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Meet Amazon's #1 Reviewer, A Quirky Woman Who Loves Battery Chargers

Ali Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon. She sounds a little quirky, too.


Autonomous Carts Make The Easiest Part Of Shopping Even Easier

The best part of grocery shopping isn’t finding some exotic new flavour of yoghurt or the free samples, it’s tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making checkout lanes less terrible.


Save Money Shopping Online: Buy In The US, Ship To Australia With ComGateway

The internet has revolutionised the way we shop. If you want a new tech gadget like a smartphone, tablet or laptop, or even a high-value fashion item, you don’t have to pay the high prices that Australian retail stores charge.


Hackers Ravaged A US Retailer With A Stolen Password

Earlier this year, Home Depot in the US confirmed that 56 million cards had been compromised, in one of the biggest retail security breaches in history. Now we know that much like the Target hack — which was traced to a heating company — Home Depot was infiltrated by custom malware and passwords stolen from a third party vendor.


How To Find The Perfect Hiking Boot

The most important item in your outdoor wardrobe, hiking boots grant you the ability to traverse challenging terrain, work to keep your entire body comfortable and supported while carrying heavy loads and help regulate temperature and dryness. They’re also a difficult purchase to get right, particularly if you’re buying online. Here’s how to do that.


Twitter's Latest Test Suggests That Tweet-Based Shopping Is Coming Soon

A group of Twitter users have spotted a “payment and shipping” option within their Android apps. As The Next Web pointed out, this is just one in a series of tests that suggest Jack Dorsey might be able to buy his latest monochromatic designer suit from within the platform he helped build.


Using The Oculus Rift To Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they’re going to have the exact car you’re looking for, with the right options, in the right colour. How do you know if it’s what you want if you can’t see it with your own eyes? With this new tool for the Oculus Rift, that might not be a problem anymore.


Shopping For A Ring Online? This Site Lets You 3D Print A Mockup

If you think shopping online for clothing was difficult, imagine spending thousands of dollars on a diamond engagement ring without trying it on first. That’s why Brilliance.com, an online jewellery retailer, has started letting customers print their own 3D mockups to try on at home.


What's The Most Expensive Thing You Can Find On Amazon?

This week, Amazon added (absurdly expensive) commemorative coins to the long list of things you can buy at from its sprawling online bazaar. And while none of us is going to go drop a couple mil on a coin — even with free shipping — it got us to thinking: what’s the most expensive item on Amazon?


Navigate By Barcode And Never Get Lost Again

Libraries have terrible maps; supermarkets and department stores have bad signage; all of them have a built-in system for navigation that we don’t use: barcodes.