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Is my phone charger a fire risk? And other boring but important safety questions answered

Could my phone charger burn my house down? Yes, if it’s dodgy. London Fire Brigade has warned of the dangers of counterfeit iPhone chargers, following a spate of recent house fires caused by cheap fakes. While buying the real deal from Apple might seem crazy expensive compared to the generic versions (which can be found…

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Lauren BravoIs my phone charger a fire risk? And other boring but important safety questions answered
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The week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more

#Phones4U After its final remaining network EE cut ties with the company on Sunday night, Phones4U has gone into administration. The store may have been one of the less soothing retail experiences out there, about on par estate agents and the Primark returns queue, but with 720 outlets the cheap and cheerful mobile merchants were…

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Lauren BravoThe week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more
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How a clothes steamer changed my life, and other gadgets your wardrobe needs now

I am a very creased person. No, I really am. Despite caring a fair bit about my clothes when it comes to buying them, I’m totally slack when it comes to looking after them, ironing them and making sure I don’t look like I fell asleep under a hedge. I don’t dare count the number…

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Lauren BravoHow a clothes steamer changed my life, and other gadgets your wardrobe needs now
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Is the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore

‘My very best gag about [X] and not a single retweet? You lot don’t deserve me!’ – another day, another person on my timeline. They may seem cheerfully self-deprecating, but under the faux outrage of those tweets there bristles a real insecurity (I’ve decided) about their place on the platform, and the future of Twitter. After…

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Lauren BravoIs the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore
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Life beyond ASOS: the best online fashion stores you’ve not discovered yet

It's the world's most visited fashion site, and we've never wondered why – the postman always rings thrice where our ASOS habits are concerned (then pops back for our free returns). But even with its colossal choice of trends and labels, we're still getting a few too many 'ASOS? Snap!'  moments these days – notably one…

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Lauren BravoLife beyond ASOS: the best online fashion stores you’ve not discovered yet
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Action this by EOP: the world’s worst corporate email speak

We’re taught many things at school that are meant to prepare us for the world of work, but at no point do I remember being told what EOP stands for. Nor did any of my teachers brief me on how best to go about being onboarded, or explain what it means when a future boss…

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Lauren BravoAction this by EOP: the world’s worst corporate email speak
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The Great British Bake Off: technology and gadgets to make you a better baker

You might not have noticed, but there's a little cake competition on TV at the moment. Alongside the emotional peaks and troughs, the perfect piping and the collapsing pastry and the 'bincidents', The Great British Bake Off is also doing more to get the nation baking than decades of Home Economics lessons ever did. Supermarkets…

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Lauren BravoThe Great British Bake Off: technology and gadgets to make you a better baker
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Somebody: Miranda July’s new social networking app is wonderfully pointless

You’re either the type of person who will find Somebody, the new social networking iPhone app from writer and filmmaker Miranda July, incredibly lovely and charming, or the type of person who will want to throw a shoe at it. Based on the idea that ‘when you can’t be there… Somebody can’, the app bequeaths…

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Lauren BravoSomebody: Miranda July’s new social networking app is wonderfully pointless
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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Lauren Bravo10 social network ideas that might just make us rich
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How to complain on Twitter: A six step plan for sure-fire social justice

Whether it’s dodgy products, bad food or collective public rage, Twitter is now apparently the quickest way to get a response from a brand. But that’s only when they do respond. It’s also the least satisfying channel for complaints, with only 39 per cent of UK organisations able to answer questions successfully through their Twitter…

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Lauren BravoHow to complain on Twitter: A six step plan for sure-fire social justice
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What professional photographers really think of your Instagrams #PhotoWeek

One of the best things about the advent of apps, sharing sites and high-tech cameras in recent years is the way we all get to pretend we’re photographers. Thankfully the days of getting your holiday snaps back to find a roll of 30 blurry, thumb-obscured disasters are a mere memory – one that we’ve quickly…

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Lauren BravoWhat professional photographers really think of your Instagrams #PhotoWeek
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Inspiration and perspiration: how to survive shopping in summer

Online sales growth has actually slowed this summer. And although the proportion of online retail sales has leapt up a whole per cent from last year, at 16.7% it’s still a surprisingly small fraction compared to all the shopping we do in real shops. Whether that’s because (despite all the tech at work to minimise…

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Lauren BravoInspiration and perspiration: how to survive shopping in summer
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The new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?

I’d like to admit something, and ask politely that none of you judge me. We are all friends here, in the cozy and confidential circle of trust that is the internet, aren’t we? Right then, here goes. My name is Lauren, and I Facebook-stalk myself. I am ashamed of the amount of time I spend…

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Lauren BravoThe new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?
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Spruced Up: Meet the app that will make our photos perfect

Just when you thought life was filtered enough, a new tool comes along to set the bar for photo perfection even higher. Unlike the usual amateur apps, Spruced Up! offers the chance to have your photos retouched by professionals. Founded by photographer Rob Willingham, the team behind the screen claim to have had a hand…

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Lauren BravoSpruced Up: Meet the app that will make our photos perfect
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10 Fathers Day gifts every tech dad needs

With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, it’s always a struggle to buy the right present for your Dad, so we thought we’d make it a little easier for you by finding some of the best tech gifts on the internet, for the gadget-obsessed dad, without you having to break the bank. 1) Google Chromecast If your…

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Hayley Minn10 Fathers Day gifts every tech dad needs
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Apps to make shopping easier: Amazon, Clear, Ebay and Addison Lee

Here at shinyshiny we're all about the apps, gadgets and services that'll enrich our lives and make day-to-day tasks a little more fun. So here's our pick of apps to make shopping less of a headache and more of a breeze, whether you like to grab vintage gems, online bargains or you're an old-school high…

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Becca CaddyApps to make shopping easier: Amazon, Clear, Ebay and Addison Lee
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10 Things you need to know about Apple's announcements at #WWDC: Yosemite, iOS8, Continuity

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference with an exciting look at the future of OS X and iOS on Monday. Although rumours had been circulating about possible hardware launches (two sizes of iPhones, an iWatch and a new MacBook), the event was all about the big software announcements and here's our roundup of everything…

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Becca Caddy10 Things you need to know about Apple's announcements at #WWDC: Yosemite, iOS8, Continuity
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Why Apple gluing the smart home together with HomeKit isn't so dumb

As Apple unveils its latest smart home initiative, we look at how we could all soon be using our iPhones to bark instructions to our home. While those expecting a raft of new Apple gadgets, such as the iWatch, may have been left disappointed, for fans of home automation there was much more to cheer…

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Chris PriceWhy Apple gluing the smart home together with HomeKit isn't so dumb

Apple WWDC 2014: What to expect – Healthbook, iWatch, iOS 8, connected home

Apple's annual developers' conference (or WWDC if you're in the business) kicks off this evening (Monday the 2nd of June), and it's a week long event notorious for revealing exciting, unexpected and, let's face it, sometimes pretty lacklustre details about the tech giant's plans for the next 12 months. If Apple's recent statements to the…

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Becca CaddyApple WWDC 2014: What to expect – Healthbook, iWatch, iOS 8, connected home

Why web series are such big business (and not to mention fun)

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo, Vimeo has just announced its first exclusive original series, High Maintenance, which will be released later this year. Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, it's a comedy about an unnamed cannabis dealer (played by Sinclair) and the clients he interacts with. Guest stars include…

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Diane ShipleyWhy web series are such big business (and not to mention fun)