Cake AR Lets You Try Make Up Before You Buy

We’ve all seen that wonderful thing you are interested in online. From the holiday sales offering you everything from the perfect night out dress to that new makeup, the worst part of any online purchase is when you open it and find that it doesn’t quite look like you thought it would; Cake AR is looking to change just that.

They’ve already released the tool on their lipstick and eye shadow pages and don’t worry no downloads involved. The tool forgoes uploading an image like conventional try before you buy systems and uses your webcam to map the new you in real time (with a bit of lag for good measure). If you move slowly the product’s changes will even follow you around, meaning that you can see the new lipstick and eyeshadows from different angles without having to send it back because it was a “bad purchase”.

With tools like this coming out more and more regularly, it may be sooner rather than later that you can buy clothes and accessories online without worrying about the money you could have wasted. With the ability to design your own cars, build your own house tools and now viewing your makeup before you buy don’t you just love online shopping.

GAME and Overclockers UK Announce New Partnership

It’s been clear for a while now that high-street retailer GAME were looking to take PC gaming more seriously. Having invested heavily in Multiplay and the iSeries LAN gaming even here in the UK, as well as other gaming ventures around the country, they’ve been a big player in helping the eSports scene across the country. Now it seems they’re going to be bringing premium PC gaming, glorious PC gaming if you will, right into the heart of their retail stores, a big win for PC gamers!

“GAME, the UK’s leading video games retailer, and Overclockers UK, the UK’s leading PC gaming hardware specialist, have joined together in a partnership that sees an extensive range of exclusive gaming PCs, components and accessories available in selected GAME stores* and online at GAME.co.uk/pcgaming, from Friday 4th December.” said OCUK in a recent statement.

What’s great is that you’ll be able to trade in products against the new PC hardware available in store, such as your console can be traded for something shiny, like a new PC! While you can also spread the cost with GAME Finance and earn 2% back on every purchase with the GAME Reward scheme.

“Over the next few weeks the partnership will increase further with the integration of GAME Wallet into Overclockers UK’s website (www.overclockers.co.uk), enabling gamers to spend their GAME Reward points and top-up and trade-in credit directly with Overclockers. In 2016, Overclockers UK will also launch GAME’s PC digital content range for sale on the Overclockers UK website making it easier than ever for gamers to access the retailer’s range of over 3,000 digital PC products.”

GAME’s Basingstoke and Trafford Centre (Manchester) stores will be the first two stores to introduce interactive Overclockers displays, and it is expected that many more will follow in the coming weeks and months, with staff on hand to give technical advice, support and more.

Charlotte Knight, GAME Retail’s UK Managing Director, said: “As the UK’s leading gaming specialist we are constantly working to enhance our offer in every area of gaming, making gaming more accessible to the widest community possible. This exciting new partnership with Overclockers epitomises our dedication to this, and particularly within the PC gaming category. Overclockers UK’s reputation for high performance PC hardware proceeds them – their fantastic in store and online offering through GAME will immediately enhance our offer for PC gamers, giving them access to a huge range of specialist PC products with the added benefits that shopping through GAME brings.”

Steve Ling, Overclockers UK’s Executive Director, said: “The combination of Overclockers UK’s expertise and the retail estate of GAME is the ultimate way to introduce and demonstrate gaming hardware to a wider audience. By working with GAME we can give customers somewhere to experience PC gaming on the high street outside of our Newcastle-Under-Lyme store. We’re also excited to expand our product range to give customers digital content through the Overclockers UK website. We also have future plans on giving customers the option to purchase using GAME Wallet”.

Miodrag Relic, Caseking’s Business Development Director, said: “Caseking Group through Overclockers UK are excited to be in a long term partnership with GAME. Starting with presence on the high street, we are looking to combine the strength of Caseking and GAME to gain a larger share of the PC gaming market, even beyond UK shores. There are more exciting things to come”.

Having personally worked in GAME myself before working for eTeknix, and being close friends with the guys at OCUK, and a PC gamer, I’m happy to see this partnership hit the high streets. There’s little to no consumer friendly presence in the UK from any major highstreet retailer when it comes to PC gaming, at least in my opinion, and it’s a good thing to see that trend slowly changing.

For more information, head into your one of the GAME stores above or visit: http://www.game.co.uk/pcgaming

More Retailers Down – Another Round of DDoS Attacks?

It seems that the DDoS attacks which took down major UK retailers such as Scan, Aria and Novatech are far from over. We’ve seen reports and experienced issues first hand with sites like CCL Computers, Overclockers UK (and their Forums) and Chillblast all being hit last night and today with the sites being unaccessible.

You can try the sites yourself, but popular up-time checker Down for Everyone is showing similar reports. We’ve even seen Chillblast reporting on Twitter that their services have been down, but seem to be back up at the moment.

What’s weird about this attack is that its specifically PC system integrators and retail websites in the UK, so it seems someone has picked this market as flavour of the week. Scan have reported that they received an email asking for Bitcoins if they want their service restored, but it seems that none of the sites hit so far as stupid enough to pay, as that would open the door for further attacks, nor guarantee their recovery in the first place.

