Apple to reopen first retail store in Europe May 5 since pandemic shutdown

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Vienna becomes first Apple store to reopen in Europe following COVID-19 pandemic.
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Apple will reopen its store in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, as its retail operations slowly emerge from a worldwide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vienna store is Apple’s first outside of China and South Korea to reopen after the company shuttered its brick-and-mortar locations in March.

According to Austria’s Heute newspaper, the only store in Austria will reopen with additional security precautions, including social distance and adjusted opening hours. Customers will be required to wear a protective mask and will be checked for a fever.

Disney+ racks up 5 million downloads on launch day in Europe

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Disney+ has finally landed in the UK.
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The Disney+ mobile app is off to a roaring start in Europe and the UK just days after it launched earlier this week.

Third-party app analytics firm App Annie revealed that the Disney+ app has been downloaded over 5 million times on launch day, possibly thanks to millions of residents having to shelter-in-place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple Watch 4 with LTE expands its reach across Europe

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The Apple Watch Series 4 with LTE connectivity is now available in Austria and Finland for the first time. You can order yours from Apple or select carrier partners, with prices starting at €529.

Apple’s newest wearable will also arrive in Israel later this week.

Apple Pay goes live in Austria

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Apple Pay has arrived in a new market.
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Apple Pay has launched in Austria, representing the 35th market for Apple’s mobile payment platform.

The service is supported for Maestro, MasterCard and Visa cards provided by the Erste Bank, Sparkasse, and N26 banks. Other Austrian Apple Pay partners are supposedly “coming soon.” These will include the likes of Bank Austria, VIMPay, Revolut, Boon and Edenred.

Austrian tech tax sets its sights on Apple

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An Apple store in Austria.
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The Austrian government will announce plans this month to impose a levy on giant tech companies that make huge online profits that largely go untaxed.

Austria joins France to be among the first countries to tax internet and technology companies that shuttle profits to avoid higher taxes in each company.

Austria could become 30th country to get Apple Pay

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Apple's mobile payment service is continuing its global rollout.
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Austria is set to become one of the next countries to get Apple Pay, months after Apple opened its first official Apple Store in the country.

A report describing the availability is relatively light on details, although it suggests that Bank Austria, one of the country’s biggest banks, will be among the initial card issuers.

Apple’s first Austrian retail store looks absolutely gorgeous

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Apple's new store in Vienna sits on a popular pedestrian shopping street near the Vienna State Opera.
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Apple just gave us a sneak preview of its first store in Austria, and it’s pretty stunning! Apple Kärntner Straße, which will open this Saturday in Vienna, is designed with “the original heritage building in mind,” Apple says.

The totally Apple-y redesign of the building, which sits on a famous shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, combines exposed columns outside with large window openings.

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.

Austria is getting its very first Apple store

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Vienna is finally getting its own Apple store.
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Apple has confirmed previous rumors that it is set to open an Apple store in the Austrian capital of Vienna, by posting retail job listings in the city. Positions advertised include managers, creatives, geniuses and specialists.

This will be the first Apple store in Austria, with the closest physical stores previously being located in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.