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Systemax: Shuttering our North America Tech Group may cost $55m

Systemax has gone public with the cost of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in the closure of its remaining North America Technology Group (NATG), and it's going to be pricey. Very pricey. The ailing reseller revealed last week that US dealer PCM has offered $14m to pick up certain assets, including the right to hire roughly …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

A limited edition Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has been bought for $91,000 by an anonymous bidder in China. Android Authority reported the piece fetched such a high price due to its serial number of 66 — six being a lucky number in China, and 66 therefore being double lucky. The device went for almost 100 times its …

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19bn, a 19.9 per cent year-on-year gain that ran right past financial analysts' estimates. But the real surprise was that the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
Microsoft's planned new stores

Microsoft to open UK retail store early next year

Microsoft is laying the foundations to open up a retail store in the UK with a launch date marked for early next Spring. The software maker revealed plans to open up 75 stores across the globe at its worldwide partner conference last July and as one of the largest tech markets in Europe, the UK will act as an appropriate …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012
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Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

Adobe is moving ahead with plans to phase out the boxed, retail versions of its Creative Suite and Acrobat software families, in favor of a distribution model based exclusively on digital downloads and subscriptions. Word that the graphics software maker had set a hard date to stop selling its wares on physical discs first …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013
Snipping the ribbon to open a new Microsoft Authorized Reseller

'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

The gradual winding-down of Nokia as a consumer electronics brand continues, with Nokia retail stores and Care repair centres worldwide now morphing into Microsoft sales outlets. "Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorized Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2015
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Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

Microsoft has been awarded a trademark on its design for a store selling all things high tech. Trademark registration 4036534 covers the design of “a retail store with four curved tabletops at the front and rear side walls and a rectangular band displaying changing video images on the walls.” The trademark covers stores selling …
Iain Thomson, 07 Oct 2011

Cheque, mate? Barclays Bank borked as website, apps take cheeky siesta

Barclays Bank suffered an outage to its system which crippled the company's online service for hours on Monday afternoon. It's finally coming back to life, after the bank admitted around lunchtime today that its website and apps had fallen offline. Barclays told customers in a tweet: "We’re currently seeing some issues across …
Team Register, 07 Dec 2015
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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

One of the US’s major mall operators blamed Apple for dragging down the performance of its high end properties, potentially compounding the discomfort for the i company. Last month Apple reported results that were - for the tech juggernaut - slightly lacklustre, precipitating a share slide that made it the former most valuable …
Joe Fay, 04 Feb 2016
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Pakistani retail chain bakes DEEELICIOUS Android mobes

Pakistan could be about to get a delicious new domestic smartphone brand after sources close to retailer Gourmet Foods claimed the firm is planning an imminent launch in the mobile business. Those unnamed sources told TechInAsia that the food retailer is prepping a low-cost Java handset and an Android 4.2-based smartphone for …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2014

BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

BT has attacked Ofcom's decision to lift a five-year-long obligation on Sky to offer its sports channels to competitors in the market. The UK's communications regulator confirmed on Thursday morning it was removing the regulation, which had required the broadcaster to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on a wholesale basis. Ofcom …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2015

Facebook must face furious shareholders in class action over IPO

A judge has certified two class actions against Facebook in relation to growth forecasts given by the ad flinger before it floated on the stock market back in 2012. US District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan gave the go-ahead for retail and institutional investors to pursue their claims as groups in a 55-page decision which …
Kat Hall, 30 Dec 2015

Five million people exposed in Scottrade brokerage hack

If you've bought shares using retail broker Scottrade in the last few years, you may want to get in touch with the biz because its servers have been plundered by hackers unknown. The firm only found out about the data breach when the Feds got in contact to let it know. It now appears that 4.6 million customer accounts have …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2015

Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

Updated Troubled gadget retailer Dick Smith Electronics is teetering on the brink, with banks sending in receivers after the company requested a trading halt. The company has appointed McGrath Nicol as its voluntary administrator, and lenders HSBC and NAB have sent in Ferrier Hodgson's James Stewart as receiver. Dick Smith …

Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

Is Pope Francis a secret Android fan? We only ask because the delivery of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus orders will be delayed in New York due to a visit by His Holiness. We're told UPS will stall deliveries in six Manhattan ZIP codes (10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, and 10029) while the Vicar of Christ is in town Thursday …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015

Carders crack Hard Rock casino

Carders have hit the Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino stealing credit card numbers, names, and addresses, according to reports The company says malware found on its systems may have pinched the data from its retail and service locations. Criminals did not make off with PINs or other sensitive information, it says in a …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2015
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European Commission prepares antitrust probe for O2/Hutchison deal

The European Commission has opened what it's calling “an in-depth investigation” to consider whether the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK and its O2 operation by Hutchison “would harm competition.” “The Commission has concerns that the transaction could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation for …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2015

Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) went on a PR offensive on Wednesday to explain what happened in the hacking attack that saw its testers' emails exposed, why its member retailers banned Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and what makes its CurrentC mobile payment system so great. Dekkers Davidson, CEO of MCX, which represents 50 …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014
BT Openreach at work

Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

BT had a mixed quarter, buoyed up mainly by TV subscriptions - and it has taken its results announcement as an opportunity to shore up its broadband position. Revenue to for the first quarter of financial year 2016, ending June 30th, at £4.28bn, down two per cent overall. There was a six per cent drop in revenue from Global …
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2015
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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 …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012
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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

In its relentless search for regulations that impose unnecessary compliance costs on industry, the federal government is considering scrapping untimed local telephone calls in Australia, again. “Again”, because the last time retail price controls were raised was in 2014, when the Australian Communications and Media Authority ( …
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Profitable business evaporates at Systemax... make that all business growth

The year seems to be going from bad to worse for ailing tech supplier Systemax with losses widening and revenues narrowing. In calendar Q3, the reseller reported sales of $699.3m, down 15.3 per cent from $825.4m in the same period a year ago, the primary cause of this was the North America Tech Products unit. Stateside, the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2015

US House okays making internet tax exemptions permanent

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that will permanently bar states from collecting taxes on internet sales. The House on Friday gave its approval for HR 644, a trade bill that has been amended to include a permanent renewal of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Part of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015

Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

Retail colossus Walmart has open-sourced its own cloud operations code. Walmart is a big cloud user but says that come the year's fourth quarter its online retailing operations are too big for any one cloud to handle. Portability is therefore something it prizes, hence its 2013 investment in cloud automation startup OneOps, to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2015
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SanDisk struggles to fatten itself up ahead of WD takeover

A final growth quarter but revenue declines on the annual compare, amid falling annual revenues, end a tough year for SanDisk as it prepares to be acquired by WD. Final 2015 quarter revenues were $1.54bn, 11.5 per cent on the year-ago quarter, although they were 6.2 per cent higher than the third 2015 quarter. This beat Wall …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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Computer 2000 taps Widget UK boss to run retail biz

Computer 2000 has lured Widget UK boss Jo-Anne Foreman to head up its retail biz in the UK. She is due to pick up the reins at TD Consumer Electronics from 12 December, reporting to C2000 commercial director Dave Watts. “The establishment of our Retail and Consumer Electronics division is an important strategic investment for …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2011
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Rackspace: Amazon? Sure, you can buy their cloud ... from us

Rackspace has reportedly formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services to help customers move their data centers to the online retail giant's public cloud. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an American financial newspaper, the two companies plan to announce their new relationship at Amazon's AWS:reinvent …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015
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Dixons Retail: A mirror held up to Europe

Dixons Retail's top and bottom lines slipped in fiscal 2012 ended 28 April, according to preliminary results. Group pre-tax profits fell to £70.8m, down from £85.3m in the previous financial year and sales dipped three per cent to £8.05bn, compared to £8.3bn in fiscal 2011. The total loss before tax narrowed to £118.8m from £ …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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Cisco spraying $1bn over the UK, hipsters set for well-earned cash injection

Cisco has promised to splurge $1bn (£645m) in the UK over the next five years, investing in 'internet of everything start-ups' as well as promising to buy some real companies, too. The company claims the investment will support the next phase of Blighty's "digitisation" plans. It follows a 2011 commitment to splash $500m (£ …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
Apple Watch Sport

Gasping for an Apple Watch? You'll have to tremble and shake for two more weeks

Apple plans to expand sales of the Apple Watch to new markets later this month, even though it will still be a couple of weeks before it can catch up with its existing backlog of orders. The Cupertino firm said its coveted wrist accessory will go on sale in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jun 2015
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Amazon lifts lid on AWS money factory, says it's a $5 BEEEELLION biz

Amazon lifted the veil from the financials of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business for the first time on Thursday, and it looks to be off to a fine start for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015. While Amazon's total revenue of $22.72bn for the quarter represented 15 per cent year-on-year growth – a …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015

UK retail wiz makes $61m by turning up at Apple

The former boss of UK retail chain Dixons found himself - almost - $61m richer on Friday as he sat down at his new desk at Apple. Filings at the SEC show that John Browett took up his new role as senior vp for retail at Apple last Friday. The filings were flagged up by MacRumours amongst others, and can be viewed at the SEC …
Joe Fay, 25 Apr 2012

Target settles with banks for $40m after data breach

Retail giant Target has agreed to shell out $39.4m to banks and credit unions who had pursued the company following losses suffered after an enormous data breach. Target has now resolved the class-action claims following lenders seeking to hold the company to account for reimbursing defrauded customers. $20.25m will be paid to …
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Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft has named the day on which it will force PC-makers to stop shipping PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed. The Windows Lifecycle fact sheet has been updated to record the fact that as of October 31, 2016 no more PCs will be sold with Windows 7 Professional burned onto the boot disk. Retail sales of Windows 7, all …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2015
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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

