Well, if you want a bunch of free stuff, and have an Asda near you, there’s some good news! You can get a free pancake day bundle, if you sign up to TopCashback today.
You’ll get yourself some pancake mix, some Nutella and a frying pan, in the deal.
So how do you get on this? Well, you need to sign-up with TopCashback, which you can do for free here. Then, at Asda, buy a George Home Non-Stick Aluminium Frying Pan, pancake mix and Nutella (up to the value of £7), and you’re nearly there.
From the TopCashback mobile app, sign in, and hit the ‘in-store’ cashback, and then the ‘Snap & Save’ button, and there, you’ll find the ‘Free Pancake Bundle – New Member Deal’. Take a photo of your receipt, which shows the items you’ve bought, the name of the retailer, receipt number, and date and time of purchase, and upload it. Woosh. You’re done. If you have any details you don’t want to share, you can fold the receipt or cross bits out in pen.
Don’t have a smartphone? You can still make the claim through the TopCashback website, if you prefer. Click over, to see the t&cs.
We’ve had a few people asking us where you can get Asda’s wonky veg boxes from, because it looks like they’re not selling them at all their stores. If you know all about them already, head straight to the bottom of this article and make your way through the list, or hit ‘control & F’ (or ’command F’ if you’re an Apple user) to find your town.
If you missed the news about these boxes, Asda have started selling vegetable boxes filled with produce that isn’t exactly pretty, but is perfectly good to each. They cost £3.50, and are a very good idea, as they are going to reduce waste from producers, and of course, you get a load of greens for cheap!
Basically, the supermarket are running a trial at a bunch of their shops, to see if people are going to go for it or not.
Ian Harrison, Asda’s technical produce director, has said: “We’re excited to launch a unique and exclusive Wonky Vegetable box that is jam-packed with ugly winter veg that not only saves shoppers money but helps farmers get more of their crop onto our shelves.”
So, here’s a list of all the stores that are taking part in the trial.
Bury St Edmonds
Coventry Jubilee Cresent Supermarket
East Retford Supermarket
Hemel Hempstead Supermarket
Hull Mt Pleasant
Ipswich Stoke Park
Isle of Dogs
Old Kent Road
South Gate Circus
South Woodham Ferrers
St.Leonard on Sea
Jennifer Lovdahl bought a Happy Meal from McDonald’s six years ago. Instead of eating it, like any normal person would, she decided to leave it for 6 years. You see, she was doing an experiment, and after all this time, it doesn’t look that different.
Lovdahl did her experiment and posted it on Facebook, because she wanted to prove how many chemicals went into the meals. People are saying she’s been proven right… but the truth is actually rather different.
Here’s what the meal looks like after all those years.
Jennifer said: “It’s been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s. It’s been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard.”
“We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is. Especially for our growing children!! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery… those are real fast food.”
Patients? Jennifer is the owner and operator at Balanced Health Chiropractic, in Alaska, should be wondering about that.
So why should we not worry? Aside from eating fatty, or salty stuff, there’s actually not that much going on with McDonald’s food that could be thought of as suspicious. For starters, look at the food labelling and the nutrition info on the packaging – it’d be illegal for McDonald’s to lie about it, and their food clearly states that there’s no preservatives and the like, apart from a few in the bun – but no more than your average loaf.
There’s been an experiment on this, with a McDonald’s burger, and another burger which is only made of the good stuff. The result was that the food basically dehydrates, while looking the same.
It seems that food with a small size loses moisture quickly, and without moisture, mould and bacteria can’t decompose them. Meat is cooked at such a high temperature, that it is effectively sterile when it gets served up. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a Happy Meal looks the same after all this time, because any equivalent would look the same.
Naturally, there’s a load of reasons to dislike McDonald’s but, as ever, these ‘experiments’ by people who don’t do a thorough and fair investigation, are not one of them.
Manufacturers in the UK are coughing up money for no good reason, as they are paying “inflated” amounts to secure fast enough internet access. This is according to EEF, who found that a quarter of small firms and half of medium-sized firms were paying over £5,000 a year just to get access that suited their needs.
Residential customers have been given a priority over businesses, according to EEF, and they’d like to see that sorted out, stat!
“While the quality of networks isn’t currently an issue, companies are paying inflated sums to have proper access and are fearful they will not have competitive access five years down the line,” said Lee Hopley, EEF chief economist.
In their survey, over 90% told EEF that a high-speed internet connection was “as essential to business as electricity and water”. Of course, with businesses paying over the odds to get at it, this is something of an issue. EEF themselves say that, without affordable access, Britain could miss out on the “fourth industrial revolution”.
Ofcom are actually looking into this area, investigating the quality, price, and fairness of the broadband sector in the United Kingdom. One of the things being muttered about, is the break-up up BT. Would broadband in Britain be better if it was owned by a company that was independent of BT? Many think so.
It looks like there’s going to be a shake-up of internet services over the coming years, so business access, and changes in who owns and maintains the network could be on the horizon.
Are you an Apple customer, who has had repairs done to your iPhone on your screen or your home button? Have you then tried to upgrade your phone and got the ‘Error 53′ problem? Have you found that your phone has been bricked because of all this nonsense?
Well, this error is Apple’s way of making sure that your phone’s security hasn’t been compromised… and as well as that, it seems to be their way of making sure an unauthorised third party haven’t repaired your device too.
You might think that this all seems reasonable, but there is a problem here – should you be on holiday or whatever, and your phone breaks and there’s no official Apple store around, if your phone breaks and you need it fixed, you’ll be penalised. That doesn’t seem too fair.
An Apple spokesperson says: “When an iPhone is serviced by an unauthorised repair provider, faulty screens or other invalid components that affect the Touch ID sensor could cause the check to fail if the pairing cannot be validated. With a subsequent update or restore, additional security checks result in an Error 53 being displayed.”
“Without this unique pairing [betweeen the touch sensor and "secure enclave" in the phone], a malicious Touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, Touch ID including Apple Pay is disabled so the device remains secure”.
“We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device’s other components. If iOS finds a mismatch, the check fails and Touch ID, including for Apple Pay use, is disabled. This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used. If a customer encounters Error 53, we encourage them to contact Apple Support.”
So, if you’re not able to get your phone fixed by an official Apple work, tough cheese, basically.
The Pirate Bay are at it again, annoying people from entertainment companies and broadcasters, with the release of a button that allows you to stream films and TV shows, as well as the usual option of being able to swipe it for yourself.
Now, you won’t necessarily have to download a film or show, instead, you’ll be able to stream it in your browser.
This new thing utilises Torrents-Time, which is a plug-in for your browser, which was used by Popcorn Time, which is growing in popularity after people started calling it ‘Netflix for torrents’. The Pirate Bay have added the same technology, which means that you can install the software, and then get a pop-up window which will have a video player with your film or TV show on it.
Handily, you can also use your stream and send it to things like Chromecast, so you can watch your shows on your television, like you would if you were using a subscription service.
“By harnessing the incredible abilities of torrents, you can transform your website, in a matter of seconds to an amazing, simple to use streaming website,” write the Torrents Time crew. Whether or not they’re doing anything dodgy, like previous and similar companies have done, remains to be seen. However, if this sounds like your bag, you know what to do.
The gaffers of the UK transport scene are having “active discussions” with Google about bringing and trialling their driverless cars to these shores. Seeing as thorough trials of the cars haven’t been done much outside of America, it is thought that they’ll soon be getting the once over in London.
Deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring said: “It’s going to have to work in big cities so why don’t we start trialling it now? We met them a few weeks ago to see whether they would do trials here.”
“It is still very early days but we would be keen for trials to happen in London whenever Google are ready to move them into other countries.”
The prototype cars are pretty distinctive, as you can see from the image above, and they use lasers, radars, cameras and all manner of things to make their way around the roads. They’re electric too, which of course, is a hot topic in the world of motoring.
