Deals of the Day: Thursday 23rd April 2015

April 23rd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

deals of the day 300x162 Deals of the Day: Thursday 23rd April 2015You look like you need a holiday. You’re haggard and your eyeballs are grey. You need some rest and some sunshine to put some pep in your step. Or you could just go somewhere and party like it’s 1999 and make yourself look a thousand times worse. Whatever floats your boat.

With that, we’ve seen a good deal where you can get 9 night in Egypt. It’s a package deal so you get flights, breakfast, taxis and you can stop in the Hilton for £198 per person. Not bad eh? Have a look.

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Bitterwallet Facebook censorship Facebook tinker with timeline for the millionth timeFacebook are forever in a state of messing around with everyone’s timelines. They can’t leave it alone. They’re worse than teenagers who keep messing with their widgers.

The social network has announced yet another change to the feed algorithm, which apparently means you’re going to see much more of what you actually want. Of course, they’re not going to trust you to curate it yourself like you’re a capable adult or anything. Don’t be ridiculous.

Basically, this new way of doing things means that you’ll see more status updates and photos from friends whose profiles you actually visit, rather than the dribbling nonsense you normally get from businesses and that lad from your school who is depressed and racist.

Facebook wrote in a blog that they believe “people are worried about missing important updates from friends they care about.” Facebook product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors (!) said: “Content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it.”

“If you like to read news or interact with posts from pages you care about, you will still see that content in News Feed. This update tries to make the balance of content the right one for each individual person.”

They continue: “Previously, we had rules in place to prevent you from seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row. With this update, we are relaxing this rule. Now if you run out of content, but want to spend more time in News Feed, you’ll see more.”

We’ll give them 3 months before they mess with it again.

EE – who still might be getting taken over by BT – have decided to give the UK its most affordable 4G smartphone, according to themselves.

Interested? Well, you can get the EE own-brand phones called the Harrier and Harrier Mini, which will hit the shelves on April 28th. They say that the Harrier Mini is going to be the cheapest phone in the UK with WiFi calling as a thing.

So how much will they cost? Well, if you’re interested in The Harrier, that’ll set you back £199.99. It has a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.5Ghz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. For the Mini, that will cost you £99.99 and has a 4.7-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera, and a 1.2Ghz processor. Both run on Android’s latest version of Lollipop.

EE Harrier Phone 500x433 EE launch UKs most affordable 4G smartphone

Naturally, there’s still some maths to do as you’ll have to get them on a contract. The Mini’s contract is £16.99 per month and the Harrier will cost £21.99 per month.

Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer at EE, said: “Customer take-up of our existing EE branded products has been phenomenal, so we’ve worked hard to create new feature packed devices. The Harrier and Harrier Mini are another big step forward and will allow even more people to benefit from a premium smartphone without the premium price – as well as provide access to a superfast 4G experience that only the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network can provide.”

EE also showed off two new portable 4G WiFi gizmos – the Osprey 2 and Osprey Mini 2. They’ll give you 4G data speeds for up to 10 connected devices.

Anyway, under £100 for a 4G smartphone – worth considering.

Brewdog reckon they’re worth £283m

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

brewdog 300x300 Brewdog reckon theyre worth £283mWhether you loathe them or all out hate them, there’s no denying that BrewDog are doing rather well for themselves. Last year, the Scottish booze vendors raked in over £29.6m.

That’s a figure that is up 64% from what they made in 2013.

They’ve got ahead of the pack by making beer that people like drinking and, of course, being adept at creating PR for themselves. Whether it is blarting on about being ‘punk’, or as the picture on the right shows, making beer that comes in a dead animal.

Interestingly, they’ve been making dough through their ’Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding scheme and, they’ve announced that they’ll be doing another round, hoping to raise £25m.

Martin Dickie, one of the founders of the company, said: “This is a new dawn for beer, this is a new dawn for small business finance.” The other founder, James Watt added: “We need to continue to expand and we need finance to do that, and we don‘t want venture capitalists, we don’t want an overbearing parent company, we don’t want investment bankers, we want to make sure that the people who own the company love our beer and Equity for Punks makes that possible.”

Any investors stumping up the cash will receive a combined 8.83% of the business, which is pretty measly. However, BrewDog have valued themselves at £283m, which is rather ambitious.

However, if you’re into the idea (and you get some free booze on your birthday if you’re in), then click here.

Twitter threaten abusers with lockdown

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

fail whale 300x225 Twitter threaten abusers with lockdownPeople, for some reason, like shouting at strangers on the internet. HEY BUDDY! I HOPE YOU GET CROHN’S DISEASE AND SOMEONE MOWS YOUR MA DOWN WITH A STEAMROLLER! all over something daft.

