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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Electronics retail chain Maplin has been sold to a private equity firm for £85million - just a third of what it was acquired for a decade ago. Rutland Partners has snapped up Maplin and promised to use "change, restructuring and investment" in the pursuit of profitable growth. In a canned statement, Nick Morrill, managing …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014
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Samsung Electronics chair Lee Kun-hee hospitalised

Lee Kun-hee, the chair of Samsung Electronics, has reportedly been hospitalised and is receiving “emergency treatment” for a heart ailment. South Korean news service Yonhap has published rolling reports suggesting Lee, 72, experienced shortness of breath on Saturday evening, was subsequently hospitalised and required …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2014
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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

There's a million dollars in prizes up for grabs from Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the clever clogs who can build a direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) converter that's the size of a laptop. The Little Box Challenge aims to solve one of the dilemmas in modern-day power …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014

Graphene plus molybdenum oxides yields faster electronics

A group of materials scientists at Australia’s CSIRO and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology believe they have found a way to make graphene more usable in electronics applications. While it’s often touted as a wonder-stuff, graphene is still under development in electronics applications, and one of the issues is that …
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Printed electronics firm prints more money in quest for safer poultry

Printed electronics pioneer Thinfim successfully squeezed shareholders for another 26.8m Norwegian Kroner yesterday, following the announcement of a real customer for its printed memory circuits. The money was raised through a warrant issue to existing shareholders; despite its current size of around 20 people Thinfim is …
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2013
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Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m). Word on the street was that US-based giant Arrow had been locked in buyout talks with the privately-owned, Germany-based player earlier in the summer, but the deal was only confirmed late last …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
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Apple accounts for 20% of all US consumer electronics cash

The latest research data on US consumer electronics spending from analyst house NPD shows that Apple has a commanding market position, taking 19.9 per cent of all sales in 2012. The top five companies by spending last year were Apple, Samsung, HP, Sony, and Dell, but of those only Apple and Samsung actually saw their market …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2013
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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for a rethink of the current ban on using electronic items in flight. Currently all electronic devices have to be switched off on US aircraft operating below 10,000 feet, and can only used in flight-safe mode ( …
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012
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Sparkfun takes roadtrip across US in campervan full of electronics

Component retailer Sparkfun has bought an RV and will be touring all 50 US states to take electronics into the classroom, though the company's motivation is notably suspect. The tour will run over the summer, and the Sparkfun crew will attempt to visit at least one school in each state with three or four staffers, a professional …
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2013
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Another year, another $40m: Arrow Electronics to cut costs AGAIN

Arrow Electronics warned that it needs to hack out $40m of costs amid concerns of significant shrinkage in economies on both sides of the Atlantic. The enterprise distie took the covers off full-year 2012 numbers that showed a 15.4 per cent year-on-year slide in net profits to $506.3m and a 4.6 per cent dip in turnover to $20. …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2013
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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Back in the day of the board computers of the late 1970s - your Scrumpi, your Nascom 1, your UK-101 et al - it was customary to build a case for it out of wood. If you were a better equipped "constructor" - what we used to call "makers" in those days - you’d build a box out of metal. Folk like Tangerine offered optional cases, …
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2013
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Dissolving silk electronics melt in your body, not in the hand

When it comes to electronics, boffins are usually going one way - how to make them smaller, faster and longer lasting, but a few researchers are going against the tide - looking for electronics that can last just a moment and then disappear. Boffins insert dissolvable implant into a lab rat At the University of Illinois, with …
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Sumlock Electronics faces liquidation

North East-based family-run reseller Sumlock Electronics is to be liquidated, according to a filing to Companies House. The VMware, NEC and Sophos partner, which was incorporated in 1976, is understood to have encountered terminal cash flow difficulties in recent months that forced it to shut up shop. Business advisor Walsh …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Boffins embed electronics into fibres

University of Southampton and Penn State researchers have demonstrated a technique to embed electronics into optical fibres, which if commercialised would enable simpler and cheaper telecommuniations kit. The idea, according to head of the university’s Optical Research Centre Dr Pier Sazio, is to build an electro-optical …
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'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

The window of opportunity for traditional bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailers to catch up with web-based and supermarket rivals has closed and many more will go the way of the dinosaur. So says channel beancounter Canalys, which predicts others will follow in the footsteps of monolithic consumer outlets such as Best …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2012

Samsung bags second Internet of Home Stuff home firm in a week

Samsung has announced its second smart home slurp in a week with the acquisition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributor Quietside. Samsung Electronics America said that it had agreed to buy the firm, which already distributes Sammy products, but didn’t disclose the terms of the deal. The company said that …
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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed off on the Minamata Convention, a new global agreement that will ban mercury from most uses by 2020. UNEP's Mercury: Time to Act book says the substance “damages the central nervous system, thyroid, kidneys, lungs, immune system, eyes, gums and skin” and can result in “ …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
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AJ Electronics goes titsup after etailers snatch punters' wallets

