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Scotland PPI Claim Hotspot

money-271-x-301Residents of Scotland are reaping the benefits of PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) claims payouts with the average claim valued at above the UK average of £3,000.

Scotland was one of the UK’s top PPI hot-spots as certain unscrupulous banks including Lloyds TSB and RBS and Bank of Scotland knowingly mis-sold PPI policies to ineligible customers. This mis-sold PPI was for Personal Loans, Credit Cards and Mortgages even though customers had not asked for the cover. What’s more the exclusions on the policies meant many could never have made a successful claim Continue reading

EE stung by cost of new rules but 4G numbers rise

ee-4GBritain’s biggest mobile network EE now has over 2.9m customers signed up to its superfast 4G internet service and is aiming to exceed 6m by the end of the year.

Despite the growth in 4G, EE’s revenues fell 3.6 per cent to £1.55bn as the operator added only 123,000 new contract customers during the three months to March, compared to 166,000 during the same period last year, and the increased cost of regulation on the business.

“The regulatory impact is a big drag on our revenue and in particular some of these new potential regulatory measures like Ofcom’s proposed increase to our spectrum license fee will potentially Continue reading

One Direction to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow

radio-1-big-weekend-glasgowOne Direction have been announced as the opening act at Radio 1’s Big Weekend next month.

“We’re so excited to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow. Glasgow we’re coming to get you,” they said.

The news was revealed by Nick Grimshaw on his show, where he also announced Bastille would be at the event, which is being held on 24 and 25 May.

Singer Dan Smith said: “We played last year and it was awesome. We can’t wait, we’re so excited.”

Ed Sheeran also spoke to Grimshaw on the phone after it was revealed he would be performing on the Saturday night. Continue reading

Apple earnings report: iPhone bumps up revenue but sales of iPad fall by 16%

apple-logo-smallThe latest earnings report from Apple has exceed expectations, with the company reporting an increase in revenue for the first three months of the year of $45.6 billion – way ahead of analysts’ predicted $43.5bn.

However, the report also reinforced the fact that Apple relies more than ever on the success of the iPhone for continuing growth.

The smartphone accounts for more than half of the company’s revenues and while sales of the device soared past expectations (43.7 million units sold compared to projections of 37.7m), this success was necessary to offset a slump in interest in the iPod, Macs and the iPad.

Apple’s tablet launched four years ago and although the device has been hailed as the ideal Continue reading

Nike says Fuelband is here to stay despite Apple partnership rumours

Fuelband NikeSportswear maker Nike has said that it has no plans to ditch the Fuelband, despite speculation that the firm would ditch its hardware business and others claiming a planned tie-up with Apple.

It recently emerged that Nike was laying off staff in its digital sports division, the group responsible for making the Fuelband. Since then, speculation surfaced that Nike plans to ditch its hardware business altogether, and more recent rumours have claimed that the layoffs came as the firm looked to put its hardware resources into working with Apple on an upcoming wearable. Continue reading

Dying Teen Stephen Sutton’s Wish Goes Viral

Stephen-SuttonA terminally ill 19-year-old’s online fundraising page has gone viral, helping him raise nearly £1m for a cancer charity.

Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer at the age of 15.

Last year he was told it was inoperable, prompting him to write a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve.

One of his goals is to raise £1m for Teenage Cancer Trust, and he has been using the internet to help him achieve this. Continue reading