Robert Quinn is a 22 year old student in London and Amazon just took care of all the Christmas shopping and the cost of designing a cannabis grinder!
Last week the deliveries just started pouring in: he received a 55-inch 3D TV worth about $1,400, a Galaxy Tab Pro which would usually have set him back over $500, two more tablets, a leaf blower, a stroller, a PSP console, a projector and other items.
In an interview with Daily Mail Robert said the following:
“At first I phoned up Amazon and they said that people must be ‘gifting’ them to me, but there’s no way that’s happening because I don’t know any of these people,” he said.
“I was worried that people were losing out on their stuff so I phoned Amazon again and said I’m happy to accept these gifts if they are footing the cost, but I’m not happy if these people are going to lose out. But Amazon said ‘it’s on us’.”
The student said he would give away some of the products as Christmas presents, some to charity and sell others so he could fund a cannabis grinder he has been working on.
Here is a list of some items he received, you can read his interview here.
There have been a number of reports recently which said that the holiday shopping was not meeting expectations this year and had actually declined. Research firm comScore has now come out with online shopping numbers which show the opposite.
Cyber Monday sales increased 17% from last year and is the biggest shopping day for the first time. Sales came in at $2.038 billion.
Black Friday sales increased 26% to $1.505 billion.
“With more than $2 billion in online buying on Cyber Monday to cap an exceptionally strong 5-day period since Thanksgiving, the online holiday shopping season is clearly going very well at the moment and is currently running ahead of forecast,” said comScore chairman emeritus Gian Fulgoni.”Varying reports have also indicated weakness in the consumer economy due to flagging brick-and-mortar sales over the holiday weekend, but what we may really be seeing is an accelerating shift to online buying as mobile phones spur increased showrooming activity. The data we’re seeing suggest it may be more a change in shopping behavior than a lack of consumer demand.”
Here is a historic look at the holiday season sales from 2010 – 2014
Unlike Facebook which continues to grow revenue at an insane rate, Twitter has struggled to find ways to make money. Back in September Twitter started testing a buy button where you could buy directly from a Tweet.
Now Twitter has launched a new feature in the US which is called Twitter Offers.
With Offers, Twitter wants to give advertisers the possibility to connect with consumers on the social media platform and turn them into customers.
Here is how it works:
The fact that Offers is connected to consumers regular credit and debit card will be a big plus as the implementation is straight forward.
When it comes to privacy, Twitter ensures consumers that the card details are encrypted and can be deleted at any time.
The feature is available to selected advertisers for now during the holiday season.
A majority of people are using Google as the search engine of choice but Bing has a good amount of people as well that prefer the tight social integration and unlike the clean Google homepage, Bing users are by beautiful home page images.
One of the most requested features from users has been to make these pictures available in HD (1920 x 1080) and that is now the case.
In addition to that Bing has also made it easier for you to find out what the picture is of. There is now a new info button, once you move your mouse over it, you get some information and will also be able to download the image.
According to a Finish security research firm, tens of millions WordPress websites are vulnerable. Apparently the bug was released with WordPress 3.0 back in 2010, the attacker needs a text entry field such as the comment form which is enabled by default.
Statement from Klikki:
“An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by entering carefully crafted comments, containing program code, on WordPress blog posts and pages. Under default settings comments can be entered by anyone without authentication (login).
Program code injected in comments would be inadvertedly executed in the blog administrator’s web browser when they view the comment. The rogue code could then perform administrative operations by covertly taking over the administror account.
Such operations – demonstrated by our proof of concept exploits – include creating a new administrator account (with a known password), changing the current administrator password, and in the most serious case, executing attacker-supplied PHP code on the server. This grants the attacker operating system level access on the server hosting WordPress.
Exploitability without login, under default settings, and the server-side impact make this probably the most serious WordPress core vulnerability that has been reported since 2009.”
The company has now worked with WordPress to solve the problem and patches have been released and will be deployed automatically.
The EU parliament and Google have not been getting along for quite some time now as they are looking into complaints from competitors that the search giant is abusing the dominant position in the market. Google has 90% market share in Europe and in September we reported on Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas, said in an interview with Financial Times, that Google needs to be “more transparent” about how they create the search engine rankings.
Well, it just got even more ridiculous. According to the Financial Times, the EU parliament now wants to pressure antitrust regulators to look into splitting up Google. The final details are being worked and the parliament will vote on this Thursday.
Google has not commented yet but we would imagine this wouldn’t go down well.