bwbest 300x255 News round up – the best of the week’s storiesBest of Bitterwallet

Customers getting CPP pay outs! Don’t miss your chance! bitterwallet/CPP
Councils give out parking tickets every 4 seconds bitterwallet/clamps
Simpleton pays £2600 for a Neil Diamond LP? bitterwallet/neil-diamond
Mystics on the NHS? bitterwallet/witchcraft
Glastonbury is going to be much more annoying this year bitterwallet/glasto
Company that charges you money just for dying bitterwallet/death
Do you trust Facebook with your money? bitterwallet/fb

Best of the Rest

New iTunes on the way. Wants and rumours macworld/itunes
Co-op looked buggered. What’s next for them? citywire/co-op
Peak District gets Street View outdoor/peaks
Hackers, blackmail, stealing and fake boobs computerworlduk/hack
Starbucks moves to UK to pay some taxes newyorktimes/coffee
Generation Rent sky/housing
PS4 is beating Xbox One business-standard/consoles
Here come GM foods! sky/gm

sky Streaming bug messes up Sky Go and BBC iPlayer resulting in outageHave you been having a spot of bother with Sky Go and BBC’s iPlayer? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

There’s been mass outages thanks to a bug, which is now being investigated by the BBC and Sky.

The error seems to only affect Apple iOS users of the apps, with users saying that they’ve seen messages about Client Server Certificate issues and the like.

Sky said: “We are currently experiencing an issue with Sky Go on iPhone, iPad and iPod. You will see a ‘Video Unavailable’ error message while trying to watch any content. We’re really sorry about the issue and we’re working very hard to get it fixed for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

BBC also acknowledged an issue: “We are aware of reports from users encountering an ‘Insufficient Bandwidth’ error message when attempting to play programmes through the iPad app.”

In short, it should all be fixed soon enough.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 White 300x206 Deals of the Day   Good Friday 18th April 2014Are you still waiting to get a tablet? Are you holding out to see if they’re pointless or not? The fact is, of course tablets are pointless, but, they’re fun things to have. You can watch Netflix in the bath. You can read newspapers online while having a poo. You can replace both Netflix and newspapers with ‘dirty films’.

So with that, here’s a nifty deal where you can get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1″, in white, for the price of £179.  Just don’t be a massive loser and be seen in public with one, using it as a giant, awkward camera phone, okay? Click here.

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Borderlands 2 – PS VITA – £18.95 with code
Nokia Lumia 925 – £144 O2 Refresh.
Xbox Live Gold 12 Month Membership REDUCED £23.65 with FB code @ CDKEYS
Crysis 3 PC (Origin) for £4.99 other Origin games also on sale
Nokia Lumia 1020 yellow 64gb £240 o2 refresh deal (Quidco £50) Possible £190
Samsung M3 1TB HDD USB 3.0 @ amazon.co.uk £44.99
Xbox One with Titanfall Bundle £344.97 @ Gamestop
Xbox One Titanfall bundle with £10 XBOX live credit for £349.99
Sega Megadrive Stick Arcade Game, £18.42 delivered
Xbox 360 250GB Console £125 or 4gb £99 @ tesco direct
Man of Steel 3D Blu Ray Steelbook for £10.99

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Google accused of building digital superstate

April 18th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

google caterpillar logo 300x146 Google accused of building digital superstate Mathias Dopfner, the head honcho at Europe’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer, has gone after Google saying that they’ve abused their monopoly in the digital world, discriminating against rival search engines and building up a digital ‘superstate’.

Big talk.

Dopfner sent a letter to Google’s Eric Shmidt, saying that Google’s motto should be ‘pay us or be finished’.

Not only that, Dopfner said that he was scared of Google, because his company relies too much on Google. Of course, calling them names probably won’t help.

He stated that Google knows everything about their customers, thanks to private messages in Gmail being scanned, read and analysed by the company.

Of course, there’s Android handsets as well.

Most people realised a while back that Google weren’t exactly a nice company – at odds with their ‘don’t be evil’ ethos – but it is interesting to see a media mogul go on the attack in this way, even if the outcome is absolutely nothing changing.

Rupert Murdoch, another man with a media empire, called Google ‘parasitic’, but backed down from slagging them off because he suspected his papers weren’t as prominent in the search listings (although that might be something to do with paywalls and having rubbish publications).

