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The best apps to help you find your new rented home

Moving house is stressful. Whether it’s for an exciting reason or not, finding a suitable new place and moving all your worldly possessions to it is one of those arduous tasks that the average person in the UK does eight times in their life. 36% of properties in England are rented, giving you the freedom…

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Laura KiddThe best apps to help you find your new rented home
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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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Fresh Air Plus: This smart toilet seat will eliminate odours from your stinky bathroom

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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Becca CaddyFresh Air Plus: This smart toilet seat will eliminate odours from your stinky bathroom
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Sorry, architects: Apple’s patented its glass cube store design

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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Diane ShipleySorry, architects: Apple’s patented its glass cube store design
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Readers absorb less from Kindles than paper books, study finds

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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Sadie HaleReaders absorb less from Kindles than paper books, study finds
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Why do 40% of female engineers leave the profession?

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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Diane ShipleyWhy do 40% of female engineers leave the profession?
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Light up: why bright workplaces make people happier

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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Diane ShipleyLight up: why bright workplaces make people happier
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This Crosley and Urban Outfitters UO X Crosley Sterling record player is STUNNING!

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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Hayley MinnThis Crosley and Urban Outfitters UO X Crosley Sterling record player is STUNNING!
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7 ways to bring hotel luxury into your home: luxe lighting, tech TLC and fluffy robes

A good hotel room gives off an air of dignified calm - a great one is a really luxurious treat. Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, there’s something alluring about a quiet, ordered space and anonymous bedsheets, with the added bonus of knowing you’re not going to have to do the tidying up. So,…

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Laura Kidd7 ways to bring hotel luxury into your home: luxe lighting, tech TLC and fluffy robes
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Smart home systems aren’t secure, says study

A future where our homes are connected to our smartphones, and all our appliances are hooked up to the internet of things, sounds exciting– think of the time you’ll save when your fridge can order its own groceries, or you can switch off your lights and put on the burglar alarm with a single swipe.…

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Diane ShipleySmart home systems aren’t secure, says study
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Self-driving cars coming to UK roads in 2015

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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Diane ShipleySelf-driving cars coming to UK roads in 2015
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OmieBox wants to revolutionise packed lunches

If you’ve got children, nieces and nephews, or are fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a dinner lady, you’ll know that soggy sandwiches and a Penguin just don’t cut it for lunch anymore. Kids today are eating sushi and quinoa before they can even say ‘sushi’ or ‘it’s pronounced "keen-wah, actually"’ and most schools, nurseries…

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Diane ShipleyOmieBox wants to revolutionise packed lunches
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Spinach could be the key to clean fuel

Take a break, Kale: this is a job for the original gross-tasting super-healthy green veg. Yep, Popeye’s old favourite, Spinach, is being studied for its ability to turn sunlight into a clean, efficient fuel. An international group of physicists led by Petra Fromme, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Arizona State University, is experimenting…

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Diane ShipleySpinach could be the key to clean fuel
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Like to bike? Map your route with this app

A new app aimed at providing accurate information on the best cycle routes around the world promises to be every pedal-pusher's best friend. The no-nonsense CycleMap app is the brainchild of Olivier Carbonneau, who together with David Boudreault decided to create a single, free smartphone app for cyclists after Carbonneau realised that the .pdf cycle maps available for…

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Sadie HaleLike to bike? Map your route with this app
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8 affordable ways to decorate your home with Instagram

Instagram keeps getting better and better. What with the improved editing controls in the latest update, Kimye’s wedding photo splash and more than 75 million photos uploaded daily, it continues to be the reigning image sharing app of choice. As its popularity has grown, options for turning your favourite Instagram photos into tangible items to decorate your…

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Laura Kidd8 affordable ways to decorate your home with Instagram
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Made.com launches Unboxed, a ‘social showroom’ for nosey parkers

If you're an interior design voyeur connoisseur, Made has just made your dreams come true with its new tool, Unboxed, which the company describes as a 'social showroom'. The next best thing to rolling up to a fabulously glam person's house, sneaking through the dog flap, and snapping phone pics of their decor, it also…

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Diane ShipleyMade.com launches Unboxed, a ‘social showroom’ for nosey parkers
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The brilliant camping stove that boils water and charges your phone at the same time

The days of flat phone batteries on camping trips are over, thanks to the BioLite CampStove. Not only does it boil water like a regular camping stove, but it simultaneously enables you to charge any USB-compatible phone. The nifty little device is any minimalist camper's dream: it's conveniently small, self-contained and simple to use. It comes with a…

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Sadie HaleThe brilliant camping stove that boils water and charges your phone at the same time