Everyone spent their Thanksgiving dinner shopping on their iPhones under the table — and it’s great news for retailers like Walmart and Target

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  • Thanksgiving online sales have already reached $1.5 billion. 
  • Almost half of all traffic to retailers’ sites is coming from smartphones. 
  • Last year, Walmart and Target Thanksgiving Day smartphones sales were crucial to kicking off the retailers’ holiday shopping seasons. 

Americans have already spent more than $1.5 billion online on Thanksgiving Day — and almost half of shoppers are on their smartphones. 

As of 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, 46% of all traffic to retail sites on Thanksgiving was from smartphones, according to Adobe Analytics data. That’s a 17% increase from Thanksgiving Day last year.

That means, for the first time, Thanksgiving shoppers are spending more time online shopping on their phones than on their computers. Desktop and tablet traffic both dropped compared to last year.

Ignoring friends and family to shop on your iPhone is becoming something of a tongue-in-cheek Thanksgiving tradition. The New York Times’ product review site Wirecutter tweeted on Thursday: “Thanksgiving is for your family, not for shopping… So please be discreet while you do it on your phone”. 

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Still, just because everyone is ignoring their families to troll retailers’ websites doesn’t mean that people are spending the most money on their iPhones. According to Adobe, smartphones sales make up a 30% share of revenue so far today. That’s a 22% increase from last year, but still falling short of desktop sales, which accounted for a 57% share.

Last year was also a record year for smartphone shopping on Thanksgiving. As of 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day 2016, mobile sales had reached $449 million, an increase of 58% from 2015.

In 2016, both Walmart and Target highlighted smartphone sales as key to a successful kick off to the online shopping season. According to Walmart, 70% of traffic to the retailer’s website during the Thursday kick off of its Black Friday promotion came from mobile devices. 

 

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The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is a powerful, high-tech, muscle car that’s a blast to drive

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  • The 2018 Mustang has been updated.
  • Our test car was the Mustang GT, whose 5.0-liter engine is now more powerful.
  • But the new Stang is about more than a sub-four-second 0-60 mph time.

After redesigning the iconic Mustang for its 50th birthday in 2015, Ford has refreshed the car for the 2018 model year.

Not much has changed, but what has changed is all for the better. 

We recently got some seat time in an all-new 2018 Mustang GT, out in California. The conditions were ideal for muscle-car testing. Here’s what we thought.

The first stop for me and my Triple Yellow Mustang GT coupe was my favorite taco truck in LA.

Read all about the best dang tacos in LA.

I used to live in LA and tested plenty of cars there. Here’s my typical route. With the Stang, I reversed the sequence.

The Mustang looks good in sun. Updates are radical: the front and back end have been made more sleek.

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The 20 best smartphones in the world

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The gap between good and great smartphones is getting smaller and smaller, and ranking smartphones is becoming harder and harder.

There’s a lot to consider here like specs, features, design, and price. Thankfully, most of these smartphones come with more than enough power, great designs, and are bursting with features. 

The biggest thing to watch out for this month is price. Phones like the OnePlus 5T and Essential Phone cost as low as $500, and there isn’t a huge difference compared to rival $800+ phones in this list. Indeed, big-name smartphone prices are going up, but the moderately priced premium Android phone is clearly making a comeback, and it’s better than ever. 

Check out the top 20 smartphones you can buy:

 

20. BlackBerry Classic

If you’re still a BlackBerry fan, you’ll love the Classic. It looks similar to older BlackBerry models but features a sharp touchscreen and an excellent physical keyboard.

Price: $239

19. Sony XZ Premium

Jeff Dunn, my former colleague, reviewed this phone for Business Insider, and he summed it up perfectly:

On the one hand, he wrote, “This is a good phone. The screen is great, the software is clean, and the whole thing is superfast.”

But on the other, he added, “With its underwhelming battery and slippery, sometimes uncomfortable design, it’s not the device that should reverse Sony’s fortunes.”

Previously priced at $800, the XZ Premium is now available for less than $600 on Amazon, which makes it easier to live with its shortcomings.

Price: $574

Read the Sony XZ Premium review » 

18. BlackBerry KeyOne

The KeyOne is BlackBerry’s successor to the Priv. Both run Android and feature physical keyboards. But while the Priv’s keyboard slid out from behind its screen, the KeyOne’s is permanently located just below its display. 

