Apple Store Anti-Gay Slur

Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay slur printed on receipt

By on August 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay slur printed on receipt

Apple Stores are perhaps the most respected retail establishments in the world, racking up more revenue per square foot than any other large retail chain on the planet. Of course, not all retail store employees live up to expectations, and one Portland, Oregon Apple retail location now finds itself in hot water following an unfortunate incident involving anti-gay discrimination. More →

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Microsoft Fifth Avenue Store New York

Microsoft plans to take the fight directly to Apple in NYC with a massive new retail outlet

By on August 7, 2014 at 7:46 AM.

Microsoft plans to take the fight directly to Apple in NYC with a massive new retail outlet

Microsoft isn’t about to let Apple hog all the prime retail real estate in New York. The New York Daily News reports that Microsoft is in talks to open up an enormous new 8,700-square-foot two-story retail outlet on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, just blocks away from Apple’s own giant retail outlet. More →

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Amazon Vs. Barnes And Noble

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

I’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print newspapers, video rental stores or CD shops, largely because I’ve found that what’s replaced them (online journalism, Netflix and iTunes) offers much better value than the old way of doing things. And when the Internet eventually kills off cable TV, I will positively do a dance of joy in the streets. That said, there is one slowly dying business that I’ll confess that I sorely miss: Bookstores. More →

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Amazon Price Comparison

Amazon isn’t always the cheapest option – here’s how to find the best prices

By on July 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Amazon isn’t always the cheapest option – here’s how to find the best prices

Amazon completely changed shopping as we know it. The company has single-handedly put countless brick and mortar rivals out of business by undercutting their prices and by offering almost anything consumers might need under one virtual roof. Add fast shipping and a smooth shopping experience into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

But even though low prices played a huge role in making Amazon the retail giant it is now, the company doesn’t always offer the lowest prices around — and now there’s a simple tool that tells you when that’s the case. More →

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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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