Apple Back to School 2014

Are you a student? Apple will pay you $100 to buy a Mac

By on July 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Are you a student? Apple will pay you $100 to buy a Mac

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion has returned for the 2014 school season. As always, students who buy a new Mac, iPad or iPhone will receive a free Apple Store gift card with their purchase. Buying any Mac other than a Mac Mini will net students a $100 gift card while the purchase of an iPad or an iPhone includes a $50 gift card. College students, parents and faculty who qualify for education pricing will receive an additional discount from Apple as well. More →

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Apple Store Opening Tokyo

Take a tour of one of Apple’s most gorgeous new stores

By on June 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Take a tour of one of Apple’s most gorgeous new stores

Apple Stores are known for their sleek, minimalist design, but the latest Tokyo retail location might be the best looking store Apple has ever built. The Verge reports that new store opened in the Omotesando shopping district on Friday, positioned alongside other high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Apple’s recently hired retail VP Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, was in attendance to celebrate the grand opening. More →

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Apple Retail Boss Ahrendts Plans

New report details big changes for Apple stores under new boss Angela Ahrendts

By on May 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

New report details big changes for Apple stores under new boss Angela Ahrendts

Apple recently hired a new retail boss in former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts and 9to5Mac’s sources say that she’s planning a big, much-needed shakeup to Apple’s retail operation. The biggest change that Ahrendts seems intent on making is adding more mobile payment integration into Apple’s retail stores to blur “the lines between Apple’s online and physical stores in order to improve the overall experience for Apple customers,” 9to5Mac says. This comes as Apple is developing its own comprehensive mobile payments platform aimed at making it easier for iPhone and iPad owners to buy things online, most likely with the help of biometric sensors such as the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint scanner.

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Google Same Day Delivery

Google announces same-day delivery service in New York and Los Angeles

By on May 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

Google announces same-day delivery service in New York and Los Angeles

Google on Monday morning announced that it is expanding its same-day delivery service into Manhattan and West Los Angeles for participating retailers. Dubbed “Google Shopping Express,” the service allows customers to visit a special Google website and purchase products from a range of popular retailers that will then be delivered on the same day the order was placed. Examples of participating retailers include Target, Walgreens, Staples, Fairway, Costco and Toys R Us. More →

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Samsung Transparent Display Technology Patent

New Samsung transparent displays blur the line between virtual reality and the real world

By on April 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

New Samsung transparent displays blur the line between virtual reality and the real world

Although Samsung often gets tagged as a copycat in the realm of smartphones, the company really does produce some remarkable innovations, particularly in the realm of displays. Patent Shot has spotted a recently filed Samsung patent for a new kind of transparent display technology that can be used to convincingly add digital images to the real world and thus blur the line between virtual reality and physical reality. More →

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Staples 3D Printer Sales

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

By on April 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

We’re about to learn whether 3D printing will ever have mainstream appeal because Staples is now offering both an in-store printing service as well as actual 3D printers. The cheapest printer costs $1,300, which is fairly steep, but shipping is free. Shoppers can now also walk into stores and ask for the employees to help them to design and print objects on the spot. More →

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Why Apple skipped NFC

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

By on March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

For years, Apple pundits’ favorite game was to guess when the iPhone would finally support NFC, or Near Field Communication. If only Apple would support NFC, then mobile payments would take off, and we could finally stop paying cash and credit cards. But Apple never did support NFC and it appears it made the right decision: According to GigaOm, major retailers Best Buy and 7-Eleven are ditching their NFC sensors in their stores.  More →

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Google Store New York

Google might finally be readying its competition for the Apple Store

By on March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Google might finally be readying its competition for the Apple Store

Looking for a one-stop shop for all your Nexus needs? According to Crain’s New York Business, retail experts believe that Google is close to signing a lease at 131 Greene St. in New York City, half a block from the Apple Store that has become a staple of the high-end SoHo district. More →

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Big Box Stores Are Dying

One graph shows the slow death of big box electronics stores

By on March 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

One graph shows the slow death of big box electronics stores

Amazon and other online retailers are slowly bleeding big-box electronics stores to death, a fact made all the more obvious this week when RadioShack announced that it was closing down 1,100 stores. Paul Kedrosky points us to a graph put together by The Financial Times that shows how the total overall footprint for major electronics retailers in the United States has been shrinking for the past several years. The total number of electronics retailers in the U.S. has been on a downward trajectory ever since 2009 when Circuit City liquidated its last outlet. Best Buy and Apple have held mostly steady but the recent RadioShack closings mean that the number of electronics outlets in the U.S. has shrunken dramatically. The Financial Times’ graph follows below. More →

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Amazon Retailer Listings Initative

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

By on February 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Amazon offering traditional retailers a lifeline they can’t refuse

If you can’t beat them, join them. At least that’s what Amazon is hoping its brick-and-mortar competition will say as it extends an olive branch to retailers that could be beneficial for everyone involved. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is currently in talks with several popular brands, such as Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, along with ten major retailers to start showing listings of their merchandise on Amazon.com. According to the Journal, “Amazon wouldn’t sell the goods directly; the listings would be links to the retailers’ own sites.” More →

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Apple Store Smells Bad

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

By on February 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

A week ago, we shared Rocco Pendola’s story over at The Street about the body odor problem at the Santa Monica Apple store. After speaking to a couple anonymous Apple retail employees, Pendola was able to confirm that store management recognizes the problem. The employees blamed the smell on poor positioning of high-tech “sniffers” that Apple stores use to activate a ventilation system if stores become too smelly. However, in the Santa Monica store, the “sniffers” are placed too high on the wall, which means the stores stink until the body odor reaches the sensors late in the morning. More →

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Amazon iOS Shopping App

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

By on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Amazon comes up with an ingenious way to get you to buy more stuff

Remember how we asked ourselves a little bit earlier how Apple, Google and Microsoft all make money? Well, we’re about to ask the same thing about Amazon and the answer is incredibly obvious: Amazon makes money by getting you to buy as much stuff through Amazon at all hours of the day for any conceivable reason. More →

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