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Second Turkish Apple Store to open on Saturday

10/21, 10:46am

Country's first location with more conventional design

Apple's second store in Turkey is launching this Saturday at 10AM, the company has announced. The outlet is situated on one of the middle floors of Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall. It will be open from 10AM to 10PM seven days a week, and the company is already beginning to accept reservations for appointments including workshops and Genius Bar service.

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Sept. 26 to mark second wave of international iPhone 6 launches

09/11, 11:50am

Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27.

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Second Istanbul Apple Store already under construction

08/04, 10:24am

Could be ready in time for fall product launches

Even though Turkey's first-ever Apple Store opened in Istanbul's Zorlu Center just this April, a second Istanbul outlet is already in the works, according to a local report. The shop will be based in the Akasya Shopping Center. Photos show that the Apple logo and glass facade are already in place, and that construction workers are already installing tables.

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Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to 16 more regions

07/10, 4:51pm

Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong among new places

Apple's Volume Purchase Program is coming to 16 more locations in the near future, according to pages on the company's Business and Education sites. Most of the new regions are in Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Also joining in are Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Turkey's ban on YouTube reversed after being in effect for 67 days

06/03, 7:05pm

YouTube service restored under circumstances similar to Twitter reinstatement

According to information from the Hurriyet Daily News, YouTube is now open again to citizens of Turkey after enduring a two-month ban of the service. The Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) announced today that it had removed the popular video site from its list of "blocked sites" after receiving word from the country's highest court. The restoration of the service comes about after the Constitutional Court in the country issued a ruling that the ban on YouTube had violated free speech rights.

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Turkey's prime minister accuses Twitter of tax evasion

04/13, 8:50pm

Claim of Twitter as tax evader follows lifting of ban in Turkey

The Prime Minister of Turkey is continuing to attack Twitter, accusing the microblogging service of tax evasion. In a televised address, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the recent ruling by Turkey's highest court against a ban on the service places the interests and rights of companies ahead of those of Turkey itself, and that his government will "go after" Twitter for supposedly due taxes.

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Apple opens first store in Turkey to hoopla, press, long lineups

04/05, 11:41pm

Stunning Istanbul store to be followed by second store, rumor has it

As scheduled, Apple opened its first-ever retail store in Turkey on Saturday morning, revealing a remarkable above-ground glass rectangular skylight that hides an underground two story store. The event in Istanbul attracted large crowds that circled the building and spilled out into other parts of the spectacular Zorlu Centre, with the new store situated as the jewel in the crown below the mall's main plaza, surrounded by high-end retailers.

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Turkish court orders partial lifting of YouTube ban by regulator

04/04, 1:44pm

Ruling asks for restoration of YouTube access to all but 15 videos

The ban of YouTube in Turkey should be partially lifted, a court in the country's capital has ruled. Citing earlier rulings that affected a similar block of access on Twitter, the new ruling deems the ban to violate human rights in the region, and though it is ordering for access to be restored, some videos hosted on the service will continue to be blocked from view.

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Twitter ban lifted by Turkish regulator following second court ruling

04/03, 12:44pm

Turkish Constitutional Court rules Twitter ban an attack on free speech

Turkey's telecommunications authority (TIB) has finally lifted its ban of Twitter. The block, which started on March 20st after Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the micro-blogging service, has reportedly stopped with some users able to receive and make new posts after the country's courts intervened for a second time.

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Images: Apple takes wraps off stunning new Istanbul store

04/03, 2:00am

Cuboid above-ground uses huge panes of glass, hides two full floors

The cover has come off the new Istanbul Apple store in Turkey a few days ahead of its official opening on April 5, and revealed a stunning new above-ground glass opening that leads down to a full two-storey Apple Store. The cuboid canopy, which acts as a skylight for the store, uses exceptionally large glass panes surrounded by a shallow pond, and is bound to be as iconic a piece of retail architecture as the company's showcase stores in New York City and Shanghai.

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Apple hikes App Store prices in Australia, India, Turkey, other areas

03/31, 2:42pm

Prices dip in Israel, New Zealand

Apple is raising iOS and Mac App Store prices in several countries, according to an email memo sent to developers. The hikes will impact Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa. Apple blames the change on fluctuations in exchange rates, which the company adjusts for on a regular basis.

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Turkish ISPs hijacking free DNS IP addresses, claims Google

03/31, 6:14am

Interception of Turkish traffic to Google DNS could be continued censorship attempt

Google's Public DNS service is being intercepted by Internet service providers in Turkey, the company has alleged. Servers have apparently been set up by each ISP to "masquerade as Google's DNS service," in what could be considered an attempt by those responsible to monitor or censor critics of the country's government while elections are underway.

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Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

03/28, 9:20am

No word on whether Cook, Gül will be present

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal.

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Turkey blocks YouTube over security meeting recording leak

03/27, 12:51pm

YouTube banned in Turkey one day after similar Twitter block lifts

Turkey is blocking access to YouTube, in order to prevent the spread of videos alleging there to be corruption in the country's government. The new ban on the video service comes just a day after courts ordered the block on Twitter to be lifted by the government, with the telecommunications regulator (TIB) claiming the latest block is to prevent a "national security issue."

