Apple expands ‘Express’ store plans ahead of iPhone 12 launch

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Apple’s stores are changing amid the coronavirus.


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Apple is expanding a new store design meant to help protect employees and shoppers ahead of an expected massive iPhone 12 launch. The new format, called “express,” puts plexiglass-protected sales counters in front with a wall of accessories and products behind them. Customers then schedule appointments to pick up orders or fix their devices.

The new design will likely help the tech giant navigate managing its stores during what’s expected to be a busy holiday shopping season. Apple, which has been testing the new design in some stores, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters earlier reported the news.


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Cool Fitness Gadgets & Gear Holiday Giftees Will Actually Use

With quarantine measures still firmly in place, going the fitness-gift route this holiday season isn’t something that only workout nuts will appreciate. When gyms and studios shut down across the country, 2020 became the year to really lean into an at-home fitness regime — which created a new universality to sharing everything from the resistance bands helping tone-up our booties to spinning together on that more-affordable Peloton-bike alternative.

Until we can figure out how to bottle sunshine, post-workout endorphins are about as close as it gets to an instant mood boost (we won’t argue with Elle Woods). And, what better what to spread that energized joy than with a little fitness-minded holiday shopping? Ahead, discover 13 cool ideas your giftees will actually use — from powder-pink Bala Bangles to Manduka yoga mats and Theragun’s newest massage-gun device.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff.

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‘There Are Much Worse Names’

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A pair of new parents in Switzerland recently welcomed a bundle of joy — and saved a bundle on their internet bills in the process by naming her after their WiFi company.

The Swiss internet provider Twifi has been running a promotion that promises customers free WiFi for 18 years — but the catch is that you have to name your child either Twifia or Twifius.

For one couple from Graubünden, the offer was too sweet to pass up, and they gave their newborn daughter the name Twifia as a middle name, according to Blick, a local paper.

Though the parents opted to remain anonymous, the father told the outlet that he thought the promotion was a bad joke when he first stumbled upon it on Facebook.

“The longer I thought about it, the more unique the name became for me,” he said, according to a translation,

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Facebook’s independent oversight board is now accepting cases

Facebook’s long-awaited oversight board announced Thursday it is now accepting cases. The board, first announced by the social media behemoth in 2018, is meant to serve as an independent check on Facebook’s moderation decisions.

The board is composed of independent members from around the world, who will make final and binding decisions on what content Facebook and Instagram should allow or remove based on respect for freedom of expression and human rights. “Our focus has been on building an institution that is not just about reacting to a single movement or chasing a specific news cycle, but about protecting human rights and free expression over the long term,” administrative director Thomas Hughes said in a Thursday call with reporters.

The members of the 40-person board were introduced in May, and they include a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the Guardian editor who oversaw the publication of

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SpaceX Delays Planned Launch Of Internet Satellites

HAWTHORNE, CA — Just moments before liftoff, Hawthorne-based SpaceX Thursday delayed a launch of another batch of internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The launch was set for 9:14 a.m. California time, but it was delayed 13 minutes before liftoff. SpaceX announced that the delay was to “allow additional time for mission assurance work.”

A new launch date was not immediately set. If a launch can occur on Friday, the forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather and slightly improved conditions in the recovery area.

The Falcon 9 rocket being used for the launch has flown two previous missions, most recently in September. After the eventual launch, SpaceX will again attempt to recover the rocket by landing it on a droneship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

The mission will propel 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit, increasing the size of the array to roughly

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Xbox Series X And Series S Preorder Availability: Consoles Sold Out, Accessories In Stock

Two new Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, are launching in a matter of weeks, but unless you’ve been exceptionally lucky, you may not have been able to secure a preorder yet. The Series X and Series S release November 10 for $500 and $300, respectively, and as of now, finding either in stock is near-impossible. That said, we’re tracking console availability below along with all the major listings.

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The new Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S are available in Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue. They feature a more ergonomic design; textured grips on the bumpers, triggers, and back case; and an Elite controller-inspired hybrid D-pad for improved precision. The updated controllers also have a new integrated Share button for capturing and

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Huawei Mate 40 phones launch despite chip freeze

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 smartphones claiming they feature a more “sophisticated” processor than Apple’s forthcoming iPhones.

The component was made using the same “five nanometre” process as its US rival’s chip, but contains billions more transistors.

As a result, the Chinese firm claims its phones are more powerful.

However, Huawei has had its supply of the chips cut off because of a US trade ban that came into effect in September.

That means that once its stockpile of the new Kirin 9000 processors runs out, it faces being unable to make more of the Mate 40 handsets in their current form.

At present, only Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung have the expertise and equipment to manufacture 5nm chips, and both are forbidden to supply Huawei with them or any other semiconductor product whose creation involves “US technology and software”.

The States says the move has been taken

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Marian Goodman Gallery to Shutter London Outpost, Launch New Programming Model

Marian Goodman Gallery will close its London venue by the end of the year and implement a different exhibition model in the city, the gallery announced today.  

Named Marian Goodman Projects, the new initiative will stage events throughout London in settings intended to complement artists’ individual practices. The enterprise will be helmed by Philipp Kaiser, the gallery’s chief executive director of artists and programs, with its first project opening next autumn. After expanding from her flagship New York location to Paris in 1995, Goodman opened the London outpost—a David Adjaye–renovated former warehouse on Soho’s Golden Square—in 2014. 

“The art world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and the current health crisis and Brexit have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” said Goodman, who founded her gallery in 1977 and has since risen to become one of the industry’s most influential dealers.

“The

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Is Everbridge (EVBG) Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Everbridge (EVBG), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company’s year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Computer and Technology sector should help us answer this question.

Everbridge is a member of our Computer and Technology group, which includes 612 different companies and currently sits at #10 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. EVBG is currently sporting

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Best Package Tracking App for iOS and macOS 2020

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Our pick

Parcel

Parcel

Easy to use and quick to update, Parcel has everything you need to stay on top of shipments from USPS, FedEx, UPS, and more.

Parcel, for iOS and macOS, is the most full-featured, easiest-to-use package tracking app available for Apple devices. It takes only seconds to add tracking numbers in a variety of ways, and the understated design lets you easily see where your deliveries are and when they’ll reach their destination. Push alerts generally come faster than with other tracking apps, and the app syncs across all Apple devices and Parcel’s website. Parcel charges $3 a year if you want to track more than three packages at once, but unlike all of the apps in our test group that don’t charge a fee, Parcel doesn’t comb through your email to collect personal data and sell it to advertisers. We think privacy is worth

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