Rob Pegoraro Special to USA TODAY Published 5:16 AM EDT Sep 12, 2019 The home pages of the big four wireless carriers look suspiciously alike this week, and it’s mostly Apple’s fault. Tuesday’s announcement of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max has led AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless to give over their online front doors to Apple’s marketing materials – all in the hope that you’ll buy your next iOS smartphone through them instead of directly from the Cupertino, California, tech giant. But just as in earlier times when the four nationwide carriers have latched onto the debut of a new lineup of iPhones, you don’t need to take up that quartet on their offers when online presales begin Sept. 13 and in-store purchases start Sept. 20. The longstanding reason to look past the carriers boils down to one word: unlocked. Both Apple and the carriers will let you make interest-free, installment-plan payments on … [Read more...] about iPhone 11: Wireless carrier deals for new Apple phones
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BARRED FROM travelling beyond the confines of their over-crowded, ramshackle camps on a sliver of land in Bangladesh’s border district of Cox’s Bazar, about 1m Rohingya refugees have hitherto had to rely on mobile phones as virtually their sole link to the outside world. Yet on September 2nd the Bangladeshi government abruptly ordered all telecommunications companies to shut down mobile services and stop selling SIM cards in the camps. The companies have been given just seven days to take action. The surprise move was greeted with dismay and anger in the camps, and beyond. It will increase the Muslim Rohingyas’ sense of abandonment and despair, just two years after about 750,000 of them were mercilessly driven out their villages in Rakhine state, just over the border in Myanmar—an operation condemned as a “genocide” by the United Nations. Responding to the mobile-phone shutdown, a UN official was quoted as saying that it would “further isolate … [Read more...] about Bangladesh bans mobile phones for 1m Rohingya refugees
On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
When Mario Fernández’s cell phone signal failed, he came out with the familiar “Bloody technology!” He switched it off, then back on again, but to no avail. When he got home, he called his operator from a different phone to explain the situation. “They told me that I had asked for a duplicate of my SIM card in another city,” says Fernández, who asked to use an assumed name. “And I told them that wasn’t the case.” Suddenly alarm bells went off in his head and he checked his bank account, only to find it was blocked. He got in touch with his bank, which confirmed his account had been frozen after unusual activity had been detected: several thousand euros were missing and a loan for another €50,000 had been applied for. Somebody had accessed his personal data and embarked on the process of robbing him blind. When I saw my bank account, I had to go to the ER to get something to calm me down Mario Fernández, fraud … [Read more...] about SIM swap fraud is on the rise in Spain, experts warn
Our courts have been kept busy dealing with cases ranging from paedophiles and murderers to dangerous drivers and career burglars so far in 2019. Among them are the trio who shocked the city last year when their plot to blow up a shop in Leicester's Hinckley Road left five dead. Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan were all handed life sentences for their crimes. Other crimes hitting the headlines include a woman whose repeated calls to 999 put lives at risk, a fraudster who stole cash donated for the family of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, and two pranksters who drove off with a Skylink bus and filmed it on Facebook. There have been a host of other cases too that we've featured but police have either declined, or been unable, to provide custody pictures of the defendants. Robert Soutar A former primary school teacher has been jailed for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young pupil. Robert Soutar molested the girl, aged between seven and 11 years, between 1975 and … [Read more...] about Faces of 76 Leicester criminals in court so far in 2019