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Twitter ban in Turkey lifted by court, could be temporary reprieve

03/26, 9:49am

Access to Twitter set to be restored in Turkey later today

Twitter will be available to use once again in Turkey, after a court in the country reversed a decision on the block. The Ankara administrative court has ordered the country's telecommunications regulator (TIB) to lift the ban on the micro-blogging service, one which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to "wipe out" to prevent discussion of alleged government corruption.

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Turkey blocks Google DNS to continue countrywide Twitter ban

03/23, 8:32pm

DNS ban thwarts Turkish citizen workaround of Twitter blockade

Turkey is actively blocking access to Google's DNS service, in order to keep Twitter and allegations of corruption blocked off from the country's citizens. Following its ban of the micro-blogging platform a few days ago, the move is an attempt to thwart efforts by Twitter users from accessing the service via a workaround, though this too may soon be temporarily thwarted.

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Twitter blocked in Turkey after 'wipe out' threat by prime minister

03/21, 6:39am

Court orders to block Twitter over corruption posts, Facebook could follow

Microblogging service Twitter has been blocked in Turkey, following a court order triggered by the country's Prime Minister. Visitors to the home page are greeted by a message from the Turkish telecommunications regulator, and is all but unusable in the country, as Turkey's leadership attempts to prevent allegations of corruption from spreading between its users and the country's citizens.

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Rumors: MS Office for iPad March 27, second Turkey Apple Store?

03/17, 6:41pm

Office for iPad said to allow document creation and editing, require Office 365 subscription

On the same day as Microsoft released its official version of OneNote for the Mac, reports are flying that Microsoft will finally release the long-awaited Microsoft Office for iPad on March 27. Rumors say that the iPad release will be similar to the current Office for Mobile that exists on the iPhone, adding full document and editing support but requiring a subscription to Office 365, Microsoft's subscription-based web version of Office.

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Istanbul Apple Store to open April 4, with Cook, Gül present

03/05, 4:47pm

First Apple outlet in Turkey

The delayed grand opening of the Istanbul Apple Store will take place on April 4, says local site ElmaDergisi. The report further claims that Turkish President Abdullah Gül will be present, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook only rarely appears at Apple Stores, and it's even rarer for major government officials to inaugurate a location.

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Turkey to Apple: iPad deal may rest on investment in country

02/05, 4:22am

President, Prime Minister ask for technology part investment, get promise of 'unique' Apple Store

Following on from reports yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook held a high-level meeting with Turkey's President Abdullah Gül regarding the country's FATIH initiative, a potentially $4 billion deal to supply Turkey's students with iPads. Also discussed at the meeting was improving iOS keyboard support of the Turkish language, adding more content to Turkey's recently-opened iTunes stores, and further localization of support, such as through Siri.

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Cook to meet again with Turkish President, discuss $4B iPad deal

02/03, 10:15pm

Follows visits to Ireland, UAE, mostly on educational tech topics

Apple CEO Tim Cook, already on something of a world tour following recent visits to China, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, will meet once again with Turkey's President Abdullah Gül on Tuesday, presumably to further discuss a potential $4 billion iPad educational initiative as well as open the country's first-ever Apple Store, located in Istanbul. The store is a 21,500-foot facility in the city's Zorlu Center, and follows the opening of the online Apple Store for Turkey back in October.

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Cook, Apple execs expected to visit Turkey in Feb. to talk $3-4B deal

12/24, 9:17am

Initiative long in development

CEO Tim Cook and some other Apple executives will be visiting Turkey in February to discuss a potential education deal estimated to be worth up to $4 billion, according to local publication Emlak Kulisi. Cook is expected to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gül to discuss the country's "FATIH Project," which will replace textbooks and other aspects of Turkish schooling with tablets and computers. Apple has been vying to make the iPad Turkey's tablet of choice; in May, controversial Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Apple's headquarters.

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First Turkish Apple Store to open in January

10/10, 12:51pm

Istanbul outlet expected to top 20,000 square feet

The first Turkish Apple Store will indeed open in January, says the Turkish edition of the Wall Street Journal. The outlet, still under construction, is situated between Burberry and Louis Vutton outlets on the grounds of Istanbul's new Zorlu Center. Apple's space is said to measure over 21,000 square feet, and include a cubic glass ceiling.

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iPhone 5s, 5c to launch in over 28 more countries starting Oct. 25th

10/09, 9:25am

Subsequent rollout phase set for November 1st

The iPhone 5s and 5c will launch in over 28 more countries on October 25th, Apple has announced. Italy, Russia, and Spain have been identified as the main launch regions that day, but the list also includes countries like Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. On November 1st, still another 12-plus countries will be added, including India, Mexico, and Turkey.

