• New MacBook Pro Models Launched With 'Touch Bar' And 'Fingerprint ID'
    Apple has unveiled a new version of its MacBook Pro laptop at an event in San Francisco, describing it as "the new gold standard in notebook computers." The new MacBook Pro will come in 13- and 15-inch sizes, and silver and space grey colour finishes. Apple claims they are the thinnest and lightest laptops it has ever made.
  • New John Lewis Boss Is In For A Tough Transition
    With falling profits, planned staff cuts and concerns over its online operation, John Lewis's newly appointed managing director Paula Nickolds inherits the department store chain at a challenging time. For the six months to 30 July, John Lewis saw a 75% fall in profits to GBP56.9m, something it blamed on "deep structural changes to the retail market."
  • Black Friday Becomes UK's Biggest Shopping Day
    Black Friday is now the UK's biggest online shopping day of the festive season, with online revenues set to hit GBP901 million ($1.1 billion) this year, according to new research. The study, from Adobe reveals that consumer spending shows no sign of a slowdown, with online spending this season expected to increase 10% year-on-year.
  • BT Learns New York's Lesson -- No Porn For The Homeless On Its WiFi Kiosks
    BT has taken precautionary measures to ensure that homeless people don't use its new Link WiFi kiosks to watch porn. The telecoms provider said that Link kiosks in the UK will NOT have Web browsers, unlike the ones that were installed in New York City earlier this year.
  • Sonos Runs Speaker Amnesty At King's Cross
    Sonos has physically manifested its latest global campaign "You're better than this" in London's King's Cross yesterday, offering 300 free speakers to consumers in exchange for their older, less reliable models. Avid fans of the brand queued up from 5am this morning to offer up their hardware in a "speaker amnesty." The discarded systems were built into a custom art installation.
  • Microsoft Unveils 3D Tools And Upmarket Surface Pro
    New 3D creation and editing tools are being added to the next edition of the Windows 10 operating system, including a revamped version of Paint. The firm also revealed a range of new virtual reality headsets to encourage users to interact with creations. One expert said the moves would help prepare consumers for more radical augmented reality features, which are still under development.
  • John Lewis And L Marks Award GBP200k To Retail Start-Ups
    Three businesses that took part in John Lewis's accelerator programme, JLAB, have been awarded a total of GBP200,000 by the retailer and its innovation partner, tech investment fund L Marks.
  • NFL Eyes London For Growth And A UK Team
    American football's growth in popularity has seen the NFL expand its appeal around the world -- not least in the UK, which now hosts three competitive games a year with a London-based team becoming a more and more likely prospect.
  • Ocado Trials 'Press For Peroni' IoT Ordering Device
    The beer brand is in the process of recruiting 100 existing Ocado customers to test the Press for Peroni app and provide feedback to Peroni, which will help inform the brand's Internet of Things marketing strategy. The Press for Peroni device, which runs via an iPhone app, attaches to fridges and when pressed, will add a pack of Peroni to a consumer's order on the Ocado site.
  • Mastercard Launches AI Chatbot As Research Shows Customers Like Talking To Humans
    Mastercard is launching an AI bot that will allow consumers to "transact and manage their finances" via messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger. The credit card brand will provide its merchant and bank partners with chat, messaging and natural language capabilities in order to communicate with consumers.
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