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BestBuy blasts into UK with Carphone Warehouse buy

Carphone Warehouse is selling a 50 per cent stake in its mobile phone retail business to US electronics retailer BestBuy, setting the stage for a heavyweight fight in the UK's retail electronics market. The deal will bring CPW £1.1bn in cash, enough to sort out its debt problems and could leave enough in the till to buy Tiscali …
John Oates, 08 May 2008
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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

Hot on the heels of last week's revelation that Surface sales are utterly terrible, Microsoft has again cut the price of its Surface tablets. This time it's the Pro version that gets the discount, with $100 (US) removed from its price as of 4 August. One small ray of sunshine is that the price cut may not be permanent. The page …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013
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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

American electronics chain Best Buy has recalled a batch of 5,100 MacBook Pro* replacement batteries after they caught fire while charging up. One customer suffered a serious leg burn, and 12 others reported seeing their device burst into flames, we're told. Anyone who bought a black or white lithium-ion replacement battery, …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013

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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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

Not content with operating 68 dedicated retail stores, Microsoft has partnered with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy to open store-within-a-store outlets at more than 600 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in North America. "It's something that has to be seen to be believed," said Microsoft chief marketeer Chris Capossela …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

Microsoft's second quarter results, posted on Thursday, reveal that the software giant struggled in the sexy world of devices during the all-important Christmas shopping period. These are the first numbers indicating how the battle between PCs and smart devices played out over the battleground for consumers' wallets that is …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014
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Circuit City buys BestBuy music download supplier

US retail chain Circuit City is to buy online music retailer MusicNow. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the two companies said they expect the acquisition to be completed by the end of this month. Circuit City said it will not have a material impact on its FY2005 results. MusicNow will continue to operate under that …
Tony Smith, 01 Apr 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
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Napster pays BestBuy $10m to promote music service

Napster has followed its joint-marketing deal with British high street consumer electronics retailer Dixons by signing a similar promotional arrangement with US giant Best Buy. In return for promoting Napster as its "leading" - but not, you'll note, 'only' - digital music service, Best Buy will receive $10m worth of shares from …
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2004

NYT fights back against links-in-texts patent

A patent covering sending HTML links in text messages is to get a legal workout, with the New York Times telling the patent holder “see you in court”. According to the Associated Press, a company called Helferich Patent Licensing, vehicle for inventor Richard J Helferich, has followed a successful strategy of filing against …

Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

For years in PCs, Apple was the R&D lab for the entire industry, and Microsoft would roll out similar operating system features long after Apple users had them as standard. As a result, Microsoft users would get a feature late. It would also usually be offered in a less adventurous manner – and while sometimes it was weaker than …
Faultline, 29 Jul 2013
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Seagate: Stuff the cloud, back it all up on our box

Seagate is showing off two new "cloud storage alternatives" at the Las Vegas CES shindig. Both are disk products that wirelessly stream data to mobile devices and back up a network of home desktop and notebook computers. Seagate has introduced Seagate Central Shared disk drive storage, with 2TB, 3TB or 4TB capacity, for those …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
Metawatch Strata

Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Smartwatch maker Metawatch has just updated its firmware to version 1.4.0, rolling out a number of bug fixes and tweaks but, most obviously, adding three further watchfaces. These can be previewed and selected using a new version of the firm’s iOS and Android apps, which were posted earlier this week. Both Windows and Mac OS …
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2013
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Snap! Bestbuy.com does a Kodak

US clicks and mortar electronics retailer – Best Buy - has done a Kodak. It recently advertised a VisionTek GeForce4 Ti 4600 Graphics Card for $129.99. But the graphics card should have been priced at $399.99. Bestbuy.com has emailed those who took up the offer and cancelled the orders blaming a "system error" for the …
Tim Richardson, 11 Feb 2002
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Nekkid Tech: The Fab Four

So we used to run episodes of Infosmack, an enterprise storage podcast, on The Reg. But then the founders went their own ways - creative differences or something - and we went ours. Infosmack co-found Greg Knieriemen has returned to the fray with a new show, called Nekkid Tech - it's kinda similar, but with a wider remit that's …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2011
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Best Buy opens UK online store

You read the headline and that's about it, really. Except that online doors open at bestbuy.co.uk tomorrow, 4 November- and we are sure Best Buy will salt the site with plenty of launch promos. Best Buy is America's biggest electronics retailer and arrived in the UK this year, opening six mega stores so far, including Derby …
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2010
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Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

Google and Samsung have launched fresh hardware aimed at reviving interest in its ChromeOS platform, with a laptop for end users and a desktop box system. Sales for ChromeOS have been less than stellar but the Chocolate factory has insisted that the platform has enough advantages to make it in the operating system market. Linus …
Iain Thomson, 30 May 2012
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Heroku Ruby fluffer embraces Node.JS

Amazon cloud-sitter Heroku, owned by Salesforce.com, has updated its Ruby service and embraced the Node.JS framework. Heroku rolled out an update called Celadon Cedar it says lets you fluff more-powerful and more-complex applications, and that provides greater control over deep computing processes. Celadon Cedar also sees …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2011
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Vodafone and CPW set for big thaw

