Uber to 'hide' surge pricing

Uber are going to 'hide' surge pricing notifications, in a bid to make their app less complicated for users. Basically, when it is busy, you're usually told that you'll be charged a "surge price", like 1.7 or 2.3 times the standard fare. Instead of that, soon you'll be shown a fixed fee, but it will…

VW to pay $10.2bn over emissions

Volkswagen are going to spend around $10.2 billion to sort out the emissions cheat scandal, in the US alone. Most of this money is going to go toward compensating 482,000 owners of cars with 2-litre diesel engines, which were fitted with cheat software which would turn on emissions controls while undergoing government tests. It was…

Tesco to sell coffee chain to Caffe Nero

Tesco has said that they're going to sell coffee chain Harris and Hoole to Caffe Nero. Of course, the supermarket has been selling off a number of assets as it tries to cut costs. Tesco recently sold garden centre chain Dobbies, the restaurant chain Giraffe, and Turkish supermarket Kipa. This announcement follows Tesco reporting a…

Energy companies not hit with price cap

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published the final results of their two-year investigation into energy prices. They have said that they're going to make suppliers hand over details of customers who have been on an expensive default tariff for three years or more, which means that other energy companies can contact them to…

IKEA recall Patshull gates

IKEA is recalling a line of safety gates, after there were reports that children had fallen down stairs because the gates had opened unexpectedly. The Swedish company said that the locking mechanism on the Patrull gates was unreliable. If you have one, you're advised to stop using them "immediately". You can return them to IKEA…

UK stocks and pound plummet after Brexit

Well, there's no avoiding the topic now - the EU Referendum votes have been counted, and the Leave vote won it. This morning, in the aftermath, the FTSE 100 fell by over 8%, led by a steep drop in banks as Britain voted to leave the EU, raising the threat of a recession. The FTSE's…

Instagram to translate other languages

Do you have a number of friends who live overseas, who you can't understand when they speak in their native tongue? That's one of the drawbacks of the internet, when you've made pals all over the globe. Well, Instagram have a solution - in the next update, it will have built-in language translation features, so…

Zuckerberg covers his webcam

Ever felt like the internet is spying on you through your webcam and the like? Perhaps you don't trust certain social media companies to respect your privacy? Well, join Mark Zuckerberg's club, who clearly doesn't think sharing is caring, as it turns out he's put tape over his webcam, as well as covering the Apple…

100,000 to miss out on pension thanks to 'flat rate'

Letters are going to be sent out, informing over 100,000 people who are approaching retirement, telling them that they're not going to get a penny of the new 'flat rate' state pension. So what's the deal? Well, there's new rules which will disqualify anyone with fewer than ten years of National Insurance contributions for any…

Vape ban in bars and restaurants?

Vapers have become something of a meme in recent months, and to further slap the trilby off their head, now there's a bunch of doctors saying that their e-cigarettes should be banned from public places like bars and restaurants. The medics have said that the vapes carry the risk of "passive vaping," and that their…

Dribble over Burger King's Mac-Cheetos

We love a heart-wrecking junk snack at Bitterwallet, and Burger King have just clog up our arteries with a single image of their new, fabulous looking Cheetos branded Mac & Cheese thing. Look at the state of them. Dripping with bright yellow cheese and surrounded by fluorescent orange nonsense. We want them for every meal…

Should I get my holiday money before the EU vote?

The EU Referendum is coming to an end, which is merciful because without doubt, it has seen the most irritating campaigning from all sides, making normally moderate, sensible people into foaming-at-the-mouth idiots. We'll won't be having any of that here, thank you. Either way, this whole business has got the financial markets all twitchy, which…

Which Tesco stores are ditching 24 hour opening?

In a bid to save themselves some money, Tesco have been looking at some of their 24 hour stores, and have decided to reduce their opening times. They've said that a large number of stores will no longer be open all night, and these changes will come into play sometime in August. To find out…

RBS to cut 900 jobs

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is looking at getting rid of 900 jobs in the UK. Again, this is a move which the banking group hopes will trim costs as they struggle to return to profits, after the bail-out mess some years ago. The company hope to reduce their costs by £800 million, this…

500 million use Instagram

Instagram may have messed around with your timeline, but for the time being, it is still fantastically popular, with a whopping 500 million users, actively sharing their photos and videos with the world. That's half a billion people, all telling everyone that they've been for a run, had a day out with their children, and…