Google Play to reduce app size

Aware of the costs of data on your smartphone, Google have said that they're going to bring in some changes with their Play Store. They've brought in a new algorithm that reduces the size of app updates, and they'll also tell you about the actual size of each update before you download it, which is…

Sign in to Xbox Live once in 5 years, or else

If you've got an Xbox, Microsoft have something they want to tell you. They've made some changes to their Account service and Skype account, which basically means that you're going to have to sign-in on your Xbox Services at least once in the next 5 years. If you don't, you'll lose the gamertag which you've…

MPs say Green is to blame for BHS

Hands-up if you think you know what went wrong with BHS? It was rubbish and never had anything you wanted on their shelves? Well, that might be one argument, but MPs are looking specifically at the collapse, and they've said that Sir Philip Green is to blame. MPs said that Green and others "got rich"…

Sainsbury's Argos takeover is go!

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have given the green light for Sainsbury's to takeover Argos, for a whopping £1.4 billion. The CMA decided not to bother referring this move for further investigation, and now the supermarket will be able to press on with their purchase of Argos owner, the Home Retail Group. Sainsbury's think…

BT Broadband suffers more outages

BT went down, frustrating a number of customers the other day. Things didn't get sorted, which meant there was a second day of patchy service. The telco says that this issue, which was the result of a power issue, has now been fixed. BT said: "We apologise to those BT customers who had problems connecting…

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SSE still losing customers

SSE still losing customers

Energy bigwigs, SSE, are still losing customers. They've shed another 50,000 accounts in the three months to June. Looks like people are finally cottoning onto the fact that there's deals to be had elsewhere, if you're unhappy with your big provider. More and more people are signing up with smaller companies, and SSE are feeling…

Sainsbury's launch same-day delivery

Sainsbury's are launching a same-day delivery service. They'll be testing out this new scheme at three of their supermarkets, and should they work, they'll roll it out to 30 stores by Christmas. Of course, this is a reaction to the relative success of Amazon, who have been doing same-day delivery for a while now. Seeing…

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HSBC exec charged with fraud

HSBC exec charged with fraud

Mark Johnson, a big HSBC executive, has been charged with fraud in the USA, along with a former colleague called Stuart Scott. Johnson, HSBC's global head of foreign exchange trading, was arrested after being accused of using insider information to make money off a currency deal, say the US Department of Justice (DoJ). HSBC are…

Santander launches £1 123 account

Santander's '123' account has been rather successful for the bank, however, in the last few months, they've seen a large drop in the number of people switching to them. This is because they upped the monthly fee on their account from £2 to £5 per month. To reverse this trend, they have now launched a…

Dollar razors heading to the UK

Do you buy fancyish razor blades, and wonder why you're spending so much of your money on them? Largely, they're a rip-off, and that's something to do with so few companies producing them. It's almost as if there's an artificially inflated price thanks to a monopoly. Lawyers, you'll note we said 'almost like'. Well, some…

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Order booze from Deliveroo

Order booze from Deliveroo

If you've been using Deliveroo, and ordering food from your favourite restaurants, but with the added pleasure of not having to leave the house or deal with other humans, good news! They're partnering with Majestic Wines, BrewDog and a number of other independent booze merchants, so you can order alcohol straight to your door, and…

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Asda recall Rocky Road Bites

Asda recall Rocky Road Bites

Asda have recalled, over allergy concerns. If you're a fan of their Baker's Selection 20 Mini Rocky Road Bites, and have a pack with a best before date of August 4th, you can return them to your nearest store for a full refund. So what's the craic? Well, some of the packs have been incorrectly…

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BT Broadband hit by fault

BT Broadband hit by fault

If you're a BT customer, and you've found that your broadband has been sluggish and glitchy all morning, you're not alone. The telco behemoth has said that some of their customers have been experiencing problems with broadband and telephone services. BT tweeted: "Sorry, we're aware of a problem & working to fix ASAP." In addition…

Where are we at with Vauxhall's Zafira recall?

We've spoken about the recall surrounding the Vauxhall Zafira B models, after they started to set on fire. Vauxhall have been reasonably quiet on the whole thing, and there's a second round of recalls which are set to start in early August. Peter Hope, Vauxhall's customer experience director, told a committee of MPs: "Our focus…

£8 compensation from LowCostHolidays?

We told you about LowCostHolidays going bust, and it was clear that the whole thing was going to mess to sort out. The collapse of the company have left British holidaymakers in limbo, with many angry at the lack of financial protection, and lack of help from anyone. The news is getting worse, as it…

All hail the Heinz ketchup trick!

Have you been agonising over the way you get the ketchup out of a Heinz bottle? Probably not, because you live in a world that not only has knives to rattle around in it, but also, a spoiled existence where you can throw a bit of tomato sauce out without worrying yourself unduly. Either way,…

Takata engineers cheated airbag test data

The airbag scandal that concerned Takata resulted in the biggest car recall in history. Honda have done an audit into the whole thing, and the news gets worse - turns out Takata Corp. engineers routinely manipulated results of their airbag inflator tests. It has been reported that Takata engineers removed some test results, according to…

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BT warned of Openreach split

BT warned of Openreach split

BT have been chided by MPs, saying that they've got to sort themselves out or have Openreach taken off them. They've been told that they need to "invest significantly" in Openreach, as it is responsible for swathes of the UK's broadband roll-out. And the service offered by Openreach was also criticised. The Culture Media and…

More train delays for Londoners

London can't catch a break when it comes to trains. If you don't live in London and are instantly irritated by the mere mention of it, feel free to laugh. A sinkhole appeared yesterday, which is a whopping 12-ft deep. It is under the lines at Forest Hill, and affects trains going to and from…

M&S Bank £316 for new current account customers

M&S Bank are bringing back their £316 offer for new customers who sign up to their current account. You get £220 for switching to them, and you also get a £100 M&S gift card for using their Current Account Switch service, as well as a bonus of £10 a month in the first year. You…