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Best Buy nixes in-store Heath Ledger shrine

US retail giant Best Buy has apologised to Heath Ledger's family and fans after one of the firm’s employees erected a makeshift movie display in memory of the Brokeback Mountain star. Just a day after the world learned of the sudden death of the Australian actor, who was found dead in his New York apartment earlier this week, a …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008
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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

Samsung's latest phone the Galaxy S5 has a fatal flaw that has been appearing in the wild. The flaw has meant that some owners report that after a few days of using the phone they are confronted with a "Warning: Camera Failed" message that makes the earslab's high-quality camera stop working. Some of the owners have said that …
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2014
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Best Buy 'framed' by pesky Windows virus

Big box retailer Best Buy has admitted that it sold digital picture frames over the festive period containing malicious software that targets Windows-based PCs. The US electrical retail giant said that a "limited number" of the LCD panels were "contaminated with a computer virus during the manufacturing process". It sold the 10 …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2008
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Carphone puts £60m tag on Best Buy Europe project

Carphone Warehouse has lifted the lid on how much its cooperative deal with Best Buy is going to cost, along with a trading report on how well the year is going for it so far. CEO Charles Dunstone reckons everything's peachy this year, with subscribed mobile connections up 21 per cent and two million broadband customers now …
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2008

Best Buy amps up Apple volumes

Best Buy is to start selling Apple PCs in 200 stores, the electronics retailer said today. This follows successful trials conducted in 50 stores. Best Buy sold Apple computers once before but axed the line in 1998 because of slow sales, the AP reports. That was at a low ebb for Apple. Soon afterwards the company axed most of …
Drew Cullen, 04 Apr 2007
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Best Buy kicks out misbehaving Geek Squaders

A number of porn-obsessed Geek Squaders have come unstuck following a US-wide internal investigation by computer retail giant Best Buy. The firm mounted the inquiry after the Consumerist.com published a video sting operation which caught a Best Buy employee stealing nudie pictures and MP3s from their computer. Not liking the …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2007
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Lawyer admits tampering in MSN, Best Buy case

A Best Buy lawyer has admitted to falsifying court documents in the longstanding racketeering case against Microsoft and Best Buy, which recently reached a Superior Court in Seattle. A nationwide class-action suit, filed in 2003, accuses the two companies of conspiring to secretly register thousands of Best Buy customers for …
Cade Metz, 07 Jun 2007
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Google acquires DRM henchmen with Widevine buy

Google has bought DRM software outfit Widevine for an undisclosed sum. The company, which agreed to purchase Seattle-based Widevine last Friday, said it plans to fold the Widevine’s digital rights management tech presumably into its newborn television platform, Google TV. “By forging partnerships across the entire ecosystem, …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2010
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Salesforce gets super chatty with Heroku buy

Salesforce.com has agreed to buy Ruby-hosting giant Heroku for $212m in cash. San Francisco-based Heroku, which was founded in 2007, is home to more than 100,000 Ruby applications, and developers of all sizes use its system, which runs on Amazon’s EC2 with a bespoke simplified management interface twist. Its eclectic mix of …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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Big Blue blows $480m on Unica buy

Big Blue is to buy marketing software outfit Unica Corp for $480m, or $21 per share. The acquisition is a clear signal that IBM hopes to shoulder its way into the lucrative ad software field. In the past few months IBM has been making noises about scooping up companies that will help Big Blue slip into the software and services …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2010
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Best Buy churns out the profits in Q3

Best Buy had a great Q3, propelled by strong sales of fat-margin games consoles, notebook PCs, flat screen TVs and GPS thingymajigs. An extra week of holiday shopping for the quarter ended December 1 did it no harm, either. Earnings were $228m (Q3 2006: $150m) on revenues up 17 per cent to $9.93bn (Q3 2006: $8.47bn). The …
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2007

Best Buy sells 'last Wii' twice

How hard is it to find a Nintendo Wii? Not as hard as some might think. The official line from Nintendo is that demand for the time-wasting gaming console far exceeds supply, but some recent shenanigans at a Best Buy electronics mega-store in Princeton, New Jersey would seem to indicate otherwise. Last Saturday morning, a …
Cade Metz, 15 Nov 2007
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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

