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Vodafone worst for rural calls, Ofcom finds

worst qualityVodafone has the worst quality of calls for mobile phone customers in rural areas, according to research by Ofcom.

The regulator looked at data from EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone on the performance of their networks.

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Truly rock and roll: How Netcom went from the first LTE city to 4G everywhere two years early

Oslo cityIn 2009, Oslo became the first city to get 4G.

Now, the operator that made it possible plans to beat its rollout deadline with a little rock and roll. Roughly half a year has passed since TeliaSonera-owned Netcom was awarded the most attractive part of the 800MHz spectrum sold off in Norway's recent LTE-compatible spectrum auction.

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Apple scolded by Europe over in-app purchase protections

child tabletApple has been criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.

Many popular apps are free to download, but are designed to tempt users to pay for in-game enhancements - often allowing for quicker progression.

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European mobile roaming charges slashed

MobilePhoneAppsKeeping up with the World Cup on your smartphone on holidays has just got cheaper.

The cost of downloading data to use maps, watch videos, check the news, match results, and keep in touch with your friends on social media has been more than halved from last year.

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Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger

Phone chargersThe maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger. On Thursday MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the regulation, which will see a common charger used for smartphones by 2017.

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The decline of the Australian in the UK

australia hatOnce moving to the UK was a well-worn path for many young Australians.

Now the numbers arriving on British shores are falling. Rising migration might be a source of much British soul-searching, but the numbers of one long-standing immigrant group appear to be receding - the Australians.

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Europe's golden visas lure rich Chinese

europe-golden-visaA fence separates Morocco from Spain's north African enclave of Melilla.

Spain recently joined Portugal in offering rich foreigners a way into the EU in return for cash. A growing number of wealthy foreigners are buying their way into Europe as hard-pressed countries trade their passports for cash. 

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Edward Snowden leaks could help paedophiles escape police, says government

David-MirandaPaedophiles and other criminals could benefit from the Guardian newspaper's stories based on leaks by Edward Snowden, the High Court hears.  

Paedophiles may escape detection because highly-classified material about Britain’s surveillance capabilities have been published by the Guardian newspaper, the government has claimed.

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US ambassador to Germany summoned in Merkel mobile row

Angela MerkelGermany has summoned the US ambassador in Berlin over claims that the US monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will meet US envoy John Emerson later in what is seen as an unusual step between close allies.

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