Apple will host big-name musicians and high-profile workshops to kick off new program

May 17, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Apple is doubling down on its quest to turn its stores into more than just a stop on a shopping trip. The Cupertino giant unveiled a host of new programs on Tuesday meant to make its retail locations feel more like community gathering places of sorts. One of these moves is a new “Today” section on Apple’s website that will serve as a central hub for daily happenings in the company’s nearly 500 stores worldwide. SEE ALSO: Apple launches …

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Walmart’s Jet.com just opened a trendy artisanal grocery store in New York

May 11, 2017

… this time,” Landsman said in an email interview. “We saw this as a unique opportunity to bring everything that Jet fresh grocery has to offer to life in one place at one time and that was too good of a prospect to pass up.” Even as online shopping growth pushes traditional retailers into dire straits, some e-commerce companies still see storefronts as a valuable way to create a more comprehensive shopping experience than the one customers get online. Image: jet/story …

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The Amazons: Meet the band who torched their own tour bus – BBC News

May 7, 2017

“We thought, who are we and what do we do?” says Thomson. “We wanted to shoot the cover in Reading – to put our flag in the ground and say, ‘We’re a Reading band and we’re not ashamed of it’. “After that, it was just coming up with the wackiest thing we could think of, and that was setting the van on fire.” They’ve played some terrible gigs They’re ‘on a mission to reinvigorate rock and roll’ …

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Amazon tests out newspaper delivery to complete its takeover of everything

May 7, 2017

… more traditional newspaper readers, a free copy of the paper has been coming with all Prime Now orders out of Madrid since last week. A new promotion through May 14 adds free copies of El Pais if customers add the paper to their shopping carts. This is expected to get people used to ordering the paper online and after May 14 they will be charged newsstand prices to read the paper in print. Barcelona is the next city to get in on the newspaper delivery. Until this comes to more cities we’ll …

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Amazon is giving an entire town free Prime membership because it has no chill

May 2, 2017

… homes at last Census count, which would cost Amazon a bargain $237,006. Though this may seem generous, Amazon uses Prime perks to encourage additional shopping on-site, and it’s likely some new members will renew at the end of the year, so the promotion could wind up securing the company even more future business. Not to mention the extra free advertising and general goodwill it drums up for the ecommerce giant. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Manchester by the Sea took home two Oscars for …

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Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

April 25, 2017

… large numbers of conversations by all users is also sampled, to help them recognise words with different pronunciations or how to create natural discussion. 2. In your shopping basket Many of us are familiar with shopping recommendations – think of the supermarket that reminds you to add cheese to your online shop, or the way Amazon suggests books it thinks you might like. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Artificial intelligence plays a role in filtering out spam emails …

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Amazon announces big Australia expansion plans

April 22, 2017

Jeff Bezo's Amazon is coming, take cover Australia!Image: DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES The moment Australian retailers have dreaded is here. Amazon is expanding Down Under, opening warehouses thatll enable cheap, fast local shipping, and letting small businesses sell goods through the sitea development an Amazon employee reportedly said would “destroy the retail environment in Australia.” shopping on Amazon.com is already available to Australians, but with international shipping …

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… online. More than a quarter (27%) of what was spent online was in financial services. However, attempts of online retailers to make a mark in the grocery sector had so far failed in comparison to the use of cards in shops and supermarkets. Some 41% of in-store card purchases were on food and drink, compared with only 7% via the internet. Pawn shops, laundry and pubs, somewhat unsurprisingly, registered the least online shopping activity, the figures showed. Clicks or bricks Traditional …

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Britain’s ‘big bang’ in Heligoland, 70 years on – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… this is seen as a moment that victimises the Germans and allows them to see themselves as victims after a war in which the rest of Europe has been the victim of German aggression.” The British bombing left Heligoland’s landscape pock-marked and cratered. But the island endured: a stubborn lump of rock in the North Sea. And while most visitors are drawn these days by the lure of duty-free shopping, Heligoland has a fascinating story to tell to anyone who’ll listen. …

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Struggling Tech Giant LeEco Loses Global Corporate Finance Head

April 16, 2017

… Cheng previously held managing director roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Merrill Lynch was a lead 15 percent stake. JD.com has become Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s biggest competitor in China’s online shopping sector. LeEco’s ambitious international expansion plans have suffered from a cash squeeze and other roadblocks. Cheng played a key role in LeEco’s proposed acquisition of TV maker Vizio Inc. for lackluster sales, job cuts, and …

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How the store of the future will work

April 16, 2017

The Store of the Future will definitely have some pyramids.Image: farfetch Here’s an idea: all the convenience of online shopping combined with the instant gratification of shopping in physical stores IRL. This is the vision of shopping in the future, and it’s very close to a reality. All you have to do is hand over your data. This week Mashable got a sneak peek inside a “Store of the Future” by London-based startup Farfetch, during a demonstration and conference to …

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