The Government said last week that they’re going to be investing £20m in a host of driverless car projects, and obviously, seeing as they’re big pals with Google (as anyone with an interest in big companies paying tax will know), it is likely that the tech behemoth will be sending some of their cars to Britain.
Dedring continued: “One of the interesting benefits of driverless vehicles is we can construct a much smaller tunnel because you don’t have to have the same safety requirements.”
So while that’s all happening, no-win no-fee lawyers will be prepping their files for when someone gets knocked down by one of these vehicles. Kerching!
Well, after spending some time away from the shelves, Trios are coming back, which is great news if you’ve suddenly thought about wanting one, and you want one now.
Jacobs and McVities made them in the past, but this time, they’re coming back thanks to United Biscuits. If you don’t remember them, they’re basically a small chocolate bar, which has toffee flavoured innards, with a bit of a shortbread biscuit base.
They’re going to be on the supermarket shelves from March 1st, and of course, there’s going to be a marketing campaign to announce their return and, yes, Suzy and her hippies are going to be starring in them too.
Sarah Heynen, marketing director of sweet biscuits for United Biscuits, said: “We are very excited to bring Trio back to market. We simply couldn’t ignore consumer calls to bring back what has been dubbed one of the most missed and popular biscuit brands. Insights have shown that the feeling of warmth towards this product has not faded as Trio’s retro brand continues to evoke a powerful feeling of nostalgia, and we anticipate strong demand from consumers to see it on shelf in their supermarket. We’re also sure that Trio will also find a new fan base with those that didn’t try it the first time around!”
So there you go. Now, you can watch Suzy in all her glory.
Well, you might be into oysters and, Morrisons have them on sale for a paltry 25p, each!
They’re flogging these British Pacific Oysters in the build-up to Valentine’s Day, because they’re an aphrodisiac. A lot of people have never tried them because they can be very expensive, and Morrisons clearly want you to give them a go.
A lot of people haven’t tried them because they look minging.
Of course, if you were to buy oysters at a restaurant or something like that, they’d be considerably more expensive, so if you’re curious, this is a great time to try them. And seeing as most supermarkets don’t sell oysters, Morrisons could be onto a winner.
Naturally, if you’re having them for the first time, you’ll find out how difficult it is to get into the bloody things, and any sexy feelings you may have had, will be lost as you spend 10 minutes swearing at an oyster while jimmying it open.
Anyway, check your local Morrisons if this sounds like your thing.
A lot of fruit and veg is thrown out by supermarkets, because they’re not aesthetically pleasing enough, which of course, is a complete nonsense of a situation. Perfectly good food, being thrown out because it isn’t pretty enough.
Well, Asda are trying to do something about it, and have started selling their ‘wonky veg’ boxes, as of today. And the great news is that they’re going cheap! You can get a box of veg for £3.50, which should last you a week.
For your money, you’ll get knobbly potatoes and crooked carrots, as well as in-season vegetables and salad ingredients.
The staples are all covered, so you’ll be getting spuds, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cabbages, onions, and all that good stuff, all selected for the boxes because they’re a bit misshapen. They’ll all be washed, as normal, and sold for 30% less than the other veg.
It saves on a lot of waste from producers, and you get a bargain if you’re not bothered about blemishes and growth cracks on vegetables. It’s a win-win situations. Good work Asda.
Check your local store for stock.
The Age UK charity have been accused of not playing fairly, when it comes to promoting E.On deals to pensioners, when in fact, there might be cheaper alternatives.
Now, the charity are looking at further criticisms, on this occasion, for selling insurance deals that again, are not necessarily the best for the people they’re serving. Again, The Sun who made the claims about the money Age UK were getting from energy deals, have claimed that they’ve made £21.9m last year from selling insurance.
It is worth pointing out that, just like the claims about the energy deals, Age UK say that they’ve done nothing wrong concerning these insurance products.
