The Apple Store is the online store of Apple Inc. All of Apple's product lines are carried as well as select brands of accessories for its products. It is owned and operated by Apple in Cupertino, California. Besides the online store-front, items from the store can be ordered by phone (1-800-MY-APPLE in the United States).
WebObjects enabled Apple to build and deploy its online store within a year. Steve Jobs announced that the new online store received over $12 million in orders in its first month of operation.
Also available are Apple Instant Loans, as well as gift certificates to both the Apple Store and the iTunes Store. It offers automatic online discounts to "educational" users which include both faculty and students of higher education, and faculty of K-12 schools in addition to discounts for business buyers internationally and United States government employees.
US Patent Issued to Japan Tobacco on Oct. 22 for "Franchise Add-On System, User Operation Terminal and Store Front Stock Shelf and Backyard Stock Shelf Used Therefor, and Computer Program Used Therefor" (Japanese Inventors)
Oct 22, 2013; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 22 -- United States Patent no. 8,564,404, issued on Oct. 22, was assigned to Japan Tobacco Inc....