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If you’re still a TalkTalk customer after that hack (and didn’t bother with this letter of cancellation), then you will be able to pick from a bunch of freebies by way of apology from the company.
Over 150,000 customers and around 16,000 bank account numbers will be getting an upgrade from the 1st December, which means you can add one of the following to their existing services: TV content including movies, kids entertainment and sports; a mobile SIM with a monthly allowance of free texts, data and calls; unlimited UK landline and mobile calls; or a broadband health check. Very few will be choosing the latter, we suspect.
TalkTalk’s chief executive Dido Harding, said: ‘TalkTalk takes the security of customers’ data extremely seriously and we are taking significant further steps to ensure our systems are protected, as well as writing to all our customers outlining what we are doing to keep their data safe.”
“In recognition of the unavoidable uncertainty, and because we know that doing what is right for our customers will ensure the best possible outcome for the company over the longer term, we are today announcing the offer of a choice of free upgraded services to all our customers.”
Seeing as fewer people were affected by the hack than first thought, TalkTalk will be relieved, and now all their customer-facing sales and service channels are back in full swing. However, there’s still no hiding from the fact that the company has been hacked three times within the last 12 months, which is dreadful form.
There’s still going to be a parliamentary committee investigation into the whole thing, which will be kicking off later this month, and the hack has reportedly seen 200,000 customers jumping ship.
More on the upgrade over at this TalkTalk page.
We absolutely love a freebie here at BW. Especially edible freebies. Fancy some free dough balls? Just pop to your nearest Pizza Express today and say “Free Snowball Dough Balls, please”
Have you heard about the Government Electricity Rebate (GER)? Well, in their own words, “it is a £12 government contribution to help lower the impacts of these Government environmental and social policy costs on consumer energy bills. It is part of a wider package of measures which will reduce household energy bills by an average of around £50 per year in 2014 and 2015.”
Got that? No? Well, no rush, because in due time, you’ll get the Government Electricity Rebate directly from your electricity supplier. It is rolling out over Autumn, and most households won’t need to do anything to get the rebate as it’ll happen automatically.
Some people, for example those living in park homes, aren’t eligible for this rebate, but everyone else is. If you get your electricity through a pre-payment meter, you may need to actively redeem the rebate yourself. Your supplier will inform you and you’ll probably get a voucher which you can swap for credit, or your supplier might send an automatic rebate to your electronic credit, which will hit when you top up.
If you think you should be getting a rebate, but haven’t, then you need to contact your supplier and see what they’re playing at.
We’ve written about the new ZX SPectrum – the Vega – before, and in principle, it does make Bitterwallet a bit giddy (Saboteur – what a game!). Well, Sir Clive Sinclair is giving away 12 golden ZX Vegas in a campaign that is Willy Wonka-esque, for sure.
Retro Computers Ltd, who are the company behind the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega console, will be giving away the consoles in each of the 12 weeks of… wait for it… ‘Clivemas’. We would have called it ‘Glitchmas’, after the noise a Spectrum made when you loaded a game, but there you go.
In each of these weeks, 11 golden tickets will be placed randomly into the boxes of those who buy a Vega. You can keep the golden one and give the normal one away if you win. Or keep both. Or sell one to a collector. Do what you want – we’re not your real dad.
As for the 12th ticket, one of the people who backed the Indiegogo campaign to get the thing built in the first place will get it. Very nice.
Those who are jammy enough to win will also be invited to see the Vegas being made at the UK factory of SMS Electronics Ltd, where they’ll be presented with their super rare console.
And if you’re thinking you might just sit it out and buy one of these golden Vega machines, think again – they’re never going to go on sale. Ever! Anyway, here’s a video if you want in. The music is ace on it.
So what do you do? Or what do you need to do if it is a member of your family or a friend who wants in on this service?
What To Do
First, dial 195 and ask for the registration department. If you prefer, you can just dial 0800 587 0195. Then, a form will be sent out to you, to fill in.
This is likely to need confirmation from your doctor, nurse or consultant, just so you can confirm that you have problems accessing information through the usual channels.
Once everything has been okayed, you’ll be issued with a PIN card and once you have that, you can use it within a couple of days of it being issued.
Then, to actually use the service, dial 195, where you’ll be asked for your PIN and your name. Once that is confirmed, you can use directory enquiries for free.