Samsung has hired one of Apple’s senior store designers in a sign that the Korean electronics giant could be hoping to make a bigger splash in the US with some eye-catching retail outlets. The chaebol behemoth’s US outpost snapped up Tim Gudgel as VP and GM of its retail sales operations, according to The Information. Gudgel …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013
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Best Buy eyes up Europe, buys into Carphone Warehouse

Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse have entered into a joint project to launch the US brand in Europe. But getting Best Buy into the UK isn't just about sticking a big yellow tag on everything. For £1.1bn Best Buy gets a 50 per cent share of CPW's high-street stores, along with its MVNO operations everywhere except France. CPW …
Bill Ray, 08 May 2008
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Bait and switch? Not us, says Best Buy

Best Buy is to "vigorously defend" a lawsuit filed by the state of Connecticut, accusing the US company of bait and switch tactics to deceive and overcharge customers. The dispute resolves around Best Buy's in-store kiosks. These let customers see what is available in the store and their interface is identical in look and feel …
Drew Cullen, 28 May 2007
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ALERT! Fling that FIERY HP Chromebook 11 charger back at Google

HP and Google have issued a formal recall for the defective micro-USB charger cables that have given some HP Chromebook 11 owners a nasty surprise by melting or bursting into flames during use. "If you purchased your HP Chromebook 11 on or before December 1, 2013 and you have not received a replacement charger," Google wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Dec 2013

MILEY CYRUS in JUST HER PANTIES would LOVE a smartwatch: Samsung

Samsung has scoffed at claims that it has sold hardly any of its shiny, pricey Galaxy Gear smartwatches. And it has clutched Miley Cyrus’ knickers to its corporate bosom to help it shift even more. The company’s UK wing yesterday tweeted: “Hey, Miley. You should have a look at our Gear,” and attached a picture of skimpy ladies …
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2013
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Best Buy adds disclaimer to 'secret website'

An investigation by Connecticut's Attorney General over bait-and-switch charges has gotten electronics megalith Best Buy to budge over its allegedly deceptive "secret website." An inch, at least. The company has expanded the disclaimer on in-store kiosks to tell customers that similar interfaces may be deceiving. A banner at …
Austin Modine, 26 Sep 2007
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Sick of losing out to Walmart at Xmas? Apple to price-match iPad Air, iPhone 5c

US Apple stores have begun price-matching the latest models of its mobile phones and fondleslabs. According to a report on 9to5Mac.com, Cupertino has ordered its US stores to price-match both the iPad Air and iPhone 5C. iStores will be free to decide whether or not to price-match stores that are offering the Air and the 5C at a …
Team Register, 05 Dec 2013
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Best Buy swallows Speakeasy whole

Best Buy, the giant electronics retailer known for interminable waits to get time with a salesperson, is acquiring Speakeasy, an ISP popular with the techno-elite for its flexibility and attentive customer service. The companies are promising Speakeasy will remain independent, but some of the ISP's customers are ruing the union …
Dan Goodin, 27 Mar 2007
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TalkTalk bigwig parks knighted-rear in cursed YouView chair

Retail genius Sir Charles Dunstone will chair the YouView consortium until a permanent appointment can be made. Sir Charlie co-founded The Carphone Warehouse and is chairman of budget ISP TalkTalk. TalkTalk has been a YouView member since 2009. The ISP offers a free YouView box and claims to be adding 10,000 punters a week - …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Mar 2013

Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

Samsung has fired another shot across Apple's bow, having announced that it plans to open a chain of own-branded retail stores across Europe. It won't do it all on its own, though. Instead, the Korean giant plans to crack the European market with the help of local "preferred partner" Carphone Warehouse. The UK-based mobile …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014
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Mississippi man denies Best Buy blackmail

A Mississippi man has denied trying to extort $2.5 million from US retailer Best Buy. Thomas E. Ray III, of Jackson, Mississippi, is accused of sending an email last October threatening to expose alleged security problems at Best Buy unless he was paid off. Ray, 25, was arraigned on two felony extortion charges in Minneapolis …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2004
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Supremes ignore appeal from Microsoft and Best Buy in gangsta case

