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Devices Shouldn’t Cost More in Rip-Off Britain than the USA

Why should so many things cost so much less in the US than the UK?

Why should so many things cost so much less in the US than the UK?

A blog about how we are being ripped off … Devices Shouldn’t Cost More in Rip-Off Britain than the USA

We Brits have long found it cheaper to buy jeans and other clothes and shoes if on holiday in the USA. Savings can be significant, depending on the relative strength of the pound against the US dollar.

People have been known to travel over there with nearly empty suitcases and return fully laden.

That’s not so easy if it’s electronics that people are after. Getting electric goods through customs can be something of a challenge. But clearly, we’d be better off it we could. Read more…

Facebook Is the Newest Kid on the Retail Shopping Block

Facebook is set to become a big retailing player

Facebook is set to become a big retailing player

As Tescos looks to be locked into a gently downward spiral and the discount stores like Aldi and Lidl continue their relentless rise, the revolution and battleground of the retail market is set to be shaken up even more.

Facebook has shown its hand as it moves to become a retail outlet.

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Coffices In Coffee Shops on Public Wi-fi May Not be Such a Good Idea

Beware, not all wi-fi hotspots may help you work on the move

Beware, not all wi-fi hotspots may help you work on the move

Coffices In Coffee Shops on Public Wi-fi May Not be Such a Good Idea

We had quite a flurry of interest in our blog The Longest Coffee Breaks in the World, (11 July 2012).

It’s over two years since we wrote about ‘customers who ‘nurse a single cup of coffee’ for hours while they use laptops, backpacks/briefcases, phones, bags, coats, keys and newspapers to lay territorial claim to their given area.’

These people resent intrusion and make busy transacting business of laptop or nowadays any device using the cafe’s internet service. They became ‘workers in the third place’, a half way house between home and office.

At that time, Starbucks , McDonalds and Little Chef offered free wi-fi and Costa Coffee were set to follow. Now most restaurants and hotels and sports facilities and a number of pubs offer free web access based on the business case that such a service generates income through other sales.
These ‘teleworkers’ were the product of changing work habits. It is to state the obvious when we say that since then work itself has accelerated its own revolution.

 

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It’s Not the Google Answers But the Questions That Reveal the Most About Us

Google questions are more revealing that answers

Google questions are more revealing that answers

It has long been recognised that your search history reveals much about you. Indeed, it is now along with your phone records one of the first thing the police look at it of you are subject to almost any investigation.

But even the websites you have actually visited are less revealing than the questions you ask….

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Make Your Own Cover Version of Your Favourite Song, But Keep It Legal

Now you may be able to upload your own cover versions to YouTube legally

Now you may be able to upload your own cover versions to YouTube legally

Make Your Own Cover Version of Your Favourite Song, But Keep It Legal

We have written before about how people can make money out of sites like YouTube. Well, especially/mainly YouTube. When the Family Becomes a Nice Little Earner on YouTube  (29 November 2011) caused a flurry of interest because of the potential sums that could be made.

And how some people make things just for YouTube in the hope of money, publicity, fame.

But like many things in life, it’s rarely straightforward and plain sailing.

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