his politics have reportedly driven him away from the liberal bastion of the Bay Area, with sources telling the Journal they believe that Thiel now finds the region to be “intolerant” and having “greater risk of regulation.”The entrepreneur was born in Germany (he retains German citizenship) but spent most of his childhood in South Africa and Namibia before his parents settled in Foster City, California, south of San Francisco.
The BAFTAs are set to take place this Sunday, hosted by Joanna Lumley with EE as the headline sponsor.What's more interesting at this point, however, is that EE will be commemorating the occasion with a brand new 360-degree movie trivia quiz show - also hosted by Lumely.The quiz is set to take all of five minutes, letting people at home tune in online or through a VR headset.But unlike the typical quiz shows you might see on TV right now, this one was filmed in a Savoy hotel room with clues dotted around the place to help find the answers yu don't already know.That way the 360-degree aspect is a tool you be exploited, rather than a worthless gimmick.As you can see above the quiz is already available now, and since it's hosted on YouTube you can use just about any VR headset to take part.
IT contractors warned to get house in orderA BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation - judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd lost her appeal covering tax years 2006/07 to 2012/13, with HMRC contesting that she owed income tax and National Insurance Contributions.It is the first IR35 judgment to emerge from a number of appeals involving television presenters operating through personal service companies.A number of BBC presenters are being investigated over whether they paid too little tax by working as freelancers, with it emerging 100 were being investigated in October 2016.Ackroyd had told the tribunal that the limited company model was in place at the insistence of the BBC, and that she had received assurances from her accountant that the arrangement was tax compliant.