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Satellite broadband gets a speed boost

Satellite broadband provider Tooway has boosted its speeds to 20Mb, says tech site CNET UK.

The company has also launched a new range of 'unlimited' broadband packages. 'Tooway L' costs £39.99 a month and has a 20GB data allowance during the day and unlimited downloads at night. Tooway XL will cost you £49.99 a month and ups the daytime limit to 30GB.

The third package - 'Tooway Absolute' - offers unlimited downloads anytime and costs £74.99 a month.

RIM no more

Yesterday, Research in Motion (RIM) - the company behind smartphone brand BlackBerry - held a big event to announce its products and strategy for the future. One of the surprises was that the company is changing its name. As news service Reuters reports, from this point on the company will take on the BlackBerry name too.

Which will make writing about it slightly easier, so we're all for it.

BlackBerry 10 makes its debut

The company formerly known as RIM also showed off its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 smartphone operating system yesterday.

According to the Economic Times, it comes with a swathe of new features, including BlackBerry Balance, which allows users to prevent work apps and media from mingling with personal ones, BlackBerry Hub, which brings together email and social media notifications in one place, and video support for its BlackBerry Messenger service.

New BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 revealed

BlackBerry's announcement frenzy continued yesterday, with the announcement of two new smartphones - the Z10 and the Q10.

Tech site Wired has the specifications; the Z10 sports a 4.2in touchscreen and is powered by a dual core 1.5Ghz processor. It has 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. It packs an eight megapixel camera on the rear and a 2Mp snapper on the front. The Z10supports 4G and BlackBerry claims the battery offers up to 10 hours talk time and will last 13 days on standby.

According to BBC News, the UK will be the first to get the new handset, which is now available.

The other phone that BlackBerry announced - the Q10 - has similar specs to the Z10 with a few key differences. The screen is a smaller at 3.1in and the phone has the traditional BlackBerry physical keyboard - the widest the company's ever produced apparently.

EE brings 4G to nine more towns

EE has announced that it has brought 4G mobile broadband to nine more towns across the UK. The mobile network - currently the only major provider that offers 4G mobile broadband in the UK - has turned the service on in Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton-Coldfield and Wolverhampton.

According to the provider, 4G is now available in 27 towns and cities.

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