Apple reopening 25 more stores in the US

Stores are reopening in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Washington state.

Apple is reopening around 25 more stores in the United States as the company’s retail outlets slowly start to awaken from the coronavirus quarantine. The stores are scattered across at least six states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Washington state. At the same time, Apple is reopening several stores in Canada and Italy.

Apple has 53 stores in California, six stores in Colorado, 18 in Florida, three in Hawaii, two in Oklahoma, and six in Washington state.

At this point, the websites for stores in California show reopenings in seven of the 53 stores. These include the stores in Roseville, Sacramento, and San Luis Obispo starting Monday, May 18, and the stores in Bakersfield, Modesto, Fresno, and Monterey starting Wednesday, May 20.

In Colorado, one of the six stores shows a reopening, specifically the one in Colorado Springs, starting Monday, May 18. In Florida, four of the 18 stores are set to reopen, including one in Altamonte Springs, one in Jacksonville, and two in Orlando, starting Monday, May 18.

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Hawaii shows reopenings in

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Amazon, Apple, Netflix top brand intimacy study but tech ranked third

While the study was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic, the people behind it say Microsoft and other tech companies are garnering praise for their responses.

A new study on brand intimacy found that tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Netflix rank high on the list of enterprises consumers feel a connection with, despite the industry as a whole lagging behind others. 

This is the 10th year that MBLM has released its Brand Intimacy 2020 Study, which is created using a mix of surveys and research on a variety of popular brands. The study found that the top brands in the United States based on customer intimacy are Amazon, Disney, Apple, Ford and Jeep, followed by Netflix, BMW, Chevrolet, Walmart and Playstation.

Within technology and telecommunications, MBLM’s study found that Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are the top brands, with AT&T, Verizon, Dell, LG, HP and Intel rounding out the top 10. Amazon is listed in the retail category so it was not included in the tech rankings despite its dominance in that field. 

Mario Natarelli, managing partner at MBLM, explained that the survey and much of the research was done in the fall or earlier this year

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TCL 10L review: Lag issues keep it from being a true Moto G Stylus rival

TCL’s 10L is the company’s $250 budget phone. 


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Chinese electronics giant TCL has made a name for itself in the US through its Roku TV offerings, which have impressive displays that punch well above their prices. But after years of trying to break into the phone industry through sub-brands such as Alcatel, Palm and BlackBerry, the company is trying again and using its own name. 

Like

  • Good value for price
  • Modern design

Don’t Like

  • Mono speaker is weak
  • NXTVision display tech doesn’t add value
  • Lag issues

One of the first of these new phones is the $250 TCL 10L, which will be available May 19. Overall, the 10L is a good attempt at a budget phone, and while it doesn’t have many flashy features, it admirably handles basic tasks and has an elegant design. For the price, it’s a good rival to the Moto G Stylus ($300 at Best Buy). But because Motorola’s phone performed much more smoothly, I recommend it between the two. 

Design: Modern despite the price

Unlike TCL’s flashy concepts like a slideable phone and a triple-screen folding tablet, the 10L is a more traditional smartphone, running Android 10 (an

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Second stimulus check for $1,200? Here’s the update on the new government proposal

Washington is already working on a second round of stimulus payments for US taxpayers.


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The US House of Representatives voted to pass a second coronavirus relief bill on Friday aimed at providing further financial assistance to the people and institutions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation worth $3 trillion — which is not yet law — proposes to include another round of stimulus checks for individual Americans. 

The second bill, called the HEROES Act (view the bill here), would also extend enhanced financial aid for people who are unemployed, and earmark money for struggling businesses, the US Postal Service, and coronavirus testing costs. Passing the House of Representatives, which is controlled by a Democrat majority, is one step in the journey from bill to law, but by no means a guarantee that the second bill will pass the Senate. (More below on what happens next.)

Support for the new House bill is fueled by rising concerns about the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The US saw 3 million new unemployment claims the first full week

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