The KeyOne is a great device for those who want a physical keyboard but also want access to Google’s apps and services, which aren’t available on other BlackBerry devices.

Price: $500

Read the BlackBerry KeyOne review »

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The 21 apps you should download first for your new iPhone X (AAPL)

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You’ve managed to get your hands on an iPhone X and now you want to fill it up with apps that show off the power and potential of Apple’s $999 smartphone. 

To help you get started, we’ve picked our favorites.

This list includes both obvious choices you can find on the top charts and lesser-known software that we use and love. And we’ve also pointed out which apps have been updated for the the longer, notch-ed iPhone X screen.

Here’s what to download first: 

VSCO is an excellent photo editing tool and social network.

VSCO is free to download in the App Store and it’s been updated for the iPhone X camera and display.

HQ Trivia lets you take quizzes twice a day for real money.

Download HQ Trivia here

Google Photos uploads all of your pictures to the cloud — and it’s free.

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If you run out of space on your iPhone, one easy solution is to upload all your photos to Google and then delete them from your phone.

Google Photos is free from the App Store

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Samsung’s next flagship smartphone may make an early appearance in January (SSNLF)

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  • Samsung’s next high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, may come earlier than usual.
  • They may make their first appearance as early as next January, at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  • They will reportedly be “iterative” devices, but still pack some new stuff, with a focus on power and overall polish.

Samsung’s new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2018 are already on their way, and may make a super-early appearance at next January’s CES.

The original report, from VentureBeat, mentions that the tentatively named “Galaxy S9” and “Galaxy S9+” will only be “iterative” devices, largely building on the noteworthy, trend-launching, almost bezel-less designs of this year’s S8 duo.

The S9 and S9+ are named “Star 1” and “Star 2” internally, and will reportedly feature the same 5.8- and 6.2-inch Quad HD, AMOLED displays of their respective predecessors.

Processors will apparently get a notable speed boost, however, moving the more energy-efficient 10-nanometer manufacturing process — strongly hinting at Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 845, likely in conjunction with a new, in-house made Exynos counterpart for non-US markets.

The added power will also reportedly be coupled with 6GB of RAM, like on the more recent Note 8, as opposed to the 4GB its predecessors had, to better compete with Apple’s increasingly powerful A-line series and stay ahead of the competition in the Android space.

VentureBeat’s sources also say that 64GB of onboard storage will come in the base model, and the microSD card slot will remain, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The camera will change, instead, moving to a dual lens, vertically aligned setup (like on the iPhone X) that moves the fingerprint reader closer to the middle of the device’s back, in response to the numerous complaints Samsung received with the S8, S8+, and even the Note 8.

Last but not least is DeX, Samsung’s system that allows the S8 to function as a desktop workstation by plugging it into a monitor and keyboard with the support of a custom accessory. The new docking station will keep the phone in a flat position, VentureBeat says, and “utilise the screen as either a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.”

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Apple supplier Foxconn said it will stop using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X (AAPL)

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  • Apple supplier Foxconn has admitted to using illegal intern labour to assemble the iPhone X.
  • Students said they worked 11-hour days, which is a breach of Chinese labour law.
  • The scandal comes after Apple reportedly faced delays in getting the iPhone X to customers.

Apple supplier Foxconn has said that it will stop using illegal intern labour in its factories that are used to assemble technology products for some of the world’s biggest companies, according to a report by BBC News.

Foxconn’s use of interns on its production lines was first reported by The Financial Times. Six students told the newspaper that they regularly work 11-hour shifts assembling Apple’s new iPhone X, which is a breach of Chinese labour law. The Financial Times said that a group of 3,000 interns worked in Foxconn’s factories.

The students, who were reportedly aged between 17 and 19, told The Financial Times that their work at Foxconn was work experience that they had to do in order to complete their education.

Now, Foxconn has told BBC News that it has ended its practice of letting interns work overtime. The company reportedly said that it took “immediate action to ensure that no interns are carrying out any overtime work,” and claimed that “interns represent a very small percentage” of its overall workforce.

Apple told BBC News that it is “dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We know our work is never done and we’ll continue to do all we can to make a positive impact and protect workers in our supply chain.”

