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Today's Tech: Fresh woe for NatWest, scuffs cause iPhone 5 delays, £10 eBook reader unveiled

It seems that NatWest simply can’t catch a break. Just when the general public began to forget about the software snafus that plagued it throughout the summer, its app ‘Get Cash’ is exploited as a tool for defrauding its customers (opens in new tab). You could almost pity their luck, but when the bank refused to alert its customers of the risk they faced, any sense of compassion for the financial institution fades. NatWest knows that it is not going through the best of times at the moment so why does it continue to compound its issues by alienating their customers?

There’s a slowly growing army of party poopers who think that it’s time to move on from iPhone 5-mania, but try expressing that miserablist sentiment to a consumer who shelled out over £500 for a soiled handset. While the mood surrounding Apple’s latest mobile offering has certainly sobered up of late, the ‘Scuffgate’ scandal shows no signs of abating, and may in fact be hampering production efforts (opens in new tab). That’s the word on the wire today, with reports indicating that new quality-control checks implemented by Foxconn at Apple’s behest are resulting in further shipping delays – and could even be responsible for the recent workplace unrest over in China. It’s all a bit radical sounding, of course, given that the scratches are “normal”….

(opens in new tab)Google today rolled out its most comprehensive Street View update ever (opens in new tab). More than 250,000 miles of road around the world have either been brought up to date or freshly added to the service, and the number of special collections has also been doubled. This update is set to be followed by many others as Google attempts to make its Maps service as complete a package as possible. This spells further bad news for Apple, in light of its recent maps debacle.

German firm Txtr has unveiled plans to release a £10 eBook reader (opens in new tab). The Txtr Beagle claims to be the world’s smallest eBook reader with a mere 5mm thickness and weighing only 128g. It operates using 2 AAA batteries and a 5in e-ink display screen but has no Wi-Fi capability. Customers will need to send books to the device via Bluetooth from their mobile phones using Txtr’s free app. It will initially launch in Germany by Christmas and is predicted to go worldwide next year.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.