Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!

September 26th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

amazoninstant Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!Once again, Amazon are giving away a load of apps for free. Yes, you’d normally pay for these particular ones.

There’s 29 apps on offer, and the offer is available until 12pm on September 27th. So act sharpish if you want some.

There are games and other useful things to be had like alarm clocks and dieting things.

You can get your paws on Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Paper Camera and Office Suite Professional, as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog game and the popular Threes. You can even get an Air Harp, which is much less space-consuming than a real harp.

Some of the apps look like a load of rubbish, but those are the breaks with a deal like this. You really should check them out for yourself.

To download these paid apps for free, head to this Amazon Appstore page.

McDonald’s: now accepting rubbish

September 5th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Sweden’s McDonald’s have come up with a green festival campaign. The Big Mac hitmakers are now accepting empty cans in exchange for burger-based treats.

Regarder.

mcdonald binbag 500x333 McDonalds: now accepting rubbish

In stores mainly around festival areas and green spaces, they are now accepting cards, cash and cans.

And so that collectors can have a handy guide as to working out the “exchange rate”, McDonald’s have provided bin bags with illustrations um, illustrating them.

For ten cans, you “can” HAHAHA have a hamburger.

However, anyone who has been to Sweden will know that everywhere is quite pricey, so you’d be better off just buying McDonalds instead, but hey – the planet and all that.

Now, who knows anything about Maccies and deforestation?

Russian bank actively encouraging pussy riot

August 29th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

cat chart 300x200 Russian bank actively encouraging pussy riotForget toy meerkats and some ephemera, as a Russian bank has upped the ‘free gift’ stakes, by handing out cats.

Actual cats!

Yes, anyone who takes out a mortgage with Sberbank (which if you say in a certain way, sounds a bit like ‘spermbank’, arf!) gets the choice of ten pussies.

The bank showcases the felines on the website, and once selected, they’re delivered to the home.

Unfortunately, the cats must be returned to Sberbank after a few hours once they’ve mooched around the new property and no doubt took a leak on the sofa and dragged half a raven into the kitchen ‘as a gift’.

A popular Russian superstition maintains that it is good luck if cats are first to enter a new home.

Wonders never cease.

Panic on the streets of Derby

August 22nd, 2014 2 Comments By Ian Wade

Jet2.com logo 300x110 Panic on the streets of DerbyMass fighting scenes in Derby, as a promotional stunt by an airline went horribly wrong.

A load of young women (why they had to women, but hey – patriachy) ran down the street dressed in red morph suits, brandishing Jet2 tickets.

The stunt was to celebrate five years of flying from East Midlands Airport.

Whereas the same stunt had gone relatively smoothly in Nottingham and Leicester, Derby saw reports of people tackling some of the promotional morphs to the ground, and general mayhem.

Comments on the Jet2.com Facebook page suggested the event turned a bit mob-like.

Jet2 said in a statement: ”We had three events across the East Midlands yesterday and while Leicester and Nottingham went smoothly, the giveaway in Derby generated a little more excitement than anticipated.”

“Whilst one or two of our team were a bit shaken, we took care to make sure everyone was OK.”

‘A little more excitement’ indeed.

Here’s some people on Facebook talking about what happened, with one person saying that the whole thing turned into a bit of a “Fight Club”. Helps pass the time doesn’t it?

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Flappy Birds chap reveals Swing Copters

August 20th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Flappy Bird lovers unite, for the creator has announced a new game which will entertain you in a way that is so frustrating that you might chew your own hands off!

The brilliantly named Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has come up with a new time-wasting bit of addictive nonsense in the form of Swing Copters.

swing copters 500x292 Flappy Birds chap reveals Swing Copters

The scrolling game demands its players to tap to make a character, handily wearing a propeller hat, fly from side to side, while avoiding troublesome platforms and hammers.

It’s out on August 21st as a free download, and there’ll be the option for players to pay 69p via an in-app thing which lays off the adverts.

Poor old Dong got it right in the neck when he took Flappy Birds down in February, after he was a bit concerned at how huge it had become.

Online critics gave heavy shade, and even – you big people – death threats were being thrown at him. He did however remain unkilled long enough to launch Flappy Birds Family on Amazon’s set-top box thing.

So anyway. Put down those weapons and rejoice again!

