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Visit virtual AI-powered fitting room in Walmart iPhone app


Visit virtual AI-powered fitting room in Walmart iPhone app
The Walmart iPhone app now has Be Your Own Model, an AI-powered virtual fitting room with thousands of outfits.
Photo: Walmart

Walmart added Be Your Own Model to its iPhone application. The goal is to bring the in-store fitting room experience to online shoppers.

Customers scan in a photo, AI will analyze it, then the software can show what the user would look like wearing more than 270,000 items.

Today in Apple history: iTunes becomes No. 2 music retailer in US


iTunes was going from strength to strength.
Photo: Apple

February 26: Today in Apple history: iTunes becomes No. 2 music retailer in U.S. February 26, 2008: Less than five years after launching, the iTunes Music Store becomes the No. 2 music retailer in the United States, second only to Walmart.

In that relatively short period, iTunes sells more than 4 billion songs to more than 50 million customers. The rapid rise to prominence stands as a massive achievement for Apple — and for the revolutionary digital distribution model Cupertino helped pioneer.

Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro gets massive $150 discount


Bag yours before the price returns to normal.
Photo: Apple

Best Buy just slashed a whopping $150 off the black Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The discount cuts its price to just $199 — the lowest we’ve seen on a new Magic Keyboard to date.

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Walmart set to become a bigger online retailer than Apple


Apple is worth more than the entire US energy sector combined
But that's not because Apple's not making major bank!
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Walmart will overtake Apple to become the third largest e-commerce retailer in the United States over the holiday season, analysts at eMarketer predict.

According to the firm, Amazon will remain in dominant position as the number one retailer, accounting for a massive 48 percent of online retail spending. Amazon is followed by eBay, with a projected 7.2 percent of the market, followed by Walmart, and then Apple.

Walmart horns in on the $1.1 billion e-book market


A Walmart eBooks iOS app just launched, hoping to take on the established leaders in the market.
A Walmart eBooks iOS app just launched, hoping to take on the established leaders in the market, Amazon and Apple Books.
Photo: Walmart

While brick-and-mortar bookstores have almost disappeared, the number of e-book stores grew today with Walmart throwing its hat into the ring.

This is clearly an attempt to take on arch-rival Amazon in yet another market, but Apple Books is caught in the middle too.

Apple drops a spot in Fortune 500 rankings


European Commission could get even tougher on tech in 2020
Apple's revenues need to get bigger if it wants to rise in the rankings.
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Despite closing in on becoming the country’s first trillion dollar company, Apple took a small drop in the annual Fortune 500 rankings.

The rankings released this morning put Apple in the number 4 spot as ExxonMobile leapfrogged the iPhone-maker and Berkshire Hathaway to claim the number 2 spot.

Roku’s new 4K streamer kills Apple TV on price


Roku is dominating the streaming wars.
Photo: Roku

Apple’s plan to dominate the 4K TV streaming market is up against some tough competition from the top company in the game.

Fresh off its IPO, Roku revealed its brand new lineup of streaming dongles today and while they may not pack as much processing power as the new Apple TV 4K, they have one killer feature that will lure in tons of buyers: a cheap price tag.

Star Wars characters storm Apple Stores via AR


Star Wars
Head to your local Apple Store to find AR Star Wars characters.

Popular Star Wars characters will pop up in Apple stores and other retail outlets around the world next week in a promotional event powered by augmented reality. Apple and Disney teamed up for the Star Wars promo, which coincides with the release of new toys for the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Walmart’s new Vudu app for Apple TV has landed


Vudu Apple TV
Vudu has 4,000 movies for free, and access to your UltraViolet library.
Photo: Vudu

Walmart’s new Vudu app for Apple TV is now available to download from the tvOS App Store.

It provides access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows, and lets you stream your UltraViolet Blu-rays at no extra cost — providing they’re in the Vudu library. But it comes with some annoying limitations.