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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

US retail giant Best Buy is anticipating bumper sales of GoPro's Hero4 products, which are set for release on Sunday. Best Buy has tripled the amount of space GoPro gizmos take up in 500 of its stores, according to the Associated Press, so as it can start promoting the video camera maker's latest product line in the run up to …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2014

IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business? I agree that the brutal and implacable economics of the chip business forced IBM’s hand here. Manufacturing microprocessors is a hugely capital intensive …

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

Analysis Are legal music streaming services just Kim Dotcom on a diet, with a lawyer? The debate has raged amongst musicians for years now, and really ignited when Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery took issue with the “new music economy” two years ago. In what became known as the “Letter to Emily” storm last year, …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2013

Borders finds shelf space for Sony electronic book

Sony has signed bookstore Borders to sell its electronic book, the Reader, throughout the chain's 200 US shops. The consumer electronics giant said it would also offer the gadget in its 30-odd Sony Style outlets. Sony didn't say when the product will ship - it's already missed the March deadline it set when it announced the …
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2006
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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points. The service will launch in a month or two, so we don't have critical factors like pricing or a detailed breakdown of …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2013

Indirect proposition: Inside IBM UK software supremo's profit plan

Interview IBM’s Stephen Smith shrugs off our suggestion there’s more pressure on him now than ever before. And no wonder: he is a man with a profit-generating plan. Smith is the UK and Ireland head of IBM’s Software Group – a unit that’s home to some of the biggest names in software, never mind the Big Blue brand itself. As a whole, the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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HTC profits lobbed off a cliff by rivals Samsung and Apple

Troubled Taiwanese mobe maker HTC suffered another body blow on Monday as it announced a whopping 79 per cent drop in Q3 net profits year on year. The once proud smartphone giant admitted its net income tumbled from NT$18.64bn (£397m) in the third quarter of 2011 to just NT$3.9bn (£82.9m) in the same period this year. Revenue …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2012
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Acer UK sales slashed in HALF in Q3

Notebook giant Acer fell fastest and hardest in a UK market dogged by weak consumer, SME and public sector spending. The vendor saw shipments decline 52 per cent in Q3 as the overall sales in the UK dropped by 11 per cent, with just over 2.8 million units pushed into the channel, according to IDC's quarterly PC tracker. This is …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2011
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Elon Musk's private Dragon ship to dock with ISS in Feb

NASA has announced that - all being well - the first mission to the International Space Station by a privately built and operated spacecraft will lift off on February 7. The craft will be a Dragon capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket, both made and handled by techbiz visionary Elon Musk's new company SpaceX. The cheese sent …
Lewis Page, 12 Dec 2011
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Startup promises money for fanbois

Field Agent is an iPhone app that presents the user with questions or tasks, then pays the user a minimum of two quid for completing them in the name of market research. The questions and tasks come from companies that want to know what UK consumers are thinking, or what's happening somewhere. Users can ask for pushed alerts, or …
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2010
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Go Daddy on the block for $2.5bn

Domain names and web hosting provider Go Daddy is reportedly on the verge of being acquired by private investors for up to $2.5bn. The New York Post reported that a group led by Silver Lake Partners and KKR & Co plans to buy the closely held company for $1bn. The Associated Press later put the price tag at between $2bn and $2. …
Kevin Murphy, 27 Jun 2011
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Lenovo aims to seize PC crown within 3 years

Lenovo is aiming to become the biggest shifter of PC tin on the planet within three years after recently swiping the number two spot from Dell. The once sleeping dragon is clearly wide awake – Lenovo outpaced worldwide market growth for the last eight consecutive quarters – and in a bullish mood. "We should be able to overtake …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011
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Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

A little experiment from us: we are rounding up comments on a couple of articles - and turning them into articles. Some might call this stretching the material - social media types might call it amplification. But we think that not all of our commentards are mad - and many have very interesting insights to share. Today, we mine …
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Jan 2013
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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

