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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

Luxottica, the holding company for pricey eyeware brands Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol and even Burberry, has inked a deal that will see it design stylish versions of Google's “glass” tech specs. The eyewear company's canned statement says it will work with Google“ on the creation of innovative iconic wearable devices”. To do so the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014

Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

Anyone short of ideas for the stocking filler this Christmas and with a spare £68k down the back of the sofa can look no further: it's time for a Gold iPhone from the Dixons Retail concession at Harrods. The Jesus mobe, made by one of Harrods' commercial partners, is housed by a 24 carat case with over 300 22 and a half carat …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013
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Kiwi ultra-fast net gets retail suitors

New Zealand's NZ$1.5bn Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network-in-waiting has attracted the interest of 13 telecommunications service providers according to Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), the government agency managing the project. The UFB is set to deliver fibre-optic broadband to over 75 per cent of the New Zealander population within …

Have PIXmania. In fact, have £59m with it too, Dixons tell German VCs

Dixons Retail has forked out £59m to convince German venture capitalist mutares AG to take loss-making web shop PIXmania off its hands. And so ends the retail firm's costly flirtation with the online gadget souk seven years after it coughed €266m for a 77 per cent stake in the biz and a little over a year after it bought the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2013
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Apple India to put mini-shops in suburbs to flog entry-level kit

Apple’s ramping up its presence in India with the launch of a range of small brick-and-mortar stores selling mainly entry-level iPhones and fondleslabs, according to a local report. The shops will be set up by disties Redington and Ingram Micro, as well as other partners, in the neighbourhoods of major and tier two cities, …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2014

Twitter hires Google ad exec: Microblogging? We've heard of it

Twitter has poached a Google ad exec to be its head of retail, as it expands its business in preparation for its IPO. JJ Hirschle used to direct media and entertainment advertising for the Chocolate Factory, but will now sell ads to retail companies for Twitter, Bloomberg reported. As is typical of a company about to go public …
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Cellnet moves into online retail

ASX listed telecommunications accessories distributor Cellnet has taken a strategic stake in online discount grocery start-up, Off Your Trolley. Cellnet said that the strategic investment was the next step in it's online strategy and expects Off Your Trolley to make a positive contribution to its earnings in the current …
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Mini retail empire Micro Anvika implodes, one shop to be shopped

The administrator of Micro Anvika is continuing to trade the operation out of two stores on London's Tottenham Court Road - one of which will close within weeks - as it mulls over offers for the remnants of the retailer. Back in late September, management at the veteran retailer called in business advisory service and insolvency …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2012
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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

A record number of Blighty's shoppers were browsing and buying online for Christmas, but their frenzied clicking wasn't enough to lift total retail sales by even a single per cent, the British Retail Consortium said. According to a BRC and KPMG survey, nearly one in five of all retail stuff bought was picked up from the comfort …

Run for the tills! Malware infected Target registers, slurped 40m bank cards

Target today claimed malware infected its cash registers, which allowed crooks to siphon off copies of 40 million credit and debit cards. Chief executive Gregg Steinhafel said point-of-sale (POS) systems were compromised by a software nasty, which harvested sensitive banking information from customers' magstripes. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2014
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Dixons Retail boss pockets £1m in face of consumer meltdown

Dixons Retail chief exec John Browett trousered over £1m in rewards during the most recent financial year, despite the group posting steep losses as it struggled to cope with the consumer meltdown. Browett, who joined Dixons from Tesco in 2007, is masterminding a major cost-cutting drive to turn the losses into profits by …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2011

Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis. Arguably the Lumia 2520 makes more sense in a business than anywhere else, with Windows RT now capable of running an almost …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013

Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

Amazon has convinced the United States Postal Service (USPS) to break with tradition and deliver parcels on Sundays. The web bazaar said the deal will allow customers to receive packages on Sunday if the orders are placed using the Amazon Prime service. The company said it will first try delivering stuff in Los Angeles and New …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2013
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Retail meltdown bitchslaps Ingram Micro profits

Weakening consumer demand and a botched ERP system migration dampened Q2 profits at broadline giant Ingram Micro but a currency updraft lifted sales. The largest IT distie on the planet last night reported a near 12 per cent boost in income to $59.7m (£36.6m) and a 7 per cent slide in operating profits to $97.1m (£59.6m) …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data

Point-of-sale malware dubbed ChewBacca has hit dozens of small retailers in 11 countries as far apart as the US, Russia, Canada and Australia. Researchers at RSA Security have put the ChewBacca Trojan under microscope revealing much more information about a strain of malware targeted at retailers that, whilst not new for …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2014
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Apple to 'boot boxed software from retail boutiques'

Now that Apple has opened its online Mac App Store, it is reportedly poised to evict boxed software from its brick-and-mortar retail stores. "Apple is planning on making the move to all digital sooner than expected at their retail stores," MacRumors reports, citing unnamed sources. With physical shelf space being at a premium, …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Feb 2011
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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

EU antitrust regulators have raided the European offices of Philips, Samsung, retail group Media-Saturn, and several other consumer electronics companies, but so far they're not saying what they were looking for. "The European Commission can confirm that on 3 December 2013, Commission officials initiated unannounced inspections …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013
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Gaming sales wilt after Australian retail orgy

Australian gaming nerds have emerged blinking into the sunlight, and it’s not good news for the country’s formerly- buoyant retail gaming sector. Sales slumped by 16 per cent in 2010 with revenues of AUS$1.7 billion. The market contraction comes after five steady years of growth for the industry covering the hardware, gaming …
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Google gobbles retail reputation ranker

Google has beefed up its online retailing smarts by acquiring KikScore, a US company that ascribes scores to e-commerce businesses based on their level of reputation and trustworthiness. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is a Google acquire- and-shutdown special with the service being discontinued from June 28. Under the …

Investors throw cash at affordable 3D scanner

Proof that the 3D bandwagon continues to gain pace comes with the news that Fuel 3D Technologies has secured a suitcase full of private investor cash to further fund "the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging". Rendering of the Fuel3D The Fuel3D: Coming soon to a hand near …
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 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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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

UK mobile network Three has been rapped for touting a tablet computer that customers couldn't actually buy – and then, having got the interested punters on the phone, tried flogging them a more expensive slab instead. One outraged man told the advertising watchdog that an ad on Three's website stated that the operator's online …
Bill Ray, 04 Sep 2013
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Apple sneaks iPad 2 with 32nm chip into retail

Apple has quietly begun shipping a revamped version of the iPad 2 that delivers better battery life than its predecessor, thanks to the use of 32nm chippery in place of a 45nm part. The new iPad 2 goes by the model name 'iPad2,4'. It's a Wi-Fi only device, its predecessor being the 'iPad 2,1' released in March 2011. The …
Tony Smith, 04 May 2012

New BT chief gets keys to copper-encrusted door next month

BT's incoming chief exec Gavin Patterson will formally take the reins on 10 September, the telecoms giant confirmed to the City this morning. He will replace current boss Ian Livingston, who surprisingly resigned from his job in June after Prime Minister David Cameron poached him for a front-bench trade and investment role in …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2013
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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

The fortunes of Barnes & Noble's Nook division have gone from bad to worse, with the ebook group reporting plummeting revenues over the holiday period. The bookseller said on Thursday that the Nook unit's sales for the nine weeks ending December 28 were down 60.5 per cent from the same period a year ago. Newly minted Barnes & …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2014
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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

Microsoft says that in addition to offering Windows 8.1 as a free update for Windows 8 users in October, it will also be easier for customers to buy versions of Windows 8.1 that don't require an upgrade from a previous edition of the OS. Redmond launched Windows 8 in October 2012 as essentially an upgrade-only product. "System …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!

It should come as no surprise that Amazon.com is the galactic leader in online retail sales, but what may be surprising is exactly how epic its lead is. The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently wrote to "about a dozen" online retailers, The Wall Street Journal reports, asking for "hard details" about the amount of …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Aug 2013

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year. So says local market-watcher GfK, which noted a sudden jump in over-the-counter sales of AIOs in August and September. AIOs grew by 27.4 per cent in sales value, driven by a 6.5 per cent increase …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
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Feds land first convictions over pirated mobile apps

The US has enforced its first convictions for illegally distributing counterfeit mobile apps, after two Florida men pleaded guilty for their part in a scheme that sold pirated apps with a total retail value of more than $700,000. Thomas Allen Dye, 21, and 26-year-old Nicholas Anthony Narbone both pleaded guilty to the same …
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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

A security researcher has developed a proof-of-concept malware capable of capturing the actions of users on touchscreen devices. Senior security consultant Neal Hindocha and his colleagues at Trustwave were able to brew up similar strains of prototype malicious code for both rooted Android and jailbroken iOS devices. The line of …
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014
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Big Data? Yeah, nice buzzword. Give us the nuts and bolts this time

Big Data has crossed the chasm from hype to everyday reality remarkably quickly. Its adoption has been accelerated by hungry data warehousers using big data techniques to get better answers from their data mining activities. ™ Big Data In Focus Attending the TM Big Data InFocus 2014 conference in Amsterdam, it became …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
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Ingram bemoans tough European retail market

Ingram Micro profits have tumbled by nearly two-thirds on the back of an ultra aggressive pricing market in Europe and the fall out from the botched ERP upgrade in Oz. The world's largest distie – which last week warned of the issues impacting results – recorded a 5 per cent year-on-year rise in sales to $8.9bn for calendar Q3 …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011
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Shape-shifting box shifter Systemax made cash... from non-IT kit

A write-off of deferred tax assets helped to widen losses at ailing Systemax during Q4 as the tanking consumer biz in North America more than offset sales growth in the Industrial Products division. It was an eventful end to another eventful year for the shrinking reseller, with turnover in the final three months of 2013 down 7. …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2014
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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