The US Supreme Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Microsoft and Best Buy of behaving like gangsters. No, this isn't the case where the Best Buy lawyer admitted to cooking court documents. But you're close. There are two suits that accuse Microsoft and Best Buy of behaving like gangsters - one in federal court …
Cade Metz, 15 Oct 2007
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Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

Microsoft’s super-select, invitation-only Surface Pro launch event in New York has been cancelled thanks to a big fish. The general manager of Microsoft’s Surface team Panos Pany tweeted that he wouldn’t be able to attend the event at Best Buy in Times Square because of blizzard warnings hanging over the New York City area. …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2013
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Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse mull merger

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse (CPW) today confirmed they are locked in negotiations that may or may not lead to a merger. "These discussions are at a preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that a transaction will be forthcoming," the pair said in a joint statement this morning. As such, no decision has been made …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2014
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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

Ten years ago SanDisk showed off its first microSD card with what was then an impressive 128MB storage. Now the company has unveiled a 128GB model, specially designed for use in Android smartphones. "The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014
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Best Buy sued for 'ripping off' consumers

Giant US electronics retailer Best Buy has been sued by the State of Ohio over alleged unfair and deceptive business practices. Ohio's legal officers are acting on complaints that the electronics chain sold used products as new. The retail giant also allegedly failed to honour rebates, exchange programs or extended service …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2004
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Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

Google has launched a major retail push for laptops running its web-based Chrome OS, with Chromebooks now available in more than 6,600 stores worldwide. That's more than three times as many stores as have carried the devices previously, according to a blog post from Chromebook marketing director David Shapiro on Monday. Amazon …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2013

DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

An email from Amazon telling customers that they wouldn't be getting their Chromecast dongle until nearly November – at the earliest – was a mistake, the company has said. In fact, shipping will begin shortly. Amazon, along with big-box retailers like Best Buy, sold out of Google's $35 gizmo within days of the streaming stick …
Iain Thomson, 09 Aug 2013

Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon be off to pastures unknown; chief …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014

Poor Intel TV dies on vine, its fancy pop-up shops turned into cafes, cinemas

Intel will open three pop-up retail locations in US cities this holiday season, but they won't be the kind of stores that some Intel execs originally envisioned. That's because Chipzilla originally picked up the retail spaces in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to host the rah-rah launch of its much-hyped but little-seen …
Neil McAllister, 22 Nov 2013
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Best Buy and Microsoft target SMBs

Microsoft and Best Buy have announced a partnership to meet the needs of small business customers who would like to establish a web presence but are reluctant to create sites on their own. Best Buy for Business will enable small businesses to purchase subscription cards for Microsoft Office Live services - designed to help …
Lawrence Dietz, 08 Mar 2007
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Napster will live on in the UK

Napster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany. The name will continue in these two European territories, a local spokesman insisted today. "There is no intention to close Napster in either Germany or the UK," he told Reg Hardware. Last week, Rhapsody, which in November bought Napster from US retail giant …
Hard Reg, 05 Dec 2011
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Carphone Warehouse clings to buoyant fondleslab, avoids submerging

Lower handset subsidies and a lack of choice in the low end caused high-street business to drop more than 5 per cent in Europe according to Carphone Warehouse, though the retailer still managed to maintain profits within its own predictions. The drop in retail was offset by a decent performance in Virgin Mobile France, which has …
Bill Ray, 14 Jun 2012
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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

Tens of thousands of UK retailers will go pop over the next five years, leaving hundreds of thousands of their employees scratching about for work, says the Centre of Retail Research (CRR). In a particularly bleak forecast, the sector-watcher says close to 62,000 of the near 282,000 outlets currently open for business in Blighty …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Microsoft is once again slashing the price of its unwanted ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. The software giant has shaved 30 per cent off the price of a 32GB RT device now $349 and 25 per cent off the 64GB RT, now $449. A 32GB Surface with a black Touch cover has been cut by 25 per cent to $449 and a 64GB unit with same black …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2013
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PC sales shrank less than expected during back-to-school 2013

