As we head into the long holiday weekend, Apple yesterday confirmed that it will once again participate in the Black Friday madness.
Unlike some of its retail rivals, Cupertino is not going crazy; Black Friday deals will only run on the Friday after Thanksgiving – not Black Friday eve or a week before like Walmart, Amazon, and other firms. In other deal news, Internet phone retailer Wirefly.com is offering more than 50 cell phones and smartphones for less than $1 (with two-year agreement) as part of its Black Friday savings.
But forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday is growing in popularity, with 41 percent of consumers planning to spend part of the day shopping online, according to a new survey from PriceGrabber.com.
Meanwhile, in mobile news, we might get a glimpse of Samsung’s next smartphone as early as January’s CES or February’s Mobile World Congress, according to various reports. A Korean newspaper reported that the rumored Samsung Galaxy IV will feature a high-def, 4.99-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 display.
Also, the photo- and video-sharing site known as Color.com has officially announced that it is shutting down as of Dec. 31. The app simply failed to gain much traction with users, with reviewers often commenting that Color appeared to be an app trying to solve a problem that didn’t seem to exist.
Here’s some other Tuesday tech headlines you don’t want to miss:
- Nokia HERE Maps App Launches for iOS: The free app provides access to Nokia’s new cloud-based map service, which will be available across multiple mobile operating systems.
- Facebook Testing Mobile Photo Sync Feature: The feature is currently only available for a small number of users.
- HP Takes $8.8B Hit Over Alleged Autonomy Book-Cooking: The charge is the second such massive financial hit related to a high-profile acquisition that the company has taken this year.
- Pinterest Kicks Off 30 Days of Holiday Inspiration: The popular website is getting into the holiday spirit with a new project, which will unveil a new series of holiday boards each day through the New Year.
- Skype 3.0 for Android Gets Tablet-Focused Boost: Thanks to the new user interface, Skype 3.0 will look great on “the most popular Android tablets.”
- Parody New York Times Twitter Account Restored: You can’t keep a good Twitter account down, it seems.
- Facebook Rolling Out HTTPS Encryption to All Users: HTTPS keeps data encrypted as it travels between your Web browser and servers.
- Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III Mini on Sale at Amazon: Amazon has quietly begun selling an unlocked version of the Galaxy S III mini starting at $409.95.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag