Walmart beat Amazon on Black Friday by one important metric

Volumes of future marketing analysis will surely be written about this year’s unprecedented holiday shopping season, but for now we’ll have to make do with industry reports that reveal people’s pandemic-era spending habits in dribs and drabs.

The latest drib (or drab?) comes from analytics firm Sensor Tower, whose new dispatch shows a record surge in new downloads of shopping-related mobile apps. Black Friday alone saw more than 2.8 million first-time installs of shopping apps, the largest ever in a single day, according to Sensor Tower’s preliminary estimates. Year-over-year growth, the report says, was about the same as last year at 8%, but it was more substantial when you look at the entire month of November—with 59.2 million shopping app installs compared to 51.7 million for the same period last year.

However, things get even more interesting when you look at the top 10 apps. Amazon may be the largest

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Small businesses who pivoted to e-commerce saw record sales during Black Friday weekend

Almost one-quarter of small businesses closed their doors during the pandemic — but for the few who survived, and pivoted to online sales, Black Friday weekend provided a much-needed boost.

Over the course of the holiday season so far, small retailers have seen an average 110 percent increase in online sales, according to Adobe Analytics.

“That was pretty heartening to see,” said Vivek Pandya, a senior digital insights manager with Adobe Analytics. “There has been a lot of demand and a lot of opportunity for retailers of all sizes to support shopping demand online.”

Small businesses have long made ends meet by offering unique in-store experiences. The pandemic changed that.

“Brick and mortar was our strength, and the website [used to be] just a marketing tool,” said Brian Miller, president of Geppetto’s, a San Diego, California-based toy store. “But when Covid-19 happened, we enhanced the website and improved it and

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Shopify Posts Record Black Friday Sales of $2.4 Billion

Online-shopping host Shopify  (SHOP) – Get Report posted record Black Friday global sales of $2.4 billion as concern about the coronavirus pandemic had vast numbers of consumers choosing e-commerce over brick-and-mortar shopping.

Shares of the Ottawa commerce platform at last check rose 1% to $1,045.12.

The company said that from the start of Black Friday in New Zealand through the end of Black Friday in California, Shopify-powered businesses saw a 75% increase in sales from Black Friday in 2019.

New York, London, and Los Angeles were the top-selling cities worldwide on Black Friday, Shopify said. Top-selling countries included the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

By 8 a.m. Monday U.S. Eastern, merchants on Shopify collectively had crossed $1 billion in sales.

Top product categories globally during Black Friday were apparel and accessories, followed by health and beauty and home and garden.

Sales on Black Friday were made two-thirds (67%)

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Highlights of Apple’s Black Friday Week

During Black Friday week, Apple stock moved 1% lower. Here are some highlights of the Apple Maven’s coverage over the past four trading days.

What moved Apple’s stock 3% lower on Monday

On Monday, November 23, Apple shares had their worst day of the past three weeks. A shift away from large-cap growth stocks and some tough love from Wall Street may help to explain the decline in share price. 

  • Commission waiver: Apple extended its App Store commission discount to providers of digital classes and events from December 2020 to June 2021.
  • A bad apple: Apple chief security officer was accused of offering to donate 200 iPads to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office in exchange for four concealed carry permits.
  • A bit of tough love from one Wall Street expert. Credit Suisse’s Matthew Cabral, who has a “hold” rating on the stock, released a research note on Monday.
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88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This laptop might not look flashy, but it’s solid, and WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson likes the keyboard a lot. It isn’t the most powerful editing or gaming machine, but if you aren’t looking to do anything too CPU-heavy, it’s a safe bet.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for $479 ($91 off)


Specs: Intel Core M3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

This is our favorite Chromebook. It strikes a good balance between price, power, and features. The 2-in-1 design allows for a tablet mode when you’re watching movies (or using Android apps), but you can simply stick to the traditional laptop mode too. The screen is sharp compared with other Chromebooks, and the battery lasts all day.

