Posts Tagged ‘free stuff’
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.
Either way, Morrisons are sending a massive pudding on the road!
The supermarket is taking the Pud Pod – or, inevitably #pudpod – on to the road to call at 32 locations around the UK ahead of Christmas. ['The Pudmobile' would've been better - Ed.]
The mobile pudding will also be handing out vouchers and free food as part of its ‘Make Christmas Special’ campaign this season.
Shoppers that visit the #pudpod will get £5 off a Christmas shop at Morrisons and will also get free samples from the Christmas range, including mince pies, panettone, roast turkey and pigs in blankets (bacon wrapped sausages, not actual porcines in a picnic rug).
If you want to follow the #pudpod, and if you have a largish Morrisons in your manor, then it’s likely you get a visit. Gander over here for further details.
We hope that we see it hijacked and entering into a high speed chase a la OJ Simpson, for a truly wonderful festive shoot-out that sees Morrisons being the unwitting star of 24 rolling death news.
They say: “We’re so confident in our broadband that we’re offering existing Sky TV customers the ability to switch to Sky Broadband Unlimited on a 3 month free trial. If you’re not happy within 3 months you can leave without paying a thing.”
If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you can go whistle.
This ‘no commitment’, ‘no set-up cost’ and ‘no line rental cost’ is helped by the fact that, if you already have Sky TV, half the hard work is already done and they don’t have to send a man ’round your house to fix it up for you.
After the trial, if you like Sky’s service, it’ll cost you £7.50 per month and a Sky line rental will cost you £16.40 per month. There’s cheaper deals out there, that’s for sure.
If that sounds like your thing, visit Sky’s offer page.
Restaurants love getting things that aren’t usually expensive and then tarting them up so they’re wildly pricey. It’s cheap PR and, in this instance, we’re suckers for meat on bread.
We’ve already drooled over pizza burgers and the fabulous nine-patty burger on Bitterwallet, and now we’re looking at some place in Chelsea called Honky Tonk who claim to have made the world’s most expensive burger.
We’ve already seen the most expensive ready-meal at £314, but this burger dwarfs the price of that, coming in at a whopping and preposterous £1,100.
So what makes this burger so good then?
Well, it is embellished with gold leaf, lobster and caviar for a kick off, and has 220g of wagyu beef and 60g of venison in it too. In the middle of the burger, there’s a black truffle Brie that creates a “liquid pocket” once cooked.
The whole thing is seasoned with Himalayan salt and the lobster is poached in Iranian saffron. There’s also maple syrup bacon, hickory smoked duck egg and the aforementioned beluga caviar and gold leaf.
The bun isn’t just some crusty cobbler from down the shops. It is seasoned with Japanese matcha, which is a sort of green tea powder and for a bit of wet, there’s cream mayonnaise and a mango and champagne jus and grated white truffle.
It has over 2,000 calories and has the awful name of ‘The Glamburger’ and is a publicity stunt created in tandem with those gits at Groupon, who just so happen to be giving one of the burgers away for free. Sadly, you’ll have to go to Chelsea and put up with all the Hooray Henry sorts and women in riding boots called Chlamydia.
There’s 29 apps on offer, and the offer is available until 12pm on September 27th. So act sharpish if you want some.
There are games and other useful things to be had like alarm clocks and dieting things.
You can get your paws on Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Paper Camera and Office Suite Professional, as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog game and the popular Threes. You can even get an Air Harp, which is much less space-consuming than a real harp.
Some of the apps look like a load of rubbish, but those are the breaks with a deal like this. You really should check them out for yourself.
To download these paid apps for free, head to this Amazon Appstore page.
Most people think of Facebook as merely a social/anti-social network full of Friends you never see. But for some people, Facebook is also a shopping site- more recently Facebook has become awash with local selling sites, as people realised they could avoid the crippling costs of both eBay/Paypal and Royal Mail, by selling their crap to someone who lived down the road.
However, as the economic squeeze has tightened, and persisted, there are a growing number of ‘free’ ‘thrift’ and ‘recycle’ pages springing up around the country. Again, these are mostly locally based, and the idea behind them is that, just because you don’t want something, someone else might be able to put it to good use, either as is, or they might upcycle (paint) it.
Sounds good in theory. Why not save serviceable items from landfill and help out a neighbour on the way?
Unfortunately, it seems is less simple in practice. Taking just a small sample of sites available, they are full of rules, arguments and (if admins are to be believed) threats of physical violence, all in pursuit of someone’s old toaster. The main issues can be split into the following categories:
First commenter. Some sites stipulate that the first person to comment should get the item. However, this invariably means that some slug somewhere with no job and nothing better to do than troll Facebook free sites ends up getting everything. All day.
