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Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft announces plans to close its retail stores

Microsoft is making a rather big announcement today, revealing plans to close many of its retail stores. Not all of them are closing, but when Microsoft is done culling its retail locations, only a few will remain. It seems that retail employees will be able to stay with the company too, either by working in-person at corporate offices or by working remotely.

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Apple Stores are reopening – and you’ll need to wear a mask

Apple Stores are reopening – and you’ll need to wear a mask

Apple has reopened nearly 100 of its Apple Stores around the world, the company has confirmed, outlining the steps it is taking to reestablish in-person shopping in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new open letter, the company has explained how the coronavirus will change the way Apple Stores look and operate, after beginning to resume operations in the US earlier this month.

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Amazon just froze new food delivery sign-ups as it desperately recruits staff

Amazon just froze new food delivery sign-ups as it desperately recruits staff

Amazon will hire 75,000 more employees to meet coronavirus delivery demands, but still plans to freeze new sign-ups to its food services as it struggles to keep up with stay-at-home shoppers. The retail behemoth says that the new wait-list system will impact both Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market delivery and pickup customers, it's been confirmed.

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Apple changes iPhone sales policy to lift buyer restriction

Apple changes iPhone sales policy to lift buyer restriction

Apple has lifted its two-device purchase restriction on iPhones, a limit implemented in part to prevent scalpers tying up supplies and selling on unlocked smartphones. The change comes amid warnings to investors from Apple to expect a less rosy quarter than original predicted, as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on iPhone sales.

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Apple store closures extended “until further notice”

Apple store closures extended “until further notice”

Apple has extended its retail store closure, having first announced earlier in the month that it would be shuttering all physical locations outside of those in China until later this month. The original timeline would have seen Apple begin to reopen stores from March 27, something the Cupertino company now seems to be indicating is no longer the case.

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Amazon is offering its “Just Walk Out” checkout-free tech to other stores

Amazon is offering its “Just Walk Out” checkout-free tech to other stores

Amazon is offering its checkout-free store technology to other companies, the same Just Walk Out system that Amazon Go locations use to track virtual carts. The technology has been used in a number of Amazon Go locations, where shoppers can simply pick up what they want and then leave the store, with the tracking cameras automatically charging their accounts for what they selected.

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Budget-friendly 2020 Moto G Stylus and Power hitting retail early

Budget-friendly 2020 Moto G Stylus and Power hitting retail early

The Motorola G collection has always been a surprise, ever since the original, the then best-selling Motorola smartphone in their Android-based history. Here in 2020, the Moto G Stylus and the Moto G Power appear to continue the low-price, high-value trend set by the original, delivering two devices for approximately $250 and $300 USD. Both devices feature their own high-end featured abilities and 4G LTE capabilities with full-screen frontside displays.

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Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Plastic cards tried to make paper cash a thing of the past and phones are now trying to return the favor. All of these payment systems, however, have one thing in common. They all require you to carry something with you, something you could potentially lose. Your hand, on the other hand, is always by your side (hopefully) which is why Amazon is reportedly looking into technology that will let people pay with just their palm.

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NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

The first official Harry Potter flagship store was announced to be opening in New York City in 2020. This store will be three floors high, covering over 20,000 square feet of retail space. Inside, Warner Bros promises "a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World."

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Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

On December 20, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Part of this amendment package included raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco product from 18 to 21 years in the United States. Some states have raised the tobacco purchase age minimum to 21 as far back as January 1st, 2016 (that was Hawaii), and the last state to raise the age in 2019 was New York (effective as of November 13, 2019).

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Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike ditches Amazon after two years, but its products will remain

Nike has decided to end its pilot program with Amazon, the company has announced, but its products will remain for sale on the platform through third-party sellers. Nike launched its pilot program in 2017; under it, the company sold some of its products directly to Amazon, a move that would potentially give it more control over its brand on the Internet retailer's platform.

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Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

At less than a third of the size of previously standard Toys 'R' Us store, the new locations might feel unfamiliar. It won't feel particularly familiar to the original customers of the mega-massive toy store chain, anyway. But what the new, more compact locations lack in size will be more than made up for with a modern retail cool factor. That's the aim, now that Tru Kids Brands (owners of Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us brands) are partnered up with the group called b8ta.

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