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Meta shopping is something relatively new on the internet panorama but it is absolutely taking the world as we know it by storm. This is something so subtle but yet so powerful in so many ways, it would be crazy not to use meta shopping engines for many of your shopping needs.

Why Meta Shop?

Meta shopping has radically transformed the shopping experience, especially in the few areas where people felt they still needed to go to malls for, like shopping for clothing. Meta-shopping for clothes is truly a game changer. This new level of effectiveness in shopping for things online may truly spell the death knell for malls around the world.

Found exactly what you want, but not in the color and size you want? Meta shopping can take care of that for you. It can even store your measurements, and connect you with a tailor who can make what you want or need, but tailored to you, with all the data passing automatically.

Ok, But What Exactly Is It?

For those of you who are not one hundred percent familiar with the term, meta shopping is to shopping what meta search engines were to the traditional search engines back in the day.

Those of us who remember the early days of the web in the 90s remember there being several popular search engines, and then Meta Crawler came out and changed the game by being a META search engine that searched all the other search engines at once. Most of what was once the old search engines ended up being assmiliated by Google, but there are modern meta search engines that are more powerful than ever.

Meta shopping works the same way; sites such as LystAmazon Fashion and The Iconic all link to multiple retailers and allows for a common interface to shop all of them. ‘  and add in the additional links to Amazon and The Iconic.  Often a common shopping cart is even included. And the best part is that the whole process is run by smart algorithms that can be educated about your tastes, preferences, styles and needs. The algorithm even learns from you naturally as time goes on and helps you to make more intelligent shopping decisions.

Where is Meta-Shopping Most Effective?

We have found over time meta shopping is the most effective in areas where the choices are so many they can become bewildering. This is especially true for areas like clothes as mentioned above, but also for things like car parts and electronics, where you have many similar options, and a meta shopping engine can help you sort through all of them more quickly and better.

This coming weekend, a whole lot of people are taking to the streets and bars of our great cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The liquor will flow as usual, and a whole bunch of craziness will happen.

But St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be just about drinking yourself into a near-coma. For starters, why not make it sexier, and get real dressed up for the occasion?

A few of us here were looking at some of the options on the website 3wishes, which specializes in costumes, dressing up, sexy garments and the like. We were truly amazed at the wide array of options just on one site. There is no excuse for being mediocre and just throwing on some drab green t-shirt anymore.

To start off, why not look at getting a blatant green wig to really stand out in the crowd? It’s fun and fun is what this day is all about. Wigs allow you to even go out of yourself and get in character for the big day, so they are big winners for an occasion like this.


Then, you could get a very slinky and elegant pair of green satin gloves that go all the way up to your elbow. These are absolutely perfect for the occasion because they are sexy but elegant and classy at the same time. There’s nothing like being sexy and still looking like a million bucks while doing it.

Don’t forget the accessories. From getting a green ribbon or two in your hair (or wig), to getting a nice subtle pair of green clover earrings, no detail should go unnoticed. With the proper accessories you can be the envy of any party.

There is even a pair of Sexy Green Boot Warmers on the site. These would be great for anybody celebrating the holiday anywhere it may get just a tad bit cold. You want to stay warm and stay stylish while doing it.

And of course, for the intimate moments that may well occur after the festivities with Mr. Right or even just with Mr. Right Now, you’ll want some matching green lingerie. There are plenty of styles to choose from depending on your mood and your own personal level of cheekiness.

So let the luck of the Irish be yours this coming weekend with a splendid new look for the party.

Planning on hitting the road with a car rental? Here are a few car rental saving tips that could really come in handy.

Join the Rewards Program

Most car rentals have loyalty reward programs for their customers. Joining is easy and in most cases free. Some of the perks that come with these programs are:

  • Free upgrades or rentals
  • Vehicle availability guarantee
  • Skipping lines

If you frequently use car rentals, it is worth signing up for these programs.

Ask If They Offer Discounts

The first thing you should ask at a car rental is: “Do you have any discounts?” Whether corporate, AAA, senior, Military or otherwise, a lot of these associations qualify for price breaks from the car rental businesses. All you need to do is ask.

Consider the Prepay Option

A lot of car rental businesses offer their customers different rates: one is for those who wish to pay as soon as they pick up the vehicle and the other one is for those who choose to pay in advance.

Prepaying is usually a better option. You can be able to save up to 20% as compared to upfront payments. Usually, the savings increase when you rent a better car.

Find Coupons

Coupons will most definitely help you save big. Sometimes, if you are lucky enough to get the right code, it is possible to save up to 50%. If you don’t feel like sleuthing for deals and codes, you can check out the rental car coupons.

Compare Prices

There are numerous deal aggregators online that will help you compare the prices of different car rentals at the same time. Before booking a vehicle, make sure you get the best available deal by making use of such tools.

