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According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores.
Apple is apparently getting closer to launching its first retail stores in India, with the government reportedly preparing to fast-track the company's application. A source of a report claims Apple will be able to bypass a number of regulations that typically prevent foreign entities from setting up stores to sell their own products, with Apple deemed a "provider of cutting-edge technology" and is being given preferential treatment.
Apple Pay is now available at two million locations worldwide, according to a new report, in a year that should see rapid expansion of compatibility as US merchants update to point-of-sale (POS) terminals that support both mobile payment options and the new "chip-and-PIN" EMV debit and credit cards. A new Bloomberg article notes that a number of US chain restaurants and retailers will be adding Apple Pay and other NFC-based payment options to their stores, including Au Bon Pain, Chick-Fil-A, and Crate & Barrel.
The Apple Store has ended its year with the highest employee retention rate the company has ever seen, advises retail head Angela Ahrendts. In an interview, Ahrendts reveals the store achieved a retention rate of 81 percent, with a strong company culture and a connection between employees and the company said to underpin the success of the retail business, with Ahrendts also claiming to look at store staff as if they were "executives."
Apple is edging ever closer to reaching its target of operating 40 retail stores in China by the middle of 2016, by launching the 33rd store in the country later this month. A new announcement advises an Apple Store is being opened at 10am local time on Saturday, January 30, at a large MixC shopping mall located in Qingdao, Shandong province, and would become the first store opened by the company in the major east coast industrial center.
Apple is getting closer to launching its first retail locations in India, after it recently filed with local regulators its intention to build Apple Stores in the country. While there is an Apple retail presence in India, it is via third-party resellers rather than those owned and operated by Apple itself, but the company is now looking to change this by filing an intention to open stores with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).
Apple could be planning a new flagship store in Paris, France, with a report claiming apple has secured a lease for a building in the French capital. A seven-story building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Elysees is claimed to be a potential venue for an Apple Store, with a twelve-year lease for the building allegedly already signed by Apple late last year, though initial reports suggest the venue's size could indicate it as being used for more than just retail.
In addition to the recently-reported opening of the 30th Apple retail store in the combined mainland China and Hong Kong regions, the company has now announced two more stores that will open this month. The Shenyang store previously reported on will open on Thursday, January 14 at 10AM local time, with the 31st being a second store for the city of Nanjing at the IST Mall in the Xuanwu District, which will debut on Saturday, January 16. A 32nd store will be the first to come to the city of Guangzhou at the Parc Central shopping area in the Tianhe District.
Hot on the heels of Saturday's opening of a 29th store in Shenyang, the company has now announced that it will open a 30th store on January 14. The new store, the first in the coastal city of Xiamen, will have normal operating hours of 10AM to 10PM local time, seven days a week. It will be located in the SM Lifestyle Center mall.
Including Hong Kong in the total, Apple's 29th Apple Store in "greater China" is set to open on Saturday, January 9 with a second Shenyang store at the MixC mall there. The new store, which will open at 10AM, will feature normal store hours of 10AM to 9:30PM local time seven days a week. Apple has been building and opening stores in China rapidly for the past year, as part of a retail initiative in Apple's fastest-growing market that hopes to see 40 stores opened by the middle of this year.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k