Retailers, Etailers Brace for Invasion of the Black Friday Shoppers


A total of 164 million Americans, or 69 percent of the U.S. population, plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation. Upwards of 115 million people, or about 70 percent, plan to shop on Black Friday, the report shows, while 78 million plan to shop on Cyber Monday, 71 million on Small Business Saturday, and 32 million on Thanksgiving Day. About 66 percent of consumers said they plan to shop during the weekend to take advantage of special deals and promotions.

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Google doodle celebrates the historic Great American solar eclipse

Google is commemorating today’s (Aug. 21) epic total solar eclipse with a special animated doodle showing the moon blotting out the sun — with the help of two playful aliens, who bounce Earth’s nearest neighbor back and forth with their spacecraft. (Go to the Google search page to get the full effect.)

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/21/google-doodle-celebrates-historic-great-american-solar-eclipse.html

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Total solar eclipse 2017: How AT&T is helping the visually impaired experience the big event

AT&T is harnessing augmented reality to help the visually impaired experience the total solar eclipse.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/18/total-solar-eclipse-2017-how-at-t-is-helping-visually-impaired-experience-big-event.html

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Growth for Customer Loyalty Programs Slowing: Census


Membership in loyalty programs grew at 15 percent this year to total 3.8 billion, according to the recently published 2017 Colloquy Loyalty Census Report. The growth rate recorded in the 2015 loyalty census, when membership stood at 3.3 billion, was 26 percent. Growth has slowed because the United States is a maturing market, said Melissa Fruend, author of the report. Mergers and acquisitions in the grocery sector, which saw memberships plummet 24 percent from 188 million to 142 million, were another factor.

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Can't view August's total solar eclipse? NASA has you covered

If you can’t get to a spot to marvel at the total solar eclipse this summer, then head to NASA’s live-stream to enjoy a ton of imagery shot from spacecraft, aircraft, and even the astronauts aboard the space station.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/22/cant-view-augusts-total-solar-eclipse-nasa-has-covered.html

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Service in the IoT Era


Oracle recently announced a new connection between its Service and IoT clouds. That makes total sense to me. I bet a lot of folks think of the Internet of Things as those machines that do things directed by algorithms — and if so, they might wonder why they need to be connected to customer service, such an obviously human channel. It’s not off base, however. Customer service for the foreseeable future will be an amalgam of human and automated service modes, each matched to need on a scale that’s sure to slide over time. Right now, the younger you are the more likely you are to use a variety of channels.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84113.html?rss=1

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Report: Apple planning major MacBook Pro refresh with AMD Polaris GPUs, Touch ID, and OLED function keys

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Apple is supposedly prepping a major refresh on the MacBook Pro, with a total overhaul and major new features for the platform.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/233389-report-apple-planning-major-macbook-pro-refresh-with-amd-polaris-gpus-touchid-and-oled-function-keys

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Windows drops below 90% market share for the first time in years; Windows 7 falls below 50%

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Microsoft’s total share of the operating system market has dropped below 90% for the first time in at least a decade. Windows 7 dipped below 50% as well last month, but it’s still the most popular Microsoft OS by a long shot.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/227693-windows-drops-below-90-market-share-for-the-first-time-in-years-windows-7-falls-below-50

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Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms into a protective case, stand

Article Image Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.

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Apple now inhaling 94 percent of global smartphone profits, selling just 14.5 percent of total volumes

Article Image Apple’s share of total smartphone industry profits grew to 94 percent during the September quarter, up from 85 percent one year ago.

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iPad Pro predicted to push tablet sales back up to 15% of Apple's total revenue

Article Image While the iPad lineup has continued to shrink to a smaller portion of Apple’s total business, this week’s launch of the iPad Pro could reverse that trend, one analyst believes, predicting total iPad sales will account for 15 percent of the company’s revenue in 2016.

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Apple Pay now boasts more than 500 US banks thanks to latest round of additions

Apple on Tuesday added 46 US banks to its list of Apple Pay backers, putting the total over 500 for the first time as it prepares to roll out a series of further improvements to its mobile payment platform.

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Apple announces 10 new Apple Pay merchants including Gamestop and T-Mobile

Apple on Wednesday updated its “Where to use Apple Pay” webpage, adding a total of ten new merchants to an ongoing list of retailers that accept the company’s branded NFC-based mobile payments system.



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Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015 including new 4" handset

The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.



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As mysterious minivan sightings proliferate, rumored 'Apple Car' seen as $50B US opportunity

With the total U.S. car market valued at over $500 billion per year, taking just a 10 percent share would represent a new $50 billion revenue opportunity for Apple, according to one analyst.



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Raspberry Pi 2 revealed: Huge performance increase, Windows 10 support, same $35 price

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The new Raspberry Pi 2 is now available with about six times the total CPU performance and the same price tag at $35 — but with added Windows 10 support.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/198643-raspberry-pi-2-revealed-huge-performance-increase-windows-10-support-same-35-price

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One Bitcoin group now controls 51% of total mining power, threatening entire currency’s safety

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A single Bitcoin mining pool has seized control of 51% of the total network hashrate — and opened the door to a massive security breach in the process. In response, DDOS attacks have flooded in to keep the organization from exploiting a well-known security loophole.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/184427-one-bitcoin-group-now-controls-51-of-total-mining-power-threatening-entire-currencys-safety

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