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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…

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…

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…

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Kim Dotcom is back!

Kim Dotcom is back!

After a troubling year, Kim Dotcom is back! What's he up to this time? Well, he's said that he's preparing to release a fully-encrypted video calling and chat service. It'll be able to protect your communications from snooping governments and surveillance. "Mega will soon release a fully encrypted and browser-based video call and chat service including high-speed…

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…

Airport IT glitch causes punch ups

There’s nothing more invigorating than a fist fight with some airport officials is there? Well, a few ‘scenes’ broke out last night after a technical hitch took out the border control computers at all UK airports. At Gatwick, queues stretched for ‘miles’ and there was a smattering of violence as frustrated passengers were forced to…

No more photoshop say scantily clad 15 year olds!

The anti-photoshop campaign has been problematic at the best of times. It has caused some women to say that 'real' women have curves, thereby assuming naturally thin women are figments of our imaginations. Thin women in return, slate bigger women and it all gets ugly. In addition to this, women who are already thin are…

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…