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BBC News

Newspapers (Some local newspaper links below)

Devon Live

Newspaper Front Pages and here

Dundee Courier

Wrexham Leader

All UK papers A-Z

Sport

BBC Sport Latest news      Scottish Premier Football League       Dundee Utd News Official Site (Thanks Grant!)   Exeter Chiefs Rugby Union

Cricket Check out latest matches

 

Internet

Broadband Internet   

BT Openreach Check when superfast fibre broadband is coming to you from BT Wholesale

PlusNet an ISP with a great broadband product 'up to 17Mb/s' broadband from 13.49 unlimited usage.  ISP Review  A useful site if you're fed up with your current ISP    uk.telecom.broadband Newsgroup with users Q&A's.  and for FAQ's to Broadand questions

REINorSHINE Read this if you're having broadband connectivity problems

Samknows is a great technical site. Click on the map on the following link to find nearest exchange May need to zoom out.   Another great website with multiple filters ThinkBroadband

21CN services limited to 24Mb/s. High speed internet access via Fibre to the Cabinet/Home (FTTC/H)                    FTTP has potential to reach a maximum line rate of 2.5Gb/s

BT Full Fibre Essential 36Mb/s from 28.99 /month

Broadband Finder Tool Find the best package.          Speed checker SpeedTest (Requires flash -m try Chrome browser)

BBC Future of broadband (article from 2009 but still worth a read) 

Wireless Internet

Mobile phones currently use  4G Offers on average 15 Mb/s      Use OpenSignal to see 4g coverage maps and here for 5G maps 

Wi-Fi BT Openzone Wire-free internet browsing.

Security  For all types of hoaxes (e.g. Text, E-mail, WhatsApp etc) use this site to check if it's real or not Snopes

 

Telephone/Mobile Phones/Tablets

UK Telephone Tariffs Residential tariffs. Check out BT's (Big Thief's) sky high charges!! Looking at the tariffs Call1899 is still (just about) one of the cheapest (Oct 2015) at 0.5p/min for most calls. Also a number of international calls are 1p/min. Registration required with payment by direct debit. Shell Energy offers fast fibre (35Mbs) and lie rental  for 14/month

VOIP has had lots of publicity with 'free' phone calls using broadband internet access Skype provides computer software for completely free calls Skype-Skype

Check out Peak-Rate for cheap international calls from UK. When on holiday it's best to use a local sim card abroad 0044

Compare mobile networks

Android  See what the latest version is? ( v12 -Jun 2022) see previous Android versions

Firefox OS Operating System for mobiles from Mozilla Firefox

(New Image)ChromeOS Flex Cloud based Operating System for PCs

Thinking of buying a mobile phone? GSMArena is a good website to compare mobile phones specs

Compare mobile phone SIM deals

Samsung Galaxy S22 Pay many 100's for a great android mobile phone or buy  one of these (Techradar guide)

WillMyPhoneWork? - useful site to check if your mobile will work with certain networks

Text to switch and end mobile contracts PAC  / STAC (Ofcom)

Best value tablet?  Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) 90      or Apple iPad Air from 569

Register and stop unwanted 'Cold Callers'/JunkMail/Spam TPS/FPS/MPS/e-mps Take cold calling companies to Small Claims Court  Which? report form    For mobile phones text OPTOUT to 80057 see Which?

Spam Texts? Forward to 7726

Slamming Read here for OFCOM info about account switching without your consent

Yellow Pages  Find the address and telephone number of any business

BT Directory Enquiries (118 500) 10 Free searches a day. Also try  UKPhoneBook (118 365) Find telephone numbers and address from name and town (requires registration - Also click through the advert that appears at start).

192.com Find people - Limited searches from Electoral Roll data

 

Technology

BBC World programme for netheads >Click

BBC Technology Good source of up to date techy info

Windows 11  Read TechRadar review about Microsoft's new OS    Download Windows 11 here (Gaurdian link)  Further instructions here (The Verge link

Windows 365 Announced July 2021. The future of home and business computing?

Microsoft 365 MS full Office suite, online, for 5.99/month 

GSuite Offering from Google from 4.14/month

Chrome OS - Google's operating system          not to be confused with Google's Chrome browser available here

Engadget Website with news about all the very latest gadgets, also a UK gadget magazine to have a look at is T3

Clove Technology Voted one of the best retail websites by PC Pro magazine

Smart Home Google Nest 49        Amazon Echo 90       Hive Thermostat 179         Nest Thermostat 219              Comparison of Smart thermostats by uSwitch

 

Miscellaneous

Consumer Direct Best website for consumer rights

International Consumer Rights UKECC UK International Consumer Centre

Consumer Rights Act (2015)

Ombudsman Complaints See this Which? guidance article

Court Claim (was Small Claims) Use in conjunction with CEO E-mails to get results in complaining

Jobmatch Find jobs online (Used to be Jobseekers)

Met Office Social Media Twitter, Facebook, Flickr etc 

 

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