Apple and John Lewis Have Opened up a HomeKit Testing Ground in London’s Westfield Shopping Centre

Apple has invested a lot into HomeKit and the whole 'smart home integration' thing, but it's not really had a proper place to show it off properly. You can't put this sort of thing in an Apple Store, and standalone pop-ups sound complicated and expensive. This hasn't stopped Apple from trying in the past, but now it's figured out something more appropriate with the help of John Lewis. Read More >>

Google Teaming Up With Online Retail Giants, Likely to Try and Compete With Amazon

Amazon has a pretty solid hold on the retail industry, and for some companies it's been basically impossible to compete with the convenience and relatively low prices Amazon can offer. Just ask Toys R Us. But according to a new report from Reuters, Google is assembling a retail superteam that will see a number of large retailers index their listings on Google search for the world to find. Read More >>

Surviving Toy Shop Mocks Doomed Toys R Us

Small town high street shop chain Smyths, which at time of writing in March of 2018 is still in business, has launched a slightly poor taste promotion, where holders of a Toys R Us Gold Card can trade it in for a 20 per cent discount on a purchase. Read More >>

Tesco Removes Jolly Fox Hunting Fancy Dress Costume

Tesco has removed a fox hunting costume from sale on its online shopping portal, after anti-hunting campaigners discovered the thing and caused quite the furore about the unfortunate item. Read More >>

Morrisons Launches “Mum Only” Checkouts to Make Shopping Easier for Her on Mother’s Day

Supermarket Morrisons has got a great Mother's Day present for the suffering woman who agreed to sire you a child -- special "mums only" checkout queues on Sunday so she can wrestle the shopping home a bit quicker. Read More >>

Co-op Plans Self-Scanning Smartphone Shopping This Year

The Co-op supermarket chain is about to put an awfully large amount of trust into the hands of its customers, as it's testing a self-scanning smartphone shopping system that could be launched across the country this year. Read More >>

10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them

Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would have seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix the most common ones. Read More >>

Cashier-Less Shopping Startup Takes Aim at Amazon Go With System ‘Orders of Magnitude Bigger’

Amazon is on a mission to redefine the brick and mortar businesses that it disrupted out of existence. With its Amazon Go convenience store, Amazon is pioneering locations with no checkout lines. But innovators spawn imitators and an emerging startup thinks it can retrofit any store with its AI-powered item tracking system starting next year. Read More >>

Toys R Us Enters Administration

It's been a tumultuous few months for Toys R Us. First, the US side of the company filed for bankruptcy in September last year. Two months later, the toy giant announced that 26 branches in the UK would be closing. A week after that, the whole chain nearly went — but a last minute deal saved it. Then, earlier this month the whole UK side of the business was put up for sale. And now, the store has gone into administration. Read More >>

Maplin Teetering on Brink of Administration

Electronics chain Maplin could be the next former giant of high street retail to disappear and see its presence replaced by charity shops and Caffe Neros, as the money men currently in charge are said to be planning for a possible pre-pack administration to fend off total annihilation. Read More >>

Valentine’s Day is Amazon’s Latest Excuse for Having a Sale

These days it feels as though Amazon will come up with any old reason to discount its own first-party gadgets, so it's hardly a surprise that it's also jumping on the Valentine's bandwagon to slash some prices. If you need a very last minute gift and forgot high street shops exist, or you just want to save yourself a few quid, here are all the deals you can exploit: Read More >>

Toys R Us UK Adds Itself to Fire Sale Listings

The entire UK division of Toys R Us is up for sale, as the US owner tries to escape some of its debt crisis by flogging off assets. Read More >>

What to Pack in Your Bag to Work From Anywhere

Whether you’re taking a short trip or living out of a van for years at a time, more of us now work from wherever we find ourselves, but having the right gear to hand can make the difference between a smooth remote working session and a disastrous one. Here’s the key kit you need to be packing when you head out on the road—besides the laptop of course. Read More >>

5 Stupid Mistakes to Avoid When Buying New Tech

We’re all fans of new gadgets, whether cutting-edge TVs or flagship smartphones, but you shouldn’t let your lust for shiny hardware overwhelm your common sense—there’s more to every purchase than a product name and a bottom line price. Here are the five mistakes people make that lead to wasted money and terrible buyer’s remorse when picking up new gadgets, and the easy fixes for making better buys. Read More >>

Tesco Delays its Clubcard Changes Until June

Earlier this week, we reported that Tesco had announced it was changing its Clubcard Rewards system – rewards worth 4x the face value of your Clubcard vouchers had been changed to be worth just 3x. Those changes had gone live immediately, but due to a backlash from customers, Tesco has backtracked their decision, giving customers a grace period until June. Read More >>