Apple shares the first inside look of its first ever ‘floating’ store

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Apple’s latest retail store has drawn comparisons to a floating lantern, with a unique design incorporating a glass dome that sits directly on the water of Singapore’s Marina Bay. We first saw a glimpse of the store, the company’s third in Singapore and 512th worldwide, a few weeks ago, and the company has now shared pictures of the building’s interior, which opened to visitors on, September 10th. The store is called the Apple Marina Bay Sands, and is located in a luxury district of Singapore. The sphere is constructed from 114 individual pieces of glass, and Apple says the dome is a first-of-its kind construction: all-glass and fully self-supporting. On the interior wall of the sphere there are baffles that create shade and what Apple is calling a “night-time lighting effect.” At the top of the sphere is an oculus that lets in sunlight, which was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The space includes the company’s “first underwater Boardroom,” where entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members. “We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,” said Apple in a press statement.

Samsung wins $6.6 billion Verizon deal

Samsung has won a $6.6 billion contract to provide network equipment to wireless provider Verizon, providing a big boost to Samsung 5G market ambitions. The Korean electronics giant will install and maintain equipment for Verizon. The order runs from June 30, 2020 to Dec 31, 2025. Samsung didn't say how much of the contract deals with 5G-capable network equipment. "With this latest long-term strategic contract, we will continue to push the boundaries of 5G innovation to enhance mobile experiences for Verizon's customers," Samsung said in a statement. Samsung had a 3% share of the global telecom market in 2019, well behind market leader Huawei's 28% share, Nokia's 16% and Ericsson's 14%, according to a market research. "Samsung has demonstrated their commitment to collaborating with us to drive innovation in 5G and we are excited to expand our relationship with them and benefit from a long-term strategic agreement," a Verizon spokesperson said. 5G is the next generation of wireless technology rolling out across the world, promising to deliver much faster wireless service and a more responsive network. Its ability to connect more devices and offer real-time feedback is expected to spark a sea change in how we live and work, ushering in new advances like self-driving cars and advanced augmented reality experiences.