Kraftwerk: for beauty we will ebay

April 18th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

zzzz53 300x218 Kraftwerk: for beauty we will ebayKraftwerk are having a bit of a clear out.

Robot-fetishists and all round geniuses Kraftwerk have been clearing out their old German studio, and bunged a load of kit on eBay.

So now – AT LAST! – you can get your hands on a Vermona Digital Rhythm Machine Drum Midi, a Analogue Solutions Europa 17 Track Midi Sequencer or even a Vikinx Network Analog Audio Matrix 64×64 Stereo Symmetric, all for the price of your next few months rent.

The more bargain conscious fan can get a Yamaha WX-7 Wind Controller Electronic Saxophone. But really, saxophones are vile at the best of times. An electronic one can only be worse than famine.

The page can be found here on German eBay.

Kraftwerk themselves can probably be found performing in an art gallery somewhere being all 3D and amazing.

gas meter 213x300 SSE overcharges 16,000 customers for energySSE is the energy company we all love to hate. Or one of them. In the same week that another independent provider breaches the £1,000 floor (First Utility), SSE admits that its faulty equipment has overcharged around 16,000 customers for their energy use.

Faulty electricity meters have caused the problem, with incorrectly calibrated meter clocks failing to correctly identify ‘Economy 10’ energy usage. This means that cost-conscious consumers who had tried to schedule their energy usage for the off-peak times were still being charged at the peak rate, which is currently 74% higher. The off-peak rate is 9.45p/KWh and the peak rate is 16.4p/KWh.

SSE said a “manufacturing fault” with one batch of electricity meters meant they were incorrectly switching back an hour after a power cut in winter. It also admitted a separate issue where meters had been “installed with the off-peak times set incorrectly for the customer’s supply distribution area”. Which suggests human, rather than mechanical error. The problems are estimated to have affected around 8,000 customers each.

SSE will now write to all customers who may have been affected to inspect their meters, but said it said it was impossible to tell exactly how much money customers had been overcharged. By way of redress, SSE has said it will attempt to approximate the loss and compensate customers by recalculating bills as though 70% of usage had been at off-peak times, rather than the average 50%.

“This recalculation method should work out favourably for the vast majority of customers who are affected by the fault,” said SSE, sticking two fingers up at the minority of customers who are still losing money owing to errors by the multi-million pound company.

EDF, British Gas and npower said they were “not aware” of any issues with their own meters

.London is a thing and it is here

April 17th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

london 300x225 .London is a thing and it is hereMany a London-based company have signed up for a .london domain name.

The likes of the football team West Ham, the London Eye, Selfridges and the London School of Economics have signed up for the localised address.

From April 29th, companies in London are able to apply for the address as a change from the square old .co.uk or .com addresses.

With more than 1,000 new web addresses lined up already, it is being seen as one of the biggest changes in the history of the internet.

Odious blonde irritant Mayor Johnson spouted: ”There is enormous interest in .london from businesses right across the capital, not just from high street brands but from the small businesses that are the lifeblood of London’s economy.”

“London leads the world in technology and our businesses are among the most dynamic and innovative anywhere, so it is no surprise so many see .london for the great opportunity it presents them.”

Apparently the address is going to improve London’s economy. Fancy that!

Chrome Chrome to allow you to control your desktop from your phoneAndroid users can now access their desktop computers remotely with a new app from those folks at Google.

The new Chrome Remote Desktop app has sprung out of a previous version that allowed access to a remote computer from a laptop or desktop.

“Have you ever been out and about, and urgently needed to access a file that’s sitting on your home computer? Since 2011, Chrome Remote Desktop has let you remotely access your machine from another laptop or computer in a free, easy and secure way. And now, with the release of the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, we’re making it possible for you to do the same thing from your Android device,” says product manager Husain Bengali.

Bengali said the app works with machines running Windows and Apple’s OS X.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll have to pair it with your computer so you can access what you need. Then, you can ”simply launch the Android app on your phone or tablet, tap on the computer’s name and start using your remote machine as if you were sitting right in front of it.”

You never need to be without that hilarious meme you love, ever again.

grave 300x300 Hargreaves Lansdown will take care of your ISA  so long as you never dieOver the past few months, investment houses and fund shops have come under scrutiny over new and ‘improved’ fees and charges information. While these charges might seem small at the time (if you even see them), the power of compound growth means they can have a huge impact on the size of your investment at the time you come to draw on it.

