Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Forget Facebook photos. Literally.

December 10th, 2013 1 Comment By Lucy Sweet

Are you one of those people who can’t let a dinner or a sunset or a fleeting bloody moment pass without taking a photo of it and putting it on Facebook for the world to see? Well, you might be suffering from ‘photo-taking impairment effect.’
Tourists taking pictures 300x201 Forget Facebook photos. Literally.

Yes, that’s actually a thing. A new psychological study by Linda Henkel of Fairfield University in Connecticut has proved that when we take a photo of something, our useless potato brains fail to fully experience it, and it has a detrimental effect on memories.

In one of Henkel’s studies, she took a tour of a museum with her students, who were asked to make notes by either taking photos of objects or just looking at them. The students who relied on their cameras to document everything remembered arse all. Whereas the ones who looked with their EYES remembered more. However, interestingly, if the students zoomed in on a specific detail of the object, their memories were intact. The zoom, it seems, literally helps the brain to focus.

But the general verdict is this: actually look at what’s in front of you, otherwise your life will be a digital archive of terrible selfies and ‘huh? Where was that?’ moments.

It’s what we’ve suspected all along, really. But the next time you’re at a gig and some risible moustachioed cock-knocker is filming it on his iPad, you can legitimately give him a kick in the nuts and destroy his tablet, because it’s good for his BRAIN.

Snapchat hack is saving pictures of your nasty junk

October 15th, 2013 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

snapchat 300x300 Snapchat hack is saving pictures of your nasty junkSomeone has made an app which sneakily saves images and videos sent through messaging service Snapchat, called Snaphack. So, instead of your photos self destructing, any pictures you send of your junk, could now be saved by recipients.

However, the company’s terms of service say that they don’t allow the development of “any third-party applications that interact with user content or the services without our prior written consent” and the app is available through Apple’s App Store.

Snaphack was made by UK-based developer Darren Jones, who told the BBC: ”Snapchat has not been in touch and I imagine it’s only a matter of time until they request that my app is removed. But my app just proves and informs people that these apps exist and people need to be careful.”

Snapchat are invariably going to have to put things in place to stop this from happening, or indeed, just accept that people can save and screengrab images and that they’re just like any other photo sharing application.

Either way, if you’re going to sext someone, at least you now know that someone is probably saving the images for later use (like onanism or blackmail).

instagram The photo wars begin as Instagram removes itself from everythingSince Instagram went Android, members of the photo microblog rocketed. Cats, crap sunrises and lunches have never been photographed quite as much as they have in 2012.

And since then, IG has been doing some curious things. First of all, it disabled the ability for Twitter users to find their friends on the app, then went public by launching member pages online, and now, it has disabled Twitter users to view photos in full.

This is because CEO Kevin Systrom says that he wants people to go to the app or site, rather than view images through a third-party platform. ”I think this is an evolution of where we are with where we want links with our content to go. We want that to be on because we think that’s a better user experience,” he said.

Not that IG photos can be viewed by Facebook users, who bought the service, or anything. Hell no. That’s got nothing to do with it at all.

“The large majority of our photos are actually shared to Facebook and to Twitter, this is more of a one-off trying to figure out specifically with our Twitter integration what it should look like,” Systrom continued, adding: “Twitter and Instagram both want the best user experience, and both agree our current implementation is not the correct experience for users.”

With that, Twitter started work on their own photo-filtering services which will be embedded into their technology.

So with that, the photo wars are kicking off and, if IG isn’t careful, it could end up as a wasteland akin to Google Plus, which no-one ever uses.

55940313 chris white daughter Shopping centre chiefs now encouraging terrorism thanks to FacebookThe world just got a little scarier. There has been a further development in the story where a security guard had (correctly) stopped a ‘father’ from photographing his ‘child’ with his mobile phone in the Braehead shopping centre near Glasgow. As you may recall, the act of photography was a breach of Braehead law, and when police were called, it was revealed that the ‘father’ could actually have had his mobile confiscated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Now Capital Shopping Centres, who own Braehead and 10 other similar retail Xanadus around the land, say that customers WILL be able to take photographs in all of their locations. This appears to follow the appearance of a Facebok page, named ‘Boycott Braehead’, which gained about 20,000 ‘likes’, no doubt all from blood-thirsty fundamentalists.