Greed. See above. Some sites have bans on people getting more than a certain number of items per day. These are (we can only hope) only children who never learned to share.
Sob stories. The only alternative to the First Commenter to determine who gets the free item seems to be Worst Lifestory method. Here, would-be owners of whatever item compete to tell the most heart-wrenching stories in order to earn the favour of the person donating. Clearly it doesn’t matter if said stories are actually true.
Car booters. Free sites are full of disgruntled donators who have found their clock/shoes/tv stand for sale at a local car boot. It is irrelevant that they were going to chuck the item, and have given it away (ie relinquished any rights of ownership) over the item. If anyone’s making a profit on the item, they should be. Particularly if the enterprising car booter is also an inventive sob-story writer.
Wanted ads. Yes, I’d like a new 42” HD TV too, but I don’t expect someone to give me one for nothing. The requests on these sites can be increasingly bizarre, from equipment to start a plumbing business, a new coat, to a rug to cover the stain on the floor before the midwife comes. Still, if you don’t ask…
Many of these sites get hundreds of posts a day, allowing you to trawl through photos of other people’s crap to your heart’s content- just so long as you are also prepared to put up with the swearing, insults, threats, shocking spelling and whingeing that goes along with it*.
So do you use these sites? Are they worth the effort or is it just another excuse for people to moan at each other and do the charity shop out of a few bob?
* come to think of it, sounds a bit like our comments section
FREE POPCORN: Available from Cineworld picture houses. You might not even need to pay to see a film in order to qualify!
FREE BIRTHDAY STUFF: A round-up of some of the marvellous stuff you can cop for, and all for nothing if it’s your special day.
FREE STAR WARS PINBALL: Available for nowt right now on your iOS devices – what could be greater than a combo of Star Wars and pinball? The answer, of course, is ‘nothing’.
FREE WINDOWS GAMES: 20 of them to be precise, all of them indie games (so quality may vary) but all of them gratis.
FREE JOKES: 2,700 of them, in a Kindle edition, but all for kids (so quality may vary).
FREE DICTIONARY: An actual hard copy (none of your Kindle nonsense) – all the words, helpfully arranged in alphabetical order for you.
(freebies found by avid HotUKDeals members boyaloud, m.ad, LaterrMaterr, fluidz, gerrymig and gautamvt)
If you’re skint but still love the acquisition of stuff, you’ve come to the right place – here’s the best of the current crop in the Freebies section over at HotUKDeals. If you love reggae and knitting, it’s your lucky day!
FREE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: Your team’s 2013-14 matches, pumped right into your phone. Such luxury and convenience!
FREE MUG: A Richer Sounds mug, to be precise. WARNING: you’ll need to leave the house and visit an actual Richer Sounds store for this one.
FREE KNITTING PATTERNS: Knitting patterns. Free ones.
FREE MUSIC: A previously-unreleased Manic Street Preachers track – a live version of The Masses Against The Classes.
MORE FREE MUSIC: A 57-minute Trojan Roots Reggae mix tape, free to download. Makes the Manics one look a bit crappy, actually.
FREE GAME: From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is now free for iOS devices. Truth be told, it’s not as good as its predecessor but, you know, FREE.
(freebies found by HUKD members davidmaiden18183, hanif39, holly100, WetPussy, Boz, AppStar)
FREE APPS: It’s the 5th birthday of the AppStore and your iOS devices can be jammed up with loads of free stuff as a celebration.
FREE MUSIC: Yes, it’s the Toolroom: Essentials 2013 album! Yes, and it’s FREE!
FREE AMAZON VOUCHER: A £2.00 one, to be precise. For to spend on mp3s.
FREE EYE TEST: You won’t be saying ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ after this, because that’s where you’ll have been! Ha!
FREE CHOCOLATE BAR: Some Cadburys yumminess, fired into yor gob-hole via WHSmith and O2 Priority Moments.
FREE BF3 PHYSICAL WARFARE PACK FOR PS3: Nope, no idea.
(freebies found by avid HUKD members AppStar, teaganmarieravetta, seezyf, stephen2k5, ather7851 and f2k8)
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Apple’s app-store, a number of well regarded apps for iPhone and iPad have become free.
Now, you can get Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Where’s My Water?, Badland and Tiny Wings for zero pence, as well as things like Traktor DJ, Day One, and Barefoot World Atlas.
In the case of Traktor, that normally retails for $20, so if you’re a budding DJ with an iPad, it’d be well worth getting hold of.
Apple haven’t actually made any announcement on this yet, but if this is an orchestrated celebration, there could be a raft of decent freebies to get stuck into.
Keep ‘em peeled.