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Staples confirms attack on retail system, over 1M credit cards stolen

12/22, 10:35am

Malware on point of sale systems mirrors earlier Home Depot, Target attacks

An intrusion into Staples' point-of-sales systems earlier this year put 1.16 million credit and debit cards at risk, the retailer admitted on Friday. Approximately 115 of the company's 1,400 retail stores across the United States were affected by malware on its systems, though the store apparently managed to eradicate the malware and improve system security in mid-September.

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Staples outlets begin accepting Apple Pay

11/12, 4:17pm

All 1,400 US locations ready, retailer says

Business supply chain Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay at all of its 1,400 US retail locations, according to an announcement. Retail shoppers must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company has also begun accepting Apple Pay through its iOS app, however, where people with an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 can also make purchases.

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Staples likely latest company suffering customer payment info breach

10/21, 11:12am

Unknown number of victims, data taken from PA, NY, NJ

Office supply store Staples appears to be the latest victim of a breach of customer payment information. The company issued a brief statement saying that they were looking into the matter, after several banks reported fraudulent activity with a pattern pointing to the source being Staples stores in the northeastern US.

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Staples pilots in-store 3D printing service in New York, Los Angeles

04/11, 5:43am

Variety of 3D printers usable in-store in pilot 3D printing scheme

Office supplies retailer Staples has started to offer access to 3D printing through some of its stores, alongside its existing traditional printing services. Two branches, located in New York and Los Angeles, are now providing the service as part of a pilot program, which allows customers to bring in their own 3D file or a design for creation at the store itself.

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Report: US Staples stores to add iPads, iPods online in October

09/26, 10:36pm

Recent addition of Apple accessories a successful experiment, says retailer

Staples will be able to purchase iPads and iPod products from office-supply retail giant Staples through its online store as early as the beginning of October, sources familiar with the matter say. The agreement, following a deal earlier this year that let Staples sell Apple accessories for iPhones, iPods and other products was successful enough to warrant the expansion. The company hopes to begin selling iPads in stores directly in early 2014.

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RadioShack, Staples pulling Amazon Lockers from stores

09/19, 6:58am

Locker delivery from Amazon does not meet Staples criteria

Amazon Lockers are being pulled from Staples and RadioShack stores, after both brick-and-mortar retailers decided to pull out of the agreements. The removal of the units, which allows customers to ship deliveries to code-locked storage systems based in nearby stores rather than to their home or work, comes just under a year after they were installed.

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Google expands Chromebook availability to Walmart, Staples

06/17, 4:26pm

Rollout of new venues to take place over the summer

An official Google blog post has noted the expansion of Chromebook netbook sales to additional venues in the US and in Europe. Starting today, Walmart will be selling the Acer Chromebook, and starting this weekend, Staples will be carrying an assortment of makes and models from three different manufacturers.

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Staples places Cube 3D printers on sale online, in-store June

05/03, 1:33pm

Device able to print 5.5-inch 3D objects from PLA, ABS plastic

Office supply chain Staples has started selling 3D printers through its online store, and a number of its retail locations by the end of June. The store is stocking the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems, a personal desktop 3D printer capable of creating an object measuring 5.5-inches in height, width, and depth from ABS and compostable PLA plastic.

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Leak: Samsung Galaxy S4 launches on AT&T April 26th

04/15, 8:48am

Training document shows Staples opening pre-orders tomorrow

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may hit retail stores in the US late next week, according to a leaked document from Staples. An in-store training sheet shows the smartphone reaching AT&T well before T-Mobile and Verizon, based on “tentative launch dates,” as well as details concerning Staple's handling of handset pre-orders.

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Sources suggest Staples US may sell Macs, iPhones, iPads

03/13, 4:08pm

Retailer allegedly planning more than just accessory sales

The US branch of Staples is planning to sell more than just Apple accessories at its retail stores, sources tell MacRumors. Currently the retailer has only announced sales of accessories and peripherals, which are already available online, and coming soon to physical outlets. The sources suggest, though, that at least some shops will be carrying Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

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Staples to carry Apple gear at US retail by end of quarter

03/06, 11:48am

Sales currently only online

Staples will start selling Apple products at US retail by the end of the current quarter, Reuters reports. CEO Ronald Sargent revealed the information today as his company announced fourth-quarter results. Staples began selling Apple products in the US in late February, but so far only via its website.

