Amazon has a plan to get into the mobile payments game

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Date: Friday, February 7th, 2014, 09:32
Category: Amazon, Finance, Mobile, retail, Services

amazon-logo-150x150It looks like Amazon is determined to expand out of the “virtual” retail space to get its foot in the door of brick-and-mortar stores. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, has plans to0 equip retailers with Kindle tablets with credit card readers for accepting payments, possibly in exchange for web site development and data analysis. Trying to push its way into traditional retail spaces means Amazon will be pitting itself against much larger companies that provide checkout and POS (Point Of Sale) systems to large retailers, which may require Amazon to turn to smaller businesses. Even there, they are competing with companies like Square Inc., who have a big head start in that space. Amazon does have the benefit of allowing retailers that partner with them to offer promotions or discounts through Amazon.com or its Amazon Local daily deals offers. Amazon has a steep hill to climb, but Richard Crone who is chief executive of Crone Consulting, a payments advisory firm, makes a good point;

“At the end of the day, a merchant wants to make a sale, to drive up business. And if Amazon or anyone else can help them do that, that’s tough to turn away,”

Amazon will also be in a race with Apple, who is reportedly preparing its own blitz into the mobile payments game, offering the convenience of millions of customers with iPhones with the advantages of the iBeacon system. Even Amazon knows it’s not a sure thing. The WSJ mentions that, “Amazon’s plans remain fluid and the project might be delayed, altered or canceled, they said.”.

Apple starts repairing iPhone 5C screens in stores

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Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, 09:28
Category: Apple, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail, Retail Store

AppleGeniusBarBack in November we mentioned Apple’s plans to start offering in-store screen replacements for the iPhone 5S and 5C. This week, Apple started its roll-out of iPhone 5C repairs, so if you’ve got an iPhone 5C with a cracked or broken screen, the Geniuses at the local Apple Store can replace it while you wait, rather than sending it out. This makes two models that can be repaired in-store, the iPhone 5 and now the 5C. The 5S, for now, still needs to be sent into Apple for repairs, possibly due to the added complications of working around the Touch-ID sensor/home button. No news yet on when the 5S plan will get rolled out. As we reported before, the in-store replacement cost should be $150, with the price being $80 if your iPhone is covered by the original warranty or an AppleCare plan. The policy should be rolled out to all stores by the end of this week, but could take a little longer if the store is not in or near a large city.

Holiday gift round-up: Part Deux

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Date: Friday, December 20th, 2013, 08:16
Category: Accessory, battery, Consumer Electronics, Gadget, Hardware, Holiday, retail, Review, Software, The Apple Core

Christmas-GiftHere’s part 2 of my Gift Guide, which may turn into that “what I get when I return my Christmas gifts for credit” list, seeing as how it’s only 6 days until Christmas. The second half includes a number of gift ideas that I’ve stolen borrowed from some other gift guides because they are really good suggestions for things I’d like to get for myself. I’ll throw in a couple more of my own at the end.

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Holiday gift round-up: Part 1

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Date: Monday, December 16th, 2013, 08:27
Category: Accessory, Apple, Apple TV, Consumer Electronics, Fun, Gadget, Holiday, iPad mini, retail, Television, Wearables

Christmas-GiftIt’s that time of year again, when everyone is scrambling to fill their gift giving list for the holidays, and for those that have tech geeks in their family or other circles, it is getting more and more difficult to find that perfect gift. Thankfully it is also the time when every magazine and blog is posting their holiday gift guides, and the PowerPage is no exception. So here then are 10 or so items that aren’t crazy expensive, culled from other gift guides or my own product wish list, that offer a nice range of items and that I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree (if I didn’t have it already).

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Walmart is selling the iPhone 5c for $27 this Friday!