Meow Chat is here and a bit suspect

July 29th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

meow Meow Chat is here and a bit suspect“What is Meow Chat and why is it plaguing me?” yelped Twitter today, inbetween discussions about Gaza, as users were bombarded with invites to join it.

Meow Chat (nee Meow) has raced to the top of the apps chart, and reckons it is one of the fastest growing social networks in the world.

It ‘s similar to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, BBC as well as having elements of dating apps like Tinder or Grindr, allowing the user to message random fellow users.

The random chat feature suggests people you may be compatible with, and you can scan nearby users in your area (possibly for some bumming).

It was set up by New York company Minus, which was set up the precocious sounding John Xie, who invented his first website when he was nine, and Carl Hu, ex of Microsoft and Amazon.

It has almost overnight become the most popular app on the itunes chart, and in the Top Ten for Androids too.

Basically it’s quite pushy, connecting up with your facebook friends list and flooding them with requests. It makes Linkedin sound quite laid back.

If you don’t want any part of it, you can block requests via the Games bit on your Facebook, but by then it will be too late and you’ll be trapped. Possibly.

But halt! It also sounds a tad fishy, as it comes laden with adverts and some iffy material that you may not want the nippers to see.

And the reviews are, let’s say “mixed” to say the least.

So be cautious of it. It could be an elaborate spam, or even a BOMB.

(It’s not a bomb).

Free Spotify! Kinda!

June 4th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

spotify logo Free Spotify! Kinda!Spotify is offering three months of Spotify Premium for the price of one.

That’s right, you can get a Summer of ad-free groovin’ for almost next to nothing. You have until June 15th to take advantage of upgrading your account to Premium as part of Spotify’s first Super Summer of Music promotion thing.

As part of Spotify’s first-ever Super Summer of Music promotion, users pay £9.99 for the first month – Spotify Premium’s regular price – and the next two months are free.

That’s right. FREE.

The streaming service hit 10 million premium subscribers in May and has 40 million active listeners. If you sign up, you’ll be making 9 hour playlists dedicated to Balearic, sharing it on a social network and then arguing with your mates about ‘what defines Balearic anyway?’

Just let’s not ask any acts about royalties though eh?

wine glasses 300x199 Dream job alert  wine and beer testers wanted #freeboozeGood old Aldi. Not only are we all fans of their low prices (and the best supermarket ads on telly), they are now seeking to win the hearts of many more by seeking official wine tasters on Twitter.

The ten “aspiring wine connoisseurs” will receive two free bottles of wine, plus tasting notes, each month, and in return need to produce a measly 140 character review. And drink the wine, of course. Potential applicants have until June 2 to apply with a 150 word spiel and their Twitter name.

And if wine isn’t your bag, drinks retailer Oddbins are also out for public input. Oddbins already run an annual wine taster search and now, we kid you not, they are looking for beer testers. Consumers over the age of 18 who think they  could possibly put themselves through the hardship of drinking beer on Oddbins’ behalf can apply for the role, which will go towards the decision making process of deciding choosing which UK ales to stock.

By tweeting @Oddbins and including #OddbinsBeer, you don’t have many characters left to convince the company why you are the best beer-swiller for the job, but if you’re interested, you have until the end of May to come up with something short and snappy. The role is unpaid, but the chosen candidate will receive monthly deliveries of cases of craft ales in exchange for their guidance in the beer-picking process.

Ayo Akintola, managing director of Oddbins, said: “We are committed to placing our customers at the heart of our business model and recruiting a customer beer taster is consistent with that philosophy.”

While these are just two examples of businesses seeking customer engagement, it does show a growing trend towards using customers, in more than one sense of the word, and how this can be mutually beneficial. Even if you aren’t successful in becoming the Aldi wine taster, next time you buy wine, you know Aldi has wine tasters, which might make you more inclined to buy Aldi wine. And for the cost of a monthly case of beer, Oddbins generates publicity worth many times that amount, and even gets a mention on consumer sites whose readers might appreciate the opportunity to drink free beer…

Vodafone 4G-ers, now with free Netflix

May 23rd, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

netflix transparent Vodafone 4G ers, now with free NetflixVodafone are tempting to woo new customers to its 4G network with six months of free Netflix.

