Former Apple retail boss on track to revolutionize tech shopping again

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Ron Johnson, with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the grand opening of an Apple Store.
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In a former life, Ron Johnson changed how people buy Apple products.

The retail chief who helped launch the Apple Store continues to tweak how we shop for our gadgets. Johnson’s Enjoy Technology Inc. brings online device delivery to your front door with a person to help you set it up.

If you haven’t heard of Enjoy Technology, that may change thanks to a new round of investment that will help Johnson’s company reach beyond its 50 markets in the U.S.

Two gang member suspects arrested after brazen Apple Store robbery

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Liverpool Apple Store robbery took place last month.
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Two people have been arrested for a brazen robbery at a U.K. Apple Store, which left customers shaken.

The robbery took place in the morning of July 4. A gang of six people entered the Liverpool store and began pulling iPhones and other devices off the display tables. They pushed customers out of the way during the rampage, and made off with 36 iPhones and a MacBook.

Thieves steal 16 iPhones at Bay Area Apple Store

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The robbery took place on Sunday.
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An Apple Store in the Bay Area has been targeted in a snatch-and-grab robbery in which 16 iPhones were stolen.

Police in Walnut Creek, California say that three females entered the Broadway Plaza Apple Store on August 11. They grabbed multiple handsets and then ran out, fleeing in a silver Honda Civic driven by a male suspect.

Apple hints at 2 new Japanese Apple Stores opening this year

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Apple's new logos for its Japa
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New images posted to Apple’s website reveal the opening of two new stores in Japan for later this year. The stylized logos are accompanied by text reading “planned for 2019.”

One of the logos uses the colors of Apple’s iconic rainbow logo. The other is a slightly retro-style logo showing the Apple logo as a series of lines with a sun-hued gradient.

Unique features make Miami Apple store look like no other

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Aventura Mall is about to get a welcome new addition.
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Although Apple Stores have certain design elements in common, the company still enjoys finding ways to localize them wherever possible.

That’s exactly what’s set to happen with its new Miami-based Aventura Mall store. According to a new report, the South Florida store will boast Miami-style design elements, such as a Genius Grove with a canopy of 22-foot tall tropical trees.

Apple forced to close Hong Kong stores early amid protests

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The Apple Store in Causeway Bay closed 5 to 6 hours earlier.
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Apple closed all Hong Kong stores early on Monday due to growing concerns over more violent protests.

The move came a day after police fired tear gas during a clash with thousands of antigovernment activists. Other businesses also closed their doors and sent staff home early.

Mophie’s new charging lineup lands exclusively at Apple stores

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The latest Mophie wireless charging pad heads for the Apple Store.
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Apple likes Mophie’s new chargers and cables so much that it added all of them to its online store, and many retail locations too.

Included on the collection are a wireless charging pad, two car chargers and an array of durable Lightning and USB-C cables.