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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
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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

Mega-firm Carphone Dixons toasts £375m profit forecast

Dixons Carphone Warehouse has raised its profit expectation for its first financial year 2014/15 to £355m-£375m, following a bumper Christmas trading period. The firm owns Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse and was formed by of a £3.7bn merger between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in May last year. In the nine weeks …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
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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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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

Ailing electronics retailer RadioShack is teetering ever closer to insolvency, reports claim, with a potential bankruptcy filing to come as soon as next month. Although RadioShack has not said that it plans to file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports that Salus Capital Partners has already offered it $500m in …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2015
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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on Change.org (after initially resisting the request). The new flareup's lack of coherence comes from the fact that plenty of …
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Apple retail boss Browett bags $1.74m of shares

The allure of leading Apple's store strategy, coupled with a generous restricted stock package of 100,000 shares, currently valued at $623 a unit, saw Browett flee the CEO's office at Dixons Retail in January. In the SEC document, Apple revealed the Brit received 5,000 shares but 2,159 were sold for tax withholding purposes. He …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2012
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Wanted: PC salesman to head up HP's UK channel ops

Headhunters may be scrambling for their phones on the back of the news that HP is on the look-out for someone with PC sales skills to conduct its UK channel orchestra. A note was distributed to some HP workers this week that Damian Cusick is leaving the enterprise, SMB and channel director role, stating that he is looking for a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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Online retail drives card fraud in Oz

OK, so nobody uses cheques any more: as a result, fraud based on the venerable paper slip with a signature is now well-and-truly eclipsed by online credit card fraud, according to the Australian Payments Clearing Association. The APCA has released its latest survey of payment fraud, in which it reports that “card not present” ( …
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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

Apple's Sir Jony Ive has been promoted from design supremo to design chief. 9to5mac reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has anointed him the company's first ever chief design officer. The outlet claims to have the text of a letter Cook sent to Apple staff in which the CEO says Ive “will remain responsible for all of our design, …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2015
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Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

RadioShack filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, in a long-expected move that will result in the struggling electronics retailer closing around half of its stores in the US and Canada. The firm is seeking protection under Chapter 11 of US bankruptcy law, which will allow it to continue operations as it attempts to …
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2015

Who'd be Target's infosec chief? Tesco CIO joins hack-battered firm

UK retail giant Tesco has lost its veteran CIO to Target, whose IT chief is stepping down after just a year. Tesco’s Mike McNamara is taking charge of Target’s IT operations at 1,790 retail stores, 37 distribution centers, global development and online. He replaces Bob DeRodes, hired in spring 2014 after US retailer Target lost …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2015
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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

UK businesses that rely on a third party pricing system on Amazon were hit by an hour-long software glitch on Friday night, with items being sold for just 1p. Some retailers complained that RepricerExpress's technical cockup, which happened between 7pm and 8pm on 12 December, could leave them bankrupt. A number of small …
Team Register, 14 Dec 2014

Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

A California hardware store has decided to bring everyone's dystopian nightmares to life by using robots to perform basic customer service. Home repairs chain Orchard Supply Hardware, a subsidiary of Lowe's, plans to trial a device dubbed the OSHbot, a mobile robot capable of fielding customer requests and guiding DIYers to the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2014

Ingram Micro: Damn you Europe for our ghastly margins

Weaker margins in Europe due to forex losses and cut-throat retail pricing was the only major blip in an otherwise decent end to the calendar 2014 for Ingram Micro. It was not a vintage year though. Sales in Q4 bounced 18 per cent to $13.95bn: Technology and Other Solutions grew ten per cent to $11.2bn and Mobility shot up 60 …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
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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
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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

High-end models of Apple's Watch, which apparently has its official release tomorrow, could carry a price tag of at least $10,000. But the 18-carat gold wristputer won't have additional fancy features, according to the Financial Times. Instead, it will apparently come loaded with the same functionality as Cupertino's Apple …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2015
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Microsoft to open 32 pop-up retail stores for the holidays

Whenever Apple opens a new retail store, it's a major event with fanbois lining up to be the first to grace its stone tile floors. By comparison, Microsoft's foray into the retail market will be a quiet affair – almost tentative – beginning with 32 pop-up stores to open in the US and Canada for the holiday season. Microsoft has …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2012
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Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday. The try-before-you-buy feature was introduced by Amazon in March 2011 and was considered at the time to be a clever way to drum up more sales of apps. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2015

Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life

Facebook just got into the consensual Wi-Fi data-pumping game after it inked a deal with networking giant Cisco that will allow businesses to better target people's shopping and social habits. The free content ad network will play swapsies with its users by getting them to agree to hand over their "customer preferences and …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2013
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IBM ringing up retail system biz sale to Toshiba?