It’s an embarrassing story for Apple, which has regularly faced criticism over the supply chain of its products. Apple had to ask Chinese mining company Huayou to stop using child labour after Sky News found it was using children aged four to mine for the material.

Foxconn has faced its own issues in the past: In 2010 a series of employees committed suicide after working long hours in the factory, which eventually lead to the company erecting suicide nets on its buildings to prevent future deaths.

The iPhone X faced production problems

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo covers Apple’s supply chain in Asia and regularly covered delays with the iPhone X. He said that Apple faced shortages on key components of the device, which meant that it struggled to get the phones it needed ready for when it went on sale.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the potential of delays to the iPhone X in an interview with BuzzFeed. The executive gave a rather diplomatic answer: “We’ll see what happens, but we’ll be working as hard as possible to make as many as possible.

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The CEO of Snaplogic tells us why he’s so enthusiastic about staging an IPO

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  • SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon says he intends to stage an IPO for his company.
  • “If it has enough cash it has the ability to weather any storm,” he says.
  • He sees Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as a model CEO for a publically traded company. 

Tech CEOs are often pretty cagey when you ask them if they will take their companies public. They don’t like to give away corporate strategy as a rule, they prefer to keep their options open, and staging an IPO can be a total nightmare of red tape, lawyers, short-term thinking, and unwanted media scrutiny.

Going public might be good for investors. But it’s usually a headache for CEOs.

Not so for Gaurav Dhillon, CEO of SnapLogic. The company gives companies that run multiple different types of software, both on their premises and in the cloud, an easy way to make them all talk to each other seamless – or “snap” together, to use the company’s parlance. And Dhillon can’t wait to get his enterprise cloud-software-integration platform to its IPO.

“Yes, I would like to do that,” he told Business Insider at Web Summit, the big tech conference held every year in Lisbon. “When a company becomes public it gives the company ever-lasting life, in a sense. The company’s public, it shares a listing in the proper way on the stock exchange, and if it has enough cash it has the ability to weather any storm.”

Dhillon knows whereof he speaks. He took his last company, Informatica, public in 1999. It was later acquired back privately in a deal worth $5.3 billion (£3.9 billion). He spent five years running it as a publicly traded stock.

Dhillon declines to say what the current valuation of SnapLogic is, but there seems to be some sort of consensus that it is a “unicorn,” meaning it is valued over $1 billion (£752 million). The San Mateo, California, company has taken $136 million (£102 million) in total funding from VC investors and has 300 employees globally.

“I know what I’m getting into,” he says. “The truth is it’s not about the listing, or the timing of it, or the wealth creation of it, it’s about creating that sense of security to the other 3,000 or whatever companies on the globe who are not yet customers of ours.”

But surely a company only gets that security if the stock goes up?

“True that. And you will see that no company ever has a stable stock price its whole life. Markets fluctuate, you know. My joke is you go from having one product to having two products: Your product and your stock price. So all of a sudden you become product manager of a stock price. But nevertheless, if it’s done right it provides a capitalisation, it provides a durability of that enterprise. And also it sheds light on the workings of the company, that are actually good for it for the long term. If done right.”

To get an idea of how Dhillon thinks a public company ought to be run, he says looks at Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, whose stock is flying even though the company — infamously — usually runs at a loss.

“How did he do it? If done right, it does work. Jeff proves it every day. Every four or six quarters they will check in,” he says, meaning that the company will show a surprise profit on the bottom line just to remind investors that they can do it if they want to. “It’s not that you’re not building a business, working hard, or responsibly. It’s that you’re investing in your business. But every four to six quarters, what the management team at Amazon does is they check in. They flash up the shorts. And boy, do they get it on the shorts. Bam!” 

“They will produce a surprise amount of profit just for that … to show that they’re in control.”

So when will he pull the trigger?

“You know it’s not tomorrow, it’s going to be when we’re good and ready,” he says. “I’ll tell you when we’ll do it: We’ll do it when we have multiple products figured out, we’ll do it when we have multiple geographies figured out, and we’ll do it when we have bench strength in our management team. Any time all those three things are true, we will do it. But we’re not going to do it based on just pure economics, or we can do it now, we should do it. But we won’t do it on need.”

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10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, AAPL, GOOG, EA)

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Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Governments around the world are launching investigations into Uber following its data breach and cover-up. Countries including the UK, the US, Australia, and the Philippines have all said they will investigate what happened.

