Your BT bill could be about to increase but there is a simple way to beat the hike

Explaining more about the pricing a BT spokesperson told MoneySavingExpert: “To continue investing in a quality viewing experience, we’ll be changing the prices of some of our BT TV and BT Sport packages for existing customers by £2 and £4 per month.

“Not all customers are affected, and many will find that our new, flexible TV packages offer them a better deal, with the freedom to upgrade, downgrade and add on content month-to-month, while offering a wide selection of the very best TV shows, films and sport.

“If customers are still unhappy with the change, they can leave their current contract penalty-free.”

There are some good deals on the market for TV and Sports with Virgin Media recently boasting that it is now the cheapest place to get BT Sport, Sky Sports and broadband access.



The Galaxy phone Samsung fans have been waiting for will launch this week

The top tech tipster has published a ream of official screenshots which show many of the Fan Edition’s best features and there’s certainly lots to be excited about.

It appears the S20 Fan Edition will get the same triple rear camera as the S20 with a wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lens all packed into the rear shell. This camera system could offer up to 30X zoom and a Night Mode for shooting images in low light without the need for a flash.

For browsing the web and watching Netflix, users could find themselves staring at a 6.5-inch FHD Infinity-O display which is sure to offer Samsung’s usual pin-sharp and colourful experience.

Tucked under the shell is a large 4,500mAh battery which should make sure you can use it all day without things running flat and this battery appears to have fast and wireless charging capabilities.



OnePlus plans new smartphone launch to tackle Pixel 5, Galaxy S20 and Sony Xperia

It’s been a good five months since the stellar OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro landed on UK store shelves, which means it’s time for a refresh. Yes, OnePlus seems to be sticking with its biannual refresh cycle – with an update to the OnePlus 8 poised to launch in a few weeks, reports suggest.

As we’ve seen in previous years, this is likely to be a “T” model, which the Shenzhen-based company occasionally uses to refine the design that debuted a few months earlier, squeeze a little more power under the bonnet, and introduce a new software feature. Interestingly, OnePlus doesn’t seem to be planning a OnePlus 8T Pro – with only the more affordable model receiving a boost.

For any OnePlus 8 Pro owners who recently splashed out £799, that’s incredibly good news as they’ll still have the latest and greatest from the company. But for anyone with a OnePlus 8 in their pocket, here’s everything you might be missing out on…

According to prolific tipster OnLeaks, who has an almost unrivalled track record when it comes to revealing OnePlus hardware ahead of launch, OnePlus 8T will have a 6.55-inch OLED display – the same as its predecessor. However, OnLeaks has exclusively revealed to Pricebaba that OnePlus 8T will be upgraded from a 90Hz display to a 120Hz high-refresh panel.

If accurate, that means OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 Pro will have the same high-refresh rate displays. For those who don’t know, these panels, which refresh twice as often as the standard 60Hz panel found on most smartphones, make system animations feel smoother, scrolling more responsive and can make fast-paced games feel even more frenetic.

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According to leaked CAD models, which are used in the manufacturing process, the display appears to be flat with a punch-hole cutout in the top-left corner for the front-facing camera. That mirrors what we saw with the OnePlus Nord earlier this summer and avoids any light bleed or accidental taps on the screen – something that’s common with displays that curve over both edges of the handset.

On the back, OnePlus is expected to redesign the camera module – switching from the vertically-aligned stack on the back of OnePlus 8 in favour of a rectangular housing with four sensors arranged in an L-shaped layout. The cameras will include a 48MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing portrait sensor. The front camera is tipped to pack 32MP, compared to the 16MP cameras on both OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.

But aside from the upgrades to the camera and the higher refresh-rate display, the biggest reason to opt for the OnePlus 8T is the new-and-improved fast-charging. According to OnLeaks and Pricebaba, the battery cell inside the OnePlus 8T will be beefed-up to 4,500mAh. OnePlus 8T will also benefit from 65W Warp Charge – a huge step-up from the 30W fast-charging included with its predecessor.