The UK’s largest fund supermarket, Hargreaves Lansdown, was criticised for high charges earlier in the year, which resulted in some of those charges being reduced owing to market pressures. Now, it seems, there is another sneaky charge, which will get all of us in the end.

When someone dies, their executor has to collect together information on all of their assets to ascertain whether inheritance tax is due, and to whom the asset will pass. If someone dies holding an ISA, then the executor needs to request the relevant information from the ISA provider.

Now Hargreaves Lansdown is under fire again for levying noticeably higher charges for these probate valuations that anyone else. Under their pricing structure, when an investor dies, Hargreaves also charges £36 per fund including VAT for a probate valuation with a minimum £120 and a maximum £600. So if someone held ten funds in their portfolio, the charge would be £360, paying the full whack on 17 funds plus.

But it doesn’t have to cost that much. Charles Stanley Direct makes no charge for a probate valuation, though it will charge £5 if you want it posted. Bestinvest and TD Direct Investing each charge £12 per fund, putting them in the mid-range, and three times cheaper than Hargreaves Lansdown.

The Share Centre charges £50 to administer the affairs of a deceased customer, no matter how many funds or accounts they hold and large fund supermarkets Fidelity Personal Investing and Barclays Stockbrokers do not charge for  probate valuations.

Danny Cox, of Hargreaves Lansdown, told This is Money: “The charge for the probate valuation includes the administration of the account. Until recently we did not charge for probate valuations and the administration of an estate.

“Our new pricing aims to be proportionate and charge those clients fairly for the services they use. The process of administering a deceased client’s holdings is labour-intensive and our charges reflect this.”

Hargreaves Lansdown also highlights its customer service and the efficiency of its systems. Given its size and efficiency, therefore, some groups are questioning why on earth Hargreaves Lansdown need to charge so much more than competitors-

“It is one thing to make a small administration charge, another to make a profit. Why would it cost Hargreaves three times more to administer probate than it costs other companies?” said James Daley of Fairer Finance, a website that aims to get a better deal for consumers.

He went on to describe Hargreaves Lansdown as “heartless and crass” for “making money out of bereaved people”, finishing that “as the market leader and a FTSE 100 company, you would expect them to set  an example.”

Yes, an example of how to make 66p profit per £1 of income. Even out of dead people.

Customers getting pay-outs from missold CPP

April 17th, 2014 5 Comments By Mof Gimmers

creditcards Customers getting pay outs from missold CPPA lot of people got insurance products that offered card protection or identity fraud protection from a business called Card Protection Plan (CPP).

Many obtained it through their banks and credit card issuers. However, the Financial Conduct Authority ruled that a lot of these products were mis-sold and fined CPP £10.5m in 2012.

Well, it seems like CPP are finally getting the cheques out to customers who put a claim in, and some of them are getting paid around £1,000 for their trouble.

If you haven’t put a claim in, you’ve still got until 30th August to get some money back.

You should’ve received a letter from CPP, which you may have thrown away thinking that it was a circular, but no worries.

You can get information about their compensation scheme by visiting cppredressscheme.co.uk or call them on a freephone number at 08000 83 43 93. If you’re outside the UK, then dial +44 1144 520 800. If you have had a form, but think you’ve completed it incorrectly, then call the number and ask for a new one, then complete it in black ink, in block capitals and send it back in the pre-paid envelope.

Separate letters are being sent if you happen to have been mis-sold card and identity protection. Fill out both forms to claim for your compensation.

As ever, with things like this, be wary of scams. If you have any concerns it is always best to ring CPP to make sure. Good luck, and give us a yell if you get some money from them!

Deals of the Day – Thursday 17th April 2014

April 17th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

LG G Tab 8.3 1 300x168 Deals of the Day   Thursday 17th April 2014Want a decent tablet, but don’t want to break the bank because you still need money for cigarettes, packets of Frazzles, dildos, thongs, Billy Bear ham and all manner of other disgusting things you get up to when you host your ‘parties’? Fear not – you get get an ace tablet for cheaper than usual!

Normally going for around £200, you can get your mucky paws on an LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet at Tesco for £114! Soon enough, you’ll be using a slightly larger version of Twitter, watching episodes of Homes Under The Hammer on the toilet and taking accidental pictures of yourself from the most unflattering angle imaginable! Have a look at the deal here!

