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Intel has a $100m plan to bring the IoT and robots to the high street

Intel has a $100m plan to bring the IoT and robots to the high street

Shopping is about to get seriously high-tech, with Intel launching its Responsive Retail Platform, an Internet of Things upgrade for stores that will track shoppers as much as stock. Announced today, the Intel RRP is effectively a combination of a common language for various sensors intended for use in retail environments, a new tracking device, and a cloud-gateway combination that, altogether, promise to make brick & mortar stores as clever as their pattern-calculating online counterparts. Along the way, it might also mean more robots in the aisles.

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Apple will open its first South Korean retail store

Apple will open its first South Korean retail store

Apple is striking back at Samsung by officially entering its homeland. The iPhone maker has confirmed that it will be opening its first retail store in South Korea, with the location even said to be near Samsung's headquarters in the city of Seoul. "We’re excited about opening our first Apple Store in Korea, one of the world’s economic centers and a leader in telecommunication and technology, with a vibrant K-culture," the company said in a statement.

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Amazon Go may kill retail jobs but privacy is the real victim

Amazon Go may kill retail jobs but privacy is the real victim

If Amazon Go has taught anybody anything today, it's shown retail employees exactly what long-distance truckers meant by the sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach when they realized tech could make them obsolete. Just as autonomous semis could cut human drivers out of tomorrow's haulage, so Amazon's surprise announcement of an unstaffed store that replaces the checkout line with artificial intelligence could have a big impact on retail and the jobs involved in it. Even if it's not the person at the register that's made redundant, an unblinking AI could have big implications for today's stores.

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Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Now that Google has announced a pair of new smartphones and other additional hardware, it's opening a similarly branded "Made by Google" physical retail location. The company has revealed it will open a pop-up store on 96 Spring Street in Manhattan, New York on October 20th, offering customers the chance to check out the hardware announced earlier this week, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Google Home smart speaker, and the Google WiFi.

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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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