Staff at the centres will no longer try to prevent families and friends from taking snaps of each other, although security guards will still be told to approach anyone acting suspiciously. We hope that covers four-year-olds who are eating ice creams (see picture). You can never be too careful.

Are you a hater of the identikit look of Britain’s high streets? Does the sight of a small, independent trader’s shop front make you go a little bit moist around the eyes? If so, you’ll love a collection of shop front pictures that has been put together on Flickr. Pictures like this one, by Emily Webber

6037086393 c5d2be6c28 o In your fascia! All hail the huge online shopfront gallery

So anyway, there’s a total of 6,266 photos over at The Global Shop Front Library – that should keep you amused for an hour or two…

nintendo 3ds 300x237 Nintendo want ALL of your 3DS photos and videos for themselves If you’re a Twitter user, you might have seen the Twitpic furore last week – their updated T&Cs seemed to suggest that they could do pretty much anything they liked with everyone’s pictures once they’d been uploaded, like make a big collage from them or sell them on.

After a mighty fuss from Twitpic users, the T&Cs were changed and everyone calmed down for a while. But now speaketh John from the Free Software Federation and he doth sayeth…

From reading the Nintendo 3DS Terms of Service, one could be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo is exiting the video game console business and entering the brick-making business.

The 3DS Terms are a perfect storm of 1) Updates will happen automatically without your specific permission any time the device connects to wifi 2) The device will constantly try to connect to wifi 3) Updates will specifically disable devices found to have modified software or unauthorized peripherals.

On top of that, Nintendo claims a license to photos and other user-generated material on the devices — and those things are also automatically uploaded, along with user location data gleaned from wifi network proximity.

DRM prevents users from disabling any of these antifeatures, which is why has taken an interest, encouraging people to send cardboard bricks to Nintendo. In the wake of all the Sony PS3 news, is this really the direction Nintendo wants to take things?

So that’s Nintendo bricking your modified 3DS AND also claiming a perpetual, worldwide license to the photos and videos that you take with your 3DS camera. How do you like THEM shitty-tasting apples then consumers?


HotUKDeals Of The Day – Monday 4th April

April 4th, 2011 No Comments By Andy Dawson

hukd logob1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 4th AprilDo you like to dream? But do you also enjoy real life? How about when real life can almost seem like a dream? And do you like to take photographs when it all gets a bit dreamy-reality-like?

You do? You’ll do for us then. Feast your peepers on this lot from HotUKDeals while you try and figure out if it’s all a big dream or not…

913201 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 4th AprilThey say it is one of the greatest films of recent years but to be honest, when we watched it, it made us start to daydream about something less complicated, like a box set of Captain Caveman. We speak of course about Inception.

Now you can experience it yourself and get the 2-disc special edition for only £5.00. We don’t know what’s on the second disc, but if it isn’t a simplified version of the film, starring a bunch of finger puppets, then we’ll be disappointed.

913212 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 4th AprilFrom dreams to reality, but the kind of reality that, if you’re a wide-eyed youngling, can seem more like a dream than an actual dream itself. Unless of course, the dream has tap-dancing unicorns in it.

We kind of went off track there, but what we’re on about is a 14-night holiday in Orlando, Florida for only £399 per person. That’s about as good as reality can ever get, so hurry before they’re all gone.

913212 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 4th AprilOf course, we all know that the opposite of dreams are memories. And while you can’t hold on to your dreams, you can hold on to your memories – by getting them photographed while they’re happening.

Better still, why not take advantage of an offer that will get you 50 6×4 prints of some of your favourite photographed memories – all you’ll have to pay is the postage, a paltry £1.49. See how each of today’s deals flowed into each other? Beautiful wasn’t it?