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Staples officially launches US Apple sales

02/26, 11:16am

Online offerings only limited to accessories and peripherals

Following up on statements by executives, Staples has officially launched sales of Apple products in the US. At the company's online store, the company is only selling accessories and peripherals, ranging from iPhone, iPod, and iPad cases through to the Apple TV, Time Capsule, and Magic Mouse. Plans for stock at retail stores haven't been announced.

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Apple gear to go on sale at US Staples stores, execs say

02/15, 9:17am

Stock outlets might carry still unknown

US Staples stores will soon start selling Apple products, according to Twitter posts by several executives. While an initial post by Regis Mulot -- the company's senior VP of global human resources -- has been deleted, similar posts by other people in the company are still intact. These include tweets by strategic accounts coordinator Erin LaFlamme, and field services manager Mike Goggin.

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Staples briefly displays mockup Apple product pages in US

01/28, 3:12pm

Apple TV, Lightning cable offered at steep discount on removed pages

Over the weekend, office supply retailer Staples had a series of mockup Apple product pages available for viewing on its e-commerce site. While the retailer does sell Apple accessories, such as iPad and iPhone cases, the inadvertent reveal showed an Apple TV for a surprisingly low price of $50. If Staples is preparing to stock Apple products, it would be the first time the retailer would be selling the Cupertino manufacturer's hardware in the US since the Performa era in the '90s.

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Nexus 10 shows up at Staples, sells out

12/22, 7:59pm

Tablet available for pick-up at Walmart

Google's quick-selling Nexus 10 tablet, out of stock in the Play Store for weeks, was briefly available for purchase yesterday from Staples' online outlet before selling out quickly there as well. The 10-inch, high-resolution tablet is also said to be available for in-person purchase at Staples stores, as well as at some physical Walmart locations. Walmart's website has the 32GB Nexus 10 available for in-store pickup and home delivery, though the earliest customers can expect it to arrive is December 27. Sam's Club also has a product page for the 32GB model, but it is currently listed as out of stock for delivery.

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Acer brings new Chromebooks to TigerDirect, NewEgg

11/30, 5:14pm

TigerDirect, NewEgg, Staples.com get Acer Chromebooks

Acer made a move today to expand the availability of its recently announced Chromebook, bringing the $199 notebook to three new online outlets. Starting today, TigerDirect, NewEgg, and Staples.com will carry Acer's C7 Chromebook, joining Google Play, BestBuy.com, and Best Buy stores. The Chrome OS-powered notebook will still sell for $199, though some outlets are packaging it with other accessories.

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Staples brings 3D printing to European stores in Q1 2013

11/29, 3:19pm

Netherlands, Belgium first to get Staples Easy 3D service

Staples is going to offer 3D printing to model designers in some of its European stores from early 2013. Called Staples Easy 3D, the office retailer will allow customers located in the Netherlands and Belgium to print out full-color objects from their own files, and then to either pick them up from a local store or have them shipped to their address.

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Amazon Locker service coming to Staples locations

11/06, 11:02am

Amazon Locker Delivery program expands with Staples deal

Amazon is continuing its expansion of the Locker Delivery program that lets buyers of Amazon wares ship their purchases to lockers in nearby businesses or stores rather than their home or place of work. The service is especially useful for those who want to surprise someone with a gift or the secretive types. Now, a Staples spokesperson revealed that the retailer will work with Amazon to install the lockers in its stores.

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Staples reveals Nexus 7 will ship between July 12 and 17

07/06, 2:40pm

Staples to begin shipping 16GB Nexus 7 starting July 12

Though the Nexus 7 tablet has officially been introduced late last month, Google never committed to a ship date other than July. Now, a Staples product page reveals that the 7-inch tablet will ship no early than July 13 to buyers who pre-order it before July 10. Deliveries will take between 1 to 3 days to complete.

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NPD: Apple now a fifth of all US electronics revenue

02/13, 11:30am

NPD says Apple top US tech brand

Apple now represents about a fifth of all technology sales in the US, new NPD data showed Monday. By the end of 2011, 19 percent of revenue in the US was related to an Apple product. The company was now the top company selling technology in the US, topping HP, Samsung, Sony, and Dell even when the others could include their sales from all categories.

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Eolas' patent on the web ruled invalid

02/09, 11:40pm

Eolas sees web patent lawsuit claim tossed

Eolas' attempt to patent the "interactive web" may have been dealt a permanent blow after a jury in the normally patent lawsuit-friendly town of Tyler, Texas ruled that the patent was invalid. The decision negated both any attempts at claiming damages and also negated three future trials. The rejection came in part after testimony from the spiritual creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, as well as individual creators whose work predated that of Eolas owner Michael Doyle.

