Extinction Rebellion plans Heathrow drone protest.

Extinction Rebellion activists are threatening to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones. The climate change protest group vowed to stage a one-day demonstration in June and then 10 further days in July – unless the government cancels plans for expanding the airport. Ten days of protests across central London in April saw 1,130 people arrested for various offences. Heathrow Airport said the plan was “reckless” and could “endanger lives”. Extinction Rebellion said it was in talks with members about carrying out action to close the airport on 18 June and…

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5G: EE launches UK’s next-generation mobile network

EE has launched the UK’s first next-generation 5G mobile network, with a concert by rapper Stormzy live-streamed from a boat on the River Thames. 5G mobile networks offer faster downloads, but customers will need a new handset to take advantage. At first, the service will only be available in limited areas of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Rival Vodafone plans to switch on its 5G service in the coming weeks. 5G is finally here. So what? EE’s lowest-priced deal is £54 a month plus a one-off £170 fee…

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5G: Finally, it’s here in the UK – so what is it?

After years of hype – and sometimes confusion – the UK finally has a 5G network. BT’s EE subsidiary is the first to launch a service – and if you’re feeling wealthy enough and live in the right place, you can sign up. The lowest-priced deal is £54 a month plus a one-off £170 fee for a compatible handset. But bear in mind that buys you only 10GB of data a month, which you will be likely to chew through fairly quickly if you take advantage of the next-generation technology…

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Google and Apple criticize GCHQ eavesdropping idea

A “hypothetical” proposal by UK security agency GCHQ to eavesdrop on encrypted messages has been criticised by tech firms and rights groups. Google and Apple were among 47 firms to sign an open letter, saying it was a “serious threat” to trust and security. The GCHQ plan would mean, in some circumstances, security services got copies of encrypted messages. The technique resembled the way that GCHQ currently used wiretaps to listen to unencrypted chat, said the agency. admin

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