lego
Lego’s Giving Away the Free Mini Avengers Tower Set Again, But You Still Need to Spend £75

Lego is big on giving away free things when you buy enough stuff from its official shop, including a miniature version of Avengers Tower as it was seen in many of the MCU films. Normally these sets are only available for a short period of time, after which they never see the light of day again. Clearly that month-long promotion wasn't enough, because Lego has more to give away. Read More >>

networks
EE’s Video Data Pass Now Includes YouTube and BBC iPlayer

Last month EE announced the launch of its new 'smart plans' which meant customers actually got some decent perks that aren't free access to BT Sport. Among those swappable plans were options to stream media from certain services without eating up your usual monthly allowances, including video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Now it's been announced that two more are joining the mix: YouTube and BBC iPlayer. Read More >>

movies
Manchester and Birmingham are Also Getting Those Fancy Dolby Cinema Screens

In the age of affordable home cinema systems and simple methods of piracy, how do you get people out of their living rooms and into the cinema? You could argue that making films worth watching is the way to go, but cinemas have always been fond of a good gimmick. Whether it's IMAX, 3D, 4D, or cutting the price of tickets to basically nothing, all the big chains are trying new things to park bums in chairs - while hoping to flog a few buckets of popcorn in the process. Read More >>

reviews
Netgear’s Orbi Voice is a Great Mesh Network, but the Smart Speaker Won’t be for Everyone

There are a lot of trends going on in the router world these days, but one of the most interesting (I think) is the idea of the mesh network. Mesh systems can cover a much larger area than a single router, but unlike range extenders they're supposed to seamlessly switch to the strongest WiFi signal - rather than clinging onto the oldest one until the signal is too weak to maintain it. Netgear is one of the companies to go big on mesh systems with the Orbi brand, and they sent me the new Orbi Voice smart speaker to check out. TL;DR: the mesh system is great, but the whole smart speaker stuff could do with some work. Read More >>

shopping
Aldi’s 3D Printer is Back in Stock

Aldi is a weird and wonderful shop where impulse buying a chainsaw when you were looking for some bread is a very real possibility. Lidl is the same, but Lidl also never stocked a 3D printer as far as I can recall. Aldi did just over 18 months ago, and now it seems they're back in stock for slightly less money. Read More >>

prime day
Amazon Prime Day’s Start Date Has Leaked Again

Not content with Black Friday or any of the other shopping-centric holidays, Amazon has been doing its own Prime Day for a while now. Because what better way to get people spending money on your products than a special day of deals nobody else is doing? The start date is usually a closely guarded secret, though a previous leak suggested it would kick off on 15th July. Well now here's been another leak suggesting we may be in store for something more like Prime Week, rather than Prime Day. Read More >>

energy
Research Claims Onshore Wind Could Slash UK Energy Bills by £50 a Year

Last week the government announced that it would be focusing on a pretty ambitious climate target, with the goal of reaching a net zero of harmful greenhouse emissions by the year 2050. It's a pretty lofty goal, especially when the current ruling party has been quite into pushing fracking onto the population, and it means a lot of work needs to be done. One of the key areas where Britain can do its part is with wind power, and now new research claims the government should be refocusing its efforts on onshore wind farms. Read More >>

politics
Jeremy Hunt is Getting Sick of People Calling Him ‘Jeremy C*nt’ on Live TV

The man who wants to be our next Prime minister, whose last name rhymes with a very rude word, is getting really sick of the many Freudian slips that have been happening on live TV. You know the ones I'm talking about, where people talking about Jeremy Hunt accidentally blurt out 'Jeremy Cunt' and pretend to look embarrassed. Well apparently this may be causing some old schoolyard memories to resurface. Read More >>

phones
The Almond OnePlus 7 Pro Goes on Sale on 25th June

So the OnePlus 7 Pro came out last month, shortly followed by the OnePlus a couple of weeks ago. Now all OnePlus fans had to wait for was the limited edition Almond OnePlus 7 Pro, sporting everything from the 7 Pro but in a colour that isn't blue or black. Well it's just been announced that it goes on sale on 25th June. Read More >>

tv
Most Over-75s are Going to Have to Start Paying for Their TV Licence

We have to pay for a TV licence if we want to watch live TV, regardless of which channel it is, which a fair few people tend to be quite resentful of. But what might make them feel a bit better about coughing up £145 a year is that those older types are going to have to start ponying up the cash too. It's been announced that most over-75s are going to have to start paying for their TV licences from next June. Read More >>

gaming
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Will Automatically Upgrade Your Old Subscriptions, But There is Small Print

Last might Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a subscription services that rolls Game Pass, Game Pass PC, and Xbox Live Gold altogether into a single £11 a month subscription. It's not a bad deal, and Microsoft tried to make it sweeter by offering everyone the chance to enjoy a single month of the service for the low price of £1. But before you sign up it's probably a good idea to read the small print. Read More >>

5g
Three’s Launching 5G in August, Promises to be “UK’s Fastest 5G Network”

Just over a year ago we were all told that 2020 would be the year the UK's 5G services would be coming online. Then things changed. Last May EE said it was aiming for a 2019 launch (which it accomplished), in September Vodafone also confirmed it wanted consumer 5G to be available this year, and back in February O2 pulled its launch date forward as well. Now it's Three's turn to scrap the 2020 goal and launch 5G way ahead of schedule. Read More >>

lego
Lego’s War Machine Buster is a Great Set With a Dash of Disappointment

Of the sets Lego released to tie into the release of Avengers: Endgame, the one I was most looking forward to was the War Machine Buster. Because, honestly, a Hulkbuster in the style of War Machine has the potential to be one of the coolest suits of armour in the entire MCU. Because it's a Hulkbuster that's heavily armed with dangerous and powerful weaponry, which is exactly what you need when you're going up against Thanos and his armies. But unfortunately the fact this set was revealed before the film's release means it's still rather disappointing. Read More >>

phones
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is Here, and Here are all the Best UK Deals

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is out today, at long last. Sure the phone has been available to pre-order for a while, but now you can go online and get one delivered to your house as soon as possible. 5G may not be widely available yet, but if you plan on taking advantage you probably want a nice shiny phone that can tap into the new networks. Read More >>

deals
eBay Celebrates Festival Season With 20-75% off Festival-Centric Tech

The weather outside my window is currently torrential rain, which seems about right for festival season. And to think, this time last year we were at the start of a heatwave that killed off nearly all the plants in my overgrown back yard. But if you're planning on sitting in a muddy tent for at least one weekend of the summer, you should get yourself kitted out with the right equipment, and to help out eBay has another sale on. Read More >>