Product roundup When Apple changed its longstanding 30-pin iPod connector to the Lightning interface, an industry died. The ubiquitous iPod dock – that for years had appeared on just about any piece of consumer audio gear – was no longer a necessity and with more Android users out there than ever before, only a few manufacturers would offer a …
Bob Dormon, 16 Dec 2013
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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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Samsung's Developer Challenge shortlist put to public vote

Samsung's Global Developer Challenge has reached the shortlisting phase, though short isn't quite accurate for the 300 applications the public is being asked to vote on. While Vodafone might be happy asking people to pick from four options, Samsung wants to emphasise just how popular Bada is. Therefore it is presenting 300 …
Bill Ray, 17 Sep 2010
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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

Sysadmin blog The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment …
Trevor Pott, 16 Apr 2012
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Samsung blows wad on Bada bling app compo starlets

Samsung's Developer Challenge is over, with the top app earning a prize of $300,000 as the company continues to big up its third mobile platform. Not content with manufacturing the flagship Android handset and one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices, Samsung is still banging the Bada drum. In June, the company put almost $3m in …
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2010
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D-Link: Vendors can do more to support channels

Local gadget channels arguably suffer just as badly as bookstores from internet parallel importation. Showing off the company’s 2011 product range (first seen at CE) to customers and channel partners yesterday, D-Link’s Australian marketing director Maurice Famularo told El Reg the question of channel support is becoming very …
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US Intel case delayed again

AMD vs Intel The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010. The case is being heard in the District Court in Delaware and will now start in February 2010 rather than April 2009. The original case was brought in 2005 and accused Intel of offering discounts to computer makers who pledged not to use AMD chips …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008
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Mac App Store: Developer godsend or Evil Empire?

Ken Case, the CEO of longtime Mac app developer The Omni Group, loves the new Mac App Store. But not everyone agrees with him. "I think the Mac App Store is a huge improvement for the platform as a whole," Case says. "It solves a need that a lot of consumers have had, which is 'How do I find software for the Mac? Where do I go …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2011
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Barnes & Noble nobbled for 'nicking' Nook-e Reader notion

Spring Design is suing Barnes & Noble for allegedly stealing its e-book reader designs. The Cupertino-based company announced its own dual-screen viewer, the Alex, in October, but claims that since the beginning of the year it's been in conversation with Barnes & Noble under a mutual non-disclosure agreement, during which time, …
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
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Windows Phone 7 leaves operators on the hook

Microsoft is keen to talk about how operators can add value to its latest platform with pre-installed applications and tiles, but it's far from clear why they would bother, or wish any success on Redmond at all. All the UK operators will be selling handsets with Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft has waxed lyrical about how they'll …
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2010
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CPW and Vodafone finally make up

Customers wanting a Vodafone contract will be able to get one at Carphone Warehouse from 7 July, signalling the end of a two-an-a-half-year experiment to see how much power network operators actually had. Vodafone cut Carphone Warehouse out of selling contract connections back in October 2006, claiming that Phones4U had better …
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2009
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Orange hears his master's voice

Orange has signed a deal with HMV to put franchise operations into the high-street retailer's stores, emphasising how much mobile telephony has encroached on the media industry. The deal puts what Orange calls "show and sell" spaces into HMV shops, where Orange staff can demonstrate to punters why they don't need a dedicated MP3 …
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2009
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iPhone developer stoops to straight bribery

One iPhone developer has found a novel way to increase rankings in the iTunes store: pay people $5 a time to post positive reviews, thus ensuring the general public gets an unbiased view of application quality. The application concerned, SantaLive, shows animations of Santa Claus going about his daily business in the run-up to …
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2008
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3 gives up (Super)drugs

3 is pulling concessions out of 107 Superdrug stores in the UK, leaving only 20 in place, citing the increase in their own stores as the reason behind the cuts. 3 moved into Superdrug back in 2003, thanks to them becoming siblings when the high-street drug dealer was bought by Hutchinson Whampoa in 2002. That put 3 into 60 …
Bill Ray, 15 Jan 2008

