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Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Visitors at Fitzrovia in London were surprised by a store that contained little more than a big Snapchat logo. Scan that logo however, and your phone launches Snapchat, which fills the seemingly empty store with 3D renders of LEGO Wear apparel using its AR technology. The app overlays the white walls of the room with LEGO Wear items and characters that usher you around the digital store. Visitors can tap on shelves and racks and browse through the new line of clothes and buy items right from their phones.

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Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung doesn't just have the Galaxy S10 making its big debut next week: the phone-maker will also open up three new stores in the US on the same day. The Galaxy S10 - indeed multiple versions of the phone - will be revealed on February 20, and at the same time Samsung will have new retail locations in three cities in the US for the first time.

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Amazon 4-star retail store opens near Denver, Colorado

Amazon 4-star retail store opens near Denver, Colorado

Last month, Amazon announced the opening of a new retail store called Amazon 4-star. Now, only a few weeks later, it has opened a second retail store and revealed the destination for its third upcoming opening. The new store is located in a small municipality near Denver, Colorado, and the third store will soon open in Berkley, California, according to the company.

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After years of resistance, CVS finally flips the switch on Apple Pay

After years of resistance, CVS finally flips the switch on Apple Pay

Over the last few years, support for Apple Pay has slowly spread across the retail landscape. Though it seems to be supported at most large retailers these days, there are still a few hold-outs who have yet to bite. CVS was famously one of these early holdouts, but all of that is changing today, as the nationwide pharmacy chain has finally flipped the switch on Apple Pay support.

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Apple Robbery Ring busted, in part

Apple Robbery Ring busted, in part

California police announced the arrest and charges of a ring of Apple product thieves from across the state. The announcement came from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who noted that they'd arrested 17 individuals who were then charged for their roles in a robbery scheme that seemed to target Apple retail stores over the period of several months.

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Prime subscribers have some good news at Whole Foods this week

Prime subscribers have some good news at Whole Foods this week

Amazon Prime savings are rolling out across all Whole Foods stores in the US as of mid-week, Amazon has confirmed today, whether you shop in-store or using Prime Now. The discounts were one of the big promises Amazon made to shoppers back when it announced it would be acquiring Whole Foods, linking its Prime subscription with the brick & mortar grocery chain.

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The last Apple Watch pop-up store closes next month

The last Apple Watch pop-up store closes next month

When the first Apple Watch launched back in 2015, the lengths Apple went to to promote it as a fashion and luxury item included opening three pop-up stores dedicated to the device alone. Located in London, Paris, and Tokyo, the shops gave potential buyers the opportunity to try the Watch on and see a variety of swappable wristbands without having to visit a regular Apple retail store. Now that the wearable has been available for several years, the last of these pop-ups is finally closing.

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Google Shopping Actions lets you buy directly from search results

Google Shopping Actions lets you buy directly from search results

Google might be the go-to for people looking to make a purchase, especially an online one, but a lot of the times it ends at search results. More often than not, those search results lead to a purchase on Amazon, and Google is none too happy about that. Now it is starting a program called Shopping Actions to let searcher become instant buyers without having to leave Google. And it is getting Amazon’s rivals to help set it up.

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Amazon Go launch: here’s what to expect

Amazon Go launch: here’s what to expect

Amazon may not always get dragged onto the hot seat the way Google or Facebook do, but when it does, it does so in a very big way. After all, the world’s biggest e-tailer is anything but meek when it comes to business, having no qualms about putting its competitors out of that business. In just a few hours, Amazon will be opening wide Amazon Go, it’s ambitious attempt to revolutionize and modernize convenience stores. And if it becomes a raging hit, it could pretty much rock that industry to its core.

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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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Square Register is so pretty, you’ll be pleased to spend money

Square Register is so pretty, you’ll be pleased to spend money

If you're going to spend money, it may as well be via something as charmingly handsome as the new Square Register. The payments company may be best-known for its smartphone dongles, but now has a completely redesigned dual-touchscreen payments terminal with dedicated hardware. That's as opposed to using an iPad or some other tablet as a register workaround.

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iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

iPhone X costs $100 more at Best Buy

Apple finally opened pre-orders for the iPhone X on Friday, and as many expected the initial shipments sold out in seconds, leaving wait times stretching into December. But among all the excitement and commotion over the new smartphone, one retailer's prices for the iPhone X stood out: specifically, Best Buy charges an extra $100 on top of the already expensive device.

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