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Broadband deal of the week: Up to £150 Mastercard with BT Infinity internet

It’s back! BT has reintroduced one of its hottest Reward Card offers. Sign up for BT Infinity fibre broadband[1] by midnight on Wednesday January 31 and you’ll be sent a pre-paid Mastercard up to the value of £150. That makes this one of the best superfast fibre broadband deals out there right now.

BT’s entry-level fibre optic internet Infinity 1 costs £29.99 per month – anything less than £30pm for 52Mb speeds is A-OK in our book. Sign up, paying £29.99 for activation, and you’ll be able to claim a £125 Mastercard.

If you need even more speed, then a £150 card is available on BT Unlimited Infinity 2[2], which delivers speeds of up to 76Mb. The tariff rises a tenner a month to £39.99pm, but the sign up fee is down to £9.99.

If fibre isn’t yet available in your area, BT hasn’t forgotten about you. You’ll receive a £50 Reward Card with the 17Mb BT Unlimited Broadband[3], for which you’ll pay £23.99 a month after a £9.99 router delivery charge.

Deal of the week: BT Unlimited Infinity 1 fibre broadband

What is a BT Reward Card?

The so-called Reward Card that BT sends out is a pre-paid credit card that you can use anywhere that accepts Mastercard. In short, that’s around a million shops, cafes and restaurants around the world, so you shouldn’t find it difficult to find places to spend, spend, spend.

It’s an old-fashioned chip and pin card, rather than contactless. But do make sure that you claim your Reward Card within three months of installation, otherwise you’ll lose out on all that cash.

And remember…the Reward Card promotion, together with the introductory prices, are available to customers that are new to BT broadband only.

Best broadband deals

If you’re still um-ing and ah-ing over whether to go for one of these BT broadband offers, or if you want to see what other TV or phone options there are, then check out our BT broadband deals page[5] – our bespoke price comparison table will help you choose, with packages that include unlimited calls and cheap BT Sports subscriptions. And if you want still more internet alternatives, then head on over to our main broadband deals comparison page[6].


  1. ^ BT Infinity fibre broadband (www.mobiles4everyone.com)
  2. ^ BT Unlimited Infinity 2 (www.mobiles4everyone.com)
  3. ^ BT Unlimited Broadband (www.mobiles4everyone.com)
  4. ^ Discover the best superfast fibre broadband deals around (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ BT broadband deals page (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ our main broadband deals comparison page (www.techradar.com)

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Kodi box crackdown called for in UK, use being called “tantamount to theft”

The UK government’s former Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport John Whittingdale has published a call to arms over illegal streaming. 

In a statement specifically calling out Kodi boxes, he said:

“Illegal streaming of copyright content is tantamount to theft and is already doing huge damage to our broadcasters, content creators and rights owners. In 2018, let’s take action to stamp it out.”

While noting that Kodi boxes (and other devices like them) are legal, he highlights that these boxes “are normally bought for the apps that can be added, enabling illegal streaming of films currently in the cinema, of TV programmes not yet aired in the UK, or of sports content only legitimately available on subscription channels.“

Costing the entertainment industry billions

In his piece, published in the ‘i’ newspaper[1], he claims that in the UK alone, more than a million boxes have been sold in the last two years, meaning that the likelihood is “even if you’re not using one, you probably know someone who is.”

The danger of these boxes, he claims is that by allowing you to stream illegal content on your television, rather than having to navigate obviously disreputable websites, is that it normalizes an illegal act.

And the cost of this, as always with piracy, is the future of the arts. Whittingdale cites research claiming that “Kodi box pirates are siphoning as much as $ 4.2 billion a year out of the creative economy in the United States,” and while he doesn’t cite overall numbers for the UK, he does claim: “the impact on television and film producers alone is estimated at around £820 million – and that figure doesn’t include losses incurred by pay TV providers and sports rights holders.”

The call to arms seems to be twofold, a direct call to the government that it “must get on with developing a legal framework for tackling this threat,” and a more overt call for users of these boxes, and those who know users of boxes to cease pirating content. 

