Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Full Ad

Here is everything on sale at Best Buy for Black Friday

By on November 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Here is everything on sale at Best Buy for Black Friday

Tech fans and gadget lovers are surely waiting for this year’s Black Friday sales bonanza to kick off, and the first Black Friday ads have already been published, including Best Buy’s 47-page Black Friday listing which was dug up by BFAds. More →

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Apple Store Black Friday Hours

Here’s when you’ll be able to start your Black Friday shopping at the Apple Store

By on November 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM.

Here’s when you’ll be able to start your Black Friday shopping at the Apple Store

Awesome news for everyone who plans on buying Apple products for friends and family this holiday season — you’ll be able to get a nice head start, provided you’re willing to wake up nice and early on Black Friday. AppleInsider’s sources say that “many” Apple retail outlets are going to be open starting at 8 a.m. on November 28th, which is actually a couple of hours later than when the company opened stores last year but still earlier than their normal opening times. More →

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John Oliver Lowe's Robots Video

Watch John Oliver rip into Lowe’s ridiculous in-store helper robots

By on November 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Watch John Oliver rip into Lowe’s ridiculous in-store helper robots

Lowe’s is testing out robot replacements for some of its in-store staff and the results so far are ridiculous. As shown in promotional videos, the robots will roll up to you when you enter the store and ask you if you want any help in a dreadful monotone voice that makes Siri sound like it has the expressive vocal range of Meryl Streep in comparison. Then when you show the robot the item you’re looking for, it takes a few seconds to scan and process it before showing it to you on a screen and asking it to confirm that this really isn the item you’re looking for. This seems more cumbersome than interacting with a human being who likely (though not always) knows instantly what the item is and has a good idea of where to find it. More →

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Apple Store Customer Service Tips And Tricks

Anonymous Apple Store employee shares tricks for getting the best service possible

By on November 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Anonymous Apple Store employee shares tricks for getting the best service possible

What does it take to get the best possible customer service when you go to the Apple Store? One anonymous Apple Store employee has taken to Reddit to offer its Apple fan community tips and tricks to make sure your time spent in the Apple Store is as enjoyable as possible. His post is very long and a little rambling so below we’ve excerpted the most important bits that we think are most useful and relevant to anyone who will be visiting an Apple Store this holiday season. More →

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Fifth Avenue Apple Store Origin

How Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store came to be

By on September 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM.

How Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store came to be

Eight years after its grand opening, the Fifth Avenue Apple Store is one of the most iconic retail locations in all of New York City. The enormous glass cube attracts tourists and locals alike — a monument to Apple’s success in recent years. The store has become so heavily ingrained in Midtown Manhattan that it’s difficult to imagine an empty plaza in front of the GM building, but that’s exactly what it was before real estate mogul Harry Macklowe stepped in. More →

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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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