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You can still avoid EE's costly new EU roaming charges, here's how

EE will resurrect EU roaming charges from January next year. For those who had forgotten, these dreaded charges kicked-in whenever you visited a foreign country and used your mobile data to send WhatsApp messages, make video calls, check Google Maps, post to Facebook, and more. To avoid the extra charges, many would immediately disable mobile data as soon as their plane landed – jumping between the free Wi-Fi networks to periodically check-in.

Roaming charges when travelling between European countries was abolished by the European Commission in 2017. Unfortunately, the ability to use your call, text message and mobile data allowance for free when travelling around Europe was missing from Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. And so, mobile networks are now able to reintroduce the dreaded extra costs. And that’s exactly what EE has done.

EE confirmed this week that, starting from January 2022, some customers will be forced to pay £2 a day to be able to use their 4G or 5G data, calls and texts when in Europe. That means a fortnight stay in Spain could cost an extra £28 for every member of your party. Yikes.

Thankfully, there is a bit of a workaround to avoid the costs.

EE’s resurrected EU roaming costs will only hit those who join EE after July 7, 2021. If you’re an existing customer and sign-up to a new contract or SIM-only deal after that deadline, you’re seen as a new customer – so you’ll also have to deal with extra cost.

So, if you’re already with the company and stick with your current plan – you can head away without fear of being charged a penny extra. But as soon as you decide to upgrade to a new smartphone, sign-up to a new SIM-only deal to get better terms …you’re going to have the EU roaming charges again.

If you’re already at the end of your contract and want to take advantage of some of the great SIM-only deals from EE at the moment, or maybe upgrade to a newer smartphone, you’d better act fast. Getting everything signed, sealed and delivered before July 7, 2021 means you can get the best of both worlds – a new contract with better perks or a shiny new smartphone, while still keeping that sweet, sweet free EU roaming.

It’s worth nothing that EE hasn’t made clear whether customers on existing contracts will be able to benefit from free roaming indefinitely. However, if you have a trip penciled in for early 2022 and don’t want to pay extra for data, existing customers will definitely benefit from free EU roaming when the scheme first kicks-in.

Of course, it’s also possible to avoid EE’s EU roaming costs by switching networks too.

Three, O2, and Vodafone all offer customers a free allowance when travelling. If you reach this cap, there can be extra charges. However, these allowances are pretty generous – the lowest is 12GB – so it’s perfectly possible to spend a week abroad streaming music, checking Google Maps, sending texts in WhatsApp or iMessage, and not getting anywhere close to the limit.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Millions of Dell PCs are at serious risk from hackers, here's what YOU need to do

Dell laptop and desktop PC owners have been put on red alert about a security vulnerability that affects at least 30 million devices worldwide. Researchers from firmware security platform Eclypsium said the flaw, which affects 129 different models of Dell laptops, desktops and tablets, could allow hackers to carry out remote code execution attacks.

The Dell vulnerability is ranked 8.3 out of 10 on the CVSS scale, which is comfortably in its “high” ranking. This means the vulnerability is in the second highest CVSS threat tier.

Researchers discovered four vulnerabilities that affect Dell SupportAssist’s BIOSConnect feature. This bug could allow hackers to carry out remote code execution attacks within the BIOS of these devices. Speaking about their findings in a post online, Eclypsium said: “These vulnerabilities enable an attacker to remotely execute code in the pre-boot environment.

“Such code may alter the initial state of an operating system, violating common assumptions on the hardware/firmware layers and breaking OS-level security controls. As attackers increasingly shift their focus to vendor supply chains and system firmware, it is more important than ever that organisations have independent visibility and control over the integrity of their devices.”

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The N64 turns 25 today: Here's Nintendo console's biggest innovations

On June 23 1996 the Nintendo 64 hit shelves for the first time. The N64 launched in Japan before heading to North America a few months later (September 29 1996) and then UK and Europe the following March. The first 3D Nintendo console, the N64 is home to some of the most iconic and beloved video games of all time – Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and Goldeneye, to name a few.

It’s also the console that arguably changed the video games market forever.

Until that point, Nintendo had been the leading name in the world of gaming – with the SNES and NES the best selling home consoles of their generation.

Going into the fifth console gen, Nintendo held all the cards.

But the failed SNES CD project, which led to Sony creating the PlayStation, coupled with the N64 opting for cartridges instead of compact discs ended up creating the perfect storm.

