Australian government tosses flagship Apple Store objections out of court

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Apple's proposed new Australia flagship store.
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An attempt to block construction of Apple’s “global flagship” Apple Store in Melbourne, Australia has failed in Australian parliament.

Brought by the Australian Green Party, the attempt to block the building of the new Apple Store in Federation Square claimed that the government was putting corporate interests ahead of those of the public.

Save big: Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 lands on Apple store

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Series 3 is the best Apple Watch yet.
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There’s no better time than now to get a cheap deal on the Apple Watch Series 3, now that Apple is starting to sell refurbished units.

Apple’s online store stocked up on refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 units this week, giving customers the opportunity to get Cupertino’s best wearable at a discount.

French pranksters face Apple Store ban for tax protests

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Apple's flagship store in Paris.
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Apple wants us to think of our friendly local Apple Store as a “community hub” or “town square,” but that apparently doesn’t include being a space for public protests.

According to a new report, Apple has gone to court in Paris to try and prevent French tax campaigners from pulling stunts inside its local retail stores. Specifically, it wants to ban the French NGO Attac from entering its premises.

China busts bogus Apple store

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Chinese fakes have been an ongoing problem for Apple.
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The Chinese governement is finally starting to crack down on fake Apple stores and service centers that look just like the real deal.

Authorities in Beijing fined a store 270,000 yuan (US$43,000) after it was found to be infrining on Apple’s intellectual property and fooling customers into thinking they were getting serviced directly by Apple.

Austria’s first Apple Store will open later this month

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New store will open on February 24.
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After a year and a half of rumors, Apple will open its first ever Apple Store in Austria on February 24, according to Apple’s own website.

The new Vienna Apple store is located at the Kärntnerstrasse, one of downtown Vienna’s most profitable shopping streets, in a three-floor location previously occupied by clothing company Esprit. Until now, the closest physical stores were located in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Colgate’s iPhone-controlled AI toothbrush is smart, but not essential [Review]

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Brushing is getting a 2018 overhaul.
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Colgate’s new iPhone-compatible smart toothbrush promises to transform the way you brush your teeth, thanks to the magic of machine intelligence.

So is the E1 Smart Electronic Toothbrush With Artificial Intelligence like having a virtual dentist at your beck and call? Here’s what we make of it after a week of tooth-cleaning action.

Apple’s South Korean retail store puts it on Samsung’s doorstep

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The design of Apple's new store blurs the line between the inside and outside world.
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Ahead of Apple’s first ever Apple Store opening South Korea, the company has shared pictures of its spectacular new Seoul store online.

Located on the south of the Han River, in the heart of the upmarket Gangnam district, the store boasts a 25-foot glass facade, stunning 6K video wall, and a tree-lined interior that is designed to blur the line between street and store. It opens this Saturday.

Tim Cook takes first trip to Canada as Apple CEO

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Tim Cook made a surprise visit to a Toronto Apple Store.
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Tim Cook sure racks up the air miles! This week, Apple’s CEO visited Canada, where he made a surprise appearance at a downtown Toronto Apple Store, and took in a Maple Leafs game for good measure.

Incredibly, this is Cook’s first ever visit to Canada since assuming the role of Apple CEO back in August 2011.