Is IBM fixing to sell its point of sale hardware and software business to Japanese conglomerate and sometime IT partner Toshiba? That's what a report in the Japanese business daily Nikkei says. Nikkei cites sources saying that Toshiba wants to give Big Blue ¥70bn, or around $870m at current exchange rates, to acquire the Retail …
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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

Analysis Electrical retail Goliath Dixons Carphone has announced deals with mobile networks EE and Three to head off the scenario that killed Phones4u. Phones4U folded when it failed to negotiate contracts to sell mobile network airtime. Dixons Carphone has now announced a multi-year contract with EE and a new range of custom tariffs …
Simon Rockman, 02 Feb 2015
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US retail kingpins swoon: Nobody bonks like Google does

US retailers reckon Google will end up dominating the pay-by-bonk/eWallet business, sidelining PayPal and bypassing operator-backed ISIS simply because the Google Wallet juggernaut is unstoppable. More than half of the 225 retailers surveyed at the National Retail Federation's annual shindig reckon Google will inevitably …
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2013
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Sony's customisable Xperia U hits retail

Sony's latest Android smartphone, the Xperia U, hit retail today, completing the first trio of handsets in the company's NXT collection. The Sony Xperia U is the smallest of its NXT range siblings, with a 3.5in Bravia-branded touchscreen at a resolution of 480 x 854. Sony Xperia U Powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB of Ram …
Caleb Cox, 22 May 2012

Elderly zombie Asprox botnet STILL mauling biz bods, says survey

The Asprox botnet was responsible for about 80 per cent of all attack sessions recorded during October 2014, impacting nearly 2,000 different organisations. These figures, from a new report by Palo Alto Networks, provide evidence that the Asprox (AKA Kuluoz) malware family is continuing to plague businesses, despite multiple …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014

Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

The Back2School sales fest that deserted the retail notebook industry a year ago has returned with a bang… sort of. According to distie sales numbers crunched by Context, shipments across Western European wholesalers jumped 12.5 per cent in the first two months of Q3 and were up 17.5 per cent in the UK. The sales are flattered …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014
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Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores in US

Microsoft is re-hatching its plan to accelerate retail store expansion in the US before turning its sights on the rest of the world. Microsoft's planned new stores Store locator: Microsoft's retail expansion in the next three years The first iteration came in 1999, when Microsoft set up a shop in San Francisco – but efforts …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2011
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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

Amazon is reportedly expanding its own in-house ads system in a move for the online retail giant to compete with Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the matter, the company is developing software that is eventually expected to unseat Google's ad placement platform on its own service. …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2014

Fear not, posh tech tarts! Selfridges' Apple concession still open despite selloff

The Apple retail concession in posh London department store Selfridges has been sold to Ireland's largest Apple Premium Reseller, giving it a ready-made route into the wallets of rich Arabs the wealthy elite. Directors at Square Group last week sold the B2B operation to Nottingham-based Jigsaw24, which is run by channel veteran …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2014
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Ingram slams 'soft' Euro retail market

Ingram Micro is forecasting modest fiscal Q3 growth aided by a currency tailwind on the back of weakened consumer demand in Europe and biz woes in Oz. Ahead of reporting the numbers next week, the world's largest IT distributor expects sales to be $8.9bn (£5.65bn), "growing modestly in local currencies" on a sequential and year- …
Paul Kunert, 18 Oct 2011

Government's rushed NBN migration plan off to the ACCC

Industry objections notwithstanding, the federal government has okayed Telstra submitting its revised NBN migration plan to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In spite of industry concerns that the arrangements favour the incumbent, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the finalisation of …
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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources has become a lot more dangerous over the last year, with apps now needing more built-in protection, according to a new report. The number of Top 100 iOS apps that have been hacked1 over the past year increased from 56 per cent in 2013 to 87 per cent in 2014. The majority (97 per …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2014
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Oracle grunts, grimaces, pushes out 98-flaw security patch batch

Oracle has patched nearly 100 security flaws in Java, Fusion Middleware, Database, MySQL and other products. For Java SE, the update fixes 14 CVE-listed bugs. All of the flaws are remotely exploitable without authentication to compromise a victim's computer, and three were given risk assessment scores of 10 out of 10. (Psst ... …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2015
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ACCC gives thumbs up to TPG's NBN fibre-to-the-basement raids

Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has to do nothing about junior telco TPG's plans to compete with the nation's government-mandated monopoly telephony network provider NBN Co, but is still pondering whether other telecoms retailers should be allowed to resell services running on TPG's infrastructure. TPG plans …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2014
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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Updated Amazon has suspended next day delivery in Blighty after reporting its busiest day on record. This decision could mean the families of last-minute present hunters will go without gifts on Christmas Day, said a Reg source, who says he was told express delivery would not begin until the New Year. Amazon denies this and claims the …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Dec 2014
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NBN will turn retail borderless, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has urged Australian retailers to “get over” their online retailing issues, and embrace the government’s NBN (National Broadband Network) as their next great opportunity or risk Australia losing its international competitiveness in the global economy. His transformation from network builder …
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Apple lures Dixons boss Browett to run global retail biz

Channel bully boy Apple has nabbed Dixons chief exec John Browett to head up its worldwide retail biz. Browett - who has presided over the struggling UK consumer giant since 2007 - will step down from the board on 20 February and leave on 20 April. He will be replaced by group operations director Sebastian James, will be plonked …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2012

Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

Retail titan Tesco is investigating the sale of Dunnhumby, the big data and data science wrangler it took over in 2004, which had helped propel the supermarket to national dominance. Tesco, Britain’s largest food retailer, has confirmed it has appointed a team of strategic advisors to explore “strategic options” for Dunnhumby. …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2015

BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

Ofcom is attempting to clip BT’s financial wings by proposing to regulate the margins it banks from superfast broadband sales to consumers, essentially to prevent the firm from future profiteering and elbowing rivals out of the market. The Brit telco monopoly is the largest provider of fibre broadband services over its network …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2015

Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

Samsung has fired another shot across Apple's bow, having announced that it plans to open a chain of own-branded retail stores across Europe. It won't do it all on its own, though. Instead, the Korean giant plans to crack the European market with the help of local "preferred partner" Carphone Warehouse. The UK-based mobile …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014
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Internet retail tax threshold 'probably irrelevant'

Australia's Productivity Commission is re-igniting the debate about online retail, competition and taxation, with an issues paper published late last week. The paper, titled "Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry", launches the commission's inquiry into the industry, with a particular focus on …
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Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things

Internet of Lawnmowers How are the next 10 billion devices going to connect to the internet of today, tomorrow? Having all of these gizmos talk to one another over your standard 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi is not going to happen, so how will all those gizmos connect to the wider internet, and how will we keep them all safe, happy and updated? The internet of things …
Trevor Pott, 26 May 2015
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Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

Forget the hype and the vendors chinning each other – Hadoop is still not ready for take-off. That’s according to Gartner, whose latest short story in the Hadoop-is-not-ready saga has predicted “anaemic” adoption of Hadoop for at least the next two years. The biggest problem is that people allegedly still can’t use Hadoop, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2015
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Remember that Big Blue Apple? Biz apps for iPads are here

The fruits of Apple and IBM’s enterprise software alliance were today plucked and displayed for the world to see: a bunch of apps ported to iOS that target corporate buyers of iPad and iPhones in specific vertical industries. In the first tranche of Big Blue developed MobileFirst “made for business” apps and “supporting” cloudy …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2014
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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

Video-gaming kingpin Valve has promised to do a better job of protecting its subscribers from dollops of spam, by applying a $5 limit on user accounts before unlocking a number of key features. The company explained the new strategy in a post on its support forum. It said that features – including friend invites, group chat, …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Apr 2015

By the way, Home Depot hackers also grabbed 53 million email addresses

Hackers made off with a whopping 53 million email addresses as part of the high profile April breach of Home Depot in which 56 million credit cards were compromised, the company says. The haul bagged enough email addresses to contact everyone in England, but it was unknown if the information had been implicated in further …
Darren Pauli, 07 Nov 2014
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Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

Nintendo is planning to hold a new World Championships gaming contest in 2015, marking the first time it has staged such an event in 25 years. Preliminary rounds of the contest will be held around the US on May 30 at various Best Buy retail stores in major cities. Nintendo has not yet posted location or registration info. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015
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Failed would-be COMET saviour now FAILS to save his own biz

A creditors' meeting has been called for Lewisons Wholesale, an electrical retailer run by Clive Coombes, the man that tried and failed to resurrect the brand name of fallen UK High Street giant Comet. As revealed by the Register last month, Lewisons Wholesale was struggling to remain afloat and had notched up eight County Court …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2014

Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

Amazon.com has advertised for a Brisbane, Australia-based software developer to work on a “new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative”. AmazonFresh is shopzilla's grocery delivery service and has hitherto been confined to Seattle and parts of California. But the company has previously signalled it is keen to bring AmazonFresh …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2014
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Sneaky Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

Millions of dollars, credit cards and intellectual property have been stolen by a newly discovered group of cyber criminals. The Anunak hackers group has been involved in targeted attacks and espionage since 2013, we now know, and targets banks and payments systems in Russia and former CIS countries, according to joint research …
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2014