NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL - Get Report) threw open the doors of its eagerly anticipated store in Grand Central station on Friday, a vast 23,000-square-foot goliath nestled in the balconies of the world-famous transport hub.
Overlooking Grand Central's main concourse, the store is located in the station's East and North East balconies, accessible via one of the building's majestic staircases.
Compared to the huge glass cube that adorns the entrance to Apple's fifth avenue store in Manhattan, the company opted for a more subdued aesthetic at Grand Central, carefully blending its store into one of the city's most iconic locations.
Staffed by 315 Apple employees, the store has also been designed to meet the needs of time-constrained customers who may be rushing to catch trains. The Grand Central location, for example, is Apple's first to offer 15-minute "Express Workshops" on the tech giant's gadgets. There's also a special retail station that allows shoppers to pick up products that they purchased in advance. Shares of Apple closed up $2.96, or 0.76%, at $393.62.
HP (HPQ - Get Report) ended months of speculation about the future of webOS on Friday, announcing plans to open source the acclaimed mobile OS. "WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable," explained HP CEO Meg Whitman, in a statement. "By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices." The move, however, will disappoint those calling on HP to monetize the technology by licensing it out. Nonetheless, open sourcing Web OS should help drive future innovation by opening the software up to a broader ecosystem. The PC giant will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license, it said, enabling developers, partners and other hardware manufacturers to enhance the technology and launch new versions. HP's stock ended the week up 24 cents, or 0.87%, at $27.90. > >> Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll