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By Steven P.
Get three months of Amazon Music Unlimited or HD for free
by Steven Parker
Amazon Music Unlimited has been around for a while now, but has since expanded its catalog of music from a measly 40 million tunes to over 70 million over the course of five years. Although Prime members already get the standard Amazon Music included with the subscription, that service only contains around two million songs and far fewer full albums.
Amazon Music Unlimited has the following benefits:
In 2019, Amazon launched Amazon Music HD, which offers up to "Ultra High Definition" audio streaming; HD refers to 16-bit audio with a 44.1kHz sample rate, and Ultra High Definition means 24-bit audio, with sample rates up to 192kHz.
Amazon Music HD has the following additional benefit:
The service will play the best quality available based on your network quality, and the high definition audio is supported on multiple platforms, including desktop devices, Android, iOS, and Amazon's own smart speakers (barring some exceptions), Fire TV devices, and tablets.
Now you can get either Amazon Music Unlimited, or HD free for three months, after which Unlimited costs £9.99/month or HD £14.99/month. Existing Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers (Individual or Family Plan) can also upgrade to Amazon Music HD for an additional £5/month.
Get three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited in the UK (£9.99/month thereafter) Get three free months of Amazon Music HD in the UK (£14.99/month thereafter) These offers are only available to new Amazon Music HD or Unlimited subscribers and they end on May 24th, and as with other Amazon subscriptions, you can always choose to end your subscription before the billing cycle starts and the three months trial period ends.
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Vodafone joins EE in keeping stores open longer post-lockdown
by Paul Hill
Vodafone reopened its stores today now that England and Wales have begun lifting more lockdown restrictions. Similarly to EE, Vodafone has extended its opening hours to meet anticipated customer demand after months of its store being closed.
Across England and Wales, the firm has opened 363 stores while in Scotland and Northern Ireland it has opened 15 Click and Collect stores. To meet customer demand, store opening hours have been extended until 10 pm in a number of locations around the country. The firm also offers Tech Team Virtual Appointments for people who can’t travel or feel uneasy about venturing out to a Vodafone store. These virtual appointments give customers the option to resolve problems remotely and can be booked online through to Online Store Locator.
Commenting on the re-opening of stores, Max Taylor, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK said:
By leaving stores open longer, Vodafone will be able to interact with customers in a safer manner as fewer people be entering stores at any one time. Other safety measures it’s taking include deep-cleaning stores, providing alcohol-based hand gel at store entrances and providing staff with personal protective equipment, it has removed display devices to reduce the risk of surface contamination and it has implemented a virtual queuing system at its largest stores so customers only enter the store when they’re asked to.
UK politicians face legal challenge over self-destructing messages
by Paul Hill
The law firm Foxglove and the non-profit The Citizens have teamed up to challenge the government over disappearing messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Signal that are in widespread use by politicians, according to a report in The Guardian. The two groups say self-destructing messages are a threat to transparency and the archival of messages that are required in UK law.
Commenting on the legal challenge, Cori Crider, a director at Foxglove, said:
In 1958, legislation was passed in the UK that required documents to be archived. According to The Guardian, the law also applies to digital formats such as emails. The introduction of easy-to-use self-destructing messages means that politician can more easily sidestep this legislation and campaigners say this mustn’t be allowed to happen.
Clarity over whether digital communications were covered by the 1958 legislation came ten years ago when the Information Commissioner’s Office has to tell Michael Gove MP and his office to stop using private email accounts to conduct government work due to concerns that messages sent through these channels wouldn’t be archived as required by the law.
Speaking to the BBC, the Cabinet Office has said that processes are in place to record official communications and that there are periodic reviews to ensure that collection methods are sufficient.
Vodafone: Lockdown led to 40% jump in network usage
by Paul Hill
New research published by Vodafone UK reveals that there was a 40% increase in the amount of streaming and downloading on its network since the first UK lockdown that began on March 23, 2020. In normal times, it said the peak time for binge-watching boxsets was at 6:30 pm but during lockdown a quarter of adults admitted to watching their favourite shows at 11 am instead.
According to the broadband provider, Line of Duty, Friends, and Only Fools and Horses were among the top boxsets over the last 12 months. Other popular shows were Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey. The results were based on a group of 2,000 adults that were questioned as part of the study.