Via Gizmodo[3]


  1. ^ published in the ‘i’ newspaper (inews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Kodi is now available on Xbox One (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Gizmodo (www.gizmodo.co.uk)

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George Soros slams Facebook and Google as a 'menace'

Billionaire investor George Soros calls for greater regulation on tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

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Renowned financier and philanthropist George Soros bashed Facebook and Google on Thursday and called for “more stringent regulations” on the tech giants. During a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the billionaire investor said the tech companies were a “menace,” adding that it’s “only a matter of time before the global dominance of the US IT monopolies is broken,” according to a transcript of the event. “As Facebook and Google have grown into ever more powerful monopolies, they have become obstacles to innovation, and they have caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware,” he said.

“They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access,” he said in his speech, which was first reported by BuzzFeed. The comments come amid a backdrop of criticism that Silicon Valley should be held accountable for influence Russia was able to wield using their respective platforms during the 2016 US presidential election.

Facebook has said about 126 million Americans, or roughly one-third of the nation’s population, were exposed to Russian-backed content on Facebook during the election. Russian operatives also spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Gmail and Google search. Soros also accused the tech companies of being tempted to “compromise themselves” to enter the Chinese market, where they have long been banned.

“There could be an alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data-rich IT monopolies that would bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance,” Soros said. “This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined.” Facebook declined to comment. Google representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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CNN to part ways with YouTube star Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat, man of the (YouTube) people.

CNN is saying farewell to YouTube star Casey Neistat. The news giant brought in Neistat after purchasing his social media app, Beme, which captures and plays 4-second video clips, in a bid to go after a younger audience. Buzzfeed reported on Thursday that CNN would later today announce that Neistat and Beme cofounder Matt Hackett would leave the company. Neistat, an online filmmaker that has found viral success, boasts 8.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

He was supposed to help CNN garner a younger “Millennial” audience, but that never panned out.

A spokesman for CNN wasn’t immediately available to comment.

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Microsoft leverages AI to improve real-time translation

On the eve of India’s 69th Republic Day, Microsoft announced[1] that it will be bringing its artificial intelligence (AI) prowess to real-time translation. This will help improve translations for Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. With the inclusion of deep neural networks, real-time translation for these regional languages will be more accurate thereby sound more natural.

Microsoft is not restricting translation of these languages to any specific app or service. AI will now help in more accurate translations across all of Microsoft be it the Edge browser, Bing search, Office 365[2] products like Word, Excel and PowerPoint among others including their dedicated Translator app for Android and iOS.

The Redmond giant will also release APIs on Azure for developers and partners so that they can incorporate this additional advantage into their products and services.

During the announcement, Sundar Srinivasan, General Manager – AI & Research, Microsoft India said, “We have supported Indian languages in computing for over two decades, and more recently have made significant strides on voice based access and machine translation across languages. Today’s launch is a testament of our quest to bring cutting edge machine learning tech to democratize access to information for everyone in India.”

Microsoft details its advancements in the field of AI and neural networks further by claiming that it has been the oldest proponent to translate global as well as Indian languages through Statistical Machine Translation. 

In order to make the translation sound more natural, Microsoft’s deep neural network incorporates some theories about how multilingual humans perceive patterns and its effect. Another deep neural networks system TrueText, filters repetition, pauses, and indifferent words from a conversation which in turn enhances the appropriateness of a contextual translation.

“In India, about 12% of the people can speak, read, and write English, even though it’s not their first language. There are 600 million literate people, who aren’t necessarily proficient in English and prefer to consume information in their mother tongue,” explains Krishna Doss Mohan, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft India.

Despite the complexities of Indian languages where our 29 states have 22 official languages, deep neural networks have shown at least 20% improvement in the output quality of the translation for Indic languages.


  1. ^ Microsoft announced (news.microsoft.com)
  2. ^ Office 365 (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Microsoft’s flagship Xbox One X console arrives in India (www.techradar.com)

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