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.
Are you a fan of wolfing greasy chicken down your neck? Course you are! It’s one of the greatest pleasures a human being can ever encounter! Well, if you’re into getting free stuff from KFC, look right this way.
There’s a great deal called KFC Take Five, where you can get 5 items for £3! That includes three different chicken items, which is great. If you want to find out exactly what you can get into you, click here.
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Did you know that you can get personalised trainers with your name on them, or whatever you want? Both Adidas and Nike do the personalised trainer thing, so when one fella decided to get some Nike runners with something on the back, he didn’t account for his mates mucking about.
Mid-order, Danny Hunter took his eye off the ball, leaving his computer unattended, and didn’t realise that his Roshe kicks said ‘Ian Beale’ on the heel.
And he pressed ‘buy’.
The photo was whacked up on Facebook, where everyone had a lovely time laughing at the customised sneaks, and of course, making comments about the hairiness of Hunter’s ankles.
The comment again: “Danny Hunter made some trainers on Nike ID last week in college and someone has changed the personalised writing on the back to “Ian Beale” when he wasn’t looking, he orders them without double checking and they turn up to his door like this – 105 quid well spent best thing I’ve ever seen – Nike Roshe Run Ian Beale editions.”
Marvellous work. We want some Elsie Tanner trainers now!
There’s been a fair amount of complaining on social media, about Apple’s various outlets being down. One problem sees users being told that they’ve been frozen out of their iTunes account, being asked to validate their details, only to find they still can’t get in.
Other services are on the blink too, with problems arising with the App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match and the Volume Purchase Program. Looks like there’s issues with some iCloud services too.
People have also been reporting problems with iMessage too.
So, basically, if you’ve been trying to buy stuff through Apple, or update your apps, and been having a nightmare with it all, don’t worry yourself unduly – it isn’t just you. Of course, it is really irritating, but at least there’s a load of you that have fallen foul of it, rather than something being wrong with your account.
If you look on DownDetector, you can see that this is a global problem across multiple Apple services. There’s no word on what’s happening yet, but it is safe to assume that Apple are trying to get it all fixed as quickly as possible.
If you’re a big fan of eBay, then be aware that there’s a scam doing the rounds, which you won’t be a fan of, at all! As usual, the aim of the scam is to get at your personal details, and to distribute all manner of malware.
Security crew, Check Point, notified everyone of this flaw, who say that you could be in a world of trouble if you get hit by it. Basically, the scam works like this - the scam artist sets up an eBay shop, complete with listings with a bunch of products that have malicious code in them.
A pop-up message tricks you into opening the page, and gets you to download an app that looks like an official eBay thing offering a one-off 25% discount, when obviously, it gives you no such thing at all. That’s because it is a scam, if you drifted off half way through all this.
Oded Vanunu, Security Research Group Manager at Check Point, said: “The eBay attack flow provides cybercriminals with a very easy way to target users: sending a link to a very attractive product to execute the attack. The main threat is spreading malware and stealing private information.”
“Another threat is that an attacker could have an alternate login option pop up via Gmail or Facebook and hijack the user’s account.”
eBay, at the time of writing, haven’t managed to lock this scam down, so stay vigilant! And here’s a video of the scam, so you know what you’re looking for.
Keep ‘em peeled.
If you have a PC, then it’ll be getting Windows 10 soon, automatically. As of February 8th, the update is going to upgrade your operating system for you, even if your settings say that you’d like to do it manually.
Don’t worry though, as this won’t cost you anything and isn’t a trial version that you’ll have to pay for, or turn down at a later date. If you hate the idea of Windows 10, then you’ve got reason to be annoyed.
Microsoft has said that you’ll be getting a notification which will pop-up on your screen, confirming the switch to the newest OS, but that’ll only happen once the files have been downloaded already.
Now, if you really, really, really don’t want it, then Microsoft say that you’ll be able to ditch Windows 10 and revert to your old favourite within 30 days.
Now, Windows 10 is a little bit too keen when it comes to hooveirng up your data, and memorising keystrokes and the like, but no fear! Once you’ve done the switch over, check out our super-easy way of stopping Microsoft from getting at all your personal stuff, by clicking here.
The response to the new system has been largely positive, so if you’ve been a bit nervous about it, don’t worry. Also, this change isn’t going to affect business customers, so you don’t have to give your IT team too much of a headache.
Here’s a video of some hidden features on Windows 10 that you might like
There’s been some concern that prices will go up, if Three and O2 merge. Of course, with the way Three have been treating their legacy customers, it isn’t surprising that suspicion is being aroused by the whole thing.
Well, the firm behind the proposed deal – Hutchison – have vowed that there’s going to be a five-year price, if the £10bn merger goes through. The promise is that the price of voice minutes, texts, or megabytes will not go up for customers.
Canning Fok, group managing director, said: “From the outset, we have followed the principle that as technology improves people should always get more and pay less for their mobile services. That has not always made us popular with our competitors.”
“In short, over the next five years Three+O2′s customers will be getting more and paying less than they do today for mobile services and the wholesale market will also be better off.”
“Over the coming weeks the promises I have laid out will be an important part of the case Three will put to Europe’s competition authorities.”
This merger will see the new company becoming the biggest mobile operator in the UK, so there’s a lot at stake here, as the competition heats up, given that BT and EE are soon to become one.
The crisps in question include 150g bags of the lightly salted variety, which have been sold at Asda, as well as 40g bags of the sea salt and balsamic vinegar crisps, and the 40g mature cheddar and red onion crisps, as well as the 30g multipacks of lightly salted Kettle Chips.
All of the affected crisps have a ‘best before’ of 28th May 2016. All other flavours and bags with different ‘best before’ dates on are fine.
Kettle Chips themselves say: “Kettle Foods Ltd has identified that a very limited number of bags of KETTLE Chips products, all with a best before date of 28th May 2016, may contain pieces of plastic that are similar in appearance to the crisps.”
“As a precautionary measure, we are asking customers not to eat the product and to contact us for a full refund. If you have any of the products referred to in this notice please return the empty pack for a full refund including postage, together with your name and address to Kettle Foods Ltd, Barnard Road, Norwich NR5 9JP.”
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our customers in advance for their cooperation.”
If you want more information about all this, or want to speak to someone at the company, then you should call the Freephone number 0800 616996 or get yourself over to kettlefoods.co.uk.
Are you looking to buy some flowers for someone? Or yourself maybe? Do you want to live up to all those times you’ve sang Sweet Female Attitude’s promise to bring someone flowers, in the pouring rain, so you can make their day?
Well, handily for those laboured reference points, you can get flowers delivered from £10 at Bloom and Wild. You’ll need a code to muscle in on the deal, and of course, you can find that by clicking here.
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