(deals found by HUKD members nicster08, Chewchewcheroo and dashernasher)

HotUKDeals Of The Day – Wednesday 23rd February

February 23rd, 2011 No Comments By Andy Dawson

hukd logob1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Wednesday 23rd FebruaryRight – here’s today’s round-up of the finest bargains anywhere in the known world, all gathered together and neatly packaged for your delectation. We know – we’re FAR too good to you, aren’t we?

There’s even more if you take a trip over to HotUKDeals – yes, hard to believe isn’t it?

883111 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Wednesday 23rd FebruaryWe all like music, right? Hell, even the Nazis liked music, and they were Nazis. But what to do when all you want is to listen to music while blanking out everything else that surrounds you and bugs the living daylights out of you?

You probably need some noise-cancelling headphones and you can attain that state of near-bliss with a pair of these Philips SHN9500 bins. They’ve been spotted retailing for around the £100 mark but you can get them for £39.97 if you’ve got your wits about you. Bet the Nazis never had them…

crow 293x300 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Wednesday 23rd FebruaryNext comes something else that the Nazis were probably into, which is sadly making us look like we might be some kind of covert far-right blog (we’re really not!!). We speak of course of photography, the capturing of images inside a little camera box to be shared and treasured for evermore.

In this day and age, getting a big bundle of photographs for a low price can be a mystery and a challenge, but we’re here to tell you that it needn’t be the case at all. You can get 100 6”x4” snaps in your hand for only £1.33. Again, the modern world of 2011 cocks its snook at those idiot Nazis.

882752 1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Wednesday 23rd FebruaryFinally, something that we’re almost certain that Hitler and his goons WOULDN’T have been into – especially as it wasn’t invented until almost 70 years after his tyrannical reign. In case you still haven’t figured it out, we’re on about the Microsoft Xbox gaming console.

To be more specific, we’re talking about the popular Xbox Live service, which (as we are led to believe), makes your console come to life and perform rudimentary household duties, a bit like a robot butler. You can get a year’s subscription to the Nazi-defying robot butler AND a free game for the paltry sum of just £31.99. If that doesn’t kill fascism FOREVER, we don’t know what will.

(deals found by HUKD users mamboboy, Stefaniroe12 and No0b!$T)

blackpool tower The Gratis Grab Bag   Free stuff courtesy of HotUKDealsWhat could be better than a load of free stuff, eh? Only getting your face licked by a dog that’s got a tongue made out of strawberries, that’s what.

Sadly, such a hound doesn’t exist in the known world, so here’s a load of free stuff, as gleaned from HotUKDeals over the past few days…

FREE PERSONALISED DISNEY POSTER & 30 PRINTS: A Toy Story poster incorporating the pic of your choice and a bundle of photos – just pay p&p.

FREE ENTRY TO BLACKPOOL TOWER: (pictured) Get into the Eiffel Tower of the North for nowt. Certain dates only and other T&Cs may apply. A pie? No, apply.

FREE MATHS FORUMLAE: A fold-out card filled with loads of formulae for the budding mathematician. What larks!

FREE CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION: The boss of strategy games, currently available for nothing for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

FREE OLAY EFFECTS WAKE UP WONDER SAMPLE: A small amount of this amazing skin potion for nothing. In your face, wrinkles!

(freebies found by HUKD members kittyem83, Amar Gorania, lonfar and holly100)

H&M and Primark accuse bored blogger of spying

July 22nd, 2010 29 Comments By Andy Dawson

scaled 225x300 H&M and Primark accuse bored blogger of spyingBitterwallet has a friend called Joe Madden who for years has been silently enraged by the shitty designs on the front of T-shirts sold by most of the UK’s fashion retailers. His particular bugbear is the deployment of the meaningless logo, usually including the name of a place and/or a number or year.