London-based AJ Electronics has bowed out after 28 years in business, and has called in administrator RSM Tenon due to pressure from the High Street giants. The retailer called in the receivers, who are currently looking for buyers for its assets, on 14 March. Weeks earlier El Reg's Channel desk had already caught wind that the …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2012
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Sumlock Electronics NE calls creditors' meeting

Long-established Newcastle-based infrastructure reseller Sumlock Electronics NE has called a creditors' meeting to appoint a liquidator. The family-run VMware, Sophos and NEC dealer was incorporated in 1976, but sources claimed that in recent times it ran into cash flow difficulties. Walsh Taylor was appointed as a business …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2012

Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

Samsung Electronics America has agreed to settle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over claims the company lied about where its products were made. The DoJ accused Sammy of violating the Trade Agreements Act, which requires gear purchased by the government be sourced either directly from US manufacturers or countries with …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2014
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Forgot About Dre? Not us. Euro bods give nod to Apple and Beats deal

The European Commission has given its official blessing to the $3bn acquisition by Apple of headphone manufacturer Beats. After considering whether the link-up fitted in with merger regulations, the antitrust regulators decided the two firms were sufficiently different that there was no concerns about competition. In a …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jul 2014
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UK shoppers spent £1bn less on consumer electronics in 2011

UK retail officially continues to be the worst market to operate as a reseller after spending on consumer electronics fell by £1bn in 2011, GFK Retail stats confirmed. The beancounter said the size of the sector had declined 4.5 per cent, but with spending down 7.5 per cent in January alone compared to the same month one year …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012
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Crescent Electronics proposes CVA

E-tailer Crescent Electronics is putting together a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with business advisory ChannelMoney. The East Sussex-based online reseller ran into "temporary" financial difficulties in the last month, managing director Alastair Croker told El Reg. "Two major sources of revenue and traffic were …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011

Printed electronics: Not just blinking beer bottles

"Printed electronics" is one of those terms one sees being bandied about without really knowing what it means or why it's important. The premise of using printing techniques to create electrical circuits isn't hard to comprehend, but not everyone agrees on what comprises a "printing technique" or why you might want to use one, …
Bill Ray, 04 May 2012
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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

Apple has ended its attempt to ban nearly two dozen old Samsung mobile models from import into the US. The iPhone maker on Monday filed a motion for dismissal of its appeal against the 2012 decision by Judge Lucy Koh, which awarded Apple a $1bn damages payout for patent infringement but blocked an injunction against Samsung …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
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2011 sets new record for counterfeit electronics

Asian countries led by China are responsible for the vast majority of reports of counterfeit electronics parts, which have reached 12 million over the past five years in a potentially lethal development for the global supply chain, according to analyst IHS iSuppli. Citing data from supply chain monitoring organisation, ERAI, the …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2012
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TelecityGroup swallows Data Electronics

TelecityGroup has splashed £87.6m in cash on Irish-based fellow co-location data centre provider Data Electronics in what promises to be the first of many acquisitions. The firm, which also today outlined a bumper set of numbers for the six months ended 30 June, has a £300m war chest to fund further buys. Commenting on the deal …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2011

Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

Samsung has parted ways with Chang Dong-hoon, the head of its mobile design team. The doomed exec offered to step down last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, Reuters reports. The move follows criticism that the company's flagship Galaxy S5 is not sufficiently innovative to stir the mobile market. Less-than-stellar S5 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2014
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Telecity in talks to acquires Data Electronics Group

Data centre provider TelecityGroup has confirmed it is chatting up Data Electronics Group (DEG) and that those flirtations could lead to an acquisition, reported to be valued at roughly £100m. The discussions are at an early stage, but Telecity, which claims to be Europe's largest pusher of carrier-neutral data centres, is …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2011
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Arrow Electronics sales and profits up in Q3

Distribution juggernaut Arrow Electronics ploughed through Q3 with sales and profits up by double digits. The US firm, which recorded an 11 per cent rise in turnover to $5.19bn (£3.26bn) and an 11.5 per cent climb in profits to $132.2m (£83.1m) for the period ended 1 October, is now planning to beef up its vendor and services …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2011
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Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

Armed robbers have snatched $6.3m in smartphones, tablets and computers from the Samsung Electronics factory in São Paulo, Brazil. The bandits got into the complex by carjacking a shuttle used by factory employees, and held workers hostage while clearing out truckloads of loot, Reuters reported a spokesman for the state’s public …
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Murphy's law: Avnet brings in EMEA boss to rule UK

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed control of UK and Ireland ops to director Miriam Murphy who also manages strategic supplier relations across EMEA in the Enterprise Business Group. The distie seems to favour dual-role responsibility: Murphy's predecessor Tony Madden doubled up as global senior veep of the supplier business …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014

ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology. The company Tuesday announced a nine-per-cent jump in second-quarter profit to £68m on revenue that climbed seventeen per cent to £187.1m. Earnings per share increased 11 per cent to £3.91. But …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014