The Sun have crunched some numbers, and they have deduced that the insurance deals promoted by the charity didn’t offer the best value. They said that a policy for a woman of 70 driving a 2005 Nissan Micra would cost £544, however, the company offering the actual insurance – Ageas – offer a cheaper deal under its Kwikfit brand, for £371.
Age UK said: ”The proceeds are passed back to the charity, raising valuable funds.”
SSE may have dropped their prices, but they’ll be trying claw money back in other ways, like scrapping the free phone number customers can call them on.
The energy company have stopped using the 0800 number, and instead, fired up the 0345 numbers, which will cost you (up to) 9p a minute from a line land, or 40p from your mobile.
Now, you may remember that the rules around 0800 numbers changed recently. The short version is that Ofcom said that 0800 numbers had to be properly free, with no hidden costs. This change has seen a number of companies having to be straight-up about any charges that crop up when you ring them.
SSE are throwing the blame at Ofcom, even though they could actually run a free phone service if they wanted to. The energy company said that this was adding a “a significant cost”. They also assume that most people have inclusive phone minutes packages, so it should be free in the long run (tough cheese if you don’t).
Of course, if you want to ring a company for free (any company for that matter), there are ways around it. You could try the WeQ4U app for starters.
The app says: “WeQ4U is a FREE Android/iPhone App and Service that puts you through to UK 01,02,03 and 08 numbers for FREE, without queueing. Mobile users save approx. 35p per minute on their 084 and 087 calls with WeQ4U, whether they encounter a queue or not, so it saves you money and time.”
Give it a whirl. Don’t give misers your money.
Ever wondered why superheroes don’t get recognised immediately when all they’ve done is put a little mask over their eyes? Well, you can now apply your sleuthing skills when perusing Ashley Madison.
The affair-having dating site has decided to add a new feature to keep your identity a secret (well, the colour of your eyebrows and if you’ve got bags under your eyes), as you can upload a picture and then put a little mask on it.
No, seriously. Have a look!
Something had to be done after the massive hack that the site suffered last year, which saw 32 million people getting their information leaked and dumped online.
That all said, since the hack was so widely publicised, it seemed to do a nice bit of free advertising for the company, as since the attack, subscriptions actually went up.
Anyway, the site said: “We respect your need for discretion so we’ve added some tools to keep your identity a secret.”
So, you can choose a black or brown mask, three different levels of blurriness, or if you’re old-school, a black bar across your face like a reader’s wives entry. We’re not sure how discrete some of these are – it feels a bit like saying “No! Darling! That couldn’t possibly be me, because they’re wearing a tie, and as you can see, I am not wearing a tie right now!”
Either way, fill your boots if that’s your thing.
It happens to everyone – you hit ‘download’ on something, and you don’t get what you wanted, but rather, sent to some annoying site that is filled with crappy adverts, or worse, something that tries to load you up with malware.
Well, Google are not happy about these sites, and are tinkering with their Safe Browsing service (that you get with Chrome) so that you’re warned explicitly about content that might not be what it says it is. Notably, they’re going after buttons that promise one thing, and give you something entirely different.
Google have said: ”Consistent with the social engineering policy we announced in November, embedded content (like ads) on a web page will be considered social engineering when they either: pretend to act, or look and feel, like a trusted entity — like your own device or browser, or the website itself. [Or] try to trick you into doing something you’d only do for a trusted entity — like sharing a password or calling tech support.”
So, if a website is repeatedly flagged up by users, Chrome will start throwing up a big warning at you when you’re on it. Basically, it’ll mither you until you’re at ease with using it, or go elsewhere.
You can assume that Google will be running tests on sites that are flagged up, because if they don’t, mischief makers will be able to flag up all manner of innocent sites, and the whole internet will be covered with warnings… and that’d be terrifically annoying.
This is the latest safety feature implemented by Google for the Chrome browser, and certainly not the last. Now, if they could do something about who go on about their keep-fit routines too often, that’d be great.