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New Apple Stores coming to France, China, Brazil, Turkey, elsewhere

08/28, 2:31pm

Apple makes heavy international push

Details have emerged on several new international Apple Stores. Aside from a new Tokyo location, Apple is reportedly working on another Parisian outlet, this time around Saint-Germain-des-Prs. It's not clear when Apple will move in, but the target building's current tenants are said to have staggered leave dates ranging from next month to the end of March 2014.

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Turkey's Erdogan visits Microsoft, Apple, Google

05/20, 12:28pm

Country seeks bids on 10.6 million tablets for students

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been touring Silicon Valley companies this week, on the heels of a similar tour by Turkish President Abdullah Gl last month. Both men received VIP tours of facilities at Microsoft and Google, and met privately with officials from Apple. All three companies are hoping to land a contract to supply the country with at least 10.6 million tablets for the country's students.

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Apple executives meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gl

02/01, 12:47pm

$4.5 billion tablet initiative at stake

A group of Apple executives including education VP John Couch met with Turkish President Abdullah Gl earlier today, according to reports. The two parties talked about several topics, such as the Turkish "F-keyboard" in iOS, which people have complained has some keys in bad positions. One of the main topics though was the government's $4.5 billion tablet program, which could see as many as 15 million tablets reach Turkish students.

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iTunes Music Store officially launches in 56 more countries

12/04, 9:09am

Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia get video

Following some early premieres, Apple has officially opened access to the iTunes Music Store in 56 more countries. While the company isn't providing a full list, it does highlight Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. Of the new countries, only Russia, Turkey, India, and Indonesia are getting access to movie rentals and purchases as well.

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iTunes Music Store going live in Russia, Turkey [u]

12/03, 4:32pm

Launches precede rumored Moscow event

(Updated with info on Russian iTunes Match, Lebanon) The iTunes Music Store has gone live in Russia and Turkey, users say. iOS screenshots show prices of about 15 rubles (49 cents) or 0.89 Turkish lira (50 cents) per track. In Turkey, an album should typically cost 9.99 lira, or about $5.59. Apple hasn't publicly announced the expansions.

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Apple working on retail stores for Brazil, Turkey

11/14, 2:44pm

Brazilian store reportedly coming to Rio de Janeiro

Apple is planning to open retail stores in Brazil and Turkey, official job listings show. In both countries Apple has put up listings for a full slate of retail workers, including managers, Geniuses, Creatives, Specialists, and other positions. The Turkish store is headed for the capital of Istanbul, while Apple has reportedly told Brazilian news sites that a shop is planned for Rio de Janeiro.

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iPhone 4S expands to over 20 more countries

12/16, 11:45am

Brazil, Russia, South Africa among major regions

The iPhone 4S is now available in over 20 more countries, checks show. A list includes Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The expansion coincides with expansions of the iTunes Store and iTunes Match.

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Apple, Intel, Microsoft bid on 15 million tablets for Turkey

08/18, 12:50pm

Project would grant 15 million tablets to schools

Apple, Intel and Microsoft may bid to help supply up to 15 million tablets to Turkish schoolkids over a period of four years, according to the country's state-owned news agency, Anatolia. The outlet quotes Turkish trade minister Zafer Caglayan, who says that while visiting the US, Apple officials told him the company might also consider using Turkish manufacturers to build accessories such as covers and headphones for iPads and iPhones. To win the tablet contract, known as Fatih, a company must at least build the tablets within Turkey.

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Israel, Turkey, Thailand and others to get iPhone 4

09/20, 9:35am

Apple ramps up international reach

The iPhone 4 should be launching in several more countries over the course of the next week. Three rollouts are scheduled for September 24th, when Israel will get the phone through Orange, Turkey through Turkcell and Vodafone, and Thailand via TrueMove. Although some 200,000 Thais are said to have pre-ordered, only 45,000 to 60,000 phones may actually be ready for launch day.

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Turkey joins list of iPhone launches for Sept. 26

09/25, 12:05pm

Turkish iPhone on Sept. 26

Though having confirmed in mid-August that it would carry the iPhone, Turkcell has only just announced that the phone is to launch in Turkey tomorrow, September 26th. Three pricing options are available with an 18-month contract: at a cost of 75 YTL per month, the small package includes a phone starting at 279 YTL, along with 150 minutes of voice and 150 text messages. Data use is listed as "unlimited," but in fact includes just 100MB of free data in the first month, a 3GB bundle costing extra. The first three months of the bundle are half-price.

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Turkcell to be second iPhone 3G carrier in Turkey

08/18, 11:05am

Turkcell to offer iPhone

Turkcell, the largest GSM provider in Turkey, has announced that it will finally be offering the iPhone 3G later this year. No official release date has been published yet, but the carrier seems unlikely to join the second phase of the iPhone 3G rollout, as there are only four days left until worldwide expansion on August 22nd. The company has also yet to disclose official subscription plans, but these should become available before the iPhone's shipment. Turkcell will be the second carrier to offer the iPhone in Turkey, as Vodafone made a similar announcement earlier this year.

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