Consumer Electronics

Amazon.com offers customers gift cards, refunds after UPS delivery failure

Gift cards and shipping refunds were offered by Amazon.com Inc to appease its customers after UPS said it would not be able to deliver some packages by Christmas, Bloomberg reported.

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Apple snaps up US note-taking app Catch, digital mapping firm BroadMap -report

Tech giant Apple Inc have quietly acquired Silicon Valley's note-taking startup Catch and New Hampshire's digital mapping firm BroadMap a few months back, according to 9to5Mac.

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Retailers' woes continue as US consumers shop less on final weekend before Christmas-report

In spite of the steep price cuts offered, consumers in the US did not do a lot of shopping in brick-and-mortar stores on the weekend before Christmas, Reuters reported.

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Apple, China Mobile forge distribution deal

Apple and China Mobile have finally signed a distribution deal which could be worth billions of dollars in extra iPhone revenues, the Financial Times reported.

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Customer lawsuits, social media ire, state attorneys general probes target Target Corp due to data breach

After a cyber attack of its systems, Target Corp now has to deal with angry customers venting on social media, customer lawsuits and probes from state attorneys general, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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BlackBerry's outsourcing plan with Foxconn paves way for transformation to a services firm- report

The deal that BlackBerry has made with Foxconn Group to outsource the making of its handsets is a sign that the smartphone company is evolving into a services firm, Bloomberg reported.

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Retailers get aggressive as holiday shopping nears but shoppers plan to spend less- report

Retailers are going to be ramping up efforts to lure buyers on the final weekend leading up to Christmas but shoppers intend to spend less, Reuters reported.

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San Francisco protesters block buses of technology firms

The corporate buses of Apple Inc and Google Inc were delayed from their morning commute due to protesters in San Francisco and Oakland blocking them, Reuters reported.

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Telstra to exit Hong Kong mobiles business in $2B deal

Australia-based mobile device provider Telstra Corporation Ltd will sell CSL, its Hong Kong-based mobiles business to HKT Limited in a deal valued at $2.425 billion.

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Alcatel union says management to sell corporate telephone systems business

The French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) on Thursday said that loss-making French telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA will be selling its enterprise telephone systems business.

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Former SAP executive John Sims to head BlackBerry's key business segment

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry on Tuesday announced that John Sims will join the company as head ofmits gloabl enterprise services business. Sims is a former executive at German software firm SAP.

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Jabil Circuit to exit aftermarket services for $275M

Jabil Circuit, whose customers include Apple and Cisco Systems, will put up for sale its aftermarket services for $275 million. The contract electronics maker also looks to part ways with BlackBerry as its revenue declines.

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California stealth firm Luxvue nabs $25.2M for micro-LED tech project

Santa Clara, California-based stealth micro-LED technology firm LuxVue Technology Corp has raised $25.2 million in funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Two more executives to leave Canada's beleaguered BlackBerry

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that BlackBerry's executive vice president of global sales and official in charge of its mergers and acquisitions strategy will be departing the struggling smartphone maker in weeks.

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Google acquires robotics company Boston Dynamics

Google Inc. on Friday announced that it had completed the purchase of engineering and robotics company Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics is the eight robotics firm that the Internet giant has acquired in the last half-year.

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