TikTok BAN: Millions could be blocked from popular video app tomorrow

TikTok could be banned from Apple and Android app stores from tomorrow as a new US block comes into force. US President Donald Trump wants the popular app blocked in the country over concerns that the Chinese-owned platform could pose a security risk to US citizens.

TikTok has denied any control or influence from the Chinese government and has insisted the app behaves responsibly on both Android and iOS devices.

Unless a deal can be struck over the next few hours a full block on the app could come into force from tomorrow, Sunday September 20.

Although TikTok will be banned on app stores, users will still be able to access the service until November 12. After this date it could be fully blocked in America.

TikTok has said that it’s “disappointed” with the upcoming block and has stated that it totally disagrees with the possible ban on its service. TikTok points out that it had fully committed to “unprecedented levels of additional transparency” in light of the Trump administration’s worries.

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In a statement, TikTok said: “We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”

Although there’s only a few hours to get a resolution it seems there’s still a chance that the ban could be quashed.

Speaking to reporters on Friday Trump said a deal “could go quickly.”

“We have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy.

“We have to have the total security from China.”

Amid this threat of a TikTok ban, rumours started to emerge that Microsoft was interested in acquiring the video-focused social network’s US operations from parent company ByteDance. This rumoured interest was later confirmed by the Windows 10 company. In a statement Microsoft said it was exploring the possibility of acquiring TikTok’s US arm although a deal was never agreed and Microsoft has now backed away.

If a ban does come into force it’s sure to be a hugely unpopular decision.

TikTok is estimated to have 80million monthly users in the US, with four out of the top five most followed accounts being based in America.

The most popular US TikTok personalities are Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Zach King and Loren Gray who have tens of millions of followers each.

If you were unaware, TikTok is the first short-video sharing platform that has caught on with global users since Vine closed down in 2017. The app is filled with short and snappy videos lasting anywhere between 15 to 60 seconds, and spanning a broad range of categories.

TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance, was set up in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It was reported ByteDance posted a £3billion profit last year after tussling with other Chinese giants like Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba.

As well as banning TikTok, the impending order will also see WeChat blocked in the US. The messaging service, which has 1 billion users, faces the same September 20 deadline.



Why buying an Apple iPad Air right now is a really, really bad idea

Announced during Apple’s annual September keynote event, the 2020 iPad Air sports a totally new look which brings it much closer to the pricier iPad Pro. That means users will be treated to a stunning 10.9-inch screen which bleeds to the edges of the aluminium frame. This design removes that chunky chin and forehead which, let’s be honest, was starting to look incredibly tired.

Apple is also releasing its refreshed iPad Air in a range of new colours including a striking green and blue option. But the changes aren’t only surface-level as the new iPad is powered by the latest and greatest A14 Bionic processor, which should make daily tasks around 40 percent than before.

An improved camera will help snap better shots and there’s a USB-C port for faster charging and connectivity with other gadgets, like DSLR cameras, without the need for any adapters or dongles.

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Finally, the Air gets the improved Apple Pencil which is not only more precise but sticks to the side of the tablet for an instant refill and it’s compatible with the clever Magic Keyboard which turns it into a mini laptop.

This is a mighty update to Air and although Apple has removed the older model from its website many UK retailers, such as Currys, are still selling the previous generation. At £479 the older Air is much cheaper than the new £579 asking price but the huge difference between the two makes spending the extra worth every penny.

The older iPad Air isn’t as fast and features a design which is now looking very outdated when compared to what Apple has just announced.

You also only get access to the older Apple Pencil and there are less colour options to choose from. In our opinion, it’s really not worth considering the older iPad Air and it’s worth hanging on a few weeks until Apple’s fully rebooted tablet hits stores. Or, at the very least, if you’re set on getting the previous iPad Air model – wait until a few weeks after the 2020 version is on stores shelves and buy the 2019 tablet at a discount, not at full price as most retailers are still selling it. That really is the worst of both worlds.



macOS Big Sur isn't here yet, but Apple has released a useful update for your MacBook

Apple has had a busy week pushing out a swathe of software updates to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners, but Mac users were probably disappointed by the fact that macOS 11.0 Big Sur didn’t release at the same time. This blockbuster Mac upgrade was announced back in June alongside iOS 14, iPad OS 14 and watch OS 7 at Apple’s annual developer conference.

