ShinyShiny snippets: Amazon drops plans to block Visa credit card payments

Amazon has announced that it will not stop accepting Visa credit cards for UK payments later this week as had been planned. In an email to customers, the online retailer said it was "working closely with Visa on a potential solution". The move had been due to take effect on 19 January with Amazon blaming…

ShinyShiny round up: Apple allows customers to self-repair iPhones

Apple is now allowing some of its customers to self-repair their own iPhones - after long prohibiting anyone except approved technicians from handling its proprietary parts and software. In a sharp turnaround, the US tech firm announced on Wednesday that users will be able to access genuine Apple parts and tools for consumer repairs on the…

ShinyShiny roundup: Fancy a £500K hoverbike anyone?

ALI Technologies hoverbike costs nearly £500,000. Image: ALI Technologies A Japanese start-up is hoping to convince motorists to swap their cars for a $680,000 (£495,000) hoverbike. ALI Technologies' XTurismo Limited Edition went on sale in Japan, earlier on Wednesday. Electronics giant Mitsubishi and footballer Keisuke Honda are two backers of the…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Tesla market value hits $1 trillion

Tesla surpassed a market value of $1 trillion on Monday, making it the fifth such firm to reach the milestone. Shares in the electric carmaker climbed 12.6% after it struck a deal to sell 100,000 vehicles to the car rental firm Hertz. Tesla has been the world's most valuable carmaker for some time, but brands…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Amazon launches Billie Eilish Echo Studio

If you were in a tizzy about what to get the devoted Billie Eilish fan in your family for the holidays, Amazon might have just solved your problem — assuming you’re prepared to drop $230 on them. Announced today, the Billie Eilish Limited Edition Echo Studio is available for pre-order and features the melancholy-voiced singer pasted on…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Amazon launch planned for September 28th

Amazon will hold its annual hardware and services event on September 28 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm BST, the company announced today. The annual event is Amazon’s chance to show off its latest Echo devices ahead of the holiday season and is typically the place we hear about upgrades coming…

Only 1 in 3 directors in top companies are female, claims study

A new study that analysed the board of directors in technology, entertainment and e-commerce companies has revealed only 1 in 3 board members (34%) worldwide are women, with Zoom the worst for gender diversity.  Small Business Prices analysed the board of directors for 15 major companies across the technology, entertainment and e-commerce sectors. What it…

Amazon Go offers checkout free shopping in the UK

Amazon is to open its first High Street store in the UK - selling groceries and technology without the need for tills. Called Amazon Go, the new store will open this week in Ealing, West London, reports The Mirror. There will be no checkouts, in line with how the shops operate in the US, with…

8 out of 10 think retailers use too much packaging – Amazon worst offender

The vast majority of British consumers still think companies use too much packaging despite industry evidence showing a slight reduction in materials used to deliver products. This figure (85 per cent) is slightly down from research commissioned 12 months ago, which found 88 per cent believed their shopping came with excessive wrapping. Household appliances and…