Black Friday sales on smartphones total record $2.9 billion

Black Friday sales on smartphones - Shopping on phone

Thanksgiving and the day after both proved to be record breakers for shoppers online and over mobile. Black Friday sales on smartphones took off this year, raking in a tremendous $2.9 billion. This was a sizeable chunk of the total online spending that day, which was also a record breaking $7.4 billion, according to Adobe. That day’s online sales were the second record breakers in a row as Thanksgiving also performed. Thanksgiving brought in a tremendous $4.2 billion in online sales, even before the biggest American purchasing day of the…

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Tech giants are bracing themselves against a future of deepfake videos

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Technology researchers are scrambling to find tools to combat fake, AI generated media. Many of the tech giants across the country and around the world are working to prepare for the onslaught of deepfake videos that are certain to be on their way. The goal is to develop the technology needed to spot fake artificial intelligence (A.I.) generated video before it has the chance to spread. Google has been working on this type of project for months, at least, but the trend is growing. Google researchers worked with dozens of…

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Growing Careers within the Engineering Industry

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Engineering industries include aspects of design and technology in order to create something, and this can be applied to physical structures, computer technology, and anything in between. As the engineering industry continues to grow and develop in diverse ways, the opportunities are there for a range of careers. If you are interested in forging a career path in the engineering industry, here is a guide to some of best specialist fields you can enter to enjoy a long and prosperous career. Software Engineering A software engineer takes the code that…

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Ways in Which Robots are Used Today

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While there is no official definition of what a robot constitutes, most roboticists consider them to be machines that move or has moving parts and can make basic decisions while interacting with the world. Therefore, the vacuum cleaner that you leave at home cleaning your home while you are at work is a robot. This is because it senses the world around it and makes the driving decisions as it sweeps and sucks. However, a washing machine is not a robot because you tell it how to wash when and…

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PENNY rolls out QR code food tracking to appeal to eco-conscious customers

QR code food tracking - Pineapple in grass field

The German discount supermarket chain is increasingly relying on origin labeling. PENNY, owned by the REWE Group, is adding QR code food tracking labels to some of its store products to provide its customers with easy access to information regarding the foods’ origins. It will start with the traceability of its pineapples and organic bananas. European consumers are increasingly purchasing foods based on their origins. According to a study published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in June 2019, 53% of EU citizens surveyed said that knowing where their…

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