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7 travel essentials to help improve your holiday experience
Travelling is one of the great joys in life. It helps you broaden your horizons, meet new people and experience different cultures and cuisine. It can also be stressful, especially on longer trips, and then there’s the packing – that’s no joke! So here at Pyramid HQ we decided to put together a list of 7 essentials to help you make the most of that well earned time away.
Monzo Card
We start off with one of our favourite products at the moment, the Monzo Card. Monzo is tearing up the banking game right now with their simple, customer-focused ethos. We’re all about that here at Casa de Pyramid.
Using your Monzo Card when travelling abroad is so simple and stress-free. It lets you pay in shops, restaurants and online, anywhere in the world. Monzo passes Mastercard’s exchange rate directly to you and doesn’t add fees or additional charges. You can also withdraw up to £200 every 30 days for free. If you use up your allowance, there’s a 3% charge on withdrawals after that. The good guys at Monzo will also let you know the current exchange rate, give you tips on travelling with your Monzo card in whatever country you’re in at that moment and lets you automatically categorise transactions as holidays expenses while you travel abroad, letting you see exactly how much you spent on your travels.
Trtl Neck Pillow
Next up is the incredible travel pillow from Trtl. Travelling can be tiring, sometimes it’s a real struggle to find a comfortable position to get some much-needed shut-eye – you end up flapping around like beached whale, annoying your fellow passengers. Well, all that struggle and strife is a thing of the past. The guys at Trtl have come up with a comfortable, lightweight travel pillow that doubles up as a neck rest. The ingenious design helps you recharge your batteries while you travel and lets you arrive at your destination fully refreshed and ready for your holiday adventures.
 
Pyramid WiFi
Time for some shameless self-promotion. Everyone needs a best friend, and the internet’s best friend is the Pyramid WiFi box. If the internet had its own Facebook account it would have one friend, and that friend would be Pyramid WiFi. A small and light Smart VPN router, Pyramid WiFi protects your privacy and removes online restrictions when you travel.
Do you hate missing your favourite Premier League games and favourite shows when you travel?! Well fret no more my jet setting friend – our simple, easy-to-use device lets you change your location and unlock sport and content from the UK, keeping you up to date on what’s going down in Albert Square, the latest murder in Hollyoaks and letting you watch all the sporting action while you chill by the pool and post Instagram snaps of your oiled-up legs.
The box also takes away the risk of using public networks. Pyramid WiFi works like an invisibility cloak for your personal information, stopping internet providers and any other nosy network sniffers from recording your browsing history – no needs to know where you buy your socks.
 
Phox Water bottle
It’s import to stay hydrated when you travel, so keep yourself refreshed with the Phox Go water bottle. Our good friends Phox are on a mission to provide a solution to the planet’s ever-increasing single-use plastic problem. Phox provide reusable filters to turn tap water into electrolyte-rich alkaline water and their bottles help carry it everywhere in a sustainable and stylish manner. The Phox bottle controls the temperature and keeps water ice cold for 24 hours. You can help the planet and its mission while looking and staying cool. It’s a no brainer travel solution.
 
Tens Sunglasses
Next up is Tens sunglasses. Fed up of sunglasses dulling your holiday experience down?! It’s okay, Tens have got your back! Tens have created beautiful, stylish frames with a custom lens tint with rich, warm tones that help brighten up your day and see your holiday in a different light while looking exceedingly cool.
 
Kindle Paperwhite
I got 99 problems, but a book ain’t one… uh… Travelling and going on that well-earned holiday always gives you a chance to get stuck into that reading list you’re always meaning to start. But with packing space at a premium its time to get with the kids and leave those dusty books behind and get a Kindle eBook reader. The Paperwhite comes with at least 8GB internal storage so can hold thousands of books, providing ample room for your Harry Potter and 50 Shades collections or your favourite self-help audiobook when you’re going through a post cocktail existential crisis. The ebook is also waterproof so if 50 Shades gets you all hot and bothered you can jump in for a cold shower and read it there.
 
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (power bank)
Your average holidaymaker has more gadgets than Batman these days. Those gadgets make all the train, plane, taxi and bus journeys bearable while travelling to your destinations. The thing is, they all need power, lots of it. That’s where a power bank comes in very handy. A power bank lets you charge your phone and tablets on the go, helping to keep your gadgets help keep you going. One of our favourites is the Anker PowerCore. Our favourite model, the 26800, lets you charge 3 devices at the same time and will be able to charge your phone or tablet multiple times before it needs a recharge.

