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Retailer reveals Nokia Lumia 710 UK debut date

Nokia's second Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 710, will be available over here on 6 January 2012, one online retailer reckons. The Digital Phone Company - who we've never heard of - has posted that date on its website. Nokia Lumia 710 Window Phone handset Other suppliers listing the 710, such as Expansys and Clove, are not …
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2011
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Retailer warns anti-pirate 3DS firmware imminent

Hackers beware: Nintendo's next-gen handheld, the 3DS, is out of bounds. According to one online retailer, Nintendo is readying a firmware update that will brick the device completely should any dodgy tampering be detected. Japanese store Enterking alerted customers who wish to resell their console, that if any illegal …
Caleb Cox, 10 Mar 2011

Australian retailers make just 3% of sales online

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new and more detailed data on the nation’s use of information technology that shows e-commerce accounts for 7.5% of Australian business revenue, but retailers are only scoring 3% of their take online. The new Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2010-11, released …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2012
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Retailer predicts death of Apple retail channel, eBay gets cozy with brands

Controversialist and online retailer Ruslan Kogan has caused a minor sensation by using a conference stage to say that successful bricks-and-mortar retailers are “Apple’s bitch”. The thrust of his argument – ignoring, by the way, that most bricks-and-mortar retail in Australia has nothing to do with the consumer electronics …
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Birmingham's Computer Bookshops Ltd goes titsup

Birmingham-based tech book seller Computer Bookshops Ltd has failed to make it out of administration, and is being wound up. The company had become a fixture since setting up in 1978, and claimed a portfolio of more than 350,000 volumes by the time it had to call in the administrators in February 2014. Its properties included …
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Retailer reveals Gametrak Freedom launch, price

An online retailer’s revealed the launch date and price of the Xbox 360’s upcoming Wii Remote-style controller, Gametrak Freedom. Gametrak_Freedom_01 Gametrak Freedom: out in October for $70 The controller’s been listed on website ebgames.com and is scheduled to go on sale, in North America at least, on 15 October. It can be …
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Retailer reveals Touch Diamond 2 launch

Online retailer Expansys has revealed that HTC’s recently unveiled Diamond 2 smartphone will be available next month. HTC_Diamond2_01 HTC's Diamond 2: coming in April The phone was unveiled last month at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. At the time, HTC would only confirm that the handset would arrive in Europe …
James Sherwood, 02 Mar 2009
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Retailer posts unannounced Nokia phone's spec

Online retailer Expansys has published the specifications of Nokia’s upcoming E75 handset. Nokia_E75_01 Nokia's E75: lands next month The phone has a 320 x 240 display and is based on the S60 platform. It supports just about every connection type you could hope for, including 3.6Mb/s HSDPA 3G, quad-band GSM and Wi-Fi. There's …
James Sherwood, 10 Feb 2009
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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

The NSA and Department of Homeland Security have abandoned efforts to shut down an internet site selling parodies of its logos on T-shirts, coffee cups and bumper stickers. A tee with a slogan reads: The NSA, the only part of the government that listens Fort Meade shows a poor sense of humor Almost three years ago the NSA …
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2014
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Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup

Chief Information Officers are about to start behaving like venture capitalists, complete with an “I don't care if nine things I try fail so long as one goes really well” mentality. And what's more, their bosses will love it when they do so. That's one of the findings from consultancy Deloitte's 2014 Tech Trends report, released …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2014

Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Happy shoppers enjoying the Christmas cheer will be deeply disappointed in online retailer ebuyer.com – after it posted jolly pictures of its staff wearing festive-themed jumpers to show what a heartwarming company it really, really is. But, as noted by Reg reader Phil, the firm's Xmas celebrations hit something of a snag, after …
Team Register, 24 Dec 2013
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Amazon tries to shut .book in face of authors, publishers

Amazon's recent moves to gain ownership of certain new generic top-level domain names have caused anger among writers and publishers. The company wants to take control of addresses including ".book," ".author" and ".read". The move has upset the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), both of whom griped …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2013
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Retailer roots out humping-hound USB drive

