Record Breaking Online Sales For ‘Cyber Monday’
Just as we’re getting over Black Friday in the UK, news comes from the U.S. about record-breaking online sales on the first day after the Thanksgiving break that has become known a ‘Cyber Monday’.
Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now the popular culture names for the day after Thanksgiving (which is on a Thursday), and the following Monday. Black Friday became a popular shopping day because U.S. workers would take the day after Thanksgiving off work to have a long weekend, which meant that retailers dropped prices on the Friday to tempt them to shop on their day off. Cyber Monday came about because retailers noticed that people were still continuing to buy goods online on Monday.
Up until 2014, Cyber Monday had been the world's biggest online sales day until its rival Black Friday took over. Now Cyber Monday has made a huge (online) sales comeback.
iPhone Users Hit By Spammers.
Up until recently, Apple products have been widely regarded as being safe from viruses, spam and other unwanted online intrusion. iPhone users, however, have reported an increase in unwanted invitations turning up in their calendars, and unwanted photo-sharing alerts.
What Kind of Spam Invitations?
Some have reported receiving clearly ‘spammy’ offers relating to fake Black Friday deals and discounts on famous designer labels which don’t actually come from the brands themselves. It has been reported that many of the ‘offers’ appear to come from sources in China, and are most likely to relate to fake / copy goods.
Those who have their calendar for business use can it invite others to meetings and events. Now spammers have exploited this feature and the invitations are being sent as part mass mailouts and appear as calendar notifications.
Barclays Trial Contactless Cash Machines.
Barclays are taking steps to avoid the threat posed by card skimmers with a new trial of a system that allows customers to withdraw money from ATMS using only their smart-phones.
The cardless withdrawal system is thought to be a simpler system than the one introduced by RBS four years ago which allowed customers to withdraw up to £130 at a time by typing a special code which had been texted to them by RBS into the ATM.
Facial Recognition Allows 'No Hands' Driving.
Details of a new smart ‘no hands’ cruise control that uses facial recognition technology to make sure that the driver is paying attention are reported to have been revealed in correspondence between The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and auto manufacturer General Motors Co (GM).
Drive With No Hands On The Wheel.
A letter from the NHTSA to GM is reported to have outlined the main details of the news Super Cruise system. The details of the system were not due to be officially unveiled until early 2017.
Unlike current cruise controls which require the driver’s hands to be on the wheel at all times, when the new GM Super Cruise feature is activated it will enable the car to be driven in cruise control mode without the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.
How Businesses Could Use Autonomous Vehicles.
Autonomous vehicles and vehicles with autonomous elements are being tested and used successfully, both as part of the transport system and in closed site operations. It is still early days and there are still many as-yet untapped opportunities for their commercial application across the UK.
Artificial Intelligence Now Reads Lips Better Than People.
A research alliance between Google’s AI company DeepMind and Oxford University is reported to have developed a new AI system that can read lips better than humans.
Better Than a Trained Lip Reading Professional?
According to a recent scientific paper about the project, the newly developed AI system known as Watch, Listen and Spell (WLAS) can read human lips to the point where it is able to interpret more words than a trained lip reading professional. When tested against each other using 200 randomly selected BBC television video clips, the WLAS system was recorded as having a lip reading accuracy rate of 46.8%, whereas the human lip reading professional only managed a 12.4% accuracy rate.
2 Hackers Get Electric Shock.
A push-button door hacking demonstration at the Kiwicon hacking event in Wellington, New Zealand last Friday gave 2 of the featured hackers what can only be described as a ‘real’ shock in front of a crowd of 2,000 onlookers.
Tech Tip - Keeping Your Windows Organised.
If you’re using Windows 10 and you often need to have several Windows open and handy at once, this tip enables you to snap your windows to specific parts of the screen and keep them organised.
Facebook Stamping Out Fake News.
The proliferation of so-called ‘fake news’ and its apparent ability to influence the outcome of globally important events such as the recent U.S election have meant that Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been moved to publicly announce how Facebook intends to tackle the problem in future.