lego
Lego Ideas’ Pop-Up Book is Launching on 1st November

After a wee tease earlier in the week, Lego has unveiled its next Ideas set: the Pop-Up Book (21315). And it looks great. Read More >>

pornhub
During YouTube’s Downtime, Pornhub Saw a 21% Increase in Traffic

Early Wednesday morning, YouTube went offline for just over an hour. Around 2.30 a.m. UK time – about 9.30pm EST – the behemoth video service went down, not coming back online until 3.45 am (10.45 EST). In that time, people could have watched Netflix. Or regular TV. Or god forbid, read a book or have a conversation. Apparently not. No, people decided to fap instead. Read More >>

london
TfL is Working on Tiny, Affordable Homes in London

Transport for London has announced a partnership with 'starter homes for city makers' company Pocket Living, in order to create a swathe of "100% genuinely affordable homes" in London. Read More >>

porn
PornHub is Funding Research into the Long-Term Effects of Porn

No one expected a porn website to become the good guy of the internet, but PornHub is well on its way with a fascinating blog of data insights and now a $25,000 grant for academics to study the long-term effects of porn. Read More >>

oneplus
OnePlus 6T Price, Specs, Colours Revealed in New Leak

It seems to be the way smartphone launches work these days: a trickle of leaks a few weeks out from release, then a flood of them as we approach launch day. That's how it's going with the much-hyped OnePlus 6T, due to be unveiled on the 30th of October and on sale a week later. Read More >>

smartphones
Brits Can’t Finish Dinner Without Sneaking a Look at our Phones

New data from YouGov shows we're a nation enslaved by our smartphones, and over half of us can't even clear our plates without a quick look. Read More >>

money
Contactless Payments Are Now More Popular Than Chip-and-PIN in the UK

Contactless card payments have been around for a long time, and in fact it's been 11 years since they first launched here in the UK. But, despite that longevity and increasing popularity, they haven't managed to surpass regular card payments until now. As it turns out during the 12 months following June 2017 contactless payments grew to surpass the old-fashioned (ish) chip-and-pin system. Read More >>

oneplus
OnePlus Just Announced a Brand New Product… But it’s a Backpack

We talk a lot about OnePlus here at Giz UK, mainly because people really seem to like reading about OnePlus - and who are we to argue with that. Also OnePlus generally make good phones, which is always nice. Today the company has announced a brand new product some people will be able to buy. Before any of you get excited it's not a phone or some sort of OnePlus 6T accessory, it's a backpack. Read More >>

advertising
Three’s Bizarre New Advert Tries to Fight Back Against Claims That “Phones Are Bad”

"Phones are bad" is what the world seems to have decided recently. They stop you being able to switch off, and people spend too much time staring at them, so they're very bad for you. Never mind that they can do just about anything. It's why companies have started launching all these screentime features, because you're spending too much time playing with a device that's bad - rather than doing something productive like watching television. But Three has had enough, and has released a new advert to try and highlight how great phones are. Read More >>

facebook
Political Facebook Ads Will Now Show Who Paid For Them

In its never-ending quest to regain some respect, Facebook has implemented a new system for political ads on its platform that promises greater transparency. Read More >>

porn
YouPorn Launches ‘Search by Emoji’ Feature, Because Words are Clearly Too Inefficient

It's easy to find porn on the internet. Far too easy, if you ask some people, but YouPorn doesn't think it's easy enough. With that in mind it's launching a new feature called 'Search by Emoji' which lets you skip the popular search terms in favour of your phone's array of mini cartoon images. It makes a sort of sense, because typing one-handed can be a bit of a pain. Read More >>

smartphones
LG and Lenovo Teaming Up to Rival Samsung’s Foldy Phone: Report

There's been a lot of excitement about the folding phone Samsung is reportedly planning among smartphone enthusiasts, but it seems the other brands are taking notice too. Read More >>

rumours
Facebook’s ‘Ripley’ Could Turn Your TV Into a Giant Spying Device

Recently Facebook announced it was releasing something called the Portal. Portal is smart display, with Alexa features, that's primarily designed for audio and video calling people on your Facebook friends list. It was interesting to see such a thing come out of a company that has been levelled with serious privacy-based accusations, especially now that the company has admitted Portal could potentially be used to sell ads to users. But, what if the Portal was your TV? Read More >>

environment
Tiny Startup Beats Walkers To Biodegradable Crisp Packets

After all the furore surrounding people posting their packets back to Walkers to shame them for using plastic, a tiny startup from Ross-On-Wye has made the crisp brand look even worse by launching a fully biodegradable packet. Read More >>

halloween
There’s a Sexy Meghan Markle Halloween Costume

The run-up to Halloween is always an exciting time on the internet: people post their cosplay progress on Reddit, tweeters speculate what might be the go-to costume of the year – and someone makes a 'sexy' version of whatever's been in the news. Read More >>