The three year Cold War between Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse could break this week, weekend reports claimed. The UK's biggest mobile operator and the UK's biggest mobile retailer fell out back in 2006, when Vodafone struck an exclusive reselling agreement with Phones4U covering contract phone sales. CPW continued to sell …
Joe Fay, 08 Jun 2009
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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

Mr. Bezos, I love everything about Amazon. You have created a world where I can sit on my couch, read War and Peace, listen to Lady GaGa and order toilet paper - all from the same company and now, with the Kindle Fire, from a single device. I have raved for months on Twitter, Google+ and on my podcast, Nekkid Tech that in a few …
Greg Knieriemen, 19 Nov 2011
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BestBuy database said to list new Palms

Palm will release three new PDAs in October: a pair of Zires and what looks like the rumoured Tungsten T3. They, at least, are likely bets if information from an anonymous poster on ClieSource who claims to be a Best Buy employee is accurate. The data coincides with a report on Brighthand also citing an anonymous source who …
Tony Smith, 05 Aug 2003
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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

Logitech has unveiled its Google TV settop box, a device designed to meld the web with your television. Dubbed Logitech Revue, the device will sell for $299.99, including a wireless keyboard controller, and it will be available in US stores before the end of the month. You can pre-order the device at Amazon.com, Logitech.com, …
Cade Metz, 06 Oct 2010
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Sony uncloaks first Google TV television

Sony has unveiled the first HD television based on Google TV, the search giant's fledgling effort to marry broadcast TV with the interwebs. The Sony Internet TV is available in 24-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch, and 46-inch models, and prices range from $599.99 to $1,399.99. Last week, Logitech took the wraps off a $299.99 Google TV …
Cade Metz, 13 Oct 2010
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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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Cultists aquiver as Applestore goes into hibernation

The Applestore went dead this morning, sending Mac cultists into a frenzy of speculation over what goodies Saint Steve might shower upon them later today. The store's petit mort came as just ahead of the opening of Macworld 2010 in San Francisco - not that Steve or anyone else from Apple plans to make an appearance there this …
Team Register, 09 Feb 2010
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US retailers start pushing $20 Ubuntu

Canonical has begun selling Ubuntu, its free, open source, Linux-based distro through Best Buy and Amazon for around $20 a pop. Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04, which has been packaged by ValuSoft, is being sold online at Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com, and through Best Buy's retail stores. Customers happy to be $19.99 lighter of pocket …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2008
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Carphone Warehouse enjoying 2009

Carphone Warehouse is bearing up as it prepares to bisect itself, despite Charles Dunstone's dire predictions. The company is already splitting its results into TalkTalk and Best Buy Europe in preparation for division, with the former reporting the addition of 47,000 broadband customers during the quarter while the latter has …
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2009

MacBook range revamp snippets slip out

Apple fans anticipating a cheap MacBook may be disappointed by the company's notebook launch tonight: possible part-number and price data suggest they won't get one. In the run up to tonight's unveiling, the rumour mill has been spinning with stomach unsettling speed. The key items flying off are a set of part numbers and prices …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 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

Dell and Wal-Mart team on TV installations

Good idea? Bad idea? Not even Wal-Mart and Dell are sure. The two "low-cost providers" have teamed to experiment on Dallas natives with a range of technology services. Customers visiting local Wal-Marts will find "Solution Stations by Dell" where they can get help with "home television installation, PC set-up, wireless network …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2008
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Salesforce wants some Ruby love

Why would a company that spent 10 years delivering CRM as a service drop $212m in cash and $27m in stock on a 30-person startup that hosts Ruby on Rails apps for devs on Amazon? Salesforce.com vice president of technology and co-founder Parker Harris was initially, oddly vague on Wednesday when explaining why his company just …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010

Apple gearing up to ship Conroe-based Macs?

Is Apple about to upgrade its Mac Mini and iMac consumer computers? One blogger reckons so after a big order for Mac Minis was rejected by his usual supplier. The reseller told him he would be able to order the kit from 5 September onwards. What makes the posting worthy of note is that the same thing happened some seven months …
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2006
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Apple iTunes tops 150m downloads

Some 150m songs have been downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Mac maker has announced. And, just in time for the upcoming festive season, the company said it was now selling its gift certificates through BestBuy stores across North America. The certificates are already available at Target stores and Apple's own …
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2004

Man shot while queuing to buy PlayStation 3

A man was shot in Putnam, Connecticut today by a pair of ski-mask wearing gunmen attempting to steal money from a queue of punters waiting in line to buy PlayStation 3 consoles, local police have revealed. According to Lieutenant J Paul Vance, cited by the Associated Press, the would-be thieves threatened 15-20 people standing …
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2006
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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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'Law and Order' cop accused of child porn possession

Headshot of Albert Insinnia The actor who played a hard-nosed cop who cracked down on sexual deviants on prime-time TV has pleaded not guilty after authorities said they found 180 images of child porn on his PC. The offensive photos were allegedly found after the actor, Albert Insinnia, took his PC to a Best Buy in New …
Dan Goodin, 16 Aug 2007
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Dell parks notebook in Carphone Warehouse

