Why is O2 blocking websites on your phone?

Have you noticed that O2 has started blocking specific websites in mobile browsers? We've now seen three different examples customers on two different service providers, which no doubt means it's an issue affecting many more. Learn more about Opera's automated VPN blocker here. If you don't currently have a VPN Blocker and want one, click…

How to cancel your Vodafone contract - details and templates

We're going to go on record and say that Vodafone's current treatment of customers is inconsistent, unfair, insulting and offensive. They've also breached Ofcom's General Conditions, which is about the worst thing it's possible for a mobile service provider to do -- just ask T-mobile. Vodafone staff keep contradicting one another and their own policies,…

Uber 'panic button' on the way?

A number of people have a host of issues with Uber, and one that keeps cropping up is the safety of passengers who use the service. While drivers are vetted, some say that the company aren't doing enough. There's been cases, globally, of passengers being attacked or sexually assaulted by drivers, and Uber seem to…

Have a headphone jack on your iPhone 7

If you want a headphone jack on your iPhone 7, and refuse to pay money for some new headphones, there's good news for you! Say hello to The Fuze, which is a case which adds in the ability to use 3.5mm headphones, and there's no need for unsightly adaptors or anything like that. It comes…

No free meals for British Airways economy class

If you're looking forward to a complimentary meal on a short haul economy British Airways flight... firstly, that's very specific, and secondly, you can't have one. BA's economy passengers on short-haul journeys are going to have to pay for their meals, which are sandwiches supplied by Marks & Spencer. Any flight less than 5 hours…

Price comparison investigation due

Price comparison sites! The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are coming for you, as they want to look at how you go about your business! The CMA want to make sure that price comparison sites are actually maximising the benefits for consumers, and they're going to air some grievances in the meantime. So what at…

Now Galaxy Note 7 phones are overheating?

Samsung have had a nightmare with the whole 'exploding battery' thing, concerning the Galaxy Note 7. Well, there's reports that they're overheating now. Will it ever end?! Over at the Wall Street Journal, they say that Samsung is “looking into consumer complaints" in the States and South Korea. It seems like people got replacement phones,…

Create your own fancy Kit Kat

Kit Kats are great. They're one of the most reliable things on earth, and providing you're not boycotting Nestle as some are, then no-one says 'no' to four fingers of delight. Get your mind out of the gutter. Well, the good news with all that is the Kit Kat Chocolatory, which is a pop-up thing,…

Sainsbury's sales on the slide

They may have just announced one-hour bicycle delivery, but Sainsbury's sales are not great at the moment, falling for a second consecutive quarter. The supermarket says this is because of the drop in food prices. Chief executive Mike Coupe is optimistic though, saying that he's got a strategy which should mean that Sainsbury's "outperform our…

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iPlayer is changing again

iPlayer is changing again

After the BBC told you that you have to own a TV licence to watch their iPlayer (or at least say you have one), now they're changing things up again. Auntie Beeb says that you'll have to sign-up for an account if you want to watch their catch-up service from 2017. Now, there's already around…

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£300m Aldi investment in UK

£300m Aldi investment in UK

The UK wing of Aldi has announced that they're going to invest a whopping £300 million into their stores, after notching up a 12% increase in sales, which raked in a massive £7.7 billion in 2015. There's currently 785 Aldi stores in the UK and Ireland, and there's going to be 70 more in 2017,…

Ocado shares fall (and fun facts about their name)

Ocado has seen their shares tumbling, apparently because of the 'death of the weekly shop'. We'll get to that, but we'd like to point out that, once upon a time, on Ocado's Wikipedia page, it had the glorious fact: "Ocado is the last five letters of avocado". This has since been replaced with a quote…

Worm provokes fun Sainsbury's letters

Complaining is a fine art, and most people who have worked in the service industry know that being nice, and discrete, is a good way of getting what you want out of the bargain. Sometimes, messing about can be good too, provided you're deemed to be actually funny. Well, one lady called Leila Daly found…

Santander customers charged 65p a minute after calling free hotline

A number of customers with Santander have been hit with high charges on their telephone bills, thanks to a simple misdial. The bank's freephone number is 0800 9 123 123, however, if you miss that number 9 out, you'll get a message telling you that the number is no longer in use. In the message,…

£400 compensation from Mastercard action?

There's some class action being taken against Mastercard, which says that shoppers have been swindled out of money, by as much as £400, in needless chip and pin charges in shops. This means that millions of people could be compensated thanks to the £19 billion pound claim which is being launched. It is claimed that…

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Spam cocktail anyone?

Spam cocktail anyone?

Cocktail drinkers may well enjoy an Old Fashioned, an espresso Martini, or something that comes in a glass that's on fire. However, you may be wishing that processed meat could somehow get involved. You could, of course, pour some vodka in your Bovril and stir it with a sausage, if that's your thing. Or, you…

UK to get digital driving licence?

Ever wanted a digital version of your driving licence? Well, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK is looking at exactly that, so you can have a smartphone version of your licence. Chief executive Oliver Morley shared a tweet, which showed off a prototype, which uses Apple's Wallet app on an iPhone. He…

Every Post Office closed thanks to glitch

A major glitch has hit every Post Office in the UK, leaving many people unable to pay bills and other tasks. The Post Office tweeted: "We're aware of issues with counter services at some branches. We're working urgently to resolve and apologise for inconvenience or delay." So, if you're considering going to do your business…

Overtime and Sunday pay cut at Waitrose

Waitrose have not only ended free coffee to customers, but they're also putting an end to paying its staff a higher rate for working overtime and doing Sunday shifts. The supermarket's 58,000 employees will no longer get paid more for working unsociable hours and the like, as Waitrose try and stay in touch with their rivals,…

When's your Dolmio day? Not too often, hopes company

In their dubious stereotyping adverts, Dolmio ask consumers when their Dolmio day is. Well, the people who make the sauces are hoping it isn't too often, because they contain so much fat, salt, and sugar, that you shouldn't eat it more than once a week. So, on a technicality, the adverts are correct, as they've…