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Reviewp>Japan-based premium smartphone maker has now been focussing a bit on the mid-range and affordable handset models. The Xperia M handset launched last year was pretty much an impressive device. Now for this year the company has already launched an affordable handset called the Xperia E1 Dual SIM handset.

Thus today GizBot has come up with a number of deals on the handset available in India. But before that you might want to take a look at the specs of the handset before going ahead with the deal. The Xperia E1 Dual SIM, which was unveiled back in January alongside Xperia T2 Ultra might is an enhanced version of its predecessor, the original Xperia E.

The device features a 4-inch WVGA display featuring 480 x 800 pixels, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile OS. Under the hood, you will notice a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.

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On the imaging front, the Xperia E1 incorporates a 3-megapixel camera sensor with 4X zoom and an option to record videos in 720p HD format. Unfortunately, there the phone does not come with a front-facing camera. The Xperia E1 packs 100 decibel (Db) speakers, which is something to reckon with. Additionally, the Sony Xperia E1 features a 1,750mAh removable battery fitted inside.

Also, Sony also is offering a promotional 30 day free pass for company’s Entertainment Network music streaming service. The device also supports 3G connectivity. The Xperia E1 handset comes in three sizzling colors: Black, Purple and White.

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Stolen passports probed in Malaysian plane mystery

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) - Authorities questioned travel agents Monday at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation into what they were doing on the flight.

Nearly three days after the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, no debris has been seen in Southeast Asian waters.

Five passengers who checked in for Flight MH370 didn’t board the plane, and their luggage was removed from it, Malaysian authorities said. Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said this also was being investigated, but he didn’t say whether this was suspicious.

The search effort, involving at least 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries, was being widened to a 100-nautical mile (115-mile, 185-kilometer) radius from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday with no distress signal.

Two of the passengers were traveling on passports stolen in Thailand and had onward tickets to Europe, but it’s not known whether the two men had anything to do with the plane’s disappearance. Criminals and illegal migrants regularly travel on fake or stolen documents.

Hishammuddin said biometric information and CCTV footage of the men has been shared with Chinese and U.S. intelligence agencies, which were helping with the investigation. Almost two-thirds of the passengers on the flight were from China.

The stolen passports, one belonging to Christian Kozel of Austria and the other to Luigi Maraldi of Italy, were entered into Interpol’s database after they were taken in Thailand in 2012 and 2013, the police organization said.

Electronic booking records show that one-way tickets with those names were issued Thursday from a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya in eastern Thailand. Thai police Col. Supachai Phuykaeokam said those reservations were placed with the agency by a second travel agency in Pattaya, Grand Horizon.

Thai police and Interpol officers questioned the owners. Officials at Grand Horizon refused to talk to The Associated Press.

Police Lt. Col. Ratchthapong Tia-sood said the travel agency was contacted by an Iranian man known only as “Mr. Ali” to book the tickets for the two men.

"We have to look further into this Mr. Ali’s identity because it’s almost a tradition to use an alias when doing business around here," he said.

The travel agency’s owner, Benjaporn Krutnait, told The Financial Times she believed Mr. Ali was not connected to terrorism because he had asked for cheapest tickets to Europe and did not specify the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight.

Malaysia’s police chief was quoted by local media as saying that one of the two men had been identified - something that could speed up the investigation.

Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman declined to confirm this, but said they were of “non-Asian” appearance, adding that authorities were looking at the possibility the men were connected to a stolen passport syndicate.

Asked by a reporter what they looked like, he said: “Do you know of a footballer by the name of (Mario) Balotelli? He is an Italian. Do you know how he looks like?” A reporter then asked, “Is he black?” and the aviation chief replied, “Yes.”

Possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion, catastrophic engine failure, terrorist attack, extreme turbulence, pilot error or even suicide, according to experts, many of whom cautioned against speculation because so little is known.

Malaysia’s air force chief, Rodzali Daud, has said radar indicated that before it disappeared, the plane may have turned back, but there were no further details on which direction it went or how far it veered off course.

On Sunday, a Vietnamese plane spotted a rectangular object that was thought to be one of the plane’s doors, but ships could not locate it. On Monday, a Singaporean search plane spotted a yellow object 140 kilometers (87 miles) southwest of Tho Chu island, but it turned out to be sea trash.

Malaysian maritime officials found oil slicks in the South China Sea, but lab tests found that samples of it were not from an aircraft, Azharuddin said.