2. The Federal Communications Commission published its full plan to roll back net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality is the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what ISP is carrying it.

3. Peter Thiel might be looking to buy Gawker.com — the news site he helped Hulk Hogan take down. Thiel’s lawyers objected in a court filing that he has been left out of the sales process for the site.

4. Facebook will let its users see if they interacted with Russian propaganda. A new page to be published on Facebook’s help center by the end of the year will show if you interacted with Russia-linked accounts and pages.

5. Peter Thiel has sold most of his remaining stake in Facebook. Thiel now owns 59,913 Class A shares in the company after selling 160,805 shares for about $29 million (£21.7 million).

6. The UK announced in its 2017 budget that it would crack down on big tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple that shift UK profits offshore to minimise their tax bills. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the UK’s tax authorities will now charge 20% income tax on British earnings that are held offshore.

7. Apple showed off a self-driving tech breakthrough in obstacle detection. Apple’s latest paper shows that two Apple scientists have devised a new technology called VoxelNet for detecting small obstacles using LiDAR.

8. Administrators found that a failed German tech startup hoarded stolen John Lennon items. Bankrupt German auction website Auctionata was found to own nearly 100 items that had been stolen from Yoko Ono.

9. Russia said it will act against Google if Sputnik and RT get lower search rankings. Alexander Zharov, head of media regulator Roskomnadzor, said that “it is obvious that we will defend our media.”

10. A politician in Hawaii said the new “Star Wars” game “Star Wars Battlefront II” encourages children to gamble and wants to ban sales to anyone under 21. Hawaii House of Representatives member Chris Lee accused publisher EA of “predatory behavior.”

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REVIEW: ‘I, Tonya’ is a cruel bully of a movie that mocks a woman at the center of a tragedy

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  • Margot Robbie does a great job as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in “I,Tonya.”
  • The movie is otherwise cruel to its real-life subject.
  • Harding was abused by her mother and husband, never got an education, and had her life ruined by the men around her.
  • The movie makes fun of all that.

 

There are lots of things that can go wrong when making a movie about a true story.

Some movies botch the casting. Some get key facts wrong. Most of them simplify reality’s shades of grey to cinema’s black-and-white.

“I, Tonya” messes up in a way I’ve never seen before: It condescends to the people it’s about.

The movie is about the Tonya Harding incident. It’s a convoluted true story, but it basically goes like this: Harding was figure skating rivals with Nancy Kerrigan in the 1990s. In the 1992 Winter Olympics, she got 4th place to Kerrigan’s bronze medal.

By a stroke of luck, the Olympic Committee added a Winter Olympics session in 1994 instead of waiting another four years, allowing Harding to compete again. Her ex-husband and bodyguard hired someone to break Kerrigan’s right leg so she wouldn’t qualify that year. Harding pleaded guilty to trying to hinder the prosecution against her ex-husband and bodyguard and was banned for life from the United States Figure Skating Association. Tabloids were obsessed with the story.

The movie also goes through Harding’s early years. Harding grew up in an abusive, rough situation in a poor town outside Portland, Oregon. Her parents are separated, her father is mostly absent, and her mother is abusive. There are rich, absurdist details, like Harding’s father designing a fur coat made out of small animals he hunted because he can’t afford to buy one, and her mother’s lively pet parrot. There are standout performances from Margot Robbie, who plays the adult Tonya Harding, Mckenna Grace, who plays the younger version of her, and Allison Janney, who plays Harding’s mother.

It’s clear that the details, as director Craig Gillepsie and screenwriter Steven Rogers presents them, are tragic. Harding grew up in poverty and was a high school dropout, focusing all of her energies on skating. Her husband, Jeff Gilooly (played by Sebastian Stan), beat her, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt (played by Paul Walter Hauser), was a narcissist and an idiot. They made a colossally stupid decision, put Harding in a terrible position, and ruined her life.

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But Gillepsie plays it all as a dark screwball comedy. He punches down, laughing at her misfortune and the stupidity of everyone involved.

It doesn’t feel right. Yes, it’s funny in “Burn After Reading” when Brad Pitt’s character sneaks into someone’s home because he’s in the middle of a Russian spy movie and then ends up dead. It’s not funny when Tonya Harding is a real-life person — an abuse victim who didn’t get a proper education and loses her career because the men around her are failures.