Games such as Final Fantasy 7, which were pencilled in for the N64, ended up shifting to the PlayStation as Sony’s first entry into the console market was a huge success.

The PS1 ended up selling over 100million consoles, compared to the N64’s 32.93million.

And it wasn’t till the Wii, which released 10 years after the N64, that Nintendo regained its position as having the most successful home console on the market.

Despite not being as commercially successful as the PS1, the N64 was home to a number of gaming innovations that changed the industry forever.

Express.co.uk looks back at a few of these game-changing additions…


Nintendo changed video game controllers forever when Gunpei Yokoi (the influential creator of the Game Boy) designed the modern D-Pad. This released on the 1982 Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong and since the NES and Famicom days has appeared on virtually every single major controller, bar a few notable exceptions (we’re looking at you Steam Controller).

So it seems only fitting that Nintendo would once again change video game controllers forever with the joypad’s next evolution.

That’s thanks to the N64’s controller, which was the first console joypad to feature an analogue thumbstick.

With the shift to 3D spaces from the SNES and Mega Drive’s 2D games it seems only natural a new type of controller was needed.

And the N64’s analogue stick did just that, giving players complete 360 degree control of a character.

The game-changing nature of this was perfectly demonstrated in Super Mario 64, one of the N64’s launch games.

From simply using the analogue stick to send Mario off exploring in any direction, to spinning it round and round to send Bowser flying off face first into a bomb during the memorable boss battles – Mario 64 was the perfect demonstration of how revolutionary the analogue stick is.

Sony ended up using analogue sticks with its DualShock controller a year later, and it has since gone on to become an essential part of any modern day controller.

Which, brings us on nicely to our next point.


In April 1997 Nintendo once again changed the destiny of video game controllers with the release of the Rumble Pak in Japan.

The Rumble Pak was an additional accessory that offered force feedback for the first time.

Vibrations were felt in context specific situations – such as when firing a weapon, to help immerse gamers into the experience more.

The Rumble Pak was a bit of a bulk accessory, that required two AAA batteries to power it.

But its influential on gaming is undeniable.

With the DualShock, Sony once again took a leaf out of Nintendo’s book and introduced force feedback to its controllers following the release of the Rumble Pak.

And, like with the N64’s analogue stick, force feedback is now a feature you just expect to come with any modern day joypad as standard.

Nintendo went on to take force feedback to another level decades later with the Switch’s HD Rumble.

While Sony have also gone on to change what we expect of rumble tech, thanks to the revolutionary haptic feedback seen in the PS5’s DualSense controller.


The 90s was a defining time for 3D games, with franchises that are household names now such as Resident Evil, Tomb Raider all launching for the first time.

But arguably some of the most influential 3D games launched on the N64.

There’s a reason Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are not only critically acclaimed hits but timeless classics beloved by Nintendo fans around the world.

Mario and Link’s first 3D adventures were truly groundbreaking games – offering never before seen experiences that laid the blueprint for what legions of gamers would come to expect from 3D platforming and adventure games for decades to come.

Countless games that came afterwards owe a debt to the 3D controls and mechanics introduced in Mario 64 and Ocarina.

And for that reason, and many others, the N64 will always have a special place in gaming’s history.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Thousands of phones will blast a 'siren-like' alarm in the UK today, here's why

Android smartphones across the UK will be sent a text message that triggers a “loud siren-like sound,” the Government has warned. The alarm is the latest trial of an upcoming alert system that will allow the Government to send warnings to millions of smartphones when there is an imminent threat to life.

A number of mobile phone networks in the UK are testing emergency alerts between 1pm and 2pm. If your device is one of those selected as part of the trial, you’ll receive a text message that reads: “This is a mobile network operator test of the Emergency Alerts service. You do not need to take any action.”

The test that will take place today, June 22, will select devices across the country. Another trial next week, June 29, will target a specific location – Reading, Berkshire. The latter will work on both Android and iPhone, with both devices programmed to blast the siren sound.

When the system is up-and-running, text messages will be sent to everyone in the nearby area when there is a danger to life nearby. It should keep people informed about severe floods, fires, explosions, terrorist attacks, or public health emergencies close to where you’re currently located. If the tests are successful, the UK Government hopes to be able to issue text alerts to millions by “summer 2021”.

The system, dubbed Emergency Alerts by the UK Government, was inspired by countries like New Zealand, which have used text messages to alert citizens for some time.

