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Best Buy borrows Apple Store strategy for retail relaunch

Best Buy borrows Apple Store strategy for retail relaunch

Best Buy is borrowing some Apple-style retail polish for its "Best Buy 2.0" in-store experience, the company has confirmed, trialling a new approach to brick & mortar selling that it hopes will claw back from online sales. The test stores - described as part of the chain's "catch-up" by interim CEO Mike Mikan - feature a "Solution Central" help desk in the center, similar to Apple's Genius Bar, the WSJ reports, as well as increasing the options for paying for items in store.

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Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple has increased the cost of replacing the integrated battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display by more than 50-percent over its predecessor, increasing the fee to $199. The new model - which features the slimmest casing in a unibody Pro chassis to-date, relying on tightly-squeezed batteries to do so, is the most expensive model under Apples battery replacement program, according to the company's own support documentation.

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Apple’s Ive gets second knighting and a iPhone tease

Apple’s Ive gets second knighting and a iPhone tease

This week Apple's head of design Jonathan Ive has been knighted at Buckingham Palace by Princesse Anne for his services in design and enterprise. This is the second time Ive has been knighted, the first being in 2006 when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to the design industry - this 2012 honor has upped him to a Knight Commander (KBE). In an interview with The Telegraph on the subject of his new knighthood as well as on his design philosophy, he let loose several talking points worth noting, including on the subject of future projects.

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Stephen Elop is a Genius

Stephen Elop is a Genius

It's easy to hate on Nokia. The company's ruinous financial results have seen the Finnish firm's share price hit a fifteen year low; reviewers responded positively to the new Lumia Windows Phone range, but smartphone-savvy customers were still swayed by more established Android and iPhone options. And so it's easy to hate on CEO Stephen Elop, a cuckoo to some who inveigled his way into Nokia and then sold out the family silver - Symbian, MeeGo, the old guard of loyal execs - from under their nose. As the stock tumbles and the company contracts, though, make no mistake: Elop is no bumbling fool.

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Apple: Hot iPad is “well within our thermal specifications”

Apple: Hot iPad is “well within our thermal specifications”

Apple has officially commented on concerns that the new iPad gets overly hot in use, telling buyers of the tablet that it operates "well within" the company's thermal specifications and not to worry. Complaints about the hot-running third-gen slate began shortly after it went on sale last Friday, with some users claiming the lower back corners of the iPad were uncomfortable to the touch. Still, Apple maintains that there's no issue.

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Apple TV 1080p refresh announced for March 16

Apple TV 1080p refresh announced for March 16

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple TV will be refreshed with a new device that supports 1080p video, this standard also set for the iTunes movie store as well. As Cook noted, "we're also announcing that movies and TV shows in the iTunes store support 1080p HD. They are absolutely incredible quality." In addition it was announced that Apple TV would get a software upgrade, presenting a "new streamlined user interface" as well as iTunes Match support.

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Airway AirPlay speakers are almost genius

Airway AirPlay speakers are almost genius

Apple's AirPlay system promises easier music streaming from your iPhone or iPad, and for a moment it seemed Systemline's Airway in-ceiling AirPlay-enabled speakers might be the best way of using it. Simple enough for DIY installation, the stereo speakers offer minimal visual clutter with Sonos-style remote control from your iOS gadget; unfortunately, it seems Systemline didn't go the whole hog and make the Airway speakers entirely self-contained.

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Apple headed to Harrods

Apple headed to Harrods

Luxury London retailer Harrods is reportedly next in line to get an Apple Store in among its regular shelves, with sources at the famous toff shop saying Apple's pale wooden benches will soon be nestling in among the 1m square foot showfloor. The new section is set to be larger than the oasis of Apple currently found at Best Buy and, soon, Target9to5Mac reports, though will still lack a Genius Bar for technical support.

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Apple design chief Jonathan Ive grabs knighthood

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive grabs knighthood

Apple's Jonathan Ive is already royalty in the design world, the genius behind the iPod and iPhone aesthetics, but now he's been recognized for a second time by UK royalty. Ive has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in the New Year Honors list, the BBC reports, and as a British citizen can now call himself Sir Jonathan.

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The Future of Retail: Apple’s Grand Central Station Store

The Future of Retail: Apple’s Grand Central Station Store

Earlier this month, Apple opened a new store inside New York City’s Grand Central Station. This is not Apple’s only store in Manhattan and does not make a dramatic architectural statement like its Cube on Fifth Avenue. Much of its retail model has been seen before in other Apple stores. Yet when I visited it just before it opened it felt radically different than any other retail environment – even different from other Apple stores – and serves as an object lesson for how to sell and support digital products at retail in an increasingly online world. Even if you dislike Apple’s products (or just some of its more enthusiastic fans), if you’re in Manhattan, Apple’s store is worth a visit. Apple claims that it sells more per square foot than any other major retailer in the world, and while some of that is due to products that sell well on their own, Apple’s retail store processes, compensation structure, and architecture all play roles worth investigating.

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