While every other operating system upgrade from Apple are now available to users across the world, Big Sur remains unreleased. This isn’t anything unusual. Last year, macOS Catalina arrived a number of weeks after iOS 13 was pushed out to iPhones.

In fact, Catalina was officially released on October 7, 2019 and it seems Big Sur could be heading for a similar launch date. Apple never reveals details on its operating system releases until a few days before they become available, but it’s highly likely we’ll hear more news on mac OS Big Sur in the coming weeks.

Apple has already promised to launch new Macs powered by its own custom-designed processors, dubbed Apple Silicon, before the end of the year. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Cupertino-based company will hold another media event in the coming weeks to unveil the latest Mac hardware – a good opportunity to talk about macOS Big Sur in more detail.

Although you may not have all the shiny new features on your Mac just yet, Apple has announced the release of a new upgrade to Safari which is available to download today.

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The US firm says that Safari 14.0 introduces new features, even faster performance and improved security. Once installed you’ll find a new tab bar design which shows more tabs onscreen and also displays favicons by default.

A customisable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections plus a Privacy Report now shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

To get the latest version of Safari, simply click on the System Preferences in the Apple Menu and click on Software Update.

You’ll then see a button which says Update Now. Click this and the installation will begin although it’s worth noting that Safari will need to reboot before the features will become available.

Of course, this is small update compared to what is coming in Big Sur with this release bringing big changes the design of this OS along with bonus features such as improved messaging and customisable menu bar which features an all-new Control Centre

Speaking about the changes, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said: “macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade.

“With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”

Express.co.uk will bring you a full release date just as soon as we hear more.



iPhone 12 release date mystery: when will Apple FINALLY reveal its iPhone 11 successor?

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Confused about why we didn’t hear about the new iPhone models during Apple’s September event? Us too (Image: APPLE • GETTY)

Apple held its September product showcase last week – as it does almost every year. However, that’s where the similarities with normal proceedings end. While this annual keynote presentation usually focuses on the latest iPhone – with a handful of Apple execs pouring over every inch of the new design, latest camera features, speed improvements, pre-order and release date – we didn’t see any of that.

Instead, Apple used its September event to talk about a redesigned iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen monitoring, a more affordable Apple Watch SE, and a new subscription bundle that lets you access Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ for a flat monthly fee. And that was it.

Of course, we’re not knocking these announcements – iPad Air looks like a brilliant buy and the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels could reveal some fascinating insights into your health… but c’mon, none of these are exciting as a new iPhone.

So, why didn’t Apple take the wraps off its successors to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro?

Well, Apple has already confirmed that its latest batch of iPhones will be a little delayed compared with previous years. The delay, which is caused by the ongoing public health crisis, is expected to see new iPhone models land on store shelves in October or November instead of September.

However, a number of prominent analysts still assumed we’d get the usual unveiling in September except with pre-order dates starting a few weeks later than usual. After all, the new iPad Air model unveiled during the September event is delayed too – that won’t ship until an unspecified date in October and Apple still chose to talk about that during its presentation. Surely the same could’ve happened with its latest smartphone range, right?

But that didn’t happen. So, when will we get a look at the new iPhone models? And why is Apple keeping us in suspense?

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As well as the usual Space Grey and Silver finishes, a new Blue colour is rumoured to be in the works (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

As mentioned above, Apple already warned that its next iPhone wouldn’t be ready for September.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri made the announcement during an earnings call last month. Maestri warned shareholders that sales of its next handset will not be included in its next financial quarter, which runs until late September. Usually, Apple is able to give some indication about the number of sales or interest in its latest smartphone at the end of the quarter to buoy the share price.

Whatever Apple has planned for its best-selling iPhone range, shareholders won’t be able to see any indication of whether customers like it until the following quarter, which runs from October to December and also includes the Christmas shopping period.