Indian DEITY hands down new manufacturing subsidy plan

India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology – which cheerfully uses the domain name deity.gov.in – is making a play to bring more electronics manufacturing work to the sub-continent. India and the Department established a Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) in 2012, offering to rebate up to 25 per …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014

China's customs cops grab 76 MEEELLION tech products

Chinese customs cops claim to have confiscated a whopping 76 million items thought to have broken copyright laws last year, many of them electronics, highlighting the persistent problems associated with IPR in the Middle Kingdom. Some 98 per cent of the goods – accounted for in 20,464 batches – violated trademark rights, the …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014
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Apple: C'mon, flick on iBeacon. Let us track you. You'll get BADGES

Apple will show off its creepy iSpy fanboi-tracking system at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Attendees at CES will be able to use iBeacon to take part in a treasure hunt around the exhibition, with a prize for whoever manages to track down a complete set of "badges". The iSpy work out is organised by the Consumer …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jan 2014
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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

Debt collectors are literally circling the factory of a Chinese supplier to Samsung, where the assembly line remains halted following allegations that it hired underage workers. Samsung, which claims to have a "zero tolerance policy on child labor," said in a statement last week that it had temporarily suspended its relationship …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014
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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

As the tech world revels in its orgy of big screens, baffling gadgets and marketing hype that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, analysts predict further decline in the, er, consumer electronics market. Market research firm IHS forecasts that worldwide manufacturing revenues in the consumer electronics ( …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014

$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

Insiders claim that Apple is close to acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphones-and-streaming-music company founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr Dre, in what would be the largest purchase in Apple's history. Separate reports by Bloomberg and the Financial Times both value the proposed deal at $3.2bn. Previously, …
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014
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Samsung shares in stable condition after supremo's heart attack

Samsung says its chairman Lee Kun-hee is now in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack at the weekend. A spokesperson for the South Korean biz confirmed Lee was admitted to the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul early Sunday morning. The chairman was having trouble breathing late on Saturday, and showed …

Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

Apple and Google are preparing to compete on yet another front. They reportedly plan to race each other to design the world's most powerful smart car dashboard. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show next week, Google isexpected to announce a new tie-up with Audi, which will see Mountain View help to design an in car computer …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Dec 2013

Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

The Cambridge company Novalia is working to launch a printed keyboard in the next year. What makes it special is a process which allows x-y printing, which means much more speedy production of the 'boards. Both layers are printed at the same time While the Cambridge-based company has previously shown devices with discrete …
Simon Rockman, 04 Feb 2014

LG teases 'G Watch' wristable, releases new tablet trio

LG Electronics – manufacturer of everything from electric vehicle traction motors to vacuum cleaners to smartphones – has released a video teasing a few details about its upcoming G Watch wearable, and has unveiled three new tablets in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch sizes. LG Electronics' G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1 LG …
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2014
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Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

Samsung is once again under fire from a watchdog that claims the South Korean leviathan sources components from suppliers that employ child laborers. China Labor Watch (CLW) on Thursday identified a factory called Shinyang Electronics, located in Dongguan, China, that it alleges hires children to work long hours for little pay …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2014
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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Sony got off to a terrible start to the week on Monday after credit ratings company Moody’s downgraded its status to junk thanks to the continuing poor performance of its TV and PC business. Moody’s Japan said it lowered Sony’s issuer rating and long-term senior unsecured bond rating from Baa3 to Ba1. Junk status means a bond is …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
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Grad student creates world's thinnest wires – just three atoms wide

A Vanderbilt University graduate student has created the world's thinnest wires using a beam of electrons, a technique that could usher in new ultra-slim form factors for electronics and possibly help the chip industry build smaller, faster processors. Ph.D candidate Junhao Lin used a scanning transmission electron microscope …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014
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Sony pumps cash into gene-wrangling joint venture

PlayStation purveyor Sony wants to be remembered for more than overpriced electronics and massive data breaches, having just launched a joint venture in the field of genome research. The electronics giant has teamed up with medical firm M3, in which Sony is already the majority investor, and US biz Illumina, which makes genome- …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014
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Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

This could be the ultimate in “wearable computing”: while CES visitors are excited about Intel's earbuds, Swiss scientists have created a circuit so flexible it can wrap around a human hair. The first test of the circuit, created by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETZ), was to embed it into a …
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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

Apple is planning to axe around 200 people from its new acquisition Beats Electronics, according to reports. Both Bloomberg and 9to5 Mac had folks whispering in their ears that the fruity firm would be making the job cuts now that its $3bn slurp of the headphones and music streaming biz was well underway. The deal was recently …
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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

Korean electronics giant Samsung appears to be upping its efforts to crack the digital camera market after a patent filing emerged detailing designs for a compact camera with a completely transparent display. The filing with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Service (KIPRS), seen by the Wall Street Journal, describes the …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014