Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end


Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge customers for the mobile phones they buy as part of a contract, even after the cost of the handset has been paid off, research suggests.

Citizens Advice found that customers who do not take out a new contract are paying an average £22 extra a month.

The government said the mobile firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets… More at the BBC.

I’m not convinced the word ‘overcharging’ should be used here. Is there no emphasis on an adult working this out for themselves?


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Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore’s Rene Ritchie this morning.

The exploits have been addressed in the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS betas that are currently available to developers and will be rolling out to consumers soon… More at MacRumors.

A good start.


Unsent text accepted as dead man’s will


A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will.

The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew.

The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year .

Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will… More at the BBC.

In some ways I am surprised to see this judgement, but maybe that is based on what we have viewed as acceptable in the circumstances in the past.

Google stuff

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The Pixel 2 looks really sweet to me and sometimes I wish I wasn’t so embedded in iOS. For some reason, however, it doesn’t excite it any way…

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The Pixel Buds are exciting though and offer something that feels completely new. Not sure about the size or design though.

It is amazing how little of what has been released has filtered outside the tech world. Everyone I know was aware of the iPhone X the day after it was announced. No one I know is aware of the new Google products.

Taking AIM


The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement… More at TC.

Bye then.

The Groove is gone


You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store.

Given how competitors like Spotify and Apple now own the markets for streaming and purchasing music online, this move doesn’t come as a total surprise. What does come as a surprise, though, is that Microsoft has partnered with Spotify to move all its Groove Music Pass customers over to Spotify… More at TC.

Always a shame when a service some people rely on is closed, but good to see an attempt to offer some continuity via a competitor.