Rent a Car Outside Airports

Renting inside airports is easy and convenient. However, you will pay 10-30% more for their convenient services. Part of what constitutes this fee is the concession fee charged for having a car rental space at the airport. It will, therefore, be worth using public transport or a taxi into town to get a car rental.

Understand the Fine Print for Fee and Tax Information

Most people overlook the asterisk that goes along with some information. For instance, a car rental may claim that you will pay $15 a day for car hire. Although this price tag might be quite alluring, you may end up realizing that there are hidden fees and taxes in your total.

Just because a car rental has advertised that you will pay the said amount doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all you will be spending. Find out from the rental site if that’s all you will be paying or if they are any hidden charges and taxes.

Reserve Your Car Rental for Extra Hours

You can even extend the return date by a day. Did you know that you can get prorated refunds for early returns? This is especially a great idea if you aren’t sure of the traffic situation on the day of returning the car.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones didn’t exactly break the Internet, but its July 16 premiere was a near thing. Not because, between live audiences, DVR recordings, and online subscriptions, over 26 million viewers watched the episode—a record-breaking first for the TV network. This number would be a lot more impressive if it included all of the people who watched the episode illegally. With pirate viewership included in the mix, it’s safe to say over 100 million people tuned into the premiere.

Despite the term pirate, there’s no need to navigate your way through the uncharted waters of the dark web to get your fix. Millions of ordinary people can find streams and downloads of their favorite show with a few clicks and swipes, all from the safety of their home.

People are watching without paying HBO for that right. Some are hosting Game of Thrones viewing parties as they use TV boxes like Android Box to stream the channel straight to their 4K television. Others are downloading it to watch later on their iPads, tablets, and smartphones in preparation of long commutes, wait times in doctors’ offices, and even parks.

Modern day piracy has its risks—but not necessarily those that you might think. Thankfully, unlike the pirates of old—or even Euron Greyjoy of Thrones—online piracy doesn’t risk death. Unless, perhaps, you live in North Korea.

There is, however, a very real threat to your watching device of choice. Say you take your iPhone 6s or Surface Pro onto the bus or subway with the intent to watch the latest ep as you commute to work. The sweaty, rough, and overcrowded conditions of public transit aren’t ideal for a lot of reasons, but it can cause damage to your device. One wrong step or push as people pile on can catapult your tablet or smartphone out of your hands.

Unless, of course, you’ve wrapped your device in a skin from the people behind dbrand. Their engineers understand the conditions you’re up against when taking public transit, so they’ve made tablet and iPhone 6s skins that enhance the grip of your device. These skins can also help protect against scratches and scuffs that may occur on the subway car — or anywhere your day takes you. Luckily, you can find iPhone 6s skins online as you pirate the next Game of Thrones episode. But you aren’t safe just yet, as there comes another unique risk with your criminal behaviour.

HBO hopes to crack down on those streaming and downloading their creative content illegally, and they’re being vocal about their objectives. Compared to the very real and very scary ‘fire and fury’ promised by Trump, the threats laid out by HBO are tame. In fact, they’re nonexistent as the letter received by pirating fans is the equivalent of ‘um, could you maybe not?’

For the innocent few who haven’t heard, HBO’s anti-piracy partner alerts the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of any IP addresses under its charge involved in downloading or streaming the series without “authorization”. From there, the ISP relays a message to the customers in question, stating HBO owns the exclusive rights to the show and those who download it illegally are infringing on copyright laws. It also warns viewers that downloading Game of Thrones from unknown sources could result in a security breaches—as if the television network actually cares about your computer or tablet’s security.

HBO finishes its spiel by stating:

“We also encourage you to inform the subscriber that HBO programming can easily be watched and streamed on many devices legally.”

For the guilty streamers and downloaders, this will read similar to the letter they received last year as HBO hoped to squash piracy around the premiere of its sixth season. While individuals and small websites may throw caution to the wind, the might of HBO was impressive enough to pull thousands of links offline.

Despite its best efforts, HBO has no hope of eliminating piracy. MUSO, a piracy monitoring firm based out of the UK, studied the internet traffic of over 23,000 well-known piracy websites. Nearly 85% of these sites posted unauthorized streams of the episode. Meanwhile, the premierewas pirated 91.74 million times around the world.

According to MUSO, the stat is just an estimate. The latest technical innovations in TV boxes make it incredibly easy for even novice streamers to pirate movies and TV shows from around the world. These boxes also make the act incredibly hard for firms like MUSO to track. Unlike downloading, which can be tracked by ISPs, streaming is often encrypted. These security measures muddy the waters for those hoping to track piracy, so there could be hundreds, thousands, even millions more people watching Game of Thrones illegally.

Though HBO knows you’re doing it, there’s not uch else they can do about your streaming habits beyond their letters. With numbers comes safety, so even if you received your very own letter from HBO, you’ll be safe to stream or download your favorite series.