20 per cent of laptop buyers opted for netbooks in Q4 08

Almost a third of consumer-oriented portable PCs shipped in Europe in Q4 2008 were netbooks, market watcher IDC has said. Netbook shipments accounted for 20 per cent of all mobile computers shipped in the quarter. IDC's numbers cover the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), but it's Western Europe where the vast …
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2009
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Music biz pot calls Apple black

Comment Here's a question. Do you think Walker's Crisps are the most popular because people just love Walker's crisps? Until the 1980s the British snack business comprised lots of local favourites. Big money marketing changed that, and in the early 1990s, PepsiCo spent millions on muscling the 'portfolio' of 'brands' it had acquired, …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 May 2010

Carphone Warehouse, O2 to continue to offer 16GB iPhone

Claims that O2 and Carphone Warehouse have completely sold out of the 16GB iPhone have proved greatly exaggerated. Both today said they would continue to offer the handset. O2_iphone_screen_grab Gone this morning but back soon O2 told Register Hardware that it’s currently in the process of replenishing stocks of the 16GB …
James Sherwood, 08 May 2008
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WTF is... cloud gaming?

It's 3am, you can't sleep so you switch on the television. Amid the inevitable reruns and chatline ads, an advert comes on for the latest videogame. Inspired to try it out, you switch over, grab a control pad and immediately start to play. No download, no trips to Blockbuster, no waiting for the postman to arrive with a game …
Caleb Cox, 15 Mar 2011
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WH Smith bins CD singles

UK retailer WH Smith has blamed falling sales for the decision to pull CD singles from its shelves. The company will use the free shelf space to sell other entertainment products. The decision followed a review of trading by Boston Consulting Group and Cap Gemini Ernst&Young, according to the Guardian. It will continue to …
John Oates, 23 Feb 2004
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What's Green for Wal-Mart is Green for America

The Greening of Wal-Mart, America's least popular popular retailer, continues apace. This time it is putting the squeeze on consumer electronics suppliers, with a scorecard to assess the "sustainability of their products". Products are to be marked for hazardous materials, packaging, durability, upgradability and recyclability …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007

Warner puts 'Glu-ray' disc on hold - again

Warner Home Entertainment has once again admitted that its Total HD multi-format next-gen optical disc initiative is "on hold". Actually, the thing's positively moribund, we'd suggest, having been made irrelevant by the unwillingness of the rest of the content business to back it. Warner launched Total HD back in January, …
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2007

Blu-ray 0, SDHC card 1, THX Chief Scientist predicts

Blu-ray Disc will never win mass appeal - we'll all be buying out HD movies on Flash cards instead. That, at least, is the verdict of THX Chief Scientist Laurie Fincham. Fincham's comments come by way of UK magazine Home Cinema Choice, relayed by website DVD Town. Says Fincham: "I think it's too late for Blu-ray. I think …
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2008

Lovefilm 1, BitTorrent/iTunes/retail 0

I've given up buying DVDs, though I haven't stopped watching them. Quite the reverse - I'm watching more movies and TV series than ever before. Before you suggest it, I'm not downloading anything either. Last year, I took out a £13-a-month subscription with DVD rental service Lovefilm.com. I can rent as many movies as I care to …
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2008

Blu-ray, HD DVD combo discs due early '08

Warner Home Video may not release dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray Disc media - launched in January this year under the Total HD brand - until 2008 and not late 2007 as originally planned. Total HD glued a standard HD DVD and a standard Blu-ray Disc together, back to back. This 'glu-ray' disc will then play in any next-gen optical …
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2007
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Nurse attacks colleague with frozen fish