Dell’s channel tyre-kicking stepped up a gear this week when it emerged that Carphone Warehouse is offering one of the vendor’s laptops as part of a broadband deal. CPW is tempting customers onto its AOL Broadband service with the offer of a free Dell Inspiron laptop, and wireless router. All customers have to do it sign up to …
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2007
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Gambling and prediction markets gamble on growth

Ever since the DARPA "Terror Casino" went down in flames a couple of years ago in the face of Congressional scorn, the idea that prediction markets can evaluate risk better than pundits or policymakers has been pushed nearly out of the public imagination. The idea still has adherents among economists, however, and companies …
Burke Hansen, 22 May 2007
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Grand Theft Auto firm faces 'murder training' lawsuit

Take Two, the publisher of the Grand Theft Auto game series, is once again facing a lawsuit that alleges its software was complicit in murder. The legal action was filed on behalf of the families of police force staff shot dead in Fayette, Alabama in 2003, allegedly by one Devin Moore. Moore was apprehended on suspicion of …
Tony Smith, 17 Feb 2005
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Reg review of 2011: Jobs, floaters and 90,000 tons of radioactive water

Time-travelling neutrinos, lost Russian space probes, and a nuclear meltdown in Japan proved the worlds of physics, space and nature remain untamed for our brave boffins. In tech, meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard melted down, Steve Jobs died and his company's iPad proved untouchable in leaving PC makers lumbered with millions of …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Dec 2011
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Hands on with SanDisk's SlotMusic SD-not-CD player

SanDisk's upcoming cassette Micro SD personal stereo, SlotMusic, will be coming to the UK and the rest of Europe early next year, Register Hardware can reveal after having a play with the gadget. The ciggie-lighter sized player is a model of simplicity: a Micro SD slot at one end, 3.5mm earphone socket and power key at the other …
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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Sony's DRM woes worsen

Sony BMG has done a marvellous job of dealing with fallout from secretly installing spyware on consumers' machines - but now unfortunately it has attracted the attention of New York's Attorney General Eliot (the Blitzer) Spitzer. Spitzer's office found that despite Sony's claim that it had recalled the affected products Sony's …
John Oates, 30 Nov 2005
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nVidia, Guillemot to pre-sell Riva TNT2s

nVidia said it had a struck a deal with the retail chain Electronics Boutique to pre-sell graphics cards using the TNT2 3D chip. The move follows a similiar pre-ordering deal struck between nVidia arch-rival 3dfx, now selling boards under its own name, and retail chains CompUSA and BestBuy. Prices start at $150 and Nvidia said …
A staffer, 01 Apr 1999
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Michael Robertson on VoIP wars and Net Neutrality

Serial entrepreneur Michael Robertson extended his Gizmo Project this week with a Flash-based browser plug-in. This means no installation is required, and the service offers five-minutes free calls to anyone in the world, or 10 if you register with an email address. A big "so what?" you might think - in which case you probably …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Feb 2007
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Napster nips into newsagents

Napster UK today continued its pursuit of lesser net-worth individuals than arch-rival Apple is chasing by signing a deal to sell its music download vouchers in papershops and convenience stores throughout the nation. Over 1000 McColl's, Martin's, Forbuoys, RS McColl and Dillons shops, all part of the TM Retail group, will …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2004
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UK newspapers hop on music download bandwagon

UK national newspaper The Sun and London local rag the Evening Standard have hopped onto the digital music bandwagon through joint promos with two UK-based online music services. This weekend, the Sun began a summer-long deal with Napster, providing readers with 10,000,000 free songs. The Sun promises an "accompanying …
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2004
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Yahoo! snaps up Musicmatch

Yahoo! is to buy digital music company Musicmatch for $160m in cash, the two companies said today, to springboard the portal's own entry into the emerging online music business. Musicmatch launched in the late 1990s as a subscription service, but opened an a la carte download store last year largely in response to Apple's …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2004
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HP details Athlon 64 desktop support

HP finally unveiled its long-awaited Athlon 64-based desktop at Comdex yesterday. But in something of a disappointment for AMD, it chose to base the first of a new line of gamer-oriented machines on an Intel CPU. The Compaq Presario 8000Z is equipped with an Athlon 64 3200+, 256MB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM, 80GB of hard drive storage …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2003
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T-Mobile preps music download service

T-Mobile is to provide customers will the ability to download music to their mobile phones. But Apple needn't fear for its iPod just yet: T-Mobile's new 'Ear Phone' handsets can hold just three songs at once. And each song is limited to a 90-120s clip - as much for GPRS-based download duration reasons as handset storage …
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2004
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Woolworths to take on Apple iTunes store

UK High Street retailer Woolworths will this year launch a digital music download service, the company's parent revealed today. In an announcement detailing the Woolworths Group's interim results for its 2004 fiscal year, the company said the Woolworths-branded service would launch "in the run up to Christmas". However, …
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2004