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10 winter essentials for savvy cyclists

Sadie Hale Bikes, Living & Decor Leave a Comment

With autumn rain set in, winter just around the corner and the clocks set to plunge us into 4pm darkness in less than a week, all cyclists will know that the inevitable onslaught of slippery roads, freezing fingers and reduced visibility can pose a challenge to the daily commute. But never fear - you…

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Could Dominic Wilcox’s ‘mini Cathedral’ be the driverless car of the future?

Diane Shipley Living & Decor Leave a Comment

With a future full of driverless cars looking more like reality than science fiction (watch out for them over here next year), one artist was inspired to design a new concept in self-driving vehicles. And, naturally,  it's inspired by two classic British designs: the Mini, and Durham Cathedral. As The Guardian reports, Dominic Wilcox predicts…

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Don’t drive and Siri: voice activated devices are more distracting than you’d think

Diane Shipley Living & Decor Leave a Comment

You probably don’t dial and drive and PLEASE tell me you don’t text, but you might think that using Siri or Cortana (or, if you’re fancy, the car’s in-built voice controls) isn’t a big deal. Turns out, it’s one of the biggest distractions there is. New research by the University of Utah for the AAA…

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How a clothes steamer changed my life, and other gadgets your wardrobe needs now

Lauren Bravo Fashion, Fashion tech week, Features, Gadgets, Gadgets & Apps, Lifehacks, Living & Decor, Smart Shopping, Style, Uncategorized 1 Comment

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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Fresh Air Plus: This smart toilet seat will eliminate odours from your stinky bathroom

Becca Caddy Living & Decor 1 Comment

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Fresh Air Plus. Here at shinyshiny we come across products, apps and services everyday that aim to make our lives easier and answer some of those niggling, age-old questions, like how can I get fitter with the help of my phone? And how do I make my home…

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Sorry, architects: Apple’s patented its glass cube store design

Diane Shipley Living & Decor Leave a Comment

Put down your protractor and step away from the drafting table. Yep, it’s bad news for future architects yearning to copy pay homage to the distinctive glass cube design of Apple’s flagship store in New York: the company has patented it. According to Apple Insider, the patent was filed in October 2012 and granted last…

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Readers absorb less from Kindles than paper books, study finds

Sadie Hale Living & Decor 1 Comment

A study has found that people absorb 'significantly' less when reading books from a Kindle than when reading from their paper counterparts. As part of Europe-wide research examining the effects of digitisation on the reading experience, 50 readers were given the same 28-page short story by Elizabeth George and asked to read it - half of them using a Kindle,…

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Why do 40% of female engineers leave the profession?

Diane Shipley Living & Decor Leave a Comment

Only 11% of engineers are women, and the problem isn’t just that girls have traditionally been encouraged into artistic, caring, and administrative careers rather than STEM ones. Women make up 20% of engineering students but a new study has found that of those women who obtain a degree, almost 40% either leave the profession quickly…

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Light up: why bright workplaces make people happier

Diane Shipley Living & Decor Leave a Comment

The more natural light office employees are exposed to, the better they sleep, the more active they are, and the happier they feel, according to a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Researchers spoke to 49 office workers, 22 of whom worked in rooms with windows. They also monitored how much…

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This Crosley and Urban Outfitters UO X Crosley Sterling record player is STUNNING!

Hayley Minn Living & Decor Leave a Comment

Crosley have made some lovely looking record players in the past, but this one could be its most stylish yet. Spotted by Retro2Go the UO X Crosley Sterling is a Dansette style player that spins vinyl at 33, 45 and 78rpm. It has removable legs, is housed in a faux leather-clad casing, and sports a…

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Self-driving cars coming to UK roads in 2015

Diane Shipley Living & Decor 1 Comment

The FBI might think they’re a menace, but the UK government doesn’t want to hear from naysayers and spoilsports: they’ve given the go-ahead for driverless cars on public roads by 2015. (Am I the only one whose mind immediately went to David Hasselhoff? Oh, I am? OK.) Keen to encourage investment cash innovation, business secretary…

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