Amazon wants to make its own films to release in cinemas and online

Amazon is starting to make a name for itself by producing quality original programming, and now the company has announced that it's expanding its slate of video content by releasing twelve features films every year. Amazon's Original Movies will initially debut in cinemas before migrating over to Prime Instant Video six to eight weeks later,…

EE is refunding £1 million of overcharged VAT to customers

EE has announced that a small number of its customers are going to receive a share of £1 million to refund wrongly charged VAT. The refund affects EE customers who used mobile data outside of the EU between October 2012 and November 2014. The issue, discovered after a customer complained, was that those customers were…

‘Deep frying’ graphene could help us develop longer lasting batteries

Graphene has long been touted as the miracle material, with scientists promising us all the wondrous things it could help us accomplish. One of those things is better batteries, and a new process could help that happen. Scientists in South Korea have created a highly conductive, stable electrode by spraying droplets of graphene into a…

Google wants you to buy gig tickets from the search results page

All sorts of things are popping up in Google search results page these days, whether it be weather forecasts, sports results, or facts about your favourite films. Google isn't stopping that feature with trivia and news, because it's going to start selling you tickets directly from the search results. For the past year, Google's 'answer…

Facebook is testing audio message transcription in Messenger

If you are in no position to type out a message, or you simply can't be bothered, then audio messages are a great way to go. But what if your recipient isn't fond of listening to messages, or is in a place where they can't listen to what you sent? Facebook's working on it. The…

Three is apparently getting ready to bid £9 billion on O2

Before Christmas a story broke that BT wanted to up its game in the mobile world, and was having to choose between buying O2 or EE. Another smaller rumours popped up claiming that the people who own Three were considering buying the network that BT didn't want. Now that BT has formally declared that it…

Our phones could help us make decisions in future

Computer scientists from MIT have developed software that could help us make decisions by predicting the probability of success of different options. Brian Williams, from the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says he and his colleagues wanted to make ‘a better Siri’. So rather than just retrieve information, it can help you make…

Ofcom’s planning for 5G to be available by 2020

4G is readily available and affordable these days, so don't you think it's time we started thinking about the next generation of mobile internet? Ofcom certainly thinks so. Today Ofcom announced that it was beginning consultation with key members of the mobile industry with the goal of preparing the UK for arrival of 5G services…

Be My Eyes app lets sighted people help blind people with quick queries

If you’re blind, and especially if you live alone, there could be dozens of situations where you need to ask a sighted person for help: to check if the milk in your fridge is out of date, find out what a street sign says, or make sure the photo you’re framing is the right way…

Onda claims to have built a tablet running Android and Windows side-by-side

There are countless Chinese companies out there building smartphones and tablets, but not many of them actually get much recognition here in the UK. Chinese company Onda claims that it has developed a device none of us can actually ignore: a tablet supposedly running Windows 8.1 and Android KitKat side-by-side. The V919 3G air, as…