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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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Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon Stream is an entirely new shopping experience

Amazon is always working hard to figure out new ways to get you to spend your money with it online. One of the latest ways Amazon wants to part you from your money is with a new shopping experience called Stream. Stream has an endless supply of products for men, women, and your home in an easy to browse format that crams all sorts of items in one location.

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Microsoft Earn unmasked: tech rewards for normal purchases

Microsoft Earn unmasked: tech rewards for normal purchases

Microsoft seems to have the worst kept secret test products lately, especially under the prying eyes of leak source h0x0d. A few of the company's upcoming apps, particularly for Android, have already made rounds over the Internet, and now a new type of product has once again been revealed. Actually more of a rewards program than an actual product. Microsoft Earn is what it's called and, like the name suggests, it lets you earn reward points for later use in Microsoft store purchases. The difference? You don't actually need to make Microsoft store purchases.

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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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