Of course, Apple could’ve revealed its new iPhone as usual – and then opened pre-orders in early October. However, that would’ve left a lengthy cooling-off period between the glitzy reveal and pre-orders being available, which isn’t ideal. After all, Sony Xperia has just announced its new Xperia 5 II, Samsung is holding a Galaxy Unpacked event where new handsets are tipped to be announced next week, and Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will be unveiled on September 30, 2020. That’s a lot of distractions for customers before pre-orders open.

It makes more sense for Apple to hold another event in October where it can take the wraps off its new iPhone, talk about the headline features and reveal its usual stunning advertising campaign – only to open pre-orders at the end of the keynote. That will ensure that anyone who wants the latest and greatest from the Californian company won’t have time to reconsider before reserving a smartphone for launch day.

And by all indications, the latest iPhone could be something truly special.

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Apple is expected to shrink the size of its notch – allowing the amount of usable screen to be bigger (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

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Like the iPad Pro, a LiDAR depth-sensing system is rumoured to be introduced to the rear-camera (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

First off, Apple is widely-tipped to include support for superfast 5G mobile networks with both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series. Whether there will be lower-cost models in each of these ranges that only support slower 4G networks is unknown, however, with 5G becoming available in more and more affordable Android rivals – like the excellent OnePlus Nord and Motorola Moto 5G Plus – it might impact sales if Apple doesn’t futureproof its handsets with support for the faster mobile data speeds.

However, something that seemingly will not be futureproofed is the display, which will reportedly stick with the same 60Hz refresh rate to preserve battery life (the addition of 5G and a high refresh-rate was too much for the battery cell, reports suggest). That’s a little disappointing given that almost every flagship Android rival now touts a 120Hz display, which offers smoother system animations, a more responsive touchscreen, and faster-paced gameplay.

Of course, Apple is well-versed with the benefits of a 120Hz panel as it has included one in its top-tier iPad Pro models since June 2017.

According to the latest whispers, this could be one of the biggest iPhone launches ever. Apple is widely-tipped to unveil four new models. Until now, Apple has usually offered three new variants – two screen size options in its top-tier “Pro” series, and a single more affordable handset. This time around, it seems Apple will add another option for those shopping for the latest affordable iPhone model.

The latest whispers from Apple’s secretive supply chain suggest we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone, and two 6.1-inch iPhones.

While the 5.4-inch model will be smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches), the larger 6.7-inch screen will be considerably bigger than the palm-stretching iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches). Meanwhile, the current iPhone 11 (and iPhone Xr before it) has a 6.1-inch touchscreen, however, it’s unclear why Apple will launch two separate variants of this handset – unless there it has a pricier version with 5G support planned, or one with improved cameras.

Apple has enjoyed huge success with the introduction of the more affordable iPhone Xr and its successor iPhone 11, which both consistently outsold their pricier “Pro” options in the year they were launched. While both of these handsets have a similar all-screen design to the flagship models, with Face ID and the latest-generation Apple-designed chipset under the bonnet, Apple cuts some corners with the camera, water resistance, and display quality. These models also ship with a slower wired charger, compared to the fast-charger bundled with the iPhone 11 Pro models.

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Apple is widely-tipped to return to the flat edges and square corners seen on the iPhone 5 (Image: JONAS DAEHNERT • TWITTER)

With the latest refresh, Apple looks to remove one of the biggest differentiators between the affordable and £999+ models: the screen. According to rumours, all four of the latest iPhone models will use OLED panels – ditching the LCD technology found on the iPhone 11. OLED offers more vibrant colours, brighter whites, cavernous blacks. Better yet, OLED panels conserve battery life when using software features like Dark Mode – something that’s not possible with LCD.

Apple is expected to refresh the industrial design of all four iPhone models. Gone are the soft curved corners that have characterised the best-selling smartphone series since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in September 2014. Instead, Apple is widely-expected to return to an angular aesthetic with flat edges and sharper corners, like those found on the iPhone 4 and seen recently in the iPad Pro redesign. Whether the Apple Watch follows the same move away from gentle curves to more geometric angles remains to be seen.

And it’s not only the design that will link the iPad Pro and the new iPhones. Apple will seemingly bring the LiDAR depth-sensing technology introduced to the flagship tablet earlier this year to the next iPhone in order to boost the bokeh-style effect in its Portrait Mode images as well as Augmented Reality (AR) applications.

