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Tesco to roll out retina scanning devices in its petrol stations

Tesco will soon fit screens that scan customers’ faces in its petrol stations so that advertisements can be specially tailored to suit them, according to The Grocer.

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John Lewis reports that male customers are on the up
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John Lewis has revealed that nearly half of all its customers are men – the highest proportion in its 84-year history. “Men now account for 44 per cent of customers and we are seeing them as more assertive in their shopping habits and taking more care in their appearance and clothes than ever before,” said John Lewis managing director Andy Street.

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Tesco has launched its first ever tablet
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Tesco will today officially unveil their first own-brand tablet. The device will be branded under Tesco’s technology arm, Hudl, and will be available on the market for £119. Analysts are saying that the device will aim to tie in customers to their online businesses- mainly Blinkbox and their grocery delivery service- and may not even turn a profit.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 in the pipeline, according to sources
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Samsung are keen to carry on their wearable technology expanse as rumours surface that the technology giants already have another model in the pipeline. The long-awaited Galaxy Gear smartwatch launched a fortnight ago, but Korean news site Daum has reported that a new model of the watch could hit shelves as soon as January 2014.

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John Lewis show a slowdown despite electronics boost
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John Lewis this week reported a slowdown in sales despite its electronics and gadgets sector posting a 15.3 per cent upturn. The department store posted an increase of 3.3 per cent year-on-year, accumulating £72.8 million worth of sales, but this figure was eclipsed by last week’s figure- which saw a 6.6 per cent growth.

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Co-op set to trial online delivery service
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The Co-op are the latest grocer eager to tap into the UK’s lucrative online grocery market by announcing that it will trial an online shop. The move doesn’t come without risk however, as many fear the move will diminish the grocer’s bricks-and-mortar market share. But Co-op food boss, Steve Murrells, has said that “If you are not prepared to eat your own children, someone else might”.

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Waitrose could use GPS technology to improve its click and collect service
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Waitrose are deliberating whether or not to use mobile phone GPS technology to track where their customers are in order to prepare their shopping orders. The service would run alongside their click and collect offer, where customers order their groceries and schedule an appropriate time to drive to the store and collect them.

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Apple reportedly in the early stages of buying PrimeSense
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The company that helped develop Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect are in early negotiations with Apple over a possible sale, according to Calcalist. The Israel-based PrimeSense, have reportedly been visited by Apple engineering executives about the possibility of an agreement to sell the microchip developer.

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Samsung’s shares drop 3% to a 9 month low
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South Korean multinational electronics company Samsung reported a 3 per cent drop in shares on Wednesday, representing a 9 month low for the firm. The news comes as investors prepare for weaker earnings from Samsung, more than forecasted for the period of April to June. Shinhan Investment Corp has joined a number of brokerages in cutting its price for the tech giant, adding that it predicts that the smartphone company’s shipments and earnings will be lower than expected.

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UK’s electronics sector could grow by 55%

UK’s top electronic firms are trying to persuade ministers to support a big expansion of the electronics sector.

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