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Amazon expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Amazon expected to open 100 pop-up stores to demo Echo, Kindle, more

Despite helping to revolutionize online shopping, e-commerce giant Amazon is going to continue its push into the physical retail environment. Shortly after the news that Amazon will be opening more physical bookstores in new cities across the US comes word that the next year will see 100 or so pop-up stores come to shopping malls around the country.

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HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

While the HTC Vive VR headset is now officially shipping to the first customers, albeit not without some hiccups, there's currently only way to get one: order it online. That's probably fine for the majority of shoppers, but in this day and age there's still a need for physical retail availability. Fortunately HTC has now confirmed that the Vive will be sold at select retailers starting in June.

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Amazon now has a physical bookstore in University Village

Amazon now has a physical bookstore in University Village

Amazon does finally have a physical store of its own, but it isn't what some rumors may have hoped for. Instead, Amazon has gone back to its roots for its first ever brick-and-mortar store. Simply called Amazon Books, this store in Seattle is anything but simple, combining 20 years of experience in selling books, both physical and digital, online with the bookworm's love of tangible pages. And it isn't simply a bookstore either. Now bookstore owners will have one more reason to fear the might of Amazon.

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Apple Watch to be sold at Target stores nationwide

Apple Watch to be sold at Target stores nationwide

The Apple Watch now has another retail outlet to be sold at, following last month's arrival at mobile carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint. This time it's Target, as the US retailer has announced that it will start carrying the smartwatch today at select locations, with all stores to begin stocking it by October 25th. In addition, customers will be able to purchase the Apple Watch from Target.com starting October 18th.

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GameStop refuses to sell console bundles with digital games

GameStop refuses to sell console bundles with digital games

These days, when you purchase a new video game console that comes with bundled with one or more games, what's inside the box is actually a code for redeeming a downloadable digital copy of the game. As it turns out, GameStop, one of the largest video game retailers in the US, doesn't like this due to the fact that the vast majority of their profits come from trading in and selling of used games. So, the company has recently announced that it will no longer carry bundles with digital games, and only sell those with a physical copy.

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Smart vending machines are coming in 2016

Smart vending machines are coming in 2016

Vending machines that recognize you might not seem your first priority when you're desperate for a snack, but the US is about to be invaded by thousands of them. Automated retail behemoth N&W is planning to release a flock of 5,000 smart vending machines across America in 2016. They, Intel confirmed at its IDF 2015 opening keynote this morning, will be powered by a number of the tech company's products.

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Target begins testing beacons in 50 retail stores

Target begins testing beacons in 50 retail stores

Target is following in the footsteps of Macy's and other stores and will launch a pilot program testing out beacon technology. The beacons use Bluetooth to pipe communications to customers’ smartphones — in this case, sending deals to those who are in the stores, recommendations, and more. This won’t be the equivalent of unwanted spam, however, as customers will be advised about the feature and will need to opt-in if they’re interested. iPhone users will be the first to get the deals.

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Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Perhaps omens and portents of things to come, Sony has just announced that its online store in the US will be practically closing on the 28th of August. In its stead, Sony will be putting up a website that will still have products on display but will also just redirect to authorized resellers for the actual purchase. Without much explanation as to the why, the move will most likely be seen as a tightening of Sony's belt, offloading the responsibility, and expenses, of sales to dealers.

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Amazon to offer special deals from its Treasure Truck in Seattle

Amazon to offer special deals from its Treasure Truck in Seattle

Amazon has changed the way we shop, turning just about everything that was retail-based to being available online. Now they're doing an about-face and making a move into selling things physically, but with a twist: it's from a real, moving truck. Ok, so maybe this isn't a revamp of how they'll do business, but it is a special event/promotion taking place in the company's hometown of Seattle. Called the Amazon Treasure Truck, the vehicle will drive around the city offering a special, limited-quantity item at a crazy discount.

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Apple transforms 100-year old Manhattan bank into an Apple Store

Apple transforms 100-year old Manhattan bank into an Apple Store

Apple stores aim to impress, and its new residency on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan goes above and beyond Apple's standard architectural faire. The tech giant has set up shop in an old bank building from the 1920s, giving this location a completely different vibe from any other Apple Store. The store is swanky, situated at on the UES at 940 Madison Avenue, only a block away from Central Park. Guests who attended the opening event last night were met by Apple Senior VP of Retail and Online Sales, Angela Ahrendts.

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Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

It wasn't that long ago, March in fact, that the fitness wearables Jawbone UP and Nike Fuelband were removed from the shelves of all of Apple's retail stores. It was never made exactly clear why, but since the act also followed the Fitbit no longer being carried at Apple Stores, it was assumed that it was to reduce competition with the Apple Watch. Fitbit's removal was due it not supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, and Nike has said it's moving away from wearables hardware like the Fuelband. Fortunately for Jawbone, it seems the UP is making a triumphant return.

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ThinkGeek is now being bought by GameStop

ThinkGeek is now being bought by GameStop

Last week the big news was that "alternative" mall retailer Hot Topic was buying ThinkGeek, the popular internet shop. Well, it turns out that the parent company of ThinkGeek, GeekNet, have had a change of heart, and will instead be selling to GameStop, one of the country's largest video game retailers. The reason for that change of heart? Money, of course. GameStop swooped in and outbid Hot Topic at the last minute, making an offer valued at $140 million.

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