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Briefly: Amazon Echo improves music options, Dixons Carphone carrier

02/02, 7:42am

Amazon adds iTunes, Spotify, Pandora music options to Echo

An update to the Amazon Echo has added more options for music playback. Recode reports the Internet-connected speaker now offers voice control for Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora, when the Echo is paired with a device that has the required apps installed. Improved responsiveness, question accuracy, and more voice commands have also been touted for the device, which has yet to have a wider release outside of its invitation-only testing.


Dixons, Carphone Warehouse to merge in £3.8B deal

05/15, 5:49am

Operator of Currys PC World joins up with Carphone Warehouse

Two high street store chains in the United Kingdom are merging, it has been revealed. Dixons Retail, operator of over 500 Currys PC World electronics stores in the country, will join up with Carphone Warehouse, a store chain specializing in mobile phones with more than 2,000 stores across Europe, with the deal said to be worth £3.8 billion ($6.3 billion).


United Continental CFO Zane Rowe jumps to Apple

04/16, 6:10pm

Airline CFO to be Apple VP of sales

Apple confirmed late Monday to AllThingsD that it had obtained a key executive from United Continental. The airline's CFO, Zane Rowe, had left to become a sales VP at Apple. Company representative Steve Dowling was short on details, but pointed to what it saw as a good track record with Rowe.


Apple grabs Dixons CEO John Browett to be retail Senior VP

01/31, 8:50am

Apple takes UK tech retail veteran as Senior VP

Apple chose early Tuesday to reveal that it had persuaded the CEO of UK retailer Dixons, John Browett, to become its Senior VP for retail. The shift will fill the vacuum left since June, when Ron Johnson left to become the CEO of JC Penney. Apple CEO Tim Cook described the decision to hire the overseer of chains such as Currys and PC World as a reaction to having met Browett and his reputed focus on the customer.


Best Buy UK shuttering after steep losses

11/06, 10:50pm

Best Buy UK makes quick exit

Best Buy UK made an abrupt exit on Sunday. The British division, a collaboration with Carphone Warehouse, is now expected to formally announce a shutdown within the next few days. Ongoing losses as well as multiple executive departures have been cited as the causes.


Motorola Xoom confirmed for UK first week of April

03/29, 3:25pm

Motorola confirms Xoom for UK due next week

Motorola has confirmed to Engadget that its Xoom tablet will begin shipping in the UK next week. Despite this, however, prices or an exact date haven't been revealed. The Android 3.0 tablet will arrive at electronics retailers Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Dixons, and PC World.


Galaxy Tab pricing in Europe slashed to compete with iPad

11/16, 4:35pm

Galaxy Tab Euro price drops to compete with Apple

European pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has plunged in the past couple of days in what might be a sign of early trouble for the Android tablet. In the UK, the cost of the Galaxy Tab has dropped from an already partly reduced 700 ($1,109) to 470 ($745) at major portals such as Amazon and Dixons. French pricing remains unchanged, but Amazon Germany has also dropped its pricing to about 638 euros ($859).


Toshiba's Android tablet sales stop in UK after major flaws

11/14, 10:45pm

Toshiba Folio 100 pulled from UK sales after bugs

Toshiba's entry into Android tablets hit a major setback today as UK retailers have stopped sales of the Folio 100. A set of leaks of company memos from Dixons chain stores Currys and PC World have shown that both are freezing sales after a "high return rate" for multiple issues. Shops have pulled it off their websites and deliberately boosted the price to 999 ($1,613) to deter customers from asking about a sale.


Samsung Galaxy Tab UK official price hits equivalent of $950

10/04, 5:30pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab priced well over iPad in UK

Samsung's Galaxy Tab today received official UK pricing from retailers that puts it well above the iPad. Dixons, PC World and other stores should carry the low-end seven-inch tablet for 600 with tax, or $950. The cost comes despite the larger Apple tablet costing 529 ($838) for a model with the same 3G and 16GB of storage.


Galaxy Tab coming to UK November 1 on all carriers

10/01, 10:05am

Galaxy Tab to ship in the UK on November 1

Samsung Mobile on Friday announced that it will officially begin shipping its Galaxy Tab in UK stores on November 1. This includes Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile. Although Samsung hasn't announced pricing information, it did say the device will be available on a number of plans and therefore prices. The seven-inch slate will ship with Android 2.2, sport a 1GHz CPU and have both back- and front-facing camera.



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