Home Office Deals

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We rounded up even more deals on work from home gear here.

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Best Amazon Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020 Deals

Whether you’re looking for a new ebook reader or ready to upgrade your smartphone, Amazon has plenty of Cyber Monday sales for you to take advantage of while checking some items off your holiday shopping list. Here are some of the best tech deals we’ve seen on Amazon so far for Cyber Monday:

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) Ebook Reader
Deal price: $85; street price: $115
Read our review of the best ebook reader.

Our top pick for the best ebook reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) offers a great display, even lighting, Bluetooth, and waterproofing. If you’re interested in Kindle Unlimited, you can add on three months for free as an introductory offer (it will auto-renew for $10 a month, but you can cancel at anytime). Although we saw it drop to an all-time low of $80 during Prime Day, this is still a very good discount that

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The best Black Friday deals that are still happening

Black Friday is here. You know the deal: it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, followed closely by Cyber Monday, which is happening first thing next week. As you’re expecting, there are some great deals on tech, including TVs, laptops, gadgets, video games, and much more — we have it all below. Unlike most years, the ongoing pandemic saw retailers releasing some of their best Black Friday deals earlier than ever, giving shoppers more opportunities to snag gifts. With that, a few deals might look a little familiar, but we’ve aimed to put in just as many brand-new deals that are hitting for the first time.

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We’ll be doing our best to keep this post updated during Black Friday, and through the weekend so that you can be certain that what’s listed is still available.

Latest deals

graphical user interface, application: TCL’s 4-series is heavily discounted for Black Friday

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TCL’s 4-series is heavily discounted for Black
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Laptop Deals 2020: HP, Chromebook, MacBook

Four Windows ultrabooks tested for this review.
Photo: Michael Hession

As senior staff writer Kimber Streams writes in our Windows ultrabooks guide, ultrabooks are the best laptops for most people. Lightweight with a long battery life, ultrabooks work well for basic tasks like checking and replying to email, editing audio, editing personal photos, or collaborating in Google Docs—all for less than the price of a more decked-out laptop.

HP Spectre x360 13 Convertible Laptop
Deal price: $779; street price: $1000 with code 5STACKBFCM21
Read our review of the best laptops.

Our pick for the best 2-in-1 laptop is the HP Spectre x360 13 and it’s down to $779 with code 5STACKBFCM21. This convertible laptop is a good choice if you want to use it as a tablet or propped up like a tent—these setups can make following recipes or watching Netflix easier. This item also comes with the most recent generation of Intel core processor and

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Amazon workers stage Black Friday protests in 15 countries


Amazon has hired hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle the spike in consumer demand. 

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

A day after Amazon said it will give a holiday bonus to its front-line employees — those most at risk of contracting the coronavirus —  warehouse workers in multiple countries staged strikes and protests on Black Friday.

Full-time employees in the US from Dec. 1 to 31 are eligible for the $300 bonus, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of retail operations, said Thursday in a company blog post. Part-time workers in the US employed during the same period will receive a $150 bonus, he said.

“Our teams are doing amazing work serving customers’

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The most affordable cable streaming service on the Internet just got even cheaper for Black Friday

graphical user interface, website: Philo is offering 25 percent off its subscription for the first month.

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Philo is offering 25 percent off its subscription for the first month.

Black Friday 2020 deals are everywhere you look, even in the most unexpected places. Streaming services — not typically the first thing that comes to mind on sale days — have lowered the prices of its plans this weekend, including Philo and its cable streaming platform. 

The under-the-radar platform is already the cheapest cable streaming option available on the market at its $20-per-month price, and now, new and returning subscribers can get 25 percent off their first month by using the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” when starting an account. The deal is slated to last until this Sunday, Nov. 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET/8:59 p.m. PT.

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Subscribe now! Philo Streaming, $15 for the first month with code BLACKFRIDAY, $20 after at

With 63 channels that include A&E, AMC, BBC America,

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