The Cabinet Office provided more details about the alert system, saying it would send out warnings that outlined affected areas, advice on what to do and a link to any extra information. Penny Mordaunt, the Tory MP for Portsmouth North, said the text alert system would be a “vital tool in helping us to better respond to emergencies”.

The Cabinet Office minister added it will “allow us to more quickly and effectively get life-saving messages to people”.

The alert system could be used to send messages about public health emergencies as well as industrial incidents and terror attacks. Cell broadcasting technology will be used to create the alert system which makes sure alerts are “secure, free to receive, and one-way”.

The Cabinet Office added that the system does not use people’s telephone numbers, instead sending alerts out to anyone in a specific area. The Government also revealed the alerts “do not reveal your location and do not collect any personal data. Alerts can also only be sent by authorised governmental and emergency services users”.

If users want to they will be able to opt-out of certain alerts via the Android or iOS settings, but the most important ones will always come through.

The new alert system will be a first for the UK, with other countries such as the US having similar systems in place for some time. Famously, back in 2018 the alert system the US used accidentally sent out a ballistic missile alert over phones, radio stations and on TV. Residents were told “this is not a drill” and were warned of an “inbound” threat to Hawaii, with people told to seek shelter.

Thankfully, this was just a false alarm – with people informed around 38 minutes later that there was no reason for concern.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

WARNING: These Amazon Prime Day scams will cost you, here’s how to avoid them

Prime Day gets underway tomorrow morning, with Amazon slashing prices across thousands of popular products, from its Amazon Echo smart speakers to Kindles, garden furniture to clothes, and much more. This two-day sales bonanza is a great time for anyone with a Prime account to grab a bargain but it also comes with a warning. Security experts have issued a word of caution to all customers. You should be on high alert for scams that could leave accounts and bank details exposed to cyber thieves, they’ve warned.

It’s no secret that Amazon users are often targeted by scammers with criminals using a number of techniques aimed at accessing personal data. These attacks range from phishing emails and texts to actual phone calls that claim to be from the online retailer.

As Amazon explains on its website, “Fraudsters are experts at impersonating businesses, using email, call or text messages in an attempt to obtain your sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, one-time passcodes, access to your device and credit card or bank details.”

Amazon scams aren’t anything new but with millions of us expected to go shopping on Prime Day, there could be an explosion in attacks.

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“Scammers are attracted to special online events like moths to a flame. There is the potential that customers will see a sizeable increase in calls, emails and texts attempting to entice people into parting with their cash. said Jake Moore, the Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET.

“Events such as Prime Day act like beacons to cybercriminals and it is vital that people are made aware of their tactics and to not fall for their manipulative techniques. Furthermore, it is important that people never part with their Amazon password.

“If there is ever a warning there may be a problem with your account it is advised to go direct to the app installed on your phone rather than clicking on links in emails or text messages.”

And Tony Pepper, CEO of cybersecurity firm Egress, added: “Prime Day presents a perfect opportunity for scammers to try to steal your details – or even your money – using phishing emails.

“Last year’s Prime Day promotion saw Action Fraud inundated with hundreds of reports of suspicious emails, and it’s likely that cybercriminals will try to take advantage of Amazon customers once again. If you have received an email claiming to be from Amazon that you believe to be suspicious, we’d urge you to notify Action Fraud using their online reporting service.”

It’s important to remember that Amazon will never contact you and ask for your Amazon password, remote access to your computer any Credit, Debit or Bank Details.

The firm also states that it won’t ask customers to enter an Amazon one-time passcode anywhere outside of the Amazon platform to make payments.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Every single Gmail user has been treated to a huge upgrade, here's how YOU can turn it on

Google has brought a bundle of new features to Gmail users worldwide. No longer simply an email address, Google is bringing its Chat instant messaging service, Rooms feature to share and collaborate on documents and files, and Meet video-call service. This bundle of features, known as Google Workspace – as it’s designed to boost your productivity across Google’s free-to-use web apps, was previously reserved for those with education or enterprise Google Accounts.

However, that’s now changed. Google has brought Workspace to all three billion Google Account holders worldwide. Whether you’ve got a Gmail email address, have used Google Docs in the past, or commented on a YouTube video… you’ve got a Google Account. If you have one of those you’ll be able to take advantage of these new tricks.

