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Kmart suffers huge breach, all shoppers since September likely victims

10/11, 11:22am

Kmart offering identity theft protection, credit monitoring

Sears-owned retailer Kmart has declared that it has suffered a massive data breach. The company said late Friday that a malware attack that began harvesting data from it its point-of-sale computer systems in early September was "new form of malware" and "similar to a computer virus." Few details have been released by Kmart, but the company warns that it could include every shopper between September 1 and Thursday, October 9. Online shoppers were not impacted by the breach.

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Sears to repurpose closed locations for data centers, wireless towers

05/23, 9:18pm

First location to be redeveloped on the south side of Chicago

Faced with the prospect of tens of millions of idle retail square footage from closures and relocations, Sears Holdings has generated a new division to market closed Sears and Kmart stores as a home for data centers, wireless tower locations, and disaster recovery locations. The new initiative leverages the nearly seventy percent of US citizens that live within 10 miles of a Sears or Kmart location to make the locations appealing to big data, wireless carriers, and industry.

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Tablet war sees early casualty as Augen shuts down

07/07, 8:35pm

Augen goes down as cheap Android tablets fail

One of the first attempts at seizing on the iPad's popularity has quietly fizzled out as Augen appears to have shut down. The company's US page has been down for a month, and both e-mail as well as warranty returns appear to have gone unanswered. Augen had triggered worry early on when it planned a set of e-readers that would have shipped in April but missed their release without a correction from the company.

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Sears, Kmart team up on movie downloads

12/28, 11:30am

Sears, Kmart get movie service thanks to RoxioNow

Retailers Sears and Kmart have enlisted Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow platform to bring out a new movie download service. Called Alphaline Entertainment, the service releases new movies the same day they arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in stores. The service is gradually being rolled out on various connected devices.

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Walgreens selling $100 Maylong iPad clone

10/27, 5:20pm

Maylong M-150 at Walgreens for 100 price

Walgreens has quietly become one of the few chains selling a readily available Android tablet through a posting discovered by Chris and other Electronista readers. The Maylong M-150 would be an extreme budget entry at just $100 and would be a Chinese clone exploiting the popularity of the iPad up to and including a render that appears to simply be a modified iPad image. Its custom UI is based heavily on Apple's, including the app shelf at the bottom.

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Augen brings $190 Android netbook to Kmart

09/15, 4:20pm

Augen now shipping $180 Android netbook at Kmart

Following up on its $150 Android-powered tablet called GenTouch78, Augen has now brought a netbook with Android to Kmart and priced it at $190. The 10.2-inch device has a 1024x600 display and uses Android 2.1, which should now be legally sanctioned rather than a pirated copy. Processing is kept light even relative to smartphones with an 800MHz, ARM11-based chip and 256MB of RAM.

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Google: Augen's $150 iPad rival using pirated Android

08/06, 6:05pm

Kmart caught stocking tablet with pirated Android

The mystery $150 Augen Android tablet at Kmart is using a bootleg copy of Android, Google said in a response this afternoon. The GenTouch78 is using software it shouldn't have from an "unauthorized vendor" and has bypassed the usual legal channels. Only members of the Open Handset Alliance or official partners can use the software legally, the search firm told Laptop in a statement.

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Best Buy teases Rocketfish-branded iPad clone

08/06, 5:30pm

Rocketfish tablet should pack Android for cheap

Best Buy is hoping to jump on the tablet bandwagon with a device of its own, the company's CTO Robert Stephens has teased. The design is an empty shell at present but when finished would carry the Rocketfish badge applied to many of its in-house computer peripherals. Stephens had previously said that a future tablet would use Android 2.2, and in shots showed that the tablet would be smaller than the iPad it's targeted against.

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iPad gets odd rival in $150 Android tablet at Kmart

07/27, 5:50pm

Augen Gentouch78 takes on Apple through price

The online edition of a Kmart flyer has revealed plans for what could be an unusual entry into competition against Apple in the still young tablet market. The Augen Gentouch78 should run Android 2.1 on a seven-inch screen and will keep simple with just 2GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi alone for Internet access. At $150, though, it would cost less than a third the price of an iPad while offering many more features than a similarly priced Nook Wi-Fi.

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MPEG LA group sues Haier over TV patents

08/18, 12:45pm

MPEG LA sues Haier

Key digital video architect MPEG LA has filed a lawsuit against Haier America for allegedly infringing on patents it holds for technology used in digital TVs. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and maintains Haier's TVs in the US are sold without the needed patent licenses for the country.

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