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EU puts a cap on when roaming in the sun

EU puts a cap on when roaming in the sun

By 1 July 2010

Quick, book your flight - international roaming just got (a little bit) cheaper. As well as a cap of €50 (about £41-ish) on data charges, the cost of calls whilst abroad has also fallen due to an EU directive which is now in place. The cuts are as... >>

Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot

Developer criticises 'limited' browser ballot

By 3 March 2010

A web designer, Richard Quick, has filed a complaint with the EC about the browser ballot screen that is rolling out, offering users a choice between which software they use to navigate the Web. He says that half the options on offer are just Internet... >>

Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options

Wild Wild Web - the browser ballot's lesser-known options

By 1 March 2010

We're not going to insult your intelligence. You know what Firefox is. You might have tried new boy Chrome. If you're a Mac user, you'll be familiar with Safari. You may even be a fan of long-running innovators Opera. One thing's for sure - you're unlikely... >>

EU sets 6 month limit on Street View

EU sets 6 month limit on Street View

By 26 February 2010

Every 12 months, Google currently has to drive around all the places that it's snapped on Street View and re-take the photos, but under new instructions from the EU, that could be cut down to half as much - just 6 months. The reason is data privacy. The... >>

Microsoft and Yahoo's search team-up gets regulator approval

Microsoft and Yahoo's search team-up gets regulator approval

By 19 February 2010

Microsoft and Yahoo have announced that they have now received the required clearance for their search team-up from both the US Department of Justice and the European Commission, and, says the two companies, "will now turn their attention to beginning... >>

Microsoft lowers Bing user data retention to 6 months

Microsoft lowers Bing user data retention to 6 months

By 19 January 2010

Microsoft has announced that Bing users' data will be deleted at 6 months, rather than the previous 18 months. The move, said to be as part of Microsoft's "ongoing evaluation of (its) Internet search privacy practices" is described as a "new and significant... >>

EU drops Microsoft antitrust charges

EU drops Microsoft antitrust charges

By 16 December 2009

The European Union has announced that it's dropping all antitrust charges against Microsoft, following the software giant's agreement to offer a choice of 12 web browsers to owners of its operating system. The deal will see users get a "ballot screen"... >>

EU cars getting mandatory emergency system

EU cars getting mandatory emergency system

By 19 November 2009

From early in the next decade, it'll be mandatory for all cars in the EU to be fitted with a "black box" technology called eCall. This is an in-vehicle emergency call service which is used to contact the authorities in the case of an accident or other... >>

EU proposes wireless "Road Trains"

EU proposes wireless "Road Trains"

By 9 November 2009

An interesting EU-financed project is looking at the possibility of building "Road Trains" to carry cars in convoy over long journeys. Each road train would be comprised of up to eight vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, anything), all of which would follow... >>

EU imposes music player volume limit

EU imposes music player volume limit

By 28 September 2009

The European Union has demanded that MP3 player and mobile phone manufacturers decrease the volume on their output, in a concession to the risk of deafness. The consumer protection unit said that the new rules are aimed at teenagers, reports the AFP.... >>