It’s true. If you sign up to a 4G plan from July, you will have the option of choosing Netflix, or you could have six free months of Spotify Premium or even Sky Sports Mobile. But what if you’re already a Netflix-er? Well you’ll still get that free.

You have to sign up to a package over £26

To be eligible, you need to sign up to a 4G plan worth over £26.

To put it into saving money chat, Netflix costs £6.99 per month for new customers, so the deal would save them £41.94.

That doesn’t sound so bad does it? Before you know it, you’ll be obsessed with Orange is the New Black or a whole host of grotty 80s horror films.

mcdonalds logo McDonalds to become largest book distributor in the UKMcDonald’s marketing team are forever coming up with ideas that annoy people who like to slag them off. Unhealthy? We sell loads of salad, dufus. Too much salt? We have removed more salt from food than anyone else, ever! We’re bad people? Have you seen how much money we give to charities and hospitals? Making people fat? We don’t patronise our customers and we let them choose to eat what they want! The photos on our menus look different from what you buy? Here’s why.

They’re so sly they should be applauded.

And now, they’re about to become the biggest book distributor in the UK by replacing Happy Meal toys with books.

That’s right – McDonald’s have just launched a new Happy Meal promotion with Kobo, the e-reader and e-book company. Until June 17th, McDonald’s will be offering a code for a free e-book and, on top of that, you’ll get an additional voucher on the side of a Happy Meal box for a £1 print book or e-book series.

Your child (or you, if you’re an adult who likes Happy Meals) will be able to get books by Enid Blyton from the Secret Seven and The Famous Five series. Maccies will sell around 15 million Happy Meals in the UK during the time of the promotion, which will make them the biggest children’s book distributor in the country this year.

And the moaning hippies? What have they done to help 15 million kids to read? Squat.

There is a slight drawback – this giveaway requires you to have a smart phone or an e-reader, which some parents will be irked at. However, this is another smart move for McDonald’s as they build up ammo to throw back at detractors.

Sneaky.

waitrose shopping bag 20 jpg Waitrose customers worried about riff raff coming for their soupWaitrose – the lifestyle section of a Sunday supplement of the supermarkets – has had an offer with their loyalty cards which doles out free hot soup to customers, which is nice isn’t it? Not so if you’re a Waitrose regular, as a number of them are worried that the deal is bringing in the wrong type of clientele.

Basically, if you have a myWaitrose card, you can claim some soup without needing to buy anything.

Over on Facebook, customers are crying onto their gilets.

“Please don’t turn into a “soup kitchen” handing out free drinks,’ wrote Waitrose shopper and braying ninny, Penny Clayden on Facebook, adding: “I think seeing people walking round the store holding on to takeaway cups of tea and coffee looks quite ridiculous and brings down the image of Waitrose until it is just like everywhere else – in which case I might as well shop anywhere else.”

On Twitter, Carl Barron said: “Perhaps should Waitrose ensure only those who show today’s receipts for good get free drinks.”

John Thompson, a business consultant from Hertfordshire tweeted: “Bit disconcerting seeing people carrying cups of hot coffee around Waitrose whilst they text and push trolleys with their bellies.”

This comes on the back of a story where Waitrose airbrushed someone’s tattoos out of a photo and of course, last year, they tried to do a social engagement campaign where they asked you to finish the sentence ‘I shop at Waitrose because…’, which saw replies like “…I don’t like being surrounded by poor people’ and “because Tesco doesn’t stock unicorn food.”

Waitrose have pooh-poohed the complaints and stated that the myWaitrose card rewarded loyal customers and the majority of people that used it for a free hot drinks also shopped there.

Everyone should, of course, get down to Waitrose, get a loyalty card and annoy all the Hooray Henry’s that shop there.

The Gratis Grab Bag – free stuff from HotUKDeals…

September 12th, 2013 No Comments By Andy Dawson

1654371 1 The Gratis Grab Bag   free stuff from HotUKDeals...Yoghurts! Pencils! Flea combs! Just some of the things that you could be getting your hands on for NOTHING if you visit the Freebies section of HotUKDeals right now.

Newbies should also be aware that it’s a great place for sourcing free tickets for preview screenings at cinemas across the country as well. Never say we don’t give you anything here…

FREE YOGHURT: Strawberry or blueberry Liberte Greek youghurt. All you need to do is some Facebook stuff and you’ll get a coupon.