For example, someone jokingly suggested Sue Perkins for Top Gear, which saw people sending her death threats. Some of these people are actual adults with actual jobs. Some people thought they’d threaten to sexually assault a woman for suggesting that Jane Austen should be on the £10 note.

Imagine getting arrested or a criminal conviction for something as lame as that?

With that, Twitter want to try and tackle the situation, which will no doubt see some people shrieking like someone with a 2-bar heater in the bath with them: WHAT ABOUT MY HUMAN RIGHTS?! WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?! While others will just set up a sock-puppet account and carry on as normal, like they’re notorious MP [comment removed under legal advice].

There’s a couple of policy changes which is looking at this. Twitter will allow its support team to lock abusive accounts for periods, then ask users to confirm their phone number, while asking them to delete certain tweets.

Shreyas Doshi, director of product management at Twitter, said: “The updated language better describes the range of prohibited content and our intention to act when users step over the line into abuse. This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse, including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive.”

“It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content.”

Now, the Twitter policy has got rid of ‘direct, specific threats of violence against others’ and is now stating that ‘threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others’ is not acceptable. You can still call them names though, so don’t worry.

Do remember this though: if you’re concerned that you aren’t being allowed to say what you want on a social media platform or indeed, in the comments on a websites, your freedom of speech isn’t under threat because you can still go and set up a Tumblr account or whatever, and spout off about whatever you want, whenever you want. So stop crying like a big internet baby.

Wonga to change their name?

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

wonga ladies 300x282 Wonga to change their name?Avid BW readers will know that Wonga is in a complete mess at the moment, and some fear that it could actually go under.

They made a £37.3m loss in 2014.

However, the payday lender might have a trick up their sleeve as they are weighing up a name-change as they look to replace their toxic brand. With a new name will come a new range of products, according to bosses.

“With the cap on interest rates and lower fees, the margins have shrunk for individual profits,” said chief finance officer Paul Miles. “If we were setting up from scratch, we could build a sustainably profitable business. But we have the issue of our legacy, and how we manage our cost base.”

Wonga’s UK gaffer, Tara Kneafsey added: “We have worked hard to repair our position with the short-term loan product, and coming out of that we have 600,000 loyal customers who like the brand and use the product in the right way. But in the wider 13m market, we have to ask how far the brand travels. There are different customers with different needs.”

So with that, comes a rebranding: “No puppets will feature, nor anything that looks like a puppet,” confirmed Kneafsey. Not surprising as the ad company that came up with the puppets won’t have anything to do with Wonga.

Tesco Broadband problems? You’re not alone

April 22nd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

broadband slow 319970 Tesco Broadband problems? Youre not aloneIf you have Tesco Broadband, you may have been having a frustrating time with your connection. Don’t worry – you’re not going mad. The company confirmed that its UK broadband service has been down for thousands of people across the country.

The problem started yesterday and Tesco said that around 10,000 of their customers had to go without services. They’re in the middle of an investigation to find out what the problem is, saying that the “search for the issue is narrowing”.

“Some customers are experiencing network problems. This is not related to the migration of customers to TalkTalk,” it said in a statement.

“We are liaising with our network partner [Vodafone] to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and apologise to any customers affected for the inconvenience.”

Looking at the company’s Twitter page, this is the tenth network failure they’ve had THIS MONTH. That’s preposterous. We advise getting a different provider.

A Tesco spokesperson told the BBC: “Tesco broadband uses its Twitter feed to update customers on all network outages as our customers have told us they find this very helpful. This means that we report on any network problem even if just a handful of customers are experiencing issues.
Our fault rate is in line with the industry and we have high customer satisfaction ratings.”

It should be back online now.

YouTube – dead to older iPads and iPhones

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

youtube 300x300 YouTube   dead to older iPads and iPhonesGoogle has decided to pull YouTube support from over 100 million iPhones and iPads, not to mention some Apple TVs. There’s a host of devices that won’t be able to work with YouTube.

Google say the they’re giving up on the following:

- iOS devices which cannot be upgraded to iOS 7 and above
- Apple TV first and second generations
- Google TV versions 3 and 4
- Numerous smart TVs and Blu-ray disc players.

Google’s full list can be found here. If you have a third-gen Apple TV, you’ll have something to do as well, as you must now install a newly YouTube app if you want to keep watching videos on the service.

It is thought that this is going to be a problem for in excess of 100m iPhones and iPads plus around 50m iPod touches and Apple TVs.

