Apple, the tax piñata, settles to pay £136 million more after audit in the UK

Apple, the European authorities favorite tax piñata, is getting hit with another bill shock, this time after “an extensive audit” done by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the UK. 

Apple Europe, which is the core company providing administrative, financial, marketing and other support to various Apple subsidiaries, was accused of hiding revenue by artificially lowering the price for its services to said subsidiaries. 
HM Revenue and Customs calculated that Apple Europe should have paid £136 million more in taxes up to 2015, on top of everything …


Rose Pink Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch in the UK

Last June, Samsung announced Rose Pink color options for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it was initially available exclusively in South Korea and Taiwan, with the promise that it would make its way over to Europe later in 2017. Well, Samsung missed the deadline by a hair (or two), but the rose-colored S8 and S8+ are finally launching in Europe  albeit only in the UK at the time being.
The new color variation, which Samsung describes as “inspired by nature,” “sophisticated and modern,” joins the existing color lineup of Arctic Silver, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and …

Some U.K. smartphone users continue to get charged for phones that were already paid off

Some U.K. smartphone users could be overpaying for their carrier’s service according to Citizen’s Advice. The latter is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that advise people about money, legal and consumer issues. According to the agency, carriers like Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge for the cost of a handset even after the expense of the phone has already been covered.

U.K. consumers can pay a monthly rate for a 2-year fixed term contract. The monthly charge includes the cost of data and the price of a phone. After two-years go by, the …

Nokia 8 pre-orders in the UK come with free smartwatch

Nokia 8 is about to hit the shelves in many European countries, but if you haven’t yet placed your pre-order here is an interesting deal aimed at customers in the UK.

Carphone Warehouse has the Nokia 8 up for pre-order for just £499.99, an excellent price for a flagship smartphone like this one. According to the UK retailer, the device will be available on September 13.

Moreover, those who pre-order either the Silver or Blue versions of the smartphone will get a free Nokia smartwatch worth £119.99. The Nokia Steel smartwatch includes many health and fitness …

Nokia 6 finally hits the shelves in the UK, costs less than expected

After months of waiting, customers in the UK can finally purchase HMD’s most advanced smartphone to date, the Nokia 6. The device was initially slated for a June release, but because HMD was unable to cope with the high demand for the smartphone, availability in many countries was postponed for a few months.

Nokia 6 is exclusively available in the UK via Carphone Warehouse. The good news is the smartphone costs less than it was originally announced. Back in April, HMD announced the Nokia 6 would be up for purchase for £229.99 in the UK, but Carphone Warehouse is …

Asus to launch ZenFone AR in the UK on July 21, but its price will break the bank

Asus hadn’t been selling smartphones directly in the UK for quite some time, but the Taiwanese company had a change of heart recently. The mighty Tango-enabled Asus ZenFone AR will be officially launched in the UK and pre-orders will go live on July 21.

The ZenFone AR will be a costly device to purchase for those who want a taste of Google’s Tango project. Customers in the UK will have to come up with £799 to buy the high-end smartphone. The good news is Asus will offer some incentives to those who purchase the ZenFone AR.

Assuming you have that much money …

Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

Nokia 5 and 6 market release delayed until August in the UK

Having a world-renowned brand to back up your products before they get released on the market can have its pros and cons. HMD Global is one of the companies that benefited from massive media exposure in the last couple of months due to the launch of its new Nokia smartphones.

Unfortunately, that kind of publicity can put a start-up like HMD in an awkward position, as many retailers and carriers report huge interest from customers for the new Nokia smartphones. As such, HMD is having troubles meeting the high demand for its devices even before they were actually …

Moto E4 Plus goes on sale in the UK for £159.95

Unveiled two weeks ago, the metal-clad Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus are slowly making their way to various markets. After being launched at Verizon earlier this week, the Moto E4 seems to be ready to take on the European markets.

Still, the Moto E4 Plus is the first to hit shelves on The Old Continent, as customers in the UK can now order the smartphone for just £159.95 at Argos. The handset is expected to cost around €200 in other European countries, while the standard Moto E4 is priced to sell for €150 outright.

The SIM-free Moto E4 Plus now available in the …

Donald Trump told Theresa May he does not want to visit the U.K. if there are large protests against him

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President Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May that does not want to go forward with a planned state visit to the U.K. until the public supports him coming.

According to The Guardian, Trump told May in a recent phone call that he did not want to make the trip if there were going to be large-scale protests.

The source of The Guardian‘s report claims that May was surprised by Trump’s statement.

If he’s waiting for large public support from U.K. citizens, Trump may be waiting a long time. In February, Parliament debated a petition calling for the government to prevent Trump from making his state visit. The petition was signed by more than 1.8 million U.K. citizens. Read more…

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