Selamat Omar, a Malaysian whose 29-year-old navy hours son Mohamad Khairul Amri Selamat was a passenger on the flight, told of getting a call from the airline saying the plane was missing.

"We accept God’s will," Selamat said. "Whether he is found alive or dead, we surrender to Allah."

Polar Vortex set to slow February sales

Most retailers’ holiday quarter results haven’t looked pretty with many issuing guarded outlooks for the new fiscal year that began in early February. But since most of the U.S. spent February in the grip of the polar vortex, retailers likely won’t have many carrots to offer investors when they report their February same-store sales Price Compare Thursday.

While only about a dozen chains, from Costco Wholesale Corp. to Gap Inc. , still participate in the monthly sales game, their overall performance still serves as an indicator of how the industry fared and is still watched by the Wall Street community.

Excluding drug stores, same-store sales, a key retail performance metric because it strips out sales from the newly opened and closed stores, are likely to rise 1.9%, compared to a 4.8% increase a year earlier, according to Thomson Reuters.

"The cold weather continues to keep mall traffic weak in February, particularly brick-and-mortar stores," said the firm’s analyst Jharonne Martis. She added 33 retailers have already given disappointing first-quarter profit outlooks.

"February was the second coldest in more than 25 years for the U.S. overall and the coldest in seven years," Chief Executive Bill Kirk at Weather Trends International told MarketWatch, adding the snowfall reached its second-highest point in 25 years. "It was one avalanche of bad news after another for retailers of every stripe. Even the big retailers like Macy’s still have way too much winter merchandise as so many consumers couldn’t get to the stores with all the snow storms. That winter merchandise is on steep markdown as (retailers) try and make room for spring so it’s a logistic nightmare for retailers right now."

He added strip centers are hurt even more than mall-based chains, adding that if Macy’s is having issues, the Kohl’s of the world and strip-based chains likely weren’t having an easy time either. Both Macy’s and Kohl’s fiscal fourth-quarter sales through January have disappointed.

Weak demand has likely translated to increased discounts. According to an experimental promotions index from SaleTally and International Council of Shopping Centers, this past week was the most promotional thus far this fiscal year.

Meanwhile, as the West Coast deals with the drought and the ensuing water restrictions, that’s likely also having a negative impact on the home centers and early lawn and garden sales, Kirk said. He added higher heating bills also will hurt consumer spending into Spring.

"The warm weather which is normally a plus for home centers is not this go around," he said.

Among the individual retailers, Costco is expected to report a 2.3% gain, compared with a 6% increase a year earlier, Thomson Reuters data showed. Gap’s sales will likely slow to a 0.9% gain from a 3% increase. L Brands Inc., owner of Victoria’s Secret, is pegged to see a 1.5% gain, half the rate it posted a year earlier.

Among those expected to show improvement, T.J. Maxx’s smaller rival Stein Mart is expected to see a 2.5% increase, up from a 0.6% rate.

"Home merchandise is helping sales at Stein Mart, which has the strongest estimate in the apparel group," Martis said. "On the flip side, teen apparel stores continue to hurt as teens trade down. The sector is
expected to see a drop in sales, on top of easy comparisons from a year-ago.”

- Andria Cheng

- Follow her on Twitter @AndriaCheng.

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Best Buy Swings to a Profit

Promo Code was without a doubt one of the best-performing stocks last year, as investors cheered the company’s seemingly successful turnaround efforts. However, the stock has not fared nearly as well in 2014, down more than 30% on worries that the strategy may prove to be insufficient. However, the company’s most recent earnings report showed considerable strength, bending a loss last year into a profit that moreover beat analyst expectations. As such, analysts believe the company’s cost-cutting efforts may increase its competitive edge against rivals Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores .


Renewing blue
While analysts had on the whole expected Best Buy to deliver a profitable quarter, the company’s results came in far ahead of expectations. The company earned some $0.83 per share for the fourth quarter compared to a loss of $1.21 a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.24 easily beat the $1.01 consensus, while revenue of $14.47 billion was down 3% year over year and missed the consensus estimate by around $200 million.

Largely, the positive results are due to the company’s Renew Blue turnaround strategy, which mainly involves a large number of cost cuts. Best Buy has by now exceeded its original goal of $725 million in annualized cost cuts, now having reached some $765 million in savings. This was achieved by laying off staff, eliminating layers of management, closing unprofitable retail locations, and selling its stake in a European joint venture.

Obviously, the holiday season was a challenging one this year, with brick-and-mortar stores reporting decreased traffic across most retail industries. Making matters worse was a challenging discount environment, in which virtually all retailers vied to compete on price, putting pressure on margins throughout the sector. Considering these factors, it seems like Best Buy did rather well.

These cost-cutting initiatives should allow Best Buy to more effectively compete with discount retailers such as Wal-Mart, which have over the years been steadily eating into the company’s market share. Wal-Mart’s pricing strategy was rather cheeky this past holiday season, kicking off the discounts a week earlier than Best-Buy. Wal-Mart’s monstrous size allows it to more easily compete on price than many rivals, although the company’s fourth quarter was not particularly thrilling to analysts; profits declined 21% year over year.

Taking on Amazon
Although Wal-Mart is a serious competitor, Best Buy may have more to fear from Amazon. The company has rapidly overtaken many of its rivals due to ease of use and competitive pricing, especially in its consumer-electronics business. Like rivals, Amazon made a big pricing push over the holiday season, although its fourth-quarter results severely disappointed investors. Earnings per share missed by $0.18 and revenue by around $470 million. So far, it seems as if Amazon has failed to kill off Best Buy.

Partly, this is due to Best Buy’s turnaround strategy. The company’s price-matching policy has turned it from a showroom into a serious competitor, and Best Buy has now also rolled out a ship-from-store system in some 1,400 locations. What may prove to be particularly useful is the company’s “store-within-a-store” plan, in which suppliers such as Apple get a dedicated space within Best Buy retail locations. This presumably would give Best Buy an edge over Amazon in terms of being able to actually test out your gadgets before buying them. Moreover, the company has been making a push to increase online sales, apparently successfully, with domestic online sales up 20%.

The bottom line
After a dramatic rise in 2013, Best Buy has had a poor start to the year, losing more than 30%. However, its most recent earnings report showed considerable strength, indicating that the company’s turnaround and cost-cutting efforts are starting to gain traction. Indeed, Best Buy has by now exceeded its cost-cutting goals and, along with a number of other initiatives, is looking to increase its competitive edge over key rivals Wal-Mart and Amazon.

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Tech Deals of the Day: Thursday, 2/27/2014

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Look for nice Discount deals at Food Lion this week on yogurt, Keebler crackers, Kellogg’s cereals and Jif peanut butter. Without coupons, there are good buys on chicken breast and London broil.

Also, be on the lookout for good deals with the new Gold Medal Savings promotion, which starts this week and continues through Feb. 25. The promotion will shave as much as 66 cents off per item when you buy 15 participating products.

Keep reading for all this week’s top deals and coupon match-ups.

Gold Medal Savings promotion: Save $5 instantly at check out when you buy 10 participating items…OR…Save $10 when you buy 15 items. That’s a 50-cent per item savings when you buy 10 and a 66-cent per item savings when you buy 15. There are LOTS of participating brands, including Coke, Keebler, Kellogg’s, Kashi, Smuckers, Jif and more. Be sure to check shelf tags.

Gift card promotion: Spend $50 on iTunes or Outback Steakhouse gift cards and receive a coupon for $10 off your next shopping trip. Valid through Feb. 18.

Promotion and coupon match-ups:

Del Monte canned vegetables (14.5-15.25, select): $1

$1/3 Harvest Selects 1/12 RP

.75/1 Seasoned 1/12 RP

= as low as 25 cents, if included in sale.

Yoplait yogurt cups: 50 cents

.40/6 1/5 SS3

= 43 cents each out of pocket.

After .40 credit on SavingStar.com = 36 cents each.

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks: BOGO or $1.40 each

$1.10/2 printable coupon on BettyCrocker.com

= 85 cents each out of pocket.

After .50/2 SavingStar.com credit = 60 cents each!

Dannon Greek yogurt cups: $1

Buy 2, Get 1 Free 1/5 SS1

$1/3 1/19 SS or 1/26 SS

= 66 cents each. Good price for Greek.

Barilla pasta (12-16 oz., select): 99 cents

$1/3 Barilla Plus, Whole Grain, Veggie, White Fiber or Gluten Free pasta 1/5 SS3

= as low as 66 cents each.

Lipton Recipe Secrets: $1

.60/2 1/26 RP1

= 70 cents each.

Keebler Town House or Club Crackers: BOGO or $1.75 each

$1/2 1/26 RP2

= $1.25 each.

