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Vodafone Smart 4 review – A competent starter smartphone let down by its camera

With thanks to Vodafone for the handset. The Vodafone Smart 4 is one of the lower-end phones in the Smart 4 range, one step above the entry-level Smart 4 Mini. As with the EE Kestrel and most network-branded phones, it’s actually made by a Chinese manufacturer that isn’t widely known here: Yulong. The name might…

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Holly BrockwellVodafone Smart 4 review – A competent starter smartphone let down by its camera
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How online retailers are finally, hopefully, starting to represent everybody’s bodies

We always knew we liked ModCloth. The US fashion site has swished into many shoppers’ hearts with its vintage-inspired frocks and eternally flattering silhouettes (we’re still waiting for a UK launch guys, but until then we’ll be sat patiently by the letterbox for 10 business days) – but now they’re on a mission to make…

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Lauren BravoHow online retailers are finally, hopefully, starting to represent everybody’s bodies
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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 Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature

Just in time for winter, here’s a new wearable that can heat you up when it’s cold outside (or inside, for that matter) and then cool you down again once your body’s adjusted. Unsurprisingly, it comes to us from Canada. (And from Engadget, where we first spotted it.) Alex Huang and Jason Yakimovich, engineers from…

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Diane ShipleyThe Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature
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6 brands that will change the way we shop online forever: Cortexica, Metail, Iconeme

We can’t deny how great our love of shopping online is, but there are still so many things that annoy us about shopping on sites like ASOS. Why do so many clothes not fit, despite being our supposed ‘size’? Why do we have to spend hours sifting through pages and pages of ugly dresses to…

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Hayley Minn6 brands that will change the way we shop online forever: Cortexica, Metail, Iconeme
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Top 10 fashion apps to make you more stylish than ever: Mallzee, ShopChat, Vinted

With just a couple of days until London Fashion Week begins and we find out what trends we'll be wearing/rejecting next spring, now's as good a time as any to check out the best apps for staying stylish over the next few months. Whether you want to buy something new, offload your old clothes, or…

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Diane ShipleyTop 10 fashion apps to make you more stylish than ever: Mallzee, ShopChat, Vinted
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Welcome to fashion & tech week: stylish accessories, online shopping & futuristic fashion

Over the next week the shinyshiny team will be exploring the worlds of fashion and technology. We're going to be showing you the exciting ways brands are enhancing our buying experiences, rounding up some of the most stylish accessories for your tech, letting you in on our favourite online shopping secrets and taking a peek at…

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Becca CaddyWelcome to fashion & tech week: stylish accessories, online shopping & futuristic fashion
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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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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

With the much-discussed Galaxy Alpha just around the corner, we take another look at Samsung’s current top dog, the S5, to see if it’s still a worthy contender half a year on. Is this the best Galaxy in the universe, or will the Alpha leave it feeling like a beta release? With thanks to Vodafone…

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Holly BrockwellSamsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy
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Wearable tech: this shirt lights up in response to music

New York-based company CRATED has teamed up with BotFactory, a circuitry and electronics start-up, to produce a shirt that incorporates some smart technology, allowing the shirt's logo to light up in response to audio. The garish garment, named 'Sync', features a pulsating LED '+' sign design that changes brightness according to background music - making it great for…

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Sadie HaleWearable tech: this shirt lights up in response to music
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Belaqise: Clothing brand changes S, M, L to ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘fabulous

An innovative clothing brand from Holland wants to change the way we label and talk about the size of our bodies. The first step in making such a huge cultural shift? Do away with 'small', 'medium' and 'large' and replace them with 'beautiful', 'amazing' and 'fabulous'. Sounds great in theory, but will these new labels…

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Becca CaddyBelaqise: Clothing brand changes S, M, L to ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘fabulous
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EE Kestrel review: A surprisingly good 4G Android for just £99

Handset supplied by EE EE’s first own-brand smartphone is one of the lowest-priced 4G handsets on the market. The Kestrel delivers a surprising amount for a super-budget Android device, but has some tough competition even at £99. Manufactured by Huawei, the Kestrel is actually a rebranded Huawei Ascend G6 with a downgraded camera – but…

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Holly BrockwellEE Kestrel review: A surprisingly good 4G Android for just £99
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UK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy

Forget emails and phone calls - parents can now communicate with their children via a toy. After a Kickstarter project which reached its fundraising target easily, Toymail has been successful in the States and launches in the UK today. It's described as 'a combination of voicemail and email, only infinitely more accessible, interactive and fun'. It…

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Sadie HaleUK launch – Toymail lets parents send messages to their kids through a toy
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Temperley and Net-A-Porter create first shoppable fashion film: But is it just style over substance?

Temperley London has teamed up with the bright sparks at online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter to create the world's first 'shoppable' fashion film. But is a dreamy video of supermodels frolicking in a field really likely to flog more dresses? We've come across a range of different 'shoppable' videos from fashion brands and retailers in…

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Becca CaddyTemperley and Net-A-Porter create first shoppable fashion film: But is it just style over substance?
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Ask Zappos is giving you a personal shopper for all your online shopping needs

Do you sometimes feel that your online shopping experience is lacking a personal shopper to help you find exactly what you’re looking for? Well, it looks like that could be a thing of the past, as online retailer Zappos has unveiled a new service that aims to help shoppers find specific products by taking item…

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Hayley MinnAsk Zappos is giving you a personal shopper for all your online shopping needs
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3D measuring could mean we finally have bras that fit perfectly!

We all know that bra fitting can be a nightmare, especially when one shop tells you you’re a B, while another is telling you you’re a DD. How does that even work?! A new study by the University of Wollongong is planning to change all that, by using three-dimensional imaging to measure breast size and…

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Hayley Minn3D measuring could mean we finally have bras that fit perfectly!
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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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New York shopping mall celebrates body diversity with different mannequins

A shopping mall in New York city is featuring mannequins with an array of body types in one of its window displays, thanks to the work of JCPenney. As part of its campaign 'when it fits, you feel it', the display in the JCPenney store in Manhattan Mall is a welcome contribution to ongoing dialogues surrounding body…

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Sadie HaleNew York shopping mall celebrates body diversity with different mannequins
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First Birchbox store uses Artificial Intelligence and iPads to make beauty shopping better

It seems we've all become a little, OK, a LOT, obsessed with online shopping. There's something about the ease, the choice and the lack of 'end-it-all-now' changing room queuing dilemmas that make it so much more appealing than the real thing. But when it comes to beauty products, e-commerce often just doesn't cut it. If…

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Becca CaddyFirst Birchbox store uses Artificial Intelligence and iPads to make beauty shopping better