We never thought we’d get the opportunity to say this, but quirky online retailer Brando really does love to do it doggy style. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com The firm has launched a USB Humping Dog Flash Drive featuring an animated plastic pup that pumps away while sucking up your data. The humping …
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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Retailer pitches tiny A2DP earphones

Over-ear cans are great if only the best noise-cancelling audio quality will do. But if portability and compactness are your key requirements, then the tiny JayBird Bluetooth Stereo Earphones could be the alternative answer. JayBird_03 JayBird's JB-200: tiny Online retailer Advanced MP3 Players claims the in-ear JB-200 …
James Sherwood, 30 Jun 2008
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Kindle DX delisted by Amazon

Amazon has begun rolling out its latest Kindle e-readers in the UK and other international markets, but it seems the large-screen Kindle DX will no longer be part of the line-up, either in the US or abroad. Beginning on Monday, the online retailer's Kindle e-reader family now includes only the bargain-basement, ad-subsidized $69 …
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2012

Online retailer offers Sim-free iPhone 3Gs

Play.com is punting unlocked iPhones for folk who don't fancy being tethered to O2. The downside: freedom from carriers doesn't come cheap. The 8GB iPhone 3G, for example, costs £550. Play wants £600 for the 16GB version, though it currently has no models of that capacity in stock, according to its website. Play claims the …
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2009
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Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you

Amazon will kick back six per cent of sales to developers selling real products within their mobile apps, as the online retailer extends the Associate programme already used by websites. Amazon Associates pays commission to sites which direct shoppers to the online behemoth's site. In 2008 a report from Stanford University …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013
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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary. I’m meeting Paul Coby at John Lewis's offices in Victoria, a concrete tower fitted with JL’s fittings and furniture that overlooks the jumbled innards of London's £700m upgrade of the Victoria underground line. It's also a tube-strike day. It …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
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Retailer compiles ‘endangered tech’ list

Mobile phone chargers, the mouse and the Wii Remote have topped a list that predicts which of today's technologies face extinction next year. Self-titled gadget “experts” at online retailer Pixmania have assessed over 2500 gadgets to list the ten technologies which they believe face the greatest risk of “obsoletion” [sic] as we …
James Sherwood, 10 Nov 2009
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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

Amazon is planning to kick off a major expansion of its AmazonFresh grocery delivery business as early as this week, sources close to the company claim. The online retailer has been quietly offering the fresh-food delivery service to customers in the Seattle area for years, but Reuters reports that it now plans to launch it in …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2013
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Former WinPhone exec tapped for skunkworks Amazon gig

Charlie Kindel, a former Microsoft exec who once managed developer outreach for Windows Phone, among other things, has reportedly joined Amazon to oversee a secret project in "a totally new area" for the online retailer. Kindel tipped his hand regarding the new position on Monday when he updated his LinkedIn page to reflect the …
Neil McAllister, 02 Apr 2013

Alibaba and the thwarted thieves: Cops, bazaar to tackle China's piracy

The biggest e-shopping site in China - a nation considered the counterfeit capital of the world - has promised to help decapitate the "snake" of knockoff goods. Online bazaar Alibaba will, we're told, work closely with five government and law enforcement agencies including the Ministry of Public Security and the State …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013
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Retailer reveals Wii Laser Sword

For die-hard Star Wars fans, the Lightsabre is probably the film series' coolest asset. So thank your lucky Death Star that a Lightsabre peripheral for the Wii remote has been unveiled. Wii_Light_Sword The Wii Light Sword Dubbed the Wii Light Sword, the add-on has just cropped up on online retailer Play.com’s website. The …
James Sherwood, 22 Nov 2007
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Retailer touts sweat-swatting mouse

Sweaty palms afflict us all sometimes, but for office workers constantly plagued by hands that feel like a wet fish then a hand-fan’s ideal. Thankfully, one’s been built into a computer mouse. Brando_fan_mouse OptiWind: it really sucks, and blows Dubbed OptiWind, the USB mouse has a fan built into its base that sucks air in …
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2007
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Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

