Android security flaw could affect 950 million

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

android logo 300x225 Android security flaw could affect 950 millionHow the Android fanboys laughed at the Apple fanboys, when there was a text message that could crash iPhones.

Well, the Apple crew can get their own back now, as there’s news of a text that can really stuff things up for Android devices. The rest of us, meanwhile, can wonder why people argue about which phone you should have. Seriously. Go for a walk or something.

Anyway, what’s this flaw? Well, seeing as most Android phones automatically download photos, and there’s a scam going around that enables hackers to take control of your phone via photo messages, and there’s 950 million Android users worldwide, we’ve got a problem.

The picture in question allows nasty sorts to get complete control of Android devices, accessing your camera and everything else. Thanks to Android phones automatically downloading photos in texts, you wouldn’t even need to open it to be vulnerable to the malware.

So what are Google doing about it?

They said: “This vulnerability was identified in a laboratory setting on older Android devices, and as far as we know, no one has been affected. As soon as we were made aware of the vulnerability we took immediate action and sent a fix to our partners to protect users.”

“As part of a regularly scheduled security update, we plan to push further safeguards to Nexus devices starting next week. And, we’ll be releasing it in open source when the details are made public by the researcher at BlackHat.”

There you go then.

fuel gauge 285x300 Save £25 per month by not fuelling up on the motorwayEven though there’s a diesel price-war on, there’s always room for someone to try and rip you off. And in ‘water is wet’ news, diesel at motorway stations is overpriced and ripping drivers off. At some forecourts, diesel costs as much as 127.9p a litre, while petrol cost 125.9p a litre yesterday, reckon the AA.

Comparing it to the average of around 116.6p a litre for diesel and petrol on the pumps away from motorways, you can see that the difference is noteworthy – if you fill up a large family car with 60 litres a week, you’d be spending £25 more a month at a motorway service station.

With Tesco and Morrisons dropping the price of diesel, following on from Asda and Sainsbury’s, you have to wonder what the motorway services are playing at.

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “Diesel drivers will think that the latest fall in the cost of their fuel is ‘better late than never’ and is very welcome. However, the average pump price of diesel across the UK remains above petrol’s even though the former is around 3p a litre cheaper at wholesale level.”

“Many of the supermarkets can be applauded for recent price cuts but it is what is happening outside the areas they influence that worries us. The message is clear to diesel drivers: check out the supermarket prices first if they are looking to cut their fuel bills.”

Now, we hand over to our outside unit, live, to find out whether or not bears defecate in woodland areas…

You can appoint a Facebook heir

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook 300x300 You can appoint a Facebook heirWhen you die – and you definitely will at some point – you might not have the time or wherewithal to sort out what happens to your social media accounts. You might not care. For those that do, Facebook have launched their legacy feature for people in the UK.

Basically, you can appoint an ‘heir’ who can decide what happens to your account once you shrug off your mortal coil and join the choir invisible.

Facebook describes your heir as “someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialised.”

With this feature, those of you who are over 18 years old, will be able to appoint a Facebook friend or family member to get the admin rights to your account. They’ll be able to send out one last message on your behalf or “provide information about a memorial service,” as well as being able to update the cover and profile photograph, and all that.

In a darkly comic turn, Facebook will get your corpse to try and win them more customers, as your heir will be able to add “old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook”.

Your legacy contact will also get the opportunity of being able to download the photo archive, an archive of posts and profile details shared on Facebook. Facebook say that this contact won’t have the rights to change existing friends and settings, remove or edit posts or see your private messages, which is something.

Of course, you could just write your passwords down and stick them in an envelope to be opened on your demise, if you prefer, but then people will be able to read everything in your inbox.

If you want in, go to “Settings”, then “Security” and then hit the “Legacy contact” option.

Sky to launch new Netflix-esque set top box

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

sky logo Sky to launch new Netflix esque set top boxThose rascals over at Sky are preparing to drop a new set-top box within weeks, like it’s their latest mixtape. So what’s new about it? Well, according to blabbermouths, it will offer you the kind of experience you’ve had with Netflix (or Apple, if you prefer).

What does that mean exactly? Well, this thing is called SkyQ, and will let customers watch and record at least four things simultaneously, on multiple devices, and will wirelessly send content to your smartphones and tablets. And of course, it’ll be able to deal with ultra-high definition (UHD or 4K) broadcasts, because that’s what everyone in TV is talking about these days.

Apparently, it is all ‘really very slick’ according to one insider who has seen it working in action. They said that the interface is similar to Netflix, with a virtual carousel being used rather than the crappy old interface that Sky have been using on their current Sky+ HD box.

Like Netflix, it will try and pick up on what your tastes are, so it can make suggestions and all that.

