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Briefly: Will.i.am smartwatch due this week, Tesco adopts UltraViolet

10/14, 7:14am

Smartwatch from Will.i.am reportedly launching this week

Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am is planning to launch a smartwatch on Wednesday, a report claims. According to The Telegraph, the watch will be launched on Wednesday, and though it may not necessarily be the same device as he teased previously, it will apparently include apps for social networks, use a curved display, have its own cellular connection, and also have a music service powered by 7digital.

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Briefly: Sony Digital Paper price cut, Tesco devalues original Hudl

10/10, 6:23am

Sony Digital Paper e-ink tablet lowered in price by $100 to under $1,000

Sony has lowered the price of its Digital Paper e-ink tablet aimed at legal professionals and educators, though not by much. The tablet, complete with a 13.3-inch 1,200x1,600 e-ink display equipped with stylus input, a three-week battery life, and Wi-Fi connectivity, is said by The eBook Reader to have dropped from $1,100 to $999.

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Tesco Hudl 2 launches with 8.3-inch 1080p display, Intel processor

10/03, 5:06am

Upgraded Android tablet from Tesco ships in range of 64 colors

British retailer Tesco has launched its expected follow-up to the Hudl Android tablet. The Hudl 2 increases the size of the screen from the original's 7-inch 1440x900 to a 1080p 8.3-inch version, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.83GHz with 2GB of RAM, with a fair number of other areas receiving similar small upgrades.

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Tesco invites media to potential launch of Hudl tablet successor

09/24, 11:52am

Hudl 2 believed to be enhanced version of original Tesco Android tablet

British supermarket chain Tesco could be preparing to launch the follow up to its popular Hudl tablet at the start of next month. The retailer has started to send invitations to members of the media for an event set to take place on October 3rd, with the "Let's Hudl" tag line strongly suggesting the tablet will be the main focus of the meeting.

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Tesco plans high-specification smartphone, Hudl 2 sequel in September

05/06, 5:26am

Tesco smartphone to have similar specification to Samsung Galaxy S5

British retailer Tesco is building upon the success of its Hudl Android tablet, by launching its first smartphone. Chief executive Philip Clarke revealed the Android smartphone plans in a radio interview, as well as confirming the supermarket chain will be releasing the successor to the Hudl, the mid-ranged Hudl 2, this September in the United Kingdom.

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Briefly: Tesco confirms Hudl sequel, Chromecast offers credit in UK

04/18, 11:52am

Tesco will make successor to Hudl tablet, sold 500,000 units

Tesco has confirmed it is working on a follow-up to the Hudl tablet for release sometime this year, after revealing the British retailer sold over 500,000 units of the Android device, reports Hexus. The current model, priced at £120 ($200), has a 7-inch 1440x900 display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage, and a stock installation of Android with apps for Tesco services pre-loaded. Specifications for the updated model remain unknown.

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Briefly: Tesco Hudl sells 400,000, BBC expands 'Red Button' service

01/10, 4:57pm

Tesco claims 400,000 Hudl sales since September launch

British retailer Tesco has revealed it has sold approximately 400,000 of its Hudl tablets in the United Kingdom. The increase means that Tesco managed to sell around 100,000 of the Android tablets in the holiday sales, having already reported 300,000 sales at the start of December and 35,000 a few days after its launch. The company plans to release an upgraded version later this year.

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Tesco sells 300,000 Hudl tablets, plans upgraded version for 2014

12/05, 2:08pm

Unexpected high sales of entry-level Android tablet causes stock shortages

Sales of the Tesco Hudl entry-level Android tablet have been sufficient enough for the British supermarket chain to plan for a sequel. After selling more than 35,000 just days after launch, the retailer has revealed that it has managed to shift more than 300,000 units of the tablet from its shelves, far more than the company originally planned for the run-up to Christmas.