Best of Prime Day 2019 – Top 10

It’s here, Prime Day has landed! Right now thousands of quick-fingered, eagle-eyed shoppers are hunting down bargains in Amazon’s annual online flash sale extravaganza. To help you stay clear of the dreaded FOMO we’ve put together some of the best deals happening just now.

10. Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, Over Ear Wireless Headphones, Matte Black.

First up is Sennheiser’s incredible HD 4.50 over-ear headphones. Sennheiser has been of the major forces in the headphones game for a while, producing top-level audio equipment for music producers and DJs alike. You can get your hands on this incredible piece of kit for only £89.99, which is a massive 50% saving.

Available at https://amzn.to/2jVSWIY

9. Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones, White.

We’re keeping it in the headphones game. Like Sennheiser, Bose is killing it with their headphone and earphones range. Amazon have been super swell and offered a pretty nifty 38% off Bose’s SoundLink headphones at £124.95. You can get the deal on both the black and white models, we’re a fan of the white ones 🙂

Available at https://amzn.to/2jRO0EV

8. Amazon Echo  – Smart Speaker with Alexa, Charcoal Fabric.

As always, Prime Day is serving up some incredible deals on Amazon’s in-house products and services. First up on our list is the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa. More than just a speaker that pumps our incredible sounding music, Echo’s (with the help of Alexa) also lets you do a ton of things like make calls, set alarms, ask questions, check the weather, manage to do lists and lots more! Heck, you can even ask Alexa to read you a book. For £54.95, we think this is an absolute belter of a bargain!

Available at https://amzn.to/2lcuenT

7. Anker PowerCore 20100 – Ultra High Capacity Power Bank, Black.

Next up is the incredible and very essential Anker Power Banks, yes power banks… Everyone kicks around with about 147 electronic gadgets these days. Those gadgets need power, and lots of it (poor polar ice caps…). To help avoid an energy catastrophe and spending a whole afternoon with no phone/tablet access, get yourself an Anker Power Bank. For Prime Day, Amazon is offering the Anker PowerCore 20100 for only £23.09.

Available at https://amzn.to/32sVUWM

6. Hot Tubs – Up to 40% off on Amazon Prime.

Everyone loves a hot tub, I mean they even made a sick ass film about them. Granted the film also includes time travel, but at the end of the day, the main feature was a bloody hot tub. If you want to start living the good life and start having Tuesday afternoon hot-tubbing sessions, Amazon is delivery some pretty decent deals, check them out!

Available at: https://amzn.to/2laBcK6

5. Kindle Paperwhite 6” – 8GB.

I got 99 problems, but a book ain’t one, uh… There’s nothing better than reading a good book and delving into another world or discovering who that nasty killer was. Amazon has made it easier than ever before to read all your favourites with their Kindle range. If you haven’t got one yet, its time to get down with the kids and leave those dusty books behind. Amazon has a whole range of deals on Kindles for Prime Day. Our pick is the 6” Paperwhite which comes with 8GB internal memory, more than enough room for the whole Harry Potter and 50 Shades collections plus your favourite self-help audiobook when your going through your usual existential crisis. The ebook is also waterproof so if 50 Shades gets you all hot and bothered you can jump in for a cold shower and read it there.

Available at https://amzn.to/2jVJsNT

4. Prime Deals

As I mentioned, Amazon offers pretty impressive deals for their services too. If you’d like to immerse yourself in a world of music, audiobooks, television and film these deals might just be what you’re looking for.

– Get3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free (usually £7.99 a month) [You save £23.97]. Available at https://amzn.to/2lwHhAD
– Get 4 months of Music Unlimited for just £0.99 (usually£9.99 a month) [You save £38.97]. Available at https://amzn.to/2k4r1X1
– Get a £10 Amazon credit when you sign up for a 30-day free trial of Audible. Available at https://amzn.to/2ldSdmF|
– Rent movies for just £1.99 (usually £4.49) on Prime Video. Available at https://amzn.to/2lyRjkP

3. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker with Alexa, Charcoal Fabric

It’s just a small but mighty version of the Echo. It bumps out your favourite tunes in high-quality audio, it can take calls and Alexa is basically at your beck and call. What more do you want for £22.00?!

