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Amazon's Holiday Sales

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It looks like Santa might not have been the only one working hard this holiday season.

Amazon says that 2016 was its best season yet with more than one billion packages shipped worldwide. The company says that most of those orders came from mobile devices and its busiest day was December 19th, the Monday before Christmas. In addition to that, Amazon prime customers, spent twice as much as other customers on Amazon because they're able to take advantage of the free two day shipping.

Besides helping to deliver gifts across the globe, it was also a big year for Amazon products. The company's voice activated assistant Alexa, both in the large and small form were top sellers. Amazon says they don't have final numbers yet but they sold around nine times more than last year.  read more »

In Flight Nap

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Plan on using your next plane ride to catch a couple z's, there are a couple of sleep easy tricks you might want to try.

A long flight is the perfect time to get a little shut-eye, especially if you're traveling alone. Unfortunately not everyone is able to curl up in a cramped seat without disturbing their neighbor; unless you're lucky enough to be sitting in the areas closer to the front of the plane. But if you're stuck back in coach there are some things you can do to get a little comfortable.  read more »

Dual Purpose Paper

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When nature calls at Tokyo’s Narita airport, your smartphone is also in for a little relief.  read more »

Retirement Plans

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Getting ready to retire; you might want to consider packing your bags.

According to the social security administration just under 400,000 American retirees are now living outside of the U.S. The number grew 17% between 2010 and 2015 and is expected to increase even more over the next ten years as more baby boomers retire.

The people heading out to see the world cite the cost of living as one of the biggest reasons for trying something new. They say it's impossible to live on a fixed income in most major cities in the U.S. and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. So they are heading to countries such as Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom.  read more »

Super Mario

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Everyone's favorite plumber is running his way onto your smartphone.

Since he debuted more than 30 years ago in the original Donkey Kong, Nintendo’s Mario has become a fan favorite appearing in more than 200 games. Last week Mario made his appearance for Apple's iPad and iPhone with three games; World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder. Now the plan is to bring Mario to android devices and spread it to 150 countries.  read more »

High Tech Trips to Santa

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The holidays might be a time for tradition, but that doesn't mean they aren't ready for an upgrade.

This year the trip to the mall to sit on Santa’s lap, share your wish list and snap a picture is getting a little high tech. This year about 40 malls across the country and one in London added a little free entertainment to the long line. Children were able to hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole, stand on the naughty or nice meter, snap a selfie and see their face on a dancing elf. At one location the final stop right before seeing the big guy himself was a two story tall sleigh that dropped fake snow on them.  read more »

Surreal Moments

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Merriam-Webster has named “surreal” as word of the year for 2016, and if the past twelve months of headlines are any indication surreal is just the beginning.

2016 was a big year for smartphones and selfie sticks. Everywhere you look people are documenting everything from their breakfast to their big adventure; so much so, that theme parks and public places are banning the use of selfies sticks to keep people from getting hurt. And that might not be such a bad idea.  read more »

Prison Phones

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California is taking a new approach in an effort to disconnect the flow of cell phones into prison cells.

The state plans to install nearly one thousand metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras at its prisons to stop the flow of illegal cell phones. They say despite the current efforts thousands of phones are making it inside and are being used to coordinate hits or other acts of crime from behind bars. And it's not just the low level offenders who are being found with phones.  read more »

Airbnb Expansion

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Airbnb is looking to expand its services from giving you a place to stay, to getting you where you're going.

According to Bloomberg, Airbnb is planning to release a flight banking tool that will allow users to book a flight and secure a temporary home all within the confines of its website. The company says it hopes to get things off the ground within eighteen months and is still looking at a number of options for a successful launch.

So far those include acquiring an online travel agency or license data from a secondary provider. Once up and running Airbnb will be a direct competitor for companies such as Expedia which also allows people to book a hotel and flight from one site.  read more »

Fake Holiday Gifts

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First there was fake news and now your holiday shopping list is facing some hijinks.

During the presidential election there were reports that fake news reports and stories were popping up on social media and potentially swaying the voting population. And now as you start picking up presents for your loved ones watch out for fake gift ideas that aren't really what they seem.  read more »