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We understand you have actually got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the globe for responses, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget query is from Cesar, who wishes to come to be the next eBoy. If you’re wanting to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I produce and make customized t-shirts in my town, and over the last 2 years they’ve come to be rather preferred. I’ve had to broaden to keep up with all the need, so now I’m examining taking my corporate online, but I don’t understand anything about building my own e-store. What’s the best means for a beginner to begin their very own e-store? I’ve been looking at services like Wix, but can you think of anything better? Thanks in advance! “
We’re constantly wanting to ask questions that are a little bit different than “assist me pick an Android tablet” and this one’s a real doozy. In a previous life we the moment had to help build an internet site that used POWA, which we were quite taken with, however that’s as far as our knowledge goes. Maybe one of you recognizes of an absolutely exceptional e-commerce platform for small corporates and can easily point Cesar in the ideal direction. Go on, let’s be really good to one another.
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Overstock.com is looking to expand its brand into the realm of ebooks. But the online retailer is doing it a tad differently. Instead of signing partnerships with publishers, building a vertical retail platform and establishing a presence in the marketplace, the company briefly known as O.co simply inked a deal with ebook giant Barnes & Noble. Easy peasy ebook squeezy.
The partnership is only skin deep, though. Overstock.com/ebooks, the site’s new ebook subsite, is simply a portal to B&N. Clicking on a book directs buyers to the book’s B&N product page where the purchase can be completed. Even the genre pages redirects to the appropriate page at BN.com.
To go alone with the new ebook offering, Overstock.com is hawking a refurbished Nook Color for $ 149.00. “As the number one seller of refurbished NOOK® devices we are pleased to partner with Barnes & Noble to expand our product offering so that our customers have fast, easy access to the breadth of digital content that Barnes & Noble offers,” said Overstock.com President Jonathan Johnson said in a released statement today.
Terms of the partnership were not released.
A year ago today, we predicted that Cisco’s enterprise-focused 7-inch Cius tablet would never ship. It was a reasonable prediction at the time, but it turns out we were wrong. In fact, the Cisco Cius tablet did ship in late March, barely making its promised release date of “Q1 2011.” Today, Cisco unveiled its latest product for Cius, the AppHQ application storefront, hoping to gain a little more traction with potential enterprise customers.
Basically, AppHQ is a way of keeping the applications on an enterprise device safe and secure. The Cius itself is an Android tablet running 2.2 Froyo, so the Android Market is already in place. But the notion of employees downloading random apps to the same device that holds sensitive company data is likely to cause heart attacks in the IT department. With AppHQ, IT has total and complete power of what applications are available to the company’s users.
AppHQ is already loaded with plenty of Android apps, but Cisco tests those apps to make sure that they keep all the company’s information safe. On top of that, companies can develop applications specific to their own business, and create a “store-within-a-store,” if you will.
So let’s say you work for Sony, and you’ve created this, that and the other app for your employees’ Cius tablets. You can publish those apps to AppHQ, but then every other company using Cius has access to them. By upgrading to the store-within-a-store format, those Sony-specific apps are only available to your employees. Businesses also have the option to customize their storefront with logos, various color schemes, and icons to make the app store experience as company-specific as possible. As expected, store-within-a-store costs extra, but details on that weren’t available.
Luckily, the Cius will grab Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) once it’s ready, and has 4G support “planned.” On July 31, the Cisco Cius will roll out globally, along with its new AppHQ storefront. The 7-inch tablet is priced at $ 750, but bulk orders may see a discount depending on size.
Starbucks has given the caffeinated crowd a new reason, other than the free WiFi, to stop by a couple of locations in Toronto and Vancouver — interactive window displays! Taking sidewalk passers-by on a journey to assemble their favorite Tazo teas, the interactivity comes via a vinyl screen, projector, and gesture controls. We’ve already seen an interactive storefront in the US, so its about time our friends up north got some geekified advertising of their own. Vid’s after the break.
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North American Smartphone Application Storefront Market
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