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Discount retailer Target has signed a deal with photo-sharing service Photobucket, adding it to the small collection of online partners for its in-store photo-printing service.
Through the partnership, members of Photobucket can directly order photos for pickup at most Target stores (presumably any Targets that don't have photo-printing stations would be the exception). Typically, the photos will be ready within an hour.
Photobucket, a unit of News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media, is the third current partner for the retailer; Target already has partnerships in place with Shutterfly's and Kodak's online photo services.
Electronics retailer Best Buy is picking up on the trend of installing vending machine-like kiosks in airports, in order to appeal to stressed travelers who left their cell phone charger at home or need a last-minute gift to appease cranky relatives.
Called Best Buy Express, the kiosks will show up at a total of 12 airports as part of a "pilot program." (Ha, ha.) They are already installed around Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis (MSP), and San Francisco (SFO). The rest of them are expected to be in … Read more
Heading back to school means two things: getting back on a regular sleep schedule, and going shopping.
And consumer electronics retailers have always been particularly grateful during the season in between the Super Bowl and Black Friday for the spike in money spent at their stores during July and August every year.
Typical spending this time of year is on a computer, but as the U.S. becomes more and more saturated with PCs, the back-to-school retail boon for retailers is expected to be more modest this year than in years past.
This year there should be a 25-percent increase … Read more
I finally have a new receiver to replace my accursed broken Sony (but that's another story). In any case, I also needed an additional HDMI cable to connect my Xbox and TiVo through the receiver. I ordered one online, but the receiver got to my house before the cable did.
You know how it is when you get a new toy. You really want to get everything hooked up and play with it. So I looked around to see what it would cost me to just pick up a cable locally. What I got instead was a reminder that, … Read more
Gateway.com no longer sells Gateway PCs.
The company announced Friday that channel partners and retail outlets, both online and brick-and-mortar, are the only way to get the Gateway brand now. In a statement, company officials said it was to fit Gateway into parent company Acer's model, which has always been heavily dependent on indirect sales.
Gateway was one of the original success stories when it came to selling PCs directly to consumers, though its business model underwent several significant makeovers before it was eventually acquired by Acer in August.
Heavy reliance on direct PC sales has fallen out … Read more
If you're going to be serious about electronics retail in the U.S., it looks like you have to be serious about employing professional geeks.
Beginning Saturday, 20 Sam's Club stores in Virginia and Maryland will offer tech support from PC repair services company Geeks on Call as part of a pilot program set to last three months. Sam's Club has 394 stores in the U.S. with several similar pilots running right now, according to a company spokesperson, who declined to elaborate.
Internet music retailer eMusic is undertaking an ambitious site redesign that infuses music discovery and social networking features. Beginning July 22, eMusic is rolling out new album pages for their collection of more than 3.5 million songs--an update that includes both cosmetic and practical design upgrades.
Visually, the new eMusic album page design has a much cleaner and bolder feel than the somewhat dated look the site had been holding on to. The new album page layout is wider, and puts more emphasis on album artwork and user ratings. In a move that should delight those of you who … Read more
The news is out that Best Buy is selling Ubuntu Linux retail for $19.95. It's a nice step forward for Ubuntu, but not for Linux. It used to be possible to buy Red Hat Linux and SUSE Linux retail. That's actually where I bought my first copy of SUSE Linux while working at Novell.
So, the real news isn't that it's being sold retail. The real news will be if it stays. Red Hat didn't see the value in keeping a retail distribution of Linux. Will Ubuntu?
Improved e-mail filtering and government crackdowns might've deterred some of the once-ubiquitous spammers peddling prescription-free Viagra on the Web, but a new study from Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has found that many of those sites are still alive and kicking.
The CASA study, resulting from its fifth annual "You've Got Drugs!" investigation, did find that there has been a decline in the total count of Web sites hawking controlled drugs: 365 of them, compared to 581 in 2007's study.
But it's still alarming, CASA said, because few of … Read more