A smaller Face ID facial recognition scanner to allow the Californian firm to squeeze in a little more screen real estate is also likely, sources say. Whether this reworked Face ID kit only makes it way to the iPhone 12 Pro, rather than the iPhone 12 remains to be seen.

And finally, Apple is expected to drop the wall plug and the wired headphones from the box of all its upcoming iPhone models.

In tacit confirmation of the move, Apple confirmed that new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE models will not include a wall adapter in the box – so, you’ll have to use on the USB charging bricks you’ve likely already got lying around in a drawer, or forgotten under your bed. When it comes to the iPhone, Apple is expected to reveal that research it had commissioned into chargers showed that the majority of iPhone owners don’t even remove the charger and headphones from the box – sticking with the existing kit they already had from their previous model.

Ditching these cables from the box will reduce e-waste, the firm is expected to tell customers and investors. These green credentials were touted during the keynote when Apple talked about its decision to remove the charger from the new Apple Watch.

Fortuitously, for the $1.7 trillion company, dropping these extras from the box of its next £999+ handset also means it can shrink the size of the packaging – allowing it to squeeze more smartphones into each shipment container, which will reduce costs when shipping hundreds of millions of iPhone boxes across the globe.



GoPro unleashes all-new HERO9 Black to fix your biggest complaint with its cameras

GoPro has announced a new entry into its best-selling action camera range: the GoPro HERO9 Black. When it comes to lightweight and compact cameras, GoPro is comfortably ahead of the pack. In fact, its name has now become interchangeable with the entire action camera category for most people. However, if you’ve had complaints about its recent devices – chances are, the HERO9 Black solves ’em.

With the HERO9 Black, GoPro has finally introduced a front-facing display to its flagship camera. This was always one of the biggest omissions on previous GoPro kit. Sure, you could open the smartphone app to line-up your shot (or ask a friend to peer around the back of the selfie stick to make sure everyone had managed to squeeze into the viewfinder) but it wasn’t ideal.

Thankfully, those days are behind you. With the HERO9 Black, you’ll be able to line-up shots on the GoPro using the 1.4-inch colour front-facing display even when it’s attached in an awkward position – like at the end of your snowboard, squeezed into the wheel arch of your car, or strapped to the end of your arm. Of course, there’s still a rear touchscreen display that lets you tweak the settings and review footage you’ve just shot.

In fact, the HERO9 Black has a larger rear display than previous models, now clocking in at 2.27-inches, which should make it easier to toggle settings and navigate through the menus – perfect if you’re in the middle of an adrenaline-fuelled extreme sport and want to make a couple of quick changes.

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Elsewhere, the HERO9 Black has a truckload of improvements, including a redesigned sensor that lets you shoot in 5K video. This means you’ll be able to crop into your footage and still leave with a 4K file to watch in pixel-packed detail on your Ultra HD telly. Footage shot in 5K is limited to 30 frames-per-second compared with the 60fps option available at 4K and the 120fps in 2.7K and 1440p. The HERO9 Black is capable of shooting 20-megapixel still images too – and all of the previous camera modes are still supported, including SuperPhoto, Burst Mode, Continuous Shooting, Night Lapse and more.

There’s also an extra 30 percent extra battery compared to its predecessor. Granted, the new front-facing screen will probably drain some of that added battery life, so we’ll have to get our hands on the HERO9 Black to see whether it’s a substantial upgrade on its predecessor.

GoPro has overhauled its stabilisation smarts, now branded as HyperSmooth 3.0, which includes in-camera horizon levelling. Previously only available in the companion smartphone app, this means you’ll be able to twist and spin the camera as much as you want – but the image in the viewfinder (and the resulting footage) keeps the horizon perfectly level. This should prevent any nausea from any travel sick-prone viewers watching your mountain bike shudder down a rocky path. Of course, you don’t have to switch this option on if you’re looking for a more authentic bouncy look to your videos.