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Kindle with keyboard 4GB and free 3G at Student Computers for £72.98
The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) at Zavvi for £35.09
Xbox Live Gold 12 Months Membership for £23.65 at CDKeys
Xbox 360E 250GB at Tesco for £115 or 4GB for £89
Dyson DC47 with 5 year guarantee at Aldi for £199.99
3 year warranty on all MacBooks, iMacs and iPads at John Lewis

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Mystics – now available on the NHS?

April 17th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

In Manchester, the backs of bus tickets usually have adverts for fast food joints and companies offering to help you put a claim in if you’ve had an accident.

Now, according to the back of a Stagecoach ticket found by ShowBody, you can now get mystics on the NHS. As you can see in the picture below, ‘Mystic Eli’s Nation Reiki Distance Healing & Drug Rehabilitation’ is available to people at the NHS Corkland Road Medical Practice in leafy Chorlton.

BlaLiP3CEAEmcSm 375x500 Mystics   now available on the NHS?

The advert also says “always the real thing” as well as “your trusted psychic”, which is funny, because we didn’t know the NHS was dealing in things like witchcraft, talking to ghosts and other completely made-up things.

virgin media logo2 300x281 Virgin Media   still getting the hang of emailVirgin Media have had to apologise to customers after an email distribution list error.

Anyone pressing ‘reply all’ on a recent customer service email was sent out, was able to message everyone on the mailing list.

The email was sent to inform the company’s customers of new changes to Google services.

Soon many customers inboxes were filled with up to 700 emails, many of them spam or just customers having a bit of banter.

Virgin Media said the problem related to a “sub set” of its virgin.net email customers, but it did not know the precise number affected.

According to the BBC, Bob Alexander, 69, from Taunton, said he had suffered “a great deal of inconvenience and stress” after receiving more than 700 emails.

“I am a quadriplegic and to delete 700 emails from my Blackberry handset has taken me all evening.”

Naturally a Virgin Media bot was on hand to trot out the traditional “We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

The tools.

burglar Google and Apple want anti theft smartphone kill switchA whole host of mobile-makers, including Apple, Google, Samsung and HTC, have entered an agreement to add a global anti-theft kill-switch in their devices from July 2015.

A report says that “devices going on sale after July 2015 will have the ability to remotely wipe data and be rendered inoperable, if the user chooses, to prevent the device from being reactivated without the owner’s permission.”

The publication adds that, should a handset be recovered, then data can be restored.

Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, and Samsung (and some others) have all volunteered themselves to “facilitate these measures.”

While Apple have been working on something similar to this kill switch, they’ve got other problems concerning anti-trust accusations where the prices of e-books got hiked up.

California state Senator Mark Leno has criticised an element of this development. He said: “The wireless industry today has taken an incremental yet inadequate step to address the epidemic of smartphone theft. Only weeks ago, they claimed that the approach they are taking today was infeasible and counterproductive. While I am encouraged they are moving off of that position so quickly, today’s ‘opt-in’ proposal misses the mark if the ultimate goal is to combat street crime and violent thefts involving smartphones and tablets.”

The news that phone shops are selling stolen handsets from yesterday, shows that this is a big business and criminals will no doubt find a way around it in good time. However, if this acts as any kind of deterrent, it can only be a good thing.

Men! Check out this sickening half-thong

April 16th, 2014 5 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Men. Have you ever looked down at your nether regions and thought – ‘these underpants… there’s just too much of them. People should be able to see more of my junk’.

Well, if you went from boxers to jockeys, to briefs to a high cut tanga thong, and found yourself still too covered up for your own liking, then how about this utterly ghastly product?

wtf thong 500x500 Men! Check out this sickening half thong

 As you can see, you can get your hands on a half-thong affair, which proudly show off most of your groin and one whole buttock. Of course, it you have a spotty arse and a bit of a gut, these sorry undercrackers will look even worse. If a model can’t make them look the part, the rest of us don’t stand a chance.

That said, we’re sure to give some kind of prize to anyone who is mental enough to wear these down the beach this summer. We’ll probably vomit up our pelvis too.

If you are a weirdo and want a pair, you can get them on eBay for around a dollar. Bitterwallet accepts no responsibility for everyone suddenly ignoring you.