shopping
Forget Black Friday, Buy Your Stuff in June or December

Oh, you'll never guess what's just been found out. They've found out that "Black Friday" is an artificially created scam of a day upon which products sell for the same as — or more than — they have at points during the previous year. Strike us down with a dodgy unofficial imported charger. Read More >>

money
London Unis Make Millions From Late Library Books

London's selection of universities are sitting on a secret money making scheme, with data showing that they've taken in more than £3m from their students via this clever little hack. The scam? Charging late fees for students returning books. That's somehow netted the establishments millions. Read More >>

money
A New Card lets You Spend Bitcoin Like Proper Money

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are very popular, particularly since you can use them to buy things with a bit more privacy than a regular credit card allows. But wouldn't you like it to be easier to buy everyday things with your collection of virtual currency? Well you can, with a new debit-like card. Read More >>

apple
Apple Defends Funnelling Money Into Jersey, Claims its Not Tax Avoidance

Apple was a big fan of Ireland, because Ireland let it get away with paying barely any tax. Then the EU found out and Apple got sent to the naughty step, even though its teams of lawyers are appealing to prove the naughty step is cruel and unjustified. Well the recently unveiled Paradise Papers revealed that it has another tax friend in the form of Jersey. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook is Bringing Peer-to-Peer Payments to the UK

Facebook is never content with being what it is. It was a social network, that's added features from instant messagers, photo storage services, Snapchat, texting, VoIP, and more. A couple of years ago it added a peer-to-peer payments option so people could send each other money. Now that feature is coming to the UK. Read More >>

money
Still Got Some Old Pound Coins? Take Them to Iceland

The pound coin switcheroo was nearly a month ago now, and all the shops and supermarkets that announced they'd continue to take them after the deadline have stopped. Or most of them have, since Iceland will continue to accept them until the end of the year. Read More >>

money
The Government is Banning Landlords From Charging Letting Fees

If you've been a renter (and let's face it, most of you probably have), you're probably aware of letting fees. Agencies and landlords love to charge them for various things, typically under the guise of 'admin fees'. Well the government is putting a stop to that. Read More >>

tv
BBC Boss Warns of Netflix-Driven British Content Apocalypse

Uniquely weird and rubbish British TV is under threat, says Tony Hall, the current boss of the BBC. The obvious bad guy is Netflix, which is making TV production more focused around funding international smash hits and less keen on crappy regional sitcoms and stuff about teens vomiting and shagging on Mediterranean islands. Read More >>

money
Banks Can Finally Clear Cheques in a Day

A few years back I did some market research in exchange for a hefty sum of money at the end. When it came to getting paid I opted for a cheque, rather than bank transfer, because I really needed the money and figured it would be faster. Nope. Read More >>

ISPs
BT Chops Line Rental Fees for the Internetless

BT's bizarre old line rental scam is about to get a little bit fairer for some as, under pressure from communications regulator Ofcom, it's agreed to drastically reduce the cost of line rental for a sizeable chunk of its customer base. Read More >>

travel
Britannia Hotels Has Been Named the UK’s Worst Hotel Chain for the Fifth Year Running

Hotels can be a mixed bag, and seeing as how they're all expensive you never know what you're going to get. If you decide it's better to opt for a chain, rather than an independent place, you might want to pay attention. Thanks to Which? we now know the best and worst chains in the UK, and the one in last place is no real shock. Read More >>

money
Fitbit’s Payment System That You’ll Never Use is Live With a Bank You’ve Never Heard of

With Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Vodafone Pay, PayPal, and whatever the hell Barclays is trying to peddle these days, the country didn't need another mobile payment system. And yet there is another one in the form of Fitbit Pay, a system exclusive to the new Ionic smartwatch. Read More >>

money
The Government has Ordered the Closure of Online Casinos Advertising to Kids

Advertising to kids is generally a bad idea, particularly since they're far more impressionable than adults - and we all know how gullible adults can be at times. That's why the government tends to crack down on dodgy advertising aimed at children, and online casinos are the latest to face its wrath. Read More >>

transport
A New ‘Millennial’ Railcard for 26-30 Year Olds Is Launching Next Year

As someone who recently started having to go without a 16-25 rail card, it's pretty horrifying to see exactly how much train tickets are when you don't get that juicy third off the regular price. Luckily things might be changing, because a new 'millennial' rail card is launching next year for people between the ages of 26 and 30. Read More >>

money
The £1 Switchover Didn’t Exactly Go Smoothly

According to the Royal Mint, the old round-edged pound coin is no longer designated as legal tender - and hasn't been since 11.59 on Sunday night. But as you might expect things haven't gone particularly smoothly, because the world just wasn't ready for the new pound coin. Read More >>