Online retailer Good Old Games pushes its services onto Mac OS X this week, with a new collection of over 50 titles for the Mac. As well as a bunch of Bullfrog classics and nostalgia point-and-click epics sure to tempt our Antique Code Show readers, Mac gamers can now snag a copy of CD Projekt's highly-rated role-player The …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
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BlackBerry clamshell pair leaked online

Details of the first BlackBerry clamshell format phones have appeared online, following a mistake made by online retailer Expansys. Blackberry_clamshell The BlackBerry 8210 and 8820 were said to look almost identical The firm has since removed all trace of the two talkers, which were dubbed the 8210 and 8820, from its website …
James Sherwood, 20 Aug 2008
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Amazon joins Dropbox clones, hints at cloud storage margins

Amazon.com has become the latest outfit to decide copying Dropbox is a fine idea, further cloudifying its Cloud Drive with a desktop client that does the usual store 'n' synch between multiple devices while also offering some interesting insights into cloud economics. The nominally-profitable online retailer has operated Cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2013
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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

Amazon, in a surprise U-turn, has decided to start selling a more expensive version of its Kindle Fire model that will not stalk its customers with ads. The giant online retailer said over the weekend that it had applied the switcheroo to its pricing policy. This is after it initially launched its Kindle Fire tablets with static …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2012
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Amazon readying smartphone with 3D DISPLAY – report

If Amazon does release its own smartphone, it won't be just another me-too number, according to a new report that says the online retailer is working on a handset with a 3D holographic display. Citing anonymous sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon's device will use "retina-tracking technology" to make images …
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2013
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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

This was the week when Google advised its tech spec-wearing minions not to be "Glassholes". That's right, the Chocolate Factory has simultaneously caved in to the zinginess of the moniker for those sporting Google Glass and made the term that much less cool... Of course, the Choc Factory's marketing folk were a being a little …

Dixons bigwig dispatched to salvage gadget souk PIXmania

Dixons Retail is understood to have placed Equanet boss Phil Birbeck in charge of its loss-making online operation PIXmania after coughing €10m (£7.86m) to buy the founders' remaining shareholding. Birbeck took control of Equanet, the IT reseller arm of the consumer giant, at the start of 2010 having previously headed up the now …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2012
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Moles expose Amazon smartphone plan

Amazon is working on a smartphone - Kindle-branded, presumably - to take on Apple and Samsung, it has been claimed. Two moles have stepped up to spill the beans. One says Amazon is working with contract manufacturer Foxconn, news agency Bloomberg reports. The other source says that the online retailer is quietly licensing the …
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2012
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Visa Europe muscles in to UK cloudy wallet market

Visa Europe is filling in some of the details behind the logo it launched last year, scheduling a autumn launch for its cloud-based wallet as the payment war heats up. V.me was announced last November, but at that time consisted of little more than a logo. Now we have a few more details including a commitment to launch in the UK …
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2012
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Kindle Fire adds APIs for cloudy gaming features

Amazon has beefed up gaming on its Android-based Kindle Fire platform, in hopes that adding cloudy goodness will help bolster the device in the upcoming fondleslab wars. The online retailer's new set of services, collectively called GameCircle, allow games to store various kinds of data in Amazon's cloud, where it can be …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2012

Retailer puffs Burning Love fluffy iPod pouch

As if Apple's iPod Socks didn't provide sufficient snigger material, along comes new UK online retailer MP3 Additions with line in digital music player pockets it calls the "Burning Love Pouch". It claims they're the "most original and funky iPod holders on the market today". burning love candy pouch Well, one pouch, the " …
Hardware Widow, 16 Oct 2006
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Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

A French company trying to trademark the Anonymous logo and slogan for commercial purposes has inspired an angry response from a team claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group. The company Early Flicker, or E-Flicker, has registered the headless man logo and the slogan 'We are Anonymous, We do not forgive, We do not …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jul 2012
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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

Web-tracking is rife on technology vendor websites, with Microsoft among the worst offenders. Tech sites serve up even more trackers than the average online retailer, say browser privacy plug-in devs. Trackers follow surfers after they visit a website to serve behavioural ads elsewhere online. The technology started in the world …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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Amazon: e-book purchases push past paper

