Sprint to Open 1,435 RadioShack Stores Today – Sprint said it will re-open 1,435 RadioShack stores today that it acquired from General Wireless. The move will double the number of company-owned stores and give Sprint a much wider retail footprint around the country. The stores will be co-branded Sprint-RadioShack, but Sprint will be the main brand associated with each location. Sprint plans to build a store-within-a-store covering approximately one third of the retail space in each location. It will use this space to sell Sprint-, Virgin-, and Boost-branded hardware and service plans.
Sling TV Finishes Update, Adds HBO Streaming – Sling TV added HBO to its channel options Thursday, a day after announcing the channel might not appear before Saturday. Sling TV subscribers, who pay $20 a month for about 20 channels on the streaming service, can now get the online version of HBO for an additional $15 a month. Sling TV works on several devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, some Roku players and Roku TV models, Xbox One, Android and iOS devices, and Macs and PCs.
Apple Watch Preorders Kick Off, Some Models Quickly Sell Out – Apple today started accepting advance orders for its first new product line in five years, a wrist-worn device called the Apple Watch, that’s designed to display notifications and run apps from the iPhone. But as quickly as Apple began accepting early orders ahead of the April 24 release date, some launch day supplies ran out. An hour later, the company’s site indicated new orders of many models wouldn’t ship until the summer. Among the many variations of the Apple Watch and its accompanying bands, Apple’s U.S. website indicated those colored with black wrist straps, and those with grey cases, were among the first to sell out of initial quantities. Meanwhile, the most expensive Apple Watches, made with gold, indicated they would ship at least a week after other versions. Less than a half hour after the devices went on sale, those shipments slipped to as late as August, depending on the model.
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