Available at https://amzn.to/2k2fw2j

2. Pyramid WiFi – Mini VPN Router

If you’re looking to unlock IPTV or websites, access TV abroad or just generally protect yourself online – Pyramid WiFi is a powerful little gadget to own.

For Prime Day, there’s £30 off all bundles making the cheapest bundle just £19 (rather than the usual £49.99). There’s also free next-day delivery and deals are live both direct and at Amazon.

Finally, if you’re feeling lucky, there’s also a £355 Prime Day Bundle to be won, for all the deets visit pyramidwifi.com/primeday 🔥

Available at: https://amzn.to/2k27yGq

1. Amazon Fire Stick 4K

Number 1 is the incredible Amazon Fire 4k stick! What can we say about this little beauty?! The easy to use streaming device lets you watch content from the likes of Amazon Prime, BBC, Netflix, Channel 4, ITV as well as apps from YouTube and Facebook. You can launch and control content with it’s voice recognition software and Alexa is always there to give a helping hand. For £19.99 it’s a complete steal!

Available at https://amzn.to/2LVO4yL

How to Win on Prime Day

It’s time, Prime Day 2019 is upon us.

Amazon’s annual flash sales event drops ends Midnight on Tuesday. It’s basically a relatively civilised, online version of Black Friday minus the sweat and flying elbows of fellow bargain hunters. Running since 2015, Prime Day gives Amazon users access to deals and discounts on tech, electronic and much more!

To be able to take advantage of the deals and discount though, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. If you’re not a member yet, don’t fret you can still join in on the sales extravaganza by signing up their free 30-day trial here (students, your free trial period last a whole 6 months – get on that!).

Generally, there are two type of deals to watch out for. You’ve got deals that last whole days or the full Prime Day period. Then you’ve got Lightning Deals, which have limited availability ending either when it sells out or the time runs out. Prime Day is not for the shopping novice and faint hearted – deals come and go pretty fast – so you’ve got to be on your toes.

As you’d expect, Prime Day 2019 should see a massive push on Amazon’s own products. There other great deals to be found, especially in the electronics category, check out our rundown of the top 2019 deals.

This year is expected to be even bigger and better, so here are few hints and tips to help make sure you don’t miss out on the sales action:

Lightning Deals, make sure you’re on the ball and don’t miss out on them as they’re one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a belter of a bargain. That being said, if you do miss out on a Lightning Deal don’t get too upset, join the waiting list – new sales start all the time, and if it goes back on sale Amazon will send you a notification. Another top tip, shop around! Many retailers are starting to wise up and price match with Amazon on Prime Day, so don’t put your eggs in one basket and have a look at other outlets like Curry’s, John Lewis and Argos etc. before making your purchase.

We’re also dropping some Prime Day heat here at Pyramid HQ 🔥with up to £30 off all of our bundles at pyramidwifi.com/primeday. Or if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter our giveaway with a Prime Entertainment Bundle worth £355, which includes Pyramid WiFi Lifetime Bundle, a Kindle E-Reader, an Amazon Fire Stick and an Echo Dot – enter at pyramidwifi.com/prime

Goodluck shoppers!

Junior Marketing Executive

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Starting at £18,000 p/a
  • Full-time

We’re looking for someone who has a way with words, and will be able to communicate our brand voice. You’ll be joining at our HQ in Glasgow.

At Pyramid, we’ve built a new kind of WiFi router. One that fits in your pocket, protects your privacy and gets rid of pesky restrictions 🚀

You’ll be at the heart of Pyramid

Our mission is to make online freedom open to anyone.

We’re already on our way by building a great product but to thrive we need to share our vision for a better internet with the world 💪

Our product may be tech, but our brand is not technical. We like to speak in “plain english”, as the language our audience uses, and not to be formal or corporate.

What will you be doing day to day?

This is a dynamic role, so enthusiasm is needed as you’ll be wearing lots of hats and refining a range of skills, as part of a small and growing start up:

  • Working closely with our CEO to help implement the marketing and communications strategy
  • Convey the company’s tone of voice in all communications
  • Get involved in content creation – brainstorming, writing, editing etc
  • Communicate with target audiences and build and develop customer relationships
  • Own and grow our Affiliate Marketing channel, helping to add and communicate with brand partners
  • Help with marketing plans, advertising, direct marketing and campaigns
  • Support PR opportunities 

This role has incredible opportunity for growth and the right candidate can become a key player in a fast growing business.