Well, Sony have unveiled a new service called Vote to Play, where you can vote for the games you’d like to be able to get for free. The game with the most votes will be free on PlayStation Plus, and two other games will be discounted in the process.
If you are thinking that you don’t want to read this any more and get straight at Vote To Play, and get a good look at it, switch your console on and have a look at the ‘What’s New’ section, okay?
John Koller VP of Platforms Marketing at SCEA, said: “I’m thrilled to announce a new PlayStation Plus promotion that literally puts the choice in your hands – Vote to Play.”
Granted, that isn’t a fascinating insight from Koller, but it is proof that it is happening and that we’re not making things up. Whether or not the games will be any good, is another matter entirely.
This feature will be available to both PS4 and PS3 owners, and according to Sony, it will “take place at regular intervals throughout the year.” So it isn’t likely to be a monthly occurrence.
Nothing has been said about when the first votes will take place, and if you’re thinking that this is just the thing to entice you into buying a PS+ account, remember this – you stop getting access to the games if you stop paying for PlayStation Plus, so often, it is worth looking to buy the game on the cheap elsewhere.
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.
Sky are offering Sky Fibre broadband, which would cost you £10 a month usually, free for 12 months. Is there a catch? Course there is. However, if you were thinking about switching to Sky, then this is worth a gander.
This offer is extended to anyone who is switching to Sky Fibre when they take Sky line rental. Sky say that there is no obligation beyond the one-year contract. The line rental is £16.40 per month.
Of course, with this deal, there’s a 25GB download limit to contend with too. That means you can stream around 4 or 5 films in HD and that’s your lot. It might not be enough if you’ve got a family who are all using the internet all the time.
However, if you have basic needs for your internet usage, then this isn’t a bad introductory deal and worth having a look at if you want to save a tenner a month.
That said, it is worth shopping around because, for just shy of £20 per month, there might be a host of other, more preferable contracts that will tickle your pickle.
We’re about a month away from Microsoft doling out Windows 10, and for the most part, they’re giving it away for free, which seems awfully nice of them.
That said, there’s always a fair amount of trepidation when there’s a new Windows knocking about, because some releases have been so very, very abysmal. This new one is going to be used across all Microsoft devices, so they need to get it right. That includes the Xbox, and no-one wants to make gamers mad because some of them have a lot of time on their hands and a unique ability to take things personally.
The new OS will not be like previous releases, as this will be one that you get regular updates for, so you’ll always have the latest system, for no additional cost.
The Start Menu is back, and it’ll have something like the live tiles from Windows 8. There’ll also be a new browser called Microsoft Edge, which will be integrated with Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana (imagine if that old Windows animated paper clip if it could talk and flirt with Clean Bandit on the telly).
In an attempt to get this working well from the off, Microsoft developed this with the ’Insider’ programme, which basically gave Windows fanboys the chance to give the company feedback before it was unleashed on the general public.
The Windows Insider had a huge amount of numbers mucking around with Windows 10, to spot bugs and provide reports on which bits of the new operating system were frustrating or made no sense (something they’ve not done too well on in recent years). 4.4 million people signed-up to get the chance to play with Windows 10 over the last 9 months. Mercifully, it was a mixture of techie sorts as well as people ordinary folk who use computers in an every day way.
Those who helped the testing of Windows 10 used a feedback app to offer their thoughts, which Microsoft have decided to keep in the version that gets released next month, so you can tell them what does and doesn’t work.
If you want in, have a look on your toolbar and you’ll see a little Windows logo – hit that and you’ll be able to bagsy your place in the queue to get Windows 10 for free.
There’s so many apps out there, that you can mince your brain trying to find any useful ones. Well, Google is going to try and help, by pointing at their favourite free apps, so you can get all manner of things to clog up the memory on your Android phone.
Of course, there’s been a host of clunky, cumbersome free giveaways in the past, especially when the developer was offering a paid-app, for free, for a limited period.
Well, according to Android Police: “The offer isn’t immediately apparent when you first open the Play Store. A banner advertising “New Family Fun” appears at the bottom of the screen. Clicking that will take you over to the family section, where you should see another banner advertising a free app of the week from PBS Kids. The banner doesn’t tell you specifically which app is up for grabs, which is kind of awkward. When you click to get more information, the purchase prompt pops up instead.”
There, you’ll see that the pop-up will show you which app is being given away for. You might not want what is being offered, but it is worth checking, in case you do, as it won’t cost you anything.