Could this be the same? It certainly seems so and we’ll be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops.

Have you noticed any major UK tech websites down today? Let us know in the comments section below.

30 Days Returns Now Law In The UK

We’ve all had it before, you’ve gone out and brought something new, something nice and shiny and you get it home, open the package like a child at Christmas and when you go to use it, you find it won’t work. Sometimes it takes a little longer, like that MP3 player you had which worked for about a week and then one day just stopped turning on. How about that phone screen which turned black after two weeks and yet still rings? We have even come across that with video games, when you buy that bit of software and then suddenly half way through the first level you find that it’s taken up all your RAM and your computer is slower than your calculator? Now you don’t have to worry about that, at least not for the first 30 days.

In the UK, on the 1st of October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act came into effect. This is the first time that your rights, or at least those outlining digital content, have been set in law. Previously the best you had was that you were entitled to a refund within a “reasonable time”, if it takes you a week to get around to playing a game and they said you should have played it on the first day, you were in trouble. Now you have one month to claim, and if a repair or replacement is impossible you are entitled to a refund. The refund must, I repeat MUST, arrive within 14 days of the acknowledgement of the claim by the retailer.

What about that game you download only to find it has come with a bunch of hidden bonus features, and not of the good kind. Well if their software has infected your PC with viruses, you could be liable for compensation (cue the automated phone calls).

Have you ever had to request a refund for a fault game? How about a piece of technology that broke just before/after the warrenty period ended?

Thank you Independent for the information.

Thank you Pc Gamer for the image.

Here’s How to Get $200 off Your Newly Bought Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It’s been a while since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4. Even so, people do enjoy it and proof stands in the number of people owning such an Android device. Samsung did pay attention to this and is still interested in getting people to buy the Note 4 with a new rebate promotion in the US.

According to the rules, everyone who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 handset at full price from a retailer or carrier is eligible to get $200 back. In order to get your hands on the cash, Samsung needs your contact information, the handset’s IMEI and the Wi-Fi MAC address, along with a photo of the receipt that has the purchase date clearly visible.

Once all the above have been submitted, it is said that it usually takes up to two working weeks to receive the money. One thing to take into account is that wireless carriers such as US Cellular or Sprint are not eligible. Also, the offer is only available between the 7th and 26th of July, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this chance!

More information on the terms and conditions can be found here and you can start your rebate application here.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TheGadgetBook

Why Use Online Stores When You Can Buy Directly Through Google!

Earlier this month I wrote about a new project Google is going to try testing out in which you will be able to quickly order food through Google and a list of authorised fast food retailers near where you are. Seems that food isn’t all Google wants to sink their teeth into, with them looking to help you buy things quicker without even leaving the google search page.

The “buy buttons” will live inside the ads that are placed at the top of your search results, you know the ones which are sponsored and are paid for by companies?  When clicked, unlike the Google Store Pages, you’ll be taken to yet another page within Google from which you can order the product, all while still being on the Google website. You could even save your card details to make this an easy purchase with one touch buying (similar to what the Android store and Amazon store offer).

Apparently due to the success of the mobile site the new feature will start with testing on their mobile site and not on their desktop site. With an initial launch area of a “small percentage”, the chances are that unless you are looking for it, you might not even notice the new feature being tested out.

With the ability to search for products from a variety of online retailers with Google Shopping, and now potentially allowing direct access to the shops with easy buying, is Google looking to move its name onto online retailing as a distributor, similar to how amazon helps small time retailers by letting them list their wares on their site?

With “google it” already synonymous with ‘search for it online’, how long before it comes to mean ‘to order online’ as well?

Thanks to The Verge for providing us with this information.

PlayStation 4 Gets New Hack That Allows Users to Install Pirated Games

As security measures and tech advances, so do methods to take them down or work around them. This is the case for a new hack recently discovered for Sony’s PlayStation 4 consoles, which allows users to install pirated games on their consoles.

Reports say that the hack might be coming from a Russian Website that Brazilian retailers use to install games on customers’ PS4 consoles, charging between $100 and $150 for 10 games and $15 for extra games, should they choose to get more than 10.

Sony was faces with a similar hack for its PS3 consoles, but the method used on the PS4 appears to be different. Unlike the PS3 hack which required users to have a modified firmware to allow installation and play of pirated content, the PS4 version seems to use some sort of NAN/BIOS cloning that will keep Sony scans from shutting you down.

The war on piracy has been raging on for ages now, but there’s still a long way to go before it will end (if ever). However, though it has been mentioned before, it is useless to use a lot of funds to try to take down piracy methods due to the fact that other ones will just crop up in their place again. Nevertheless, Sony will not turn a blind eye to this hack and will eventually find a way to plug it as it did with the PS3.

Thank you Sci-Tech Today for providing us with this information

Ikea Hosts Online Weddings

Where should we get married, Ikea? I wouldn’t have said Ikea was even a place that I would think of getting married in, yet the Swedish retailer has seen an opportunity in the marital market.

Last week the major retailer Ikea launched a new service called Wedding Online. The new service allows couples to hold a virtual ceremony attended by their closest friends and the rest of the internet if you wish.

