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Facebook tests enhanced mobile search facility

Tuesday 02 September 2014 - 13:10
Facebook tests enhanced mobile search facility

Facebook is believed to be testing a search function which will give users no excuse for having missed a vital piece of content shared with them.

It is reported to be looking into enhancing its present Graph search facility, making it possible to find not just content from profiles, but also in posts and status updates.

Graph search already lets users accessing the site via a desktop computer find people and pages relevant to their current loc ...read more

Apple paves way to making iPhone6 a mobile wallet

Tuesday 02 September 2014 - 10:43
Apple paves way to making iPhone6 a mobile wallet

The next-generation iPhone looks set to function as a mobile wallet, after Apple announced it had done deals for it to incorporate technology to enable payments for some of the biggest payment card companies.

And tech commentators believe this could bring about the major boost needed to propel mobile payment technology into the mainstream.

Apple, in particular, could help provide the breakthrough, thanks to the massive customer base it has built up for its iTunes service and apps.

The news comes at what&rs ...read more

Amazon’s Indian expansion plans hit snag

Monday 01 September 2014 - 12:03
Amazon’s Indian expansion plans hit snag

A run-in with the local tax authorities in Bangalore may call into doubt plans by Amazon to step up its efforts to make major inroads in the Indian e-commerce market.

Finance newsletter Investing.com says the e-commerce giant has been accused of trying to enter the Indian market through the back door, and in violation of long-standing business customs in the country.

These state that overseas-based businesses wanting to trade in India must do so through subsidiari ...read more

PayPal sneaks out pay-later option

Monday 01 September 2014 - 10:14
PayPal sneaks out pay-later option

With no prior announcement – officially at any rate – PayPal is reported to have started letting buyers use a service which means payment for items bought online can be delayed for a short time.

The quiet roll-out of the service has come a mere eight months after the service was originally slated for introduction in the UK.

Nevertheless some online shoppers – among them Chris Dawson at Tamebay.com – have reported being shown a sign-up page inviting them to register to take advantage of the d ...read more

Star-signed shirts set for charity eBay auction

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Friday 29 August 2014 - 12:10
Star-signed shirts set for charity eBay auction

A well-known English non-league football team has collected a pair of shirts autographed by two of the game’s biggest stars past and present for an eBay auction which will benefit a fund set up in memory of a former player who died of motor neurone disease last year.

Blyth Spartans, based in the north-east of England, will turn next Saturday’s game at their Croft Park ground against Buxton in the Evo Stik Northern Premier League into a special event as one of the highlights of the annual Non-League Day, which aims to throw the spotlight on lower-level football i ...read more

Google chooses Australia for drone tests

Friday 29 August 2014 - 10:43
Google chooses Australia for drone tests

A week ago we reported that Amazon had embarked on a test programme of its Prime air delivery drones in India – and now it has emerged that Google is carrying out similar research in Australia.

The company came clean about the research yesterday, and at the same time announced it had appointed Dave Vos, founder of a company specialising in remote aircraft control systems, to lead what it is calling ‘Project Wing’.

His ultimate aim is to oversee the launch of a physical product for the compa ...read more

Alibaba results show strength as share offer looms

Thursday 28 August 2014 - 14:39
Alibaba results show strength as share offer looms

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has demonstrated that it is likely to make an attractive target for investors by revealing a 45 per cent year-on-year jump in profits.

The Far Eastern equivalent of Amazon and eBay saw goods worth $81.3billion (£49billion) bought through its various platforms in the second quarter of the year, it revealed overnight.

Total revenues from the three major sites it operates, Taobao, Tmail and Juhuasuan, were 15.7billion yuan, or just ove ...read more

Report says missed deliveries to cost economy £771m

Thursday 28 August 2014 - 10:04
Report says missed deliveries to cost economy £771m

Online retailers, courier companies and their agents have managed through implementing more efficient working methods and new technology to halve the cost to their businesses of first-time delivery failures.

But, says a leading umbrella group for online traders, such companies are still likely to incur costs of more than £770million this year due to missed first-time deliveries and having to make alternative arrangements.

That figure takes into account both deliveries arranged directly with the supplier, ...read more

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