EU Cuts Euro Roaming Charges

EU Cuts Euro Roaming ChargesThe European Union has laid out a new set of rules for mobile phone users wandering over the hills and plains of Europe in a move that should see bills slashed by around 60 per cent.

Anyone who’s used their mobile phone in Europe will have experienced the pain of the wallet draining bill when you get home, but the new rules will see text message charges cut to €0.11 (before VAT), a substantial reduction on the current €0.28 rate.

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Pirate Bay Party Wins Swedish EU Seat and Funding For Germany Wing

Pirate Bay Party Wins Swedish EU Seat and Funding For Germany WingPirate Party International, the political party closely linked to The Pirate Bay file sharing site, have won a Swedish seat in the European Election and are reporting “significant results” in Germany.

In Sweden they (Piratpartiet) gained 7.1% of the votes, Which they claim makes them “the largest party in the segment below 30 years of age.”

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Plasma TV Screens Set To Get The Push In Europe

Plasma TV Screens Set To Get The Push In EuropeThe pen-pushing Eurocrats in Brussels are ready to ban large screen plasma TVs if a new EU standard goes through this spring.

The EU is displeased with the vast energy needs of plasma screens, which are thought to hog four times as much power than regular screens, and produce four times as many carbon emissions.

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The Rise Of The PVR: Painfully Slow. New Technology Adoption Is Slow

The Rise Of The PVR: Painfully Slow, But UK Highest In EuropeNever be fooled. Things always take a lot longer to change than you think they will – particularly where the mass adoption of a new technology is concerned.

The PVR lesson
When I started writing about TiVo back in 2001, I saw “PVR’s are a vital piece in the jigsaw.”

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Wikitude: Philipp Breuss And The Story Behind The Software

Wikitude: Philipp Breuss and the story behind the softwareAfter having seen the highly impressive demonstration of Wikitude, we just had to find out more, so Digital-Lifestyles spoke to Philipp Breuss, who has lead the development of Wikitude.

Philipp previously worked for Sony but gave this up to make the development of the Wikitude software which he describes as “the most exciting things that we ever did.”

He’s been building the application for the last year, but as a mobile travel guide for Android that also uses Mobile Google Maps and Text from Wikipedia.

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Gary McKinnon: All Legal Routes Exhausted: Extradition To US Likely

Gary McKinnon: All Legal Routes Exhausted: Extradition To US LikelyWe heard news from Gary McKinnon’s law firm, Kaim Todner, that the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) has ruled against their recent application to have Gary’s extradition to the US halted.

The temporary prohibition of McKinnon’s extradition, as granted by the ECtHR on 12 August, is now effectively lifted and the authorities of the United Kingdom are now free to extradite our client to the United States.

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