You know the sort of thing – ‘N. Jersey Atlantic Docks 1990’, ‘Eagle Flame 2000’, ‘Santa Barbara 1976’. Then there’s ‘Casdia Reef Fishing Tour’, with Casdia Reef being an entirely made-up place. It’s enough to make you chew your own elbows clean off.

But Joe has decided that silent rage is no longer the answer and he’s gone public… with a blog, helpfully called Meaningless T-Shirts. In order to fill that blog with examples of the garments that infuriate him, he went on a shirt-snapping shop tour at the weekend. Yes, we know he should probably find something more constructive to do with his time but, like, whatever.

offense defense 225x300 H&M and Primark accuse bored blogger of spyingAll was going well on his mission until Joe was accosted by a member of staff in H&M, who informed him that it was strictly forbidden to take photos, “because you could be working for another store, who might want to copy our designs.”

It’s tempting to argue that if Joe was in fact practicing industrial espionage, he’d be a little sneakier and take the T-shirts into a changing room before photographing them. Hell, if nicking the design of the ’22 Offense-Defense Full Contact Beach Patrol’ T-shirt was so important, he’d probably stump up the price of one and copy it back at the office.

Later on, in Primark, the same thing happened to Joe again. As he says: “…this time by a Primark floor manager who called over a jumbo-sized security guard to forcibly delete from my camera any photos taken inside their store.” No, really. This really happened, for crying out loud.

Joe goes on to imagine a secret agent filing his report, deep within the bowels of a typical clothing retailer’s HQ: “Yeah, I got the pics alright – nearly got collared in New Look, but I kept my cool. You ain’t gonna believe what Primark are up to. Brace yourself: they’ve got a sweatshirt that says 1982 Canoe Systems. We’re in real trouble. 1982! Why the hell didn’t we think of that? I want our entire team working on some 1982 designs, ASAfuckingP!”

But don’t worry readers, he’s still got pictures of over 50 shitty T-shirt designs to add to his blog, and he’ll happily receive any others you can send his way. In the meantime, the best thing we can all do is to boycott the purchase of crappy T-shirts with silly, pointless words and numbers emblazoned all over them.

What’s that? You already were boycotting them? Oh, okay. Keep it up troops.

Free stuff here!

June 29th, 2010 5 Comments By Andy Dawson

blood of the cybermen 09 175x300 Free stuff here!Who wants free stuff? We said who wants free stuff? Okay… who wants a nudie pool party? Tough cookies, we’ve only got free stuff, fresh from the vines of HotUKDeals…

FREE REDLASER IPHONE APP: The barcode-scanning app that compares prices for you as the shopkeeper stares angrily at your goings-on. Was paid-for but now it’s FREE.

FREE ENERGY-SAVING PLUG: Are you over the age of 70 or claiming certain benefits? Well if you can manage to fill in a simple online form (you know, the sort of thing that people who WORK do every day) you can get a free energy-saving plug.

FREE CYBERLINK DVD SUITE 7: What’s that about then? Well, it’s a piece of software that you can use to play, author, edit, re-mix, manage and burn high-definition videos, photos and music. It’s normally £49.90 but you can get one for FREE.

50 FREE PHOTOS: A bunch of free photos, available from various Asda instore photo centres. And they’re not just any old photos – they’re ones you’ve taken yourself!

FREE DOCTOR WHO GAME: Downloadable now, Blood Of The Cybermen is a brand new game starring the wacky Doctor and his lush-as-fuck mate with the short skirt and the face and everything (pictured). Must… stop… watching… children’s… TV… show… but… short… skirt… girl… drags… us… back… every… time…

(Deals found by HUKD members ridgerama, janaltus, Headingley_Lad, lottysdad08 and andywedge)

When avid Bitterwallet Chris noticed his photos were being used by the BBC website without his permission, he played nice and asked for a credit, or a reciprocal link to his own site. It seemed a very reasonable request, especially given that BBC staff had made a point of ignoring an obvious copyright notice above the images.