One of Gillepsie’s messages is that being famous is tantamount to being abused by the media, similar to her real-life experience with abuse. In one of her fourth-wall-breaking monologues, Robbie, as Harding, holds the movie’s audience complicit. Do you feel bad for laughing, she asks, now having seen everything I suffered through? I didn’t find much of the movie funny, but it sounds like Gillepsie did.

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It’s a cheap trick. Gillepsie holds the movie’s audience accountable for finding the situation funny, not himself. He gives the movie a veneer of documentary, with its sit-down interviews, pretending that his own version of events is straightforward and without interpretation.

None of it works. It just feels like he’s snickering behind the camera.

Gillepsie can do and has done better. I really liked “Lars and the Real Girl,” his 2007 dark comedy where Ryan Gosling is in a romantic relationship with a sex doll. It managed a careful balance between deep empathy for a person in a depressing situation while still providing the occasional laugh. With “I, Tonya,” about an actual person, Gillepsie thinks he’s being edgier. He’s just mean.

After being banned from figure skating and stripped of her awards, Harding got a career in boxing, where she was beaten up every day. “America,” Robbie says, speaking the words of Rogers’s script, “loves someone to hate.” If Gillepsie really feels that way, I feel bad for him.

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HQ Trivia CEO apologizes for ‘being a jerk’ to a journalist and threatening to fire his star employee

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  • The co-founder of Vine and current CEO of HQ Trivia went off at a Daily Beast reporter during a phone call for writing an unauthorized profile about the app’s game show host, Scott Rogowsky.
  • HQ Trivia is a hot startup that offers a live trivia game show, where players compete for real money.
  • The CEO, Rus Yusupov, threatened to fire Rogowsky if the Daily Beast ran its profile, which revealed that Rogowsky’s favorite salad chain is Sweetgreen.
  • The story ran and included details of Yusupov’s reaction. The CEO ultimately apologized on Twitter.

 

The CEO of the mega-popular app HQ Trivia learned a lesson about public relations — and Sweetgreen salads — on Tuesday after going off on a Daily Beast reporter during a phone call.

Rus Yusupov, cofounder of HQ Trivia and the now defunct video streaming app Vine, recently threatened to fire his star employee and game show host, Scott Rogowsky, if the Daily Beast ran a lighthearted profile it had written about Rogowsky.

The full Daily Beast story is worth a read, but in short, Yusupov was upset that the Daily Beast reporter, Taylor Lorenz, interviewed the HQ Trivia host without his permission.

The CEO was particularly upset that Rogowsky said on the record that he was able to go outside and “order his favorite salad from Sweetgreen” without people noticing him. 

HQ TriviaThe Daily Beast reported that Yusupov shouted at Lorenz on the phone, saying, “He cannot say that! We do not have a brand deal with Sweetgreen! Under no circumstances can he say that.”

In the wake of the odd phone call, Lorenz decided to change the focus of her story from Rogowsky’s cult following to Yusupov’s threat to fire the game show host if the profile was published.

So what happened to cause such a reaction? The heart of the issue appears to be Yusupov’s fundamental misunderstanding about how journalism works, and what reporters are and aren’t authorized to do when reporting on a subject.

“If you reached out to an Apple engineer and they gave you information about the new iPhone, would you run it? No, because you’d have to go through proper press channels,” Yusupov is reported as having said in the phone call with Lorenz. The Apple example doesn’t make much sense, of course, as details about the latest iPhone routinely leak out ahead of the device’s unveiling, with many publications including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg citing sources within Apple in their reporting.

Journalists also routinely go around corporate communication channels and report on unauthorized information. Business Insider, for example, did not request permission from HQ Trivia or The Daily Beast before writing this story. (We did, however reach out for comment. Neither company immediately responded to request for comment.)

At the end of the day, the Daily Beast got an even more exciting story about HQ Trivia than anticipated, and Yusupov got a crash course in how to handle being on the receiving end of unflattering press.

In the wake of the Daily Beast story going live, Yusupov put out a call on Twitter for “a good PR agent” and ended the day by apologizing to Lorenz through a picture of him and Rogowsky eating together at Sweetgreen. 

Q: Who’s a cliche, stressed out startup founder? A: me,” Yusupov tweeted at Lorenz. “Sorry for being a jerk. Lunch some time?” 

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