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    1. February 8, 2016

      Africa Internet Group set to become continent’s first ‘unicorn’

      Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the...

    2. February 3, 2016

      Augmented and virtual reality are on the way but still face hurdles

      Virtual reality is helping developers to build homes at West End Gardens in the smart market town of Stockton-on-Tees...

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    1. February 3, 2016

      Developers look beyond the app

      Measured against any metric, Apple’s App Store has created a whole new economy since its launch in 2008. Owners of...

    2. February 3, 2016

      Hike app aims to disrupt data providers

      Indian chat app Hike faces an uphill battle to catch up with WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service owned...

    3. February 3, 2016

      Internet of things turns menial tasks into high-tech jobs

      The Reality Editor, a tool developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, points to...

    4. February 3, 2016

      Flexible cinema seat pricing may be a force to be reckoned with

      After a fallow 2014, Hollywood last year released a plethora of blockbuster movies: between them, the new James Bond,...

    5. January 28, 2016

      Alibaba revenues beat expectations despite China slowdown

      Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba beat expectations, reporting that revenues had increased 32 per cent for the last...

    6. January 26, 2016

      Amazon cloud service key to sustaining profitability

      Amazon’s heavy investment in its web services business is expected to come under further scrutiny when the company...

    7. January 20, 2016

      Seven ways technology has changed us

      It has become customary to talk of “technology” as if it were a special sector of the economy consisting of the...

    8. January 5, 2016

      Sainsbury’s takes aim at Amazon with Argos bid

      Like all of the UK grocers, J Sainsbury has been watching the rise of Amazon with trepidation. In recent months the US...

    9. January 5, 2016

      Online orders boost UK parcel market

      Shoppers’ preference for ordering online has helped boost the size of the UK parcel market to almost £9bn, but fierce...

    10. December 30, 2015

      The riff: Jeff Bezos and long-termism

      Will Tuesday’s record close for the Amazon stock price lead Jeff Bezos to look back at 2015 with a cosy sense of...

    11. December 22, 2015

      Overseas e-retailers face VAT crackdown

      Tax officials have launched a crackdown on VAT evasion by overseas online retailers amid claims that Amazon and eBay...

    12. December 17, 2015

      Retailers tap into social mobility

      The battle of the “buy” buttons is in full swing. With just seven days to go until Christmas, this year is shaping up...

    13. December 17, 2015

      Powa pictures growth from Chinese deal

      Powa Technologies, the UK mobile e-commerce start-up, has signed a joint venture with China UnionPay to roll out its...

    14. December 16, 2015

      The tech mogul’s guide to being a press baron

      Jack Ma of Alibaba, the $200bn Chinese ecommerce giant, is making an awful mess of the purchase of the South China...

    15. December 15, 2015

      Man from Tiger earns his Indian stripes

      Few readers could pick my nominee for Indian business person of 2015 out of a line-up. He made no public appearances,...

    16. December 13, 2015

      Mobile devices meet need for wider access to financial services

      For large parts of the developing world, just one issue dominates discussion of the future of banking: financial...

    17. December 11, 2015

      Amazon’s instant gratification service aims to disrupt delivery

      The Amazon distribution centre in Tracy, California, looks more like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory than a traditional...

    18. December 10, 2015

      Walmart to launch mobile payment app to rival Apple

      Walmart will launch a mobile payment app as the world’s largest retailer seeks to trump Apple Pay and other companies...

    19. December 8, 2015

      Executives seek more excitement in latest plans for smartphones

      Smartphone makers are facing something akin to a mid-life crisis. The excitement of the early days when people were...

    20. December 8, 2015

      Tech firms have high hopes for new year

      We may hope Santa will bring us gadgets that can make our dreams come true, but it is worth remembering that big...

    21. December 8, 2015

      Welcome to the house of the future

      At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, people will again be talking about the “smart home”,...

    22. December 6, 2015

      Networks battle to control best TV shows

      People in the media industry are bored with hearing about the “death of television” — a prediction of a doom-laden...

    23. December 6, 2015

      Banks need to adapt to new breed of rival

      For centuries, banks have been a powerful force in driving innovation in financial services. From the development of...

    24. December 6, 2015

      Virtually explore holiday destinations before you book

      In the past, “virtual reality” in the tourism industry has typically meant websites where users can click to explore...

    25. December 6, 2015

      Retail companies focus on devices and services to deliver more business

      Shopping was one of the earliest corporate activities to be shaken up by the digital revolution. There is no sign that...

    26. December 6, 2015

      A blind eye to online critics can be bad for business

      Whether businesspeople love or hate online customer reviews, it seems they are here to stay — but they can do as much...

    27. December 6, 2015

      From Adele to Coldplay, ‘Hello’ to bland British pop

      The UK trade deficit is the hole that can never be filled, but one sector of the nation’s export economy is doing its...

    28. December 3, 2015

      Private equity firms circle Yahoo’s internet business

      Several private equity firms and at least one media company are considering buying Yahoo’s core business, as the...

    29. December 2, 2015

      India’s ecommerce groups face legal threat

      India’s $11bn — and rising — ecommerce industry is facing a serious threat. But it is not Amazon, nor any other...

    30. November 30, 2015

      Alibaba hampers web rival’s fundraising

      Alibaba is selling its $1bn of preferred shares in Meituan-Dianping, the online booking and discounts platform, at a...

    31. November 26, 2015

      CEE leaders seek to bask in the glow of high-tech economic growth

      Across central and eastern Europe, governments are busily promoting themselves as tech and media savvy as they look to...

    32. November 25, 2015

      Mobile to lead surge in popularity of digital wallets

      Digital wallets are set to become the most popular payment method in the world in the next few years, overtaking credit...

    33. November 24, 2015

      A bold vision of retail’s future, delivered by geeks

      The pace of innovation is such today that nothing revolutionary lasts long. Smaller bookshops, for instance, were...

    34. November 22, 2015

      Deutsche Bank tests password-free mobile security

      Deutsche Bank is experimenting with new antifraud technology that uses the way you handle and hold your phone to work...

    35. November 22, 2015

      UK parcel delivery sector modernises to meet rise in online shopping

      A row of metallic chutes, stretching almost half a kilometre, ascend diagonally into a mass of steel gantries where...

    36. November 20, 2015

      Ecommerce offers a cheaper and faster way to market in China

      On November 11, Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission, joined China’s Singles Day celebration for...

    37. November 18, 2015

      All the tea in China needs is a humble British digestive biscuit

      The humble British digestive has become one of the world’s best-travelled biscuits after an export drive and now evens...

    38. November 18, 2015

      Rise of e-commerce ‘sheds’ drives up industrial property values

      European industrial property is set to make its investors total returns of more than 20 per cent this year as the...

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