We mentioned back in December that word had surfaced that online retailer Overstock.com would begin accepting Bitcoin virtual currency as payment for items purchased on its website. When that initial report was made the Bitcoin payment scheme was expected to start in the second half of 2014. Overstock has significantly accelerated its bitcoin plans.
Head to your local retail outlet this week and you may see an image of their video game and entertainment section a whole lot different from what it was a few weeks ago. Both Microsoft and Sony have successfully ramped up production to keep with the times now - perhaps a moment too late - that the holiday season has arrived. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One can once again be found on store shelves - in some stores for the first time ever.
It would appear that the debacle Target is facing this holiday season is turning over as we speak. Though they’d previously suggested that findings showed no PIN data to have been stolen in their 2013 credit card breach, today’s update says otherwise. The positive side of this situation is the fact that these PIN numbers are wholly encrypted.
One of the things that cost online retailers the most money are returns. Sellers like Amazon and others need easy return policies to entice customers to shop online. The problem is that some shoppers chronically return items and that is a big problem for the online industry.
There's little doubt that Samsung is growing in more than just smartphone sales, and it would appear that the company is setting out to prove it. A recent tipped hire of a former Apple Store designer suggests that the company is ready to bring on the heat to full-fledged retail stores, likely in a fashion not unlike the Microsoft Store wave that hit over the past several years.
In the UK, Sony is pushing a "soft bundle" deal in which a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Vita can be had for about a £10 ($13.50 USD) discount. The push is intended to highlight the fact that the handheld Vita can pair with a PS4 through Remote Play, which lets you stream PS4 content to the handheld. Sony says it is encouraging retailers to roll out the soft bundle as of now.
Having just officially learned of the Moto G’s existence this Wednesday, we didn’t expect the device to literally be in stores quite so quick (today is Friday, if you did not know). What we’re seeing right off the bat is availability of this smartphone after Motorola announced it at locations like Phones4U in the UK. While orders in several parts of the world went live online yesterday, today we’re seeing the machine arrive in-stores for pickup.
Those planning on heading in to their local mobile carrier this week to pick up the HTC One in Metallic Blue had better think twice: this device is coming to Best Buy exclusively inside the USA. While the Blue HTC One doesn't differ from its silver or red iterations inside, the casing (the metal casing front and back, that is) is distinct. The folks at HTC have suggested that special pricing will be in effect this weekend as the Blue HTC One kicks off as a color exclusive for Best Buy this Sunday.