The slab revolution in UK consumer land continued over Chrimbo but many biz customers are still struggling to justify wider deployments and most of those that did steered well clear of Windows 8. Disties shipped a total of 1.5 million tabs in Q4, a hike of 53.1 per cent on a year ago. Some 16.4 per cent of these went via biz …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014

EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

Footage has emerged which appears to show that Apple's mysterious cheap new iPhone has a scratch-resistant surface which can take a serious battering and still stay pretty. A video posted on the Taiwanese site Apple Daily shows what it claims is a brand new model of iPhone being tested against several real-world scratch risks. …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
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Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street

E-retail bellwether Amazon badly missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing its shares to fall – even though it reported a healthy profit. The e-retail giant reported earnings per share of $0.51 and net sales of $25.59bn for its fourth quarter of 2013 on Thursday, missing Wall Street estimates of $0.66 and $26.06bn by …
Jack Clark, 31 Jan 2014
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Boxing Day sales bubble boosts Dixons - but don't hit the champers just yet

UK saps shoppers spent more than £100,000 a minute at Dixons Retail during the Boxing Day sales helping to drag it into growth during the Christmas quarter for the second consecutive year. But CEO Sebastian James held off talking up any recovery given the torrid time that many electronics retailers have faced in the past four …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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San Francisco says yes to GIANT Apple flagship store, public plaza

Apple has received final planning permission for its new flagship store at Union Square, San Francisco. The San Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors gave the new shop their approval after protracted negotiations. The two-storey store's design includes 23-foot glass sliding doors and an open "public plaza" …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Mar 2014
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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Amazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders. In the letter, which was published on Thursday, Bezos took investors "on a tour that samples a small subset of [Amazon's] various initiatives". What this makes clear is that Amazon is …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014

Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

Microsoft’s high profile Xbox One launch did not attract as many British punters as Sony’s PlayStation 3 notched up some six-and-a-half years ago, UK retail sources have revealed. The next-gen machine went on sale in the UK on Friday 22 November. Sales made by Britain’s biggest High Street and online retailers hit in the region …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2013
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Brits to do £5bn worth of their Christmas shopping online

Online sales in Blighty are forecast to reach £5bn this Christmas, making up just under one-eighth of the total £40.3bn in festive shopping this season. Beancounters at Deloitte said that Brit shoppers would push online retail up 19 per cent year-on-year, driven by the general rise in popularity of internet shopping and the …
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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

Vodafone has said that it plans to add another 150 shops in Blighty and create 1,400 retail jobs in the next 12 months as part of a £100m expansion. The cash for the expansion is coming out of the company's billion-pound investment pot, which is also funding its aim to cover 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015 with 2G, 3G …
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Santa brings Dixons £31m profits as ghost of Comet is laid to rest

Christmas has come early for the bosses of Dixons Retail Group, which has announced an encouraging boost in profits and sales. Dixons, which also owns Currys and PC World, said its sales were up thanks to steady cutting of less profitable subsidiaries. In the UK and Ireland, operating profits surged up to £31.4m, five times the …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2013
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VMware channel guru steps out of channel for first time in career

VMware's UK and Ireland channel boss Ed Dolman is taking on a new role to run one of the virtualisation kingpin's enterprise end-user sales teams. The man confirmed his departure to the world, well Twitter followers, this morning after spending some two and a half years in the position "An exciting change of role for me today. …
Paul Kunert, 02 Apr 2014
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Google taps Ingenico for retail terminal expansion

NFC kit manufacturer Ingenico has confirmed it is developing retail terminals for Google, but the search giant won't be running its own banking service just yet. Ingenico told French journalists that Google wants (US) customers to be able to redeem coupons and discounts using an NFC-enabled phone, tapping it against the till to …
Bill Ray, 03 May 2011
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Protect online retail, says eBay

eBay is undertaking a fully-fledged media campaign in Australia, securing an interview with the prestigious ABC Lateline Business programme. The online auctioneer-and-budding-mall has used the platform – and an extraordinarily soft interview – to call for Australia’s competition regulator to intervene in online retail in …
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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

Australia's largest department store's website crashed for the week of post-Christmas sales, leaving IBM and possibly Oracle scrambling to fix the mess. The department store chain that suffered the outage is Myer, Australia's analog for the UK's John Lewis or North America's Macy's inasmuch as it is positioned beneath more …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jan 2014

Crooks target Target: 40 MILLION bank cards imperiled in cyber-heist

Target says 40 million credit and debit card accounts are at risk after crooks infiltrated the US megastore chain's payment systems. It's feared criminals harvested customers' sensitive banking details between November 27 and December 15, right in the middle of America's peak shopping season. The leak leaves shoppers vulnerable …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2013
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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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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

Just a few months after the launch of its first handsets, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that Sailfish OS, the Linux-derived operating system that powers its devices, has reached version 1.0. What's more, the company says that Android users will soon be able to try out Sailfish OS on a wide range of devices. …
Neil McAllister, 21 Feb 2014