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British premium television provider, Sky, has announced some changes to its online only Now TV service with a new weekly subscription option for the Sky Sports package. Previously you needed to hand over £9.99 a day to watch Sky's premium sports channels but from this coming Thursday there will be an option to pay £10.99 for a weeks viewing.

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Windows Phone users around the globe are understandably excited for Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan updates to hit their phones, and next up looks like being Italian Lumia 1020 owners on local carrier, TIM. Eager folks have been tweeting at the carriers official Twitter account for information, and it looks like things might start happening tomorrow.

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Update: The appointment has now been confirmed, see the full press release at the bottom of this post.

Original story:According to a new report, Sprint looks set to announce a new CEO this week. Marcelo Claure, a board member and founder of Brightstar, is to be named as replacement for current CEO, Dan Hesse, according to re/code. Softbank, which owns a majority shareholding in Sprint, also owns a majority of Brightstar. At this point nothing is official, and Hesse is still in charge until Sprint comes out and says otherwise.

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If you've ever been to university there's a strong chance in many parts of the world you'll be familiar with Blackboard. A software platform used by institutions to communicate with its students on a whole host of things, as yet there aren't any official Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone applications for it. But that could be changing in the near future as the company is looking for "a Windows 8 / Windows Phone / Windows Surface Developer to revolutionize the role of mobile technology in education." Sounds promising.

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First announced back at Build, the Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker is now on sale in Europe for €39. With NFC tap-to-pair, Bluetooth streaming, 15 hours of playback on a single charge and a form factor that literally fits into your hand, the MD-12 is a great option for those of you who like to take your tunes with you.

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With the June SDK for the Xbox One we've already heard how game developers will have access to additional GPU bandwidth. Now it looks like Bungie, developers of hotly anticipated Destiny, will be using the additional power at its disposal to increase the resolution of the game by utilising the now available Kinect reserve. Xbox's Phil Spencer talked about it on a recent podcast:

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4K monitors could be about to get a whole lot less expensive as Intel has announced a partnership with Samsung to produce units retailing this year for $399. Currently pairing up your Windows PC with a 4K monitor can be an expensive business with prices stretching into the thousands. But at Computex, in Taiwan, the collaboration with Samsung was announced to bring the cost of panels down by half.

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The Xbox One June update is officially rolling out and as promised it brings external hard drive support to the next-gen console, alongside real names and improved Smartglass integration. With this update, external hard drives of 256GB and above can connect to the console via USB 3.0 to expand storage for your games, apps and media beyond the built in storage.

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Today's a pretty big day in the tech sphere, and whatever your preference when it comes to mobile, it's always worth paying attention to what Apple is doing at its annual WWDC event which just so happens to start today. Most of the week is dedicated to developer sessions but the show is opened by a keynote address starring CEO Tim Cook and other assorted Apple executives. And our pals at iMore are on the ground in San Francisco covering the whole thing live.

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This morning the BBC has announced its plans for domestic coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and it's good news for mobile watchers. Via the BBC iPlayer app for smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs as well as on the web via the BBC Sport site, you'll be able to watch live and on-demand coverage of every minute of action from the games.

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