Anyone who has bought a smartphone since 2015 could be entitled to a share of a £480m payout if a legal claim from watchdog Which? is successful. The consumer rights group is suing US chipmaker Qualcomm, accusing it of using its market dominance to inflate charges to manufacturers, which they have then passed on to millions of Britons in the form of higher smartphone prices. About 29 million people in the UK may be entitled to compensation of around £17 each. Qualcomm's technology can be found in a number of leading brands, including Apple and Samsung. Damages are being sought for all affected Apple and Samsung smartphones bought since 1 October 2015. Advertisement Anabel Hoult, chief executive of Which?, said: "We believe Qualcomm's practices are anti-competitive and have so far taken around £480m from UK consumers' pockets - this needs to stop. More from Apple Streaming inquiry: Spotify, Apple and Amazon bosses defend models but seem … [Read more...] about Qualcomm: UK smartphone owners are due £480m payout, claims Which?
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The fate of the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port remains in doubt after its parent company confirmed it would not invest in building a new model at the site without guaranteed support from the government. The Stellantis group, which owns Vauxhall, is currently considering whether to commit to building a new electric vehicle at the factory in Cheshire. In January, chief executive Carlos Tavares described Boris Johnson's commitment to ban new internal combustion engine vehicles from 2030 as "brutal", and said it could destroy the plant's business model. Stellantis says it expects to reach a "binding agreement" with the government, but if it cannot secure government incentives for an electric model, as well as guarantees over the post-Brexit complexities of trading batteries, it is understood it could close Ellesmere Port when production of the current petrol and diesel Astra ends this year. Ministers have been in talks with the car group since the turn of the year, with … [Read more...] about Vauxhall plant future in the balance as government guarantee sought
Leaders from across the 27-nation bloc convened via videoconference on Thursday to thrash out joint approaches to the COVID-19 crisis. The topics of discussion included unilateral border closures and restrictions , the slowness of the EU's vaccine rollout and the thorny issue of so-called vaccine passports . The issues discussed Vaccine passports: Tourist-reliant southern European nations such as Greece and Spain urged the rapid adoption of an EU-wide vaccination certificate for travelers. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz backed the idea in an appearance on the online television channel of Germany's Bild newspaper. He said it would enable a restart to free travel in Europe and could help "secure and protect" struggling sectors like the arts, sports and gastronomy. Manfred Weber, the head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament, has called for a speedy rollout of a vaccine passport in order to allow freedom of movement in the EU. "[A] vaccination … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: EU leaders consider vaccine passports
The US president on Wednesday revoked a ban on the issuing of green cards by his predecessor that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the US. President Biden has been reversing Trump's policies on immigration, revoking the former president's orders and issuing more of his own. What Biden said about lifting the ban Lifting Trump's Presidential Proclamation 100014, Biden said it "does not advance the interests of the United States." "To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here," Biden said in his proclamation. "It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world." Watch video 03:15 Share Undocumented immigrants in the US Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink … [Read more...] about US President Joe Biden reverses Trump green card ban
Vincent Muscat declared himself guilty on Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing in Malta over the killing of anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was promptly jailed for 15 years under a reduced sentence. Galizia was killed in a car bombing near her home village of Bidnija in October 2017. Brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, also accused of procuring, planting and detonating the bomb, remained silent despite Muscat's plea, "their faces betraying no expression," reported the Times of Malta (TM) newspaper. Marc Sant, the lawyer for Muscat, also identified by TM as il-Kohhu, told the court his client wanted to register an admission. Asked by the judge Edwina Grima, Muscat replied twice: "Guilty." May 2019: Protestors demanding justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Justice Grima said in jailing Muscat for 15 years she took into account that he had collaborated with police. Vince Muscat has been under arrest since December 2017. The other two … [Read more...] about Malta: Journalist killer jailed for 15 years