In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from over the Thanksgiving holiday. Everything from the biggest Cyber Monday deals to lab-engineered shrimp — it’s all here.
Think your friends and family are impossible to shop for? We’ve found tech for everyone on your holiday and Christmas lists. We’ve complied all the best laptops, phones, TVs, home theater devices, wearables, gadgets, and more to help you get the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether your family is full of gadgeteers who always want the latest and greatest tech or not-so-tech-savvy folks who’d rather have the analog version, we’ve got suggestions for you.
What requires straps, grim determination, and two consenting individuals? Sex in space, of course, which is a whole lot trickier than you’d think. As we continually make advances in the realm of space travel, we consider how the human race might one day thrive in a zero-gravity environment. Naturally, procreation is a very important consideration; one that has yet to be addressed. But thankfully, celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has lent his expertise to the subject, noting, “You need things like straps” in order to have a successful romp in the hay when you’re away from planet Earth.
When it comes to mobile shopping on Thanksgiving, e-commerce sites probably saw nearly 80 percent of purchases come from iOS devices, according to a report from online retail analytics company Custora. There was also an uptick in e-commerce purchases coming from Android mobile devices this year. Smartphones and tablets accounted for 36.1 percent of e-commerce orders on Black Friday, up from 30.3 percent on Black Friday last year. No matter how you slice it, it seems that mobile shopping is on the rise — especially on Black Friday.
While Black Friday continues to creep into Thanksgiving day, with stores opening as early as 3 p.m., Cyber Monday remains a core celebration falling on the Monday after the big shopping weekend. This year, many retailers, even those traditionally brick and mortar, are joining in on the Cyber Monday craze, launching sales that last all week long. Stay tuned here and we’ll keep you updated on new, worthwhile deals as they get announced.
On November 20, two titans in on-demand video streaming, Netflix and Amazon, each premiered highly promoted new series on the same day. Netflix’s Jessica Jones, a show based on the superhero comic book series Alias, faced off against Amazon’s drama about a world where the Allies lost World War II, The Man In The High Castle. And, as far as Twitter was concerned, Jessica Jones crushed its opponent.
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