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Briefly: Kindle Fire HDX in UK and Canada, Tesco offers 4G access

10/18, 7:14am

Amazon opens pre-orders for Kindle Fire HD, HDX in UK, Canada

Amazon has opened up pre-orders for its new Kindle Fire HDX and updated Kindle Fire HD in the United Kingdom and Canada. The lower-resolution Kindle Fire HD will be shipping in both countries from October 24th, starting from 119 and $149. While those in the UK will have to wait until November 19th to receive their HDX models in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch forms, starting from 199 and 329 respectively, Canada will have to wait until November 26th, with the tablets priced at $254 and $399.

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Briefly: Android 4.3 for HTC One, Tesco Hudl tablet hits 35,000 sales

10/03, 6:34am

HTC One gains Android 4.3 on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T to follow

Owners of the HTC One on Sprint in the United States will now be able to upgrade their device to Android 4.3. The operating system, having already appeared on unlocked versions, is said by Android Beat to be heading to other US carriers such as AT&T and Verizon by the end of October, at roughly the same time as updates for french carrier SFR's customers.

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Retailer Tesco launches 7-inch Hudl tablet in time for holiday sales

09/23, 6:14am

Android tablet from Tesco includes quick access to online services

British supermarket chain Tesco has launched a seven-inch tablet, confirming earlier rumors. The Hudl, a relatively-generic Android tablet, will be shipping with apps and links to all of Tesco's digital services pre-installed, allowing it to push streaming services BlinkBox and Clubcard TV to its customers in a similar manner to Amazon and its Kindle Fire tablet line.

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Tesco rumored to launch own tablet for Christmas in United Kingdom

08/19, 1:15pm

Claimed attempt by retailer to fight online retail media sales

British retailer Tesco is looking towards entering the tablet market with its own device. Though a rumored device, it is suggested that it will be a "high quality" tablet similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, with the hope that a tablet with a British brand name attached to it will help win over potential customers in the United Kingdom.

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Briefly: Marshall Headphones, SquareTrade, App Deletion

10/30, 3:45pm

Marshall release Major 50 FX headphones

Marshall Headphones has released the Major 50 FX headphones. Claimed to have a sound quality that pays homage to the Marshall legacy, the physical design attempts to match the audio. Inner ear caps borrow the fret detailing used in the 50th anniversary line of amplifiers, the outer has gold accents and the same vinyl coating used for the Marshal amp line. Complete with an Apple-certified microphone and remote, the Marshall Headphones Major 50 FX are on sale for $170.

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Tesco buys movie streamer service Blinkbox

04/20, 12:55pm

Tesco buys 80 percent share in Blinkbox

UK-based grocery store chain Tesco has just bought a majority stake in movie streaming service Blinkbox. Tesco now owns 80 percent of the company, having purchased shares from Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners for an undisclosed amount. The service will compete with Lovefilm, another streaming service, which also incidentally rents physical DVDs and Blu-rays in Tesco stores.

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Nokia confirms N8 shipping in late September

09/08, 8:10am

Will be available from eight UK carriers

Nokia has confirmed that it will begin selling its new N8 flagship in the UK during the last week of September. The phone will be available directly from the Nokia website. The long delayed device will become available on October 1 from third parties and mobile carriers. All major providers are onboard, including 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Tesco, Virgin and Vodafone, along with retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u.

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UK iPhone 4 stock now 'almost non-existent'

06/30, 3:40pm

O2 holds as only carrier with in-store units

The iPhone 4 is currently in extremely scarce supply in the UK, the Telegraph reports. Out of several carriers, only O2 is said to have any units still in retail shops. None of the companies are selling units online, though Vodafone has set up a back-order process through which people can have phones delivered as soon as new ones come in. A recent resupply shipment was entirely consumed by back-order customers, a Vodafone spokesman notes.

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Details emerge for Tesco, 3 UK iPhone 4 plans

06/23, 12:50pm

3 still keeping prices close to chest

UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced pricing for the iPhone 4, which is set to launch in the region on June 24th. Subscription plans begin at 20 per month for a 12-month contract, which includes 250 voice minutes, unlimited texts and BT Wi-Fi access, and 1GB of cellular data. At the top of three tiers is a 45-per-month plan, attached to a 24-month contract, but with unlimited voice. The cost of a phone itself also declines with more expensive plans; a 16GB model, for example, costs 349 under the 20 plan but only 19 under the 45 scheme.

