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Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Along with yesterday's news that the Apple Watch is soon to be available for purchase at Apple's retail stores — as opposed to display and try-ons only — it sounds like wrist bands for the Watch are also to become available this week. Apple has been limiting Watch and accessories purchases to the online store since launch as part of an effort to give customers the best experience and reduce long lines. Apple Stores are said to have recently received a memo stating that Watch bands are to be available in "limited" numbers.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

It seems almost everyone around the world is wanting to get their hands on an Apple Watch. Or, at least enough that Apple is having difficulty keeping up with demand. But that may not be the case for much longer, according to comments from CEO Tim Cook. During his recent trip to China, he visited Apple's local headquarters to discuss how the launch of the Watch was going. The most promising thing was that he told a number of employees that the smartwatch will be available at Apple Stores around the world beginning in June.

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Xiaomi’s Mi online store launches in the US and Europe

Xiaomi’s Mi online store launches in the US and Europe

Back in February we reported that Xiaomi was eyeing the United States with plans to sell devices, and that it would be through their Mi.com website. It was official that it would be happening, but details on when exactly we'd be getting it weren't so definite at that point. Now we know -- later today if you're in the US and soon after in various parts of Europe. The Mi store is live online, hawking the maker's smartphone, tablets, and other assortments of gadgets...though the maker's more oddball gadgets seem to be absent.

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Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

After Microsoft purchased Nokia's phone division last year, it seems we see the Finnish company's name in fewer and fewer places. And it makes sense too; if a company doesn't make phones anymore, their name shouldn't be printed on them. But now there's one less place shoppers around the world will be seeing the Nokia name, because the company's mobile retail stores are now being converted into "Microsoft Authorized Resellers."

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Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft woos Asia-Pacific with flagship store in Australia

Microsoft is spreading its wings further east and down under. In an attempt to cover regions farthest from its home country, Redmond is opening up a new flagship in Sydney, Australia. While yet another Microsoft physical store to add to over a hundred existing ones is probably no big deal to some, iit is a monumental occasion for Microsoft. Not only is it their first flagship store in the country, it also marks their first formal store to be located in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Apple Watch Edition may be confined to 53 outlets globally

Apple Watch Edition may be confined to 53 outlets globally

The Apple Watch is coming, just like Winter. Unlike the bitter cold of winter, however, a lot more people are looking forward to it. But it seems that as we inch closer to that glorious hour, more and more of the fine print of the smartwatch's availability are being revealed. Supplies of the Apple Watch might not be able to keep up with the demand, so says Apple itself. If that wasn't bad enough, it seems that the already rare, because expensive, golden Apple Watch Edition might be even more limited, not just in supply but in location as well.

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Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

With Apple recently revealing that the much-anticipated Apple Watch will be released on April 24th, and pre-orders beginning on April 10th, the Cupertino company is starting to shed a little light on what the retail purchasing experience will be like. As was previously rumored, in a handful of special location there will be dedicated shops that only sell the Apple Watch. Apple this week announced that these shops will open on April 10th in the cities of London, Paris, and Tokyo, each inside upscale, high-end department stores.

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Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon may already be the online big box retailer of choice for many, but Jeff Bezos & Co. are hoping to be your boutique option too, with the launch of Amazon Exclusives. Designed to highlight new and niche products, including those successfully pitched on hit TV show Shark Tank, the new storefront promises a more curated catalog than the regular Amazon shelves. The initial line-up is pretty eclectic, too, spanning designer portable power chargers through Olloclip add-on lenses to shoes, with the promise that there are very few other places you can find such items if you're interested.

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Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

When you stroll into an Apple Store, you know you’re going to get the help you need. Stroll up to the Genius Bar, and those baffling problems you’re having with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook often vanish before you leave the store. How long it might take — that’s another story. If a new report is correct, you’ll soon know just how long your in-store appointment at the Genius Bar will take, as your local Apple Store is said to be getting a service named ‘concierge’.

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