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Inspiration and perspiration: how to survive shopping in summer

Lauren Bravo Fashion, Features, Guides, Premium, Shopping, Smart Shopping, Style Leave a Comment

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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The new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?

Lauren Bravo Behaviour, Facebook, Features, Instagram, Photo Apps, Twitter, Wellbeing Leave a Comment

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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Spruced Up: Meet the app that will make our photos perfect

Lauren Bravo Features, Gadgets & Apps, Photo Apps, Photography, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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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10 Fathers Day gifts every tech dad needs

Hayley Minn Features, Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

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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Apps to make shopping easier: Amazon, Clear, Ebay and Addison Lee

Becca Caddy Apps, Features, Smart Shopping, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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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10 Things you need to know about Apple's announcements at #WWDC: Yosemite, iOS8, Continuity

Becca Caddy Apple, Features, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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

Chris Price Features, Home, Living & Decor, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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

Becca Caddy Apple, Features, Mobile, Trending, Web Stuff Leave a Comment

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

Diane Shipley Entertainment, Features, Home, Living & Decor, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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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Our favourite portable speakers for summer: Jawbone Jambox, Bose Soundlink, Jabra Solemate

Becca Caddy Features, Gadgets & Apps, Home, Top Stories 2 Comments

Over the next few months we'll be bringing you our favourite tech for the summer months, whether you're looking for a charging device to keep your gadgets juiced up at festivals, need a portable speaker to blast out tunes in the park or a waterproof camera to capture every sunshine-soaked selfie. In this video it's…

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Pinterest: Why promoted pins won't destroy the user experience

Becca Caddy Features, Shopping 1 Comment

Over the past seven months, Pinterest has been "experimenting" with promoted pins, but will its news plans to step up its monetisation game have too much of a negative impact on the experience of its users? Four years after its launch and Pinterest is still a firm favourite for content curation, visual inspiration and, of…

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The best Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories: cases, speakers, headphones

Becca Caddy Accessories, Features, Top Stories 4 Comments

If you're lucky enough to have got your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S5, then you're going to want to know the top accessories to pair it with. Whether you need a way to protect it, listen to it, charge it or just carry it around in style, we've got you covered. Check out…

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Battle of the wearables: Jawbone Up 24 vs. Misfit Shine

Becca Caddy Features, Health & Sport, Top Stories, Wearables 1 Comment

There are so many different wearable devices on the market at the moment that it can be really hard to keep track of which gadget does what and how well it performs. Here at ShinyShiny we've been reviewing some of our favourite activity tracking gadgets and have plenty more to come over the next few…

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VIDEO: Best camera phones 2014: Samsung K Zoom, Galaxy S5, Nokia 1020

Becca Caddy Features, Phones, Top Stories 2 Comments

Nowadays every smartphone has a pretty decent camera built-in, but in our latest video we take a look at some of the more high-end devices that promise to bring professional grade photography to your handset. Samsung K Zoom The Samsung K Zoom was only officially unveiled this week. When it comes to its new specifications,…

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ShinyShiny's April Round-up: iPhone 6 rumours, The Gadget Show, Jawbone up24

Becca Caddy Features Leave a Comment

It's been a whirlwind of a month here at ShinyShiny, so we've decided to collect together our favourite events, top reviews and most popular videos for a mammoth round-up. Keep an eye out for a lot of new and exciting changes to the site from next month. We can't wait! The Cricut Explore: a must-have…

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Misfit Shine Review: An activity tracker for the fashion-conscious

Becca Caddy Features, Health & Sport, Top Stories, Wearables Leave a Comment

So what's a Misfit Shine? Wearable gadgets built to track our daily activities, keep tabs on our workouts and monitor our sleep levels are becoming more and more popular. However, you only have to take a look at the most popular devices on the market from the likes of Fitbit and Withings to see they're…

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iPhone 6 rumour round-up: two models, a HUGE screen and sapphire glass

Becca Caddy Apple, Features Leave a Comment

There aren't many events in a tech-lover's calendar as exciting as a new iPhone launch, which means rumours about what the iPhone 6 will look like, what it'll be made of and what features it'll be packing have been whirling around the internet ever since the last handset was unveiled. In the video above we've…

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Project Ara: All you need to know about Google's phone for the future

Becca Caddy Features, Google, Phones Leave a Comment

Last October Google announced that a dedicated team had started working on an exciting modular and fully-customisable smartphone that could well change the way we look at the mobile phone industry for good. Code-named Project Ara, the smartphone will consist of one framework and a series of separate sections. The thinking behind it is that…

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Top 10 apps for the perfect selfie: Facetune, More Beaute, CameraBag

Becca Caddy Apps, Features, Top Stories Leave a Comment

As self-obsessed, vain and narcissistic millennials we have no excuses when it comes to producing sub-standard selfies. Gone are the days of holding up a blurry camera phone and giving it your best cheesy grin, there are all kinds of different apps available now to crop out your laundry hanging in the background, blur out…

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