Commenting on these findings, Vodafone UK Consumer Director Max Taylor said:
Earlier this month, Vodafone UK announced the availability of Pro Broadband packages which start at £35 per month for 35Mbps. It described these packages as "unbreakable" because they come with Wi-Fi extenders to boost coverage and a SIM card so that you can stay online even if the broadband goes down. With more people learning and working from home, as well as streaming more content, Vodafone’s “unbreakable” internet seems like a timely product launch.
by Razvan Serea
The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µtorrent. qBittorrent is an advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. qBittorrent is a truly Open Source project, and as such, anyone can and should contribute to it.
Polished µTorrent-like User Interface Well-integrated and extensible Search Engine Simultaneous search in most famous BitTorrent search sites Per-category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Movies) All Bittorrent extensions DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, ... Remote control through a Web user interface Nearly identical to the regular UI, all in Ajax Advanced control over trackers, peers and torrents Torrents queueing and prioritizing Torrent content selection and prioritizing UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support Available in ~25 languages (Unicode support) Torrent creation tool Advanced RSS support with download filters (inc. regex) Bandwidth scheduler IP Filtering (eMule and PeerGuardian compatible) IPv6 compliant Available on most platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD qBittorrent 4.3.4 changelog:
FEATURE: Add ability to prioritize selected items by shown file order (Chocobo1) FEATURE: Allow tab to escape the text box in "Edit trackers" dialog (Christoph Rackwitz) FEATURE: Support sub-sorting in Transferlist (jagannatharjun) FEATURE: Expose ToS setting from libtorrent (Chocobo1) FEATURE: Improve tracker entries handling (glassez) BUGFIX: Drop extension from generated content folder name (glassez) BUGFIX: Change qBittorrent Updater window title (xavier2k6) BUGFIX: Validate HTTPS Tracker Certificate by default (an0n666) BUGFIX: Don't let "program update" dialog steal focus (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Disable expand on double click in TorrentContentTreeView (jagannatharjun) BUGFIX: Add hyperlink to Transifex on translator list (Si Yong Kim) BUGFIX: Enlarge "speed limit" icon slightly (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Don't prevent system sleep due to errored torrents (dyumin) BUGFIX: Use stable sorting in transfer list (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Allow "missing files" torrents to save more resume data (glassez) BUGFIX: Restart "missing files" torrents after changing location (glassez) BUGFIX: Show proper string when torrent availability is not available (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Apply "Hide zero/infinity values" to "Time Active", "Down/Up Limit" and ETA columns (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Fix potential out-of-bounds access (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Make SpeedPlotView averager time aware (jagannatharjun) BUGFIX: Add a 3-Hour graph (jagannatharjun) BUGFIX: Add an option to disable icons in menus (always disabled on MacOS) (Michał Kopeć) BUGFIX: Improve detection of filename extension of audio/video files (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Various drawing improvements of progress bar (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Properly stop torrent creation if aborted (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Replace external program parameters in one step (Chocobo1) BUGFIX: Improve "save resume data" handling (glassez) BUGFIX: Fix bad IPv6 address format for outgoingInterfaces (treysis) WEBUI: Properly decode strings (brvphoenix) WEBUI: Accept "share limits" when adding torrent using WebAPI (glassez) WEBUI: Add seeding time to the active time column (thalieht) WEBUI: Fix incorrect seeding time string in General tab (thalieht) WEBUI: Allow >100 days in WebUI function "friendlyDuration" (thalieht) WEBUI: Avoid decoding strings repeatedly (brvphoenix) RSS: Add category button on AutomatedRSSDownloader on GUI (Si Yong Kim) WINDOWS: NSIS: Update Czech translation (slrslr) WINDOWS: NSIS: Update Portuguese BR translation (Alex) WINDOWS: NSIS: Add Estonian translation (PriitUring) WINDOWS: Allow change-case-only file renaming (glassez) LINUX: Systemd: wait for mounting of local filesystems (Juraj Oršulić) OTHER: Raise minimum libtorrent version to 1.2.12 (glassez) OTHER: Raise minimum Qt version to 5.12 (glassez) qBittorrent 184.108.40.206 hotfix:
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