Sky are also going to be launching a new Now TV box next month and, while the exact details about it are being kept under wraps, we’ve heard that it will be “faster and smoother”. Take from that what you will.

Deals of the Day: Tuesday 28th July 2015

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

deals of the day 300x162 Deals of the Day: Tuesday 28th July 2015Are you a fan of going to the cinema? Do you enjoy face-melting bass and screens so wide that you have learned to move your eyeballs like a gecko? Do you happen to have a sweet tooth as well?

Good news! You can get a free cinema ticket when you buy 4 bags of sweets for £1 each. So, for £4, you can have a lovely night at the cinema and, with the treats you bought for the free ticket, you can take them to the cinema to save getting fleeced at their concession stand! Have a look here.

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24% off everything for 24 hours at BHS
Up to 70% off H&M sale, plus free delivery
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argos aliens 300x200 Argos launches trade in service for unwanted gadgetsArgos, in a partnership with WRAP, have introduced a new service at all its 788 UK stores, which allows you to exchange your unwanted gadgets.

As you’ll be able to do this in stores, rather than post them off, this could be just the ticket for a lot of people who would like to get rid of some old tech. Part of this new service sees you getting an instant quote and payment over the Argos counter.

Customers can trade it in and get an Argos gift card to spend on something else that they’re invariably end up wanting to scrap, but still, you can lose your unwanted tat and then spend the money on over 50,000 Argos products. These items will be refurbed and resold.

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Argos, said: “As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices. Our new scheme in conjunction with WRAP offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.”

“Depending on the response from customers, we may extend the scheme to include other electrical items in the future, such as camera, sat-navs or laptops.”

Marcus Gover, Director of WRAP, said: “We’re delighted to see this type of service become available over Argos store counters. Our research told us consumers have an appetite for trading in and Argos is now providing a convenient and easy way for them to do just that and release the value from their unwanted gadgets. By doing so we’re keeping valuable resources out of landfill and in use longer, reducing the impact on diminishing virgin materials and protecting our environment.”

How to get your money back from Cash Genie

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

stock payday loans 300x225 How to get your money back from Cash GenieThe payday lender, Cash Genie, has been ordered to pay £20m to people they’ve ripped off. The lender was told by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to dole out the money to more than 92,000 customers.

Turns out that they’re been ripping off customers in a number of ways, with Cash Genie charging fees which they were not entitled to, according to customer contracts. In some cases, they charged people who weren’t able to repay their loans £50 to transfer them to their own debt collection firm, Twyford Developments.

Basically, they were taking money needlessly from people who were already struggling with debt.

It transpires that Cash Genie were also rolling over and refinancing loans without customers’ consent, which of course, all means that people in financial hardship were being hit with extra interest and additional costs.

Cash Genie also traded as the online brands txtmecash and paydayiseveryday, with customers advised to go to these websites on the promise of a fresh loan. Then, when customers went to these sites, they were used to harvest banking information so they could take payments from existing loans without permission.

So, Cash Genie will reimburse some people and write-off the debts of others.

Linda Woodall of the FCA said: “We expect all firms to notify us of any unacceptable past or current practices and provide appropriate redress to anyone affected.”

What Do I Do Next If I Was A Cash Genie Customer?

For the time being, if you’ve been swindled by Cash Genie, you don’t need to do anything. Cash Genie is going to contact affected customers by 18th September.

There’s more info over at the Cash Genie website, if you think you’ve been affected. The FCA also have some information as well.

For the time being, sit tight and wait for Cash Genie to get in touch with you. Do not appoint a claims management company to sort this out either, as they’ll charge you for a service that you won’t need.

If you feel that it is important to talk to someone, you can contact the Cash Genie Customer Service team on 0333 366 0023, or email them at customerredress@cashgenie.co.uk or by letter at Cash Genie, 2 Reavell Place, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0ET.

If you’d prefer, you can get in touch with the FCA by calling 0800 111 6768 or 0300 500 8082, or email them at consumer.queries@fca.org.uk.

Mr. Happy Everything is rosy with household financesIt’s rare that economists aren’t gloomy, but it seems everyone is feeling more positive about their finances. The latest Nielsen consumer confidence survey shows that UK confidence has overtaken the global average for the first time in more than nine years- last time we were this happy financially, Tony Blair was telling us things could only get better for the third time and the official interest rate was nine times higher at 4.5%

British consumers are also more confident than those in Germany for the first time in five years and we’re now second only to Denmark in confidence ratings throughout Europe. We’ve also stopped shopping around so much, with the switching of grocery brands to save money now at its lowest level since late 2009.

A different study by Lloyds Bank, of more than 2,000 people aged between 18 and 75,  also reported an increase in consumers’ confidence. Its survey on spending power found that 70% of empty-nesters- people aged 45 or more whose children had left home- described their financial situation as good, compared with 61% of parents aged 25 and over with younger children and falling to 58% cent of young singles aged between 18 and 24 with no children.