So go to your Play Store page now, and have a look and obviously, keep checking back in.
Would you believe it! Adobe’s Photoshop is now 25 years old! In all that time, it has changed the way we view things – some tasteful, some awful, some so funny you wish you could Photoshop the urine from your trousers from laughing at a model with three limbs.
Anyway, Photoshop isn’t cheap to those who want to play around with photo editing software now and again, rather than spend their time using it like a pro. Of course, there’s people who will swear by it, but if you’re looking for a free alternative, then there’s a number of programmes you can try.
Whether you’re looking de-wrinkling yourself or just cropping photos and making a collage of something, there’s a load of options you can get stuck into.
Naturally, if you know how to get cracked products from torrents, then this might not be the best list for you. Indeed, there are other round-ups of alternatives available online for paid-for products, but for the best free PS alternatives, these could be just the trick for you.
Seven Best Free Photoshop Alternatives
This open-source programme is a good all-rounder and available for OS X, Windows and Linux. It takes a little while to get your head around it, but once you do, you can manage all manner of things with it. Very good indeed and
A capable, solid image editor with resizing and touch-up tools for you to use. This one is liked because it is more straightforward than some others, so won’t batter your brains with impenetrable jargon.
Pixlr has a decent tool for everything you’re likely to want to do to an image unless you’re a graphic designer. However, some of Pixlr’s advanced apps ask you for an annual subscription.
PicMonkey is free, browser-based image editor with a solid feature set for simple photo touchups, adding text to images and adding frames. Images can be taken from a computer or various cloud services, including Dropbox and Flickr. A paid-for upgrade removes the ads and gives access to more fonts and effects.
tor is a free image editor that’s available on just about any platform either in app or web app from. It has a good selection of tools, each with an easy-to-use sliding scale of effect. Batch editing is a bonus, as are the filter tools.
Easy to use and great for simple cropping and photo manipulation. You can’t do gigantic amounts with it, but if you want something simple to sort out some pictures, this freebie is the job for you.
A browser equivalent of Photoshop is a decent photo editor. Again, some of the more advanced features will cost you, but if you want to resize something, crop it or another basic edit, then this is worth checking out.
Amazon customers will be able to partake in a huge app giveaway, with a bundle worth $220 (£140) from the Amazon appstore.
The promotion will start tomorrow (December 24th) and will run until Boxing Day (December 26th) and will be doling out a number of apps for free, that usually cost you money. Amazon have done things like this before and they’ve given away some really cool apps.
This bundle includes apps and games from Sega, Rovio and Halfbrick Studios, so there’ll be some goodies to download. One of the apps being given away normally costs $64.99, which is pretty exciting.
Next August, it will return for a 7th time, which means that there’s probably people who won’t go because they liked it before everyone knew about it. You’ve met the sorts. The kind of people who like to keep everything to themselves so they can say they’re bored when anyone brings anything up.
Anyway, if you have some hipsters in the family and want to get them a nice present or, indeed, you’re a bunch of people considering going to Soundwave, you need to know about this deal.
On the bill are Alice Russell, Fatima, LTJ Bukem, Deep Medi gaffer, Mala. More acts will be announced at it’ll have the usual film screenings, food and occasional nudity and people puking up yellow foam from taking too many pills and the like, just like a proper festival.
If you’re doing all your shopping online this Christmas, and miss the mayhem of the high street, don’t worry your peculiar little head about it. That’s because GAME (stop shouting) have released a game you can play called ‘Christmas Shopper Simulator’.
So what exciting things can you do? Well, you can buy things and go up escalators and, most importantly for the Christmas shopper, you can walk into people and be a thunderous pain in the hole by stopping abruptly. Basically, GAME have made something a bit like Goat Simulator, taking something mundane and making it utterly preposterous.
And it is completely free.
GAME says: “Prepare to be mildly thrilled and as excited as is reasonable to expect… Introducing Christmas Shopper Simulator! Embark on an epic quest to do a bit of Christmas shopping, complete with all the disappointment, frustration and suspension of the laws of physics that you’d find in a real shopping centre!”
They add that you can: “Complete missions in order to give your day, and indeed your entire existence a whole new degree of meaning!” as well as; “wonder constantly whether there’s something more important you could be doing!”
Not a bad little PR stunt and you can watch the video below or, if you’re wanting to go straight to GAME to get it for nothing, click here.