Online retailer Amazon may launch up to three smartphones of its own next year,
collaborating with Taiwanese technology company HTC.
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French book and music chain Fnac
wants to open four stores in Qatar
in the next five years. The first store will open next
autumn in the Lagoona Mall in the capital of Doha, through a franchise deal.
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Supermarket chain Carrefour will
start selling two cheap e-readers of its
own in 230 French department stores. Walmart and Tesco had already
announced going for e-readers and Carrefour is now following suit.
The worldwide market for personal computerss keeps
shrinking, for the sixth quarter in a row. Only the top 2, Lenovo and HP, managed
to grow somewhat.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has had a record-breaking turnover and profit this past quarter, but analysts
believe the world’s
largest smartphone, television and memory chip manufacturer may do even better.
German electronics group Media Markt - Saturn today announced its intentions to end the Saturn formula in Belgium: most of the Saturns will continue as a Media Markt, but the store in
Antwerp will be closed. The changes mark the end of a six-year existence for Saturn in Belgium.
At one of Foxconn’s factories,
notorious supplier for – among others – Apple, a huge brawl broke out. Some 300
to 400 people joined in, leaving 11 injured.
BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Banque Postale will launch PayLib, their own online payment service today. The banks are hoping to challenge market leader PayPal with this new
behind game developer Nintendo, Hiroshi
Yamauchi, passed away last week in Kyoto, Japan. In his 53-year reign as president of
Nintendo, he shifted the focus from playing cards and toys to video games.
photo company Eastman Kodak is getting a new lease on life now that a
New York court has approved the recovery plan. However, the ‘new’
company will not be comparable at all to the former producer of cameras
and film and it will end its life as retailer.
has brought in a retailing executive from Levi’s, Enrique Atienza, to
oversee the American retailing activities from October onwards. He
arrives at a critical time for the company, as it looks to launch a new
line of iPhones and iPads.
CEO of Blackberry Thorsten Stein has announced in a press release that a special committee has been founded within Blackberry. It will take a closer look at the future of Blackberry - probably meaning that Blackberry is for sale. Last year Blackberry already worked with a number of business banks for the same reason.
English electronics chain Dixons has opened a new concept store in the South terminal of London Gatwick airport. This way the chain confirms it wants to make the travel market into a valuable sales channel.
Technology giant Google has invested in Taiwanese Himax Displays, which makes parts that can be used in the internet glasses Google Glass. Google is probably planning on going into mass production with the Google Glass starting as early as next year.
Electronics giant Apple has sold far fewer iPads and Macs in the third quarter of its financial year 2012/2013. That bad piece of news was partly compensated by an unexpected rise in sales of iPhones, but profits still dropped 22% to 6.9 billion dollar, about 5.2 billion euro.
an end has come to the soap involving the restart of entertainment chain
Free Record Shop. The new CEO of the chain will be Ronald van Geest, former CEO
of chain of bookshops AKO. It has also been confirmed that 75% of shares will
go to ProCures and a minority interest of 25% has been set aside for founder