To enable the new Chat and Rooms functionality inside Gmail on Android and iOS, follow the instructions below…

  • Open the Gmail app
  • Launch the Settings menu from the toolbar running along the bottom of the screen
  • Tap on your personal Gmail account name
  • Then head to General > Chat
  • Tap on the button marked “Try it”
  • This will trigger Gmail to restart with a tutorial. This will teach you how to use Chat inside Gmail and will remind you to switch off notifications from the standalone Google Chat app – as you’ll get double notifications for every new message if you don’t turn them off

If you use Gmail on the web instead, you’ll need the below instructions…

  • Head to the webpage mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/chat
  • Make sure to check the box marked “Google Chat” instead of “Classic Hangouts,” which is enabled by default
  • If you have an account managed by someone else – like an educational institution, for example – you might only find On/Off options for Hangouts
  • Google will ask you to confirm your decision
  • And that’s it – head back to your inbox and you’ll see the new Chat option

Workspace brings together a number of Google’s most popular web apps for improved interoperability. Bringing together all of these apps makes Google’s free-to-use web apps more competitive against the likes of Microsoft Office 365. Workspace lets you present documents from Google Docs, Sheet, or Slide inside a Google Meet video call with a single click.

If you rely on Google Docs to collaborate on documents with friends or family, this clever integration makes it more tempting to ditch third-party options like Zoom over Google Meet – something Google is keen to promote.

Workspace also adds a messaging service, dubbed Google Chat, inside your Gmail inbox. This new service replaces Hangouts.

This lets you send a text message, picture, videos or web links to anyone in your Gmail contacts list. You can also start group messages with anyone in your contacts list – saving you from the hassle of sending group emails (and remembering to click ‘Reply All’ each time). Of course, you can also drop Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets documents inside a Chat window to share them with friends, family and colleagues too.

You can also use @ to mention a contact from Gmail inside a Chat, Google Doc, Google Sheet …or any of the other applications included in Workspace. This flags what you’re doing to friends and lets them jump straight into the Google Doc to see the To Do list you’re drafting, for example.

“Collaboration doesn’t stop at the workplace — our products have been optimised for broad participation, sharing and helpfulness since the beginning,” said Javier Soltero, VP and GM, Google Workspace, in a company blog post. “Our focus is on delivering consumers, workers, teachers and students alike an equitable approach to collaboration, while still providing flexibility that allows these different subsets of users to take their own approach to communication and collaboration.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Roundup: Here's What Was Revealed In Nintendo Direct E3 2021

@-Juice- @DeclanS98 The constant Wii U ports, and remasters of old games was starting annoy me to heck, especially when the games didn’t even add anything meaningful for another playthrough. The over reliance of third parties is also frustrating, as typically, those games have been out for ages on other platforms, for cheaper, and run better on those platforms. You paying for an inferior version to play portably. Sometimes a good trade off, sometimes not. But overall, new 1st party Nintendo games felt few and far between.

Now, this E3 has restored some of my faith, but not all; quite a bit of the direct was full of announcements from other companies who covered them in their own presentations. Ports/remasters of other games are fine, but it felt like Nintendo was hiding them coming to the Switch so they had padding for the presentation. There is also the fact that while I am happy to see Advance Wars returning, why is it not a new one? Why is the new Mario Party not making new boards/minigames, but instead taking from the past?

My faith has restored slightly because the return of Advance Wars and 2D metroids and Warioware makes me think Nintendo are at least thinking about some of the underused IP. And that is a step in the right direction.

On a side note, a casual observation that surprised me was no mention of Pokemon in the direct as far as I recall. That is welcome from my perspective; they normally spend at least 10 minutes on whatever title is coming out that year.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson movie will be free on Disney Plus – here's when

Next month Black Widow‘s story will be brought to an end. The hero, who is played by Johansson, has been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man 2 debuted in 2010. Since then, Natasha Romanoff has become a key member of the Avengers. Her journey came to a tragic end in 2019’s blockbuster hit Avengers Endgame when she sacrificed herself to get the Soul Stone on Vormir.  

Following her death, a story set between Civil War and Avengers Infinity War is coming out in the form of the movie Black Widow.

This film is due to tell the tale of Natasha’s assassin family, and introduce the potential next Black Widow star, Florence Pugh.

On top of being released in cinemas on July 9, Black Widow will be available to watch on Disney Plus – but there’s a catch.

Black Widow is a Premier Access title on Disney Plus, meaning it will cost a one-off fee of £19.99 to watch at home, however that won’t last forever.

READ MORE: Avengers Endgame: Marvel confirms death of hero – ‘Perfect finale’

This week it has been announced Black Widow will be coming to Disney Plus for free in the coming months.

