Conversations from: August 2010

Xbox LIVE – should we pay for online gaming?

Get ready to pay more for multiplayer gaming on your Xbox 360. Microsoft's Xbox LIVE has been hailed by some as the pinnacle of online console gaming, but should we really have to pay to play online? (more about paying for Xbox LIVE...)

Amazon’s grocery service won’t be your one-stop shop

Amazon has long veered off course, but its new venture into grocery shopping is perhaps a step too far. We've taken it for a spin and let's just say, we don't think Tesco will be running scared anytime soon. (more about Amazon's grocery service...)

Soon we’ll all watch our TV online

As online video consumption continues to rise, it's likely most of us will soon get our telly fix over the internet. A trend that'll be further influenced by the promise of internet enabled TVs. (more about watching TV online...)

Want cash for gold? Turn to eBay not TV adverts

"Have you got any old gold lying around? Want to turn it into cash?" Then stay away from cash-for-gold advertisers and log in to your eBay account. You'll get five times more cash for your gold there anyway. (more about selling gold...)

Digital cameras damaged by death of viewfinders

Digital camera screens are getting larger and brighter – but what good is that if you still can’t use them in strong sunlight? Surely there’s still a place for the old-fashioned viewfinder? (more about the death of viewfinders...)

Are you paying the right price for your mail?

Royal Mail's making a right royal mess of its pricing system. Many of us are paying too much or too little to send our mail, forcing people to cough up at the other end. (more about postage prices...)

Will you buy a 3D TV?

We've all been ogling 3D movies at the cinema. Avatar broke box-office records, but it looks like consumers are happier to spend a tenner on the 3D experience than shell out a grand for it in their living room. (more about desiring 3D TV...)

Is this the end of physical formats?

Since humankind first scribbled on cave walls there's been countless ways to document information. But with the advent of MP3s, GPS and 'the cloud' could we be saying our last farewell to physical formats? (more about physical formats' funeral...)

Libraries – use them or lose them

With few of us using them regularly and the government looking to make major spending cuts, more and more libraries are under threat of closure. So how can we save the library? (more about losing libraries...)

Banks still tempt students with rubbish freebies

Why did you choose your student bank account? Because of its massive interest-free overdraft, or because of its rubbish incentives? I'll put a £10 iTunes voucher on it being the latter. (more about rubbish student account freebies...)

Is media multitasking turning our brains to mush?

Mobiles, social networking, email, instant messenger, TV… With so many different ways to communicate and consume media we're all turning to multitasking to keep up. But can our brains cope? (more about media multitasking...)

Watch out – ‘fuel switch sharks’ are on the prowl

Why are so many of us switching energy suppliers by falling for doorstep sellers' patter when we could be using a comparison site? Are we lazy, uninformed, or simply unaware of just how useful they are? (more about fuel switch sharks...)

Our survey says – self-service checkouts suck

Self-service checkouts are a regular feature in our supermarkets, but it's been claimed that they haven't cut queuing times. Whether this is true or not, your votes show that more of you loathe than love them. (more about...)

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