When word broke last week that Apple was raising their App Store prices by a good 25% in the UK - and ONLY in the UK - a good number of fans took to the internet to protest this seemingly bizarre and unwarranted price increase. Though Apple claims that the price increase is a direct result of changes in local tax laws and foreign exchange rates, many customers remain dubious of the company's justification. Comments from iPhone and iPad owners included threats to begin jailbreaking their products as well as clever statements such as, "the only Apple product worth buying is the one you can eat."
Seeing as how this is a money saving blog, my initial reaction was to
provide iPhone users with a list of alternative app markets where they
could find them for cheaper without having to resort to obtaining them
illegally. The developers who provide us with quality apps for our
phones can only continue to do so if we give them our support, afterall.
However, as I've documented in the past, I am actually an owner of an
Android phone and therefore forgot about the fact that unlike Android,
Apple doesn't allow for alternative app markets (such as the Amazon
Appstore, Getjar, and SlideMe).
Recently, the Google co-founder told of what could only be described as an "Orwelian horror story of mass proportions" by fellow internet users. The claim was that other big companies, such as Apple and Facebook, were taking, or trying to take, the internet into their own hands. How much of this is true? Well, according to recent events, it's pretty much
all true and it applies not only to Apple and Facebook but to all the world's
superpowers. I mean, who can forget SOPA and all of that nonsense? Yes, that counts in the
"trying to rule the internet" category.
What does this mean for the average internet savvy saver like you or I?
Well, it could possibly be a disaster of epic proportions--or slightly
smaller less significant proportions. Imagine the internet but with a
subscription fee for different parts. Not like Xbox live but a
subscription for going to Amazon or for searching on Google.
Possibly even a little ticket booth on the side of your computer with
an annoying gnome who asks for ID when you go on to any unlisted
The world wide web is host to roughly one gazillion computer-tonnes of
information (that's what information is measured in right?) and word on
the internet is that Apple has 'accidentally' leaked some details about
the new iPad to the public. Surely what has been shown is enough to get
everyone pumped for a completely new revolutionary device filled with
lots of neat gadgets that is completely worth the extra £100 or so in
comparison to the older iPads? Well... almost.
Don't get me wrong Apple fans, the information given so far has been
pretty good. A faster processor, higher resolution screen and the
installation of Siri isn't something to scoff at but to a student it
may not be enough to warrant the cost.
In Apple's latest attempt to have you pay money to stand in queue for hours, the company unveiled the new Macbook Air at its Back to the Mac event. Unlike the previous Macbook Air, which for all of its manila folder-fitting thinness still managed to pack a hard drive inside, the new one takes a page out of the iPad's book and relies solely on flash memory. According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the new Macbook Air is "like nothing [Apple has] ever created before." Except, you know, for the old Macbook Air. Which, incidentally, happened to be very functionally similar to the regular Macbooks. And the old Macbooks in turn were sort of like portable versions of the iMac. So it's actually a lot like things they've created before.
With school soon starting, there's certainly a more than reasonable chance that many of you are looking to purchase or have just recently purchased a new computer. If that's the case, you'll probably have noticed that your computer is missing some essential pieces of software, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and a quality antivirus program. Purchasing copies of these programs new can cost upwards of several hundred pounds, making that a rather pricey option, especially for students.
Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives to these that are
available completely free of charge. Though they might not offer quite
the same functionality or versatility, more often than not, they provide
more than enough to get your work done. Below is some of what we've
found to be the cream of the crop:
Which is the smarter sex when it comes to saving money? Are
women really better at hunting out bargains and picking up voucher
codes? Or does the title automatically fall to men because they see
shopping as a chore rather than a pastime, so simply don't do as
much? Well statistically women are the more frugal sex - yes guys,
we may spend more time actually shopping than you do, but we spend
less money doing it! The vast majority of us have mastered the art
of saving money on everything from everyday essentials, to life's
However, a new study published in the Telegraph
this weekend could explain why. Surprisingly, some 60 years since
the women's movement, us ladies are still falling behind when it
comes to pay equality. In fact, women's starting pay is a massive
39 per cent less than men in the same job, and the average
performance related pay for women was just Â£2,875
compared to Â£14,554 for men.