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Hello Kitty isn’t a cat, she’s a British girl & 7 other lies that’ll blow your mind

Today the earth was shook to its very core when news broke that Hello Kitty (that's right, we wrote KITTY) isn't actually a cat. That's right. Hello Kitty (again, KITTY) isn't actually a cat. We'll give you a minute to process that one... According to Buzzfeed, anthropologist Christine R. Yano was curating a Hello Kitty…

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Becca CaddyHello Kitty isn’t a cat, she’s a British girl & 7 other lies that’ll blow your mind
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Better Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady

This week the lid was lifted on a new ad created by the team behind Better Together, a campaign dedicated to keeping Scotland as part of the UK in the upcoming referendum. (You can watch the ad for yourself here.) The ad is clearly targeting female voters, as it features a woman pondering over some…

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Becca CaddyBetter Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady
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Will Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?

You may have heard at the weekend that Facebook is planning on reducing the amount of click-bait headlines on your News Feed, but will this really make any difference to our experience of the social network? In case you don’t know what click-bait is, it refers to those articles with really enticing headlines (usually involving…

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Hayley MinnWill Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?
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Bio-bean is turning coffee grounds into energy and fuel

When thinking of coffee shop waste, we always tend to think of piles and piles of cups, but the average coffee shop throws out around 22 pounds of coffee grounds a day too. With so many coffee shops (sometimes three or four all within the same square mile) that adds up to A LOT of…

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Hayley MinnBio-bean is turning coffee grounds into energy and fuel
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Is David Cameron the only person alive still using a Blackberry?

In shocking news, David Cameron has confessed his reliance on his BlackBerry smartphone, claiming he can run the government from it, while on holiday. We don't know whether we're more shocked at the fact that there's a person out there still using a Blackberry, or the fact that the Prime Minister has actually confessed this.…

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Hayley MinnIs David Cameron the only person alive still using a Blackberry?
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It’s official: US Copyright Office declares animal selfies can’t belong to humans

Remember the macaque selfie saga that's been raging for the past year or so? Well, the quick and dirty story is that a macaque stole a photographer's camera. She then took a load of selfies. They were the best selfies anyone had ever seen, so sites like Wikipedia published them. But the photographer who owned…

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Becca CaddyIt’s official: US Copyright Office declares animal selfies can’t belong to humans

Watch CGI transform a model’s face in this mesmerising video

Many of you will probably have seen some amazing displays of CGI and projection mapping on YouTube or even in the flesh (here are some great examples if you're none the wiser). But most of these are on the sides of iconic buildings or store fronts. What about if you took this clever tech to our…

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Becca CaddyWatch CGI transform a model’s face in this mesmerising video
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Your food Instagrams could be affecting the restaurant business! #PhotoWeek

Are you one of the millions of people who makes everyone wait to eat, so that you can get a good Instagram shot of the food when it arrives on your table? Well, you may actually be causing damage to the restaurant business. A New York restaurateur used surveillance tapes to find out that people…

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Hayley MinnYour food Instagrams could be affecting the restaurant business! #PhotoWeek
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Wikipedia and the Macaque selfie saga: Who REALLY owns the right to our images?

See update from 07/08/2014 below. Remember the Disney movie-like story of the macaque who stole a camera and decided to go ahead and take a bunch of selfies? Well, who knew that this beautiful tale of primate posing would cause such an uproar. British photographer David Slater, who owns the camera the cheeky monkey (geddit?)…

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Becca CaddyWikipedia and the Macaque selfie saga: Who REALLY owns the right to our images?
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9 Situations when it’s totally not OK to take a selfie: burning stuff, plane crash & jail

A huge controversy stirred up the media and Twitter masses earlier this week when Louisa Foley's social media faux pas, which we'll be referring to as 'the burning bikini selfie', went viral. But social media uproar aside, it's got everyone wondering: When is it totally OK to take a selfie? And when is it totally…

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Becca Caddy9 Situations when it’s totally not OK to take a selfie: burning stuff, plane crash & jail
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Cash on Tap: Will you start paying with your EE phone to travel around London and leave your Oyster card at home?

From today EE customers living in London can use their phones to pay for bus travel - just tap your handset onto the Oyster card reader and away you whizz! (Assuming you're not stuck in a traffic jam after 30 seconds of movement, which most London buses are.) According to The Next Web, any EE…

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Becca CaddyCash on Tap: Will you start paying with your EE phone to travel around London and leave your Oyster card at home?
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Samsung’s clever colour-changing art installation adapts to the weather

Have you ever heard of synesthesia? It's a complex 'neurological phenomenon' (thanks Wikipedia!) that ties one sensory experience to another. So for example, some synesthetes might link textures to days or colours to emotions. The latter may sound familiar even to those who don't usually experience synesthesia (I always associate happiness with a sparkly blue!)…

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Becca CaddySamsung’s clever colour-changing art installation adapts to the weather
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8 Reasons why Extant is your new online TV addiction

If you're desperate to fill that huge Orange Is The New Black-shaped hole in your life, then we may have a solution for you: Extant. The Spielberg web series (that's being aired on Amazon Prime Instant Video here in the UK) may be more sci-fi thriller set in the future than dark comedy set in…

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Becca Caddy8 Reasons why Extant is your new online TV addiction
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The Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building

Here at the shinyshiny offices, we have a bit of a soft spot for the friendly-looking Gherkin (real name 30 St Mary Axe) just around the corner. So when news of its imminent sale broke this morning, we put our heads together and decided there are some much better uses for the pickle-shaped building... 1. Giant greenhouse…

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Sadie HaleThe Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building
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One for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you

According to research, the tattoo removal industry is booming, as more and more people begin to regret the now-faded blue symbols and transient sweethearts they've had inked onto their bodies. The ever-judgemental Katie Hopkins has labelled tattoos 'cheap', 'trashy' and 'common', while one writer for The Guardian has commented on her struggle to come to terms with the new wave…

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Sadie HaleOne for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you
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shinyshiny speaks to London Beauty Queen about blogging, apps and Twitter trolls

If you haven't heard of London Beauty Queen, then where have you been? Hayley Carr started the blog as a side project, while working as a brand manager in the cosmetics industry, writing about all things beauty from an insider's perspective - what does the product really do and is it worth the money? After…

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny speaks to London Beauty Queen about blogging, apps and Twitter trolls
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Kasabian walked on the world’s first digital red carpet, created by Sony Xperia Access

Sony Xperia Access unveiled the world’s first digital red carpet on Wednesday night at the premiere of Kasabian’s Summer Solstice gig screening. The digital red carpet featured hundreds of Xperia Z2 Tablets and was fully interactive, revolutionising the experience for celebrity guests, like Amber Le Bon and Ralf Little, and fans alike. The film screening,…

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Hayley MinnKasabian walked on the world’s first digital red carpet, created by Sony Xperia Access
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5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm

Unless you’re the deepest sleeper in the world (or you don’t live in London), you’ll have been rudely awoken by a really loud thunderstorm last night, complete with lightning. While we weren’t very impressed by the lack of sleep we got from this meteorological nightmare, we’re very impressed with some of the pictures and videos…

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Hayley Minn5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm
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Details leak of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited book borrowing service

It seems that Amazon is gearing up to launch a books subscription service, after images advertising the service, called Kindle Unlimited, briefly appeared on the US version of the website before being deleted. Because nothing on the internet ever truly dies, they can still be seen via Google, and GigaOm, who first reported the news,…

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Diane ShipleyDetails leak of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited book borrowing service