Stats released by BT's retail division show that online shopping spiked significantly on November 30th last year, the day of the wide-ranging strike of public sector workers. Sales on that day were 45 per cent higher than on the same day in 2010.
45 tracks, supposedly from the "Artists of 2012" but also including a handful of oldies from recently released compilations, are currently available for free over on Amazon UK's MP3 Downloads shop. If you're still young and enthusiastic enough to bother investigating new music, there's another late Christmas present. [Amazon UK]
A few customers relying on online delivery services for their Christmas shopping now find themselves relying on beans and cornflakes to get through the festive period, thanks to IT failures at posh shop F&M and supermarket chain Sainsbury's.
This re-usable shopping bag was created by Singapore-based design agency One Paradox to promote Canon's 500D DSLR. The sides of the bag each feature an image of the 500D as it appears to hang from the bag's neck strap handles.
There's the potential for the next generation of touchscreen LCD vending machines to be an all out assault on our senses. So here's hoping more companies will take this subtly animated approach instead of horrifying advertisements.
Starbucks is at last bringing its one-touch iOS payment app to the UK. From the 5th of January next year, coffee lovers will be able to link their Starbucks card to the Starbucks iPhone app and pay using the on-screen barcode.
Love it or hate it, Apple's pretty popular in the UK. Everyone and their Mums seem to have an iPhone or an iPod. But you might be surprised to learn that Apple is Britain's second most visited online retailer after Amazon.
Tesco might be taking in at least one in every eight pounds spent in the UK, but that hasn't stopped it attempting to innovate and fit more on its shelves. The next step has been to swap physical products for virtual ones.
eBay's bringing its 'buy-it-now' shopping experience to London for Christmas. The pop-up shop will run from the 1st to 5th of December, show casing product ideas labelled with QR codes for instant purchasing from your mobile.
All those packages you get from Jersey and Guernsey will soon cost a bit more, thanks to the government giving in to EU demands to stop businesses in the Channel Islands skipping charging VAT on small purchases.
A movie-goer's concept of prison economy is likely that it's a cigarette-fueled barter system. That may be part of it, but it only scratches the surface. The truth is a violent world of sex, drugs and... postage stamps?
True -- this feature, from our bigger brothers on Gizmodo US, is about an American prison, and not at all relevant to our law-abiding British readers here on Gizmodo UK. But we think it's a fascinating look at the very prison Johnny Cash once recorded a live album in: San Quentin. - Kat.
It's easy to avoid pushy sales clerks when shopping for new threads. So a department store in Japan now uses inescapable RFID-equipped clothing hangers that try to sell you other products and accessories when you take a garment off a rack.
Your pounding of the shopping centre halls can finally be put to good use thanks to some ingenious paving slabs. Before you ask -- yes, they do light up, but no, they don't pump Billie Jean muzak out of hidden speakers. Missing a trick, Westfield.