Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will rocket this year according to Gartner, which predicts these transactions will hit $235.4 billion in 2013 – a 44 percent boost from $163.1 billion in 2012.
The number of mobile payment users worldwide will reach 245.2 million in 2013, up from 200.8 million in 2012, according to the research. more»
Avnet has confirmed that it’s pulling its operations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
The distie has said that it made the decision after a review of the business concluded that it was “unlikely to make the necessary returns needed to meet [its] strategic goals in the short- or mid-term.”
In a statement the company said the that the “difficult” decision would not impact the computer components and integrated solutions business which continue to support key partners in the region. more»
Ingram Micro has had gained another client Down Under, signing on the dotted line with communications company Jabra.
As part of the partnership Ingram Micro will be responsible for distributing the company’s range of call centre and office products within the Australian and New Zealand market. more»
Sato has said it wants to expand its channel opportunities across Europe.
The barcode printing, labelling and EPC/RFID company has announced that it will be expanding and developing its Business Partner network across Europe.
It has launched a campaign called “Year of the Channel” which it says will focus on increasing its support for existing business partners and actively recruiting new VARS, complementing those already participating in its European Partner Programme. more»
Panasonic has announced that 5,000 of its staff will be axed over the next three years.
The Japanese company has said those in its automotive and industrial units will fall on Panasonic’s sword as the company scales back its operations and tries to recoup huge annual losses of $7.5 billion, announced in March. more»
Huawei, which sparked unwanted publicity yesterday when its chief security exec told reporters it was standard practice for governments to spy on each other, has apparently been pushed out in the planned acquisition of Sprint by SotfBank.
The £20.1 billion deal, which has been cleared by the US Committee on Foreign Investment, and is now awaiting the nod from one more US regulation body, has had a restriction on third-party supplier over allegations of Chinese spying. more»
Betting shops and payday lenders could rule the high street roost if new legislation comes into place.
The warnings from the Local Government Association (LGA) as new rules, which came into place yesterday, stipulate that some premises don’t have to apply for permission to change what they supply for up to two years. more»
Eaton has got chummy with EMC, with the diversified industrial manufacturer announcing it has joined the EMC Technology Partner Program.
It says it hopes to use the developmental resources provided in the program to design integrated power management services that help IT and data centre companies to enhance uptime and business continuity. more»
BMW owners may have to up their driving game, with research showing they’ve been overtaken as the “most adulterous drivers”.
According to a report by married dating site IllicitEncounters.com, Audi drivers have crashed into top spot of those most likely to commit adultery. more»
Ingram Micro has rung up another deal in the mobile market.
The distie’s Mobility arm has announced that it will carry and sell Samsung Mobile smartphone and tablet accessory products in the States, which it claims will continue its strategy to become a firm player in the mobile market. more»
A robot which can pour its master another drink has been created by scientists.
Researchers at Cornell’s Personal Robotics Lab have taught their creation to forsee human action with the task of refilling a person’s cup when it was nearly empty, without having to be asked – great for the silent and legless types at parties. more»
Avnet Memec has signed a pan-European agreement with Macronix.
The distie has agreed to help Macronix bring NOR, NAND and ROM technology to its customers across Europe at the earliest stage of their design.
According to Avnet, adding Macronix’ Flash memory products its portfolio will add depth to its line-card and service offering, while the semiconductor company said that the support by its new pal would help it reach those customers early in their design cycle. more»
Adata has signed on the dotted line with distie Etna Technology.
Under the new agreement, which comes into effect as Computex takes place over in Taiwan, the pair will work together to push Adata’s memory products.
Jon Atherton, Commercial Vice President for Enta, said it was looking forward to working with Adata which was “a great brand with an exciting roadmap”. more»
The UK is “facing a crisis,” when it comes to highstreet shopping, a retail group has warned.
According to the Centre of Retail Research, one in five of Britain’s high street shops could close by 2018 as more customers turn to the internet for their shopping. more»
Seagate has shaken up its sales and marketing organisation in EMEA.
The company says that it has made the changes to ensure that it was “optimally positioned” to work with its customers to best address evolving market opportunities across the region. more»