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The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker — Stripping back, simplifying and cutting down on clutter has been one of my main goals over the past few years. No longer is there a need for shelves upon shelves of CDs, when Spotify can take care of all my music needs.

Chromecast Changes Viewing Habits — Arriving in the US back in the summer of 2013, Google finally introduced Chromecast to international waters in March this year, arriving in Canada, the UK and nine other European countries. And for me, it has been something of a revelation in terms of how I watch TV.

Jolla Smashes $1m Crowdfunding Barrier — Jolla has smashed the $1 million mark for its new Sailfish OS tablet, which is quite a remarkable feat given the crowdfunding campaign kicked off less than 48 hours ago. Founded by a group of ex-Nokia employees who wanted to give MeeGo a second chance, Jolla was the first smartphone to offer a fresh take on the forgotten platform, which is called Sailfish OS.

Print Photos on Your Adidas Sneakers. Why not? — Just because you CAN print photos on your shoes, doesn't mean you should. But that hasn't stopped Adidas from continuing on its mission to bring the mi ZX FLUX customizable sneaker to millions more people. As noted by PetaPixel, the hitherto Europe-only service was quietly rolled out to the US last week.

Western Union Gives Away Skype Credit With Money Transfers — Western Union is giving customers a little added extra for the next six months, with everyone who transfers money from a store given $2 worth of Skype credit for international calls. This equates to around an hour's worth of conversation through the omnipresent VoIP service, though will vary depending on where the call is going to.

How Much is Music Worth? Lets You Decide — A lot has been said and written about Taylor Swift and her reasons for culling her music on Spotify. Ultimately, it's all about the perceived value of her tunes - she doesn't want people on a free, ad-supported service listening to her music on-demand.

Google Rolls Out Merchant Promotions Internationally — Two years after Google launched its Merchant Promotions product to US retailers, the internet giant has announced it's rolling the program out internationally this week, kicking off with the UK, Germany, France, Australia and India. With Merchant Promotions, online advertisers can basically offer special promotions alongside their Product Listing Ads in Google Search and through Google Shopping.

Google's Introduces New Bookmark Manager for Chrome — Google is rolling out a new beta version of Chrome today, one that sports a new Bookmark Manager that lets you append an image and note to help you hunt down a bookmark more quickly.

The Reddit Scavenger Hunt is On — One month after sending out an SOS for volunteers from every US state and a handful of international cities, Reddit has announced a real-world scavenger hunt that involves you seeking out hidden boxes. Redditors have hidden a gift box in 52 locations around the US, as well as Sydney (Australia), London (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Singapore.

Uber is at a Crossroads — Another day, another scandal at Uber HQ. As if fighting legislative battles in courts around the world wasn't time-consuming enough, the online taxi firm is increasingly using resources dousing the flames caused by disgruntled cabbies, hacked-off customers, and now its own execs.
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Nov 24, 2014

@BradMcCarty Don't most do video? Anyway, I gotz a Canon EOS 1200d - only thing is, it's a little bit bulky.

Nov 24, 2014

@mike_jules directly from mains which is what I'd do at home.

Nov 24, 2014

@mike_jules I guess I should've put that in - will add. Pretty good, depends on volume obviously, but will get 6-7 hours from it. Can also..

Nov 24, 2014

RT @TeaAndCopy: I've just had an operation on my funny bone. The doctor says I'll be in stitches for weeks.

Nov 24, 2014

@m4tt Similar to my first one (also on BT Cellnet). It also had slots for AA batteries, for extra juice when the Li-ion ran out.

Nov 23, 2014

RT @mathewi: Novel reading? RT @evankirstel: Reasons for admission into a mental asylum in 1800's

Nov 22, 2014

I'm sure there are more inconvenient things in life than a house removal Van cancelling on the day, but struggling to think what.

Nov 21, 2014

When I agreed to make the bed, this isn't what I was expecting.

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