christmas period

christmas period

Blockbuster joins UK retail casualty list and calls in the administrators

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More than 4,000 jobs at risk after Christmas woe but analysts say video rental chain failed to keep up with the competitionThe Blockbuster video rental chain became the third major high street casualty in a week on Wednesday, collapsing into administration and taking the total number of retail jobs at...
Blockbuster joins UK retail casualty list and calls in the administrators

It's official: Samsung confirms 30 million Galaxy S III sales, 150 days after its launch

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Confirming figures that its Polish office let slip in a now-deleted tweet, Samsung has officially announced that sales of the Galaxy S III — its flagship smartphone — have passed 30 million units, that’s within 5 months (or 150 days) of the phone’s launch in May. The landmark, which the Korean...
It's official: Samsung confirms 30 million Galaxy S III sales, 150 days after its launch

Judge denies Apple's request for a US sale ban on Samsung devices

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Apple has been dealt a significant setback in its ongoing legal case against Samsung after Judge Lucy Koh denied the US firm a request for a permanent sales ban on 26 Samsung devices that a jury found to have infringed upon Apple’s patents, according to FOSS Patents. That is a...
Judge denies Apple's request for a US sale ban on Samsung devices

Rovio's Angry Birds games were downloaded 30m times over Christmas, 8m on Christmas Day alone

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Demonstrating the awesome power the Angry Birds franchise still has on mobile, Rovio announced today that it saw 30 million total Angry Birds downloads during the Christmas period, 8 million on Christmas Day alone. The company shared the statistics via its official Twitter account, noting Flurry’s estimate that 17.4 million...
Rovio's Angry Birds games were downloaded 30m times over Christmas, 8m on Christmas Day alone

HTC revenues climb in February, but still down 36.79% year-on-year

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HTC’s February financial filing has showed that whilst the Taiwanese smartphone maker’s revenues have climbed between January and February, the company is still on track for a disastrous quarter, as records show revenues are still down compared to last year. The company announced unaudited consolidated revenues for February 2012 totaled NT$20,294 million...
HTC revenues climb in February, but still down 36.79% year-on-year

Apple tops the UK in smartphone sales

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Apple's iPhone takes the lead ahead of RIM, as BlackBerry maker sees phone sales dwindleApple displaced BlackBerry-maker RIM as the best-selling smartphone maker in the UK in 2011, according to figures from the research company Gartner.The data flatly contradict RIM's claims earlier in February that it had secured the top...
Apple tops the UK in smartphone sales

Amazon employees stage second one-day strike in Germany over pay and working conditions

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Amazon employees working at a distribution center in Leipzig, Germany are staging a second strike today over their wages and benefits packages. A representative for Ver.di, a multi-service trade union with 2.1 million members, told the Wall Street Journal that around 250 workers – or half of the morning shift – went...
Amazon employees stage second one-day strike in Germany over pay and working conditions

Nintendo cuts sales forecast for Wii U and other devices

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Video games-maker expects to sell fewer consoles than predicted in last quarterly update in OctoberNintendo has cut its sales forecasts for flagship devices, including the newly launched Wii U console.The Japanese video games-maker said it was expecting to sell 4m Wii Us in the current financial year, down from a...
Nintendo cuts sales forecast for Wii U and other devices

Samsung comes out top in battle of the smartphones

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HTC on Friday reported a 70% year-on-year profit slump and a drop in first quarter net income after tax down to £95mThe battle for smartphone supremacy between Asia's largest handset makers has left profits at Taiwanese firm HTC plummeting as South Korea's Samsung Electronics rakes in the rewards.HTC on Friday...
Samsung comes out top in battle of the smartphones

Teenager accused of cyber-attacks held over breach of bail

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Ryan Cleary kept in custody at Chelmsford prison after alleged use of internet to contact LulzSec hacker known as 'Sabu'A British teenager accused of cyber-attacks linked to hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec has been sent to jail after breaching his bail conditions.Ryan Cleary, 19, has been remanded in custody at...
Teenager accused of cyber-attacks held over breach of bail