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Motorola accidentaly sells refurb Xooms with private data

02/03, 2:40pm

Motorola Woot auction slips Xooms with user info

Motorola has started up a return program after a minor but still significant privacy gaffe during a Woot auction. About 100 of 6,200 refurbished Xoom Wi-Fi tablets sold during auctions between October and December are believed to have still had some private data stored inside. These could have included anything from account logins through to personal files, Motorola said.

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Best Buy cancels BlackBerry PlayBook orders, pulls listings

11/27, 2:15am

Best Buy sheds PlayBook as others follow

Best Buy raised questions on Thanksgiving weekend after it suddenly started cancelling Blackberry PlayBook orders. Shoppers have frequently reported orders being dropped, even if the order had already been charged and was virtually ready. Those on Best Buy's forums have mentioned the retailer being "overextended," while our own checks had one store say that "all" orders had been cancelled.

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Staples teams up with Gazelle for gadget trade-ins

11/18, 6:05pm

Offers eGift cards in return for used electronics

Staples has partnered with the reselling service Gazelle to offer its customers trade-ins for their electronics. The Staples Tech Trade-In program targets home users and small-businesses, and offers them gift cards for their used electronics. The cards are redeemable at any Staples store, but not online.

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BlackBerry PlayBook price drops reach the US, hit $300

09/26, 2:25pm

PlayBook gets 200 price cut in US too

A recent rush of BlackBerry PlayBook price cuts has spread to the US in earnest. Both Office Depot and Staples are selling RIM's tablet with a $100 immediate discount on every model as well as either a $100 gift card (at Office Depot) or a matching rebate (at Staples). The drop puts them at the same

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BlackBerry PlayBook cuts start, as low as $250 in Canada

09/23, 9:20am

Canadian stores cut PlayBook prices first

RIM's promises of cutting BlackBerry PlayBook prices to clear the slow-selling tablet have borne out as Canadian stores have started slashing prices. Best Buy and its sibling Future Shop, as well as Staples, have all dropped the price by $200 across the board to $300. The first two chains supply a gift card to get to the $300 price if bought in store, but all three give an immediate discount if the tablet is bought online.

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HP TouchPad drops to $300 this weekend, isn't in trouble

08/05, 3:40pm

32GB model $400 this weekend with Staples coupon

This weekend only, HP is offering an instant rebate of $100 on both models of the HP TouchPad tablet at both the HP website and Staples stores. In addition, WebOS Roundup has learned that Staples will combine the rebate from HP with an additional $100 off coupon available from Fatwallet.

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HP drops 16GB TouchPad to $400 this weekend only [U]

08/04, 12:40pm

Staples will drop price on 32GB model as well

[Updated with Staples ad] A source has obtained a special offer for the HP Touchpad that will be good this weekend only. According to the leak, during August 5-7 the 16GB version of the TouchPad will be offered for $100 off at the HP website. Staples will reportedly make a similar offer during that same time period, discounting $100 from either TouchPad model.

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HP TouchPad goes up for pre-order in webOS' big gamble

06/20, 1:00pm

HP TouchPad pre-orders start up

HP on Monday ramped up pre-orders for the TouchPad. The first ever webOS tablet is up for sale at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, HP itself. Every store is so far selling at the official $500 price for a 16GB model and $600 for 32GB.

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Retailer: BlackBerry PlayBook missed sales targets by 90%

05/20, 11:45am

Store chain claims PlayBook sales falling short

An insider at a "major big box retailer" asserted Friday that sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook had been perilously low. The unnamed but reportedly reliable source claimed to BGR that RIM's tablet had missed the store chain's sales targets by over 90 percent. Dissatisfaction was also supposedly very high, he said, with returns at a "much higher rate" than the Motorola Xoom, whose own return rate was higher than average at seven percent.

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RIM recalls 935 defective BlackBerry PlayBooks from Staples

05/15, 5:35am

RIM recalls 935 faulty PlayBooks from Staples

Engadget has been tipped off that a faulty batch of 935 of RIM’s Blackberry PlayBooks has been recalled from all Staples stores. No further details have been provided as to what has prompted the recall, but it appears that it is only the 16GB model that is affected. Also unclear at this stage, is whether the it is only the batch that has been shipped to Staples that is faulty, or whether the issue affects all 16GB models.

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BlackBerry PlayBook launches to some sales, no lines

04/19, 11:05pm

BlackBerry PlayBook faces lukewarm launch

RIM's expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were half-met on Wednesday with some sales but little of the fanfare hoped for with the launch. One anecdote in Toronto, an hour and a half from RIM's Waterloo headquarters, illustrated some sales but little buzz. A flagship Future Shop in the heart of the city had a significant number of pre-orders but over-prepared for the launch, opening early and hiring a catering company when just two people showed up by doors open.

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Staples ships Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi early

03/25, 12:20pm

Staples gives Xoom Wi-Fi early to one buyer

At least one buyer has received the Wi-Fi version of the Motorola Xoom early courtesy of a slip-up by Staples. Using the phone ordering system to get around the website's official March 27 date, one Droid-Life reader managed to get the cheaper Android 3.0 tablet on Friday, two days ahead of its street date. As explained to Electronista at CTIA and proven here, it's cosmetically identical to the Verizon 3G edition with a matte, rubberized black finish.

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Staples leak shows dates for Acer Iconia, Toshiba tablets

03/22, 3:15pm

Acer Iconia out in April, Toshiba tablet in June

A leaked schedule sent in to Engadget from retailer Staples has revealed release dates for two upcoming tablets. Namely, Acer's Iconia Tab, likely to be the same one due at AT&T, though probably without the 4G radio and in Wi-Fi-only flavor, is due at the end of April at Staples. The other is an unnamed 10.1-inch device from Toshiba, and it is said to arrive at Staples in mid-June.

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Staples has BlackBerry PlayBook due no later than April 15

03/16, 3:30pm

BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Canada by April 15

An image of a calendar sent out to Canadian Staples stores and posted on Wednesday by CrackBerry has virtually confirmed the BlackBerry Playbook should be on sale on or before April 15. The calendar entry for that day shows a sales challenge that puts up stores from the district on a competition to see who sells the most PlayBooks that day. The challenge will be repeated on April 22.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi confirmed for US at $599 on March 27

03/16, 9:45am

Motorola confirms Xoom Wi-Fi due at 599 price

Motorola on Wednesday at last confirmed plans to launch the Xoom in a Wi-Fi version for the US. True to leaks, the non-3G tablet will ship to the US through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, some Sam's Club stores, Staples and Walmart on March 27. Pricing will be dramatically lower and put it at $599 for a 32GB version.

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Xoom Wi-Fi tipped for March 27, Flash 10.2 leaks out

03/13, 12:20pm

Xoom Wi-Fi gets Staples date, Flash 10.2 leak

Two hints have emerged that the Motorola Xoom might become more competitive soon. A leaked Staples flyer has the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom reaching stores on March 27. Droid-Life's copy also showed a $600 price, giving it a price on par with a 32GB iPad 2 but higher than the rumored Sam's Club price of $539.

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Staples to have PlayBook ads April 17, in-store March 22 [U]

03/11, 6:05pm

BlackBerry PlayBook gets Staples April 17 ad date

(Update: April 10 evidence) More signs have emerged of RIM's timing for the BlackBerry PlayBook through leaks of Staples' ad plans. It should start sending out newspaper ads April 17, confirming that the tablet should be out no later than then. One insider on the CrackBerry forums understood the in-store advertising would start on March 22 or 23 and established the earliest possible opportunity for a launch.

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Wi-Fi Xoom tipped for early April launch at Staples [U]

03/07, 11:40am

Rumor has Xoom Wi-Fi due in US for early April

(Update: leaked docs confirm it) Motorola's promised but still immaterial Wi-Fi-only Xoom may have finally received a release date through a rumor on Monday morning. The stripped down version of the recently reviewed tablet is believed to be surfacing in Staples' circulars for the week of April 3, suggesting a release in the first full week of next month. The Droid-Life contacts didn't know the price but were being given online training to help sell the Android 3.0 machine.

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BlackBerry PlayBook to sell in Staples, gets web simulator

02/08, 1:30pm

PlayBook due at Staples, new web simulator out

A leaked document courtesy of CrackBerry reveals that retailer Staples will carry RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The move would be in line with the company's attempts to bring its products to a more varied choice of non-traditional retailers. The leak reveals Staples employees will receive training on the device starting in March, which also indicates a release date may be in March or soon after.

