Black Friday: where are the best deals in the UK?

Many retailers have already launched pre-Christmas online and in-store offers – here are some of the discounts available

Black Friday is less than 48 hours away and many retailers have already unveiled pre-Christmas online and in-store discount offers. Here is a roundup of the best deals*, with retailers listed alphabetically – we will update the list as more deals are announced:

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Condom challenge: teens invent a new way to potentially maim themselves online

First we planked. Then we ice bucketed. Now, we condom challenge. Such is the way of the internet

It’s been a trying few weeks, so it’s nice to know that no matter how bad things get, there will always be people who are prepared to be idiots on the internet.

This year’s totally viral trend for recording yourself doing stupid stuff and posting it on the internet began a week ago, when two guys were messing around with a water balloon – before it all went wrong:

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Banking facing ‘Uber moment’, says former Barclays boss

Anthony Jenkins says technological advances could lead to the number of branches and employees falling by as much as 50%

Banking is reaching an “Uber moment” in which technological advances will lead to hundreds of branch closures and a possible halving of the number of staff employed in the sector, the former chief executive of Barclays has warned.

In a speech reported by Reuters, Antony Jenkins described technology as an “unstoppable force” which would lead to better customer service and a wave of new banks becoming household names.

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Cambridge Gates scholars urge foundation to divest

Recipients of Gates foundation scholarships at Cambridge University attack ‘untenable’ investments in fossil fuels

Recipients of Cambridge University scholarships funded by and named in honour of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have attacked the global health charity’s “untenable” investments in fossil fuels.

In a letter, 98 present and former Gates scholars urged the world’s largest charitable foundation to drop coal, oil and gas companies from its $43bn fund.

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Has video game reviewing become an impossible task?

With Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront drawing lukewarm reactions, what is the critic’s role in the age of patches and updates?

Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

This month we have managed to shock a few readers by giving four of the year’s biggest releases – Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Star Wars: Battlefront and Rise of the Tomb Raider – three stars out of five. All are decent in a lot of ways, all have intriguing ideas and look beautiful – but each of them is lacking in fundamental areas, whether that’s about original content, the depth of the mechanics, or basic functionality. Three stars, though, means they’re fundamentally good games. Three stars does not mean we’re haters.

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YouTube Kids app criticised over ‘junk food’ marketing videos

US-based groups want regulators to broaden their investigation of children’s app after finding videos for Coca-Cola, Oreos and other products

The YouTube Kids app is supposed to make watching YouTube videos a more child-friendly experience, but two US campaigning groups claim that it is not filtering out promotional videos for “junk food”.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) have filed new complaints with regulator the Federal Trade Commission, following objections lodged in April when YouTube Kids launched in the US.

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