Apple reopening some of its US retail stores in four states next week

Some Apple Stores will reopen next week after being shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple will soon reopen its first stores in the United States after recently closing all locations outside of Greater China amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska,” Apple said in a statement shared with TechRepublic on May 8. “Our team is constantly monitoring local heath data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will.”

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Apple has one Apple Store in Idaho, two stores in South Carolina, two stores in Alabama, and one store in Alaska. So far, only the Idaho store’s website reveals a reopening, starting Monday, May 11, with limited hours from 11 am to 7 pm. A notice on the site indicates that the store is following social distancing measures, which means customers may have to wait in line before entering and must wear face masks while in the store.

Apple’s statement provided further details on the measures being implemented at the reopened stores.

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Galaxy A51 review: Samsung beats the iPhone SE in these important ways

The Galaxy A51’s 6.5-inch screen won’t wash out in direct sunlight.


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How good can a $400 phone really be? When the device in question is the Samsung Galaxy A51, the answer is simple: very good. As the first real representative of the Galaxy A family in the US, the A51 is a convincing effort that proves Samsung can make a good midprice phone that’s worth buying. In fact, Samsung’s budget phone (£329 in the UK and AU$599 in Australia) even bests the iPhone SE (which starts at $399, £419 and AU$749), in some specific, and significant, ways. When it comes to screen size and clarity, phone features, camera quality and performance, the Galaxy A51 delivers where it counts, with one exception.

Like

  • 6.5-inch screen is detailed and bright
  • Wide-angle camera option
  • Headphone jack

Don’t Like

  • Processor speed drags
  • No water resistance

The Galaxy A51 is sold at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Amazon and as part of a package bundle at Samsung.com

It’s the speed of its Samsung-made Exynos 9611 processor that’s the Galaxy A51’s Achilles’ heel. Performance feels sluggish handling day-to-day activities such as waiting for a website to load or for apps to

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Amazon Prime Video review: A great streaming service, especially when you’re already paying for it

Amazon Prime Video tends to come in third in discussions about streaming, behind Netflix and Hulu. But the tech and retail giant’s streaming arm is muscular in its own right with lots of high-quality original shows and movies, an impressive back catalog of older favorites (and B-movies you haven’t heard of) and NFL on Thursday nights. If you already subscribe to Amazon Prime for the free shipping, the Video offering is a really great included perk. And if you don’t, it may still be worth paying $9 a month for, especially if you’re interested in any of its Amazon Original shows or its large movie selection. 

Like

  • Included with Amazon Prime subscription
  • Wide variety of movies and shows, including many critically acclaimed originals
  • Large collection of 4K UHD shows and movies
  • Offline downloads
  • Ad-free content

Don’t Like

  • Can’t watch shows as they air on other networks
  • No user profiles yet
  • Menus can be confusing

On the other hand, Prime Video is more of a companion service to Netflix and Hulu, and weaker overall than both. It can’t replace Netflix’s massive catalog of originals and hit shows, and can’t compete with Hulu’s vast collection of TV both

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Still haven’t tried Netflix Party? Here’s how to watch movies with friends for free

Invite your friends to join your Netflix Party remotely.


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You’re missing those in-person movie nights and watch parties with your friends and family. Quarantine has made that impossible, but fortunately, a free extension for the Google Chrome browser called Netflix Party lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family — remotely. 

There’s also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what’s going on in the movie, much as you would if you were sitting together on the couch. 

Netflix Party helps ease the sudden and severe lack of socializing we’ve all had to deal with in this new coronavirus reality. Read on for how to download, install and use the Netflix Party extension to sync your movie-watching with family and friends.

And here’s more free entertainment to help you get by, as well as tips to stay healthy, educated and sane during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Make sure everyone in your group has a Netflix account

In order for this to work, everyone you send an invite to will need to have access to Netflix

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