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Kodi streaming boxes to become illegal?

A lot of people enjoy watching TV through streaming set-top boxes, which basically gives you access to shows for free, and the whole thing is legally speaking, a grey area. Known as 'Android boxes' or Kodi boxes, a legal case about them kicks off this week. A trader called Brian Thompson has been accused of…

Amazon Fire TV price drop 'til midnight

In a bid to promote the new Jeremy Clarkson (& Co) show, The Grand Tour, Amazon have decided to drop the price of their Amazon Fire TV. It is only until midnight tonight (today being 20th September 2016, if you're reading this late), and you'll get £25 off, bagging the set-top box for £9.99. Now,…

Best way to save a water damaged mobile

Never mind how you water damaged your mobile - we're not here to judge. We don't care if you had it in your back pocket like some kind of smartphone daredevil, and went to sit on the toilet and it dropped in - fact is, your phone is moist and you want to save it.…

How To... fix a Samsung Galaxy Tab that won't turn on

A number of people have been cursing their luck, with problems with their Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. People have found that the devices are switching themselves off, and then not switching back on again. You could be using it as normal, checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush or whatever, and suddenly, your screen goes black…

Privacy fiends! Opera introduce unlimited, free VPN to browser

More and more people are concerned with their online privacy, and with that, Opera (the browser, not the impenetrable form of storytelling through music) has said that they're going to integrate an unlimited and absolutely free virtual private network (VPN) into their service. For you, that means more privacy and you'll be able to go…

How to keep your nudes safe from being hacked

As you're no doubt aware, Jennifer Lawrence has had some naked selfies stolen from her, and according to the very reputable 4chan, they were swiped by someone hacking her iCloud account. If you haven't seen the photos, then chances are we've lost you and you're burrowing into a search engine now, looking for boobs. How…

Give people the middle finger, Emoji style

Emojis are usually insufferably cute – even the little poo emoji is adorable – so they can rarely be used to insult someone. And if you use the internet regularly, you’ll know that sometimes, your online frustration and rage can rarely be articulated using just words alone. So you’ll be pleased to know that Emoji…

Smart meters are so smart. Unless you live in a flat

Perhaps you’ve got more pressing things on your mind, like wondering how you’re going to pay your utility bills this winter. But if you cast your mind back to a few years ago when everyone got excited about installing Smart Meters, you might remember that Ofgem wanted them rolled out across the board so you…

People are STILL watching black and white tellies

You would have thought that the black and white TV had gone the way of the mangle and the Spinning Jenny by now, but according to TV Licensing, 11,550 households in Britain still have a B&W TV licence. London is a hot bed of monochrome TV watching, with 2334 sets – four times as many…

Facebook bans photo of woman in the bath

Have a look at this photograph of a woman in the bath. Facebook have banned it from the social network on grounds of taste and decency. Now, hands-up if you though that the lady in question was baring a giant boob, or whether you gawped at what is clearly an elbow. Doesn't matter either way…

Debenhams gets a barcode-scanning app

Debenhams have decided to be all futuristic by launching a new app for Android handsets, which offers us plebs a range of features via our phones when we scan barcodes and such. They're the first UK retailer to do so apparently. We could check to see if that's true, but in all honesty, we can't…

Grattan customers warned about phishing scam

One of the wonderful HUKD team just got an email from Grattan, the catalogue people. It appears that Grattan customers have fallen foul of a phishing scam, so here's the heads-up for any of you who have been buying from them. Basically, information that has been used to contact customers has been accessed by a…

Most people don't want to make calls on a plane

I once had a conversation with a barber who told me he cut the hair of an airline pilot. One of the things he'd learned from him was "the reason they don't let you use your phone on a plane is because they're an annoyance. If they made the plane crash, they would take 'em…

Angry customers keen to talk about CeX

According to its website, CeX is an online retailer that'll "buy, sell and exchange a range of technology and entertainment products including mobile phones, video games, DVDs, HD films, computers, digital electronics, vision and music CDs." According to many of its customers, including avid Bitterwallet reader Adam, CeX wouldn't know customer service if it smacked…

Googlemail changes to Gmail but snarls up Android phones

As announced earlier in the week, Google are bringing their gmail email addresses to the UK – a copyright dispute meant that the unwieldy 'googlemail' had to be used on these shores instead. But if you've got an Android phone, the change could send your world spinning into meltdown. Avid Bitterwallet reader Munkeycop is a…