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Psych yourself up with our Black Friday playlist

Sadie Hale Fun Stuff, Shopping, Smart Shopping, Trending Leave a Comment

So, it's Black Friday: that horrifying post-Thanksgiving day of hysteria and mad scrambling for the sales which has somehow osmosed into British society from America. The term 'Black Friday' originates from the city of Philadelphia, where swarms of frantic pedestrians would cause massive disruptions to traffic. Another explanation, according to Wikipedia, is that retailers traditionally operated…

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The 20 best Christmas party dresses of 2014

Hayley Minn Fashion, Premium, Shopping, Style 1 Comment

It's that time of year again. The Christmas invites are flooding in, and you have nothing to wear that everyone hasn't seen before. Oh and of course, you need a different outfit for your work party, house party and New Year's Eve – we're exhausted just thinking about it. Luckily, we've done the hard work already:…

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Top 12 Christmas gifts for gamers

Holly Brockwell Accessories, Geek chic clothing, Geek style, Home, Living & Decor, Premium, Shopping, Style Leave a Comment

Buying for gamers can be tricky, especially if you're not one yourself. Whether they play on PC, console or mobile, we've got you covered for presents a whole lot more impressive than the default strategy guide. Even better, they're all available now (or in the next week) and in the UK. Shop away. …

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Pebble and PayPal team up for watch-powered payments

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps, Premium, Shopping, Smart watches, Wearables Leave a Comment

It's pretty clear that the physical wallet's days are numbered, and Pebble and PayPal have just teamed up to put another nail in its coffin with the launch of PayPal for Pebble. Pebble owners can now get the PayPal app on their smartwatch, which allows them to search for businesses nearby that accept PayPal as a payment…

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Life beyond ASOS: the best online fashion stores you’ve not discovered yet

Lauren Bravo Fashion, Fashion tech week, Features, Shopping, Style Leave a Comment

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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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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Sephora has launched mirrors that show what make-up will look like on you

Hayley Minn Shopping, Smart Shopping Leave a Comment

We all know that shopping for make-up is never straightforward. You can't ever try colours on your face (where you actually need to), and if you do, it's usually done by a really orange girl at the counter, who convinces you that you need a primer, lipstick and blusher as well as the foundation you…

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Veleza: a simple app to help you shop for skincare products

Becca Caddy Apps, Shopping, Smart Shopping Leave a Comment

We know there are plenty of life-hacking, game-playing and selfie-sending apps on the market, but what about those dedicated to the world of beauty? Launched in the UK this week, Veleza is a free app created to take the stress away from buying, trialling and often failing to find the right products and is dedicated…

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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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Google Now to bring annoying ad retargeting to your daily life

Becca Caddy Google, Shopping, Smart Shopping Leave a Comment

Ever been shopping online to then see the same shoes you were thinking of buying appear on EVERY web page you visit for the next week? Well that's called retargeting and not only is it really annoying, but (in our personal experience) it never makes us go back and buy the shoes. In fact, we…

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Will anyone really buy a Tesco smartphone?

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Tesco is set to launch its own branded smartphone by the end of the year, according to a radio interview with the supermarket's Chief Executive, Philip Clarke. According to reports today, the Tesco phone will be running a version of Google's Android OS and will come with a number of Tesco services already installed, much…

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#AmazonBasket lets you shop on Twitter with hashtags

Becca Caddy Amazon, Shopping, Smart Shopping, Twitter 1 Comment

Amazon and Twitter have teamed up to launch #AmazonBasket, a cool social shopping service that allows you to add things to your shopping basket just by tweeting about them. Launched over the Bank Holiday Weekend, #AmazonBasket (yep, the hashtag before it seems obligatory) allows shoppers to instantly add products to their Amazon shopping baskets. All…

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Asda and Zappar team up for an in-store "Easter Adventure Hunt"

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This Easter, augmented reality company Zappar is teaming up with Asda to bring shoppers an in-store Easter creature hunting experience. At Asda stores this weekend there'll be stickers attached to the floor that you can "zap" with the Zappar app. Once zapped they'll reveal a world with one of the Easter Bunny's friends hiding inside.…

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