Thorntons profits up 70% as supermarket sales rise

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The chocolate company has overcome years of decline and a poor Christmas period to bounce back in a new directionThorntons chocolate suffered a disastrous Christmas online when its website relaunch failed, leading to a 12% fall in internet sales.However, the chocolatier, which is attempting a revival after years of decline,...
Thorntons profits up 70% as supermarket sales rise

Facebook UK loses 600,000 users in December

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Numbers dropped by 1.86% over festive period, fuelling speculation that site is reaching saturation point in core marketsThe number of Facebook's UK users dropped by 600,000 in December, according to data by social media monitoring firm SocialBakers.Though representing a typical seasonal dip in use over the Christmas period, the UK...
Facebook UK loses 600,000 users in December

Report shows January was stellar for apps: 12% more downloads, 59% lower marketing costs

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January was a blockbuster month for US app developers, as app downloads in the country increased by 12 percent and the cost of acquiring new users fell by 59 percent, according to new data from mobile app marketer Fiksu. The firm found that app download rates were through the roof, peaking...
Report shows January was stellar for apps: 12% more downloads, 59% lower marketing costs
The Nexus 7 is already the UK's all-time best-selling Android tablet

Apple expected to report first fall in profits in a decade

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Tech firm's period of 'hyper growth' begins to stall with Wall Street analysts saying demand for iPhone 5 lower than predictedApple is forecast to report the first fall in profits since its financial turnaround a decade ago, as its period of "hyper growth" comes to an end.Wall Street analysts believe...
Apple expected to report first fall in profits in a decade

BSkyB lands exclusive access to all 8 Harry Potter films, just in time for Christmas

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Last month, we reported that UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB (Sky) had signed a new movie deal with Warner Bros., which granted the News Corp.-backed company exclusive access to movies six months after their run ends in cinemas. Well, it seems this exclusive partnership is extending far beyond recently-released flicks, as...
BSkyB lands exclusive access to all 8 Harry Potter films, just in time for Christmas

UK retailer Argos confirms Google to offer 32GB Nexus 7, available for £199.99

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With Apple all but certain to introduce a new, smaller iPad at its San Jose launch event next week, Google appears to have plans of its own to make its popular Nexus 7 more attractive to consumers by offering a 32GB model for 99 pence more than as its 16GB...
UK retailer Argos confirms Google to offer 32GB Nexus 7, available for £199.99

Pop Quiz: What Is Beats By Dre's Market Share?

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It had 40 per cent of all US headphone sales and close to 70 per cent of premium priced headphone sales over the Christmas period....
Pop Quiz: What Is Beats By Dre's Market Share?

More than half of the UK population now owns a smartphone, says report

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It has been a long time coming, but it seems the UK’s mobile phone industry has finally reached tipping point, with more than half the population now owning a smartphone, compared to feature phones. Back in November, reports abounded that half of the UK was now using smartphones as opposed...
More than half of the UK population now owns a smartphone, says report

Twitter's Instagram-esque Photo Effects Filtering Through To Users By Christmas

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Instagram may have decreed that the concept of seeing photos sunny side up on Twitter is Toast(er) but Twitter has a cunning plan up its sepia-tinted, blurry-at-the-sides sleeves. So, the divorce between Instagram and Twitter has now become official. The Facebook acquisition yesterday pulled the plug on the API...
Twitter's Instagram-esque Photo Effects Filtering Through To Users By Christmas

BSkyB inks NBCUniversal movie deal for exclusive TV rights to new releases

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BSkyB (Sky) has flexed its muscles yet again in the subscription TV race, inking a multi-year licensing deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the TV rights to major movies in the UK and Ireland. NBCUniversal International Television Distribution is the division responsible for distributing NBCU’s content to media outlets...
BSkyB inks NBCUniversal movie deal for exclusive TV rights to new releases
Half of revenue generated by iOS and Android apps goes to just 25 developers
Apple's triumph over Samsung is intoxicating

Nokia sells 4.4m Lumia phones over Christmas period

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Record demand for flagship smartphones means Nokia's handset business is forecast to break even or move into profit after three straight quarters of lossesNokia has reported record demand for its flagship Lumia smartphones in the first sign that the Finnish mobile phone giant's long commercial winter may be thawing.Operating profits...
Nokia sells 4.4m Lumia phones over Christmas period
Samsung Galaxy S IV preorders 446% higher than Galaxy S III
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