And the Lloyds Bank Spending Power report suggests that confidence is rising with people’s confidence in their personal financial situation increasing by 5 percentage points. And the outlook is rosy-  31% of young single people aged between 18 to 24 said they expected to be able to save slightly more in six months times than they do at present, although this figure falls to 11% for those aged 45 or over, who already think they’re in a good position financially.

Patrick Foley of Lloyds Bank said: “Consumers remain in good spirits, with sentiment buoyed by a combination of strengthening wage growth and muted price pressures,” meaning that lower prices and stagnantly low interest rates, combined with wage increases mean we all feel richer.

And Asda have quantified just how much richer we are. Last week, Asda’s latest Income Tracker report revealed that UK households have an average of £189 of discretionary income to spend each week, which is £18 more than this time last year, a figure that has been consistent for the last quarter. So what are you spending your extra £18 on?

Product Recall: Kidde Lifesaver Fire Blanket

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

fireblanket 166x300 Product Recall: Kidde Lifesaver Fire BlanketProduct recall time again, and this time it is the Kidde Lifesaver Fire Blanket, which has been identified as a potential safety hazard.

Sold at Asda, and other shops, the recall says that the problem “may impact the fire blankets’ effectiveness in the event of an oil pan fire.”

There have been no reports of any incidents, but testing showed that certain fire blankets are a risk and may not fully extinguish an oil pan fire and/or may allow the fire to reignite very soon after application of the fire blanket.

If you have one of the potentially affected fire blankets, you must not use it on any oil pan fire.

So, if you have one, return it to the retailer it was purchased from as soon as possible. Kidde Safety Europe Ltd will arrange for a compliant replacement fire blanket to be supplied to you which meets the British safety standard.

The recall continues: “The potentially affected fire blankets are 1m2 in size. The fire blanket containers are labelled with the brand name “Kidde” or “Lifesaver” and are marked with the kitemark symbol. The Kitemark Licence Number 35021 is also displayed on the container where marked below. The label on the fire blanket refers to “Homesaver”.

If you have any questions, contact the Kidde Safety helpline on 0800 917 0722 or email to admin@kiddesafety.co.uk. For further information see our website at: www.kiddesafetyeurope.co.uk

They’re still being sold at Amazon and on eBay, so please don’t buy them.

Product Recall: Extension on La Chinata

July 27th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

la chinata hot spanish smoked paprika picante pimenton de la vera dop 70g 10599 p 300x300 Product Recall: Extension on La ChinataRemember when we told you about the product recall of La Chinata Smoked Paprika? Well, it has been widened to include batch codes 322 and 324, because they’ve found salmonella in that to.

If you have bought one of these, do not eat it.

The details of the recall are as follows:

Product: La Chinata Smoked Paprika ‘Dulce’ (Sweet) and ‘Picante’ (Hot) – 70g and 750g tins
Batch code: 322 and 324 (batch 320 was recalled in the original recall)

 

So, if you’ve bought the product, do not eat it. You need to return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Brindisa Spanish Foods, who make the product, have taken the precautionary measure of recalling all of the above batches that may be affected. If you’re unsure, don’t try your luck – return it.

Okay? Good. For all our Product Recalls, click here.

Barristers strike over cuts to legal aid

July 27th, 2015 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

 Barristers strike over cuts to legal aidWe told you recently about the government shutting down 91 ‘surplus’ courts, and it looks like there’s more legal bother afoot, as barristers are going on strike in a protest against cuts to legal aid.

Criminal barristers are going to start refusing to take on Crown Court cases, as they show solidarity with criminal defence solicitors, who are looking at cuts in their fees of 8.75%. Solicitors have already been striking since the start of July, refusing all new work in Magistrates and Crown Courts.

These cuts will make it harder for small high street law firms to stay in business, which of course, creates the kind of scenario that gives advantage to people with more money.

Jonathan Black, president of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association, said: “Hundreds of solicitors’ firms around the country will close down, developing instead into mass justice warehouses, legal aid warehouses, where cases will be packed high and sold cheap.”

“High street firms that ordinary people know how to access will be decimated.”

The past two governments have been taking money from the legal aid system, which sees lawyers paid from public money, so that people who can’t afford representation can get the help they need.

So, while criminal defence barristers aren’t actually affected by these cuts, they’re showing solidarity with the legal profession, with the majority going on strike. Joanne Cecil, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, said that criminal justice is “on its knees and broken” thanks to the measures brought in by the government: “this is really not about our fees, it’s about the wider impact on society.”

“The impact of these cuts to legal aid is not just to defendants, but also victims of crime and witnesses, who have to deal with what is a creaking justice system.”