A 55-year-old Tunbridge Wells nurse was today hauled before the Nursing and Midwifery Council's professional conduct committee in London for allegedly slapping a colleague with a frozen trout, the BBC reports. The fish-assisted assault - after which the acccused reportedly said "give us a kiss" while moving the fish's mouth - …
Lester Haines, 17 Feb 2006
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IFPI hails piracy crusade for selling more music downloads

Digital music sales nearly doubled in 2006 but the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants more done to stop piracy. The IFPI published its Digital Music report on Wednesday which estimates that digital music sales reached nearly USD2 billion in 2006, up from USD1.1 billion the previous year. Music …
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Mixed fortunes for Hitachi disk division

A profitable 2008 for Hitachi has been followed by a miserable 2009, with two loss-making quarters and a possible fall behind in the areal density stakes. In April last year, and after much high-level debate within Hitachi, it was decided that Hitachi GST would remain as part of Hitachi, not be sold off in whole or part, and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2009
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Will Christmas sound the death knell for Atari?

Comment There is increasing concern that the Atari brand is finally on the verge of disappearing, as it concluded a quarter where its losses are bigger than its revenues, which have crashed to just $10.4m. Three years ago, Atari amassed sales of $343m, which fell to $206m last year and $122m for the year just gone. Its belated quarterly …
Faultline, 18 Nov 2007
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Register merchandise Jan sale is go

It's that time of year when, although the belly is stuffed with Xmas excess, the wallet might be feeling a tad slim. So, we thought that loyal customers of our Cash'n'Carrion Reg shop might welcome the chance to pick up a few bargains. Our January sale has slashed one third off selected items (prices include VAT): Grey, Red …
Lester Haines, 10 Jan 2002
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Sony selects 25 March 05 for Euro PSP launch

Sony will launch the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Europe on 25 March 2005, according to the company's own retailer-oriented sales and marketing documentation. So notes UK website Spong, which claims to have seen said "official" information. That Sony has been planning to ship PSP over here by the end of Q1 2005 is no great …
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2004
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Weak US drags down PC sales growth

Though the global market for personal computers continued to expand in the third quarter, shipment levels were not as strong as expected. In its quarterly update on the PC business, research outfit Gartner said that global PC shipments rose by 9.7 per cent in the three months to September 2004, compared to a year ago, slightly …
Matthew Clark, 19 Oct 2004
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Graphics on a budget with the ATI Radeon VE

ATI's new Radeon VE launched yesterday to a mixed, but mostly positive, reaction. The multi-monitor support was a hit, but in terms of raw performance, Nvidia's GeForce2 MX had the edge. It is aimed squarely at the budget section of the market, or 'value' end, as the marketing people like to call it. The board is inexpensive - …
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Feb 2001
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Lexar device puts passwords at your fingertips

The days of being forced to remember tens of password for various web sites and accounts may soon be behind us thanks to a new USB flash drive from Lexar Media that comes equipped with a biometric fingerprint sensor. The JumpDrive TouchGuard handles all the basic functions of a flash drive - most notably storing up to 256MB of …
Ashlee Vance, 28 Sep 2004
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Does MySpace really help artists?

Column The Long Tail theory posits that the infinite shelf space made possible by the internet enhances the market value for "niche products". In the case of the music, that means indie artists. Unfortunately, the real benefit of the Long Tail flows to the distributor, not the artist. MySpace's plan to allow indie artists to sell …
Steve Gordon, 21 Mar 2007
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From Gutenberg to Google

Google's mission is to organise the world's information, but what effect is this having on the oldest information technology - books? In the slow moving book industry there have been few seminal moments. In the third century BC, Ptolmy II of Egypt established his great library at Alexandria and commanded all visitors to the …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Feb 2007
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eMachines turns up in Europe with Dixons

eMachines, the US vendor of bargain basement PCs, is turfing into Europe on the back of the Dixons retail chain. Dixons will flog eMachines kit in its 850 stores in the UK and Ireland, and through its other retail chains in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain and Portugal. Dixons will also have exclusive eMachine wholesale …
Drew Cullen, 10 Aug 2000