Tesco Has ‘No Plans’ to Launch Hudl 3 Tablet

Tesco’s ultra-affordable Hudl tablet sold fantastically well and managed to shift over 750,000 units. Its successor, the Hudl 2 was quite successful and heralded as an excellent value-for-money tablet. Many customers could access either model at half price using the Clubcard Boost promotion which reduced the price to around £65. Despite much speculation, it appears the Hudl 3 isn’t a priority for Tesco at this time. A spokesperson said:

“We continue to sell our Hudl 2 and it remains a popular device with our customers. We have no current plans to release a Hudl 3.”

This statement has been misinterpreted by some into thinking the Hudl 3 will never be released. Clearly, the Tesco spokesperson isn’t confirming or denying the plans of the Hudl 3, so its future is certainly unclear. Perhaps, Tesco believes the advent of affordable tablets from Amazon and other Chinese manufacturers reduces their product’s appeal. It would be a shame to see the end of this particular tablet range given the superb price and pleasant user-experience.

Tesco hasn’t removed the Hudl 2 from sale, so you can still purchase that at the time of writing. However, as time progresses, it will be eclipsed by cheaper, and more powerful devices.

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TalkTalk Buys Blinkbox and Tesco Broadband for £5m

UK internet service provider TalkTalk has confirmed the purchase of Tesco’s loss-making video streaming service Blinkbox, in a deal that includes 75,000 Tesco broadband customers and 20,000 landline customers, for £5 million. TalkTalk have acquired none of the debt accrued by the struggling video-on-demand business.

Blinkbox co-founder Adrian Letts has been made Managing Director of TalkTalk’s TV service as part of the deal.

Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk, said of the move, “Since launch, TalkTalk TV has demonstrated its popularity with value-seeking customers to become the UK’s fastest growing TV service.”

“We are excited about the opportunity that Blinkbox’s platform and technology expertise bring, and which will significantly accelerate the development of our TV platform. The purchase of Tesco’s broadband base is another example of TalkTalk leveraging its national network to grow faster.”

Source: The Guardian

Vodafone in Talks to Buy Video Streaming Service Blinkbox

Struggling video on-demand platform Blinkbox, owned by Tesco, is set to be snapped up by the ambitious Vodafone mobile network, according to The Telegraph newspaper. Vodaphone are said to have made such a forceful move that other competitors have withdrawn their bids.

Tesco is desperate to sell the struggling video service. Earlier this year, Tesco’s accounts revealed that Blinkbox had lost the company £18.5 million.

Last week, it was revealed that Vodafone is strongly considering buying Liberty Global, owner of Virgin Media, the UK broadband, TV, and phone provider. The further purchase of Blinkbox would provide Vodafone with a significant boost in content for its streaming and pay-TV services, launching next year.

Source: TNW

Supermarket Chain Aldi Releases A Sub-$100 Kids 7-inch Tablet

It seems just about everyone and their dog makes a tablet these days and the latest to join in the tablet craze is UK budget supermarket chain ALDI. Following the lead of Tesco ALDI already announced its first tablet a while back but now it is targeting the “kids” market segment with its latest release. A 7 inch tablet with a colourful rubberised case should be enough to make most kids interested, and the price point of $99/€72 should appeal to most parents. The budget price point is helped by the budget specifications: a 1024 x 600 display, 1.5GHz dual core and 4GB of storage with optional microSD expansion. More importantly for parents the tablet will come pre-bundled with child-safe software. The most interesting point to note is that the tablet ships with the latest version of Android, 4.4 Kit Kat, out of the box. The OEM producer is not specified but is expected to be either Bauhn or Medion.

Source: Softpedia

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Face Scanning & Targets Ads To Be Served At Tesco

Supermarket petrol stations are nothing new here in the UK, many of which are unmanned drive through style stations where you just pop your credit card in before you use the pump. Adverts at the pump are nothing new, nor are cameras in petrol stations, but it is how they’ve going to combine all these aspects that caught our attention.

Face scanning technology will be put into place at the petrol stations to check if you are male or female, even make a guess at how old you are. It does this so it can then serve you up targeted advertisements on a nearby display. It all sounds a little futuristic and a little creepy, but a Tesco spokesperson assures us that the tech will not be used to record data, identify customers in any way, will not have facial recognition or eyeball scanners, it simply estimates age and gender.

People will no doubt think this is an out rage, but that kind of thing happens already. Just take your internet browsing for example, targeted ads are common place there, as well as on TV.

Personally I really don’t mind, I welcome these modern changes, I’d rather see an advert that interests me than one that doesn’t.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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Tesco Reveal £119 Hudl Tablet

Multi-national supermarket chain Tesco have released a budget £119 tablet. Tesco are based in the UK but have stores in China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the United States and of course the UK. The new Hudl tablet (pronounced Huddle, pictured above) is a direct competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Google’s Nexus 7, though coming in much cheaper than the Nexus 7. Of course that slightly cheaper price does mean slightly cut down specifications and the Hudl uses a 1440 x 900 display with a 1.5GHz quad core CPU, dual band WiFi, 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 48GB via microSD and it is expected to have 1GB of RAM. There’s also a microHDMI output port to allow for TV connectivity.

The Hudl runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a full suite of Google Apps such as Chrome, YouTube, the Play Store and so on. Users of Tesco’s BlinkBox and Clubcard TV services will be able to access those fully through the new Hudl tablet. The tablet mainly runs stock Android but has some overlay customisations such as the T launcher button on the bottom left to allow users to access Tesco’s services. The Hudle is available in Blue, Purple, Black and Red for £119 but Tesco Clubcard (Tesco’s loyalty card) holders will be able to pick the tablet up for £60 of Tesco Vouchers as part of the Clubcard Boost program which doubles the value of Tesco vouchers.

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