You should apply if: 

  • You are a positive person and enjoy being challenged
  • You have flawless written English
  • You have a willingness to be flexible in daily tasks and responsibilities
  • You have an eye for design and excellent attention to detail
  • You not only have ideas but also can execute (you’re a doer), able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Understand Affiliate Marketing and how to best utilise it’s powers
  • You give really good feedback (and take it too)
  • You want to be part of the team that makes Pyramid!

Bonus points if:

  • You can demonstrate an interest/experience in copywriting, marketing or digital creative work.
  • You have some knowledge of Adobe packages e.g. Illustrator, Photoshop etc

There are also some serious perks 🙌

  • Great people. Join 15 other passionate and ambitious people at our growing and collaborative HQ in Glasgow.
  • Flex your body and your mind with plenty of learning opportunities and free Gym membership at our neighbouring PureGym
  • Flexible working hours. If you’re not a morning person, you’ll be glad to know we focus on results and not when you start.
  • Monthly activity outings 🏄
  • Great culture. We have an authentically good culture as a small and ambitious start up (not a corporation with bean bags).
  • Potential to become a key player in the business, with potential for growth in salary and equity for the right person.

Sound like a match?

This position will be available on a full-time basis. 

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form.

Pyramid WiFi Review

If you are a TV or movie fiend like myself you’ll already know that what you can stream online is very often tied to your IP address and where you are in the world. Take Netflix for example, while I access the service from within the UK their servers will only allow me to peruse a fraction of the TV shows and movies available to US based customers who pay a similar amount as I do per month.

VPNs and proxies are as old as the hills but they are often cumbersome, unreliable and all too easily blocked by content and service providers. Not to mention the fact that with many VPNs every website, service and stream you visit or use is collected in a log and can be analysed or even shared by your provider.  
  
Enter the Pyramid WiFi!

The Pyramid WiFi box is a tiny lightweight gadget which is smaller and thinner than an Amazon Echo Dot and it’s true what they say; good things do come in small packages!

This tiny device packs an almighty punch and allows your smart TV, video steamer, computer, iPad, smartphone etc to connect to one of 3,500 servers across 60 countries at the click of a button. The gadget connects to your router via WiFi or ethernet cable and the easy-to-use user interface allows you to select the country of the server you wish to connect to in order to unlock the content you wish to watch. If you have a testy firewall you can even connect using the handy ‘stealth mode’.

Its use isn’t limited to within your home. You can take your Pyramid WiFi and use it in any public WiFi hotspot provided you power it using a power bank or your laptop USB port. Using your Pyramid with a WiFi hotspot ensures all of your traffic is encrypted and secure and any miscreant nearby can’t intercept your data and steal your credentials.

The Pyramid device not only unlocks the internet by removing geographical restrictions but keeps you and your family safe online by cloaking your IP address, preventing your ISP or VPN provider from logging your internet usage and protecting you while you use public WiFi hotspots even if they are unsecured. There are plans to launch an app Pyramid Go, which will allow users to benefit from the protection and cloaking features while on the go using their 4G connection.

Paul McGinley, the man behind the Pyramid won a Student Enterprise award from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise for his invention and concept in 2016. Pyramid is a corporate supporter of The Open Rights Group and online they are advocating for the rolling-back of what they refer to on their website as ‘a rapid decline in freedoms in the UK.’

I’ve used Pyramid for just over a week now and I’ve already been able to cancel my long-standing VPN subscription. The Pyramid arrived in a very smart and sleek box and I had it set up and functioning within five minutes. I’ve been using the device to watch (a very kind friends’) US television package and have unlocked a whole host of additional US content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. If you want to stay safe online, get the most out of your streaming subscriptions and don’t want every step of your online life being recorded by your ISP or VPN provider, then I’m sure you’ll love Pyramid as much as I do. Unlike many other services I’ve tried over the years, the Pyramid device and its servers are very fast and I didn’t spend half the time buffering or watching an out-of-sync video.  

Pyramid is available to buy online at an introductory price following a soft invite-only launch last month. You can currently buy a Pyramid WiFi device with a 2 month pass for £39, with an annual pass for £69 or a lifelong pass for £199. If you choose the monthly option, the subscription will renew month to month at £5.99 and you can cancel your service at any time. Pyramid WiFi comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.

