People were nuts about guns this Black Friday, FBI data shows

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When Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season this year, there was one thing on many people’s wish lists.

Guns were the hot ticket and interest in firearms on America’s biggest shopping day seemed to hit its highest yet. The FBI processed more background checks for gun buyers throughout Black Friday than on any other day, the agency told The Trace.

There were a total of 185,713 checks — the most made in a single day since the FBI’s national instant check system was launched almost 20 years ago. But the huge spike was one almost no one saw coming.

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The biggest winners and losers from Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday made mincemeat of the internet retail record books

But there were more storylines from the long Thanksgiving weekend than just online sales. Box-and-mortar stores are fighting to stay relevant, mobile shopping is growing (on some platforms) and shoppers are acting lazier even as their spending increases.   

With the numbers crunched, it’s easy to see exactly what came on strong and what fell flat — so here are the winners and losers of the biggest shopping days of the year.     

Winners

1. The internet Read more…

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Online sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday broke all the records this year

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With 2016’s Thanksgiving weekend shopping numbers in the books, it’s safe to say that another massive revenue record for online sales has been set.  

Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) is hard at work tracking online sales numbers throughout the holiday season. With the “Turkey 5” buying bender come and gone (Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday), the most intense shopping period is over. Now all that’s left to do is look at the numbers to see just how much everyone spent, and how.  

Thanksgiving Day

It all started on Thanksgiving Day. With many online retailers kicking off the deals early, consumers took advantage and spent $1.93 billion, an 11.5 percent increase from Turkey Day last year.  Read more…

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Patagonia is donating every penny made from Black Friday sales to help save the planet

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Patagonia, the high-end outdoor clothing retailer, is donating its entire Black Friday sales to grassroots environmental organisations around the world. 

Patagonia reported a “record-breaking” $10 million in Black Friday sales — about five times higher than expected — and said it will give every penny to nonprofits fighting “to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. The science is telling us loud and clear: We have a problem.”

The idea for the initiative came about after the US presidential election, company spokeswoman Corley Kenna told The Huffington Post Read more…

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Google Offering 4-Month Free Trial of Play Music Streaming Service

Google is offering four free months of Play Music as part of its Cyber Week deals. The four-month trial includes a YouTube Red subscription for ad-free YouTube streaming and can be cancelled at any time. The Play music streaming service usually costs $9.99 per month, giving members access to over 35 million songs.

Play Music trial
Google recently announced an overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming platform, with new contextually aware, opt-in music recommendation features that promise a more personal music listening experience.

Users who have had a free trial or cancelled a Play Music membership in the past aren't eligible for the Cyber Week promotion, but that doesn't stop anyone curious to see what's changed from creating a new Google account to take advantage of the offer.

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Cards Against Humanity are digging a giant hole for no good reason

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While shoppers tussle over cheap TVs on Black Friday, the good people of Cards Against Humanity are doing something (arguably) much more constructive.

For no real reason, they are digging a big old “Holiday Hole” in a patch of dirt somewhere and asking people to donate money if they want the hole to get bigger. That’s it.

You can check out the hole being dug live on YouTube, as a ticker shows how much people are donating in real-time. Isn’t technology great?

For those wondering if the hole has some deep and meaningful purpose, the Holiday Hole FAQ covers it pretty well: “No.” Read more…

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Grab These iPhone and iPad Apps While They’re on Sale for Black Friday

Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Between now and Cyber Monday, a number of developers are offering deals on their iPhone and iPad apps. MacRumors has been keeping an eye on AppShopper, and we have more App Store sales to share today.

altoName: Alto's Adventure
Developer: Snowman
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $3.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV)
TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:
Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.


fantasticalName: Fantastical 2 for iPhone
Developer: Flexibits
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iPhone
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:
Fantastical 2 is the award-winning calendar app with features such as natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view, and much more!


deliveriesName: Deliveries
Developer: Junecloud LLC
Sale Price: $2.99
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:
Deliveries helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. Whether it's the latest gadget you've preordered online, or a new graphic novel you can't wait to dive into, Deliveries will keep tabs on it so you don't miss the doorbell.


gearsName: Gears
Developer: Crescent Moon Games
Sale Price: Free
Previous Price: $1.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer

