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 closes all 11 retail stores in Spain on coronavirus concerns

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Apple Stores in Spain are now closed for the foreseeable future.
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Apple has shuttered its 11 retail stores in Spain in an abundance of caution as the coronavirus continues to spread through Europe.

Cult of Mac has confirmed the closings will take effect Saturday after all the stores were open for business Friday. Social media reports indicate a small number of stores closed early on Friday.

Tim Cook’s Madrid vist highlights HomePod launch in Spain

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Apple's CEO and Spanish singer Rosalía take a selfie with Madrid Apple employees.
Apple's CEO and Spanish singer Rosalía take a selfie with Madrid Apple employees.
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The Apple CEO’s tour of Europe continued today with a visit to sunny Spain. He’s there to promote tomorrow’s launch of the HomePod in the country. He’s also talking up the release of the iPhone XR, which will debut around the world on Friday.

Apple Pay is now available to customers in Spain

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Apple Pay is in its thirteenth country.
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Apple Pay has arrived in yet another country, with Spain’s Banco Santander bank now offering its customers the ability to use Apple’s mobile payments solution.

“Apple Pay shows we are committed to collaborate and to bring innovation and new technology to our customers to make their payments easier, faster and more secure,” Rami Aboukhair, country head of Santander Spain, said in a statement. “We are convinced our customers will love it.”

Spain’s strict protest laws can’t stop marchers made of light

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New laws in Spain would criminalize certain forms of protest so human rights groups rallied in holographic form. Photo: Ukraine Today/YouTube
New laws in Spain would criminalize certain forms of protest so human rights groups rallied in holographic form. Photo: Ukraine Today/YouTube

Spain’s government has passed a series of laws that criminalize some forms of protest. But authorities may find it challenging to arrest holograms.

The group No Somos Delito, or We Are Not Crime, fired back at the government Friday using irony and digital technology with a projected hologram rally in front of Spain’s parliament.

Human rights groups were outraged when the conservative government passed laws in December that were seen as silencing protests over Spain’s austerity programs.

Ole! Apple opens new store in Madrid to massive crowds

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The new Puerta del Sol Apple Store opens to fans in Madrid's historic square. Photo: Paul Whiteland

Apple expanded its enormous retail empire this weekend with the grand opening of its new Puerta del Sol store that let its first customers through the crystal clear glass doors Saturday June, 21st in Madrid, Spain.

Customers lined up early Saturday morning to be among the first customers to enter Apple’s newest sanctuary, with some reports claiming nearly 600 queued up before opening hours to see the second largest Apple Store in Europe.

iPhone 5 Quietly Goes On Sale Worldwide

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Quietly, and with not so much as a dedicated press release to mark the occasion, Apple has started selling the iPhone 5 in new markets. As midnight rolled around last night (or this morning, depending on your point of view) online Apple Stores opened up for business.

And boy is this thing expensive.

These Are The First EarPods Sold In Spain

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Your author, preserving his anonymity from Apple Store groupies.

I just got back from the friendly Apple Store at Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia, and I'm the proud owner of Spain's first set of EarPods. The Apple Store service was — as ever — spectacular, and the salesman, Manel, told me I had bought the first pair of EarPods sold in Spain. But how did he know?

This Luxury Spanish Leather iPad Case Is As Practical As It Is Pretty

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A luxury case that is actually practical

Case manufacturers are finally realizing that we don’t want to smother our skinny iPads inside fat, padded cases. And now even high-end, "luxury" accessory makers are offering slimline covers which are not only lovely to look at but also practical enough not to tear off the iPad and toss away in a fit of rage.

Today we take a look at Pielframa’s Smart Case, a rather hot take on Apple’s own Smart Cover.