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AT&T Opening Really Big Store on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue

AT&T on Thursday is opening its largest-yet retail store, a 10,000-square-foot flagship outlet on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.

The store will have some things not normailly found on its shelves, including a demo of a “connected car” — the 2012 Nissan Leaf, along with a mock home equipped with the home security and automation service the company announced earlier this year.

AT&T will also employ biometrics, having its employees use their fingerprints to log in to PCs and open cash drawers. Sales will be completed via tablets.

On the customer side, an apps bar will allow people to discover programs based on their interests, along with the usual assortment of devices.

Now, if only it had the iPhone 5 …


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus