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UK: EE brings 5G connectivity to 12 more towns and cities
by Paul Hill
The mobile network operator, EE, has announced that 5G has been switched on in 12 more towns and cities around the UK. According to the firm, the expansion makes EE “the number one destination for those wanting to get the best smartphone experience.”
The new locations where 5G is available with EE are Aberdeen, Aldershot, Barrhead, Blackpool, Castleford, Crawley, Mirfield, Oxford, Porthcawl, Shipley, Stafford, and Warwick. EE first turned on 5G in May 2019 and has since launched the service in a total of 112 towns and cities around the country.
Commenting on today’s expansion, Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said:
EE claims it has the best balance of network speed and coverage when compared to the UK’s other mobile networks. It cited independent tests from RootMetrics which ranked EE first. It should be noted, however, that other networks claim to be the best and cite a plethora of analyses.
While a lot of the country is still not covered by EE’s 5G, it is available in many of the country's population centres so most people should be able to use it when they go into town to do shopping or to socialise. In the less populated areas, there is widespread 4G coverage so good speeds are still available on EE’s network.
By Jay Bonggolto
Netflix raises prices for its standard and premium plans in Canada
by Jay Bonggolto
Netflix today announced changes to the prices of some of its subscription plans in Canada. The streaming service's standard and premium monthly plans will see price hikes both for new and existing subscribers.
For its standard monthly plan, subscribers will now have to pay CA$14.99 from CA$13.99. Netflix has also jacked up the price for its premium plan to CA$18.99 per month from CA$16.99. Its basic plan remains the same, nonetheless, at CA$9.99 per month.
The Canadian Press noted that the last time the streaming provider increased its prices for Canadian subscribers was way back in 2018. Then last year, Netflix also increased its prices across the board in the U.S. A few months later, it did the same to its standard and premium plans in the UK.
Netflix says the new price hikes are meant to fund more films and improve the user experience on its streaming app. For new subscribers in Canada, the changes take effect immediately. Those who have existing subscriptions will see the new rates in the coming weeks, depending on their billing cycles. They'll also receive notifications via email and in the Netflix app 30 days prior to the implementation of the new prices.
Source: The Canadian Press
By Jay Bonggolto
Apple rolls out Health Records feature to iPhone users in the UK and Canada
by Jay Bonggolto
Apple announced today that its Health Records feature within the Health app is now live in the U.K. and Canada. The capability now allows iPhone users in those countries to store and view their medical information in a central repository.
The feature is designed to gather medical data from various healthcare institutions and store the records within the Health app. The first healthcare institutions to roll out Health Records to their patients are the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. In Canada, the feature is available to the patients of Women’s College Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Mackenzie Health, all located in Ontario.
Apple noted that there are over 500 institutions in the U.S. now that support Health Records, representing 11,000 providers. The Cupertino-based tech giant aims for the feature to help patients save time and effort in locating their health data from multiple sources.
All medical records are encrypted on Apple's devices and protected with the user’s passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Over the next few months, Apple plans to enlist more healthcare providers in the UK and Canada.
Amazon announces huge raft of North American job vacancies
by Paul Hill
Amazon has announced that it is going to hire an additional 100,000 people in the U.S. and Canada on top of 33,000 Corporate and Technology jobs it announced last week. The new vacancies will be in its fulfillment and logistics network with wages starting at $15 per hour.
In select cities, Amazon has said it will also offer a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 for new hires. Aside from the $15 minimum wage, the company gives full-time employees “industry-leading” benefits such as health, vision, and dental insurance from day one, a 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and access to Amazon’s Career Choice program which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.
Commenting on the vacancies, Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said:
The locations with the most roles this time are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you’ve like to see all of the available job openings, head over to Amazon Delivers Jobs.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Uber announces that its platform will be fully electric by 2040
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Uber announced today that by 2040, all vehicles on its platforms will be electric, and vowed to contribute $800 million through 2025 to assist drivers in making the switch to battery-powered vehicles, which would include discounts for vehicles purchased or leased from partner automakers. The ride-hailing platform also set an earlier goal for every vehicle on its platform in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to be zero-emission by 2030.
Instead of paying drivers to switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric ones, Uber is incentivizing the switch by imposing an extra fee on trips completed in electric vehicles. For an additional fee of $1, riders can specifically request an electric or hybrid vehicle. All drivers with clean cars will get an extra 50 cents per ride, whilst those driving specifically battery-electric vehicles will get another dollar on top of that, making it a total of $1.50 extra per ride.
Starting today, the firm is making Uber Green available in more than 15 cities in the U.S., and Canada. Uber plans to extend the service to at least 65 cities worldwide by the end of this year.
Uber is also partnering with carmakers, including GM in the U.S. and Renault-Nissan in Europe, to make electric vehicles cheaper to buy for drivers. The firm added that it is discussing partnerships with other automakers. It also made its emission footprint data available and stated that it would publish such reports in the future.