Target thumbs its nose at Apple Pay

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You can still use Apple Pay on Target's online store.
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Target shoppers will have to keep dreaming of the day they’ll be able to pay with their iPhones.

After rumors spread on social media over the weekend that Target planned to finally add Apple Pay to its checkout counters, the company came out with an official statement today saying it doesn’t plan to embrace Apple’s contactless payments anytime soon.

iPads help Target hit record Thanksgiving sales

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iPads were the big sellers, apparently.
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Target had a record-breaking day of online sales on Thanksgiving — and Apple devices were one of the big movers.

The retailer singled out the iPad as a particularly hot seller. The Apple tablets helped Target achieve traffic and sales that blew past numbers for last year’s Cyber Monday event.

Target blames Apple for its own decline in sales

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Target says its Apple sales fell 20 percent over the past quarter.
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Declining sales of Apple products is one of the factors Target has blamed for its disappointing second-quarter earnings.

During a conference call today, Target CEO Brian Cornell noted that Apple products fell 20 percent in sales at his company’s stores, resulting in a double-digit percentage sales decline in the retailer’s electronics division.

100+ top designers take Apple’s side in fight vs Samsung

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Samsung has Silicon Valley on its team, but Apple has big name designers.
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Legendary Braun designer Dieter Rams has joined forces with 110 other distinguished industrial design professionals to support Apple in its long standing fight with Samsung for copying the design of the iPhone.

The group of designers have filed a amicus briefing with the US Supreme Court arguing that Apple deserves the millions of dollars it was originally awarded in court because of the company’s innovative look that let to 1 billion units sold.

Target hopes for bull’s-eye with its mobile wallet

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Apple Pay, Android Pay, Walmart Pay... and now Target Pay?
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Target is reportedly looking to become a player in the mobile wallet game. The fourth largest retailer in the U.S. would be joining a market that’s quickly becoming pretty crowded. The next mobile payment solution on your smartphone very well could be Target Pay, though it can’t be confirmed at this time.

Best Buy slashes $100 off Apple Watch prices

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Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
Best Buy is living up to its name.
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Best Buy is trying its darnedest to live up to its name with a new $100 discount on every Apple Watch model it sells. The deep discount brings the entry-level cost of a 38mm Apple Watch Sport down to just $250.

Apple scores its strongest Black Friday sales in history

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Apple raked in the cash last quarter.
Apple raked in more cash than ever over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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Black Friday may have handed Apple its strongest Friday sales in history, thanks to third party retailers heavily featuring the company’s products in their own promotions.

According to a note sent out by analyst Trip Chowdhry from Global Equities, the Apple Watch is likely to emerge as the M.V.P. of the shopping holiday — as the result of retailers offering big discounts on the device, as well as free shipping and zero sales tax.

Best Black Friday TV ads (so far): Massive price drop on a 70-incher

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Big screen TVs coming your way this Black Friday!
Big screen TVs coming your way this Black Friday!
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Many, many more Black Friday ads have come out since our last roundup, so we’re back with a new batch of top TV picks for 2015. Walmart and Target are currently leading the pack with screens both big and small, but who will ultimately take the top spot? Be sure to bookmark this page; you never know when a new ad will knock one of these off the list!

Apple Watch hits Target stores this week

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Apple Watch bands now come in XL.
The Apple Watch is going mainstream.
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Continuing the mass rollout of the Apple Watch, Target announced today that it is ready to start selling the popular wearable device.

Target will begin stocking the Watch in selected stores this week, followed by its website on October 18, and in all retail stores by October 25.