After Gold Medal Savings: as low as 59 cents each!

Jif peanut butter (15.5-18 oz.): $2

After Gold Medal Savings: as low as $1.44 each. Very nice price.

Kellogg’s Mini Wheats: BOGO or $2 each

$1/3 2/2 RP

After Gold Medal Savings and coupon = as low as $1.01 each wyb 3.

Thomas’ bagels: BOGO or $2.25 each

.55/1 1/19 SS

= $1.70.

Coke brand 6-pack bottles: $2.50.

After Gold Medal Savings = as low as $1.84.

Pepsi brand 6-pack bottles: $3.33

$2/2 1/26 SS

= $2.33 each.

Gorton’s frozen fish sticks or filets (18.2-24.5 oz.): $2.99

.50/1 1/5 SS2 or 2/2 SS

= $2.49.

No coupons required:

Red, green or Romaine leaf lettuce: $1.29 each. The 20% SavingStar.com coupon should work on the red leaf lettuce. Check for PLU.

Gala apples: $1.29 per pound. An OK price, though I don’t like to pay more than 99 cents per pound.

Bellafina sweet baby bell peppers: $1.29 for three.

Tomatoes: $1.49 per pound.

Mini cucumbers 4-pack: $1.69.

Mushrooms (8 oz.): $1.69.

Yukon Gold potatoes: $2.99 for 5-lb. bag. That’s 60 cents per pound.

John Morrell smoked sausage (9 oz.): 99 cents.

Boneless chicken breast: $1.99 per pound.

Top Round London Broil: $2.99 per pound.

Hormel bacon (12-16 oz.): BOGO or $3.30 each.

My Essentials sour cream (8 oz.): 87 cents.

My Essentials frozen vegetables (32 oz.): $1.97. Terrific price for this larger bag.

Nestle hot cocoa mix: 99 cents.

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Hi-de-Highlights: New holiday park deals for 2014

Amazon Deal Onlinep>These days you can expect fine dining, spas and spectacular shows at prices that are hard to beat

Show time: Fun for kids at Parkdean

Holiday parks have long since waved bye-de-bye to the Hi-de-Hi! image of old - these days you can expect fine dining, spas and spectacular shows at prices that are hard to beat.

Here’s the pick of what’s new for 2014.

Keeping the little ones entertained is easy at Haven, where its Seaside Squad of life-size cartoon characters will help tots get involved in activities like music-making.

Each character has its own birthday celebrations when kids can take part in cup-cake decorating and party games.

First up is Ned’s on March 24, and you can join in the fun on a four-night self-catering break at Seashore holiday park in Norfolk from March 24 costing from &;84 for a family of six sharing standard accommodation. Book by Friday. 0871 230 1900

Parkdean is raising the curtain on four new live shows, including two for children - Starland Crazy and Mayhem on Mars. It also has two new theme days - Time Trip Travels: The Tudors and Aviators, when kids can get stuck in at adventure workshops.

Book by February 2 and save up to &;40 on seven nights in Looe Bay, Cornwall , in a two-bedroom caravan (sleeping up to four) from February 14, from &;199. 0844 335 3348

To celebrate this year’s World Cup in Brazil, Park Resorts have new menus featuring South American dishes.

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A three-night break at Easter for a family of up to six at Park Resorts’ Highfield Grange holiday park in Essex starts at &;189.

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Nadal Beats Federer to Advance to Final in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia - For all of Roger Federer’s myriad accomplishments, for the 17 Grand Slam singles titles and the 302 weeks spent atop the rankings, there remains one serious issue with his greatest-of-all-time r&;sum&;. That issue is Rafael Nadal.

As far as rivalries go, theirs is remarkably consistent, and has been for almost 10 years now. Take Friday. That was Federer-Nadal, match 33, in the semifinals of the Australian Open. As has been the case since 2007 whenever the two have squared off in Grand Slam tournaments, Nadal won and Federer lost and the dialogue about their places in history shifted yet again.

The match played out with Nadal in front, with Nadal in control, with Nadal stinging Federer with backhands and slinging Federer around the court. For nearly two weeks now, Federer had played like the Federer of old - but Nadal beat that Federer, too, for the most part.

This installment ended after 2 hours 24 minutes. It was not particularly close, the final score, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in favor of Nadal. So continued the strangest thing about their rivalry, which ranks, oddly, among the most compelling and most lopsided in both tennis history and sports. In 33 meetings, Nadal holds 23 wins, a roughly 70 percent success rate.

