Today was Cyber Monday, the much-less-dreaded online cousin of Black Friday, when electrical goods and gadgets are sold at steep discounts online. While there may not be the same level of hair-pulling, fist-fighting and general loss of human dignity associated with the online retail holiday, the search for deals online can be just as dangerous and just as competitive. This year saw the busiest Cyber Monday ever, as 63 per cent of shoppers used their mobiles to make online purchases. Visa has predicted that online transactions today will top 7.7 million, a 16 per cent increase from 2012. So a good day for online marketplaces.
When it comes to Cyber Monday 2018, consumers could have their purchases delivered in less than 30 minutes by drone. That's according to Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos, who told reporters that the technology could be ready for mainstream use within 4-5 years. The service is being dubbed PrimeAir, and will probably cost a lot of money. Visionary forward-thinking, or crackpot pipedream? Only time will tell.
It emerged over the weekend that Apple has been pouring over £350 million into developing a production infrastructure for its sapphire glass screens. Apple appear to be a little concerned about the timescale of its newest innovation, as it wants the "virtually scratch-free" glass to be ready to go into production in time for the upcoming iPhone 6. Rumours have been circulating recently about the futuristic phone's capabilities, as Apple is predicted to up the screen size of their flagship phone to 4.7in from 4in in the iPhone 5S.
"Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent," the chairman of the Dutch data protection authority, Jacob Kohnstamm, said in a statement. "That is forbidden by law."
It's unclear what action, if any, will be taken against the company.
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