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As of now, you will only pay €10 per kilo of luggage over the allotted weight limit, rather than the usual €20. This comes on the back of Ryanair’s attempts to be a kinder company, rather than the sourfaced asshats who just loved to hit everyone with a raft of punitive fees.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary is determined to fix the image problem Ryanair have suffered from, and of course, the fact that their profits have been in a decline helped this new cuddly image along too. O’Leary told shareholders that they needed to “eliminate things that unnecessarily piss people off” and this latest price cut, as a spokesperson put it, was a “very sincere thank you” to passengers.
After a website overhaul, customer service improvements and the introduction of ‘quiet flights’ between 9pm and 8am, it seems Ryanair are taking this nicely-nicely approach seriously for the time being.
Ryanair’s shares fell by 20% while their rival easyJet reported a 51% increase in pre-tax profit, so O’Leary would be wise to play nice as a recent Which!!! survey saw customers saying that his brand was ‘hostile’ and ‘rude’.
Not that we should overly worry as O’Leary has also announced plans to step down in the next three years.
There’s always stories knocking around about smartphones catching fire. Now, again, there’s a report about a Samsung Galaxy S4. A YouTube user – Ghostlyrich – posted a video showing his S4 catching fire.
In response to this, Samsung said they would replace the handset, provided the video was removed from YouTube. Seems a bit heavy-handed when, with a little TLC, they could’ve come out of the incident looking like kindly aunts.
With that, Ghostlyrich has responded with another video showing fire damage to his phone. Samsung’s (alleged, lawyers) letter has also been stuck online too (have a look here).
This ties-in with another report earlier this year when an S4 exploded and burnt a house down in Hong Kong while the user was holding his device. See here for that story.
There have been stories about iPhones exploding and electrocuting people too (although most Apple problems arise from the use of third-party chargers.
In short, if you own a phone, might be worth buying a fire extinguisher.
Gamers love a good hack, but there’s one doing the rounds that Xbox One owners should be very wary of. Microsoft have put out a warning after the hack in question actually disables your next-gen console… and it could be permanent.
The image is an official-looking affair, called “Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Unlock” which promises gamers they can play Xbox 360 games on their new device (which of course, you can’t).
Here’s the fake hack that will brick your console.
This is similar to the fake iOS 7 hack which said your iPhone would become waterproof with the new software. It seems both of these pranks came from the infamous 4chan.
Xbox Live’s director of programming – Larry Hryb – tweeted: ”To be clear, there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable.”
Best to leave your console well alone for a while if you’re thinking of customising it. In fact, it might be worth leaving it for a couple of weeks until Microsoft send out a software update to fix all the bugs that have been so frequently complained about. Or, just buy a PS4.
Despite Apple announcing that they don’t like people spying on their customers, it seems they have some spying of their own to do as they switch on the iBeacon system across 254 stores. This network lets Apple watch their customers as they shop in Apple stores so they can send them targeted, specific message depending on where they are stood.
So, if you’re wandering past some iPads, you phone will kick into action and start telling you all about the products you haven’t bought. It does this by using iBeacon transmitters which utilise Bluetooth to figure out your exact location.
If you’ve got the Apple Store app, you’ve already agreed to let them track your whereabouts. It seems that this isn’t going to be solely used in stores though as this will work with any building that has iBeacon.
They say this offers “a whole new level of micro-location awareness, such as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores”.
So, if you don’t like the idea of Apple sending you messages you don’t want, all you have to do is turn off your location services. It may mean other apps don’t work as well, but at least you won’t be watched from afar by Cupertino & Co.
Scam merchants are everywhere, and now they are even trying to mis-sell Government green incentive schemes in an attempt to separate you and your money.
Investigations across the country, but concentrated in South Wales have discovered a number of less than reputable sorts are deliberately misleading people into signing up for the Government’s Green Deal scheme. The scheme allows you to access funding for energy-efficient home improvements like cavity wall insulation that will (theoretically) reduce your bills. However, the amount funded is actually a loan, and it is repaid by adding a levy to your bills. The idea is that the energy savings will go some way to cancelling out the loan repayment increases to your bill.
Sounds simple in practice. However, a number of cold-calling firms have been neglecting to mention to homeowners that the funding is actually a loan that requires repayment, giving shivering householders the impression that they can be warmer for free.
The firms, who often have the word Green and/or Deal in their name, have been accused of targeting older people, with widespread examples in Swansea in particular. Welsh consumer programme X-Ray launched an investigation following complaints from consumers who said they were under the impression they would get a free new boiler if they paid the assessment fee. An assessment fee that can sometimes be more than small change- like Green Deal Direct customer Julie Hibbert from Ogmore Vale, who paid £359 for a non-free boiler.
When X-Ray researchers posed as customers they were wrongly told that the Green Deal was not a loan and that they qualified for the scheme – even though they needed to have an assessment of their home first. In addition, one of the firms, Green Deal Network – which has refused a comment to BBC Wales – wasn’t above inventing random additional benefits, like a reduction in council tax that would be applied once their homes were made more energy efficient.
Across Wales and England only 219 Green Deal plans have been completed but X-Ray has received more than 250 complaints from viewers who say they have been misled by cold calling companies.
