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Maplin collapses as rescue talks fail

One of the UK’s biggest electronics retailers has collapsed into administration after talks with buyers failed to secure a sale. Maplin, which has more than 200 stores and 2,300 staff, will continue to trade through the process. The business faced the slump in the pound after the Brexit vote, weak ...

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Apple Watch apps now track ski performance

Skiers, rejoice! It just got a lot easier to track your mountain treks. Due to an Apple Watch update that combines GPS and altimeter (altitude) measuring, ski apps are now able to quantify performance. If you’re wondering how many calories you’ve burned or how fast you were going, all that ...

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Amazon buys ‘smart’ doorbell firm Ring

Image copyright Ring Amazon has bought a US firm that makes high-tech doorbells in a move expected to help the online retailer improve how it delivers parcels. Ring makes doorbells that record live videos of customers’ doorsteps, then sends the videos to their smartphones. The doorbell could help Amazon customers ...

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Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publishers

Facebook is trying to play extra nice with local news publishers by putting $3 million behind the launch of the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator. The three-month pilot program will help 10 to 15 U.S.-based metropolitan news organizations gain more digital subscribers both on and off Facebook. “We often talk to publishers ...

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