Description:
Explore the fanciful world of Gears! A gorgeous 3D physics-based ball rolling platformer that redefines the genre, Gears immerses you into adventure with 3 beautifully detailed worlds of 27 unique and challenging levels. Gears will have you on the edge of your seat for hours of gameplay... this is like no game you’ve ever played before.


i3Name: Out There: Ω Edition
Developer: Mi-Clos Studio
Sale Price: 99 cents
Previous Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad)
TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars
Links: AppShopper | iTunes

Description:
You are an astronaut awaking from cryonics not in the solar system, but... out there... in a far and unknown place of the galaxy. In Out There, you will have to survive, tinkering your ship with what you can gather drifting in the void, and spot garden planets to refill your oxygen supply.

Space is an hostile place; dangerous and mysterious adventures will mark each step of your travel. You will not only meet intelligent species that won’t care about you, but also deal with ancient powers linked to your destiny and the fate of mankind itself.
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Online shoppers gobbled up $1.9 billion in bargains on Thanksgiving

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Before anyone could even help themselves to the cold Thanksgiving leftovers, U.S. shoppers had spent a whopping $1 billion online. 

The turkey was less interesting than drones this year and people across the country dropped cash like it was going out of fashion. By 5 p.m. on Thursday, bargain hunters had spent $1.15 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. By the end of Thursday, that figure had hit $1.93 billion.

Once upon a time shoppers would patiently wait for the chaos of Black Friday to score a bargain but times are changing. Black Friday now lasts for months and shopping online between Thanksgiving courses is now common practice. This year’s online sales were up by 11.5 percent on last year, with 40 percent of sales happening on mobile devices.  Read more…

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Expercom Offering MacBook Pro With Touch Bar For Up to $225 Off With AppleCare

Apple premium reseller Expercom is offering some notable discounts on new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, including up to $53 off 13-inch models and up to $167 off 15-inch models depending upon the configuration selected.

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The discounts are even steeper when an AppleCare Protection Plan is added. 15-inch models with AppleCare are up to $225 off, while 13-inch models with AppleCare are up to $117 off, depending upon the configuration selected.

A limited number of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models remain in stock, with the majority estimated to ship in 2-4 weeks. Prices are valid until November 26. For reference, here is Expercom's sales tax policy.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar


- Build to order options for between $1,766.63 and $2,846.88 (up to $53.12 off)
- Build to order options with AppleCare for between $1,950.37 and $3,030.62 (up to $117.38 off)

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar


- 2.6GHz Core i7 with 256GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 450 in Space Gray for $2,305.17 ($93.83 off, regular $2,399)
- 2.6GHz Core i7 with 256GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 450 in Silver for $2,305.17 ($93.83 off, regular $2,399)
- 2.7GHz Core i7 with 512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 455 in Space Gray for $2,689.55 ($109.45 off, regular $2,799)
- 2.7GHz Core i7 with 512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 455 in Silver for $2,689.55 ($109.45 off, regular $2,799)
- 2.9GHz Core i7 with 1TB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon 460 in Space Gray for $3,362.20 ($135.80 off, regular $3,498)
- 2.9GHz Core i7 with 2TB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon 460 in Space Gray for $4,130.94 ($167.06 off, regular $4,298)
- Build to order options for between $2,305.17 and $4,130.94 (up to $168.06 off)
- Build to order options with AppleCare for between $2,548.04 and $4,373.81 (up to $224.17 off)

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Trump is pretty much giving his memorabilia away for Black Friday

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It’s not every day you get offered a Black Friday deal by the president-elect.

On Friday, Donald Trump’s campaign blasted an email to all its subscribers offering exactly that: a 30 percent discount on Trump memorabilia. If that’s not winning at life, we don’t know what is. 

Just in time for the holidays, you can get decked out in Trumpian accessories and make nice with those relatives by buying them a #MAGA red hat. 

If the anxiety of Black Friday sales is too much, perhaps sitting on your couch and buying a Trump collectable Christmas ornament in the shape of a hat for a bargain $149 will help ease your pain? How about 30 percent off? How about with a #BuildTheWall T-shirt thrown in?  Read more…

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