Marvel Studios have announced the film will be appearing on the streaming service on Wednesday, October 6 2021.

This means any subscriber to Disney Plus will be able to watch the latest Marvel hit free of charge just three months after its release.

Black Widow’s induction into the streaming service’s repertoire follows the trend of other films from the studio.

Johansson continued: “It seemed very in-character, that ultimate sacrifice that she makes. She’s made peace with that, and, in some ways, has known that’s her destiny all along, in a weird poetic way.

“When you look back on the films, that’s in there. All the films have led her to that choice – or to be able to make that choice; or for it to be a choice.”

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, fans are expecting Natasha’s partner, Yelena Belova (Pugh), to take over as Black Widow for the Avengers.

Speaking out about her role in the film, Pugh told the publication: “Part of the excitement for me is that women and girls from around the world are going to see this, and are going to see an abuse story that really was challenged by its own victims.”

Pugh continued: “For a Marvel film to be reaching all of those levels, it is so exciting.

“The best thing about that is, it’s not layered with this colour of grey.

“You’ll see these women strive and be strong, and they’re assassins – and yet they still need to discuss how they were abused. It’s an incredibly powerful piece.”

Black Widow hits cinemas and Disney Plus Premier access on July 9.


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Here's when a chance for cooling downpours returns

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Another hot one today! We’ll see highs reach the mid to upper 90s with feels-like temps above 100 degrees area-wide. The good news is that we could see a few cooling downpours in the afternoon and early evening hours. We’re looking at a 30% chance of rain for Houston.

An Ozone Pollution Watch will also be in effect for Harris, Galveston, & Brazoria Counties on Sunday. Unhealthy levels of ozone will be possible especially in the afternoon.

We’re also monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for potential development.
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Any rain for the weekend?
A boundary moving to the south should be enough to spark a few scattered downpours Sunday afternoon / early evening. Some of those thunderstorms coming in from the northeast could turn severe with gusty winds and large hail. We are currently calling for a 30% chance of shower and thunderstorms.

How about next week?
As high pressure to our west drifts a bit more north and west we’ll bring back in enough moisture to the area for a few showers and storms through early next week.

Is it true that a tropical system could develop in the Gulf of Mexico next week?
Yes, it is possible low pressure will spin up in the western half of the Gulf next week, but it is way too early to know if we’ll get any impacts here should one form. You can stay aware and informed on what’s happening in the tropics by visiting abc13.com/tropicalupdate.

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Amazon is giving away £10 to spend on ANYTHING on Prime Day, here's how to get it

Amazon is offering some customers a £10 credit to spend on any item in its upcoming sales event, Amazon Prime Day, later this month. If you’re thinking about splashing the cash during Amazon’s two-day sales, this is a great way to secure a healthy discount. To get your hands on the complimentary tenner from Jeff Bezos’ silk pocket, you’ll need to make an eligible purchase on Amazon between Monday June 7 and Sunday June 20. Amazon will only hand over £10 credit if you buy something from a small business selling on its vast retail site.

It’s a nice helping hand for small businesses that sell their products through Amazon. Thankfully, there’s a really clear “small business” banner that will appear on listings that will unlock the £10 credit, so you won’t be in any doubt whether the item you’re looking at will net you the bonus.

If you don’t have any items in your basket right now, but fancy the discount, Amazon has handpicked some eligible items here. There are multiple lists for popular categories, including homeware, electronics, toys and games, books, handmade items, pet supplies, and more. Amazon also lets you drill-down by region, so you can find a local seller.

Once you’ve made a purchase, Amazon will email you with a link to claim the £10 credit. It will then be ready and waiting on your Amazon account to redeem between June 21 and 22 during the annual Prime Day sales.

For those who don’t know, Amazon Prime Day is like Black Friday… but for Prime members.

The sales event, which started as a single day (hence the name) but has now expanded to a 48-hour shop-a-thon, sees thousands of deals in every department on the online superstore. It’s always a good time to bag a discount on Amazon’s own hardware, including Fire TV, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and its latest tablets and kindles. However, millions of other brands also get in on the action – with price drops to furniture, gardening, clothes, new TVs, video games, and much, much more.

Don’t worry if you’re not yet a Prime member, Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial that will cover you over the two-day sales, so you’ll be able to take advantage even if you’re not sure whether you want to sign-up to become a long-term member.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed