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Europeans lead the way with Delivery

In Berlin I learned two things: Britain (and USA) is quite some way ahead of central Europe when it comes to e-commerce service on the web, and We are way behind on the actual mechanisms of delivery. That is, of getting the products to the customer at the time most convenient to them. I can …

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New Version of RedLaser uses only published iPhone APIs

After I put out a request for technologies that could use the iPhone’s camera to scan barcodes without having to call unpublished API methods, I have been contacted by Jeffrey Powers, co-founder of Occipital, the company behind the RedLaser technology. Jeffrey has informed me that there is a just-released version of RedLaser that only uses …

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Barcode scanning for iPhone – anyone help?

Regular readers will know about our desire to take Tesco Finder, our store & product finding app for iPhone, on a journey where we will add new innovative features and functions based on customer feedback. One of these functions is to use the iPhone’s camera to perform barcode scanning. An innovative solution comes from Red …

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Nice thought piece on APIs from Revolution magazine

I like this ‘thought piece’ from Revolution magazine on APIs and the future. http://www.revolutionmagazine.com/news/947967/open-source-answer/ The article’s “pros and cons” paragraph is particularly interesting, and the section about the importance of ‘abstracting’ the API from how the underlying service really works was important to me when designing the Tesco.com Grocery API. Our underlying grocery service is …

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It’s cheaper to Record than Delete.

(Update: Edited for increased clarity!) When I was in Tesco Watford store on Saturday looking at their range of USB hard drives, two thoughts struck me: These disk drives had become amazingly cheap in terms of Gigabytes per £Pound I’d rather buy an additional drive rather than delete anything to free up my existing disk …

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