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Target Is Opening Mini Apple Stores Inside Some Locations

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Forget the mall, Target is opening mini Apple Stores inside its retail locations. These dedicated kiosks are twice the size of Target’s current “Apple section” and are run by staff with special training from Apple. Target plans to open mini Apple Stores at 17 locations before the end of February, with more to come throughout 2021.

Large retail outlets like Target have enjoyed a steady stream of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as people grow more comfortable going to malls and other casual shopping spaces, it’s possible that big-box retailers could lose some sales. By replicating the Apple Store experience at a kiosk, Target could keep some of its customers away from the mall and generate more big-ticket sales.

Here are the 17 stores that will open Apple kiosks in February:

  • Monticello, MN
  • San Jose, CA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Allen, TX
  • Hurst, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • North Wales, PA
  • Newark, DE
  • Woburn, MA
  • Nashua, NH
  • Latham, NY

Target plans to open more mini Apple Stores throughout 2021, but the company hasn’t clarified how many of its locations will actually have an Apple kiosk. It’s possible that some Target stores will skip the Apple kiosk due to its size constraints or staff requirements.

Along with the new in-store experience, Target has redesigned its online Apple storefront with organized, easy-to-read icons. The online storefront also emphasizes the “benefits of getting Apple devices at Target,” like easy returns, free two-day shipping, curbside delivery, and 5% savings with a Target RedCard.

Interestingly, Apple still won’t sell Macs in-store or online. It will instead focus on smaller items like the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, HomePod, and Apple Watch. These items take up less space and (presumably) have higher profit margins than Macs. Plus, they require very little troubleshooting, so Target can spend less time training its Apple kiosk employees.

Source: Target via 9to5Mac

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72131/target-is-opening-mini-apple-stores-inside-some-locations/
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How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

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By default, your iPhone and iPad save every iMessage and SMS text message that comes your way. As a result, you could have years of messages synced to iCloud that follow you for the rest of your life, taking up valuable space. Luckily, there’s a way to delete old text messages automatically. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/710714/how-to-automatically-delete-old-text-messages-on-iphone-or-ipad/
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How to Connect an Xbox Controller to Apple TV

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Your Apple TV is much more than a media-streaming box. It has built-in games, and it works with the Xbox controller and other popular game controllers. Power up your Apple Arcade experience (or just download individual games) with a physical controller.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/710971/how-to-connect-an-xbox-controller-to-apple-tv/
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Chrome OS Tops macOS as 2nd Most Popular OS

Chrome-OS-2nd-Featured.jpg We’ve moved beyond the Windows vs. Mac battle. Mac always had its fans, but it could never quite topple Windows. And now it appears to have fallen further down the steps. Chrome OS overtook it and is now the second most popular OS for the first time. Is This a Fall from Grace for macOS? First, let’s get real. Neither one – macOS or Chrome OS – is knocking on Windows’ door. Windows has a market share of 80.5 percent, according to market data firm IDC and a report at GeekWire. That doesn’t leave much room for any… Read more14292713.gif

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Apple’s new emoji include biracial couples and a vaccine-friendly syringe

2d3f8dc0-7a7a-11ea-b7bf-8cbbcb367e38Apple is adding a raft of new emoji with a focus on inclusivity, plus a few notable extras and timely updates. Of the 217 new icons included in the iOS 14.5 beta, 200 include couples with a mix of skin tones, including same-sex partners, according to…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/apple-new-emoji-biracial-couples-syringe-140045206.html
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New type of supply-chain attack hit Apple, Microsoft and 33 other companies

New type of supply-chain attack hit Apple, Microsoft and 33 other companies

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Last week, a researcher demonstrated a new supply-chain attack that executed counterfeit code on networks belonging to some of the biggest companies on the planet, Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla included. Now, fellow researchers are peppering the Internet with copycat packages, with more than 150 of them detected so far.

The technique was unveiled last Tuesday by security researcher Alex Birsan. His so-called dependency confusion or namespace confusion attack starts by placing malicious code in an official public repository such as NPM, PyPI, or RubyGems. By giving the submissions the same package name as dependencies used by companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and 33 other companies, Birsan was able to get these companies to automatically download and install the counterfeit code.

Automatic pwnage

Dependencies are public code libraries or packages that developers use to add common types of functionality to the software they write. By leveraging the work of thousands of their open source peers, developers are spared the hassle and expense of creating the code themselves. The developer’s code automatically downloads and incorporates the dependency, or any update to it, either from the developer’s local computer or from a public repository.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/supply-chain-attack-that-fooled-apple-and-microsoft-is-attracting-copycats/
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MacOS Big Sur update squashes annoying bug leading to installation failure

Apple has released an updated macOS Big Sur installer bringing the software to version 11.2.1. This version of the installer can correctly check for available free disk space to prevent errors during the installation process. The update is a patch for a critical bug in previous installers for Big Sur that could result in installation failure and data loss. The … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/macos-big-sur-update-squashes-annoying-bug-leading-to-installation-failure-16659570/
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Apple will replace 2016/2017 MacBook Pro batteries that refuse to charge

edf3c130-6b51-11eb-af5f-2afa341e04d5If your MacBook Pro refuses to hold charge past 1 percent, you may be able to get its battery replaced for free. Apple has launched a battery replacement program for 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models experiencing the issue. The tech giant has just rol…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/apple-replace-mac-book-pro-batteries-wont-charge-045846857.html
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Apple Is Discovered Hosting Scam Apps on App Store

App-Store-Scam-Apps-Featured.jpg This isn’t news that Apple needed. Just when they’re preparing to launch their feature that forces developers to divulge what customer data they’re tracking, a developer has discovered multiple scam apps on the App Store, with some raking in millions. Discovery of Scam Apps FlickType developer Kosta Elftheriou made the stunning discovery. His app is an Apple Watch keyboard that allows users to type with gestures on the watchface. He is the same developer behind the Flesky keyboard app that Pinterest acquired and Blind Type that was acquired by Google. Elftheriou began highlighting apps that… Read more14274476.gif

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