When the BBC told Chris they had permission, but took the images down anyway for reasons that didn’t make much sense, Chris pushed them for answers. The BBC proceeded to tell Chris a series of stories that contradicted one another, and caught themselves in a lie. The truth and a small acknowledgment would have been perfectly acceptable, but instead the BBC tried to cover up the fact they had used the images without permission.

Picture 18 BBC apologises to BW reader for using copyright photos

Chris has now received a somewhat sheepish reply from the BBC after numerous emails to the corporation:

In response to your correspondence regarding unauthorised use of 3 images on our web-site.

Our Blast Team do not have a budget for use of stills and this was an error on their part to include your stills.

We usually pay £60 per still for On-line use by our Learning Department. Can we therefore agree a payment of £180 on this occasion.

Please let me know if this is acceptable and once again apologies for the oversight.

Chris’s has turned down the amount, and fired back a reply to reiterate his concern:

There was no ‘oversight’ nor was there an error. If the BBC Blast team do not have a budget for stills photography then they should be very clear in their understanding of how images are licensed and managed. The only oversight appears to be in the level of training offered to staff.

Ouch. £60 per image isn’t even the minimum rate set by the NUJ for editorial use online by a news organisation; not that Chris is necessarily a member of the NUJ, but he hasn’t even been offered what the BBC would have paid a freelancer for agreed use.

HotUKDeals Of The Day – Monday 15th February

February 15th, 2010 No Comments By Andy Dawson

hukd logob1 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 15th FebruaryThree red-hot bargains for you here, all linked together by the theme of WAR! Edwin Starr wasn’t sure what it was good for but if he’s still alive, this should help make his mind up once and for all.

Thanks to the warmongers at HotUKDeals who helped kick this whole conflict off in the first place.

JohnWest tuna chunks in brine HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 15th FebruaryPeople, there’s a war on, although it isn’t quite as horrific as the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq. This war is being fought out in the supermarkets over – cans of tuna!

Prices have been dropping like fish out a surrealist’s tree for the past couple of weeks, and now you can get four 185 gram tins of John West tuna chunks in brine for only £1.80. Best. War. Ever.

610925 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 15th FebruaryNext up, more war. This time it’s a war against a fictional but raging pandemic – in the light-hearted Left 4 Dead 2. We’ll pretend to know what it’s about at this point by using words like ‘Infected’, ‘zombie-like’ and ‘survivors’ that we pilfered from reviews of the game.

We’re thinking it’s a cross between Swine Flu and The A Team. Is that right? Either way, it looks like a bit of a giggle, and better still, for today only, you can order a copy on the PC for £14.99 or the Xbox 360 for just £22.99. New. Best. War. Ever.

090420 baby mammoth photo big 300x216 HotUKDeals Of The Day   Monday 15th FebruaryFinally for today, we move away from horrible old war and turn our gaze on to free photographs, although if you want to get prints of your experiences within the fog of war, you’re more than entitled.

The offer is for 40 6×4 inch prints of your choice, for just 99p plus postage. There’s even Quidco available so you could end up making a profit while having 40 reasonably small photos of bayonets and shit littering up your house. War – why must it confuse us so…?

(deals found by HUKD members ronmanager, boomboom and zen95)

But it didn’t look like that in the picture…

April 17th, 2009 6 Comments By Andy Dawson
mcmuffin1 300x212 But it didnt look like that in the picture...

You wanted this?

Had your breakfast yet? You’ll wish you hadn’t when you look at this gallery compiled by the bloggers at They’ve carried out a serious, scientific study, comparing some of the goodies that are dished up at fast food with the pictures that appear in the adverts.

smcmuffin1 But it didnt look like that in the picture...

Tough luck. Eat THIS!

We think they’re trying to say that the carefully-crafted pics don’t always match up with what you actually get shoved at you over the counter, but this writer has been on a health food kick for the past few weeks and would gladly shovel anything featured down his windpipe – probably without stopping to masticate on the way.

Still, it’s all tame stuff compared to their gallery of delicious unhealthy breakfasts – even I would baulk at some of that stuff.