Tesco to ban Ribena and more from stores

July 27th, 2015 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

ribena Tesco to ban Ribena and more from storesTesco are going to remove added-sugar drinks from their shelves, which means no Ribena for you. Or Capri-Sun. Or Rubicon. And some other drinks that taste nice.

And why are they doing this? Well, in their bid to ’help prevent childhood obesity’, they don’t trust you adults to buy what you want from a shop. No, they’re going to have to remove things from the shelves so you irresponsible arseholes don’t destroy your children’s lives.

Of course, you might be really responsible and only give children these things once in a blue moon as a treat or, indeed, you might be an adult that doesn’t know any kids and likes drinking Ribena and Rubicon together in the same glass when you’ve got a hangover.

Tesco don’t care. They’re your new dad, now. And from 7th September, these products will be no more, just in time for the kids starting a new year of school.

Naturally, you’ll be able to go to the newsagents nearby and buy whatever you want without having Tesco dictate their values on you. And indeed, you can imagine they’ll still be selling cans of Coca-Cola and the like, so you wonder what on Earth they’re thinking.

And will other supermarkets follow suit? You can bet that they absolutely won’t and will try and exploit this idiotic decision by Tesco by having some lovely deals and offers on sugary drinks. Shall we assume that Tesco are going to get rid of all things that are bad for families, like cigarettes, wine and cake?

We’ll see.

Free movie rental from Chromecast

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

chromecast 300x199 Free movie rental from ChromecastIf you’ve got Chromecast or an Android TV device, you can get yourself some free movies.

To celebrate the second birthday of Chromecast, there’s free rental on a bunch of films, so how do you get at them? Well, open up Chrome on your desktop and through the Chromecast extension (install it if you haven’t), visit this website and ‘redeem all offers’.

You’ll then need to click the Google Play offer in the top corner of the page, and boom! You’ll have a rental voucher for free. It can be applied when you checkout any film on the Play Store.

Now, it doesn’t work in all countries, but seeing as it is such a simple process, you may as well see if it works for you. It might tell you that you’ve “redeemed the maximum number of free rentals”, so it seems there’s a limit on the offer too. It has worked for some UK-dwellers.

HD movies are available too, so knock yourself out with some free films.

Deals of the Day: Monday 27th July 2015

July 27th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

deals of the day 300x162 Deals of the Day: Monday 27th July 2015Here’s one of the nicest Deals of the Day we’ve ever done. Are you a carer of a disabled person or child above the age of 8 years old? Well, you can get free access to the majority of cinemas in the UK, when you’re accompanying the person you’re caring for.

You’ll need to fill in an application for yourself, and there is an admin charge of £6. Seeing as that is less than a single cinema ticket, that’s not a price to be too worried about. If you want to fill in the form and get cracking, click here.

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Adidas Duramo-6 running shoes for £28.75 with code
Lenovo 16gb tablet for £44.99
Panasonic 42″ LED TV for £199
Wii U Lego Batman 2 for £11.99
6-man family tent (with separate rooms) was £150, now £74.50

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Are Amazon spying on you?

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

peeping tom spy Are Amazon spying on you?Are you the kind of person who likes to review things on Amazon? Well, you might not want to after a rather serious allegation has been made against the online vendor. They’ve been accused of spying on reviewers’ social media profiles.

The kicker is this: a blogger from New York called Imy Santiago, wrote a book review on Amazon, and it was censored on a number of occasions, saying that she’d violated the rules of the site. Imy questioned Amazon’s decision and found that she had been blocked from reviewing the book in question, because they thought she knew the person who wrote it.

Amazon said: “We cannot post your Customer Review for (book title deleted) by (author name deleted) to the Amazon website because your account activity indicates that you know the author.”

“Customer Reviews are meant to give customers unbiased product feedback from fellow shoppers… we encourage family and friends to share their enthusiasm for the book through our Customer Discussions feature or Editorial Reviews feature.”

The problem was, that Santiago doesn’t know the author at all. So, how did Amazon jump to this conclusion? Well, it has been suggested that Amazon are snooping around reviewers’ social media profiles, looking for connections between those leaving reviews and authors.

On her blog, Imy wrote: ”The Big Brother mentality Amazon is employing is appalling, and crosses an ethical line of unfathomable proportions.”

“What quantifiable and verifiable ways is Amazon using to determine if I know the author of a book, or not? The fact that they refuse to elaborate as to how I ‘know the author personally’ is highly concerning.”

She added: “I applaud Amazon for trying to curb unethical positive/negative reviews from being posted. What I don’t find congruent is them monitoring social media activity as basis to determine associations, because as an indie writer I use social media to network and promote my books, like thousands before me. I never consented to that in their terms and conditions. If Amazon is data mining, we deserve to know, and I stand my ground in saying I do not know this author on a personal level as Amazon claims.”