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UK iPad launch details appear; Canadian iPads ship

05/25, 10:50am

3 UK reveals iPad plans

The iPad will be available from UK Apple Stores at the early hour of 8AM on Friday, Apple has announced. The timing is notable, as rumors suggested that the company would simply open shops at normal hours for the region's iPad launch. Should an Apple Store not be an option, The Times reports that Currys, Dixons Travel and PC World will all carry the tablet beginning at 9AM. Comet, Tesco, John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse will only launch sales two months later, kept out as a result of a deal between Apple and retailer DSGi.

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China Unicom claims 100,000 iPhones; Tesco launch on Monday

12/10, 9:30am

Chinese iPhone doing better than anticipated

China Unicom has sold over 100,000 iPhones since it first launched the device on October 30th, the carrier now says. While sales have been slower than in some neighbouring countries, namely South Korea, the new figure suggests that sales have not been as poor as has generally been assumed. Just 5,000 iPhones were sold on launch weekend, and an official auction site sold less than a handful in a space of two weeks.

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Tesco to join UK iPhone sales

11/25, 9:30am

Phones to be tied to O2's network

UK supermarket chain Tesco will soon begin carrying the iPhone, according to an announcement. Sales will be conducted by Tesco Mobile, a joint venture with O2, and provided not only via regular Tesco locations but on the web and through the company's nearly 100 dedicated Phone Shops. There are 2,282 Tesco stores in total across the UK, a factor which should help to significantly expand the reach of the iPhone.

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Microsoft, Tesco offer web-based movies in the UK

09/09, 1:40pm

Microsoft, Tesco movie service

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has teamed with UK-based retailer Tesco to bring out a new service that will provide customers with DVD-quality movies delivered to them over the web using Microsoft's Silverlight technology. While details are scarce, customers who buy DVD movies from Tesco will be able to download digital copies of the title to their Windows PCs and Macs.

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British music sites back MP3 Compatible logo

11/04, 4:05pm

MP3 Compatible logo

A new logo meant to promote legal music download sites and emphasize the fact the files contained on the sites can be played on any digital audio player has been backed by seven of Britain's largest music download sites, according to a Tuesday BBC report. Designed by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), the logo will mean customers can play the purchased files on PCs, Macs and portable music players. The logo will appear on online music stores from HMV, Woolworths, 7digital, Digitalstores, Play.com, Tescodigital and Tunertribe. Also, BPI, the British record industry's trade association is backing the idea, adding that the logo means artists are being paid for their work.

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Dell E Slim photographed, detailed in leak

10/10, 4:05pm

Dell E Slim Leak

Dell's upcoming E Slim netbook may have at last been identified, if a leak at Engadget proves authentic. The system uses the same general design language of the Inspiron Mini 9 but is clearly larger and contains different features. Tellingly, the system is running Windows Vista rather than Windows XP; the latter software is only allowed by Microsoft on netbooks with screens at roughly 10 inches or smaller.

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Tesco slips 12-inch Dell netbook

09/12, 8:40am

Dell Z530 Leak

British online retailer Tesco today unintentionally slipped details of the Dell Inspiron Z530. The portable appears to be the final version of the E Slim netbook leaked earlier in the year and would sit considerably above the Inspiron Mini 9 in terms of performance. Beyond the larger display, which outputs at at a much sharper 1366x768 resolution, the system would switch to a 40GB hard drive instead of the 16GB flash-based maximum of the Mini and would carry 1GB of RAM as a minimum.

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Tesco to offer web music, video store

04/15, 2:15pm

Tesco Music Store

British grocer and retailer Tesco today said it would launch Tesco Downloads, its own attempt at a digital music and video store. The service will follow the cue of Amazon, Wal-Mart, and other similar stores with a web-based interface and initially plans to offer about 3.3 million songs; about 1.6 million of those will be available in unprotected MP3 versions that should work with iPods and other devices that don't support the protected Windows Media Audio format of other songs on the store.

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