Amazon.com's UK wing claims its British customers are now buying more e-books than printed-on-paper editions. According to the online retailer, for every 100 print books sold in 2012 so far, 114 electronic tomes have been purchased. That, it notes, includes sales of paperbacks and hardbacks that lack an equivalent e-edition. The …
Tony Smith, 06 Aug 2012

Defiant Aussies continue to sell contraband Samsung slab

An Australian retailer is defying Apple and the courts by continuing to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Aussies, despite the temporary injunction. dMAVO said it has created a separate entity in Europe and is shipping the fondleslabs from Asia in order to sidestep the Australian ban, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "We …
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Asus Tegra 3, Android 4 tablet priced up for Brits

Online retailer Clove has priced up the eagerly anticipated Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - a tablet will not only serve up a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Clove wants £551 for the 10in tablet, which incorporates 64GB of solid-state storage, 2 …
Tony Smith, 13 Dec 2011
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Privacy worth piffling pennies to polled punters

Consumers are prepared to pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy but the difference comes down to pennies rather than pounds. A lab study sponsored by ENISA, the European Union security agency, confronted participants with a choice of whether to buy identical goods from two online vendors, one of which offered a lower …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2012
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Nintendo 3DS smashes advance order record

Nintendo 3DS has become the most pre-ordered console on Amazon, beating the likes of PS3 and Wii, the online retailer has claimed. According to Chris Poad, director of games at Amazon.co.uk, the level of demand demonstrated by advance orders is "unusual" for a handheld console. "Such high levels of interest are normally …
Caleb Cox, 17 Mar 2011
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Amazon throws open doors to AWS apps marketplace

One new service announced today at the AWS Summit in New York is a blatantly obvious one for an online retailer: an online marketplace to shop for, compare, buy, and install applications from third parties to run on the AWS cloud services. The Amazon Marketplace, which you can visit here, has over 250 system and application …
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Apple extends tablet market lead

Don't write off Apple's competitors in the tablet market just yet. While the iPad may have regained much of the strong lead it lost to Android slabs during 2011, its rivals were showing the strongest growth in Q2 2012. According to new numbers from market watcher IDC, Apple remains the number one tablet supplier, having shipped …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2012
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Amazon sold 6m Kindle Fire tablets, says analyst

How many Kindle Fires did Amazon ship during the last few months of 2011? The online retailer isn't saying, but ask Jordan Rohan, analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, a broker, and he'll put the figure at 6m units. No wonder Google is said to be worried about it. Amazon is expected to reveal the actual number of Kindle Fires it sold in …
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2012
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Play prices up HTC 'superphone'

Want HTC's "superphone", the Android-running Sensation? Put your order in now and you can have it for 500 quid Sim-free. Online retailer Play.com has posted the price and has begun taking advance orders. The handset will ship on 30 June, it says. HTC Sensation at Play.com HTC announced the Sensation in March. The smartphone …
Hard Reg, 12 May 2011
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Play.com: Only customer emails lost in data breach

Online retailer Play.com has named its marketing partner Silverpop as the guilty party behind the disclosure of customer names and email addresses. The breach led to distribution of spam to email addresses only registered with the online retailer on Sunday, a development that led to howls of protest from users. These emails …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2011
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Koreans visit Tesco through subway hoardings

Tesco is causing quite a stir in South Korea with a virtual shopping experience that encourages customers to scan billboards on the subway. The company, which is known as HomePlus in South Korea, has started filling subway stations with virtual store shelves - billboards of products with QR codes attached. Shoppers simply scan …
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Online shopping = rubbish customer service

Buying gadgets online can be a troublesome pursuit, according to a new survey. Sample queries submitted to the biggest online electrical retailers revealed just three in 10 got any reply. Those who got a reply only got a relevant response three quarters of the time. Amazon, Dabs, Comet, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, …
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Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

Windows 8 isn't due to launch until October 26, but some over-zealous retailers are starting to give us a feel for the marketing onslaught we can expect once Microsoft's new OS hits retail shelves. Officially, most retailers are still being coy about anything related to Windows 8. For example, searches on Amazon's US site reveal …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012