Facebook has begun dishing out "free" beacons to retail outfits in the US, just in time for an update to its eerie Place Tips technology, which is now being deployed across the country. The Yelp-like service kicks into life when a Facebook user's location-tracking is set to the default 'on' mode and their mobe has Bluetooth …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2015
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Newly minted DevOps consultancy roams world, looking for CIOs in pain

London-based DevOps consultancy Contino has merged with a US-based counterpart with the combined entity getting a $30m cash boost from investment group Columbia Capital. The combined group will be making a play for the digital transformation business that has become an increasingly lucrative part of the Agile and DevOps game, …
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2016
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Amazon 'rolling out a retail store in Seattle'

Amazon could be about to open a bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle aimed at selling the Kindle - according to rumours on blog goodereader. Amazon execs are impressed by Apple's trendy hangouts shops, said the goodereader source, and want to get a piece of the boutique retail pie. The Seattle store would test out the concept and …
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2012
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Maker–NOT: 3D printer upstart Makerbot jams, cuts extra 20% of staff

Troubled 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot has announced a second round of layoffs, cutting a further 20 per cent of its staff as part of a major restructuring. "We have achieved a lot as a team, but we have also been impacted by the broader challenges in our industry," said CEO Jonathan Jaglom in a blog post. "For the last …
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2015
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Investors furious that Amazon only made $482m last quarter

Amazon is taking a beating on Wall Street as the retail and cloud giant posted numbers that, although strong, were short of analyst expectations. The house of Bezos saw its stock price fall 13 per cent after the release of its quarterly and full-year financials. However, Amazon noted large gains in key areas, including the AWS …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2016
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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

HP got on the phone with The Register on Wednesday to shed light on how it plans to roll out PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled. The IT giant said you can expect at least some of its hardware to be available with the new OS on the day that it launches – July 29. There's been some confusion on the matter. Earlier this week, HP …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one

Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz. The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report. It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2015
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Best Buy bites down hard on Apple Pay fruity bonking deal

Apple has finally convinced Best Buy – a big retail player in the US – to allow its customers to use Cupertino's mobile payment system. Best Buy confirmed the deal in a statement, which was released after Apple's latest earnings report. Stateside customers who carry around iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus handsets can make Apple Pay …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2015
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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

In a bizarre business plan that had El Reg checking if it weren't April already, Polaroid has announced a plan to open 10 shops in the US this year offering photo printing from customer's smartphones. Visitors to the retail units, dubbed Fotobars, will be able to upload their photos from cameras and smartphones wirelessly to in- …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2013
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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

The UK's competition watchdog has agreed to hasten a probe into BT's planned multi-billion pound merger with EE. Last month, the one-time state monopoly urged Blighty's Competitions and Markets Authority to swiftly move on from the first phase of its inquiry into BT's bid to slurp up the mobile operator. The regulator said in …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2015

Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

US home-brew tech outfit PicoBrew has raced past its Kickstarter fundraising target for its Pico "fully automatic craft beer brewing appliance". The device will produce five litre batches of "fresh personalized craft beer" in 5-7 days with minimum hassle, thanks to "convenient pre-packaged ingredient PicoPaks produced by …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2015

Would you like fraud with that? Burger chain giant Wendy's 'hacked'

Wendy's – the third largest fast-food chain in the world – has become the latest retail giant to lose customers' credit card numbers to crooks, it appears. The possible security breach was flagged up today by investigative journalist Brian Krebs. We're told fraudulent activity on people's payment cards led bank staff to …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2016
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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

Updated HSBC has apologised for an online banking outage which left customers unable to access their accounts. In a tweet, the company said: "We are working hard to fix the issue with our Online & Mobile Banking service. Follow us for further updates. Sorry for any inconvenience." The problem appears to have started this morning with …
Kat Hall, 04 Jan 2016
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Public cloud storage spend to double in two years – reliable sources

Research house 451 reckons public cloud storage spend will double in two years, with on-premises storage spend falling 17 per cent. Its Voice of the Enterprise: Storage study sees most organizations increasing their storage spend while also switching more of it to the public cloud, with Amazon and Microsoft (Azure) being the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2016
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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

A US district court has formally banned the sale of nine Samsung devices, found to have infringed on Apple's patents, in America. Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern California District San Jose court signed off on the long-sought Apple order [PDF] blocking the sale of Samsung devices released in 2011 and 2012. The full list of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016
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Biggest ever jump in web, non-store retail sales for June

The Office for National Statistics said non-store retailing jumped 24.4 per cent in June – the biggest such leap it has ever recorded. Comparing June 2011 with the same month last year, value of all retail sales went up 4 per cent and the volume of sales went up 0.4 per cent. Food sales fell 4.2 per cent – the largest fall …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2011