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Interval re-files lawsuit against Apple, Facebook, Google

12/28, 9:15pm

Interval resubmits dismissed lawsuit

Interval Licensing took a second shot at its dismissed lawsuit with an updated filing. The Paul Allen-owned company's new complaint still accuses Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and others of infringing on e-commerce patents but now includes specific, claimed examples of how the companies allegedly copied Interval's technology. In Apple's case, Interval cited the iTunes Store's album purchasing view (pictured) as a primary example.

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Court tosses Interval lawsuit vs. Apple, Facebook, Google

12/13, 8:50am

Court says Interval patent lawsuit too broad

Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday dismissed Interval Licensing's patent lawsuit against major online providers. The official tossed the complaint for being too "spartan," as it didn't identify what devices or services actually infringed the patents with "any specificity." The case, filed in a Western District of Washington court, accused Apple, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google's YouTube, Netflix, Office Depot, Staples and Yahoo of copying technology Interval owned patents for Internet commerce.

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Amazon Kindle to reach Staples on Sunday

10/07, 11:25am

Latest Amazon Kindle coming to Staples on Sunday

Staples announced on Thursday it will begin carrying the Amazon Kindle range, with the latest Kindle e-book reader kicking off sales this Sunday, October 10. The Kindle and Kindle 3G will be offered at Amazon's usual $139 and $189, respectively, with the larger, 9.7-inch Kindle DX arriving in mid-November for $379. Accessories will be sold alongside the devices as well.

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Amazon scores key deal to sell Kindle at Best Buy

09/09, 12:00pm

Amazon Kindle reaches Best Buy in fall

Amazon landed a major retail deal today that will let it sell the third-generation Kindle at Best Buy stores sometime in the fall. Both the Wi-Fi only and 3G versions will arrive at the same $139 and $189 prices as on Amazon's own pages. The costlier and larger DX isn't part of the plans.

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Amazon Kindle to reach Staples stores this fall

08/31, 10:00am

Amazon pushes Kindle retail to Staples

Staples today said it would be the second US retailer to sell the third-generation Kindle. The office store will carry both the six-inch Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the Kindle as well as the Kindle DX. It plans to both stock the hardware and give users a chance to try the e-readers in the store.

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Microsoft co-founder firm sues Apple, Facebook over search

08/27, 2:55pm

Interval says Apple, Google, Netflix tread patents

Interval Licensing today hoped to profit off the back of technology and retail companies today as it sued several top firms. for alleged patent infringement. It claimed that AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube specifically for purportedly infringing on four patents for "fundamental" web technology used for online commerce and search. The patents touch on a form of browsing as well as means of generating attention through design or through a notification system.

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Bloom Energy Servers promise 24/7 renewable power

02/24, 1:50pm

Bloom Energy may help end centralized power

Bloom Energy today held the formal launch of its first technology, the Energy Server. A new approach to energy, it uses stacks of solid oxide fuel cells to convert air and most any other fuel source, including things as dirty as fossil fuels or as clean as biogas, into usable electricity. The process almost always produces less CO2 than traditional methods and, unlike solar power or similar methods, can run 24 hours a day without dependence on light or wind.

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Apple ranks fifth amongst US electronics retailers

02/10, 5:15pm

Figure includes online sales

Apple ranked a solid fifth amongst US electronics retailers during 2009, figures from the NPD Group show. Judging by physical store revenue, Apple found itself behind Best Buy, Walmart, Staples and Target. The company was also fifth in terms of online-only numbers, dominated by Dell, Amazon, Best Buy and HP. This marks a slight slide from 2008, when Apple placed fourth in online sales.

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Apple Cyber Monday web traffic jumps 71 percent

12/02, 12:15pm

Bucks overall trend

Traffic at Apple's online store rose 71 percent on Cyber Monday 2009 versus the same day in 2008, according to data collected by Experian Hitwise. Although Apple remains outside of the top 20 websites, the growth is nevertheless thought to be significant, as traffic amongst the top 500 sites declined 9 percent overall. The biggest gain within the top 20 was Staples, which jumped 61 percent.

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Dell drops own-store model for direct, retail

01/30, 1:55pm

Dell Drops Kiosks

Dell today sent word that it will drop its longtime Direct Store practice. All of the Texas PC maker's 140 try-before-buying kiosks currently operating in the US will be shut down; the points of sale are less useful now that the company's computers are already available at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and a handful of other locations, Dell claims. The shift will also help Dell return some of its focus to the direct sales model that formed the backbone of the company's business for most of its existence.

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