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Has Theresa May made porn a human rights issue?

Government-imposed parental controls are coming. But is it a gross violation of civil liberties or a stroke of genius?

Under legislation pioneered by Theresa May the internet is about to change and by the end of this year, you will be required to use a credit card or other form of ID to access adult content online. In this article, we explore what age verification will look like, whether it’s the beginning of the end for online freedoms and how you can avoid it.

What is Age Verification?

Living in the UK, many of us are familiar with the concept of having to flash a drivers license in order to buy some cheap cider or go clubbing. But until now, it’s not been required in our bedrooms.

However, with the recent Digital Economy Act passing into law, and a late-2018 deadline for sites to implement Age Verification checks, you may soon be faced with the dilemma of whether to rely on your imagination or sacrifice your privacy as all sites which contain adult content will legally be required to obtain documents to prove your identity.

What will it look like?

The main way that Age Verification is expected to be implemented is through Age ID, a system developed by MindGeek, one of the world’s most popular media companies that nobody has ever heard of…

Whilst you may not be familiar with the mothership, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with the daughter brands with MindGeek operating some of the world’s largest ‘adult tube’ sites including PornHub, Redtube, Tube8 and YouPorn. These sites have a viewership higher than Channel 4 in the UK, suggesting that the Great British Bake Off is not the only place the British public enjoy seeing a soggy bottom.

Their verification system is likely to work by requiring you to enter your credit card or upload photographic ID, creating an account which links your identity with the content you usually conceal with private browsing mode.

The company says it expects to sign-up 25 million people in the UK to its system, which is around a third of the entire population and over half of all internet users. It seems almost absurd – in the era of daily breaches, GDPR and the Cambridge Analytica scandal – that our government would not only allow, but actively orchestrate the development of a system which could expose the sexual viewing history of millions of people.

With credit ratings, most people are familiar with the concept that the way they spend money leaves a digital trail, something that re-entered the public consciousness just last year when Equifax — a leading credit rating provider — was hacked exposing the financial information of 145 million customers. However, whilst most people tolerate a bank history, a digitised wank history is an altogether more disturbing proposition.

However, whilst most people tolerate a bank history, a digitised ‘wank history’ is an altogether more disturbing proposition.

It is even more bothersome when you consider the PornHub-parent operator has thus far monetized its business with flashy banner ads promising to help you to “add 3 inches” or find “hot singles in your area”. Not exactly a pin-up example of a company that we should trust with a database of our sexual preferences.

Is it a case of Dave-jà vu? 

 

Even more of a concern is that the implications of this legislation could run far deeper than just porn. In fact, a look into the not-so-distant past may indicate a rather more worrying transition toward Chinese-style censorship.

If you feel a sense of familiarity with this war against online freedoms, it may be evoking memories of the 2013 shitshow in which David Cameron forced internet providers such as BT and TalkTalk to block an estimated 1 in 5 websites in some misguided quest to protect children from seeing objectionable content. Although at least in 2013, unlike the current proposition, users were able to opt-out of aggressive internet filtration.

Under Age Verification, Theresa May continues the tradition of censorship promising to impose fines and even blacklist sites that don’t comply.

It remains unclear whether the new legislation will follow-on from earlier ISP filters in restricting not only sex — but also a plethora of other content with the current ISP filters blocking sites with themes including LGBT, self-harm or mental health and articles from Wired and NewStatemen indicating that filters were homophobic, and potentially damaging having blocked agencies such as Childline, Refuge, Stonewall or the Samaritans.

Concerningly for organisations like us, who aim to provide simple ways for anyone to protect privacy and avoid censorship, ‘web blocking circumvention tools’ are also often blocked with ISP filters. Currently, it remains unclear whether the government will seek to silence or blacklist such sites under the incoming system.

What can you do to protect yourself?

 

Age Verification is only one of the concerns regarding the current digital policy in the UK, with other legislation such as the Investigatory Powers Act requiring internet providers to log your browsing history. We understand the desire to protect children online, but imposing a state-level parental control system is not the solution.

Thankfully getting around these restrictions is easy as you can either install software — called a Virtual Private Network — on each of your devices or use a product like Pyramid WiFi (disclaimer, it’s our product) which allows you to eliminate censorship and protect your privacy without any software or fuss.