Instead of watching a cat play a synthesizer or a compilation of funny Vines that say ‘bruh’, those with affected devices will start seeing this instead:

That said, you can still use the web browser to watch YouTube videos rather than the app, and there’ll inevitably be a bunch of 3rd party apps you can look at.

However, first and second generation Apple TV doesn’t have a web browser, so you’ve had it.

Deals Of The Day: Wednesday April 22nd 2015

April 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

deals of the day 300x162 Deals Of The Day: Wednesday April 22nd 2015Have you been wanting to broaden your TV viewing so you can finally become one with the ass-groove that you’ve been cultivating on your couch? Are you one of those Apple fanboiz? Well, have we got a thing for you!

You can get your grubby mitts on Apple TV for a measly £49, which is nice isn’t it? If you want to get on this deal, then click here. Apple have some plans for their television services, so it is a good time to get on board.

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lightbulb 219x300 Latest EU lightbulb ban delayed by two yearsGood news for anyone still trying to read a newspaper indoors after dark, the latest phase of EU meddling with your light fittings has been delayed, with some halogen light bulbs getting a stay of execution for two years after the European Commission (EC) delayed the phasing-out of halogen bulbs until 2018.

The original ban,which doesn’t affect all halogen bulbs, mainly  those that look like the last lot of bulbs the EU banned, was supposed to come into force next year, but concerns have been raised about the availability, cost and quality of LED light bulbs, the most common alternative to the halogen bulb.

Note that the new 2018 ban on halogen bulbs doesn’t apply to all halogen bulbs, just to be totally confusing. It mainly covers pear-shaped bulbs that look how a lightbulb is supposed to look, but the ban doesn’t apply to the teeny spotlights or to halogen lamps used in desk lamps and flood lights. Look at this handy pictorial guide from Which!!!

lightbulbs Latest EU lightbulb ban delayed by two years

Of course, it’s not that the EU actively want you to sit in the gloom in your house, despite the previous banning of incandescent bulbs, no, halogens bulbs are considered highly inefficient compared with LED or CFL energy-saving lamps. To put it into perspective, halogen light bulbs tend to be classified as D or lower for energy efficiency and use about 10% less energy than the old, banned, lovely incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs, on the other hand use up to 90% less energy. This is, of course, good for the environment and bound to be good for your pocket too. Thanks EU.

According to a 2014 survey by Which!!!, virtually half of Which!!! members still have halogen bulbs in their home and over 43% have halogen spotlights. Which!!! also calculated that replacing six 50W halogen or incandescent light bulbs with six equivalent LEDs could save up to £32 a year. Unfortunately, however, you might need a few years to realise your lightbulb investment as Which!!! also confessed that some LED bulbs cost up to £40 each…

Tesco and their £6.38bn loss

April 22nd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

tesco Tesco and their £6.38bn lossTesco, as we all know, have been having a terrible time of it, and now they’ve announced just how awful it has been with a loss of £6.38billion. That’s the biggest lost in the company’s history. In fact, it is one of the largest losses for any UK business, ever.

One of the factors of this mess was the supermarket’s need to cut the prices of a lot of grocery basics, as loads of shoppers ditch the usual retailers in favour of Aldi and Lidl. Add to that, an accounting blackhole and a number of profit warnings, and the whole thing is incredibly bleak.

Of course, Tesco have so much money that even a dizzying loss like this won’t put them out of business. Remarkable really. They’ve also announced that they’ve got a net debt of £8.5billion and a net pension deficit of £3.9billion.

While all these problems have blighted Tesco, one of the most damaging is the fact that they’ve been largely irrelevant for some time, in the minds of shoppers. Where the company was once innovative, the past few years has seen the company becoming complacent and treading water. John Ibbotson, of the retail consultants, Retail Vision, said: “This is the official end of the Tesco era. There’s a long way to go yet before the agile new Tesco that is emerging becomes a profitable Tesco once again.”

“And even when it does recover, it will never again be the force it once was. With this huge loss, the decadent retail dynasty of Tesco has come to an end.”

One of the big reasons behind this loss is down to the fact that Tesco had swathes of land which they were going to build new enormoshops on. They decided that they weren’t pushing ahead with that and, to the company’s dismay, the land was worth much less than they believed. They spent billions on what was going to be over a hundred stores, but sadly for them, people have gone off the idea of shopping in these hypermarkets.

The fact that Tesco are axing thousands of jobs with store closures and losing the head office in Hertfordshire, is also going to cost them around £300m. All the while, Tesco have a Serious Fraud Office inquiry hanging over their heads as well, and an investigation by the supermarket ombudsman.

