3 Tech Stocks to Keep Under Your Holiday Radar

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Dec 03, 2020 (IAM Newswire via COMTEX) —
Since the market plunged in March, tech companies recovered quickly and the tech index rose 70%. They have the pandemic to thank for that as it gave them ‘Pixie dust” kind of fuel to reach new heights.

Overall, the tech industry had a great year as it capitalized on remote work and stay-at-home quarantines. It provided companies and their employees with tools they need to keep operating. Hardware makers, network equipment creators, cybersecurity providers and cloud developers all benefited. For example, Intel’s biggest competitor Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) announced its best quarter to record, while releasing a latest-gen GPU (graphics processing unit) which will make NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) harder to keep its first place in the GPU market. Here are a few others tech companies that

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Best Tech Gifts for Holiday 2020: PC Gaming, Smartphones, Streaming, and More Gadgets

How is this possible? Well, it comes down to the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. It has 2nd generation Ray Tracing Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and lightning fast G6X memory to push performance to the limit. It also has 3rd generation Tensor Cores, and these are worth highlighting, as they’re the secret to one of the RTX 30 Series’ trump cards: DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). Using the dedicated AI processing Tensor Cores, the RTX 30 Series unleashes the power of artificial intelligence to produce higher resolution graphics without the same rendering overhead. The result? Smoother gameplay that still stuns visually in supported games – like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Fortnite, Minecraft, F1 2020, Final Fantasy XV, Hideo Kojima’s epic Death Stranding, and many more. 

Learn more more about the best NVIDIA holiday deals here.

NVIDIA Laptops

GeForce RTX Laptops – $999 and Up

If you want

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Amazon boasts of ‘biggest holiday season’ ever as in-store shopping plummets

Amazon says it has just had its “biggest holiday season to date” as customers turned to the site to shop rather than venturing out to physical stores. Although CNBC notes that the company did not share actual sales figures for either Black Friday or Cyber Monday, in a blog post the company revealed figures for independent sellers on its platform. Amazon says these sellers saw over $4.8 billion in sales through the two shopping days worldwide, an increase of 60 percent over last year.

“Through Cyber Monday, 2020 has been the largest holiday shopping season so far in our company’s history thanks to customers around the world,” Amazon wrote.

While Amazon’s sales reached record highs, traffic at physical stores has reportedly plummeted. Preliminary data from Sensormatic Solutions reported by CNBC said that in-store traffic fell by 52.1 percent this Black Friday compared with 2019, as customers stayed home to avoid

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Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

with Tonya Riley

Amazon and other online retailers won Black Friday. 

Online spending on Friday jumped about 22 percent from a year ago, according to data from Adobe Analytics. And Cyber Monday deals could set new online shopping records today.

Meanwhile, traffic to physical stores tanked about 52 percent, according to retail tracker Sensormatic Solutions. The slowdown reflected stores’ efforts to limit crowds through shorter hours and less doorbuster deals. 



a display in a store: Amazon.com Inc. boxes sit at a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg


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Amazon.com Inc. boxes sit at a United States Postal Service (USPS) facility  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

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Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up

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The Technology 202: Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up the ground they are losing. 

Amazon’s swift growth during the pandemic is likely to attract greater scrutiny from Washington lawmakers and regulators, who have increasingly been scrutinizing the behemoth for anti-competitive behavior. (Amazon head Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

The company’s key advantage is an in-house shipping network that’s starting to rival FedEx and the United Parcel Service. 

The company has used the crisis to expand its logistics operations, seizing on plummeting prices on everything from commercial real estate to cargo jets, my colleague Jay Greene reports. The e-commerce

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Tech Gift Ideas to Help Tackle Your Holiday Shopping List | Tech Buzz

Today is Cyber Monday, which doesn’t mean as much this year because the related sales have been going on for much of November as retailers try to milk every available dollar they can. However, like you, I’m doing a lot of shopping, both for others (yes, I’m going to cheat and mostly give Amazon gift cards but some gifts) and myself.

Since this entire column is about products, I’ll skip the product of the week and focus on what I think are some of the best deals or products that stand out as game changers in their segment — and aren’t too expensive.

I was tempted to have a car section focused on electrics. Still, after watching this Audi E-Tron review, I’m reminded that all but the Tesla are Generation 1 cars, and the Tesla’s fit and finish are so bad I suggest waiting until the Gen-2 cars come out,

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Warp Drive races into Apple Arcade for the holiday weekend

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Teleport to the finish line and beat the competition in Warp Drive. 


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Apple Arcade on Friday added Warp Drive, a new game from UK indie developer Supergonk, to its growing catalog of over 140 games. You can try your hand at the new futuristic racing game over Thanksgiving weekend across iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch and Apple TV. 

Warp Drive isn’t an average racing game, it ups the ante by letting players teleport —  or warp — around the track to discover hidden shortcuts and courses. Take your quad rotor racer around a track where few rules apply. Compete in tournaments, drive on the ceiling, jump vast canyons and race up waterfalls. Along the way you can upgrade your car to drift and boost to stand a better chance of winning. 

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What To Get Your Colleagues, Employees, And Clients This Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again! The time for showing appreciation to those who make your life possible or better. Every year, I curate my own list of what to give that special someone in your professional life, whether that’s your colleagues, clients or employees. Here’s my holiday gift guide from last year and a special edition mini gift guide for this year as well. 

Here’s my 2020 list of the best holiday gifts. I am truly hopeful that you will find something for everyone on your list. 

For the Kitchen Maven:

Tovala: The ultimate

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Amazon workers and activism groups are staging Black Friday protests around the world, while the company tries to placate workers with $300 holiday bonuses



Garment workers in Bangladesh join the "Make Amazon Pay" protests on Black Friday, 2020. Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation


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Garment workers in Bangladesh join the “Make Amazon Pay” protests on Black Friday, 2020. Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation

  • A coalition of Amazon workers, unions, and activism groups began protesting against Amazon on Black Friday.
  • The “Make Amazon Pay group” gave the company a list of demands that included raising workers’ pay, putting an end to union-busting, and taking climate action. 
  • Amazon workers in Germany have downed tools and garment workers in Bangladesh are protesting outside a supplier. In the UK, a trade union called for a parliamentary inquiry into “dehumanizing” working conditions.
  • Amazon on Thursday said it would offer workers $150 to $300 holiday bonuses this year, but UNI Global Union chief, Christy Hoffman, told Business Insider this doesn’t go far enough.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As Amazon gears up for one of its biggest shopping days of the year, thousands of

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers,

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