Want a shock? Sales of desktop and notebook PCs during the all-important back-to-school period were actually better than expected, according to the latest figures from research firm the NPD Group. That doesn't mean the PC market has suddenly leapt off its sickbed and started tap dancing, mind you. The numbers are still shrinking …
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2013
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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

After years of inaction on patent law, a new bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives that could curb the scourge of patent trolls that is costing American businesses billions every year. The Innovation Act [PDF, summary] was put forward by House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The draft law …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2013
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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

As the holiday shopping season looms, Acer is once again looking to undercut the budget Chromebook market with a new low-end model that retails for $199. This isn't the first time Acer has lowballed Google's other Chromebook partners on price. Last Christmas it rolled out the 11-inch C710, the first Chromebook to break the $200 …
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2013
Acer Chromebook C720

Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Acer's latest entry in its line of budget Chromebooks is touch-enabled, making it the first time a Chrome OS device has shipped with a touchscreen while still being priced under $300. So far, the only Chromebook available with a touchscreen has been the high-end Chromebook Pixel, which also includes such tony features as a 219- …
Neil McAllister, 27 Nov 2013
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Chromebooks now the fastest-growing segment of PC market

Not only are Google's Chromebooks a success, but they are now the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry, according to market research firm NPD Group. "While we were skeptical initially, I think Chromebooks definitely have found a niche in the marketplace," NPD analyst Stephen Baker told Bloomberg. Baker says that in the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2013
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Best Buy sells Motorola MPx220 smart phone

US retail chain Best Buy has begun advertising and selling Motorola's keenly anticipated Windows Mobile 2003 smart phone, the MPx220, to residents of southern California. However, Motorola isn't going to launch the handset formally until 18 October, sources familiar with the company's plans informed The Register. Spotted in …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2004
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Apple kills Best Buy cut-price iMac policy

US retailer Best Buy's attempts to bring iMac prices down to between $1099 and $999 (see today's story iMac top-selling PC in US) appear to have incurred the wrath of Apple. According to "retailer sources" cited by Mac Web site MacOS Rumors, all Best Buy stores should have re-priced their iMacs back up to $1279, though they will …
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 1998

Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

With the rumored launch date of the next iPhone fast approaching, Apple on Friday began allowing iPhone owners to trade in their old handsets at the company's Apple Retail Stores in the US. "iPhones hold great value," an Apple spokeswoman told the AFP news service. "So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist …
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013
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Best Buy offers, withdraws, $129 GeForce-4

Approximately 1,400 on-line buyers have been disappointed to learn that the $129 GeForce-4 they ordered from Best Buy will not be delivered, a number of Reg readers tell us. The absurdly low price, Best Buy says, was the result of a "systems error" which has since been corrected. The current price listed is a more plausible $ …
Thomas C Greene, 11 Feb 2002
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Management tools lead VMware through $5bn annual revenue barrier

VMware has cracked the $US5bn barrier for the first time on the back of 17 per cent year-on-year revenue growth it says it can repeat again during 2014. The company also reported Q4 revenue of $1.48bn, up 15 per cent from 2012's fourth quarter. Virtzilla's current hero is its management and automation software. Just about …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014
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Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

Conspiracy theorists and Apple haters, rejoice! Siri, Cupertino's iPhone 4S voice assistant, is no longer suggesting the Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho handset might be the best cellphone. As we reported earlier, that's the recommendation that Siri has been making of late. Siri checks Wolfram's Alpha database for the information, and …
Tony Smith, 15 May 2012

Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

Microsoft’s Surface Pro went on sale on Saturday, but stockists almost immediately ran into shortages, provoking anger and frustration among potential fondlers. Redmond officially launched the 64GB and 128GB versions of its Intel tablet chunkster online and at selected retail outlets in the US and Canada at the weekend. But it …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2013
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First Austin, now live across the US: Watch Americans pay by bonk

US pay-by-bonk platform ISIS will go live across the US later this year following the pilots in Salt Lake City and Austin, as network operators make their big play for big data. ISIS is jointly owned by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and has been trialling its electronic wallet for the last nine months. Now it's going national with …
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013