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The future is smart: How connect tech is evolving in our homes

The global market for smart home devices is expected to grow 23.5% year-over-year in 2019, according to the latest research by IDC. That equates to nearly 815 million device shipments. Couple this with a report from Go Compare that shows one in four UK households are turning to smart tech …

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HMRC’s Advance Assurance R&D tax relief scheme targets SMEs

HMRC’s latest figures on R&D tax relief show that record numbers of UK businesses are investing in innovation and development. However, DSR Tax Claims says that many small businesses are missing out on vital funding for research and development projects due to a lack of awareness of the SME R&D …

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Built to Fail: a story of forced-upgrade technology

Plunc managing director Stewart McGrenary looks at the ‘built to fail’ strategy that some big tech companies have adopted. The consumer electronics market is booming, with some estimates (such as those from Statista and IBIS World) placing the industry at a cool $340 million+ per year in the US alone. …

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Deal or no-deal Brexit: ParcelHero on what’s likely to happen to EU shipments after 1st November

There has been a great deal of publicity in recent days about how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, but delivery expert ParcelHero says the procedures for shipping items to the EU from 1st November onwards will be very different if a deal is agreed. “The Government’s £100m advertising campaign has …

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The data game: GDPR advice for retailers

In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, or as most of us know it as, GDPR, came into effect. Ahead of its implementation, businesses and consumers were somewhat bombarded with warnings about its importance, the severe implications on businesses if they weren’t GDPR compliant, and a promise to consumers …

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“Retailers need to evaluate the purpose of their physical stores”: UK high streets hit highest vacancy rate in 5 years

New research from LDC has found that nearly 12% of UK shopping locations were empty in the first half of 2019, indicating the we’ve now hit the highest number of empty outlets in the past five years across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks. LDC’s review of more than …

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Tech makes people “more open-minded and charitable”, finds Lenovo

New global research from Lenovo has found that technology has the power to make us more understanding, tolerant, charitable and open-minded. The survey polled more than 15,000 people from the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy, and revealed that 84% in the UK think that …

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Early Q3 sees “healthy demand” for multifunction printers in Europe

Early Q3 has seen a healthy demand for consumer and business laser multifunction printers (MFPs), according to the latest report from Context – following the pattern that has “characterised the past few quarters”. However, volume sales of printers through West Europe’s largest distributors were down by -4.4% year-on-year in July …

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Tapping into the booming esports market

Rupert Cook, Sales and Marketing Director at Gekko, looks at the potential opportunities – and pitfalls – gaming retailers may face over the next 12-18 months. In July 2019, spanning three days, the largest gathering of gamers from around the world – 40 million – took part in the Fortnite …

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‘Third Age of Print’ will change everything

Gemma Glen, Product Marketing Manager of OKI Europe’s North West Region, looks at how economic, business, technological and social shifts will put consumers in the driving seat. The print industry is now entering the ‘Third Age of Print’; it’s being driven by technology and commercial developments, but the ultimate beneficiaries will …

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