Ikea will then process the webcam streams and live impose them onto a location. The whole process seems a bit odd and will definitely not be as romantic  as a normal wedding. You could dress up in a tuxedo or dress but as it only streams your head no one would know if you’re sat there in your jogging bottoms and tank top.

You’ll also miss out on the dad dancing at the do afterwards, the free food and drink and the eardrum splitting cheesy music that should never see the light of day.

Ikea have the system released already on their website but it’s in Swedish so may be rather difficult to work out, however after clicking a few buttons on the site you should be able to make it into the section to start a ceremony.

Ikea have posted a video onto YouTube advertising the new system

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Thanks to Designtaxi for the information

Images courtesy of ikea

Microsoft Xbox One Price Drop Now Official

Have you postponed your Xbox upgrade lately? Well, its high time to get your shopping mood on! It seems Microsoft has just lowered its Xbox One price to £299.99 on its official Xbox One store in the UK.

There have been quite a few deals for the Xbox One on the UK market lately, the latest one coming from Asda and its Xbox One console bundle at just £249. However, the company now seems to be officially lowering the price tag below the £300, which in turn indicates that more attractive deals are on their way.

The Redmond giant is also teasing with future exclusive releases for its console on its webpage, including blockbusters such as Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Fable Legends, and Quantum Break, all due to arrive late this year.

“There’s only one place to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbusters this year, like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. Experience the most advanced multiplayer on Xbox Live, powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance. Quickly switch between games, live TV, and apps. And instantly resume your game where you left off.”

In addition to the latter, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to brag about its cross-platform gaming supports, stating that its console is “the only one where you can connect with friends and play across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs”.

Additional technologies are also highlighted in the ad, such as the instant resume, the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs or tables in your home, “the industry leading controller and revolutionary Kinect technology” and even its ability to provide users with constant features and enhancements.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has actually brought a sweet deal on the table and more are yet to come from retailers all around the UK. A similar approach has been made on the US market not too long ago, indicating that the price drop might not actually be for a limited time only.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Xbox UK

Halo: MMC Xbox One Revealed, Shipping Worldwide This Month

If you are a Halo fan and haven’t had the chance to upgrade your Xbox 360 to the new Xbox One, then waiting a little longer won’t hurt. The Xbox One bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection has recently been announced and it will be available worldwide for $350.

The bundle contains the Xbox One console, along with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which is comprised of the remastered versions of Halo 1 through 4 and some extra content such as Halo: Nightfall; the bundle does not include a Kinect device.

Though the Halo: MMC Xbox One bundle is said to be available in-stores this month, Microsoft stated that customers should check with their local retailers to find out exactly when it will be available in their area.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Newegg Reportedly Heading To Europe, Including the UK, As Early As This March

If you’re living in the United States, Canada, China or Taiwan, then you should know or have even used Newegg to buy all sorts of electronic devices, including PC hardware. The online retailer of hardware and software was founded by Fred Chang, a Taiwanese immigrant, in 2001.

Since then, it had a substantial amount of requests from potential European customers, however with no indication of the services being available in the region anytime soon. However, things are about to change in the near future.

The online retailer has recently announced that it will be bringing its services to Europe, including the UK. Newegg has planned to start business with its potential customers as early as this March, however the retailer is said to start a ‘soft’ launch at first in order to test the waters before becoming more confident about its shipping and supply lines.

Newegg allegedly claims to have 25 million registered users and 8.5 million subscribers to its regular email bulletins, numbers that look set to grow if the company can find a way to stand amidst competition like Amazon, eBuyer and the British PC-specialist Scan.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Amazon UK Increase PlayStation 4 Pre-Order Price By £53.49!

Demand is heating up for next-gen consoles and as we approach Christmas there will be less and less units available to meet demand, leaving many Christmas shoppers without a console in time for Christmas day.

I’ve had mind pre-ordered for months, so fortunately my price is locked at £349.99 and I’m sure many other people are reaping that same benefit. However, if you’re coming late to the party then you may find you have to pay a lot more to get a console this year, Amazon UK have added a whopping £53.49 to the price due to increased demand.

This could be the first sign that stock is running low, many retailers in the US are literally out of stock now, despite Sony having exceeded expectations in terms of manufacturing. While other retailers may be charging less, expect a counter move very soon as stock runs low, or even out completely. Beyond this your last hope of one in time for Christmas could be paying over the odds on eBay.

I don’t mean this to be a jab at Microsoft because I’m not biased on this, but it is funny that even with the price hike due to low stock, it is still cheaper than the Xbox One.

Thank you Amazon for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Amazon.

Retailers see unexpected GTX Titan sales

With Nvidia launching the GTX Titan graphics card today, several retailers have seen some quite surprising results.

After speaking with retailers Overclockers UK and Scan, they have both seen a very strong launch with the GeForce GTX Titan with initial strong sales.

With a high price point and a niche market, we all had to wonder how well sales would do and from what we can see, it’s a very good time for Nvidia, their board partners and retailers in general.

Both Scan and Overclockers are expecting stock to arrive within the next weeks so consumers should have plenty of choice for purchasing this mammoth of a card.