FREE FLEA COMB: Yes, you read that right. FREE FLEA COMB.

FREE FACE PRIMER: From the Clinique people. Use this to either prime your own face or the face of a friend. Please use only for good, rather than evil purposes.

FREE KINDLE BOOK: The Diary Of A Hapless Father (months 0-3) to be precise. This sounds like fun, assuming that the kid survives.

FREE COLOURING PENCILS: You could draw and colour in a nice picture with these while your face primer is drying. Or whatever it does.

FREE £10 GIFT CARD: For Mamas & Papas. Perfect if you’re planning to become a hapless father to a 0-3 month baby. See how these deals are all intertwined? Beautiful.

(freebies found by avid HotUKDeals members marv101, mamaoftwo, marba01, Bookworm_Shilly, VincentM and dealfella)

The Gratis Grab Bag – free stuff from HotUKDeals

September 4th, 2013 No Comments By Andy Dawson

1646349 1 The Gratis Grab Bag   free stuff from HotUKDealsPopcorn! Games! Stuff! All that and more can be found over in the freebies section of HotUKDeals right now. Here’s the choicest cuts for your perusal…

FREE POPCORN: Available from Cineworld picture houses. You might not even need to pay to see a film in order to qualify!

FREE BIRTHDAY STUFF: A round-up of some of the marvellous stuff you can cop for, and all for nothing if it’s your special day.

FREE STAR WARS PINBALL: Available for nowt right now on your iOS devices – what could be greater than a combo of Star Wars and pinball? The answer, of course, is ‘nothing’.

FREE WINDOWS GAMES: 20 of them to be precise, all of them indie games (so quality may vary) but all of them gratis.

FREE JOKES: 2,700 of them, in a Kindle edition, but all for kids (so quality may vary).

FREE DICTIONARY: An actual hard copy (none of your Kindle nonsense) – all the words, helpfully arranged in alphabetical order for you.

(freebies found by avid HotUKDeals members boyaloud, m.ad, LaterrMaterr, fluidz, gerrymig and gautamvt)

1620533 1 The Gratis Grab Bag   free stuff from HotUKDeals...If you’re skint but still love the acquisition of stuff, you’ve come to the right place – here’s the best of the current crop in the Freebies section over at HotUKDeals. If you love reggae and knitting, it’s your lucky day!

FREE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: Your team’s 2013-14 matches, pumped right into your phone. Such luxury and convenience!

FREE MUG: A Richer Sounds mug, to be precise. WARNING: you’ll need to leave the house and visit an actual Richer Sounds store for this one.

FREE KNITTING PATTERNS: Knitting patterns. Free ones.

FREE MUSIC: A previously-unreleased Manic Street Preachers track – a live version of The Masses Against The Classes.

MORE FREE MUSIC: A 57-minute Trojan Roots Reggae mix tape, free to download. Makes the Manics one look a bit crappy, actually.

FREE GAME: From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is now free for iOS devices. Truth be told, it’s not as good as its predecessor but, you know, FREE.

(freebies found by HUKD members davidmaiden18183, hanif39, holly100, WetPussy, Boz, AppStar)

1600807 1 The Gratis Grab Bag   free stuff from HotUKDeals! Apps! Choons! Eye tests! All of that and more – free to you lot. It’s in the freebies section of HotUKDeals, and if you have a rummage around, there’s plenty more where this all came from.

FREE APPS: It’s the 5th birthday of the AppStore and your iOS devices can be jammed up with loads of free stuff as a celebration.

FREE MUSIC: Yes, it’s the Toolroom: Essentials 2013 album! Yes, and it’s FREE!

FREE AMAZON VOUCHER: A £2.00 one, to be precise. For to spend on mp3s.

FREE EYE TEST: You won’t be saying ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ after this, because that’s where you’ll have been! Ha!

FREE CHOCOLATE BAR: Some Cadburys yumminess, fired into yor gob-hole via WHSmith and O2 Priority Moments.

FREE BF3 PHYSICAL WARFARE PACK FOR PS3: Nope, no idea.

(freebies found by avid HUKD members AppStar, teaganmarieravetta, seezyf, stephen2k5, ather7851 and f2k8)