The Disappearance of Black Friday

The Disappearance of Black Friday

For the past several years, retailers have started opening up as early as possible on the day after Thanksgiving, affectionately known as “Black Friday.” It used to be that the stores would open at 8 a.m., then 7 a.m., then 5 a.m., then even 4 a.m. This year, stores are actually opening on Thanksgiving for Black Friday. I think it's safe to say that next year, stores won't even bother closing on Thanksgiving as sales have become that important to them.

Read on for my commentary on stores opening on Thanksgiving.

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Apple’s Bold Move

Apple’s Bold Move

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photo credit: goobimama via photopin cc

On October 22, 2013, Apple had a new product introduction where they introduced the iPad Air as well as some other products. They also used the stage to announce the availability of their new operating system, Mavericks, which is now available.

The most striking thing about the announcement was the fact that the operating system upgrade was going to be free for existing Mac users dating back to 2007 machines, regardless of the OS they're currently running. In addition, Apple's suite of productivity/creativity tools (iLife and iWork) will also be free with the purchase of a new device.

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Follow This: Twitter Is Alienating Developers and Users

Follow This: Twitter Is Alienating Developers and Users

Twitter is Wrong

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I have one question for Twitter: What the heck are you doing?

In recent weeks Twitter has decided to start undercutting the efforts of the developer community who provide apps many of us use to access the service. Yes, Twitter has its own app, which began as an independent app, but is nowhere near as functional as several of the other clients that are available on the market. Some of these apps are so far superior to Twitter's own app offering, that it's not surprising many people use alternative clients.

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