Conversations from: September 2011

Is glasses-free 3D the future of TV?

Last week several members of our tech team packed their bags and headed to Berlin for IFA 2011. Among the throngs of new products, new glasses-free 3D TVs showed a glimpse of what the future might look like. (more about glass-free 3D...)

A Tesco in every postcode – what’s the problem?

Tesco, the supermarket behemoth, will soon have a store in every UK postcode – that’s over 2,700 stores. But is a “Tescopoly” really such a bad thing? Why do we have such a rocky relationship with Tesco? (more about Tesco's stores...)

Energy companies – stop being so pernickety about our bills

When energy prices are being hiked all over the place is it really fair to penalise customers further for insignificant issues like the name that appears on your bill? In my mind, these are just dirty pricing tactics… (more about energy companies...)

Food chains, just put calorie counts on your menus

We think all food chains should display calorie information on their menus. A bunch have already pledged to do so, like McDonalds and Pizza Hut, but there are others holding back. Why don’t they just bite the bullet? (more about calories on menus...)

Energy complaints are falling – but are we more satisfied?

Have you ever made a complaint about your energy company? Apparently the number of complaints has dropped, but does that really mean we're happier with the service, or could there be other reasons for the decline? (more about energy company complaints...)

New £5 notes – maybe we should revamp all banknotes?

The Bank of England is considering replacing the current £5 note with a plastic version, as well as making the £50 note more durable and harder to counterfeit. So is it time for a total revamp of the UK banknote system? (more about changing UK banknotes...)

When it comes to tech, energy saving is a turn-off

One of my bad habits is that I don’t switch off the TV at the socket before I go to bed - it drives my husband insane. But, according to our latest survey, I’m not alone. Do you switch off your tech products at night? (more about switching off tech...)

How much salt is in your sarnie?

A third of loaves contain as much salt per slice as a packet of crisps, according to Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH). Do you know how much salt is in your sandwich? (more about bread and salt...)

Stop slapping stupid Ss on gadget names

Quite a few years ago I can remember watching a snippet of an interview with the pop group S-Club 7 where they were asked what the “S” stood for. Now we’re having to ask the same question of tech manufacturers. (the S in tech...)

Are overcrowded trains running out of control?

Ever been squished onto a train like a Ribena-berry? We probably all have at some point. Perhaps even daily if we’re on one of the more crammed commuter lines… (more about train overcrowding...)

Without free flights, will you say “adios” to Avios and Airmiles?

Airmiles have influenced my spending habits over the last 20 years. The credit cards I’ve taken and the shops I buy from have led to one goal – more Airmiles and so more free flights. But it’s not free anymore… (more on Airmiles...)

This week in comments – light bulbs, laptops and toxic clothes

This week we've had Greenpeace penning a guest blog about toxic chemicals in clothes. We also revealed Samsung's new matte laptops and said farewell to 60W light bulbs. Here's what you've been saying... (this week in comments...)

Kids, stop stashing your cash and put it in a bank

When it comes to the saving habits of 11 to 18-year-olds, there’s good news and bad. Some 91% are saving regularly or occasionally, but only 28% are banking on the high street. The rest are stashing cash at home. (more about kids' savings...)

Should Which? publish safety ratings for kids’ products?

Safety is clearly important to parents of young children. We publish safety ratings for child car seats, but should we stretch our safety ratings to other kids’ products, like pushchairs, too? (more about safety ratings...)

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