It’s looking like a difficult Christmas for retailers – according to economists from IHS Global Insight, who predict that high street sales will struggle.
The barometer for this, is of course, John Lewis, who are the queen bee of the high street. They reported a 1.8% rise in sales last week, but not all is as it seems. Week on week sales dropped by 1.7%, and retail analysts are not exactly confident about John Lewis’ predictions – take away online sales, and the figures have dropped by 5%. And if JL ain’t doing well, you can bet nobody else will be.
So what does this mean for us? Well, more DISCOUNTS. Because stores that aren’t languishing in the same feted position as John Lewis will obviously need to catch up by grabbing customers any way they can. Howard Archer, from IHS said:
‘John Lewis reported reasonable but unspectacular sales figures, which maintains uncertainty as to just how good a Christmas this will be for retailers. Consequently, a number of retailers may feel under increasing pressure to engage in discounting and promotions over the coming days.’
So we might get some pre-Christmas bargains, but it won’t be plain sailing for the high street.
I blame the bloody bear and the hare.
It seems some of the biggest supermarkets don’t like the idea of Scotland going independent and are threatening to put their prices up North of the Border.
The chief exec of Asda, one of the retailers saying they’ll be putting their prices up, added that an independent Scotland may well be a less attractive place to invest, even though the Scottish government said that they’d lower taxes to make the country more competitive.
“The cost of doing business in different parts of the country does vary,” said Andy Clarke, the chief executive of Asda and they’ve have higher distribution costs in Scotland, on top of cost to a public health levy on shops that sell booze and cigs. ”A ‘Yes’ vote in 2014 could result in Scotland being a less attractive investment proposition for business and put further pressure on our costs,” he said.
A spokesman for Morrisons, also thinking of sticking their prices up, said: “Why should customers in Cardiff subsidise those in Aberdeen?”
Tesco and Sainsbury’s are currently saying “no comment”, but the Financial Times reckon that one of the Big Four have already agreed to put prices up in Scotland.
The Scottish National Party are already planning to cut corporation tax and fuel duty, in a bid to keep retailers costs down and a spokesperson told the BBC: “Scotland would be more competitive and less costly than at present. There is no reason why retail prices in an independent Scotland would be any higher than at the moment.”
Energy companies are clearly getting good at swaying government opinions, persuading Cameron to look at green levies in exchange for cheaper bills for all – are the supermarkets publicly trying their luck too?
It’s a sign of the times when a supermarket has to cut back on its cleaning bill to save cash, but that’s what mucky Morrisons is doing this winter. In a triumph of bizarre logic, bosses have decided to cancel window cleaning at all its stores in a war against slipping sales, which dropped by 2.4% in the third quarter of this year.
The argument Morrison’s have given is this.
‘The weather forecast for this winter shows an increase in snow and frost.’
And as we know, snow is CLEAN. Except when it melts and becomes like grit filled human effluence. They added:
‘Morrisons has decided to reduce window cleaning at stores because it is less important to customers at the darkest time of the year, because the water that runs off windows can be a slippage hazard in the winter, and so we can spend money on maintenance activity that our customers do care about at this time of year.’
Like tinsel! (Covered in dirt).
The cut came into effect on the 2nd December and window cleaners won’t be back again until February, when presumably, the shop will be just called ISONS, and coughing, diseased staff will have desperately scrawled ‘CLEAN ME’ all over the front of the store.
Don’t know about you, but I might take my business elsewhere…
All the Guardian readers have already seen Breaking Bad, inside out, and gone on about it so hard that everyone else backed away from it like they were being attacked by born again Christians. The manner in which people enjoyed the show was enough to make a person hate it without seeing a single second of it.
Well, now the show has finished, the internet is pretty much free of people masturbating constantly over a man making drugs in his underpants. And it is great TV too, so check out the complete Breaking Bad DVD boxset, yours for a very reasonable £40! Check it out here.
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Silly Peter. However, the season of goodwill is upon us and the high street’s CeX felt sorry for him and decided that they would donate an Xbox One to him in time for Christmas, ensuring that he can ignore his entire family in favour of playing Call Of Duty: Ghosts.
Peter said: “I’m just overwhelmed by the reaction to the story. All I wanted was a refund. I cannot believe this.”
So how did this all come about? Well, Clatworthy saved up to get his hands on a limited-edition, Day One version of the Xbox One as a surprise for his four-year-old son, McKenzie. He paid the asking price and the packaging and waited. However, the listing itself actually stated that it was a picture of an Xbox for sale, which Peter clearly missed.
Clatworthy also managed to get a full refund with the help of eBay, which is remarkable. The seller has been banned from the website, even though it seems Peter is the only one who has strictly done something wrong here.
Either way, he’s happy now and talking about CeX’s generosity, he added: “This shows there are some nice, kind people out there and it’s really overwhelming. I can’t thank them enough. I’ve had other people contact me to say they have been stung too but not reported it. I don’t think I’ll be shopping online anymore.”
He’s doing so well up until that last point wasn’t he? Anyway, The Mirror have pictures of Peter Clatworthy and his Xbox if you’d like to see him looking sad next to a hedge.
Do make sure you read eBay listings properly if you’re buying your presents online.