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Date: Friday, December 13th, 2013, 09:53
Category: Announcement, Apple, Consumer Electronics, Holiday, iPhone, retail

iPhone-5CWalmart is cashing in on the holiday spirit and people’s desire for colorful tech. The iPhone 5C has not been a big seller for Apple, but retailers are doing what they can to bring customers onboard. The LA Times reports that Walmart is making some deals to move the 5C;

“The iPhone 5c has struggled to sell and Wal-Mart has been discounting it since it was released in September. Friday’s sale price won’t be as good at what Wal-Mart offered on Black Friday — $45 for an iPhone 5c with a $75 gift card thrown in — but you’ll be hard pressed to find the iPhone 5c for cheaper than $27.”

Walmart’s Friday sale includes other Apple products, as well as other electronic items, games, and clothing. The sale begins Friday at 8 a.m. local time. Sale prices are in effect through Dec. 24 or while supplies last.

iBeacon rollout in Apple Stores

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Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 08:28
Category: Apple, iOS, iPhone, Mobile, News, privacy, retail, Retail Store, Services, Software

apple-store-ibeaconLast week Apple started rolling out iBeacon, Apple’s location based technology that offers a “better user experience”. What they mean is that when you are in a store with an iPhone, they can track your location to the foot, allowing iBeacon to send you notifications with info on the product you are standing in front of, coupons, sales, or general info on the store. It has been pointed out that Apple use coupons and rarely has sales (except Black Friday), but since the iBeacon technology will be sold outside of Apple, it is sure to be used by the likes of Target and Walmart.

 

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Black Friday sales for Mac users

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Date: Friday, November 29th, 2013, 18:16
Category: Accessory, Apple, battery, Cases, Consumer Electronics, Gadget, iMac, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Peripheral, retail, Websites

Qustodio-Blog-Black-friday-Tech-gift-what-you-need-to-know-before-buyingHopefully the tryptophan has worn off and you are ready to rush madly to your computer and start fighting for those Black Friday sales! I just thought I’d put up a few of the online stores and items that are on sale to get you started. Many of these sales didn’t post their sales until today.

Of course there is Apple’s one day event which is in full swing until 11:59 pm PST tonight.

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Apple sends out Black Friday event email

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Date: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, 16:23
Category: Announcement, Apple, Consumer Electronics, News, retail, Retail Store

Screenshot 2013-11-26 13.26.32Earlier this morning, Apple sent out emails announcing their Black Friday event. Friday, November 29th, online shopping begins as of midnight PST until 11:59 PM, and retail stores as soon as they open. Some retail store locations are reported to open as early as 6 AM, but times may vary depending on location. No hints from Apple as to what the sale items will be, so you’ll probably have to stay up late on Thursday to see if your favorite iThing is discounted.

Rumor: Apple to offer iPad Air for Personal Pickup come November 1st

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Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 10:37
Category: iPad, retail, Rumor

Come Friday, you should be able to snag an iPad Air from an Apple Store retail location.

Per 9to5Mac and MacRumors, Apple will offer Personal Pickup for the iPad Air beginning on the November 1st launch date according to anonymous sources. When the Apple Online Store goes live on November 1st at midnight Pacific Time (3 AM EST), customers will be able to order iPad Airs to be shipped to their addresses…


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With Personal Pickup, the new tablets will be able to be reserved for pickup at their local Apple Retail Store. There’s also been some unconfirmed chatter inside Apple retail that Apple has considered putting the iPad mini with Retina display up for pre-order on November 1st, but plans certainly will change due to the device’s supply constraints. Apple has so-far said that the iPad mini with Retina display will become available later in November.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

French, German Amazon.com web sites seem to hint at next-gen Apple TV for Apple’s October 22nd event

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 23:49
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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It’s the inventory levels that hint at the cool stuff around the corner.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and Engadget, Amazon’s French and German sites are currently showing the Apple TV as out of stock, with availability “from 23 October,” lending a small amount of weight to suggestions that a new Apple TV will be one of the announcements at Apple’s launch event the day before.

This isn’t the ultimate sign of things to come, but the availability date is at least an interesting coincidence.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.