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Emergency SOS via satellite is now available for iPhone 14 users in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany. The feature allows people to call for help even if they don't have cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.
Apple's iPhone 14 line-up can now use Emergency SOS via Satellite in the U.S. and Canada. The company said that it will launch the feature in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK next month.
Germany has sacked its chief of cybersecurity after media allegations that the executive has close ties to a Russian firm with links to president Vladimir Putin. An investigation is underway.
Google Workspace Individual plans are available in several European countries. The service costs £7.99 in the UK and €8.99 in France, Germany, and some other countries. There's also a 14-day trial.
Nokia recently sued OnePlus and Oppo for infringing upon its 5G technology patents. Following the court's decision in favor of Nokia, the two Chinese firms have halted all phone sales in Germany.
Amazon has announced price rises for Prime membership in European countries. Brits will face a 20% rise, Germans will see a 30% rise and the Spanish, Italians, and French will see rises of up to 43%.
After Spain, Poland, and Ukraine, the initial version of Opera's built-in browser cashback service, Dify, has now also come to Germany, offering cashback from over 130 partnering shops.
German authorities have successfully pressured Telegram to remove the channels of 64 users that were spreading hate and conspiracy theories. Among those getting a channel ban was Attila Hildmann.
The coalition set to lead Germany next month has said it's committed to the concept of Public Money, Public Code. This means that software funded by taxpayers will be released under a FOSS license.
It's been a relatively slow week due to the holidays in the U.S., but there are still notable news items you might want to catch up on including a complaint against Microsoft in the EU.
Roku is planning to launch in the German market later this year. It will make its hardware available complete with popular services like Netflix but also with apps and content from local partners.
The Rhineland-Palatinate state authority in Germany has announced today that it has set up 12 Starlink satellite dishes that will help the flood-affected people. More dishes will be deployed later.
TikTok and Spotify have made an agreement that lets TikTok users claim Spotify Premium, for free, for four months. The offer is available in several European markets including the UK and Germany.
The German government is formulating a plan that would see it subsidise the hardware costs for internet satellite hardware from the likes of Starlink. Starlink sells this hardware for $499 normally.
Sky has re-branded its NOW TV service and is simply now known as NOW. It also changed the name of Passes to Membership. The new brand will arrive in the UK first then Italy, Germany and Ireland.
Snap Inc and Oxford Economics have released a new report which says Gen Z will drive the economic recovery thank to their aptitude with technology. It said they'll also adopt AR first.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom have found that solar grids can power two-thirds of the energy requirements needed for one of the latter's mobile sites located in Germany, helping cut emissions.
While Microsoft had already announced that the Surface Duo handset is coming to Europe in early 2021, the company today announced pricing and availability for the UK, France, Germany, and Canada.
Facebook is the subject of a new antitrust investigation in Germany, in relation to the recently-launched Oculus Quest 2 headset, due to it requiring a Facebook account to be linked.
Vodafone has said it will begin stocking Nreal Light glasses in Germany and Spain from spring 2021 but will expand the product to other markets afterwards. It described the device as affordable.
Verdi has called on workers at an Amazon warehouse in Germany to strike again to disrupt the processing of orders during Black Friday. Roughly 500 workers participated in an earlier strike.
Amazon Air has launched its first regional hub in Europe at the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, Germany, spanning 65,600 square feet and serving deliveries with two daily flights.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition is now available to purchase in Germany for €477 via retail partners and select wireless carriers. It is a rugged tablet designed for business users.
Samsung Pay launches in Germany under an open beta scheme with a limited set of flagship devices. The partnership with Visa and Solarisbank AG ensures it will work with almost every bank account.
In what seems to be an inadvertent move, Samsung has revealed the specs and European price for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy M51. Until recently, only an Indian launch was officially confirmed.
Facebook has announced plans to bring its News service to the U.K, Germany, France, India, and Brazil within the next 12 months. It said it will pay publishers of news that it curates.
Samsung has worked with the German government to build a secure app for storing electronic national IDs. The app will be available for on Galaxy S20 series devices later this year.
Germany has become the latest country to launch a contact tracing app. The new app is based on the decentralised model that uses an API released by Google and Apple back in mid-May.
The new service is described as a "digital guardian angel" by the company. Using a sensor and crash algorithm, it will detect whether the rider has got into an accident, alerting emergency services.
Plex and Endemol Shine Group have announced a partnership which will see more free content arrive on Plex. Films including Mr Bean will be available in a number of countries including the U.S. and UK.
Germany, which has been somewhat cautious in using tech to combat the virus due to public skepticism towards surveillance, will roll out its contact tracing app in the coming three to four weeks.
Tesla has been given permission by a German court to continue felling trees in a 91 hectare plot of forest land that the firm owns. It had been told to stop work earlier this week by another court.
Microsoft is expanding the capabilities of its German datacenter regions with support for Office 365 and Dynamics 365 use cases, after it debuted Azure services in the region back in September.
Tesla has been forced to stop work on its fourth gigafactory after a court ordered a temporary halt yesterday. The Green League has been protesting construction over wildlife and water concerns.
Germany is planning to follow in the steps of the UK when it comes to Huawei's involvement in 5G networks. Banning the Chinese firm is too costly but its involvement can be limited.
Elon Musk sought to alleviate the locals' water concerns relating to Tesla's plan to construct a factory in Germany, saying that the plant would use less water than the original expectation.
Windows 7 is no longer supported as of earlier this month, but organizations can still buy extended support. As it turns out, the German government will be paying at least €800,000 this year.
The European Commission has approved funding from several member states which will be used to develop every stage of the battery manufacturing process, thus improving the technology.
Germany's Angela Merkel, speaking in front of her party's conference has defended the inclusion of Huawei technology inside the country's 5G network. Others, though, want the firm banned.