Nadal would be content with never answering another question about his ability to turn any version of Federer - the invincible Federer, the injured, the best, the greatest - into just another guy. But he took one Friday anyway. His answer was a roundabout route to “it is what it is.”

"The real thing is I played a lot of times against him," Nadal said. "And a lot of times I played great against him."

True, on both counts, Friday included.

His latest triumph advanced Nadal into Sunday’s final, where he will face the second-best Swiss tennis player of this generation, after Federer. That is Stanislas Wawrinka, 28, a player now playing the best tennis of his life, a player who knocked out Novak Djokovic earlier this week and bested Tomas Berdych to reach his first-ever Grand Slam final.

Federer, naturally, said that he hoped that Wawrinka wins. He said that without bitterness. He did not mean it as a swipe at Nadal. But no matter how he meant it, this particular final could hold great historical significance for Nadal and Federer.

If Nadal wins, he would become the first player in the Open era and the third ever to collect each major tournament trophy twice, further diminishing the argument that Nadal is simply a clay-court specialist. He would match Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam singles titles, good for a share of the second place behind Federer.

Nadal now owns nine victories over Federer in their 11 Grand Slam meetings. Because Nadal is an annual threat on the red clay at Roland Garros, Federer’s 17 major championships would seem well within reach.

That is why Friday’s match meant more than seemed possible at the outset. It was for a berth in the Australian Open final, sure. But it was also to advance an argument about each player’s place in history that will continue for decades, an argument that has shifted considerably in Nadal’s direction.

Federer remained pragmatic in his news conference. Rather than dwell on Nadal’s continued dominance of their rivalry, Federer focused on the remainder of this tournament, where with new coach Stefan Edberg and a larger racket head, he often looked like the invincible Federer again. Just ask Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Andy Murray.

It was more difficult for Federer to explain why he so struggled with Nadal. He tried at least twice. To play Nadal, he said, was different than playing Djokovic or Murray. To beat Nadal, Federer could not play the way he wanted. He needed to be more aggressive, to hit harder, at sharper angles, to take more risks.

His explanation was more fact than excuse. Nadal makes Federer play like someone else.

"I enjoy playing against him," Federer said, in a comment that all but begged for a lie-detector test.

Early Friday, Nadal said he watched a recording of his 2012 victory over Federer in the semifinals here. He saw an aggressive Federer, and he expected the same again, and sure enough, Federer came out intent on getting to the net.

The first set was close - 43 points for Nadal, 40 for Federer - but even then, Nadal exposed some cracks. He nearly broke Federer’s serve twice, and in the tiebreaker, he applied so much pressure that Federer missed six shots. Mostly, Nadal blistered shots at Federer’s backhand, with ground strokes and on a high percentage of his serves.

That seemed to shift Federer’s approach. He stopped attacking the net as often. He stayed back and tried to match Nadal from the base line, which is rarely a good idea.

Nadal received treatment early in that set for a large blister on his left palm, but that seemed to bother him Friday about as much as Federer. In the second set, in his eighth break point of the match, Nadal converted.

At that point, the third set seemed more like a formality, and when Federer’s final shot of the tournament sailed long, Nadal did one of his sprint careers-fist pump combinations. He had beaten the player many label the greatest ever for the 23rd time.

Nadal expected aggression out of Federer, even welcomed it, because as he noted later, it is hard for anyone to sustain that level of intensity without making more mistakes. Federer’s 50 unforced errors bolstered Nadal’s analysis.

Sampras, in a rare appearance on the pro tour, was in the stands while Nadal deconstructed Federer once again. Earlier in the day, Sampras took questions from reporters, and he gave a long, thoughtful, conflicted answer about the whole greatest-of-all-time debate.

Some decades, he said, seemed to have one guy who stood above the rest. There was Rod Laver. There was Sampras, although of himself he said only, “I certainly had my moments.” Now, there is Federer and Nadal, greatness squared, and while Federer is 32 and Nadal is 27, their respective careers have overlapped for years - and much of their primes have, too.

"Let’s just appreciate what we’re watching," Sampras said. "These are two of the greatest players of all time, playing in the same decade. It’s one for the ages."

That it is, an era-defining rivalry, must-watch TV, every time the two of them take to the court. Even if one of them, the left-handed base-line bully, the Spaniard who answers to Rafa, now seems to win most every match that matters.