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Apple Store Bellevue Square grand re-opening excitement (video!)

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Videos,

We were on hand to witness Apple's grand re-opening of its Bellevue Square Apple Store, and the festivities were a sight to behold. We'll have much more info for you from the opening, including a private tour and interviews, but we thought you guys would get a kick out of seeing how Apple opened the store for the first time to hundreds of excited customers. As you'll see, Apple staff came out in full force, riling up the crowd with anticipation through cheering, high-fives, and that familiar Apple charm. Stay tuned for more from the Apple Store - Bellevue Square re-opening. Check the video for the goodness.


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Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE launches on June 2nd

HTC EVO 4G LTE

The HTC phones that were being held in customs have been released, which means that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is on its way to stores. If you pre-ordered the device, you likely have it in your hands by now. For the rest of us, we can expect to find the device at our local Sprint outlets on June 2nd. Just remember, Sprint's LTE network is non-existant, but should start its rollout shortly. Anyone planning to pick this one up?


Comic Book Jobs: Retail

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Comic Book Guy 3One way to get discounted printed comics is to actually work for a comic book store. And there's at least one job available.

G2K Games in Abingdon, Virginia is looking for an Assistant Store Manager. You'll be responsible for helping the Store Manager in every aspect of the store operation: "merchandising, inventory control, staff development, driving sales, ensuring company policies and procedures are followed in addition to providing exceptional customer service." You'll need a high School diploma or equivalent, and will need to be at least 18-years-old.

And, of course, a love of comics and/or video games is preferable.

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Comic Book Guy #3, from Bongo Comics]

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Comic Book Jobs: Checking Out Craigslist

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Dark Horse Comics,

Things From Another WorldCraigslist is like the Match.com of job hunting. Sometimes, you find a partner that’s not too damaged and looks good in the right light, and other times it’s all unemployed fatties still using their yearbook picture for their profile.

You can decide which is which today.

Los Angeles: It may not be the next Captain America or even Cowboys & Aliens, but if you want to be in a super-hero there’s a casting call for The Superluver Project. It’s “a new comic tale of a super-suave superhero and his quest to spread a little love and order around the world.”

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Gwen Stefani Designing Collection For Target

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani is teaming up with Target to create an affordable range of clothes for babies, children and young teenagers. The No Doubt singer - who already has her own fashion range L.A.M.B. - will work on the collection, entitled Harajuku Mini, with the budget store, which will be a spin-off of her successful Harajuku Lovers young contemporary apparel and accessories collection and Harajuku Lovers fragrance.

"Harajuku Mini is a dream come true. I've always wanted to do a cool children's fashion line inspired by the supercute and playful kid's clothing you find in Japan. The whole idea is about being creative, expressing your own individuality and having fun getting dressed. Target has given me the creative freedom to design kid's clothing that is different than most anything you usually see out there with great quality, attention to detail and most of all, available at amazing prices."

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Donatella Versace Teams Up With H&M

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Donatella VersaceVersace is to collaborate with H&M. The Italian fashion house - headed up by Donatella Versace - has teamed up with the Swedish high street brand to create a collection, which will include menswear, womenswear and homeware.

"I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere," Donatella said.

Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M - who has masterminded collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garcons and Jimmy Choo in the past - added, "Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant - everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the party season."

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Apple Store: Here are the secrets of its amazing success

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News,

Apple Store Galleria

What's the real inside dirt on how Apple runs its equally successful and secretive Apple Stores? The Wall Street Journal claims to be privy to Apple's secret sauce after poring through Apple Store training manuals, a recording of a store meeting, interviews with current and former store employees, and conversations with outside analysts.

In a report published yesterday, the Journal serves up the dish on everything from Apple's store design strategy to the granularity of employee sales training. Some of the information the newspaper dug up is fairly obvious—for; example, Apple doesn't do cookie-cutter designs for its Apple Stores, but rather "constantly evolves its stores' look and feel."

But some of the reported Apple Store skinny touches on areas that may have been guessed at, but have now been apparently confirmed. To wit, current and former Apple Store employees say store techs aren't allowed to "prematurely" acknowledge product glitches that are already widespread, and writing about Apple online will get you fired from an Apple Store.

The Journal also layers in plenty of Apple Store stats—did; you know that more people now visit Apple Stores in a single quarter than went to Disney's four biggest amusement parks last year?

Here's a quick look at some more interesting Apple Store tidbits that the paper either uncovered, confirmed, or highlights in the article.

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Does Apple have special plans for the 10th Anniversary of the Apple Store?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Rumors,

Apple store 10th anniversary

Is Apple planning something for the tenth anniversary of the Apple stores?

According to a source cited by The Boy Genius Report, it is.

What's interesting isn't that the company allegedly plans something for the Thursday the 19th anniversary, but that it apparently is going to celebrate right through the weekend.

Some of the plans include a Saturday to Sunday overnight shift, apparently to restock the store, new hardware, and mysterious black curtains to hide whatever's inside.

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The real story on why Apple is less than pleased with Best Buy over the iPad 2

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds, Rumors,

Best Buy iPad 2 sales

Over the past couple of days, rumors have been spreading that Best Buy has been ordered by Apple to halt sales of the iPad 2. The story is that Apple got wind of the fact that Best Buy had been stockpiling iPad 2 units, and didn't like that. However, we've got a very reliable source who just hit us up to give us the real scoop, and it turns out that it's a bit more sinister than a plan to stockpile iPad 2 units for a big weekend event.

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Topshop Launches 214 Magazine

Topshop 214 Magazine Spring/Summer 2011

Can't shop at a retail store that doesn't publish its own catalogue fashion magazine? Me either. Thankfully, Topshop has jumped on that trend trade and finally published 214, which has landed in select stores.

"SELECT STORES?!" asks the U.S. customer. Don't worry, they want your money, too, which is why they've made the Spring/Summer 2011 issue available online!

The main editorial, "Shades of Summer," -- photographed by Saga Sig and styled by Anna Trevelyan -- highlights all the bohemian meets '70s products in the line. Check out the front cover photo after the jump.

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