The built-in folding mounting fingers which were introduced with the HERO8 Black and GoPro Max make a welcome return to the HERO9 Black too. This design tweak means you won’t have to pop the GoPro in and out of a case to mount it to any of your accessories. The case is waterproof to 10metres, so you can take it for a swim (and a pretty deep swim at that) without any worries.

“HERO9 Black reflects our commitment to delivering what our customers have been asking for, including more value for their money,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “HERO9 Black is a beast of a product, and GoPro subscribers can get it for £100 off at GoPro.com while also enjoying unlimited cloud storage of their GoPro footage, up to 50 percent on everything at GoPro.com and no-questions-asked camera replacement. And we’re not done, with more value adds coming to GoPro subscribers later this year.”

HERO9 Black is available right now, starting from £429.99. You can pick it up from GoPro.com for £329.98 with a one-year subscription and existing GoPro subscribers will be able to upgrade to the latest camera at the discounted £329.98 price too.

For those who don’t know, the GoPro subscription offers no-questions-asked camera replacement, unlimited cloud storage for GoPro photos and video at original quality, enhanced live streaming to GoPro.com with fewer restrictions than other live streaming services, and up to 50 percent discount on mounts and accessories. The GoPro subscription is available for £49.99 annually or £4.99 a month.



BT broadband boost: Some lucky customers set for big improvement and it's free, for now

BT customers could soon see a much-improved internet connection. The telecoms company has confirmed that it will be running a test towards the end of this month which is aimed at making its service much more reliable.

As spotted by the team at ISPreview, some BT customers have started to receive a message asking if they would like to take part in a trial, which will bring some new internet-boosting hardware into their homes.

In the message, BT states: “As part of the trial, we may provide you with a new Hub and/or an additional piece of equipment to use with the Hub. As well as the extra equipment, we’ll also cover the cost of your entire bill for the duration of the trial, subject to you filling in a few surveys when asked.”

So ,what is this new piece of tech from BT?

Although nothing has been confirmed it is thought BT could be planning to launch a redesigned Mini Hub, which helps to keep customers online even when their main broadband connection is lost.

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This is currently offered as part of BT’s premium HALO package and uses the 4G mobile network to keep homes online 24 hours a day. The updated Mini Hub could bring faster speeds and into homes and also allow more devices to connect to it at the same time.

ISPreview is also speculating that this updated device might even be able to connect to the web using 5G which could actually make it faster than fixed-line broadband.

The current UK average speed is around 50Mbps, but 5G is able to whizz the web around homes at over 300Mbps.

EE is leading the way with this technology and with BT now owning the UK network it could be the perfect time to launch a Mini Hub with this technology. It’s worth noting that BT has not given any hint that 5G is coming to its in-home hubs.

Confirming the upcoming trial, a BT spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “As the UK’s largest broadband provider, we are constantly looking at new ways to provide the best experience to our customers, and occasionally we invite a small number of them to test potential new services.

“We are unable to share further details on this specific trial at this time, however we can reassure all our customers that we will continue to review new, innovative ways to deliver them the best connectivity, and that they will be amongst the first to know of any new exciting products we intend to launch”.



Amazon Echo update brings brilliant new feature: here's what you need to ask Alexa

“We’re thrilled to offer customers a convenient podcast listening experience that fits their lifestyle,” said Kintan Brahmbhatt, Director of Podcasts for Amazon Music. “Never before has listening to podcasts on the move, in the car, or at home been so simple. Our customers will be able to utilise the voice functionality they know and love with music, to now enjoy a superior podcast experience and uncover a brand-new selection of favourites.”

Of course, Spotify is also increasingly looking to podcasts to differentiate itself from music streaming rivals, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, TiDAL, and more. Spotify boasts a number of popular exclusives, including The Joe Rogan Experience. It also recently acquired two vast podcast networks – Gimlet Media (known for Reply All) and Parcast (a true-crime and mystery network).

In contrast, Apple Music seems to be relying on its network of live radio stations – with presenters including Zane Lowe, Elton John, Kelleigh Bannen, Rebecca Judd, Shania Twain and others. It also benefits from being the default music app in iOS (something that cannot be changed by iPhone owners) and being bundled as part of the newly-announced Apple One subscription.