 

Twitter open your DMs to everyone!

April 21st, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Twitter Logo1 Twitter open your DMs to everyone!Twitter have decided that they want everyone to be able to dive into your private inbox, whether you know them or not. The women of the internet must be thrilled at the idea of loads of men who are complete strangers, dropping unsolicited photos of their chipolata sausages into their DMs.

Mercifully, you need to tick a box in the Settings and Privacy menu to activate this baffling new feature. The default setting sticks to the idea of only receiving private messages from people who mutually follow each other.

That said, if you do fancy this new thing, you can still block specific people from DMing you if you think they’re going to be a pest or spam you with their latest JustGiving nonsense or event they’ve put on.

A Twitter blog post says: “Today, we’re changing how direct messaging works so that it’s even easier for you to communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people, anywhere in the world. Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first.”

“With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.”

This is asking for trouble.

Apple Watch Google remember theyve got Android Wear to flogNow that people are getting ready to strap their Apple Watches to their wrists, Google have remembered that they might want to capitalise on the SMARTWATCH FEVER! that is sweeping the nation.

And so, they’re pointing at their own Android Wear and hoping someone takes an interest and have released a big update making them more functional, which is what everyone is after, obviously.

In a blog, Google has underlined the changes they’ve made, including an ‘always-on apps’ feature. Android Wear aficionados will know that there’s existing software already has always-on stuff, but now, this update will let you extend it to apps so that they are visible for as long as you need them. Incredible, obviously. Apple must be soiling themselves in fear.

And the battery? Apparently, that won’t get hammered as the screen will only be full colour when you are looking at it.

Android Wear is going to support built-in WiFi, as well as letting you flick your wrist if you want to scroll through your notifications. You can now tap the screen to start apps and send messages, which feels like a thing that should have been around for ages. One neat thing that the kids will like, is that you can also draw emojis directly on the watch screen and send them via message or text.

Expect these to rollout in the coming weeks. Try to contain yourselves.

password 300x289 Move over passwords... here come the crazy ideasFirst, Yahoo! wanted to kill the password, and now Jonathan LeBlanc, global head of developer advocacy at PayPal, wants them dead too. As he says: ”Passwords are not secure, they need to be replaced.”

LeBlanc gave a presentation at a techie thing called ‘Kill All Passwords’, with a lot of people in thick-rimmed specs all nodding at the demise of passwords as we know them. ”Passwords are so complex it’s just a system that doesn’t work anymore,” chirruped CNET editor Dan Ackerman.

They’ve all been having a think about it and there’s too many sites asking for too many passwords which are hard to come up with – minimum numbers for characters, with a symbol and a number in it, with upper and lowercase letters and all that jive – which is why a lot of people use passwords like ’123456′ and the evergreen ‘password’.

LeBlanc reckons it is time to start thinking of weirder, more interesting things to get by our security measures, pointing out that there are people who are looking at scanning your eyes or face and, as you may know, Google are looking at a smart contact lens that measures the glucose in your tears. That’s not enough for LeBlanc – he wants wearable circuit board tattoos, brain chip implants and password pills that will allow you to eat your way into devices.

You may think that your body being ID is already a thing with fingerprint sensors and the like, but LeBlanc said that PayPal is working with companies who will create scans of your veins and measure your unique heartbeat, instead of passwords.

LeBlanc says: “I ground a lot of my talks in reality, but toward the end of the presentation things get a little strange.”

old driver car Car insurance down   but it isnt all good newsCar insurance premiums in Britain fell by 1% in the first quarter of this year, which is reasonable news, but no great shakes. Still, a saving is a saving right?

These figures are from the AA, who say that the average quote for an annual comprehensive car insurance policy dropped to £530.47, which follows numerous months of price rises. However, insurers have form when it comes to trying to lure motorists in with price drops in the first quarter.

However, messing things up are the number of claims for whiplash, which is putting an upward pressure on prices, according to the AA. They say that the cost of claims is larger than premium income for many insurers.

Of course, Bitterwallet talked about this a while ago, with drivers coughing-up £93 each (on average) due to the volume of whiplash claims.

“We’re starting to see insurers quoting higher prices and I think that’s the beginning of a trend, but the market remains very competitive,” says Janet Connor, managing director of AA Insurance.

“My greatest fear is that if insurance fraud such as whiplash injury claims isn’t brought under control and quickly, we will see a repeat of the spiralling premiums of 2010 and 2011 when the cost of the average policy rose by over 40 per cent in just 12 months.”