Activ5 pocket-size gym muscles into the Apple store

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Activ5 and your iPhone can help build strength through isometric exercises.
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Activebody’s Activ5 is a palm-size accessory for isometric-based workouts. Along with companion iPhone and Apple Watch apps, it lets users exercise anywhere.

Apple approves of this workout gear enough to put Activ5 in its stores.

Hot Wheels’ smartest, fastest toys are an Apple exclusive

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Get yours from Apple today.
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Hot Wheels cars are smarter than ever with the launch of Mattel’s new Smart Track Kit, Race Portal, and “id” vehicles. And you can buy them all exclusively from the Apple Store starting today.

The awesome new toys work alongside an iPhone or iPad to track speed, count laps, and more. And they’re Mattel’s fastest Hot Wheels cars to date.

Inside Apple’s spectacular new Taipei store, opening Saturday

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The new store looks spectacular.
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Apple’s second retail store in Taiwan, located in Taipei, opens this Saturday — and Apple has shared some advance pictures of the new Xinyi A13 store.

The store boasts a glass exterior and roof design reminiscent of Apple’s Chicago flagship store. It consists of two levels, with a pair of marble composite stairs descending to a lower, underground level.

DJ’s MacBook Pro catches fire in shocking video

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If this incident is any indication, White Panda’s next remix will be lit.
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Video of a MacBook Pro catching fire is getting a lot of views on Reddit and Twitter this morning showing a potentially deadly situation.

White Panda, a DJ from the U.S., posted video yesterday of his MacBook Pro a few minutes after the explosion happened. He claims it burst into flame while plugged into its charger.

Watch what happened:

Apple’s hard at work on building its first Mexico City flagship store

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A look at the upcoming Mexico City Apple Store.
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Construction is well underway on Apple’s first Mexico City flagship retail store.

The upcoming Apple Store will be a standalone structure located in the Antara Fashion Hall at an upscale mall in Mexico City. Apple first committed to opening a Latin American flagship Apple Store back in 2017.

Apple’s second store in Taiwan confirmed

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A glimpse at Apple's new store.
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A new image posted online shows that Apple is gearing up to open its second Apple Store in Taiwan. The photo shows that Apple has erected its customary white construction barriers around the new store, complete with Apple branding.

The new retail outlet is located at the bottom of the Xinyi A13 shopping mall in Taipei’s commercial hub District. From the look of things, the store has a roof design reminiscent of its Chicago flagship store.

Apple starts offering LG’s latest UltraFine 4K Display online

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With two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the newest LG UltraFine 4K Display can be daisy-chained together.
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A day after it began quietly appearing in Apple retail locations, the Mac maker added LG’s larger UltraFine 4K Display to its online store.

With the pricier 5K version of this product listed as “sold out,” this 4K screen is currently the only display listed on Apple.com.

Got an Apple Watch 3 in need of repair? You could get a free upgrade

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Save big on the Apple Watch Series 3
Get your Apple Watch for under $200.
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If you have an Apple Watch Series 3 in need of repair, there’s a chance Apple will upgrade it to a Series 4 model at no extra cost.

Apple has given retail staff and Authorized Service Providers permission to give out newer units in some cases because Series 3 devices are in short supply. It’s not yet clear if this is a permanent or temporary move.